OTTAWA -- Playoff platitudes like
Vancouver Canucks coach
Vigneault is just trying to get his team going for Game 4, knowing full well that any comeback will start with his top players, not his grinders. Here's how the Sedin's numbers stack up with the Handzus line's heading into Wednesday night's game in Los Angeles (
Coaches always talk about the importance of the team game in the playoffs, but a collective consistency is easier to achieve when a team's best players are leading the way, first in effort, then in willingness to win battles. Production usually follows. And that theory isn't just in this series.
In the beleagured Ottawa Senators dressing room, coach
Crosby in particular continued to dominate this series, putting up a four-point effort in the Penguins' 7-4 win on Tuesday night that secured a 3-1 series lead heading back home. Malkin proved his worth all over the ice as well, getting the proceedings underway with an all-important first goal of the game on the power play.
Spezza and Alfredsson both scored their first goals of the series, but Spezza also made a terrible no-look pass just inside the offensive blueline -- right on the tape of Pens' defenseman
Perhaps the Sharks will prove the "best players having to be the best players" axiom moot. If they prevail over Colorado without the