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Questions About The Islanders Answered

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from Larry Brooks’ Slap Shots at the NY Post, With multiple rumors relating to the franchise’s status circulating across various websites that also claimed no one from the league had denied such allegations, The Post posed a three-part question to Daly via e-mail in which we asked:

* Whether the NHL is in any shape or form involved with Islanders’ ownership/financial/hockey decisions as it was at the start of the Phoenix scenario;

* Whether Wang has “given back” the Islanders to the NHL;

* Whether the NHL has advanced or loaned any money to the Islanders?

“No, no and no,” Daly responded.

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Look, The West Coast Wings

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from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,

Perhaps it’s a fluke the Sharks haven’t represented the West in the Cup final yet. When you’re talking about consistently extraordinary teams that don’t seem to reach the post-season heights they’re destined for, it’s easy to forget just how hard it is to go all the way; only one team out of 30 can win. For a team that’s always in the running, though, odds dictate it’s only a matter of time before the pieces fall into place and they finally come together and push through.

Before the Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in 1997, they had won their division six out of the previous nine years, but had whiffed in the playoffs a few times with huge upset losses to the Hawks in ’89 and ’92 and the Sharks in ’94. They were swept in the ’95 Cup final as Presidents’ Trophy winners and ousted by the Avs in the conference final a year later after setting a new NHL record for wins in a season (62). Even after winning the title three times between 1997 and 2002, the Wings were still upset in the first round as the No. 1 seed twice during the next three post-seasons.

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Salo Looks As If He Could Play Tonight

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from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Sami Salo is not exactly known for his toughness, but he was being lauded for precisely that after his team’s morning skate on Tuesday.

Salo, who is suffering from a testicle injury after taking a Duncan Keith slap shot to the groin on Sunday, skated with his teammates and took practice repetitions on a pairing with Alexander Edler, his regular defence partner.

He was not made available to the media, and his playing status is still unknown, but the veteran Finn certainly looked ready to comeback, despite excruciating pain that led to a hospital visit during Game 5.

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Pronger Says Flyers Must Keep Their Composure

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from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

If there’s one thing that does drive Pronger batty, however, it’s having his club whistled for unnecessary penalties.

“I think that is something that we have had to learn to control the entire season—how to control our emotions,” Pronger said. “Playing at that intense state yet being under control. As a young team it takes a lot of learning.”

The Flyers were the most penalized team in the regular season, with 496 penalties totaling 1,350 minutes (16.6 minutes per game), and are 12th of 16 teams in the postseason with 56 minors totaling 122 minutes (12.8 minutes per game).

“We’ve had our ups and downs with respects to penalties,” Pronger said. “We kind of lost our composure at times. Over the last couple months of the season and into the playoffs, we have done an excellent job at keeping our heads about us and realizing what is at stake.”

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Killed By Penalty Kill

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One of the reasons that the Vancouver Canucks are losing three games to two against the Chicago Blackhawks is poor penalty kill.  In the playoffs, their penalty kill has been 67.3% successful.  This is the worst penalty kill in the playoffs and is a worse success rate than any team put up in the regular season (in a regular season where the Toronto Maple Leafs flirted with having the worst penalty kill ever).

In the regular season, Vancouver had a slightly below mid-range penalty kill.  Their 81.9% successful penalty kill was 17th in the league, but it has fallen apart in playoff time.  They have actually done better against Chicago than they did against Los Angeles in the first round (but their 61.5% success rate against LA was so bad it is hard not to improve).

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Morning Line

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“In all my years in this business, I have never seen an NHL team with such total lack of respect for the health and well being of one of their own.  Here is a player with integrity, honor and a strong work ethic which is being completely abandoned by the team he played for this year.”

-NHL player agent Allan Walsh on the Lightning refusing to pay for surgery on his client, Stephane Veilleux.  More from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.

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Wings Done, But Still Watching

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Today at my NHL.com blog, I take a look at the playoffs and even though Detroit has been eliminated, I plan to continue to keep watching.

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Chicago Ready For San Jose

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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

In a startling development after their Game-5 loss on home ice, the Chicago Blackhawks admitted they’ll be carrying a considerable amount of baggage into Vancouver for tonight’s Game 6.

No, really. A lot more baggage. Tons of it. After failing to close out the Canucks on Sunday, you see, the Hawks had to pack for the return flight to Vancouver and a possible week-long stay in San Jose for a Western Conference semifinal which might start as soon as Friday.

You have to admit, that’s a lot of stuff to be carrying around after one loss – socks, underwear, the haunting memory of Sunday night coupled with the spectre of facing a reborn Roberto Luongo at GM Place.

It just remains to be seen if the burden, in the literal or metaphoric sense, will actually begin to weigh down the high-flying Hawks.

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Another Philadelphia Goaltender, Another Win

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from Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News,

The temptation is to say that the Flyers have now experienced just about every malady there is to experience at this point (except maybe pestilence). But then you remember that this is the Year of the Seven Goaltenders, and that you really never know when the orthopedist’s phone is going to ring again - even if it is in the second period of a Stanley Cup playoff elimination game.

The temptation, also, is to write off this Flyers team as a group defined by its inconsistency - and falling behind by three games to none in a playoff series against the Boston Bruins was just going to be the final example. But then you see the way they play when they are cornered, and you see the definition of this group becoming more and more complex.

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The Bell Centre Experience

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from Dan Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Not sure what commercial you were watching at home or what else you might have been doing during this particular pause for a cause at 10:58 of the second period in Monday’s Eastern Conference semi-final between the Habs and Penguins, but 21,273 at the Bell Centre were going absolutely bonkers.

The three-minute screaming ovation that came after Mike Cammalleri’s second goal of the night was repaid by the Habs, who pulled into a 3-2 lead on Jaroslav Spacek’s perfect shot 2:17 later. From there, they would never look back.

If an NHL audience has ever been louder than the one that lifted the Habs into their second Game 7 against a vastly superior team, no one we checked with on press row can remember when.

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Below, check out the last minute of play from a fans view.  The noise continues to grow…

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