Thursday, April 19, 2007

Part Of The Lexicon

"The John Druce's, you can't pick those guys out. Sometime, somehow they just appear." - Manitoba Moose head coach Scott Arniel on how the playoffs produce surprise heroes.

Druce scored 14 goals in 15 games for the Caps back in the 1990 playoffs (which ended for D.C. with a sweep at the hands of the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Finals). For his career prior to that run, Druce had scored 16 goals in 94 career NHL games.

9 comments:

Rage said...

Vinny Lecavalier has, what, 5 goals now in 4 games? That guy is playing phenomenal hockey.

That's been a great series too, btw. But it's getting completely overshadowed here since the Rangers and Islanders are much more popular. I'd ask if it's different in New Jersey, but no sane individual would admit to living in NJ.

JP said...

Parise has 6.

I look for the Devils to lockdown the Lecavalier line in Game 5 and for Brodeur to actually steal a game (he's due).

Rage said...

Holy cow, he does? Where the crap have I been?

Marky Narc said...

"Druce on the loose." I remember it well. And it wasn't just that he was scoring, it was that he was scoring them at crucial times in the game. He wasn't just tacking goals on after a game had been won, we was breaking ties.

FAUXRUMORS said...

1) The playoffs are what separates the greats from the floaters. It makes or breaks player and coaches careers.
2) We may see several coaches lose their jobs over poor performances.(Hartley/Trotz) Some players also make a name for themselves. Both positively(Lecavalier/Parise) and negatively(Hossa/Kovulchuk/Tkachuk).

Anonymous said...

lecavalier has already made a name for himself, not to mention already won a cup.

Rage said...

I'm not sure if Faux are saying that Vinny L is making a name for himself now, neccessarily...

But to me, the Ning won that cup on St. Lew-is's back.

Marty had 9/15/24 with 14 PIMs
Vinny had 9/7/16 with 25 PIMs

JP said...

Um, ever hear of Brad Richards?

12 goals, 14 assists, 4 measley PIMs and, oh yeah, the Conn Smythe.

Khabi's 16-7, 1.71, .933 stat line is jaw-dropping as well.

JP said...

7 of Richards goals were game-winners too, as opposed to 3 of St. Loo's and 0 of Lecavalier's.