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Want to talk Rangers/Capitals or anything hockey related?  Surprised Simeon Varlamov is starting in goal for Washington?

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Did Vigneault Send A Message?

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from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

St. Louis Blues’ coach Andy Murray had every right to be furious at the end of Friday’s 3-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks; it appeared the actions of his player would cost Murray $10,000.

When Brandon Crombeen dropped his gloves at the final horn and attacked Kevin Bieksa after the Canuck defenceman cheaply tripped up the Blues’ winger, he could have been assessed an instigator penalty, which in the last five minutes of a game carries an automatic suspension for the offender and $10,000 fine for his coach.

Instead, referees Chris Rooney and Brad Watson assessed only a double-minor for roughing against Crombeen, which means he’ll be playing in Sunday’s Game 3 that St. Louis must win to stay in the first-round playoff series. Bieksa was penalized for tripping, and there was a secondary altercation between Canuck Steve Bernier and Blue Barret Jackman that drew fighting majors.

continued and if you missed the video of the incident, it was posted earlier on KK.

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Wing Fans Stress and Ken Hitchcock Whines…A Dirty Combination

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Ken Hitchcock feels the Wings are “cheating” in the faceoff circle.

Khan(!)

“So we’re going to cheat just like they are. (On) the power-play goal they scored, their winger went in (early); good for him. We’re going to do the same thing. It’ll be interesting to see who gets kicked out (of the faceoff circle) first.”

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Habs Owner George Gillett Looking For Junior Partners

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from Reuters via Yahoo,

American George Gillett is seeking a partner willing to invest $400 million into a sporting empire that includes Liverpool soccer club and the Montreal Canadiens NHL team, a newspaper said on Saturday.

The French-language La Presse, citing sources involved with the proposed sale of the Canadiens, said such an investment would enable the financially-pressed businessman to hold on to the teams.

La Presse said Gillett had proposed to several business executives that they invest $400 million and become a junior partner, but had generated little interest so far.

continued

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Morning Line

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“They won the game and the only thing he (Tortorella) did was cry about the two [areas] we won—faceoffs and a penalty. He’s playing the whole game, and it’s pretty lame, quite frankly.”

“He’s talking about Nicky Backstrom, who was 48-percent. He was one of the worst centermen the first half of the year in faceoffs altogether. We went in and I talked to the league and the league said they are perfectly legal. So he’s just crying right now. It’s a dumb thing to cry about. We’re told not to do this, but he’s trying to play the gamesmanship and get the referees on their side. ...Give us a break.”

-Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider.

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Hunwick Taken To Hospital With Spleen Issue

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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Bruins Blog,

Matt Hunwick has been transported from Ristuccia Arena via ambulance to an undisclosed hospital. Claude Julien said Hunwick has been hospitalized because of a spleen ailment.

Hunwick arrived at the rink this morning for a team meeting. Hunwick looked fine when he walked into the rink. According to Julien, Hunwick started feeling ill after he arrived, prompting the training staff to call for an ambulance. Two fire trucks and two police cars also arrived at Ristuccia.

“He didn’t feel very good, so our trainers did what was right and called an ambulance,” Julien said. “Hopefully we can get some good news here as we move on.”

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added 12:14pm, via Elliotte Freidman at Twitter,

Hunwick taken to hospital with spleen injury. Julien says, “It appears to be under control.” Trainer wanted to take no chances.

added 7:45pm, Hunwick had his spleen removed and recovery is several months.  Best wishes for a full recovery.

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4 Teams Can Go Up 2-0 Today

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Can four teams build a 2-0 series lead by winning again today?

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I’m Not Insane…It’s Just Game Day Stress

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

For some reason, today is worse than Thursday for me.  I’ve got an idea why, and I’ll share it with you…in a moment.  I’m not fond of the word, “moment.”  I don’t like people who would say “moment” instead of “minute.”  I think “moment” is less specific than “minute”.  I think “moment” is soft and shouldn’t be uttered by men.  Take that onboard, will you?

Needless to say, I’m in full playoff stress mode.

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Komisarek Responds To Eye-Gouging Remark

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Mike Komisarek is not one of the Three Stooges.

The gritty Montreal Canadiens defenceman wants to make that clear to anyone who claims he gouged the eye of Boston Bruins’ Matt Hunwick after the final horn on Thursday night.

Informed that Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli had made that allegation and requested that the league review the incident, Komisarek broke into a sarcastic grin, the type that implied the message: “You’ve got to be (expletive) kidding me.”

On the record, Komisarek’s language was not quite as vulgar. But his response to Chiarelli was just as direct.

“It’s a bit of a ridiculous statement,” Komisarek said. “It’s the playoffs. Face-washes happen on every second shift in the playoffs. I don’t know if the kid (Hunwick) has soft skin. (But) I’m not Larry, Moe or Curly. I’m not trying to poke anyone’s eye out.”

continued

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Burrows Finally Arrives

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from Teryy Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Alex Burrows sits beside Roberto Luongo in the Vancouver Canucks dressing room. And he plays on the same line as Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

When you’ve recently played for the Baton Rouge Kingfish, Columbia Inferno and the Greenville Grrrowl in the ECHL, this is the kind of stuff you don’t even dare dream about.

When you are a bigger name in ball hockey than an actual hockey, playing on the No. 1 line on a top team in the Stanley Cup playoffs and sitting beside the great goalie/captain is pretty heady stuff.

“I was making $425 a week and living the dream,” said Burrows when he came off the ice for the morning skate prior to Game 2 of the series against the St. Louis Blues.

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