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FRANZEN!!

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Sleep well.

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Check In Time

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OK, who is still around?
Will it end in 2OT?

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Call Your OT Winner

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh, what the heck.  Supersitions aside.  Predict the OT winner.  Me? I’ll say Cleary, despite the fact his slapper off the post probably sealed our fate.  Anybody but me consider how sweet it would be to win a series-clinching Game 6 in front of that crowd?

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Outrageous Ice Time

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Lecavalier:  26:44
Richards:  29:02
St. Louis:  31:35

Tampa Bay gave it all, but the Devils move on.

Eastern Conference Semi-Finals are set:
Sabres/Rangers
Devils/Senators

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Playfair Wants The Same Energy

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Playfair said he wanted his team to channel the emotion they showed at the end of Game 5 in a more positive manner.
“All that stuff has got to be strictly brought into the first period and restructured into competitiveness,” said Playfair, “where we keep sticks down on the ice and we’re doing things right – getting pucks behind their defence and getting to their goaltender. That is what it is. That’s the competitive spirit of the players.
“If you look around the playoffs, that’s not an infrequent deal at the end of games like that. The most important thing is to realize, that’s not winning hockey games. Bringing that energy to the game in the right manner gives you a better chance.”

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McLennan, Lebda

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The NHL has suspended Jamie McLennan 5 games.  Whatever.  Of larger concern is the condition of Brett Lebda, who appears to be out for tonite…at least.

Khan(!)

Wings defenseman Brett Lebda (concussion, knee?) skated briefly, for a couple of minutes, Sunday morning at the Saddledome. He left the ice limping noticeably. There is no official word from the Wings, but it’s highly unlikely Lebda will play in Game 6 tonight. Kyle Quincey was recalled from Grand Rapids and was scheduled to fly in from Winnipeg, where the Griffins played Saturday night.

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McLennan Gets 5 Games

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via Darren Dreger at TSN,

The National Hockey League has delivered a message to the Calgary Flames.
Sources say Jamie McLennan has been suspended for five games for his slash on Detroit’s Johan Franzen in Game 5 of the Western Conference quarter-finals.
McLennan’s slash was part of an undisciplined display from Calgary that included a Daymond Langkow uppercut to the face of Brett Lebda following a Lebda hip-check, along with a Jarome Iginla butt-end, leading to a late game crosscheck on Red Wings veteran Mathieu Schneider.
Brett Lebda will not play tonight for Detroit because of injury. Lebda is said to be suffering “headaches.”

added 2:31pm, Playfair fined $25K and the organization $100K, per NBC broadcast.

added 2:32pm, NHL Release

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Calling Out The Organization

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On the NBC pre-game chat, Brett Hull & Ray Ferraro pointed to the top of the Flames organization today.  Both mentioned it was a classless display last night and called for the NHL to suspend those who deserve a suspension and also make the Flames open the checkbook.  This type of play is not what the NHL wants and they need to let the Calgary Flames organization know that.

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History Against The Stars

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NEW YORK (April 22, 2007)—The Vancouver Canucks host the Dallas Stars in Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal Monday (9 p.m., ET, CBC, VERSUS, RDS). Since the NHL introduced the best-of-seven format in 1939, a total of 119 playoff series have gone to seven games and the home team has won 75 (63%).
This is the fourth consecutive series involving the Canucks to reach a seventh game. Vancouver defeated St. Louis in the 2003 Conference Quarterfinal, lost to Minnesota in the 2003 Conference Semifinal and lost the 2004 Conference Quarterfinal to Calgary. The Colorado Avalanche played a record five consecutive seven-game series, from 2001 through 2003.
The Stars are attempting to join a very exclusive group. In playoff history, 214 clubs have faced 3-1 series deficits and only 20 have come back to win (9.3%).

Overtime In Game 7
Of the 119 series in League playoff history that have gone to seven games, 29 have been decided in overtime. In the last such contest, the Calgary Flames defeated the Canucks at Vancouver on a goal by Martin Gelinas at 1:25 of the first overtime to claim the Western Conference Quarterfinal on April 19, 2004. Home teams have posted a 15-14 record in the 29 games, although road clubs are 10-4 since 1990.

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HNIC: Hypocritical Nimrod In Canada

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Anyone wonder what Don Cherry's reaction would have been if an evil Euro goalie, Dom Hasek for instance, had tomahawked a golden Canadien boy? Oh, I'm sure the torches would be lit. Don Cherry's a buffoon, an idiot with a soapbox. Unfortunately, he's got a following...kinda like Don Imus did. Yeah, I'll compare the two. Why shouldn't I? Explain to me what the difference is between Cherry's blatant anti-Euro biases and Don Imus' comments that got him fired from two separate media organizations? McLennan slashes a Swede and Cherry shrugs his shoulders and says, literally, "so what?". Whatever, the guy's Dwayne Klessel without the wedding singer gig.

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