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Halak Dominates

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from Mike Wise of the Washington Post,

So, this building of guttural roars is up two goals to nil early, and it’s rocking—I mean, just b-b-b-booming inside the Bell Centre, louder than fury unleashed in Washington. Louder, according to the arena’s decibel meter, than any moment in its 14-year history after the second goal.

The white towels begin pirouetting above the throaty throng, and all of Quebec is relying on one man to again stone the most explosive offense in the NHL and keep the season alive for at least one more game.

Jaroslav Halak looks up at the time, clicks his goalie stick against the metal piping, bends his knees, digs in and does the impossible: He takes away the Capitals’ mojo, seizes every puck that could have ended the series.

Again.

It’s a frightening window into this suddenly-even Eastern Conference quarterfinal series:

continued

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Bruins Advance to Round 2 Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien meets the media after defeating the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 tonight.

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Bad Goal Of The Night

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Pekka Rinne goes out to play the puck on a shoot-in, but….

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Ovechkin Says No Panic With His Team

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Ovechkin gave all the credit to Halak during his postgame press conference. Here is the transcript:

Q: Was that all Halak in that game or did you guys misfire?

Ovechkin: Well, there’s nothing to say. You can see how we play. I think we played great and we just didn’t score. It’s only one guy. They just score goals and go back and leave all the pressure for their goalie. We have to find a way to score goals.

Q: Is this the best performance you have seen from a goalie so far in the playoffs during your career?

Ovechkin: Well, every year we make a goalie feel unbelievable. We played against Philly and (Martin) Biron was good. (Henrik) Lundqvist was good last year and this year we just make Halak feel good. It’s always about this team and we’ll find a way to break it and win it. So, no panic, nothing. It’s just a game.

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Canadiens Beat Capitals To Set Up A Game 7

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from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

Disrespectful,” complained the Washington Capitals.

The Capitals’ media relations department was referring to a rather childish act outside the Bell Centre – the burning, stomping and cigarette butting of an Alexander Ovechkin jersey prior to Game 6 – but they could just as well have said it about what was going on inside the rink.

Not the gratuitous “O-vie sucks! O-vie sucks!” chants that rippled periodically along the stands, but the reality of what was being witnessed here by 21,273 and millions more on television.

Montreal 4, Washington 1.

Really, though, what on earth was the team with the most wins in the regular season, a team that took the Eastern Conference by a remarkable 18 points, doing losing, again, to a team that surely went through more convulsions in a single season than any NHL club in history?

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Top Saves Of The First Round- TSN Style

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Evening Line

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There’s more pressure on the Coyotes. They might fool themselves into believing they’ve got nothing to lose Tuesday night. But sometime Tuesday night it will hit them that they’re close to sending home the NHL’s best franchise over the last two decades in the first round.

-Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press via the Sacramento Bee where you can read more from Drew. (story not up on freep.com yet)

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Is Destiny On The Coyotes Side?

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Once they get on the ice Tuesday night at Jobing.com Arena, it’ll be pandemonium with a sellout crowd watching the greatest spectacle in playoff hockey: Game 7. What better way to keep these fans hooked?

“The building will be electric, the players will have maximum intensity, it’ll just be a great atmosphere to sell our game here,” said Tippett. “Game 7 just makes our sport look so good in the fans’ eyes. I know the players are looking forward to it and I’m looking forward to it. It’ll be a great atmosphere.”

The Coyotes believe they have a destiny this season. Tuesday night isn’t the end in their eyes, but rather a special moment en route to the ultimate goal.

“We believe in each other, we’re a confident group,” said Coyotes blueliner Derek Morris. “We have a special group of guys in here that really care about each other and want to a long way

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from Craig Morgan of FSArizona,

Forget that this franchise was (and still is) in limbo for an entire season, never knowing whether it was staying or going—never knowing which owner or city (if any) would want it.

Forget the challenge of operating a team with $30 million in annual losses.

Forget that the Coyotes have never won a playoff series.

Forget it all because it doesn’t matter.

If they do not beat the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday in Game 7 of the Western Conference quarterfinals, they will have accomplished nothing.

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Doan After Practice

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Shane Doan did practice with the Coyotes today.

Watch as he talks about being in the lineup tomorrow night.

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How Are You Celebrating Canucks Day?

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from VancouverCanucks.com,

City Hall is showing its support for the Vancouver Canucks hockey team as they enter the second round of the NHL playoffs by declaring tomorrow Canucks Day. The media is invited to join Mayor Robertson and Council, Canucks Sports & Entertainment owner Francesco Aquilini, President and General Manager Mike Gillis and Chief Operating Officer Victor de Bonis:

The Mayor will read a proclamation for Canucks Day, and the Canucks flag will be raised for the day at City Hall. The Canucks mascot, Fin, will hand out white towels to help the public cheer on the city’s home team.

a bit more

via Gordon McIntyre of The White Towel,

The NHL informed the Canucks today that regardless of whether it’s in Chicago or at GM Place, Game 1 of the second round will go on Friday evening, Alain Vigneault said.

If the Blackhawks win tonight at Nashville or back in Chicago on Wednesday, they’ll be the Canucks’ next opponent. If Nasvhille rebounds to win the series, the Predators will face San Jose and the Canucks will meet the winner of the Detroit/Phoenix series.

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