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IN THE CREASE
Pierre McGuire
May 17, 1999
After flyers owner Ed Snider and coach Roger Neilson publicly ripped referee Terry Gregson for his penalty call on John LeClair late in Game 6 of Philly's first-round series against the Maple Leafs, the NHL really stood by its man. Not only did it hand out large fines ($50,000 to Snider and $25,000 to Neilson), but it also assigned Gregson to officiate Game 7 of the Blues-Coyotes series two nights later. There's no bigger compliment to a ref than to have him handle a deciding game....
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May 17, 1999

In The Crease

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After flyers owner Ed Snider and coach Roger Neilson publicly ripped referee Terry Gregson for his penalty call on John LeClair late in Game 6 of Philly's first-round series against the Maple Leafs, the NHL really stood by its man. Not only did it hand out large fines ($50,000 to Snider and $25,000 to Neilson), but it also assigned Gregson to officiate Game 7 of the Blues-Coyotes series two nights later. There's no bigger compliment to a ref than to have him handle a deciding game....

The Red Wings made four deadline-day deals to improve their chances at a third-straight Stanley Cup, and the least heralded may make the biggest impact. With starting goalie Chris Osgood out because of a sprained right knee, Bill Ranford, who was acquired from the Lightning to back up Osgood, stopped 65 of 67 shots in two second-round victories over the Avalanche last week. Ranford had already endeared himself to his teammates with his excellent work habits in practice....

Has any team scouted Europe better than the Maple Leafs? Under the guidance of Anders Hedberg, the team's former scout and current director of player development, Toronto has plucked some European gems late in the draft. In 1994 it used the 256th pick to grab Russian wing Sergei Berezin, who led Toronto with 37 goals in 1998-99; in '95 the Leafs selected physical Russian defenseman Daniil Markov 223rd; and in '96 they took promising finesse blue-liner Tomas Kaberle, a Czech, 204th....

Some of the things that doomed the Devils in their first-round upset loss to the Penguins were poor line changes, an inability to consistently win face-offs and a lack of intensity. Privately some Pittsburgh players said their New Jersey counterparts were tight and shrank from physical confrontations. Said one Penguin, "We couldn't believe that they were falling down that easily after we hit them."

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