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Your Conference Semifinals Schedule

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from NHL.com,

Here are the full schedule scenarios for the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs Semifinals, based on the outcome of Montreal-Washington Game 7. Television networks will be announced later:


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If You Plan A Caucks Day, You Should Let The Coach Know About It

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via Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,

Asked Tuesday for his thoughts on Canucks Day, Vigneault was dumbfounded.

“I’m not quite sure what you’re talking about,” he replied.

Told that Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson had proclaimed Tuesday ‘Canucks Day’ and that the team was being honoured at city hall, complete with a flag raising, Vigneault continued to flounder.

“Again, I don’t care,” he said, chuckling. “I didn’t know about it ... but it’s a great honour. I think it’s a real good thing.”

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  Tags: alain+vigneault

Another Game 7 - Another KK Poll

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If Montreal wins, they will play Pittsburgh in the conference semifinals. 

If Washington wins, they will face Philadelphia in round 2.

update: Can’t get much closer than this so I am moving it to the top of KK so we can see if the voting will sway in one direction or will it remain tight until game time.

When moved to the top of page, there were 389 votes with 51% saying Montreal will win.

Original post time was 8:45am.

added 7:10pm, When the puck dropped, the voting was 344 Montreal, 340 Washington.

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Ready For Game 7

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from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

So what happens in an all-the-marbles game seven between a team with an unfortunate history of blowing big occasions and another coached by a man who hasn’t won the big one at the first four times of asking?

The Washington Capitals and Montreal Canadiens are only hours away from game seven, and as they try to get some pre-game rest, they may be contemplating a pair of opposing trends.

The Caps players will be mindful of the fact they have won only one of the four game seven tilts they have played in the past three years, and that six times their club has gagged on two-game leads in a playoff series.

And the Habs will surely be aware that their coach, Jacques Martin lost all four seventh games he coached in Ottawa – against Buffalo in 1997, the Maple Leafs in 2002, the Devils in 2003 and the Leafs again in 2004.


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First Round Performers

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from John Grigg of The Hockey News,

The hockey gods aren’t doing our Top 10 many favors by having a Game 7 tonight, but unless something crazy happens Wednesday in the Canadiens-Capitals finale – like Alex Ovechkin or Mike Cammalleri netting three or four points – we can already take a gander back at Round 1 and rank individual performances.

Pretty self-explanatory. So without further ado, we present THN.com’s Top 10 performances of the first round.

10. John Carlson, D, Washington

He’s just 20 years old and played more games in the American League than the NHL this season, but the rookie pro has shown poise beyond his years, playing 20-plus minutes for the Caps and looking like the next great young NHL defenseman.


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Imagine If tne NHL Draft Ended After Five Rounds

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Why Montreal Or Washington Could Win Tonight

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

As good as Halak has been in the past two games, there is also the Caps’ firsthand knowledge that he can be had. They lit him up in Game 2, a 6-5 victory, and chased him in Game 3, scoring three times on four shots in the second period of a 5-1 win. So, the debate of whether Halak is in their head will be moot if he plays like he did earlier in the series.

“I bet if you ask Alex [Ovechkin], he still thinks he’s going to score a goal. He thinks he’s going to score every game. [Halak] has played great the last couple of games, there is no disputing that. But every game is a different day,” Boudreau said.

read on for reasons why each team could win tonight…

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Afternoon Line

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“at this time of year, I’m a little more of a target.”

Guess who it is.

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Jack Adams Award Finalists

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As announced on NHL Live…

Joe Sacco

Dave Tippett

Barry Trotz

added 12:22pm,

NEW YORK (April 28, 2010)—Joe Sacco of the Colorado Avalanche, Dave Tippett of the Phoenix Coyotes and Barry Trotz of the Nashville Predators are the three finalists for the 2009-10 Jack Adams Award, presented to the head coach who has “contributed the most to his team’s success,” the National Hockey League announced today.

Continue Reading »

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‘Crashing’ Luongo

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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Getting traffic to the net has been a stratagem in the NHL playoffs ever since the rover was taken out of the game. It was a factor in the Kings-Canucks series. It’s been a factor in every series played this postseason. And it will continue to be a factor when the Canucks meet the Blackhawks.

The question, of course, concerns the extent to which the Hawks will go to make Roberto Luongo’s life uncomfortable and given the history between these two teams and what’s already transpired in the playoffs, that’s an interesting question.

“I thought the Chicago series last year was the most I’ve ever seen for guys going to the net and falling on the goalie,” said Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa. “[The Kings’] Ryan Smyth goes to the net hard but he’s an honest guy. He doesn’t whack at the goalie after the whistle.”

Which implies the Blackhawks do but we’re saying that, not Bieksa.

read on

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