Beware Khabibulin in Game 2?

Beware Khabibulin in Game 2?

Posted by TimS on Fri, 04/17/2009 - 01:12
Flames coach Mike Keenan wasn't screaming or yelling after Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Hawks in Game 1, even though he felt Andrew Ladd interfered with goalie Miikka Kiprusoff on Martin Havlat's winning goal 12 seconds into overtime. Keenan was doing what he does best, subtly sending a message to the NHL that he wants his goalie protected while also warning the Hawks that Nikolai Khabibulin better keep his head up in Game 2 on Saturday. "There will be a debate about goaltender interference," Keenan said. "A couple times they had run Kiprusoff over earlier in the game. It's certainly part of their game plan. It's a good plan if you can get away with it, and so far they have." The Hawks got better as the game went on and felt they learned a ton in what was the first playoff game for many of them. "A lot of guys got experience , but we're on the job (learning) every day," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "It's a huge jump," Jonathan Toews said. "We all know it's great to have momentum in a series like this. It gives us a lot of confidence, but we know they're going to come back even harder the next game and we have to make sure we step up our game." Havlat's goal 12 seconds into OT tied Pit Martin's team playoff record. Give Quenneville props for some terrific in-game adjustments. Putting Havlat, Dave Bolland and Ladd back together as a line paid off greatly in OT with Havlat bagging the winner.
Comments ()
We are now using Facebook comments to offer a more inclusive, social and constructive discussion. Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our or terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.