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Flyers Style Motivates Bruins

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from Jerry Spar of the Big Bad Blog at WEEI,

Asked about advice the 42-year-old veteran gave to the team’s younger players, Recchi said: “This is a great time of year right now. Enjoy it. Embrace it. Don’t let the pressure grab you. If you do that, you’re going to really have a good time with this and we’re going to be a better team for it.”

The Flyers have been trying to get under the Bruins’ skin in the first two games, but Recchi said all they’ve done is “wake the sleeping giant.” Said Recchi: “When we get involved in these games, we seem to really get the emotion and are able to play a better hockey game.”

Recchi said the key reason for the Bruins’ late-season turnaround was the team sticking together. “We believed in ourselves in the dressing room, and what we were trying to do,” he said. “We knew we weren’t consistent, so we really didn’t give [the fans] a lot of reasons to believe in us….”

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Dealing With The Ups & Downs

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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Never mind that everyone who had an opinion about this series believed it would be a long, drawn-out affair. It just seems there’s a little too much history involved with the Blackhawks and, in the larger sense, the last 40 years with the Canucks, for the faithful to feel entirely comfortable with Game 2’s change in direction.

“They upped the ante,” was Shane O’Brien’s terse and not inaccurate assessment of the loss.

Back to you, Henrik.

“I think it’s a totally different feeling in the dressing room and on the bench,” said the NHL’s leading scorer in the regular season. “Last year, we got rattled at everything: referees, opponents, everyone.

“This year we stick to our game plan and even though we weren’t successful in the last game, there were a lot of games in the L.A. series where we stuck with it and came out on the winning side.”


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Not The Sharks Of The Past

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

An old, beat-up rink was the stage for some sparkling new storylines Tuesday night, and perhaps a changing of the guard.

With a come-from-behind, 4-3 overtime win on Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena and a 3-0 stranglehold in their second-round series against the mighty Detroit Red Wings, the San Jose Sharks are revealing themselves to be playoff demons as opposed to being haunted by them come springtime.

Unable to hold on to a 3-1 lead entering the third period, the modern-day NHL dynasty that is the Red Wings showed some cracks, a surprising twist given the way their post-Olympic dominance buoyed Hockeytown into believing yet another Cup run was in the cards.


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Fleury Stars In Montreal

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from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Turns out there are two pretty good goaltenders in the Penguins-Montreal Canadiens playoff series after all.

Marc-Andre Fleury showed up here Tuesday night at his hometown Bell Centre, made his presence felt in a big way and stole the show from Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak, not to mention a 2-0 win in Game 3.

Please tell me you aren’t surprised.

“He’s a gamer,” Penguins goaltending coach Gilles Meloche marveled afterward. “He wins games.”

Is there a better compliment for any athlete?


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It’s Easy- Score More And You Win More

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from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail (Wednesday edition),

There’s no secret to winning playoff games.

Score more goals than the other guys.

It’s how you get there, however, that can be so very different. Rare is the 6-3 Pittsburgh win that opened this Round 2 series between the Penguins and the Montreal Canadiens. More common – in this era of too many coaches and obsessive defensive systems – is the sort of game that was presented last night at the Bell Centre.

Final shots: 25-18 in favour of Pittsburgh. Final score: 2-0, also in favour of Pittsburgh.


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San Jose Takes A Commanding 3-0 Lead Over Detroit

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Patrick Marleau with the game winner in overtime.

Game storyline- Sharks took advantage of their chances while the Wings did not.

added 11:04pm, Watch the TSN version of the Marleau OT goal below.

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A Great Voice Has Left Us

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from John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press,

In Ernie Harwell’s voice, the South rose again and conquered Michigan in a way no one else ever has.

When Harwell arrived in Detroit to join the Tigers radio broadcast team in 1960, he was an unknown to Tigers fans.

When he died Tuesday night at his home in Novi, at 92, after nearly a year-long bout with cancer, he had a strong case as the most beloved figure ever in Michigan.


I will miss this man so much.  I leave you with the words of Ernie Harwell.

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Questions For Your Live Blog

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When is anyone outside of Detroit going to recognize the fact that the officiating in this series has cost the Wings the first two games?

One Trick Thid and the Pens are listed at 1900 on OLN.  Wings are listed at 1930.  What game will I get to see if I only have Gary’s closed-circuit tv station?

Updated: Here’s your answer to the VS question.  Conspiracy? No. Just more obvious bias toward Gary’s Baby Boy.

From Jennemy of the Skate in the comments below:

The whole nation will be watching Pittsburgh Vs Montreal and the San Jose /Wings game will be JIP (Joined in Progress).

If you take a look at the versus schedule (Above link) you will see that not a single Penguins game is JIP.

With curiosity, I asked the young lady what drives their viewing schedule and was shocked by her response…..“The NHL tell us which games to air and that all Penguins games are to be shown live.”



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Folks Are Watching

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NEW YORK (May 4, 2010) – After generating substantial growth across all TV partners for the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, VERSUS and NBC Sports continued to see strong increases for the start of the Stanley Cup Conference Semifinals.

Through four days of the Conference Semis, VERSUS’ average viewership is up 91% over the same time period last year (1.314 million vs 689,000). The network has also seen substantial viewership increases among all key male demos: Men 18-34 (up 78%), Men 18-49 (up 69%) and Men 25-54 (up 76%). 

This second-round success is highlighted by Sunday’s Game 2 of the Detroit/San Jose series, which averaged 1.772 million viewers—making it VERSUS’ most-watched Conference Semifinal game in network history and the most-watched second-round game on cable in a decade (Colorado/Detroit, May 1, 2000 on ESPN, 1.926 million).

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Nashville Could Use Some Help

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from Patten Fuqua of Section 303,

What I am about to write has absolutely nothing to do with hockey.

If you live outside of Nashville, you may not be aware, but our city was hit by a 500-year flood over the last few days. The national news coverage gave us 15 minutes, but went back to focusing on a failed car bomb and an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. While both are clearly important stories, was that any reason to ignore our story? It may not be as terror-sexy as a failed car bomb or as eco-sexy as an oil spill, but that’s no reason to be ignored.

The Cumberland River crested at its highest level in over 80 years. Nashville had its highest rainfall totals since records began. People drowned. Billions of dollars in damage occurred. It is the single largest disaster to hit Middle Tennessee since the Civil War. And yet…no one knows about it.

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