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Changing Goalies In The Playoffs

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In general it is a bad thing for plan A to fail and to be forced to change to plan B during a best of seven playoff series.  An example of this is when a team has to change goalies in mid-series in the playoffs.  Despite this, the last three teams to win the Stanley Cup have all done this.  The 2006 Carolina Hurricanes changed from Martin Gerber to Cam Ward, the 2007 Anaheim Ducks changed from Ilya Bryzgalov to Jean-Sebastien Giguere and the 2008 Detroit Red Wings from Dominik Hasek to Chris Osgood.  The first team to do this is 2009 is the Washington Capitals who have changed from Jose Theodore to Simeon Varlamov.

Theodore may be a former Hart Trophy winner in 2002, but his career has not gone particularly well since.  In the first game of the series against the New York Rangers, Theodore played badly allowing four goals on only 21 shots.  He was the main reason Washington lost.  In the next two games the Capitals turned to rookie goalie Simeon Varlamov.  Varlamov has only six regular season NHL games played.  He has succeeded so far in the playoffs.  He has stopped 56 of the 57 shots he has faced and sports a playoff leading 0.50 GAA and .982 saves percentage.

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Enough Of Versus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond at the Miami Herald,

I don’t like writing cellphone posts unless it’s breaking news or what have you. But I have about had enough of Versus’ so-called coverage of the NHL postseason. How is it that they pull away from a 3-3 game in Carolina to put on a crummy open to a game in Anaheim that wasn’t going to start for another 30 minutes, much less another Esurance commercial we all know by heart?

continued and George isn’t finished, another post here.

I have to agree with George.  I am not sure why Versus makes the decisions they do, but they sure are not catering to the knowledgeable hockey fan.

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Drug Testing Still An Issue Between NHL/NHLPA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

A gap in the NHL’s drug-testing policy may not be closed because the league and the National Hockey League Players’ Association cannot agree on how to deal with it.

According to the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, players are not tested during the playoffs and the off-season, which leaves five months — April through August — during which the players do not have to worry about passing a drug test. The league says it is in favour of year-round testing, but the union has reservations due to privacy concerns.

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Vancouver Canucks Advance To Western Conference Semi-Finals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Alex Burrows scored the game winning goal with 19 seconds left in the first OT.

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Columbus Fans Deserve A Win

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from Michael Arace of Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,

Tonight, the Detroit Red Wings put a 4-1 whipping on the Jackets at Nationwide Arena. With that, the Wings took a 3-0 lead in the series. It is, for all practical purposes, over.

The Jackets know what they are up against. They’re not going to quit. They’ll come out hard in Game 4 Thursday night. No one would expect anything different.

“We’re down 3-0 and we’ve got a lot of things to clean up,” forward R.J. Umberger said. “It’s not over yet. You’ve got to win four games. We still need the first playoff win in franchise history. The crowd here deserves a win. They need to see it. This city needs to see it. . . .

“Crazier things have happened.”

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Carolina Beats New Jersey With Two Tenths Of A Second Left On The Clock

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Martin Brodeur complained about goalie interference on the goal

The NHL Situation Room updates us with this… The NHL’s goalie interference rule sets a mandate to protect the goalie in the blue ice – to let the goalie do his job. In the white ice, it is a more delicate matter, including who moved into whom. The referee has one split-second look at it and it is a judgment call. The Situation Room has no video review capacity in this instance. That said, the Situation Room officials agreed with the call on the ice, that it looked like the goalie, Martin Brodeur, moved out toward the skater.

added 11:56pm, Reaction from Brodeur is below…

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Wings Up 3-0.  What Now? A Late Night Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Note to Little Gary: call the engraver.  Nobody’s going to beat that Detroit team in a seven game series. Don’t ask any of us to explain it, just take it for what it is.  Fact.

Ahhh…what the hell.  Drink up kids.  We’re all anxious to see if the battle-tested Sharks can maintain their reputation as a playoff juggernaut.

So?

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Bad Reflection On Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette (Wednesday edition),

Montrealers like to think of themselves as fair, classy people but there’s nothing classy about the disgraceful conduct of the fans at the Bell Centre who booed the singing of the United States national anthem prior to Monday’s game between the Canadiens and the Boston Bruins.

It was impossible to hear Charles Prévost-Linton’s rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner because most of the sellout crowd of 21,273 drowned out his voice with boos or chants of Go Habs Go….

There is no excuse for the current booing. It is a simple matter of bad manners.

Bob Gainey, the Canadiens’ coach and general manager, addressed the issue yesterday when he said the boorish behaviour stemmed from confusion on the part of the fans.

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Brad Stuart Hit On R.J. Umberger Tonight

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Fox Sports Ohio with the call…

added 10:12pm, Watch the Fox Sports Detroit view below…

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The Blackhawks/Flames Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

The Blackhawks seem to have made it their mission to harry and harass Flames captain Jarome Iginla. TSN commentator Pierre McGuire, whose perch is between the players’ benches, repeated his commentary Tuesday saying he’d never seen a star player like Iginla take as much verbal abuse as the Calgary captain has this series.

“This has been going on incessantly since Game 1 and it hasn’t stopped,” McGuire said. “That’s why Jarome at the end of the game, went off.”

But Iginla insists it was the cross-check to Bourque and not any of the Blackhawks crossing the line in their insults and taunts.

“There wasn’t any one thing as far as verbal that got to me,” the Flames captain insisted. “I can take that. Verbal abuse is nothing. Trash talking is fine.”

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