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Sharks Confident

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Cecile Nguyen at SanJoseSharks.com,

“We put ourselves in a bit of a hole here but we have a good team,” defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic said. “We’ve been the best team all year. We have to prove it now and I think the guys know that we need to step up. We’re not nervous or overly worried. We’re not going to go out there and try to do too much. We’re just going to do what we have done all year.”

A day after their Game 2 Stanley Cup Quarterfinal loss to the Ducks, the Sharks’ locker room following practice Monday afternoon remains positive.

“We’re confident. All the guys in here are confident,” center Joe Pavelski. “We’ve had some good practices and guys are hungry. There’s a sense of urgency in Game 1. There’s more of a sense of urgency in Game 2. And now obviously Game 3 we got to have it.”

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In Other News - Hasek With Another Comeback

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via Russia Today,

The 44-year-old goaltender signed a contract with HC Moeller Pardubice for next season.

Pardubice is Hasek’s home town, and he started his career in the colors of the local club.

“I’m really glad I could sign a deal with this club,’’ Hasek said. “It’s a club where I spent the most years. I’ve never even thought I could play for any other club in the Czech Republic. I’m looking forward to the next season.”

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  Tags: dominik+hasek

Talking Tough

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Kasan of PittsburghPenguins.com,

The Philadelphia Flyers have the reputation of being a tough team. But the Pittsburgh Penguins are also a tough team. It just depends on how you define the word “tough.”

“Toughness is if you can go out and play your game the way you want to play it and not be deterred from it; then you’re being tough,” Penguins interim head coach Dan Bylsma said.

continued

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

One of the most obvious storylines of this first-round playoff series between the Flyers and Penguins has been the hitting.

In the first two games, the Penguins were credited with 80 hits, compared to 66 for the Flyers. In Game 3, however, the Flyers outhit the Penguins 29-18, and Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik, who had 14 hits in Game 2, had none in Game 3.

While real-time statistics like hits seem to vary building by building, the Penguins admit the Flyers dictated the physical play in Game 3.

continued

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Canucks Talk

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Mike Gillis talks about his team’s 3-0 series lead in St Louis, their forward depth and Taylor Pyatt’s status.

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Diggers On Draper: Fail

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

We’ve got a player with an “upper body injury.”  A player who’s won 4 Cups, a Selke and is still widely considered one of the best defensive forwards in hockey.  He’s not playing tonite, didn’t play Saturday or last Thursday.  And all our diggers will do is shrug their shoulders.

Draper’s not talking. Got it. Neither is Babcock and you know Tick Tock’s not gonna say a word.

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The Brooms Are Ready

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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Somewhere, Guy Carbonneau must be having himself a chuckle.

Of all the playoff predictions made last week, not even a guy who thinks he was wrongly canned as coach of the Canadiens coach could have hoped for this.

What’s worse than a clean sweep?

Last night, the Habs were essentially eliminated by the Bruins in three.

“We think we can win a game,” Montreal winger Tom Kostopoulos said after a 4-2 dream-ending loss to the B’s. “We need to win one game. (Tomorrow) night. We think we can win one game, so that’s what we’ve got to concentrate on.”

Not likely

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Rangers Never Got Into The Game

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“We stunk; it’s simple,” the head coach said after Simeon Varlamov blanked the Blueshirts 4-0 to bring the Caps within 2-1, with Game 4 set for tomorrow night at the Garden. “It was a good old-fashioned spanking where we need to take our medicine.”

It was medicine that tasted like acid going down the Rangers’ collective throats. While it’s true the Blueshirts did muster somewhat more of a down-low attack than they had in winning the opening two games of the series, their time of possession yielded nil.

Meanwhile, they broke down numerous times in their own end against the Caps’ skill players, notably Semin, who scored twice; Nicklas Backstrom, who might have been the most impressive player on the ice; Sergei Fedorov, who had a throwback game; and, of course, the unconquerable Alex Ovechkin, the hardest working man on the ice.

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OT Tonite. Guaranteed.  Because The Stress Train Requires It.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Morning bitches.  Typically, I save the “bitches” for after the jump, just in case any sensitive Dive bloggers are reading the main page. 

But today I’m going rebel.  We’re back aboard after an extra day off.  Back aboard the Stress Train, where every bit of news causes stomach acid and the clouds start to hover around 0900 each game day.

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Flyers Still Talking About The Kunitz Hit

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from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,

But the play seemed to justify the Flyers’ belief that at times there is a different level of justice for them compared to their opponents. Daniel Carcillo’s hit to the back of Max Talbot’s head in Game 1 deserved the one-game suspension, but the Kunitz hit looked like a direct attempt to injure another player - and Kunitz was left undisciplined.

The league has talked about eliminating headshots from the game, and Kunitz went very high on Timonen.

Flyers coach John Stevens said he had no doubt of the intent….

“The angle I saw, there were three guys all together and it was a hard, hard hit, and my only concern is if there was a hit to the head there.

“It didn’t look like he left his feet and I didn’t hear from anybody else that there was an elbow or anything, but it was a hard, hard hit.”

more & if you missed or want to watch the hit again, see it here.

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Blue Jackets Learning As They Go

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from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

For the young Jackets, seeing how the Red Wings elevate their competitive level has been a staggering experience. They didn’t know it would be like this.

“I don’t think it’s just been our young guys,” Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said. “I think it’s been an eye-opener for anybody that’s played them. I think it’s been an eye-opener for people watching on television, I think it’s been an eye-opener for our team.

“I’ve said this before: These are unbelievable lessons. This is exactly what you need to grow. You need to have these games so you just don’t talk about the level, you’ve got reference points all the time.

“We’re a team that’s got the reference points. Our players are going to get better daily.”

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