HE SAID IT
“Our best player for 10 years. Quietly. He’s not flashy. But if you watch him during a game, he’s Mr. Perfect. He rarely makes a mistake. He plays effortlessly. Scott Niedermayer skates effortlessly, Nick does everything effortlessly. It’s hard to explain. A perfect player—that would be a good way to put it. When they talk about our team, he’s always the fifth or sixth guy they mention . . . when, really, he’s our guy.” - Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood on defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom.
FROM THE STAT WIZARDS AT ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU
Vincent Lecavalier scored the first goal for Tampa Bay in last night's victory. He and Martin St. Louis have combined for six of Tampa Bay's nine goals in the 2007 playoffs. During the regular season those two accounted for 39 percent of the goals scored by the Lightning, the highest percentage for any two teammates in the league.
I'll be headed out to what should be an electric atmosphere at the Garden for Game Three. Kari Lehtonen will be back in goal for Atlanta. It doesn't really matter who Bob Hartley plays. The urgency still must be the same for the Rangers. Put this team away!