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Dan Carcillo, Please Watch

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Don Cherry on the actions of Dan Carcillo.

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Refs Questioned In Montreal

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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

There was plenty of good reason for whining and moaning at Bell Centre Thursday night, and not by Sidney Crosby.

The Habs were screwed over big-time by the refs in the first period of what would become a stunning 3-2 victory over the Penguins. Up 1-0 on the softest goal given up by a netminder in these playoffs, Montreal held the lead for all of 53 seconds — until Ruslan Fedotenko’s tackle of P.K. Subban at the Penguins’ blue line allowed Max Talbot to make good on a breakaway.

“I knew Fedotenko would make a contribution at some point this spring,” mused one Pittsburgh writer.

A half-minute later, Hal Gill was sent off for holding, and with the Penguins on the power play, Crosby tripped Roman Hamrlik in the Habs’ zone.

continued

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Habs Playing Their Game

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from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

Montreal 3, Penguins 2. Disbelief, limitless.

The Canadiens actually would shovel 16 shots at Pittsburgh in the final period, but it hardly mattered after the opening flurry. Their defensive poise, which frayed badly at even-strength for the first time in the series, returned, goalie Jaroslav Halak made a sprawling save on Sidney Crosby with about 10½ minutes left and Evgeni Malkin couldn’t cash a breakaway with four minutes to go. This would be Pittsburgh’s first road loss of the spring.

“If you’d said at the start it’d be two out of three going into Pittsburgh (for Game 5 Saturday),” Mike Cammalleri said, ” I would have said, ‘Why not?’”

Now here is more math that works in Montreal’s favor: although the Penguins have just five goals in the past three games (including an empty netter), 11 Penguins have scored in the series. Not one of them is Crosby.

more

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A Fast Mule Is Untouchable

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

“I don’t know if I felt any different,” said Franzen. “The puck just seemed to go in off my stick a lot.”

The puck seemed to follow Franzen around all night.

“He was all over it,” said linemate Todd Bertuzzi. “He had some really good speed in the neutral zone. When The Mule’s got speed like that, he’s basically untouchable. It was good to see. We’re going to need it again.”

read on

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Morning Line

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“Stevie Y wants to become a GM; we’d love to have him as a GM,.  I keep telling Kenny, ‘Hey, I want to move you up to president.’ He goes, ‘I don’t want to be a president, I want to be a GM.’ So he’s going to stay there as GM.’‘

-Mike Ilitch, Owner of the Detroit Red Wings.  More from Ansar Khan at Mlive.

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All Options Open For Phoenix

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from Damien Cox of the Spin,

It now appears that one way or another, the Phoenix Coyotes are going to be playing games in Canada next season.

That could occur if the Ice Edge Holdings group, now back in the game, is able to purchase the team, as that group is still believed to want to hold at least five games a season in Saskatoon and the rest in Arizona.

Or, the entire kit and kaboodle could yet end up in Winnipeg with the rebirth of the Jets. It’s not impossible Manitoba could welcome the team it lost as early as later this month.

Wild. Crazy. But nothing seems too bizarre for this oddball situation any more.

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Canadiens/Penguins Head Back To Pittsburgh Tied 2-2

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from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

After being badly outplayed for two periods and trailing by a goal, the never-say-die Montreal Canadiens roared back for a 3-2 victory Thursday, punctuated by goaltender Jaroslav Halak’s cheeky attempt to score into an empty net and a double-pump celebration at the final horn.

Afterward, the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins were left to rue their luck as they chalked up their first road loss of these NHL playoffs.

“It’s their game,” Pittsburgh defenceman Kristopher Letang said. “We didn’t get very many dangerous shots in the third [period], and they played according to their game plan.”

read on

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Wings Win To Play Another Day

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Detroit defeats San Jose 7-1, lead by Johan Franzen who had 4 goals and 2 helpers.  Todd Bertuzzi chipped in with a goal and 3 assists.

Next game Saturday night in San Jose.  Puck drops just after 10:00pm EDT.

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Here We Go Again

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

The sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to Jerry Reinsdorf is in jeopardy.

Sources tell TSN the city of Glendale has asked Ice Edge Holdings to return to the bargaining table as a back up plan to buy the Coyotes, in the event the deal with Reinsdorf falls through.

Sources say Glendale reached out to Ice Edge late last week amid growing concern Reinsdorf’s accepted bid to purchase the Coyotes from the National Hockey League is at risk of falling apart.

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Put The Game On Versus

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from Pete Dougherty of the Times Union,

Please, ESPN, won’t you come back to the NHL?

Tonight on Versus, something that has happened throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs, Bill Patrick welcomed viewers back to the studio at the conclusion of the Penguins-Canadiens game.

“We’ll be taking you to the third period in Detroit, as the Red Wings face off against the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of their series in just a few moments, but first, back to the highlights of the game you just saw.”

The italics are mine. Why do we want highlights from a game we just saw when we know another game is going on?

Such backward thinkng is typical of Versus and the NHL, which needs to find a new cable television partner.

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