Saturday, April 19, 2008

Looking back: Stanley Cup edition

The number of ex-Terriers in the Stanley Cup playoffs decreased by one last night as Jay Pandolfo and the New Jersey Devils were eliminated by the New York Rangers, 4 games to 1. The coup de grace came from Pando’s former Terrier teammate, Chris Drury, who scored his 45th playoff goal and 16th game winner.

Joe DiPenta and the defending champion Anaheim Ducks staved off elimination with a 5-2 win against Dallas. Others still in the cup chase: Washington Cap’s defenseman Tom Poti, Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ryan Whitney, San Jose Sharks winger Mike Grier, whose family connection to pro football were the subject of a Calgary Herald article, and Flames defenseman Adrian Aucoin.

Technically, there’s one more ex-Terrier in the group as Calgary recalled winger David VanderGulik from Quad City after the AHL affiliate completed its season to provide some emergency depth. VanderGulik’s 2-goal effort in Quad City’s next to last game gave him 19 for the season.

USHR reports that UM Lowell assistant coach Ken Rausch has resigned after seven years assisting Blaise MacDonald, a former BU associate head coach at Lowell. He also was MacDonald's assistant at Niagara for three seasons. Rausch, a speedy forward, played on three Frozen Four teams, including the 1995 national champions, and was MVP of the 1995 Beanpot, the final one played in the old Boston Garden. The report mentions Shawn McEachern, who recently left his post at Northeastern, as a possible replacement.

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