Friday, May 11, 2007

Captain Clutch and Joe Dependable

And then there were two.

When the Stanley Cup playoff conference finals began a few weeks back, four Terriers were still in contention to put their names on the silver cup. But the season has ended for New Jersey's Jay Pandolfo and San Jose's Mike Grier, and, as conference final play begins, that number has shriveled to just two. One, of course, is Chris Drury, whose heroics helped Buffalo eliminate the Devils. A Rochester Democrat & Chronicle feature looks at Drury through the eyes of former Terrier Assistant Coach and current Lowell Head Coach Blaise MacDonald. (Note what is either a typo or factual error). Meanwhile, a psychology professor uses Drury to validate his research about the factors that enable some athletes to thrive in pressure situations. Chris, who exemplifies the adage "success breeds success," sees these situations as challenges, not threats, according to the USA Today article.

The other remaining former Scarlet skater is the low-profile Joe DiPenta, now in his second full season with the Ducks (so glad they jettisoned “Mighty”). Scott Niedemeyer and Chris Pronger are the big names on the Anaheim blueline, but DiPenta provides defensive-minded stability according to a New England Hockey Journal feature.

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