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The Bell Centre Experience

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from Dan Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Not sure what commercial you were watching at home or what else you might have been doing during this particular pause for a cause at 10:58 of the second period in Monday’s Eastern Conference semi-final between the Habs and Penguins, but 21,273 at the Bell Centre were going absolutely bonkers.

The three-minute screaming ovation that came after Mike Cammalleri’s second goal of the night was repaid by the Habs, who pulled into a 3-2 lead on Jaroslav Spacek’s perfect shot 2:17 later. From there, they would never look back.

If an NHL audience has ever been louder than the one that lifted the Habs into their second Game 7 against a vastly superior team, no one we checked with on press row can remember when.


Below, check out the last minute of play from a fans view.  The noise continues to grow…

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Bruins Need A Win

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from Dan Shaunghessy of the Boston Globe,

You know that Kate Smith will be on the Jumbotron (nice symmetry there) tomorrow night. Bobby Clarke will be grinning and gooning around the rink, and the knuckleheads of Philadelphia will bring all kinds of signage urging the Bruins to choke.

Six days ago the Bruins beat the Flyers in Philly, 4-1, to take a 3-0 series lead. We all figured the Flyers would roll over at home in Game 4. It was inevitable. But the Sons of Dave “The Hammer’’ Schultz did not quit. They won last Friday night, in overtime, after surrendering an excruciating goal in the final seconds of the third period. Simon Gagne’s overtime goal has a chance to be Philadelphia’s answer to the Dave Roberts stolen base.

The Bruins looked tired last night. They are not the same team without David Krejci. And Boston’s gold-plated invitation to the conference finals — the Hub’s first since 1992 — is in jeopardy. The Flyers need only to win at home to bring this thing to a seventh and deciding game Friday night at the Garden.


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What Happens When Two Teams Of Destiny Play?

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

We have known the Pittsburgh Penguins to be a team of destiny. And we have seen what a team of destiny can do, winning twice on the road in Game 7s last spring, including the deciding game of the Stanley Cup finals.

But does destiny have a best-before date? Does destiny run out, fade away? If so, have we seen just that before our very eyes?

What happens, for instance, when the Penguins meet another team with destiny on its mind in a one-game, winner-take-all showdown?

In the wake of the Montreal Canadiens’ stirring 4-3 win in Game 6 here Monday night, their third straight win in an elimination game this spring, we are about to find out.


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Crosby Won’t Allow The Penguins To Lose Game 7

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from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Sure, anything can happen.

You remember Volek’s overtime goal for the New York Islanders to beat a terrific Penguins team in Game 7 of the 1993 playoffs? How about Fitzgerald’s third-period goal for the Florida Panthers that stunned the Penguins in the ‘96 conference final?

There won’t be a repeat Wednesday night at Mellon Arena.

Write it down.

Crosby won’t allow it to happen.


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  Tags: sidney+crosby

Canadiens Believe They Can Win The Series

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Pure emotional fury. Funnelled through an ear-splitting tunnel of sound.

It was that — and not the one-man-against-the-world heroism of goaltender Jaroslav Halak this time — that permitted the Montreal Canadiens to stare down elimination for the fourth time in these Stanley Cup playoffs, a different script to achieve yet another unlikely result.

It should be understood that at approximately the 28-minute mark of Game 6 on Monday night at the Bell Centre, the Habs stopped being the rope-a-dope team, the team hoping to somehow get enough saves out of Halak and enough fortuitous bounces to win, and instead became the better team.


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Savard Not Happy With Richards Hit Tonight

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from Matt Kalman of The Bruins Blog,

...Marc Savard also took exception with a Mike Richards hit with 5:26 left in regulation.

The hit was a bit from behind and sent Savard into the side wall in the attacking zone. Savard got up and went after Richards to earn a roughing penalty. There was no call on the initial hit.

“I just got fired up. I got one the other night in Philly from behind [which was called boarding against Darroll Powe], and then I was facing the glass again in the same situation and then I look back at [David] Booth, [David] Krejci, those guys … I mean, enough’s enough. I mean, I don’t know. That’s all,” said Savard after the loss, which sends the series back to Philly for Game 6 Wednesday night.

read on

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  Tags: marc+savard, mike+richards

Now What Phoenix?

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from Global TV Winnipeg,

The would-be buyer of the Phoenix Coyotes says that its talks with the City of Glendale about taking ownership of the Phoenix Coyotes have broken down; adding more fuel to the fire burning under Winnipeg fans who believe the National Hockey League team will be coming back to the Manitoba capital.

Ice Edge Holdings representative Daryl Jones said in a Twitter post at about 8:40 this evening, “Ice Edge is confirming reports that talks have broken down with COG (City of Glendale)”

Reports suggest the company backed away after the Phoenix, AZ suburb where the Coyotes play failed to meet its demand for exclusivity in talks about ownership of the team. It’s just the latest twist in a chaotic process that’s seen the city reject Ice Edge in favour of a bid by Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf.


added 10:47pm, via Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

“Talks have broken off,” Ice Edge chief operating office Daryl Jones told the Free Press late Monday night.

“We were adamant about needing exclusivity in these negotiations and they haven’t provided it. I’m not totally surprised. We’ve been dealing with this for a while. We thought we had agreed to certain things and expected them in writing. That didn’t materialize.”

added 6:27am on 5/11/10, from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Ice Edge Holdings and the city of Glendale, Ariz., have agreed on a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) for an arena lease that is much the same as their previous one, but city council will not get a look at it Tuesday night because the NHL is still putting on a squeeze play.

The group of Canadian and American investors who make up Ice Edge told city officials to sort out the demand from the NHL that the city cover the operating losses of the Phoenix Coyotes next season before they present the new MOU to council for discussion and a vote.


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Let’s Be Real, The Wings Lost

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from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press via the Modesto Bee (not online yet at Freep.com),

...I had a unique chance to watch this second round from afar - for the first time in years - and minus the coating of our hometown optimism, I have to say this:

They were beaten.

And it could easily happen again.

Problems in the playoffs

Sure, injuries made it a weird year. But when the Wings got healthy, they won 16 of their last 21 games and were “the team nobody wants to play in the playoffs,” remember?

What happened next? They lost seven of 12. And only one frontline guy, Brad Stuart, in the final game, was seriously hurt. So how are injuries an excuse?

As for one-goal games? Let’s be real.

read on

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Chicago Felt ‘Trapped’ By Vancouver

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

John Madden knows something about the nuances of defensive hockey, having served the majority of his NHL career in New Jersey, where, for decades, the Devils mastered the art of smothering the life out of a game.

So Madden, now the Chicago Blackhawks’ checking-line centre, knows exactly what happened to his team in Sunday’s unremarkable 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks, a defeat that prevented them from clinching their Western Conference playoff series.

The Canucks ripped a page out of the Devils’ book and slooooowed everything down.


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Habs Defeat Penguins To Set Up A Game 7 In Pittsburgh

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First the Canadiens defeated the President’s Trophy Winner Washington Capitals and now have taken the defending Stanley Cup Champions Pittsburgh Penguins to a game 7.

What will happen on Wednesday night?

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