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Replacing Markov Won’t Be Easy For Montreal

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from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

The task to replace him in game two against the defending Stanley Cup champions now falls to a defensive corps that boasts a 20-year-old rookie as its best skater and puck mover – and likely power-play quarterback.

“(Subban)’s very patient with the puck, and has lots of speed. He has so much confidence with the pack, it’s what makes him so good,” said veteran Roman Hamrlik, a player whose form will go a long way to determining whether the Habs can overcome Markov’s loss.

Another who will have to find a new gear is Marc-Andre Bergeron, and offensively-gifted but otherwise limited defenceman who spent much of game one playing with Subban.

“He’s been great, he’s amazing with the puck, and has a lot of qualities as a hockey player, he skates well, he handles the puck really well,” said Bergeron, who has shared the same ice with other young blue line prodigies like Washington’s Tom Poti and Minnesota’s Brett Burns.

Martin would surely like to add the veteran presence of Jaroslav Spacek to the defence, but the Czech rearguard is still suffering from a virus and is not yet game-ready.

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Marc Savard Scores In OT To End An Entertaining Overtime Period

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Savard with the game winner, Bruins go up 1-0 against the Flyers.

added 3:53pm, Watch the OT goal.  Boy, Savard must feel great after missing almost two months.

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  Tags: marc+savard

Guilty Before Being Proved Innocent

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from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

Guilty until proven innocent.

That is how most opponents treat Matt Cooke. You cannot really blame them. The Pittsburgh Penguins forward is a repeat offender who has earned a reputation for repeatedly stepping over the line. The NHL, in fact, expedited a rule on blindside hits to the head after Cooke concussed a vulnerable Marc Savard with a nasty bodycheck during the regular season.

So when Andrei Markov left Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semi-final on Friday with a lower-body injury after being hit by Cooke, the initial reaction was to condemn.

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Changing By The Hour

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Earlier reports claimed Jordan Staal was out for the year after having surgery on a tendon.

Now this from a tweet from Elliotte Friedman,

I’m laughing as I write this, but Bylsma says Staal is day-to-day.

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Reviewing The Situation Room

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from David Shoats of the Globe and Mail,

Everyone, it seems, has the same reaction the first time he sees the room where all those decisions on goals are made.

“I had a guy come here from New York and he said, ‘I can’t believe you guys get all this done in here,’ “ said Colin Campbell, the NHL’s senior executive vice-president of hockey operations, whose title would almost stretch along one wall of the rectangular, windowless room known to millions of television viewers as the “war room” or “situation room.” It’s the place where the hockey world figuratively fastens its gaze during those agonizing minutes when a video review of a goal is conducted by Campbell, his chief lieutenant, Mike Murphy, and several other NHL staffers.

The room is about 10 metres (33 feet) long and four metres (14 feet) wide and it is in the NHL’s Toronto office on the 11th floor of a tower next door to the Air Canada Centre at the foot of Bay Street. At one end sit two 64-inch, high-definition television monitors with a long counter in front of them that has a row of lights and switches, along with two microphones that connect Campbell and Murphy with each arena in the NHL’s 30 cities.

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Markov In Montreal For Treatment

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from the CP at TSN,

The Canadiens confirmed Saturday that star defenceman Andrei Markov has returned to Montreal to receive treatment for an injury suffered Friday night in a Game 1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Markov was hurt just past the 11-minute mark of the first period when he was checked cleanly into the boards by Penguins agitator Matt Cooke. Markov fell awkwardly into the boards, threw one of his gloves into the air and writhed in pain on the ice as some of his teammates went after Cooke at centre ice.

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Two Games Today, Both Could Be Of A Physical Nature

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I’m picking the home teams today, what about you?

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Was That A Bus Don & Ron Where Driving?

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Don Cherry & Ron MacLean don’t want your emails read on the air.

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Is A Princess Fit For A ‘King’?

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from Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star,

Apparently, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has to wait until the off-season to score.

Sorry.

Swedish tabloids are linking Lundqvist, a Swede, with his home country’s fetching young royal, Princess Madeleine. Or, as her friends know her, the Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland.

The 27-year-old princess is embroiled in a tabloid disaster, after her long-time fiancé, lawyer Jonas Bergstrom, was outed after a one-nighter with a college student.

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Great Goalies Not Needed

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from Mac Engel of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram,

With the second round of the playoffs started, we should rejoice that all of the defensive-oriented teams have been eliminated. No New Jersey. No Phoenix. No Colorado. OK, so Washington is gone, but that appears to be an aberration.

You’re not going to win a Stanley Cup with Joe Stiff in net, but you don’t need Dominik Hasek, either. ...

The good goalies are old, or retired.

When the Devils lost in the first round, the most revered goalie in the game went out. With Martin Brodeur losing against the Flyers and being benched by Team Canada during the Olympics, it’s clear now that his run is over.

With no Brodeur, it unofficially marks the end of teams building around the goalie. The goalie who nearly single-handedly carried his team from April to June. They’re all gone now. And that’s not a bad thing.

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