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Plays Of The Week

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The Top 10 plays during the last week of the NHL Playoffs.

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Open Post- Game 5 ECF Montreal/Philadelphia

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Will Philadelphia wrap up the series tonight on home ice or will Montreal be able to pull out a win to force game 6 in Montreal?

Game starts just after 7:00pm on Versus, CBC or RDS.

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Watching San Jose/Chicago

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NEW YORK (May 24, 2010) – NBC Sports’ coverage of yesterday’s decisive Game 4 between the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks, earned a 2.0 overnight rating and a 5 share, a 33 percent increase over last year (Detroit/Chicago, 1.5/4), as Chicago advanced to its first Stanley Cup Final in 18 years by completing a sweep of San Jose.  Hockey-mad Chicago delivered a 14.1/32.

Saturday’s Philadelphia Flyers/Montreal Canadiens Game 4 earned a healthy 1.6/4 (no comparison in 2009). The Philadelphia market delivered a 12.0/27.  Both games won every half hour against competition from the other networks.

Top Five NHL Markets on Sunday:
1.  Chicago - 14.1
T2. San Jose - 4.4
T2. Buffalo - 4.4
4.  Philadelphia - 2.7
5.  Detroit - 2.1

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Afternoon Line

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I’m glad [the turnaround has] arrived.  When you have lean years, and if you’re drafting properly, eventually it will come around for you.

“I think Dale Tallon put a lot of piece of the puzzle in place, and now Stan Bowman has picked up from there.”

-former Chicago Coach Mike Keenan.  More from Keenan at ESPN Chicago.

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Desperation Is The Key For The Canadiens

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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

Ask anyone who has worn an NHL jersey what it takes to win at this time of the postseason, and “desperation” is one of the words you can expect to hear. Another is “relentless.”

Dig deeper, and you’ll be told “don’t get too high after a win.” Or “don’t get too low after a loss.”

Is that what happened to the Canadiens on Saturday? Were they still too high from their 5-1 romp on Thursday?

For most of Saturday’s 3-0 loss to the Flyers, “desperation” was a four-letter word to the home boys. It was the Flyers who were relentless, particularly in the second period when they scored twice and held the Canadiens to one shot. It was the Flyers who called the shots in the third period.


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It Could Be A Wild Night In Philly

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from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

“I expect the crowd to be wild, it’s been a long time since they were in this position (to clinch),” said Danny Briere after morning meetings at the Wachovia Center. “This building gets crazy and it’s fun to see the crowd get fired up. You get the chills and there is no better way to start a game.”

Despite the 3-1 series lead, the Flyers were very guarded in comments regarding the Habs’ plight, preferring to speak of how much a win would mean to their hard core fans, who have waited more than a quarter century for a Cup win.

“It’s nice to have the support of the city, especially a city that’s not shy about voicing its opinion,” captain Mike Richards said with wry humour. “The fans deserve this for sticking behind us through the whirlwind of a season.”

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Does Vancouver Need A Different Luongo?

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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC, .

..But Roloson and Osgood are living proof that you can re-invent yourself.  The good news for Canucks fans is that Luongo has a better base to start with and that he will not be affected much by the new goaltender equipment rules for next season.

In my 30 Thoughts from two weeks ago, I posted critiques from other players about his inability to handle traffic and habit of lunging instead of pushing off. Obviously, those are problems he’s going to have to solve. Another I’ve heard is that his long, gangly body creates big rebounds.

Both Luongo and the organization must do an exhaustive examination into his technique, which is already occurring, I think.

more plus 30 Thoughts from Elliotte…

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Memorial Cup Results

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The Memorial Cup completed last night in Brandon, Manitoba.  It is the Canadian Major Junior championship.  Here are the round robin results.  They left a semi-final between the Calgary Hitmen and the Brandon Wheat Kings and a final between the Windsor Spitfires and the semi-final winner. 

Here are the results:

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Want A Piece Of Carolina?

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from Daniel Kaplan of Triangle Business Journal,

The Carolina Hurricanes have hired Allen & Co. to sell 50 percent of the club, a move that makes the team the latest NHL franchise to seek new ownership.

“My partner, Tom Thewes, passed away two years ago, and we have been putzing around trying to figure [out] how to replace the partner,” said Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos, who currently controls 100 percent of the franchise. “We just went to Allen & Co. to explore the different ways. It’s certainly not to sell the team.”


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The Sand Story

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from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

It is a question that may not get answered, if ever, until after this Flyers playoff run is over.

Did they show True Grit by walking through true grit Saturday in Montreal, or are they just sandbagging us on the subject of the Great Skate Debate?

“I didn’t comment on it [Saturday] night,” Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said Sunday, in the very definition of deadpan. “I have no comments. I’m not sure exactly what it is you’re talking about.”

Enter Sandman.

If someone booby-trapped the Flyers’ path to the ice with sand or pellets or rock salt or whatever, clearly this person was not the sharpest blade in the skate rack.


from MyFoxPhilly,

“I thought they had diarrhea, going back and forth from the locker room,” Montreal defenseman Jaroslav Spacek said on Sunday. “The guys were talking on the plane. What happened?”

“If (the Flyers) have trouble, maybe they can wear those skate protectors like figure skaters,” Spacek said.

Montreal’s Scott Gomez said the Flyers were exaggerating.

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