Going round the horn:
What do the San Jose Sharks do now about Vesa Toskola? And what has happened to this guy and to the Sharks, who after giving up just four goals in the first three games of the series have suddenly suffered multiple blowouts? Here's Toskola's game by game against the Oilers:
|What happened to Vesa Toskala? There was something in the air that night; The stars were bright, Fernando.|
Game 1: 16 shots, 1 goal
Game 2: 25 shots, 1 goal
Game 3: 58 shots, 2 goals (triple OT)
Game 4: 31 shots, 5 goals (replaced by Nabokov with 11+ remaining)
Game 5: 18 shots, 6 goals
Since the end of the first period of Game 4, he's given up 10 goals on 34 shots. At this point, turning to Nabokov in Edmonton's rink seems the obvious play, but it would also be a huge question mark. Nabokov has just that Game 4 action in the playoffs, and made but two starts since the beginning of April.
Either way, it'll probably make no difference at all. The Oilers have looked more and more the better team the past two nights, Chris Pronger looming larger and larger each time out.
Oh, and here's Dirk Nowitzki, after teammate Jerry Stackhouse's deliberate free throw miss at the end of the game Saturday night miss the iron, giving the Spurs a chance:
|You'd be grumpy too, if guarded by Bruce Bowen.|
"He's been in the league for 10 years so you should that he's gotta hit the rim so the clock won't stop. But at least got the win and we correct our mistakes."
And: "I was wondering what the hell he was doing - but at least we won the game."
Ira Winderman on the Heat up 3-1 over the Nets and ready to roll on:
Is it too late to revoke Jason Kidd's first-team All-Defensive nod? The only time you notice Kidd defensively against Wade is when he's running from behind, trying to catch up.
What next in Ottawa? The Senators taking the most heat for their tank job against the Sabres range from Alfredsson and Chara to Hasek to John Muckler and Bryan Murray. How about Redden, mediocre apart from a decent Game 4, and Heatley, into one of his disappearing acts?
The last word, as usual, goes to Bob Cole, turning in a Shatneresque performance at the end of that series:
to the pin drop
in Scotiabank Place
This is a sudden, sudden ending
- it always is! -
as we said,
whoever came up
with that term
did a heck of a job.
What a season
for the Ottawa Senators
a gold medal for Alfredsson
but nothing silver here.