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Open Post- Habs vs. Pens

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Game starts just after 7:00pm EDT on Versus, CBC and RDS.

I say Penguins win in a blowout or Canadiens win in regulation in a low scoring game.

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Business Side Of The NHL Grows During The Playoffs

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NEW YORK (May 12, 2010) – “As far as perspiration-based entertainment goes, it’s pretty hard to top what the National Hockey League has offered up this spring,” says the Toronto Star. And Milton Kent of AOL Fanhouse adds, “the National Hockey League is a big-time deal again… people are definitely talking about, and more importantly, watching, the NHL again.”

  As the Eastern Conference Semifinals near their conclusion with Game 6 and Game 7 tonight, the compelling action on the ice is helping to fuel substantial business success off the ice. All North American TV partners are showing strong increases in viewership, the NHL’s digital platforms are experiencing explosive growth, and attendance is averaging above capacity.

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Setting The Stage For Game 7

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from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

So here we are back in Steeltown, dear friends, a badly underestimated destination and home of the most charmingly decrepit arena in the NHL.

We love all things rustic, don’t get us wrong – and there are some wonderful touches to this old barn, like the “Flood like a champion tonight” signs next to the Zambonis – but this place takes things to a new level….

Herewith, a few observations from practice: when the Pens came out for their morning skate (they were up first at 10:30), they found an extra veteran on the ice.

It was Vladimir Malkin, a shorter, balder version of his superstar son Evgeni, who was shimmying around in his leather jacket a pair of pointy black street shoes and whipping passes back and forth with Maxime Talbot.

The elder Malkin, who once played for Russian team Magnitogorsk, hammed it up with the players as they came out, firing shots at the net from bad angles.

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Canadians Love Their Hockey

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from Richard Southern of 680News,

Canadians are more in love with hockey than ever.

A new survey by MasterCard found 83 per cent of Canadians watch hockey every week.

Many spend more than four hours glued to their television sets.

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Afternoon Line

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“It hasn’t been an easy season by any stretch with all that has transpired with the ups and downs and things we’ve had to face with injuries and such.  But we certainly found a way to find wins, find ways to make up for key injuries and guys have stepped in and played very well. From the start of the year with our goaltending situation, with one guy going down, the next guy going in, the next guy going down and on and on. It was a bit of a carousel but, through all that, we learned an awful lot about ourselves and what it was going to take to be successful.”

-Chris Pronger of the Philadelphia Flyers via Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com.

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Talking Montreal/Pittsburgh

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Scott Burnside of ESPN checks-in from Pittsburgh and discusses game 7.

Also, read about it here.

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Game 7 KK Poll

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Goalie For Sale

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Thanks to the Vancouver Province for the pointer.

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Morning Line

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Canadian hockey fans like to tar Bettman as anti-Canadian but conveniently overlook his implementation of a revenue-sharing scheme for struggling Canadian franchises under the previous CBA and his efforts in 2003 to save the Ottawa Senators from bankruptcy and relocation.

Time will tell if the NHL’s grand expansion plan is a failure, but it would unfair to lay the blame solely at Gary Bettman’s doorstep. There’s plenty of blame amongst the Board of Governors and the team owners to go around.

That doesn’t exempt him from criticism but doesn’t justify calling him anti-Canadian or pigheaded in his efforts to keep struggling franchise in their current locations.

-Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey.  More from Lyle on this topic.

added 11:35am,

Rumor Central, the favorite gathering place for the Canadian media the past year, got punched in the gut Wednesday night.

  And at least for a while, the smugness of the hockey fans in Canada who were convinced the Coyotes were about to morph into the Winnipeg Jets is gone. Everyone, it seemed, knew someone who knew someone who heard someone say that the Coyotes’ run in Arizona was over.

  But, they’ll just need a day or two to rest up, and again the rumor mill will be going full speed. They are probably still not convinced the team will remain in Glendale, even for another season.

-Jim Gintonio of Ice Chips.

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What Boston Team Will Show Up Tonight?

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from Tony Massarotti of the Boston Globe,

And so here we are, on the cusp of Game 6, and we haven’t the slightest clue of what to expect from the Bruins. More than seven months into this season, the Bruins have been good, bad and everywhere in between. Most of all, they have been entirely unpredictable.

Much of that explains why this hockey season in Boston has been positively compelling, of course, because let’s face it: predictable is boring. Instability results in so much more drama. The 2009-10 Bruins have lost 10 in a row during the regular season and won 7 of 8 during the playoffs, the more recent stretch ending with the Game 4 overtime loss to Flyers last weekend at the Wachovia Center. At the time, most of us regarded that game as nothing more than a hiccup from a Bruins team that had rediscovered its potential and seemed destined for its first trip to the conference finals in 18 years.

But now? Now we can’t be so sure.

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