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Diggers On Draper: Fail

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

We’ve got a player with an “upper body injury.”  A player who’s won 4 Cups, a Selke and is still widely considered one of the best defensive forwards in hockey.  He’s not playing tonite, didn’t play Saturday or last Thursday.  And all our diggers will do is shrug their shoulders.

Draper’s not talking. Got it. Neither is Babcock and you know Tick Tock’s not gonna say a word.

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The Brooms Are Ready

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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Somewhere, Guy Carbonneau must be having himself a chuckle.

Of all the playoff predictions made last week, not even a guy who thinks he was wrongly canned as coach of the Canadiens coach could have hoped for this.

What’s worse than a clean sweep?

Last night, the Habs were essentially eliminated by the Bruins in three.

“We think we can win a game,” Montreal winger Tom Kostopoulos said after a 4-2 dream-ending loss to the B’s. “We need to win one game. (Tomorrow) night. We think we can win one game, so that’s what we’ve got to concentrate on.”

Not likely

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Rangers Never Got Into The Game

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“We stunk; it’s simple,” the head coach said after Simeon Varlamov blanked the Blueshirts 4-0 to bring the Caps within 2-1, with Game 4 set for tomorrow night at the Garden. “It was a good old-fashioned spanking where we need to take our medicine.”

It was medicine that tasted like acid going down the Rangers’ collective throats. While it’s true the Blueshirts did muster somewhat more of a down-low attack than they had in winning the opening two games of the series, their time of possession yielded nil.

Meanwhile, they broke down numerous times in their own end against the Caps’ skill players, notably Semin, who scored twice; Nicklas Backstrom, who might have been the most impressive player on the ice; Sergei Fedorov, who had a throwback game; and, of course, the unconquerable Alex Ovechkin, the hardest working man on the ice.

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OT Tonite. Guaranteed.  Because The Stress Train Requires It.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Morning bitches.  Typically, I save the “bitches” for after the jump, just in case any sensitive Dive bloggers are reading the main page. 

But today I’m going rebel.  We’re back aboard after an extra day off.  Back aboard the Stress Train, where every bit of news causes stomach acid and the clouds start to hover around 0900 each game day.

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Flyers Still Talking About The Kunitz Hit

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from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,

But the play seemed to justify the Flyers’ belief that at times there is a different level of justice for them compared to their opponents. Daniel Carcillo’s hit to the back of Max Talbot’s head in Game 1 deserved the one-game suspension, but the Kunitz hit looked like a direct attempt to injure another player - and Kunitz was left undisciplined.

The league has talked about eliminating headshots from the game, and Kunitz went very high on Timonen.

Flyers coach John Stevens said he had no doubt of the intent….

“The angle I saw, there were three guys all together and it was a hard, hard hit, and my only concern is if there was a hit to the head there.

“It didn’t look like he left his feet and I didn’t hear from anybody else that there was an elbow or anything, but it was a hard, hard hit.”

more & if you missed or want to watch the hit again, see it here.

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Blue Jackets Learning As They Go

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from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

For the young Jackets, seeing how the Red Wings elevate their competitive level has been a staggering experience. They didn’t know it would be like this.

“I don’t think it’s just been our young guys,” Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said. “I think it’s been an eye-opener for anybody that’s played them. I think it’s been an eye-opener for people watching on television, I think it’s been an eye-opener for our team.

“I’ve said this before: These are unbelievable lessons. This is exactly what you need to grow. You need to have these games so you just don’t talk about the level, you’ve got reference points all the time.

“We’re a team that’s got the reference points. Our players are going to get better daily.”

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The Playoffs Are Here

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from Gary Loewen of the Toronto Sun,

You know that the playoffs have begun when a different set of words and phrases is introduced into the hockey lexicon.

a) The “face wash” becomes an acceptable offensive tactic.

b) The “playoff beards” sprout, in part to take the sting out of the face wash.

c) The dreaded “pond scrum” in front of the crease delays a multitude of faceoffs.

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Hockey Win Compared To Battles Of Lexington And Concord

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from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy,

Gather round, class: Professor Edwards wants to tell you about how the Bruins are like patriots who have thwarted the tyranny of the Habs. Or something like that. If you can remember the last hockey goal call that began “234 years ago yesterday, a bunch of rag-tag farmers stood up against the greatest fighting force in the world,” we’d like to hear it.

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from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

But tonight, Edwards crossed the line in our book.

He basically compared the Bruins 4-2 win in Montreal to war.

We assume Edwards has never had anyone in his life impacted directly by war. Because if he had, he would not have made such a stupid, ignorant statement.

more and either watch the video below or watch it at the links you are about to click…

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Homer Hoping For A West Coast Cage Match Between Sharks/Poultry

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

And he also told the Sporting News’ Craig Custance, the best hockey writer in Detroit, that his health last season at this time was “a mess.” 

And as for what he anticipates in Columbus tonite?

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Suspension For Burish?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Flames coach Mike Keenan wants Adam Burish suspended for what happened near the end of Monday’s game in the altercation with Rene Bourque.

“I’m disappointed they weren’t given a match penalty for deliberate attempt to injure,” Keenan said. “A cross-check to the face where Burish broke his stick over his face. He suffered an injury because of that cross-check to the face. I have no idea how the referees could miss it. It was blatant.”

It’s beautiful how poor Mike claims his player is a victim when the Flames have been allowed to get away with one cross-check after another after whistles when goalie Miikka Kiprusoff makes a save.

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added 7:33am, watch Keenan’s post-game press conference below…

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