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Pavelski As Hot As Hot Can Be

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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski’s nifty scoring touch has helped him score nine goals in eight playoff games this season and yet his college coach doesn’t believe his hands are Pavelski’s greatest asset.

“It’s the ability he has between his ears,” Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves said. “He’s not the biggest, not the strongest, but he has the ability to think and anticipate, and know what he’s going to do before he gets to his puck.”

Now in his fourth NHL season, Pavelski has been the talk of the playoffs because of his Sidney Crosby-like offensive pace.


added 11:47pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Accordingly, Tuesday’s third game is shaping up as the Battle Of the Sharks’ Joes (Big and Little) at the Joe – Detroit’s venerable Joe Louis Arena – and may the best Joe(s) win.

Thus far in the playoffs, Pavelski has been something of a revelation for the Sharks, who are on a five-game postseason win streak. In the opening round, Pavelski scored the last-minute tying goal in Game 2 against the Colorado Avalanche, the overtime winner in Game 4 and the series clincher in Game 6.


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Enough Sidney

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frolm Michael Hurley of NESN,

When exactly will Sid the Kid start acting like Sid the Man?

We thought that maybe, when he lifted the Cup over his head last June in Detroit, the time had come. Yet it turned out that the wispy whiskers he was sporting on his face were as much a sign of his immaturity as it was his complete inability to grow a beard.

So when Sidney Crosby slammed his stick against the post of the Montreal net on Sunday, displaying the emotional control of a 5-year-old getting sent to timeout, it wasn’t exactly surprising. It is, however, getting old.


thanks to a Sean Leahy tweet for the pointer

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Best Of The Week

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Watch the best goals and saves (below) from the past week of the NHL Playoffs.

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Denis Leary Producing the “Rebel League”

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via James Hibberd of The Hollywood Reporter, With the economy in the tank, Spike TV is developing several projects that find pathos and humor in underachievement.

The network has five new scripted shows in the works (along with an equal number of unscripted projects), about struggling men wanting more out of life—or to just slack off.

The slate’s developers include producers such as Denis Leary, Brian Robbins and Thom Beers.

“Rebel League” is about a group of men trying to launch a pro hockey league to rival the NHL that consists of “has-been and never-was” players. Written by Stephen Engel (“The Big Bang Theory”), produced by Leary and Jim Serpico’s Apostle Pictures and Sony and based on the book, “The Rebel League.”

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Mike Green Talks With The Media Today

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On exit day last week, Green did not speak with the media, but today, a different story.

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Flyers Need A Win In Boston

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friom Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,

“At some point, we’re going to have to win a game here and (tonight) sounds like a good opportunity,” Laviolette said.

To do that, the Flyers believe they need to have more jump at the start of the game and apply more pressure on the Bruins’ defensemen on the forecheck.

Despite six high-tempo practices last week, the Flyers came out flat-footed against the Bruins on Saturday and were outshot 15-8 and outscored 2-0 in the first period.

“They caught us off guard,’ Flyers right wing Claude Giroux said.


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Trying To Screen Luongo

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from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

Byfuglien and the Blackhawks acknowledge that they need to disrupt an on-his-game Luongo more in Game 2 of their Western Conference semi-final on Monday, but the way that NHL officials are calling goaltender interference in the playoffs makes that more difficult.

“I think it’s a little stupid that they’re calling it so strict now that it’s playoffs,” Byfuglien said. “Even in other series, I know they’ve called a few guys for just standing there.”

Byfuglien, who weighs nearly 250 lbs., said he has been called for interference because he is simply a big body, but added that, in totality, the officials have been fair with him. But whether the Blackhawks power forward, who might move to defence, has occasion to pitch a tent in Luongo’s crease is a matter of some doubt heading into Game 2.


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The Officiating- Wings/Sharks Game 2

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from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

Taking all this questioning of the officiating seriously, I sat down on the couch around midnight and went through the game, fast-forwarding to each infraction.

Frankly, it looked like there were a couple dubious calls that went against the Red Wings, both involving Todd Bertuzzi.

His goalie interference call was marginal. The “holding” call involving Marc-Edouard Vlasic? Holding? If anything Bertuzzi might have tripped him, but frankly it didn’t look like there was even that.  When a reporter asked Vlasic afterward if he might have simply lost an edge, the defenseman got a little defensive: “Did it look like I lost an edge?”  Let’s just say the interview veered off in another direction.

But overall? The three most egregious calls (or non-calls) of the night went against the Sharks. (Feel free to question objectivity, of course, but I’m just calling ‘em as I see ‘em in this case).


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Are The Wings Out Of Gas?

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

What’s happened to the Red Wings? Anyone who was in attendance last Tuesday night in Glendale, Ariz., would have been swayed for the rest of the playoffs by the perennial contenders. The way they dismantled the Coyotes and added to their NHL-best record since the Olympics, it was hard not to pick them to beat San Jose. And yet, here they are down 2-0 in a series for the first time since 2003, when they were swept by the Anaheim Ducks. Did the Wings overtax themselves in the second half of the regular season trying to dig out of a hole just to make the playoffs? Are they out of gas after being stretched to seven games by Phoenix? Or is there another gear left in their game? We bet on the latter. This series isn’t over yet.

more playoff topics…

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Serious Defensive Liability

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The Montreal Canadiens have won so far in the playoffs because strong goaltending has limited their opponent’s goals.  Jaroslav Halak has had some outstanding games.  Because of the low goals against the Habs have allowed, their defence has gotten a lot of credit.  I am not so sold that Montreal has a great team defence.  They had a mid-level 13th best goals against average in the regular season.  One defenceman on the team, Marc-Andre Bergeron has been a significant liability defensively.

Bergeron has a playoffs worst -10 +/- rating.  He has been on the ice for 2 even strength goals scored and 12 against.  He has been successful on the power play with seven Montreal power play goals for with him on the ice.  Bergeron does not fit on the defence of a strong defensive team.  He might be useful in a power play only role on a team if they can afford to have only five defencemen for even strength situations.  Bergeron is the caricature that Mike Green detractors claim Green is.

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