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Tired Penguins?

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The Canadiens are like a bad rash that won’t go away and have mostly held the Penguins’ twin guiding lights, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, in check.

Crosby’s short and glittering history suggests he can find a way to raise his level when it matters the most – and tonight is another one of those occasions, same as it was in overtime of the gold-medal game during February’s 2010 Winter Olympic triumph.

The Olympics were an important moment for Crosby and combined with back-to-back trips deep into the Stanley Cup playoffs, it means both he and Malkin have dipped deeply (and frequently) into the emotional reserves needed to conjure up more big wins for their teams.

When will the tank register empty? One series in, Crosby was poised to threaten Wayne Gretzky’s all-time single-season playoff points total, clobbering the Ottawa Senators practically single-handedly. Now?

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AHL Playoffs Second Round

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The second round of the AHL playoffs concluded last night.  Coverage of the first round can be found here.  These are the second round results:

Hamilton Bulldogs defeat Abbotsford Heat four games to two  Hamilton is the Montreal Canadiens AHL affiliate and Abbotsford is that of Calgary.  David Desharnais and Mike Glumac led Hamilton offensively, with Andre Benoit leading their defence.  Cedrick Desjardins provided their goaltending.  Abbotsford’s offence came from Brett Sutter and Mikael Backlund with David Shantz in goal.

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Another Day, Another Story Out Of Phoenix

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Glendale city council voted unanimously Tuesday night to pay up to $25-million (all currency U.S.) demanded by the NHL in order to hang on to the Phoenix Coyotes.

Technically, the council for the suburb of Phoenix voted 7-0 to give city manager Ed Beasley the authority to negotiate what he called “a fee to the NHL to operate our arena and maintain the team if an ownership agreement is not completed” before the season starts.

The NHL wants the money to cover its losses if it cannot sell the team before the start of the 2010-11 season. If the league cuts a deal with the two bidders for the Coyotes, any fee payments will cease. Council agreed to pay no more than $25-million.

Beasley said the city is still negotiating an arena lease with both bidders for the Coyotes – Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and Ice Edge Holdings LLC, a group of Canadian and American owners. He said he was confident a deal could be reached between the NHL and one of the parties by June 30, the date the league can legally sell the Coyotes to someone who could move the team.

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Western Conference Finals Are Set- San Jose vs. Chicago

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Chicago defeated Vancouver 5-1 tonight and was impressive in doing so.

No word yet on when the series will start.

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Open Post- Chicago vs. Vancouver Game 6

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Feel free to drop in and discuss tonight’s game which starts a little after 9:30pm EDT.

My thoughts- Game 7 in Chicago on Thursday night.

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Evening Line

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“I can feel the desire in the Canadiens players.  Everyone is working his hardest and the team is performing very well, especially considering all the injuries they have faced.

“I don’t think Pittsburgh wanted a seventh game. I played quite a few and the stress is something very special. It’s not handled the same by each player and I believe the Canadiens have put the pressure back on the Penguins.

“What a great job (coach) Jacques Martin has done, finding solutions.”

-Hall of Fame member Jean Beliveau.  More from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette at Faceoff.com.

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One Team Will Go Home Tomorrow Knowing They Had A Shot At The Cup

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Game 7 in Pittsburgh looms as a 50/50 proposition, something that not only would not have been imagined at the start of the series, but perhaps not even halfway through. Even at 2-2, there was a sense that while the Habs were hanging in there, the Pens were the better team and would ultimately prevail.

That, however, has changed over the past two games. The Pens won Game 5 largely on the basis of Marc-Andre Fleury’s netminding, the formula the Canadiens had been using. In Game 6, the Pittsburgh blue line corps was repeatedly found wanting, exposing a vulnerability created by the salary cap-related losses of both Hal Gill and Rob Scuderi from last year’s championship team.

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Mitchell Talks To His Vancouver Teammates

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from the CP at TSN,

Injured defenceman Willie Mitchell made a rare visit to the Vancouver Canucks dressing room Tuesday.

Mitchell, who has rarely been seen around GM Place since suffering a concussion in January, slipped in and out before Game 6 of the team’s Western Conference semifinal series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

“Everybody talked to him,” said defenceman Kevin Bieksa. “He’s hanging around and he really wanted to come to the rink and talk to the guys. There was no reason for it. He just wants to be around the guys.”

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Kari Lehtonen Gets Contract Extension In Dallas

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Frisco, Tex. – Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk announced today that the hockey club and goaltender Kari Lehtonen have agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension worth $10.65 million ($3.55 million per year average). This extension will put Lehtonen under contract through the 2012-13 season.

“We were excited to acquire Kari Lehtonen in February because of his size, skill and potential to once again be a top-tier goaltender in this league,” Nieuwendyk said. “His play during the last month of the season reaffirmed our belief that he can be our starter for next year and seasons to come. We’re very happy to agree to terms with Kari on this contract extension.”

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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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