Archive for April 17th, 2007


Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

Lamp Keeps Lighting For Lightning

Devils Rumors & News

We mentioned on Friday that despite the Devils’ 5-3 victory in Game 1, the team didn’t exactly follow the NJD-formula for winning in allowing three goals to the Tampa Bay Lightning. An unexpected offensive explosion bailed out Martin Brodeur and the team’s defense on that occasion, but since then Brodeur has yielded three goals in each of the last two games as well, losing both and putting the team in a 2-1 series hole.

Mark Everson of The New York Post points out that Tampa has thrived by torching New Jersey’s supposed strengths – their superior checking forwards and Brodeur’s Hall-of-Fame credentials in net. John Madden and Jay Pandolfo were supposed to come into the series and shut down Tampa’s dynamic duo of Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis. Instead the pair have lit up the scoresheet and exploited a less-than-Brodeur-like Brodeur. Via Everson:

When Brodeur said he had to be “the difference,” he didn’t mean this way. In a game, in a series, that …

Yanks Hope Chase Has Wright Stuff

Yankees Rumors & News

Yankees’ Wright makes debut tonight

Newsday

Yanks Hand Ball to Prospect Who Earned His Pinstripes

New York Times

FOR YANKS CHASE IS ON

New York Post

With Red Sox looming, Yankees’ rotation is hurting

The Journal News

Mets Shuffle Rotation

Mets Rumors & News

Via Newsday’s David Lennon:

Amid that chaos, the Mets also shuffled their rotation, with only Tom Glavine staying on turn for tonight’s game. John Maine, who was supposed to start last night, will pitch tomorrow against the Marlins, followed by Orlando Hernandez, Mike Pelfrey and Oliver Perez.

When asked about the maneuvering, pitching coach Rick Peterson maintained that it was done for the benefit of the “collective group. It was the best thing for everybody involved,” he said.

It’s worth noting that as a result of the move, the Mets have afforded nine days between starts for Perez after the erratic lefty walked seven in 2.2 innings last Wednesday.

Thrashers Swap Goalies…Again

Rangers Rumors & News

According to The Daily News’ John Dellapina, Atlanta Thrashers’ head coach Bob Hartley is going back to goalie Kari Lehtonen for Game 3 after replacing the goalie following a shaky performance in Game 1. Veteran Johan Hedberg started Game 2 in Lehtonen’s stead and played well, turning in a 37-save effort in the loss.

Dellapina indicates that a contributing factor to the quick hook on Lehtonen after Game 1 may have been the immaturity the young goaltender exhibited when he showed up to practice the day before the start of the series with a blue-and-white mohawk – a move that Dellapina says rubbed several veterans the wrong way.

I find this extremely difficult to believe, particularly in a sport where players’ grooming habits are a part of the postseason tradition. Regardless, Dellapina wonders how this latest goalie switch will fly with the team’s veteran leadership, and whether Lehtonen will be able to rebound so quickly after getting benched a game earlier.

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