The Ottawa Citizen from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on April 27, 1991 · 57
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The Ottawa Citizen, Saturday, April 27, 1991 E3 -MMMMMUUIUHMgSBMiSgMIL lllll Jllll I , MB IW m. Hockey Humbled Habs face survival test tonigh n fv- ' . t ; ' . -! - . ,v -"V . . "-. llii-- imii By Bill Beacon The Canadian Press Pat Burns Didn't respect Bruins MONTREAL It was a sombre, chastened group of Montreal Canadiens that showed up for practice on Friday after taking a beating from the Boston Bruins. Montreal's 4-1 loss at Boston Garden pushed the Canadiens to one game from elimination in their best-of seven Adams Division final. Boston leads 32 with Game 6 tonight at the Forum. "It's a big test for us as a hockey team," said forward Brent Gilchrist "It's the biggest challenge we've had all year so we'll see what kind of character we have." The Canadiens appeared to have control of the series after a 6-2 victory in Game 4 last Tuesday, but the Bruins responded with an aggressive checking game. Boston out-shot Montreal 32-19 in a game that wasn't close. "We had guys that thought it was all over," said Montreal coach Pat Burns. "We had guys who didn't have 10 games experience in the National Hockey League making big quotes (to the media). "We didn't respect the opposition, that's where we missed out." The Bruins looked like a team on the way out in two previous games at the Forum. They won Game 3 by 21 only because goaltender Andy Moog made 39 saves. But back in Boston, the slumbering Craig Janney woke up with four assists, three on goals by Cam Neely. And a new checking line of Randy Burridge, Peter Douris and Ron Hoover checked Montreal's top line of Stephane Richer, Shayne Corson and Brian Skrudland cold. "I can say it 100 times," said Burns. "They outplayed us, outskated us, outhit us, outeverythinged us. "And we stood there with our fingers up our . . . noses." The Bruins turnaround followed a night in a nondescript motel outside of Boston where coach Mike Milbury took his players to make them think. "There's a reason for everything Mike does whether you get it or not is another thing," said Neely, looking relaxed in a golf shirt as his teammates returned to the Forum from practice at a suburban rink. Neely said it was superstition rather than injury that caused him to skip the practice. "I didn't practice the day before Game 5 so I didn't wanl to change anything today," he said. 3 He's not alone. Forward Chris Nilan said the Bruin want to play exactly the same game tonight to get the s& ries over. ! "We wanted to set a tone to play aggressive, skating hockey and that's what we did," said Nilan. a Boston native who played most of nine seasons with Montreal before he was traded to the New York Rangers in 1988. He moved to the Bruins last summer. J "We'll have to carry it into the next game. We have the edge now but it doesnt mean much. We have to play the same game. I'm not worried about the size of the rink because there's not that much difference." j The Forum ice surface is nine feet longer and two feel wider than at Boston Garden, giving more room for Mon; treal skaters like Russ Courtnall and Denis Savard. ' "We've both won in each other's building, although Andy pretty much won the game for us here," said Neely. "But both teams have good road records." Canada clinches medal-round berth Team Canada 3, Sweden 3 By Chris Cariou The Canadian Press TURKU, Finland The last 18 months have been tough on Sean Burke, but the past eight days have brought the red-headed goaltender from Toronto back to his days as a national hero. Burke, supplanted by Chris Terreri for the No. 1 spot with the NHL's New Jersey Devils, stopped 37 shots Friday to lead Canada to a tie with Sweden at the world hockey championship. It was Burke's fifth straight game without a loss and the point clinched Canada a spot in next week's medal round. Steve Larmer of the Chicago Black-hawks scored 10 seconds into the third period to tie the game. Burke, a veteran of three world championships, one Olympic Games and many other international tournaments, said he's playing well here for one reason: he's getting playing time. "When you know you're going to play a lot, it's easy to get yourself mentally prepared," he said while being tapped on the shoulder and signing autographs for fans. "It got to the point in New Jersey where I'd go seven or eight games in a row without playing. When I did play it was like if I don't win, I wasn't going to play again." Burke stopped 18 second-period shots to keep Canada's hopes alive, limiting Sweden to a pair of goals and a 3-2 lead. In the game's final minute, he robbed former Washington Capital Bengt Gustafs-son to preserve the tie. Q " n . If "'V.,,.- ; V u 'INK- 1 V -mem It ' if r t if mat CP Photo Up and oven Sweden's Mats Naslund is tripped by Canada's Doug Lidster beside goalie Sean Burke Burke Ready to play "(Head coach) Dave King told me I was going to play my share of hockey and to come over in a good state of mind," Burke said. 'That's what I've tried to do. This is a chance to end the year on a good note." Geoff Courtnall of the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago's Steve Thomas also scored for Canada, now 4-1-1. The Canadians play Czechoslovakia on Sunday before medal-round action begins Tuesday. In other action Friday, Finland beat Switzerland 6-1, the Soviet Union defeated Czechoslovakia 6-2 and the United States tied Germany 44. Ulf Samuelsson of the Philadelphia Flyers, Thomas Rundquist and Anders Carls- son replied for Sweden, which also qualified for medal-round play. King rested Burke on Thursday, putting Mike Vernon of the Calgary Flames in goal against the Soviet Union. But Vemon struggled and Canada lost 5- 3. Burke was back in net Friday and resumed the strong play King, his long-time coach, has come to expect. "The story of the second period and our survival was Sean Burke," said King, surrounded by as many autograph-seekers as the Canadian players. "When everybody else started to panic at times, he settled things down and played really strong for us. "He's experienced internationally, and that's really important over here." King, who wants to keep Burke sharp, hinted he may split the goaltending duties Sunday against Czechoslovakia. Burke's performance here should enhance his image in the NHL enough, he hopes, to prompt a team to make a deal for him. "The last year and a half hasn't gone the way I had hoped," he said. "New Jersey has a guy in Chris Terreri who's a very capable goaltender. "I want to find myself in a situation where I'm going to play more." Hawks' ouster blow to tournament organizers Sudbury 5, Hawkesbury 3 Thunder Bay 10, Montreal 0 By Bob Ferguson Citizen sports writer HAWKESBURY From the standpoint of the Central Canada Centennial Cup qualifying tournament organizing committee, the worst of possible senarios has developed. Sudbury Cubs and Thunder Bay Flyers will meet tonight for the Dudley Hewitt Trophy. The Cubs shattered the dreams of the hometown Hawkesbury Hawks, Central Junior Hockey League champions, scoring a victory Friday in semifinal play. Earlier in the day the Flyers crushed Montreal Olympiques. The outcome, in addition to being costly for the organizers, makes tonight's final largely academic. As host for the May 411 Centennial Cup, the Cubs already are assured a berth in that tournament. Regardless of how tonight's final turns out, the Flyers will represent Central Canada in Sudbury. "This will probably cost us upwards to $10,000," said Hawks president and tournament chairman Jacques Trancheiwmtagne. "We knew we'd be in a bit of a finan cial hole but this could make it considerably deeper. I doubt there'll be many in the arena." Cubs coach Ben Rogano conceded this was probably true, but for his club, the game still has meaning. "This is step two in what we consider the Triple Crown of our hockey," he said. "The first jewel was winning the Northern Ontario league crown. Winning this would be the second and the Centennial Cup would complete the picture." Sparkling goaltending by Roch Chatel and two goals by Darren Dougan and a single by John Batton, helped the Cubs build a 3-0 lead midway through the second period. The Hawks rebounded on goals from Luc Boyer, Dominique Ducharme and Derek Armstrong to even the count. Brad Gerrior netted the winner at 7:29 of the final period, deflecting a blast from the point past Jean Pascal Lemelin. Batton added an empty-net goal with 15 seconds remaining. The Flyers, Centennial Cup champions in the 198889 season, will play the final with a manpower disadvantage, the result of suspensions based on fighting penalties. Lost to the Flyers tonight are goalie Chris Burns, forward Jason Mallon and Omer Belisle and defenceman Jason Wright. "Somehow this doesn't sit right with me," said Flyers coach and general manager Dave Siciliano. "I don't disagree with the rule but the fact there is no avenue for appeal is ridiculous. The other guys are through for the season so they couldn't care less." Siciliano argued the point by phone to no avail with the CAHA's director of bylaws and regulations Hal Lewis. Wayne Strachan and Gary Kitching paced the Thunder Bay onslaught with three goals apiece. Singles went to Ryan Reynard, Corey Johnson, Kevin Hoogsteen and Brad Kukko. Chris Burns earned the shutout. Kanata goalie Wayne Marion was named the tournament most valuable player while Hawkesbury's Jean-Pascal Lemelin was named the all-star team goalie with Thunder Bay's Andrew Hacken and Montreal's Sylvain Gauthier the all-star def'encemen. Strachan was chosen top centre, Sudbury's Willie McGarvey the right winger and Brent Peterson of the Flyers the left winger. Most gentlemanly player honors went to Montreal's Michel Latendresse. Tonight's title final at the Hawkesbury Recreation Complex begins at 8. Ar OUND THE RINKS Jets boost prices The Winnipeg Jets have boosted ticket prices by 10 per cent, the MIL club announced Friday. The price of Individual season ticket will range (Yum M to $1221. the tetmi said In a statement. On a per game basis, the range Is $9.25 to $27.75. Individual game tickets for non sen son ticket holders will range from $12.85 to $il2.!M. Burns tricks media Montreal Canadiens coach Pat Burns played a trick on the media covering the NHL playoffs Friday when the team bus failed to show up for a scheduled practice at a suburban rink. Burns and his players In ftill equipment boarded a bus at the Forum to take them to a 3:30 p.m. practice at Guy Gagnon Arena in suburban Verdun. The bus never arrived at the arena. A Canadiens spokesman said Bums had cancelled the practice, but gave no indication of where the team had gone. Bums said later he took the players for a ride to talk to them about a lacklustre performance in Game 3 of their Adams Division final on Thursday, Extra security Fear that fans will abuse budding superstar Eric Limlros of the Oshawa Generals has prompted the team he snubbed to boost security for homes games in their Ontario Hockey league championship series. The 18-ycar-old Oshawa centre re-ftised to report to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in l!Mt!) after the club picked him first in the 01IL draft. The Greyhounds traded him to Oshawa, near his hometown of Toronto. He has yet to play a game in the Northern Ontario city. Officials are concerned about the reception Limlros will receive Thursday and Friday when the Generals play Games 3 and 4 of the best of seven series at Memorial Gardens in the Sault. Scouting medal round Detroit Red Wings general manager Bryan Murray and assistant Nick Poluno left Friday for Helsinki, Finland, to scout the medal round of the world championship tournament and perhaps sign players. Tops on their list is Niklas Udstrom, 21, the youngest player on the Swedish national team. If he and the Wings come to terms and both sides are optimistic Udstrom could be playing in Detroit next season. "He would rate pretty high on our team right now," Polano said Thursday. "The question is, can he handle the banging, the intimidation, the grind of playing iX) games in the NHL right away." (Citron nuws shivIciis) CJOH, CHRO win TV deal with Senators By Rick Mayoh Citizen sports writer The Ottawa Senators are scheduled to announce Monday they have signed a deal granting Baton Broadcasting the rights to televise some of the team's games on its CTV affiliates CJOH in Ottawa and CHRO in Pembroke. The agreement is believed to run five years and involve 30 games a season, according to a report by CJOH Friday. Financial terms between the team and the Toronto-based broadcasting company owned by Doug Bassett were not disclosed. The Senators initially were reported to be seeking $15 million for a five-year contract. The team would be the only one in eight NHL cities in Canada not to be controlled by Molson Breweries, which produces Hockey Night in Canada through Molstar Communications, al-' though HNIC may pick up some additional games. , "It's a great thing for us as far as community involvement," said CJOH sports director Brian Smith. "Everybody at the station is just thrilled about it. "When I went into the studio, the technical guys were really charged up. Everybody's celebrating. This is the best news we've heard since Dec. 6 (when Ottawa won a conditional NHL franchise)." Neither CJOH president Bryn Matthews nor team officials were available for comment. It is believed Molson Breweries, which owns Molstar, and the Senators were negotiating as recently as this week before talks broke off. The team was interested in broad-; casting as many games as possible witlv the Civic Centre sold out for the Senators first season in 1992-93. Ron Simpson, Molson's vice-president of sports, met with the Senators on March 20 and Jan. 28. "We do not have the capacity or the manpower to be able to go out and do our own network thing," said Senators president Jim Durrell following previous negotiations with Simpson. "We looked at it but we need the expertise of Molson." Abraham briefs Anka on Senators By Rick Mayoh Citizen sports writer Potential investor Paul Anka received a quick briefing about the Ottawa Senators from his financial adviser, Donald Abraham, by telephone after a performance in Tallahassee, Fla., Thursday. "It's not something we would do via the telephone," said Abraham Friday from Las Vegas, where Anka's production company is based. Abraham met with Terrace Investments Ltd. and team officials here Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss investing in the conditional NHL franchise, the proposed Palladium and the land it is to be built on. Before he left, Abraham said ho probably will submit a counterproposal on Anka's behalf within 10 days. "It's not the only thing I have on my table," he said. "Four TV stations in the United States are quite interesting. We're thinking about purchasing all or part of them in our efforts to diversity." Abraham said he is confident he gleaned all the information necessary from the Senators. "I probably need two or three days absorbing and digesting all my notes so when I meet with Mr. Anka, I can be sure I give him the total picture. "We've got to spend a few hours, maybe walk on the beach, and talk about it. "Generally, I thought the Ottawa meetings went very well," Abraham said. Abraham said his approach to business is simple. "One and one are two. You can bend it, you can shake it, you'll never make three out of it." if

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