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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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Two Canadian Teams Left - Who Are You Rooting For?

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from Mark Kelley at CBC,

It’s Canada vs. Canada. As two Canadian teams advance to the second round of the NHL playoffs, who should the country be cheering for? The Vancouver Canucks or the Montreal Canadiens?

We’re asking hockey fans to record a video, explaining which team deserves Canada’s support. West Coast or East Coast? Blue and green or blue and red? The team with zero Stanley Cups or the team with 24?


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Canucks Win, Fan Punches Security Guard In The Mouth

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from the Chicago Sun-Times,

A hockey fan from Vancouver is facing more than five minutes for fighting.

Grant Rowe, 27, of West Haro Street in Vancouver, was arrested after Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs second-round series between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Vancouver Canucks Saturday night after allegedly punching a United Center security guard in the mouth on the Near West Side, police said.

Rowe was charged with misdemeanor battery after being arrested at 10:05 p.m. Saturday at 1901 W. Madison St., according to police.


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Sharks Have Been The Better Team

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from Gary Peterson of the Oakland Tribune,

“I thought we played well all night,” Thornton said. “We were moving our feet. When you move your feet, you get the calls.”

The Red Wings seemed to think there was a more sinister explanation, but there’s no denying the effort that went into the Sharks’ scoring chances, the goals themselves, and the defensive push that thwarted the Red Wings’ desperate attempts to tie the game in the final few minutes.

“It’s good to get rewarded,” said Pavelski, who has six goals in the Sharks’ past three games. “Everybody’s on the same page and battling.”

Now that the Sharks have demonstrated the ability to arm-wrestle a game back under control, they’ll have to prove they can keep doing it. The Red Wings aren’t likely to change their style, especially going back to Detroit for Games 3 and 4.

“Their best game will be the next game,” Blake said.

The Sharks have been saying that for two games now. And for two games, Detroit’s best game hasn’t been good enough.


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The Great Halak

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from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,

Ali is old and tired. The self of his former shadow, as Michael Farber put it. But he’s also the smartest fighter who ever lived: He ropes, and he dopes, and when Foreman is so tired of beating on Ali that he can hardly lift his arm, Ali starts to throw brilliant combinations.

The rest you know. Rope-a-dope works, in hockey as it does in boxing. For it to work, however, you need a great goaltender. Not a good goalie, a great one.

And the Canadiens just might have that goalie. The thoroughbred, it turns out, was right under our noses all along. And I’m not talking about Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver.

Meet Jaroslav Halak, the relatively slight, unassuming Slovak who will turn 25 in 10 days. The man the Canadiens have tried to consign to a backup role. The outsider who has fought through every prejudice to become a dominating goalie.

read on

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