May 25, 2000 |
Claude Lemieux isn't the kind of player who wants a pat on the back when he plays a bad game. His coach, Larry Robinson, isn't the kind of guy to offer one. So, when Robinson lit into the New Jersey Devils after they lost three consecutive games, Lemieux saw it as a good sign. He was right. Since Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, the Devils have allowed only two goals, scored six, and dug themselves out of a 3-1 series hole to force Game 7 at the First Union Center tomorrow night.
November 27, 1995 |
It was bad enough that the Los Angeles Kings gave up a goal in the final second of the first period. But when the Florida Panthers also scored in the final second of the next period, the Kings were finished. Florida, 10-1-1 in its last 12 homes games, defeated the Kings last night, 5-1, in front of its first sellout of the season at the Miami Arena. "That's the way it's been going for us," said Steven Finn, who scored the lone Kings' goal at 4:14 of the second period. "We're not playing with a lot of emotion and when you give up goals at the end of a period, especially two to a team like the Panthers who don't give up many scoring chances, it hurts.
July 27, 1995 |
Larry Robinson, an assistant with the NHL champion New Jersey Devils and once one of the league's finest defensemen, was hired yesterday as coach of the Los Angeles Kings. Robinson signed a four-year contract said to be worth $3 million. He succeeds Barry Melrose, who was fired April 21 after nearly three seasons on the job. The Kings did not make the playoffs the last two years. Robinson played on six championship teams during his 17 years with the Montreal Canadiens and was an assistant coach for the Devils last season.
June 7, 1995 |
Jacques Lemaire coaching the New Jersey Devils just doesn't sound right. Lemaire, a classy center on Montreal's great Stanley Cup-winning teams of the 1970s, should be coaching in a hockey mecca like, well, Montreal. Tried it, disliked it. After coaching the Canadiens for 1 1/2 seasons in the mid-'80s, Lemaire walked away. His coaching record with Montreal (48-37-12) was good, with the team finishing first in its division and winning a playoff round in Lemaire's only full season.
April 12, 2000 |
The twisted saga in Philadelphia features a banished superstar and courageous coach versus a gap-toothed icon turned steely general manager. The details of the story make you wince. The Flyers family seems in peril. The heartstrings of the fans are tied in Windsor knots because taking sides in these disputes has nothing to do with NHL playoff matchups. You should know, however, it could be worse. Really, it could. Look at the hockey team up the turnpike on the eve of the 2000 Stanley Cup run, and it dawns on you: Doesn't everything go to die in North Jersey?
May 14, 2000 |
When the New Jersey Devils fired coach Robbie Ftorek on March 23 and replaced him with Larry Robinson, they had the Eastern Conference's best record. That might have been the real Miracle of the Meadowlands. Somehow, the Devils had accumulated 95 points with a coach whose guiding philosophy appeared to be a mix of Mike Keenan's charm and Fred Shero's fog. Remote and confrontational, Ftorek soured his players by, among other things, pointlessly sitting Ken Daneyko at home and forcing the popular defenseman to play his 1,000th career game on the road.
July 28, 1995 |
Brendan Shanahan, a star left wing with the St. Louis Blues who broke his ankle during the playoffs, was traded last night to the Hartford Whalers for top young defenseman Chris Pronger. A big scorer who finished with 20 goals last season, Shanahan injured his ankle in the fifth game of the playoffs, and the Blues were eliminated in the first round by Vancouver. Shanahan was often at odds with coach Mike Keenan. During the season, Keenan criticized Shanahan's toughness and work ethic, and Shanahan sulked after the Blues traded linemate Craig Janney to San Jose.
October 30, 1990 |
An Inquirer truck driver was stabbed early today in an attempted robbery while making a delivery at a North Philadelphia convenience store, police said. The driver, Al Ansky, 54, of Broomall, Delaware County, was reported in serious condition at Temple University Hospital after undergoing surgery for two chest wounds. Police said Ansky was dropping off newspapers at the A-Plus Mini-Mart, at Broad and Oxford streets, at 4:39 a.m. today when he was confronted by a knife-wielding man who demanded money.
March 16, 1997 |
Considering how the Flyers played yesterday in their 7-5 loss at home to the Buffalo Sabres, general manager Bob Clarke might be inclined to pull the trigger on a trade as the 3 p.m. Tuesday deadline approaches. According to several NHL sources, Clarke has either had discussions about or the team has recently scouted Gino Odjick, Tie Domi, Jamie Macoun, Ray Ferraro, Doug Zmolek and Kirk Muller. As of Friday night, Clarke was homing in on Domi, the irascible right winger for Toronto, and Odjick, the fighter of the Vancouver Canucks, to fill a void at forward.
June 26, 2000 |
Scotty Bowman, the winningest coach in NHL history, is returning for another season with the Detroit Red Wings. Bowman, 66, had been mulling his future since the Red Wings' second-round playoff elimination by the Colorado Avalanche. As the league's entry draft was ending yesterday in Calgary, Detroit general manager Ken Holland said Bowman would be back under a one-year contract. Holland had told Bowman after the Colorado series he wanted him back. "I wanted to feel in my heart that I could come back and, healthwise, I wanted to make sure I was up to the challenge again," Bowman said of the month it took him to decide to return for a 29th season as an NHL coach.