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Crosby Won’t Allow The Penguins To Lose Game 7

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from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Sure, anything can happen.

You remember Volek’s overtime goal for the New York Islanders to beat a terrific Penguins team in Game 7 of the 1993 playoffs? How about Fitzgerald’s third-period goal for the Florida Panthers that stunned the Penguins in the ‘96 conference final?

There won’t be a repeat Wednesday night at Mellon Arena.

Write it down.

Crosby won’t allow it to happen.


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  Tags: sidney+crosby

Canadiens Believe They Can Win The Series

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Pure emotional fury. Funnelled through an ear-splitting tunnel of sound.

It was that — and not the one-man-against-the-world heroism of goaltender Jaroslav Halak this time — that permitted the Montreal Canadiens to stare down elimination for the fourth time in these Stanley Cup playoffs, a different script to achieve yet another unlikely result.

It should be understood that at approximately the 28-minute mark of Game 6 on Monday night at the Bell Centre, the Habs stopped being the rope-a-dope team, the team hoping to somehow get enough saves out of Halak and enough fortuitous bounces to win, and instead became the better team.


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Savard Not Happy With Richards Hit Tonight

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from Matt Kalman of The Bruins Blog,

...Marc Savard also took exception with a Mike Richards hit with 5:26 left in regulation.

The hit was a bit from behind and sent Savard into the side wall in the attacking zone. Savard got up and went after Richards to earn a roughing penalty. There was no call on the initial hit.

“I just got fired up. I got one the other night in Philly from behind [which was called boarding against Darroll Powe], and then I was facing the glass again in the same situation and then I look back at [David] Booth, [David] Krejci, those guys … I mean, enough’s enough. I mean, I don’t know. That’s all,” said Savard after the loss, which sends the series back to Philly for Game 6 Wednesday night.

read on

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  Tags: marc+savard, mike+richards

Now What Phoenix?

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from Global TV Winnipeg,

The would-be buyer of the Phoenix Coyotes says that its talks with the City of Glendale about taking ownership of the Phoenix Coyotes have broken down; adding more fuel to the fire burning under Winnipeg fans who believe the National Hockey League team will be coming back to the Manitoba capital.

Ice Edge Holdings representative Daryl Jones said in a Twitter post at about 8:40 this evening, “Ice Edge is confirming reports that talks have broken down with COG (City of Glendale)”

Reports suggest the company backed away after the Phoenix, AZ suburb where the Coyotes play failed to meet its demand for exclusivity in talks about ownership of the team. It’s just the latest twist in a chaotic process that’s seen the city reject Ice Edge in favour of a bid by Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf.


added 10:47pm, via Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

“Talks have broken off,” Ice Edge chief operating office Daryl Jones told the Free Press late Monday night.

“We were adamant about needing exclusivity in these negotiations and they haven’t provided it. I’m not totally surprised. We’ve been dealing with this for a while. We thought we had agreed to certain things and expected them in writing. That didn’t materialize.”

added 6:27am on 5/11/10, from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Ice Edge Holdings and the city of Glendale, Ariz., have agreed on a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) for an arena lease that is much the same as their previous one, but city council will not get a look at it Tuesday night because the NHL is still putting on a squeeze play.

The group of Canadian and American investors who make up Ice Edge told city officials to sort out the demand from the NHL that the city cover the operating losses of the Phoenix Coyotes next season before they present the new MOU to council for discussion and a vote.


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Let’s Be Real, The Wings Lost

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from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press via the Modesto Bee (not online yet at Freep.com),

...I had a unique chance to watch this second round from afar - for the first time in years - and minus the coating of our hometown optimism, I have to say this:

They were beaten.

And it could easily happen again.

Problems in the playoffs

Sure, injuries made it a weird year. But when the Wings got healthy, they won 16 of their last 21 games and were “the team nobody wants to play in the playoffs,” remember?

What happened next? They lost seven of 12. And only one frontline guy, Brad Stuart, in the final game, was seriously hurt. So how are injuries an excuse?

As for one-goal games? Let’s be real.

read on

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Chicago Felt ‘Trapped’ By Vancouver

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

John Madden knows something about the nuances of defensive hockey, having served the majority of his NHL career in New Jersey, where, for decades, the Devils mastered the art of smothering the life out of a game.

So Madden, now the Chicago Blackhawks’ checking-line centre, knows exactly what happened to his team in Sunday’s unremarkable 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks, a defeat that prevented them from clinching their Western Conference playoff series.

The Canucks ripped a page out of the Devils’ book and slooooowed everything down.


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Habs Defeat Penguins To Set Up A Game 7 In Pittsburgh

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First the Canadiens defeated the President’s Trophy Winner Washington Capitals and now have taken the defending Stanley Cup Champions Pittsburgh Penguins to a game 7.

What will happen on Wednesday night?

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Flyers Making It A Series

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Philadelphia defeated Boston 4-0 tonight to force a game 6 in Philly.

Flyers also lost Brian Boucher to an apparent knee injury which you can watch below.

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  Tags: brian+boucher

My Eyes Watered Just Reading This

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

“Pain?” Nick Fotiu asked in his New York accent. “Fuggedaboudit.”

We’ll never know what the margin of error is between Sami Salo and Semi Salo, but it’s sounding like the Vancouver Canucks defenceman is going to get off luckier than the former Calgary Flames winger Fotiu, who went through what Salo is going through today — but worse — back in 1986.

Fotiu blocked a Charlie Huddy slapper, and it cost him one of his testicles.

“There is no way to describe it,” Fotiu said when we reached him in New Jersey Monday. “Pain? Forget about it. You could … not … believe … the pain. @#*&, it was bad. Bad, bad pain.


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  Tags: nick+fotiu

Goals Of The Week

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1 1/2 minutes of the best goals from the last week of the NHL Playoffs.

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