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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

...solution, that is.  This is no time for maturity.  Shockingly, you agree.  Hard hitting analysis, a series prediction and a few flow charts will follow shortly.  But first, this just in.

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Second Round Playoff Predictions

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The first round of the NHL playoffs is over and my predictions came in 5-3 which isn’t too bad.  It is time to look at the second round match-ups.

Boston Bruins defeat Carolina Hurricanes  Boston has been the team to beat in the East Conference all season.  They breezed by Montreal, while Carolina had an epic seven game struggle with New Jersey.  The Bruins are the more talented, better rested team and thus the better bet.

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Carolina/New Jersey Hightlights

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Television access to the Canes/Devils in the States was limited (check out Pete Dougherty of the TimesUnion for a rant on the coverage) , so if you missed the game, enjoy the highlights via TSN…

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Sharks Summer Plans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Ryan of the Mercury News,

So what positives can the Sharks draw from the fact that the darn puck just somehow decided on its own to go into the net more times for Anaheim?

• They can finally schedule that Presidents’ Trophy parade.

• They have always craved inclusion as one of the Bay Area’s big teams. But you can’t go winning and being all successful and hope to hang with the 49ers, Raiders, Giants, A’s and Warriors. They’d all be jealous. (Side note: Game 6 drew a 4.6 rating on CSN Bay Area, matching the highest first-round rating ever on the network. The field was wide open, the pump was primed for growth.)

• Doug Wilson needs extra time to figure out how to trade two guys with no-trade clauses.

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No Blame Game Yet In Calgary

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

So here is the question facing the Calgary Flames ownership group, as they sift through the ashes of another disappointing first-round playoff exit.

Did the edition of the team, coached by Mike Keenan and managed by Darryl Sutter, have the right stuff for a long playoff run, but was simply undermined by injuries to key personnel?

Or do their problems winning in the post-season run deeper, and require an organizational makeover from top to bottom.

At this early stage — only one day removed from a first-round ouster by the Chicago Blackhawks — you can safely predict one thing: The organization will conduct a complete review before the blame game starts, the scapegoats are identified and the changes come.

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Carolina With A Stunning Comeback, Defeats New Jersey 4-3

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Late goals by Jussi Jokinen & Eric Staal gives Carolina an unbelievable victory of the Devils.

The matchups for the next round are…

Boston vs. Carolina

Washington vs. Pittsburgh

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Capitals Defeat Rangers 2-1, Advance To Eastern Conference Semi-Finals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Serge Fedorov scored the game winning goal with under 5 minutes left in the 3rd period.

Tight-checking game, both goalies were outstanding but only one team can win.

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NHL Getting More Involved With The Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Harris of the Arizona Republic,

The National Hockey League has loaned money to the Phoenix Coyotes to keep the financially troubled franchise operating, but if the team fails to pay its debt the league can take it over, according to the agreement.

The day after the team agreed to loan terms Feb. 24 with the NHL, it paid Glendale nearly $351,000 in overdue arena rent payments that dated to late summer 2008. The money also likely was used to meet player payroll.

The loan, for an unknown amount, gives the NHL more control over the future of the Coyotes - including the possible relocation of the team.

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Surgery For Mike Richards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Flyers captain Mike Richards will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder Friday, the Courier-Post learned Tuesday.

According to club general manager Paul Holmgren, Richards is expected to need 10-12 weeks of recovery time.

Holmgren said he was also awaiting an MRI on Richards’ left shoulder, saying he might also require surgery on that shoulder as well. Richards, who Tuesday was named one of three finalists for the Selke Tro phy as the NHL’s top defensive forward, led the Flyers with five playoff points in six games.

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Wings/Ducks Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Balderas of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Moments after the Anaheim eliminated the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, securing their second-round series against Detroit, Red Wings and Ducks fans started beating on their respective chests, proclaiming their favorite team as the better of the two.

Yes, the Ducks have a history of beating the Red Wings in the playoffs.

Yes, the Red Wings have a history of winning the Stanley Cup. Eleven times for those who lost count.

Yes, the Ducks needed just six games to knock off the No. 1 team, not only in the Western Conference but the entire NHL.

That makes the Red Wings the new unofficial No. 1 team. But come on Wing Nuts, while the Red Wings are one of the more successful teams in the NHL, they’ve also had their share of meltdowns when it’s been least expected.

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