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Sammy Gets It

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

But where exactly does “it” come from? What, precisely, is “it?”

“It is calmness,” said Samuelsson, who is uncomfortable with the topic, because it makes him sound like some kind of playoff guru. “Once in a while … (you should say) it’s only a game. Even if it’s more. It’s huge, obviously, but … what’s the worst case scenario? You lose. So what, once in a while. Don’t get me wrong—I want to win. But you have to have that mindset.”

Who taught him the most during his four seasons in Detroit?

“(Kris) Draper is right up there. Lidstrom too. All those guys,” he said. “Draper, he (creates) a good atmosphere in the room to have. So positive. That’s how you’ve got to stay.”


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Playing The Avalanche Way

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from Mark Kiszla of The Denver Post,

Late at night, at a desperate time of a hockey game, the grizzled old goons from San Jose stared at Colorado and the young Avs backed down, losing 6-5 in overtime.

But it’s too late to turn back the clock.

No matter the outcome of this NHL playoff series, the sport has passed by San Jose, which is desperately, futilely trying to win a championship with your father’s brand of hockey.

The future of this game is the way Colorado plays it. The Avs move with the speed of the Internet.


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Luongo Still Trying To Find His Game

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from Gary Mason of the Globe and Mail,

Against L.A.Luongo failed to control rebounds that once upon a time he easily corralled. The Kings’ second goal, by Fredrik Modin, is one he should have had. But the strangest moment of the evening occurred when Anze Kopitar broke in on Luongo with Canucks defenceman Alex Edler hot on his tail. Kopitar tried several times to get a shot away but was thwarted by the trailing defenceman. At the end of the play, Luongo was 18 feet out of his net, on his knees, completely vulnerable….

I realize it may seem harsh to be dissecting Luongo’s game given that the Canucks won and that he played a pivotal, if split-second, role in allowing that to happen. But Luongo isn’t just any player on the ice. He is supposed to be a franchise player, the player who will need to be stellar if there is any hope of the Canucks going far in these playoffs. But he hasn’t been that for a while now and he certainly wasn’t that in the opener and, well, I guess we’ll see what happens from here on in.


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Bad Goal Of The Night

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Courtesy of Rob Blake and Rob Blake and Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

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Bad Goal Leads To Nashville Win

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from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

Antti Niemi let in a bad goal, a crusher as it turned out, early in the third period with the Hawks leading 1-0. J.P. Dumont’s soft toss at the net from past the right faceoff circle bounced past Niemi, changing the momentum of the game.

Wasn’t this every Hawks fans’s nightmare, a bad goal costing a game? Only the goalie wasn’t Cristobal Huet.

The Hawks might have won 1-0 if not for Niemi’s bad goal.

more and watch the talked about goal…

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Babcock Talk

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I normally don’t post the Mike Babcock post game press conference, but since it was a late game and you may have gone to bed right after the final horn, you can watch the full conference below.

Continue Reading »

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Rob Blake Should Be Suspended

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Blake’s cross-check/punch to the face of TJ Galiardi in overtime of tonight’s 6-5 Sharks win was a dirty cheap shot, and worthy of a suspension. Blake absolutely should be suspended by the NHL for that hit. Will that happen?
Probably not. Because, Galiardi emerged apparently uninjured on the hit – although because it was one to the head, the effects of injury may not show up right away. As far as I could tell, Galiardi was OK after the game, so the NHL front office might just let it slide because the victim of a dirty hit didn’t need a stretcher to leave the ice.

That doesn’t excuse any of it. I know the Avs were hot after the game over the UNPENALIZED hit by Blake.

read on and you can decide if Blake should be suspended by watching the hit…

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Action Last Night

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It is Saturday and you may not want to watch the full version of the NHL Network for all the highlights of the playoffs games from last night.

Instead, watch the short version….

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Anyone Can Win The Cup

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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The usual rash of hard-hitting, nail-biting, overtime games has been imbued with a new dynamic: The tournament lacks a beast. The Cup is utterly up for grabs.

“It’s wide open,” said Daryl “Razor” Reaugh, analyst on Dallas Stars telecasts. Reaugh is working the Detroit-Phoenix series - and he’ll be joining the Los Angeles-Vancouver series - for Versus.

“It’s (NHL commissioner) Gary Bettman’s dream,” Reaugh said. “(He) wants everyone to get a chance, and here we are. You think the biggest mismatches are probably in the East, but then Montreal goes in and nips the Caps.

“Every team is refreshed, and there are so many variables - injuries, confidence, new heroes emerging. What can I say? I don’t see Pittsburgh repeating, and I don’t see Ottawa winning the Cup. Other than that “


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