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Two Teams Can Be Eliminated Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Pittsburgh and Anaheim can move on to the conference semi-finals with a victory, while the Flames/Blackhawks series is tied 2-2 going into the game tonight.

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Flyers Confident Going Into Game 6

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from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

For a week, Flyers coach John Stevens set the tone, saying his club was playing well enough to win and that good things eventually would follow. Had the Flyers gotten bounced out of the first round in five games, it would have been fair to wonder if Stevens’ apparent complacency was a sign that he was past his expiration date as head coach.

But the Flyers didn’t get bounced. They bounced back. Because they did, they get a chance to play this afternoon at the Wachovia Center in what veteran Mike Knuble predicted “could be one of the better games at that arena, in the history of the rink.”

It certainly shapes up as an intense one.

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Blackhawks Plan To Be More Physical Tonight

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from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,

Adam Burish had one question Friday: If the Calgary Flames have started to pound as much playoff sense as everybody says they have into the callow Chicago Blackhawks, how come it was the Flames who lost players in Game 4?

And as for the notion the Blackhawks’ yappiness had somehow spurred Jarome Iginla to play like . . . well, to play like one of the best players in the NHL? (“The best in the world,” according to Burish.) Watch the eyes roll.

“Why would he be ticked off?” Burish asked Friday, after the Blackhawks practised at the United Center before Saturday’s fifth game of their best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final series. “I mean, you think [Iginla] needs to get up for the playoffs? What did he get? A power-play goal and an empty-netter. I saw the same guy.”

Almost every NHL playoff series relies on the same old underlying storylines to be put in context: goaltending, experience against youth, redemption, officiating, the contest between “grit” (that’s the only time the word appears in this column, I swear) and finesse.

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Everything On The Line For The Sharks

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from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

What’s at stake now for the Sharks: Only the entire future of the franchise as we know it.

And I’m just slightly kidding.

The world will not end if the Anaheim Ducks close out the Sharks in Game 5 tonight. There will still be hockey in San Jose next season. But it won’t be the same optimistic hockey. Won’t be many of the same players. Won’t be many of the same fans with the same hope and same optimism, either.

What’s at stake now for the Sharks: Self-respect and dignity.

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Canadiens Stop Playing, Laraque Starts Blogging

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from GeorgesLaraque.com,

Hi everyone, I’m pleased to finally launch my new website.  I know it took a while, but I will make sure it’s updated regularly and that my blog has new entries on a weekly basis.  This site will be a way for me to share a bit of information about myself with you my fans.

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Avery Responds To Not Playing In Game 5

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“I totally stand behind what Torts did,” said Avery, who took two mindless penalties in the final 10 minutes of the Rangers’ 2-1 Game 4 victory. “The team comes first.

“I made a mistake. I took two bad penalties. I put the game in jeopardy. It wasn’t something I did intentionally, but that’s no excuse. I did it.

“I realize that Torts is making me a better player. The team always comes first. I’ll do anything for these guys. No one feels worse than me at this point.”

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‘Tough Guy’ Caps Fan Gets Into It With Tortorella

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

John Tortorella faces disciplinary action from the NHL after throwing a water bottle from the Rangers’ bench into the stands at 6:33 of the third period of last night’s Game 5, 4-0 defeat to the Caps.

The head coach, who would not answer questions about the incident, could be suspended by commissioner Gary Bettman for tomorrow afternoon’s Game 6 at the Garden. The Rangers’ public relations representative threatened to end last night’s postgame press conference if questions on the subject continued.

Tortorella, who may have thought he had been doused by a beer or spat upon during a television timeout, wheeled toward the stands and threw a bottle over the high glass protecting the bench.

continued and Puck Daddy has some video of the water bottle toss.

note: original post date was 4/24/09 at 9:42pm

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San Jose’s Disappearing Offence

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One of the stories of the first round of the playoffs has been the struggles of the President’s Trophy winning San Jose Sharks.  They are currently losing to the Anaheim Ducks three games to one.  The main reason for this is that the San Jose offence has not succeeded in the playoffs this year.  The Sharks have only six goals in four playoff games and have been shut out twice.  The Sharks only have three goals from their forwards in four games.  Ryane Clowe, Jonathan Cheechoo and Patrick Marleau have each scored one goal each.  No other forwards have goals.  Obviously that isn’t good enough.

A lot of the blame for this is being placed upon the shoulders of Joe Thornton.  Thornton is the team’s regular season top scorer and while he has two assists, he has no goals in these playoffs.  He has no history of successful playoff runs in his past.  In his career he has never made it beyond the second round.

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Former Flyers Draft Pick Arrested For Murdering A Referee

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via the IIHF,

KOSICE, Slovakia – Kosice police arrested 23-year-old forward Ladislav Scurko on Thursday. The Slovakian player is suspected of murder and has confessed to it, the police announced at a press conference on Friday.

Scurko is suspected of having killed referee Marek Liptaj with 14 knife stabs in January 2008 at a highway roadhouse. The corpse, buried in a forest, was discovered in December 2008.

The police didn’t reveal the motives for the crime, but announced that Scurko will face a jail sentence of 15 to 20 years.

The 2004 sixth-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers played for his hometown club, Spisska Nova Ves, and the Western Hockey League’s Seattle Thunderbirds before beginning his professional career with HC Kosice of the Slovakian Extraliga. He won the league title with his club earlier this spring.

Thanks to a KK reader for the pointer and Takng Note has some information on this too.

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Carolina Plans To Keep Shooting At Brodeur

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog at CBC,

Forty-four saves by Martin Brodeur in Game 5? Bravo, says Hurricanes defenceman Joe Corvo.

But ...

“He played well last night,” Corvo said Friday. “On the other hand, I think a lot of pucks just hit him and he had no clue where they were. Just keep getting a lot of shots on him and eventually they’ll go in. I think Cam played just as good as or better than Marty yesterday.”

Corvo did say this about the series: “It’s been exciting, I’ll tell you that much. It hasn’t been boring.”

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