Carlyle, Ducks hoping to prove you can go home again

With a Leaf team and organization in transition, Carlyle might have been the wrong man at the wrong time for Toronto. You can bring your own little unique twist to it, but really, the staple is already created. Since it’s too far to commute, he’s rented that home to a family from Kitchener, Ont., and is renting a place of his own in Anaheim. Now, Bieksa and Patrick Eaves are on the sidelines.Through it all, Carlyle has had to rely on younger players. I can guarantee you, when you do your pre-scout for tonight’s game, there isn’t a defensive-zone faceoff play they’ll use that we won’t use, too. “It’s the way a lot of us approach the game. A set piece, off a defensive-zone draw, was Ryan Getzlaf’s 110-foot breakaway pass to Rickard Rakell. However, he has been the perfect fit in Anaheim, a team that has relied on a handful of old-school principles to get to the third round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, where they are down 2-1 in their series against the Nashville Predators.Carlyle, for example, is scrupulous about getting the matchups he wants. They began the playoffs without two injured defensive mainstays, Cam Fowler and Sami Vatanen. But Carlyle kept the team on an even emotional keel and eventually the Ducks prevailed.“He’s a combination of keeping it light, joking around and emphasizing we should be having fun – and also being super competitive and intense,” Ducks defenceman Kevin Bieksa said. Everybody steals the same power play. “I’m a thief. In the dressing room, before a practice, you want it to be a comfortable environment and jovial. Coaching can be a precarious and uncertain profession, although in his two separate stints, Carlyle holds the record as the Ducks coach with the most wins, a record of 319-205-74. So it was kind of like coming home, going back into the building, where all the same people work. So in the second round against the Edmonton Oilers, he had Ryan Kesler skating practically side-by-side with Connor McDavid for the entire series. In the deciding game against Edmonton, Anaheim fell behind early – which might have been a catastrophe in other years, when the Ducks had a well-earned reputation for coming up small on home ice, in series-clinching games. And then, when it’s time to work, it’s time to work.”After leaving Toronto, Carlyle bought a home in Encinitas, Calif., near San Diego, where he eventually plans to retire. Everybody steals the same defensive-zone coverage. Thomas Wolfe said you can’t go home again, a theory the Anaheim Ducks are trying to disprove with coach Randy Carlyle.Last summer, after yet another failed attempt to win the Stanley Cup with a team in the heart of its window to contend, the Ducks removed a very successful regular-season coach in Bruce Boudreau and replaced him with Carlyle, who was at the helm a decade ago when the Ducks won the only championship in team history. The play came from the bench and effectively turned the series around, after the Ducks had fallen two games behind the Oilers.But more than any other quality, Ducks’ general manager Bob Murray brought Carlyle back because of his calm demeanour. “When I was a player, if you ever got called into the general manager’s office, your hands would get all sweaty. You learn from everyone else. But where many coaches in the modern NHL are content to match defence pairs against other teams’ top lines, Carlyle actually uses shadows. “To stay current, you have to get to their level and understand them. Carlyle is on to Act 3 of his NHL coaching career, after spending parts of four seasons behind the bench of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Rookie Ondrej Kase moved up to play on Getzlaf’s line for Game 2 of the Nashville series.Once in a while, Carlyle likes to throw a surprise at his kids, just to keep things interesting.“The younger generation, they laugh at my music because I’m a classic-rock guy,” he said. Second-year pro Nick Ritchie has two game-winning goals in the past 10 days. But the team, it’s been a work in progress all year.”The changes have carried over into the playoffs, where the Ducks have muddled along despite injuries that might have crippled a lesser team. There’s a time and place to have fun. He has 410 career regular-season wins and passed Jacques Demers in the final game of the regular season to move into 33rd place.Over his career, Carlyle has tried to stay true to what he believes in, while adapting to changing times.“More than anything, these players don’t have any fear any more,” Carlyle said in a recent interview. If, all of a sudden, you come up with something from Eminem – and put that in a pump tape – they get it.”How does Carlyle keep up with new trends in coaching?“I steal,” he says, with a laugh. They’re all the same.” For Oilers’ executive Wayne Gretzky, this brought back flashbacks to an earlier era when he had to deal with the likes of Steve Kasper (The Friendly Ghost) following him on the ice.Carlyle also believes in calling faceoff plays. Now, they’ve all got security.“If you don’t adjust to what’s new or what’s working, you’re going to get lost by the wayside.”Carlyle will tell you the perception of the Ducks around the league may not accurately reflect the current incarnation of the team.“We transitioned some youth into our team this year,” Carlyle said, “but when everyone sees the Ducks, they label it Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry. I just watch what other people are doing.

Former Habs owner John David Molson had a passion for hockey

Scotty Bowman, who would go on to coach the Canadiens, recalls that he was quick, competent and calm.“He played as he was in real life,” Mr. Molson said. After all the rain we had, the moon suddenly came out and it was so nice.”Along with his wife, Mr. We used to get calls at 11:30 at night. His father, who served in both world wars and worked in the family’s Molson Brewery business, loved his offspring but expected them to conform to the codes of the day. Molson and his two brothers, William and Peter Molson, soon bought the Canadian Arena Co. “He was reserved but gave it his all.”His elementary and high-school years were spent at Lower Canada College in Montreal’s Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood. Under his leadership over the next seven years, the Montreal Forum was rebuilt and the Canadiens won five Stanley Cups, including a nail-biter on May 11, 1968, when the team, coached by the legendary Toe Blake, came from behind in the final minutes of the third period with goals by Henri Richard and Jean-Claude Tremblay to beat the St. After a few minutes of polite chitchat, he abruptly asked: “Want to come see my yacht?” He didn’t say that he’d bought it from his father for $1 or that it needed lots of repairs.She did, and they were married a few months later.“From the get-go, David was so easy to be with,” Mrs. You never have any private time,” she continued. “We just enjoyed each other.”The couple shared a love of water, over the years sailing to places such as the Bahamas and exploring the Mackenzie River, the largest and longest river system in Canada. Louis team and would come back to coach the Canadiens in the summer of 1971. Molson leaves his younger brother, Peter Molson; his children, John Henry, Catherine Elizabeth and David Hugh Molson; and seven grandchildren.To submit an I Remember: obit@globeandmail.comSend us a memory of someone we have recently profiled on the Obituaries page. from their older relatives for $5-million. It closed its doors for the final time on October 1, 1990.Mr. Molson, at the suggestion of his wife, honked as he came into the locks, a salute to the people gathered there to watch the boats coming in.“To his horror, the horn wouldn’t stop,” Mrs. And it was at Montreal’s Hillside Tennis Club that he caught sight of a tall, blond woman in 1955 and expressed an interest in meeting her.“That’s Claire Faulkner,” he was told. Please include I Remember in the subject field. 30, 1971, the brothers arranged to sell the company and the hockey club to Placements Rondelle Ltée, whose main shareholders were Peter and Edward Bronfman, for about $15-million. Molson said. Now co-ed, at the time it was a boys-only institution modelled after British public schools such as Eton and Harrow, a place that emphasized academics and sports and counted among its graduates university presidents, politicians, world-renowned scientists and pioneers in medicine, the military, business and the arts.After LCC, at the behest of his father, Mr. “She did, and there was a difference in the room. At university in Brussels, he played for the Belgian national team – a prolific scorer who became known in the country as the player with “blond hair that flows like Canadian wheat.” And in 1955, driving back to Montreal from his honeymoon in Saint-Sauveur, 60 kilometres north of the city, he told his new wife, Claire Faulkner Molson, that he had to make a pit stop along the way in the town of Saint-Jérôme to play in a hockey match.“This was long before the days of helmets, masks and mouth guards and he was struck across the bridge of his nose by a hockey puck and ended up being rushed to Montreal General Hospital,” Mrs. “People had our phone number and address. Molson with promotions. Bowman, who was the coach of that St. Lawrence Seaway, Mr. It was under him that the Canadiens won five Stanley Cups, and he was one of the forces behind the National Hockey League’s first expansion in the 1967-68 season from the original six teams to 12.“It was a tough, exacting job,” said Marc Cloutier, who did public relations for the Canadiens and helped Mr. He got to know the business from the ground up, starting on the trucks that delivered the product and making friends with the other drivers and supply room workers who would go on to join his industrial hockey league team and play against teams from other major companies.Soon, he was promoted upstairs, but chafed at having to work in an office. Molson, who was known as David, died in Montreal on May 8 of congestive heart failure. In wintertime, there was an ice rink in the family’s expansive back yard in tony Westmount, complete with boards, lights and metal posts. They were to be seen and not heard, always be respectful to their elders and attend church on Sundays. Once, while coming back from an outing on the St. Louis Blues, 3-2.“He was a delegator,” said Mr. It was a rigid world where you acted out of duty, no matter if you wanted to or not.There were strict bed times and there was afternoon tea. When his daughter took his hand, she remarked how warm it was.“I told her to open the window so his soul could fly out,” Mrs. after days of torrential rains. “Someone who shall remain nameless said ‘David, you need a gun in your house’ and he gave one to us, along with the shells, instructing us to put it under the bed. “Don’t bother. It was here that young David began to skate at the age of 3, learning to fall, get up and do it all over again.When his parents finally moved from his childhood home, he transported that rink, piece by piece, to his own back garden in Baie d’Urfé, in Montreal’s West Island. Just before the start of the 1963-64 season, they asked the younger man to take over leadership of the company, an opportunity he jumped at, despite his father declaring that he’d never known anyone to make work out of what was supposed to be a hobby.Mr. “Here was a man who hated the limelight and the horn was blaring away. Molson’s older cousins, senator Hartland Molson and Thomas Molson, bought the Canadian Arena Company and its holdings, which included the Club de Hockey Canadien. Molson never really spoke about why he sold the team, but his wife said the political climate in the wake of the October Crisis in 1970 didn’t help. “Having to choose which teams would fit, where to build new audiences or take advantage of an audience that was already there, which teams would get which players – the answers weren’t obvious.”John David Molson was born on June 1, 1928, the third of John Henry Molson and the former Florence Hazel Browne’s four children. Constantly being in the public eye was affecting our health and with a family and a long future together, we just couldn’t manage it any more.”Following the sale of the team, Mr. Bowman said. Can you imagine?“You’re never left alone. He took a hammer to it once and it stopped, then again to be sure – and it started up again.”In 1957, Mr. “He knew the game, understood it intimately and he trusted the people he had around him.”On Dec. “I never did get to be carried across the threshold of our new home.”Mr. As an adult, as a husband and father, as a scion of the brewery family and as owner – with his two brothers – of the Montreal Canadiens, you could often find him at midnight in the Verdun Auditorium, a lone figure illuminated by the lights, skating up and down the length of the rink, fast, faster, his hockey stick arcing behind him as he practised shooting into an empty net. Molson bought Continental Galleries in downtown Montreal; he and his wife, an artist, dealt mostly in Canadian art. She’s already engaged to someone else.”Undeterred, he still managed to wangle an introduction. Molson said. Molson said. The couple went to every home game, leaving their three children in Baie d’Urfé with a nanny – and when the police informed them that there had been a bomb threat, that was it.“It was unnerving to know that anyone watching TV could see that we were at a game and not at home,” Mrs. His mother once told his wife, Claire, about the time David was four years old and burst into tears at a birthday party.“He wanted to be at home for teatime,” the older woman said.There were tennis lessons, football and soccer games, and yachting in an oft-leaky boat called the Heather. The team would win one more Stanley Cup with Mr. While other executives met for long business lunches, he went and played tennis instead. Each year, as soon as the weather got cold, he could be found outside at night in a winter jacket and snow boots, carefully tramping the snow and sprinkling water on it so it would freeze evenly.As a teen, David played with the Montreal Royals, which was part of the Quebec Junior Hockey League, mostly on the left wing but sometimes subbing as a centre. He was 88 years old, a quiet, generous man who hated the limelight and, despite his father’s disapproval, turned a passion into his business. John David Molson was happy on ice. Molson at the helm – another dramatic Game 7 victory, this time against the Chicago Black Hawks.Mr. Molson died at 12:06 a.m. Molson attended the Université libre de Bruxelles, in Belgium, for a year to learn French and groom himself for an entry into the family’s brewery business, which he did in 1949 at the age of 21. Molson recalled.

Braves ride big first inning to win over Blue Jays

But with the Atlanta star in obvious pain, the Braves challenged and the call was reversed after a video review. Nick Markakis’ single to left brought home two more runs.Suzuki followed with a drive into the left-field seats for his second homer of the season, putting the Braves ahead 6-0 before Biagini finally recorded an out.Mike Foltynewicz (2-4) went six innings for the win, allowing three runs.Things got heated in the late innings. IF Johan Camargo was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett to take his place on the roster, while Peterson took over Garcia’s starting spot. “He may need a couple of more days,” manager John Gibbons said. He’s coming off a strong performance against the Miami Marlins, allowing just three hits over six scoreless innings. Jace Peterson appeared to say something to Bautista as he rounded first, and Suzuki was waiting for Bautista when he touched home.No punches were thrown.TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: SS Troy Tulowitzki (right hamstring) will not come off the DL on Thursday, as Toronto had hoped. Freeman headed to the clubhouse instead of first base, with no immediate word on the seriousness of the injury.Atlanta has won three consecutive games against the Jays. “I might have jumped the gun saying he’d be back for the weekend,” Gibbons conceded.Braves: 3B Adonis Garcia was placed on the 10-day disabled list with tendinitis in his left Achilles tendon. Kurt Suzuki hit a three-run homer to cap a six-run first inning, and the Atlanta Braves held on after Freddie Freeman left with an injury in an 8-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.Freeman was struck on the left wrist by a pitch in the fifth inning. After the Braves took two straight in Toronto, the teams shifted to SunTrust Park to complete the four-game, home-and-home series.The result was the same.The Braves, who scored 19 runs in their two wins at Toronto, jumped all over Joe Biagini (1-2) their first time up. He has lasted at least six innings in six of his eight starts, including two complete games.Braves: RH Julio Teheran (3-3, 4.08) makes his ninth start of the season. Also, 3B Josh Donaldson will need a bit longer to recover from a calf injury that’s kept him out more than a month. Camargo wound up in the game, replacing the injured Freeman and remaining in the game at third base, while Peterson shifted over to first.UP NEXTBlue Jays: RH Marcus Stroman (3-2, 3.38 ERA) will go for his third straight win. Ender Inciarte led off with a single, and Brandon Phillips reached on Biagini’s errant throw to second trying to get the lead runner.Biagini created more trouble for himself by walking Freeman and Matt Kemp, the latter forcing in Atlanta’s first run. The umpires initially ruled that Aaron Loup’s pitch did not hit Freeman. Kevin Pillar struck out swinging to end the seventh and apparently thought Atlanta’s Jason Motte quick-pitched him, yelling toward the mound before Suzuki stepped in to calm things.Then, in the eighth, the benches cleared after Toronto’s Jose Bautista homered to left, standing briefly at home plate to admire the drive before flipping the bat away. …

Senators dominate Penguins to take 2-1 series lead

“More a flukey thing than anything.”Barely past the halfway mark of the first, the Senators went ahead 2-0 on a goal by, of all things, stay-at-home defenceman Marc Methot pinching so deep in the Penguins zone that he found himself taking a high shot that hit Fleury, bounced down and Methot was able to backhand his own rebound into the net for his second of the playoffs.“The crowd got into it,” said Hoffman. Call it The Butterfly Effect.The Ottawa Senators were calling Wednesday “a great day” even before the anthems, long before they steamrolled over the defending Stanley Cup-champion Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 to take a two-games-to-one lead in the Eastern Conference final.Earlier they had learned that Jonathan Pitre, known as “The Butterfly Boy” and both a great fan and a favourite of the Ottawa players, now has a stem cell transplant that is working. – and so confusing the slow-moving Pittsburgh defenders that Derick Brassard was able to clip the puck past Fleury from close in. “We’re thinking about you.”So, too, was the sellout crowd at Canadian Tire Centre, offering a standing ovation when a photograph of Pitre in the hospital appeared on the scoreboard.The fans may as well have started the game standing and stayed on their feet. The winner of this series will meet either the Ducks or the Nashville Predators (Nashville holding a 2-1 lead after three games.)This unexpected and lopsided victory came largely courtesy of the Pittsburgh defence. The Senators were last in the final in 2007, when they lost to the Anaheim Ducks. Crowd energy helped Sens bombard Penguins: Brassard (The Canadian Press)

Related: Senators need to keep an open mind about switching up their systemThe 16-year-old Grade 11 student from nearby Russel, Ont., suffers from epidermolysis bullosa, a rare disease that causes painful blistering and tearing of the skin. He was, once again, rock solid in the Senators net.The most gregarious moment for the tattered Pittsburgh defenders came late in the second period when, following an excellent impersonation of the Keystone Kops running amok, the stumbling defence allowed Senators centre Kyle Turris to walk in, pull Murray out of the net and slip the puck in behind the goalie.The Penguins finally beat Anderson on a power play late in the third, when Crosby managed to slip the puck into the Ottawa net after Kessel had ripped a shot on a nice set-up from Streit.But by then it was much too late.“You can’t win any games any more if you can’t score any goals,” Ottawa captain Erik Karlsson had said before the match.This night, they found a way. A stem-cell transplant attempted last fall had failed, but a second one, using stem cells donated by his mother Tina Boileau and completed April 13 at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, appears to have taken.“It’s a great day today,” Ottawa head coach Guy Boucher said before the game. At one point the Senators scored three goals in 2:18, a franchise record.“To have an outburst like that,” said Ottawa forward Kyle Turris, “it’s big – especially at home.”Finally deciding to play aggressive hockey – no doubt inspired by the increasingly depleted Pittsburgh defence – the Senators roared to an early lead when, 48 seconds into the game, forward Mike Hoffman slashed at a puck well to the side of the Pittsburgh net and the first shot of the game bounced in off Penguins goaltender Marc-André Fleury. It was Brassard’s fourth goal of the playoffs.They went ahead 4-0 only 24 seconds later, as forward Zack Smith came down with the puck, swept around sluggish Pittsburg defender Brian Dumoulin, carried the puck around the back of the net and scored his first of the spring on Fleury with a wraparound.That was it for Fleury, the 9-5 record and .931 save average he brought to the game instantly forgotten.“We got a few good bounces,” said Smith. Sufferers rarely reach into their 20s. Earlier in the day he had talked about the team’s “high-end skill guys that can score” – Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel – and suggested it was “just a matter of getting them the pucks.”Well, it turned out to be much more than that, particularly given the way that Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson has been playing. The quick, smart Letang was also the quarterback of the Penguins once-vaunted power play. “We worked pretty hard for our goals tonight.”“We’ve done a better job of transitioning,” said Boucher.Matt Murray, the 22-year-old Thunder Bay native who was a sensation in the Penguins 2016 Cup win, skated out to replace Fleury.This game was a middle finger aimed at those – The Globe and Mail high among them – who have been critical of the Senators’ neutral-zone trapping and defence first, second and third.Asked if the players were aware of the growing debate over this dreary style of play, little centre Jean-Gabriel Pageau merely smiled and said, “We’re here.”This game proved they are indeed here and possibly could move on to the Stanley Cup final for the first time in a decade. That role then fell to young Justin Schultz, who has played well but suffered a “lower-body” injury in Pittsburgh and did not dress for Game 3.To run their struggling quarterback, the Penguins turned to Marc Streit, a 39-year-old Swiss who was once a force with the New York Islanders and other NHL teams but played only 19 games for the Penguins this year, counting one goal. The team’s star defender, Kris Letang, is lost for the season. For Hoffman, it was his fifth goal of the postseason.“That doesn’t happen very often,” said Hoffman. “We just took it from there.”Less than two minutes later it was Ottawa again, winning the puck on an aggressive fore-check – where did that come from? In the playoffs he has been a healthy scratch and is largely unfamiliar with the Penguins power play.Streit said he’d be running on adrenalin and came out with energy on the Penguins first chance with the man advantage.