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Carcillo Faces Hearing Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Philadelphia Flyers tough guy Daniel Carcillo has a hearing with the NHL scheduled for 3pm et/Noon pt this afternoon.

The incident under review took place during the Flyers playoff series opener with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. The Penguins won the contest 4-1.

While there is no penalty noted on the game sheet, it is believed the incident under review involved Penguins’ Maime Talbot.

update 6:42pm, Carcillo gets a one game suspension.

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How Will The Blackhawks React?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times,

How the precocious Hawks respond to the expected bullying will punctuate a season that has rekindled Chicago’s passion for its Original Six franchise.

‘‘We don’t know any different,’’ second-year winger Adam Burish said with a grin. ‘‘We don’t know what we’re supposed to do, how we are supposed to feel or how we’re supposed to act. We act like we think we should and have fun with it.’‘

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The Vancouver Crowd

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from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

Curiously, during a 2-1 win in Game 1 of their playoff series against St. Louis, the Canucks did not announce a sell out as per usual. The GM Place atmosphere Wednesday was excellent, but some sections of the lower bowl may not have been too flattering on television (when the white towels weren’t waving).

Generally, the Canucks make a big deal of their consecutive sell-out streak, 257 and counting.

A team spokesman said that the video scoreboard flashed 18,630. He said loud crowd noise pre-empted a formal announcement. Another source said the Canucks did not want to announce attendance because the empty seats were so obvious.

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Game Day Odds And Ends

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

At some point today, maybe…if time and certain mental issues permit…I think we should discuss how more than a decade of worrying about playoff goaltending has affected us all.  Like 34.7 (and sooner or later I have a theory I’d like to share with you about that), I think Chevaldae, Vernon, Osgood, Hasek, Joseph, Hasek, Legace, Hasek and Osgood have caused a community-wide emotional deterioration.

But now is not the time.

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Questions Start To Get Answered Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

Can’t happen again. Can’t.

Tonight, for the fifth straight spring of playoff hockey, the teal tribe of hope will gather. The men. The women. The children. The drunk. The sober. And the desperate.

Desperate not to be disappointed, that is.

Can’t happen again. Can’t. The tribe members will be wearing Shark jerseys. They will parade down Santa Clara Street toward HP Pavilion. They will go inside. They will yell their throats into raw tissue. They will want to believe that the Sharks can’t possibly follow up another outstanding regular season with an early exit from the Stanley Cup tournament that decides the NHL champion.

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Fans Decide What Is Worth Reading

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from Tom Benjamin’s NHL Blog, .

..Anyway, I thought it was important to weigh in on whether HNiC should acknowledge the blogosphere in this way. Obviously, I think the answer is yes, but the show deserves a more thoughtful response than I could give in a few seconds.

Scott Morrison is right about the blogger who shall not be named, but he is wrong if he thinks ignoring the new hockey media is the answer to the accountability issue. Blogs are not going away simply because the mainstream media operates as if they don’t exist.

The accountability argument is more or less over. It really doesn’t matter whether it is a genuine problem or not because fans clearly don’t care about it. They know the internet. Most of them think they are capable of separating the wheat from the chaff on the web. They didn’t just fall off a turnip truck. They decide what’s worth reading.

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GDT - SC Playoffs, Game 1: Red Wings host Blue Jackets (7:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

It is a great day to be a Red Wings fan.  After 82 games of mediocre goaltending and mind-boggling, inconsistent, indifferent, uninspired, hockey by your hereos; the Wings erratic effort earned them the 3rd most points in the League and the #2 seed in the W.C. The glass half-full crowd would say that isn’t too shabby given their half-assed effort.  The $64,000.00 question (drumroll please):  Can the Winged Wheel find any heart under their legendary logo?  We know Uncle Mike isn’t too concerned about his teams defensive zone meltdowns, as a matter of fact he has “zero” concern.  We also know the Wings finished the regular season leading the league in scoring at a 3.52 g/g.  Can Ozzie stop the friggin puck?  Last season he did ratchet up his play in the playoffs; he had a 2.09 goals-against average in the regular season and a league-low 1.55 GAA in the 2008 playoffs.

On paper it seems the BJ are a good matchup for the Wings (I fully realize the teams do not skate on paper);  the BJ do not score much (2.68 g/g, 21), and their PP is dead-last clipping along at 12.7%.  You say that Mason scares you (well hot-goaltending scares the beejeezers out of me too); but he is mortal.  The BJ surrendered 14 goals in their last two games, and finished the season 3-3-4 while fighting for a higher seed.

Game On Bitches.

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A Sit Down With Datsyuk

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from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press,

But I had this theory. Every man is deeper than his sound bite. If Datsyuk ever sat down, relaxed, away from the rink, and spoke in Russian, I figured, he’d be a whole different story.

This week, I finally got to witness that, with the help of a Russian-speaking business associate of Datsyuk’s named Dan Milstein. The three of us met at Bacco Ristorante in Southfield. Milstein translated. Sitting at a table, sipping a glass of water, Datsyuk shifted easily between his native tongue and his improved English.

And after a few hours, I knew more about this guy than I’d learned in eight years.

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Penalties Galore

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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

After Game 1 of the Canucks-Blues Western Conference quarterfinal, there shouldn’t be any confusion over what constitutes a penalty in this series.

That’s because, apparently, everything constitutes a penalty. Lay a stick on a Blues defenceman, Henrik Sedin, off you go. Use your arm to ward off a Canucks forward, Jay McKee, and you sit in the box and feel shame. Mill around a scrum too long and you’re liable to be sent off for public loitering. And none of your lip, young man, or you get 10.

At least that’s what it felt like on Wednesday night. That’s also the way it looked as the refereeing tandem of Chris Lee and Dan O’Halloran handed out minors like they were Reese’s Pieces on Halloween night. In the first two periods of a competitive but not particularly violent postseason game there were 11 power plays between the two teams: seven for the Blues, four for the Canucks.

Now, we can argue if that’s an appropriate total for a Stanley Cup playoff game. And there was plenty of arguing Wednesday night. But it’s also pointless because these are the terms of engagement in the new NHL.

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Time To Think Of A Goalie Change In D.C.

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,

Bruce Boudreau might disagree, and he gets to make the choice. But after watching Jose Theodore be awfully hard to hit Wednesday night in Washington’s series opening loss to the New York Rangers, you’ve got to believe the man they call Gabby is at the very least considering giving rookie Simeon Varlamov the start for Game 2 on Saturday….

Let’s say Boudreau sticks with Theodore, who now has four wins in his last 15 playoff starts, for Game 2, and the veteran netminder plays poorly and the Caps lose.

Then, you have to stick with Theodore probably because it would be difficult to put Varlamov in for a do-or-die Game 3 in Madison Square Garden.

But if you go with Varlamov for Game 2, he might steal one and even the series, or if he loses, you can go back to the more seasoned Theodore for Game 3.

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added 9:40am, from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Boudreau has two days to mull his decision before Game 2 on Saturday.

It’s not one he plans to rush into, but he was certainly down on Theodore’s performance after tonight’s 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Theodore faced only 21 shots, and probably could have stopped any of the Rangers’ four goals.

“He’s right,” Boudreau said when he was told that Theodore accepted the blame for the loss. “You need the save and he didn’t make the save. But I’m sure he’s going to bounce back. He’s a professional. He’s played this game long enough, I’m sure he feels bad enough.”

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