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via Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Pat Hickey, a writer for the Montreal Gazette, said Thursday he has found the man who vandalized his car while he was covering Game One of the Flyers-Canadiens playoff series at the Wachovia Center Sunday night.

Hickey said he found the culprit on Facebook - and that the person was displaying the Quebec license plate he stole. Hickey did not identify the culprit.

The writer said he would not press charges - he estimated there was about $1,000 in damages - as long as the man made a public apology and donated $1,000 to a Philadelphia charity.

Hickey said the Flyers were “ecstatic” when he told them he had found the man and that they would pursue the matter.



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Your First European-Trained Ref In The NHL

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from Bob Condor of NHL.com,

A professional hockey official like Marcus Vinnerborg knows his best games occur when he effectively goes unnoticed on the ice.

There is one exception, especially if you are Vinnerborg, who has worked in Sweden’s Elitserien, the country’s top professional league, since 2000. That’s if Terry Gregson, NHL Senior Vice President and Director of Officials, and his staff are watching you work.

On Thursday, Vinnerborg, 37, was announced as the first European-trained official to join the National Hockey League officiating staff next season. Vinnerborg will be assigned to the American Hockey League but over the course of the season it is expected that he will be assigned to work NHL regular-season games.

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  Tags: marcus+vinnerborg

The Stage Is Set In Montreal

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

And so the stage is set for yet another night of drama in Montreal. In the two previous series, the Canadiens returned home with a split of the first two games. This time, they face a must-win situation against a team whose top players will be infused with energy, too.

“I hope they’re excited. I hope they play great,” Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette said Wednesday. “Lots of energy and execution, and I’m sure they’re excited coming back here to play. The focus is on the win, I guess.”

By late Thursday night, we’ll know whose dreams are intact and whose have been spirited away.


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Memorial Cup

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Along with the Stanley Cup and World Hockey Championships, another major hockey tournament is underway in the Canadian Major Junior Championships - the Memorial Cup.  This tournament is played between the host city and the champions of the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.  This year the host is the Brandon Wheat Kings and the league champions are the Calgary Hitmen, Windsor Spitfires and Moncton Wildcats respectively.

Teams have completed the preliminary round robin portion of the tournament.

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Afternoon Games On The Weekend

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I’ve received a fair share of emails from fans, most of who are complaining about the two games scheduled this weekend.

Philadelphia takes on Montreal at 3:00pm EDT on Saturday and San Jose plays Chicago on Sunday at 3:00pm EDT.

Both games are on NBC in the US and CBC and RDS in Canada.

It also happens to be Victoria Day in Canada on Monday, May 24th so that means a long weekend for many of our Canadian friends.

So with that in mind, does it bother you we have games in the afternoon this weekend and will you be watching or will you be busy or have other things to do during that time period?

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Prayers Go Out For Kurtis & Stephanie Foster

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from the Tampa Tribune,

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Kurtis Foster and his wife, Stephanie, are mourning the death of their infant daughter Lila.

Lila Kimberly Foster was five days old when she died May 10 at Tampa Bay General Hospital, according to an obituary posted Wednesday on the website for the Peterborough (Ont.) Examiner newspaper. A cause of death was not given.


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Flyers Looking For The First Goal Tonight

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from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

This is hockey’s Mecca. These fans are the game’s true fanatics. And with fanaticism comes passion, and passion can burn both ways.

If the Canadiens bring their best effort and break their scoreless drought early, the surge of energy from the 21,000-plus fans could wash the Flyers away. This could turn into a long series, with home ice as a major factor.

But if the Flyers are able to get that first goal, as they’ve done in the first two games, the air could go out of Bell Centre in a hurry. The weight of expected disappointment could crush a Montreal team that has already gone further than anyone expected.

“The games change when you have the lead,” Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger said. “Teams play differently. It’s up to us to get off to a good start again and try to get that first goal.”


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Some Advice For Brian Burke

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from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

The next time you hear Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke talk about his blueprint for success, look no further than the Philadelphia Flyers.

Truculence? Check.

A chassis built from the net out? Check.

A fleet of skilled, top six forwards not afraid to bang when that duty calls? You got it.

The difference, of course, is that Burke’s ideal roster is on paper right now, but at least Leafs fans can see how it all works in theory.


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Pete Weber- Al Look At The Voice Of The Predators

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from Curt Smith of the Messenger Post,

Shakespeare penned, “To thine own self be true.” Weber is.

First, Pete loves his subject: a sheen of ice, red and blue line locus, and troops shredding the goal like Patton at Bastogne. Hockey weds speed, elan and grace: back and forth, fore and aft pinball meets ballet. Mary Martin sang, “Lovely to look at.” Hockey can be even lovelier to watch, or hear, as many announcers demonstrate.

Toronto’s Foster Hewitt proclaimed, “Hello Canada and hockey fans in the United States and Newfoundland.” Dick Irvin became the hub of Hockey Night in Canada. Montreal’s Danny Gallivan rewrote Oxford Dictionary — exclaiming “Savardian Spinorama” of pivoting Serge Savard. A shot was “cannonading,” whereupon a professor wrote that no such word existed. Danny jibed, “It does now.”

NBC’s Mike Emrick combines verve, a brio voice and almost preternatural prose, less waif of a moon that bright noon sun. It helps that he airs sport’s best postseason. Weber’s Predators were recently eliminated, less perfect team than Little Engine That Almost Could. Recalling Costas, why is Pete, too, a “perfect guy, for his perfect job”?

read on

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Shanny Had Enough

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Brendan Shanahan just tweeted about this video and boy do I remember it.

2002 SCF…

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