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Open Post- Game 3 WCF Sharks Take On The Blackhawks

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As close as you can get next to a must win game for San Jose.

Chicago seems to be improving game by game and the Sharks need to find a way to win this game.

Goaltending will be a key tonight, Nabokov has to have his best game of the post season.

You can catch the game on Versus, TSN or RDS just after 8:00pm.

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Carcillo Feels Disrespected

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from the CP at TSN,

Losing to the Montreal Canadiens was bad enough for Philadelphia Flyers agitator Daniel Carcillo. Seeing Michael Cammalleri stick out his tongue at him following a skirmish was over the top.

If that is the way the Canadiens want to play, Carcillo is up for the challenge. One day after their 5-1 loss in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final, the Flyers got back to work.

Being disrespected by Cammalleri is another thing Carcillo and his teammates intend to use as a rallying point when they hit the ice again Saturday for Game 4. Philadelphia will be trying to take a 3-1 series lead back home for Game 5 on Monday.

Carcillo was still bothered Friday by Cammalleri’s actions that occurred when a linesman broke up a shoving match between the two late in the second period while the Canadiens led 3-0.

“It’s embarrassing,” Carcillo said. “We could maybe keep that in the pit of our stomach (Saturday) for a little extra motivation.”

continued

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Chicago A Different Team With Campbell In the Lineup

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from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

Heading into play Friday night, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell had 2 assists in 11 games this postseason.

At first glance, you might think that’s underwhelming for a player who joined the Hawks with great fanfare in 2008. But that’s at the first glance. Remember, Campbell is coming back from a broken collarbone suffered when he was driven into the end boards by Alex Ovechkin that caused him to miss the final 14 games of the regular season and the start of the playoffs.

More important than Campbell’s offensive game this postseason has been the help he has provided to the rest of the lineup thanks to his speed and puck-carrying skills.

continued and many more hockey topics…

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Canadian Friends- Enjoy Your Holiday Weekend

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Canada celebrates Victoria Day (wiki) this Monday so I imagine many will be headed to the cottage, lake or will be doing some yard work around the home.

Whatever you are doing, enjoy it and stay safe.

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Win Or Else

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from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

This isn’t just a game to save a series for the San Jose Sharks.

It is a game that could save—or cost! -– jobs. Making it to the conference final is simply not good enough for this team.

As if you didn’t know, this is a team that has done remarkable things during the regular season and then, for some reason, becomes rather ordinary in the playoffs. It is a team that has players who, rather than elevate their game the way the sport’s best stars do at this time of year, slip into a funk.

Having dropped two straight home games to the upstart Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference final, the Sharks now face the unenviable task of having to win in the Windy City. One win will be fine; two would be amazing. The way the Hawks are rolling these days, it won’t be easy.

continued

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Kings Assistant Coach Hardy Arrested

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from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

Kings assistant coach Mark Hardy was arrested in Washington, D.C., and has been charged with misdemeanor sexual abuse, a report on KABC-TV’s website said. Hardy was taken into custody overnight and that “the complaint came from a woman in her 20s who claimed to be a relative of Hardy’s,” according to the report.

continued

added 2:39pm, Helene Elliott of the LA Times has some updated information on this.

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This May Fix The Problem

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Adam Proteau of The Hockey News answers some emails,,,

Hi Adam. I have noticed that there seems to be an abnormal amount of sticks breaking this year. Not just from slashing, but from players taking shots, passing and taking passes etc. Unreal!

Is this situation being studied or is my imagination running wild?

The shattering stick epidemic has been around for as long as composite sticks have. And since wooden sticks are all but extinct among NHL players, I’m afraid fans will be stuck watching players fumble around sheepishly after their sticks explode for a long time to come.

Personally, I hope a composite stick breaks at a crucial juncture of Game 7 of the Cup final. If enough fans and teams were sufficiently disappointed and incensed, the stick industry might have to seriously consider alternatives. But right now, the status quo will remain in place.

more questions & answers…

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Watching A Winner

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from Rock Mamola of ChicagoNow,

You simply cannot compare the Stanley Cup run of the Blackhawks to the World Series run of the 2005 Chicago White Sox.  As much as we can all debate if this is a Bear town or a Cubs town or a White Sox town…..the Blackhawks are never in the conversation and no matter what the season, baseball is king in Chicago.  Either side of town grabs onto a winner and we celebrate like none other. 

If the Blackhawks run to the Stanley Cup can be compared to anything, look to the 2005 Fighting Illini run in the NCAA Tournament.  A team masses gravitated to because it was the hip thing to do, and the bars and clubs around town benefited.  I can remember seeing a sea of orange and blue walking the streets of Michigan Avenue while the comeback kids of Champaign fought tooth and nail to beat Arizona to advance to the Final Four.  How much Illini basketball have you watched since?  That is my point

Hockey is no different from NCAA basketball in this town because everyone watches a winner, but when the results are not matched or improved upon…..the passion for the team fades away.

more and Rock, it wasn’t a strike, it was called a lock-out…

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Afternoon Line

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(Don) Cherry made it sound on Hockey Night in Canada like the story was solely Europeans crowing about their success, but the majority of those I talked to in the goaltending world this week were North Americans talking about what Finland, Sweden and other countries are doing so well.

They’ve taken note—and rather than burying their heads in the sand, are in favour of proactively working to get better.

-James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail, discussing Don Cherry’s response to an article wrote on European goalies.  Read all about it here.

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Don’t Overpay For A Goalie

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

We bring you back to a conversation with Red Wings GM Ken Holland on the eve of the June 2008 Stanley Cup finals. With the avid attention of about five or six hockey writers, Holland was espousing his belief that NHL teams should not overspend on goalies. It ran against the long-standing belief that goaltending winning championships, just like pitching wins pennants. His point was, his team had a decent goalie in Chris Osgood at the time, but certainly not an expensive high-end guy like Martin Brodeur or Roberto Luongo or Miikka Kiprusoff. And, of course, the Wings won the Cup again that June.

Look at the four remaining goalies left in the NHL playoffs. San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov is certainly the most polished of the four—a respected, elite netminder without too much to show for it when it comes to success in the NHL playoffs. The Hawks began the season debating long and hard between Antti Niemi and Corey Crawford as the backup to Cristobal Huet before finally putting Crawford, not Niemi, on waivers on the eve of the NHL season opener in Helsinki. Niemi got the nod over Crawford, barely.

more plus other playoff notes…

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