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via Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.,

Montreal’s Alexei Kovalev tied the score with 29 seconds remaining in the third period and Tom Kostopoulos scored the winner 48 seconds into overtime in the Canadiens’ 4-3 win over the Flyers in Game 1 of their series. It was only the fourth playoff game in NHL history in which a team tied the score in the final minute of regulation and won it in the first minute of overtime.

This is the first time that Mike Modano and Joe Thornton have played against each other in a postseason series. They’ve played in the same regular-season game 28 times, with the Stars winning 16 of them, Thornton’s teams (the Bruins and Sharks) 10, and two games ending in a tie. Thornton (9-18-27) has outscored Modano (10-15-25) by two points in their head-to-head games.

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Tortorella Leaving May Be A Good Thing

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from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune,

I think the Torts-led Lightning are played out.

Leaving this franchise might be the best thing for him, if not the franchise.

Yes, part of me says keep the coach, ditch the GM and hope for wondrous new ownership. Ah, the perfect world. It won’t happen.

Johnny Torts would get another job in about 139 seconds. He’d coach on. It just shouldn’t be here.

Four years ago, the Lightning won one more Stanley Cup than we ever thought they would, and Tortorella was a driving force, pushing, prodding, winning.

He’s a great coach. I like him. I love his honesty. And he cracks me up. But he’s not the man to carry this team forward, with the wiring and patience to retool and rebuild, especially with the ongoing fouled-up sale of the team.

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Can The Avs Win Four In A Row

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from Stan Fischler at Game On,

Nashville proved that the Wings are vulnerable, and I expect that Colorado will be more invasive than the talent-short Predators. Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, Ryan Smyth and Paul Stastny comprise a formidable quartet. They should drive Hasek or Osgood nuts, and either replacement will have migraines.

THE MAVEN PICKS: COLORADO IN FIVE

more picks from Stan…

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Gaborik Having Hip Problems

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from the Pioneer Press,

Marian Gaborik has what the Wild are calling a “hip deficiency” and will require further medical tests before the team determines the treatment.

The Wild issued a short statement Thursday saying the injury was “attributable to overuse,” after the Slovak Ice Federation announced the team wouldn’t permit Gaborik to play for Slovakia in the world championships because of the injury.

Wild general manager Doug Risebrough said he doesn’t know how serious the injury is.

“I don’t know either way, so I don’t want to comment on it,” he said.

Risebrough said Gaborik has seen team doctors who are consulting with others to determine a course of treatment. Risebrough said Gaborik didn’t inform the team of any discomfort during the playoffs.

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The Selke Finalists

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from Dan Rosen at NHL.com,

Between the three of them they scored 94 goals and dished out 138 assists. That’s some pretty decent offense for a trio of forwards being recognized for their defensive prowess.

Than again, in Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and John Madden, the three candidates for this year’s Frank J. Selke Trophy, given to the League’s best defensive forward, you have three of the best two-way players in the game.

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KK Poll added at 12:29pm

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Ducks Focus On Perry

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from Eric Stephens of the LA Times,

Corey Perry’s future is also high on their agenda. Perry, 23, can be a restricted free agent July 1 and he figures to command a salary in excess of $4 million after leading the Ducks with 29 goals this season despite missing time because of a severed tendon in his right leg.

Burke said he’s aware the longer Perry remains unsigned, the more the right wing could be the target of a pricey offer sheet like the one Dustin Penner received from Edmonton last summer, which the Ducks ultimately didn’t match.

“There’s no more pressing issue for this hockey club than to get him re-signed,” Burke said.

more on the Ducks…

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Phaneuf Turns Down Team Canada

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from Sun Media,

Sun Media has learned defenceman Dion Phaneuf has turned down an invite to play at the tournament.

A spot was being held for him, and will likely be filled by Washington’s Mike Green or Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators.

Forwards Jarome Iginla, Alex Tanguay and Matthew Lombardi were all candidates, but all their wives are pregnant. Team Canada has filled 14 forward positions.

Phaneuf apparently wants to heal from the physical first-round playoff series with the San Jose Sharks that ended Tuesday.

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Something Is Fishy

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from Marty Henwood at Hockey.com,

We’re all for whoever waving whatever over their head if it gets the crowd rattlin’ the rafters. Poutine and the nudie bar feature in Montreal. Sean Avery in New York. Over in Buffalo, fling around wings and blue cheese. Let Craig MacTavish give Harvey the Hound a few spins in Calgary. Smelling salts in Toronto, to wake them up if nothing else. Twirl ‘em, wave ‘em, but, as Elmer Fudd would say, be very wary.

Gary Bettman and the Charlie Tuna Police are watching.

Fishy, I tell ya. It stinks.

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Ozzie Comes Up Big

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from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,

In the roiling cauldron that was Joe Louis Arena, where fans were alternating covering their eyes or leaping to their feet, Detroit goalie Chris Osgood was oblivious to the stress.

His so-called fun peaked with 8.4 seconds left in game when John-Michael Liles had the game on his stick and 20,066 fans had their hearts in their mouths.

However, Osgood plucked the puck and a victory out of mid-air to give the Detroit Red Wings a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche Thursday in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal at Joe Louis Arena.

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thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

Watch the above mentioned save by Osgood…

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Wings Continue Shot Dominance

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from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

If the Red Wings continue to outshoot their opponents by double digits in every game, there’s almost no chance they’ll lose a best-of-seven series.

The only thing that could stop them would be an out-the-world goaltending performance, which will require Theodore to either get well soon or Quenneville to make a very gutsy decision and for Budaj to reward him for it.

more on the game last night…

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