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SLY NOTES: A QUIETER SECOND ROUND

Friday, 05.04.2012 / 3:27 PM
By Kevin Sylvester - Sabres "Hockey Hotline" Host / SLY NOTES
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SLY NOTES
SLY NOTES: A QUIETER SECOND ROUND

* Is it me, or have things calmed down a bit in the second round? I haven’t watched every minute of every game, but I haven’t witnessed the nastiness that dominated talk in the first round.

* I want to care about the World Championship, but it’s not the same as the old World Cup that used to take place with the game’s best battling for world supremacy before training camps began. The Olympics took that event away, and as long as the NHL participates in the Olympics, I don’t see the World Cup coming back.

* New Montreal GM Marc Bergevin returned Randy Cunneyworth to the position of assistant coach, after he took the arrows as interim head coach of a bad team. Bergevin said that the new head coach will decide whether or not Cunneyworth remains on board. I expect that answer to be yes, given how Cunneyworth handled the bad situation with dignity and the fact he’s a good coach.

* Speaking of good, I thought Bob Cole was, during the CBC broadcast of Devils and Flyers in Game 3 on Thursday night. The broadcast booth in New Jersey might be the highest in the league, but Cole was on the play and identified everyone correctly. So why is that impressive, given that it was Bob Cole? He was born in 1933, so do the math. It’s also nice to hear former Sabres defenseman Garry Galley doing great work alongside Cole.

* I have most of your suggestion in for Pancakes of Buffalo. I’ve already hit the first spot. Reviews and the rankings will be out in a month or so, because I can only eat pancakes once a week!

* Quote of the week comes from daughter when she entered the room and saw me watching hockey: “That’s boring. The Sabres aren’t playing.”

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82