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Senators Running Out Of Time

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from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

Heaven knows, the Ottawa Senators have tried just about everything imaginable to bring a little inspiration.

One year it was the little Buddha statue Tom Chorske carried around in his shaving kit; another time the toilet that Bruce Gardiner flushed the blade of his stick in before each game.

Last night at Scotiabank Place, it was comedian Rick Mercer coming on the scoreboard to shout: “Let’s hear it for the Ontario team that doesn’t suck.”

All worked, to a degree – but never enough. And this night’s 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of their opening series of the Stanley Cup playoffs would be no different.


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Bad Coverage Haunts Devils

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Martin Brodeur wanted our town’s spring hockey spotlight on the Devils and Devils alone. He got his wish when the Rangers went down to the Flyers a week ago yesterday.

But if yesterday’s tepid performance in New Jersey’s Game 3, 3-2 overtime defeat to the Flyers is an indication of what the goaltender’s teammates are going to do in that spotlight, you can turn out the lights because the party will soon be over.

“It’s not for me or as much for the team, but our fans get so tired of hearing, ‘Rangers, Rangers, Rangers,’ ” Brodeur, the best player on the ice yesterday, told The Post before the match. “This is for the people who support us and it can be great, but we need to get past the first round for a change.”

The task of advancing for the first time since 2007 became more difficult when Daniel Carcillo scooped up loose change at 3:35 of OT just five seconds after the Devils had killed a penalty but were in a state of confusion regarding their coverage, which, in fact, was not an uncommon occurrence much of the evening.


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What A Start To The Playoffs

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from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Each of the first eight games in this year’s playoffs was decided by one goal. The ninth was a one-goal affair until New Jersey scored an empty-netter in the last minute of a game against Philadelphia. Amazingly, every game but one through Saturday was a one-goal affair (excluding empty-netters). Sunday brought two more, a couple of doozies. First, the Flyers beat New Jersey and Martin Brodeur in overtime in Philadelphia on a Dan Carcillo winner. Then No. 8 Colorado beat the top-seeded Western Conference San Jose Sharks 1-0 in overtime in a game that actually ended on Monday on the East Coast.

Want more Close Encounters of the NHL Playoffs Kind? There have already been seven OT games in the first five days. The Sharks and Avs have played two OT games already and avoided overtime in the first game only because Colorado scored with less a minute left in regulation.

read on

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I Can Only Imagine What May Have Been Written If The Avs Lost

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Speaking of calls, I can’t wait to hear the Sharks tomorrow, and some of their electronic boosters in the media. Let’s see if they start carping about a suspension for TJ Galiardi, for his boarding hit on Devin Setoguchi. Guaranteed, if a Shark did that, it’s just a good, hard hit and a bad call on the boarding. That’s hockey, as they said after Rob Blake’s blatant punch to the face of Galiardi while leaving his feet in Game 2.

And, I don’t care if I get called a homer or not, but some of the calls were absolutely awful again tonight against the Burgundy and Blue. Ryan Stoa’s roughing call with 12 minutes left in the second period was the worst in my book. He was just involved in a scrum where everybody was grabbing each other, and they call the rookie for “roughing.” Craig Anderson was literally run over at one point (no call), Brandon Yip was completely tripped another time (no call) and Ryane Clowe held at least three Avs’ players’ sticks at times (no calls).

more on the game last night…

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Oh No Dan Boyle

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Avs/Sharks in OT, Boyle attempts to backhand the puck behind his own net from the corner, instead, he was a bit off target and beat Evgeni Nabokov on the shortside.

Colorado wins 1-0, up 2-1 in the series.

added 12:33pm, Boyle post game, “pretty much the worst thing that can happen to a player.”

added 12:49am, Watch the goal…

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Late Evening Line

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“I’m very disappointed in the penalties we took.

“They were lazy penalties. Too many hooks and hold ups. We need to let our legs do the work and keep our sticks on the ice.

“I’m also disappointed there weren’t more infractions the other way.”

-Flyers coach Peter Laviolette after defeating New Jersey in overtime.  More on the Flyers from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files.

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Penguins Handling All Situations

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

It’s too early to say whether the Pittsburgh Penguins have what it takes to repeat as Stanley Cup champions, although the graduation of Sidney Crosby from merely superb player to out-and-out hockey legend suggests that as long as he’s around, wonderful things are going to happen.

But the commodity that the Penguins have in more copious amounts than the other 15 clubs in the NHL post-season parade is, quite clearly, poise.

Sure, they have goaltending and quality skill players and grit and experience, but what they don’t get enough credit for is their collective ability to confront difficult situations and emerge victorious.


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Devils Covering The Devils

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from Richard Perez-Pena of the New York Times,

Sharp-eyed readers might have noticed something truly unusual in Gannett’s New Jersey newspapers. A new byline started appearing this month on articles about the New Jersey Devils hockey team, with a note under each piece stating that the author, Eric Marin, is employed by the Devils, not Gannett.

Newspapers struggling to plug the gaps in their newsrooms have been turning to outside organizations to supply articles, raising questions about their ability to vouch for the material they print. At the same time, professional sports teams, trying to make up for declining news coverage, have been hiring journalists for their Web sites.


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You Knew It Was Coming

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from Wes Goldstein of CBS Sports,

Howard wasn’t the only reason the uncharacteristically tentative Red Wings lost 4-2 at home to Phoenix in a nationally televised game on Sunday that left them behind 2-1 in the series. But he certainly played a role. In fact Howard is arguably the biggest reason Detroit is facing a surprisingly uphill battle

His play has been anything but steady, in marked contrast to what is happening at the other end. Ilya Bryzgalov, a leading candidate for the Vezina Trophy and the Hart Trophy as league MVP this season, has been giving his upstart team a chance to win in each of the games so far, while Howard, well, has not.

Jitters might have explained Howard’s effort in the series opener, even though it was his best effort to this point. Truth is the rookie Red Wings netminder has been fighting the puck since the outset of the series in the desert, and if it wasn’t apparent before, it had to be after Detroit dropped this pivotal Game 3.


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Halak’s Cage Being Rattled

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from the Stanley Cup Blog at CBC,

Alexander Ovechkin said at Sunday’s practice in Arlington, Va., that he believed Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak looks shaken.

“I watched the replay when Fehr scored the goal and his arm was shaking when he drank water,” Ovechkin said of Halak after he allowed Eric Fehr to score on a breakaway in the first period of Game 2. “So, he’s nervous. He knows all the pressure is on him and that’s a good sign for us.”

Halak did not address reporters after last night’s game, and he declined again today, choosing instead to send a message through the Canadiens PR department that he won’t get into a war of words through the media.

That’s fair enough, and frankly whether Halak wants to talk to reporters or not is his prerogative.

But when an opponent claims you look nervous and that the pressure is getting to you, then you choose not to address those comments, does it not in some small way prove that he is right?


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