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It Wasn’t Supposed To End Like This

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

In the end it was hard to watch. A Vancouver Canucks team which had entertained so royally all year literally ground to a halt, virtually every forward with any capability of an impact either injured or paralyzed with fatigue.

Yes the Chicago Blackhawks were the better team and deserved to win but that most certainly doesn’t explain what happened to the Canucks Tuesday night, a team which simply ran out of gas like a truck with a leak in the fuel tank and parts falling on the road as it slowed down.

In the end, only Roberto Luongo was there doing his job as the players around him dissipated and were again physically bleep-kicked as they were for stretches of the series.

Everyone knew the defence was seizing up but what was most disturbing was what happened up front to a team with this kind of depth.


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Would The Islanders Work In Queens?

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from NBC New York,

The Islanders could be saying “good-bye” to Uniondale in Nassau County and “hello” to Queens.

The Mets’ chief operating officer, Jeff Wilpon, tells Newsday that he’s been talking with Islanders owner Charles Wang about the possibility of moving the team to Queens near Citi-Field.

The Islanders have called the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island home since the team was founded in 1972.

Wang claims to be losing $23 million a year since he bought the team back in 2000.

Wilpon says he’s had many discussions with Wang, but admits no verbal agreements or a even a handshake have been made, according to Newsday.


How long has this been going on with the Islanders?  Isn’t it about time they actually do something about the arena instead of just talking about it?

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The Better Team Won

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

This time, there can’t be any doubt.

There is no culprit for why the Chicago Blackhawks walked into GM Place and won all three games of this series, the final one a 5-1 paddling in which the score was precisely indicative of the play.

This wasn’t about the refs, the league, or a goalie. Though that 12-year deal for Roberto Luongo that begins next season isn’t exactly looking like a steal right now.

This was about the Blackhawks running away with the series, for the second consecutive year.

“They were the better team,” confirmed Kyle Wellwood.

“I don’t think they’re a better team than us,” countered Luongo. “But maybe just a smarter team that knows how to win.”


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Tired Penguins?

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The Canadiens are like a bad rash that won’t go away and have mostly held the Penguins’ twin guiding lights, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, in check.

Crosby’s short and glittering history suggests he can find a way to raise his level when it matters the most – and tonight is another one of those occasions, same as it was in overtime of the gold-medal game during February’s 2010 Winter Olympic triumph.

The Olympics were an important moment for Crosby and combined with back-to-back trips deep into the Stanley Cup playoffs, it means both he and Malkin have dipped deeply (and frequently) into the emotional reserves needed to conjure up more big wins for their teams.

When will the tank register empty? One series in, Crosby was poised to threaten Wayne Gretzky’s all-time single-season playoff points total, clobbering the Ottawa Senators practically single-handedly. Now?


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AHL Playoffs Second Round

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The second round of the AHL playoffs concluded last night.  Coverage of the first round can be found here.  These are the second round results:

Hamilton Bulldogs defeat Abbotsford Heat four games to two  Hamilton is the Montreal Canadiens AHL affiliate and Abbotsford is that of Calgary.  David Desharnais and Mike Glumac led Hamilton offensively, with Andre Benoit leading their defence.  Cedrick Desjardins provided their goaltending.  Abbotsford’s offence came from Brett Sutter and Mikael Backlund with David Shantz in goal.

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Another Day, Another Story Out Of Phoenix

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Glendale city council voted unanimously Tuesday night to pay up to $25-million (all currency U.S.) demanded by the NHL in order to hang on to the Phoenix Coyotes.

Technically, the council for the suburb of Phoenix voted 7-0 to give city manager Ed Beasley the authority to negotiate what he called “a fee to the NHL to operate our arena and maintain the team if an ownership agreement is not completed” before the season starts.

The NHL wants the money to cover its losses if it cannot sell the team before the start of the 2010-11 season. If the league cuts a deal with the two bidders for the Coyotes, any fee payments will cease. Council agreed to pay no more than $25-million.

Beasley said the city is still negotiating an arena lease with both bidders for the Coyotes – Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and Ice Edge Holdings LLC, a group of Canadian and American owners. He said he was confident a deal could be reached between the NHL and one of the parties by June 30, the date the league can legally sell the Coyotes to someone who could move the team.


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Western Conference Finals Are Set- San Jose vs. Chicago

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Chicago defeated Vancouver 5-1 tonight and was impressive in doing so.

No word yet on when the series will start.

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Open Post- Chicago vs. Vancouver Game 6

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Feel free to drop in and discuss tonight’s game which starts a little after 9:30pm EDT.

My thoughts- Game 7 in Chicago on Thursday night.

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Evening Line

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“I can feel the desire in the Canadiens players.  Everyone is working his hardest and the team is performing very well, especially considering all the injuries they have faced.

“I don’t think Pittsburgh wanted a seventh game. I played quite a few and the stress is something very special. It’s not handled the same by each player and I believe the Canadiens have put the pressure back on the Penguins.

“What a great job (coach) Jacques Martin has done, finding solutions.”

-Hall of Fame member Jean Beliveau.  More from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette at Faceoff.com.

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One Team Will Go Home Tomorrow Knowing They Had A Shot At The Cup

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Game 7 in Pittsburgh looms as a 50/50 proposition, something that not only would not have been imagined at the start of the series, but perhaps not even halfway through. Even at 2-2, there was a sense that while the Habs were hanging in there, the Pens were the better team and would ultimately prevail.

That, however, has changed over the past two games. The Pens won Game 5 largely on the basis of Marc-Andre Fleury’s netminding, the formula the Canadiens had been using. In Game 6, the Pittsburgh blue line corps was repeatedly found wanting, exposing a vulnerability created by the salary cap-related losses of both Hal Gill and Rob Scuderi from last year’s championship team.


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