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All Is Not Lost In Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of Blogs and Columns at CBC,

It’s some of the best advice I’ve ever received: Never make important decisions in overly emotional moments. Right now, everyone in the Montreal organization should listen.

Take a step back, really think things through, and don’t make any major decisions in the immediate aftermath of the 100th anniversary letdown.

The Canadiens are at a crossroads, with a need for the most honest and extensive self-evaluation since Bob Gainey’s arrival. With the fans out for blood, it would be easy to offer up a series of public floggings/hangings to satisfy the mob. But just because it’s easy doesn’t mean it’s right.

That’s why it’s best that Gainey wants to stay. It was funny to hear the “Carbo! Carbo!” chants after the coach was fired, because many of the people yelling were probably the same ones phoning the radio shows and demanding his head in February. Those same people are angry at Gainey now, but would probably be yelling his name once the team lost three in a row under a new GM.

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How About This- Score More Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post,

After the few Washington Capitals who skated yesterday at the team’s Arlington training complex came off the ice, they removed their sweaty pads to reveal red T-shirts that left little doubt about what they consider an acceptable outcome to this season. On the back is the silhouette of a man hoisting aloft a familiar oversized chalice, all stenciled underneath unambiguous words: “Our Goal Now.”

That would be the broad picture, because the group that will assemble tonight at Verizon Center believes a Stanley Cup championship is a realistic possibility, considering the youth and talent of the team’s core.

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No Excuse For Avery’s Actions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Game 4 was his worst night as a Ranger. Nothing comes close to it. Instead of getting into the Capitals’ heads, Avery allowed the NHL, the officiating and the unforgiving environment in which he works, to get into his. And look at what happened—he was a liability to the only people who will employ him.

Avery needs to breathe deep here. He needs to take a timeout and practice the meditation exercises he learned during his time away this winter. He needs to call a timeout on the anger that built inside of him and led to two reckless plays that nearly wrecked Wednesday’s Game 4 for his teammates.

Because if Avery can’t call a timeout on himself, John Tortorella will have to do it for him. There is, in fact, no excuse not to, for the head coach’s obligation isn’t to Avery, it’s to the Rangers.

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Sharks Just Weren’t Good Enough

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of the Mercury News,

The dream could die Saturday.

A Sharks team built for a long Stanley Cup run, one that finished the regular season with the best record in the NHL, finds itself on the brink of a first-round elimination after losing to the Anaheim Ducks 4-0 at the Honda Center on Thursday night.

“We just weren’t good enough tonight in just about every area,” Coach Todd McLellan said after describing himself as “disappointed because we’re better than we showed tonight to a man.”

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Not The Way To Lose A Game

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from Michael Arace of Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,

It is tough to swallow. There is 1 minute, 34 seconds remaining in a 5-5 game. The crowd is doing something beyond booing—howling with anger, you might say. The Detroit Red Wings—who to this point have scored two power play goals in the game and six in the series—are given a man advantage with 94 seconds remaining in a potential elimination game.

“To lose an elimination game, when there were no holds barred, on a call by a linesman . . . It’s just not right,” defenseman Mike Commodore said.

With 46.6 seconds remaining, Johan Franzen scores a power-play goal to win the game and complete a sweep of the series. The fans in Nationwide Arena are livid. They toss cans and bottles on the ice, with much of the debris aimed at the officials.

Once I got out of the Jackets’ room, I headed straight for the area near the officials’ dressing room. I hoped to find Kevin Collins, and ask him about the call.

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Rick?  Sssssh.  Just Say “Thank You”.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You know what last night was?  It was six months of a regular season rammed into one playoff game.  Last night was a Red Wing team that hadn’t swept anyone (in the first round…thanks Primis) since 2000, a team that wasn’t thriving anymore on pressure, just dealing with one game until they moved on.

Were you nervous before last night’s game?  If you say yes you’re a liar. Liar.  You weren’t.  Well…it would appear that the Wings weren’t either.  They won’t make that mistake again.

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A Series To Remember

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from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Every so often a playoff series unfolds that is so close, so competitive that it’s impossible to predict a winner.

Every so often there’s a playoff game that’s so gripping, so unpredictable that it’s impossible to imagine another one like it.

And as the New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes prepare for Game Six of the Opening Round in Raleigh on Sunday, one can hardly imagine a match more heart-throbbing than Games Four and Five in The Southland and Newark, respectively.

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Chris Osgood And The Playoffs

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Detroit Red Wings have been a very successful team in the past several years.  They have won four Stanley Cups in the past twelve years.  Because of their success many of their individual role players have achieved legacies above the level that their talent level might have predicted.  There are no players who fit in this camp more than Chris Osgood. 

Osgood is a good goaltender who has had a pretty long career.  He has been able to win a lot of games (a team statistic).  He has 389 career regular season wins.  This ties him for tenth place overall with Dominik Hasek.  That coupled with his team’s Stanley Cup success is often used as an argument for Osgood one day making the Hall of Fame.

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Biron On His Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Bottom line, after one period it was 0-0. And the Penguins had expended an awful lot of adrenaline. “With Marty playing like he did, he allowed us to regroup between periods,” Stevens said. “He really gave us a shot of confidence that allowed us to get back to playing.’

They go back to playing tomorrow afternoon at the Wachovia Center. They still trail in this series, but they have been the better team over the last three games. Not by much, not by more than a big save here, a hit post there. But this series is now close enough to steal, close enough that one man, one play, could ultimately decide it. That might frighten some goalies. If nothing else, Biron has proven he’s not one of them.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I thought the second period was more of a free-for-all than the third. I was really proud of the players today; they gave everything they had today. I was really proud of the fans. The fans were great, even when we were down 3-1 or 5-3, they weren’t leaving us. The fans, when we were down 5-3, brought us back as much as the players brought us back. I saw significant impact of people in the building; how they can impact the team’s fortunes. We got some energy because of (the fans).”

-Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock after game 4 tonight.  Many more post-game quotes at ColumbusBlueJackets.com (including the Detroit side).

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