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Canadiens Have Their Chance Today

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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadiens are playing their 100th game of the season this afternoon, only four fewer than the number they had to play when they won their last Stanley Cup 17 seasons ago.

I mention this only because No. 100 is more important than all of the previous 99.

Win, and life is grand, because the Canadiens would return to Philadelphia with the Eastern Conference final locked up 2-2 and a real chance to get to their first Cup final since 1993, The Year of Patrick Roy.

Lose, and despite the team’s stunning heroics coming back as they did against Washington and Pittsburgh, they’re on a slippery slope down 3-1 in the series.

Worse, they’re returning to the City of Brotherly Tough Love, where they failed to score even once during the first two games.


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Sharks Have Tried Everything

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from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog,

They’ve skated at the pace the Blackhawks wanted, and they’ve taken it to the Hawks. And they still lost.

They went with their top lines against the Hawks’ top lines, and they produced a lot of scoring chances. And they still lost.

They changed lines, drew power plays, and outshot the Hawks in the United Center in a gotta-have-it Game 3 after dropping the first two games at home. And they still lost.

They forced the Hawks’ dangerous scorers to the perimeter and cut down on the bodies in front of their goaltender. And they still lost.

They came back from a potentially killer breakaway goal late in the third period and tied the game even later. And they still lost.

I don’t know what else the Sharks can do. And it doesn’t look like they know, either.


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Blackhawks One Win Away From The Stanley Cup Final

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Jonathan Toews – aka Captain Serious – continues to be Captain Fantastic for the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2010 playoffs. Conn Smythe Trophy anyone?

Toews ran his playoff points streak to 12 games Friday night and it couldn’t have come at a more opportune time for the Blackhawks.

Toews set up two goals in regulation, but left it to his usual linemate, Dustin Byfuglien, to provide the overtime scoring heroics for the Blackhawks. Byfuglien’s goal – wide open from the high slot – came 12:24 into the wild first extra period against the Sharks’ Evgeni Nabokov and gave Chicago a 3-2 victory and a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference final.

The Blackhawks can wrap up the series with a win Sunday at the United Centre, which saw 22,311 spectators, including mega-fan Vince Vaughn, cram into the building.


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Montreal Targets Pronger

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The Canadiens, with their city not just relieved but infused with a new sense of confidence that a Stanley Cup final berth is still possible, finally have their target.

He’s a 6-foot-6 piece of nasty and a future hall of famer, which makes him a big, imposing target.

But the Habs were clearly able to get to Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Chris Pronger in a resounding Game 3 triumph, catching Pronger on the ice for four of their five goals.

The Canadiens, it’s fair to say, have flourished this spring when they’ve been able to build their game plan around one member of the opposition and also give their home fans a specific player to boo. Against Washington, it was Alex Ovechkin. Against Pittsburgh, it was Sidney Crosby.


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Now All Phoenix Needs Is An Owner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN, the NHL and the city of Glendale have reached an agreement that will ensure the city covers any operating costs up to $25 mil for the 2010-2011 season.

In the meantime, a continued search for local ownership will resume.

Sources say Glendale city officials also talked with representatives from Ice Edge Holdings on Friday, however, according to source, Ice Edge remains reluctant to engage in further discussions with the city without exclusivity.

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Open Post- Game 3 WCF Sharks Take On The Blackhawks

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As close as you can get next to a must win game for San Jose.

Chicago seems to be improving game by game and the Sharks need to find a way to win this game.

Goaltending will be a key tonight, Nabokov has to have his best game of the post season.

You can catch the game on Versus, TSN or RDS just after 8:00pm.

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Carcillo Feels Disrespected

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from the CP at TSN,

Losing to the Montreal Canadiens was bad enough for Philadelphia Flyers agitator Daniel Carcillo. Seeing Michael Cammalleri stick out his tongue at him following a skirmish was over the top.

If that is the way the Canadiens want to play, Carcillo is up for the challenge. One day after their 5-1 loss in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final, the Flyers got back to work.

Being disrespected by Cammalleri is another thing Carcillo and his teammates intend to use as a rallying point when they hit the ice again Saturday for Game 4. Philadelphia will be trying to take a 3-1 series lead back home for Game 5 on Monday.

Carcillo was still bothered Friday by Cammalleri’s actions that occurred when a linesman broke up a shoving match between the two late in the second period while the Canadiens led 3-0.

“It’s embarrassing,” Carcillo said. “We could maybe keep that in the pit of our stomach (Saturday) for a little extra motivation.”


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Chicago A Different Team With Campbell In the Lineup

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from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

Heading into play Friday night, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell had 2 assists in 11 games this postseason.

At first glance, you might think that’s underwhelming for a player who joined the Hawks with great fanfare in 2008. But that’s at the first glance. Remember, Campbell is coming back from a broken collarbone suffered when he was driven into the end boards by Alex Ovechkin that caused him to miss the final 14 games of the regular season and the start of the playoffs.

More important than Campbell’s offensive game this postseason has been the help he has provided to the rest of the lineup thanks to his speed and puck-carrying skills.

continued and many more hockey topics…

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Canadian Friends- Enjoy Your Holiday Weekend

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Canada celebrates Victoria Day (wiki) this Monday so I imagine many will be headed to the cottage, lake or will be doing some yard work around the home.

Whatever you are doing, enjoy it and stay safe.

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Win Or Else

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from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

This isn’t just a game to save a series for the San Jose Sharks.

It is a game that could save—or cost! -– jobs. Making it to the conference final is simply not good enough for this team.

As if you didn’t know, this is a team that has done remarkable things during the regular season and then, for some reason, becomes rather ordinary in the playoffs. It is a team that has players who, rather than elevate their game the way the sport’s best stars do at this time of year, slip into a funk.

Having dropped two straight home games to the upstart Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference final, the Sharks now face the unenviable task of having to win in the Windy City. One win will be fine; two would be amazing. The way the Hawks are rolling these days, it won’t be easy.


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