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Five Games That Changed Hockey

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from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Like every sport, hockey has games that serve as lines of demarcation—dynasties begin, end or intersect, wins and losses send franchises in different directions.

Here are five games from the past 35 years that had implications far beyond simply which team won and which lost.

2003: Game 1, Western Conference Quarterfinals
Anaheim 3, Detroit 2 (3 OT)

Jean-Sebastien Giguere couldn’t have picked a tougher situation for his first Stanley Cup playoff game. All he had to do was beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings, on their home rink—and in top form.

That’s exactly what he did.

The Wings had won the Cup in 1997 and 1998, then captured it again in 2002. Another championship would have made them the most successful team since the Edmonton Oilers of the late 1980s. The Ducks had made only two playoff appearances—both of which ended in losses to the Wings.

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Habs Have To Play Disciplined In Order To Win

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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

Turning the other cheek in a playoff series usually occurs when your head swivels from a punch in the chops.

But that may well be one of huge keys for the Canadiens if they’re to upset the Bruins in their NHL quarterfinal series, beginning tomorrow night in Boston.

The ice at TD Banknorth Garden will still be wet when Mike Komisarek learns this, his photo probably pinned on a dartboard in the Bruins dressing room.

The Canadiens defenceman got a generous taste of Boston leather last Thursday, his face massaged by the gauntlets of Milan Lucic and used as a speed bag by Zdeno Chara in a boxing match that earned the Bruins captain a double minor for roughing, a great non-call in a game teeming with them.


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We Start Tonight

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If your team is not playing, which game(s) will you be interested in?


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Predators Schedule Meeting With Radulov

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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Predators general manager David Poile said Tuesday that he and Radulov’s agent, Jay Grossman, have tentatively agreed to a meeting featuring all three men now that Nashville’s season has come to an end….

At some point, we’ve either got to kiss and make up and bring him back into the fold, or trade him because he is an asset, or leave him over there if that’s where he wants to play,’’ Poile said.

“I’ve said all along that it’s my strong belief that he wants to play in the best league in the world and that’s not there, it’s here. The road to get back to the NHL has got to be through Nashville.’‘


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The Canucks Parade Route

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from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

You’ve heard teams jinx the deal by announcing the parade route before they’ve actually won the Stanley Cup.

But this has to set some sort of record.

The Vancouver Canucks open their Western Conference quarter-final against the St. Louis Blues here tonight. And defenceman Willie Mitchell already has the parade route mapped out.

“Put us on boats and take us around the seawall of Stanley Park and then end up at the Convention Centre,” said the native of Port McNeil on Vancouver Island.

“That would be the ultimate. It would be really, really cool,” Mitchell said after practice yesterday.

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Bloggers On HNIC Stanley Cup Playoff Preview

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In case you missed it, Alanah has posted the blogger segment of the HNIC Playoff Preview Show they did last night.

Although we had only about six minutes of air time, we were able to touch on a few hockey topics.

I had fun, my first time on TV and as the producer in Windsor said, ‘just look into the red light.”  With that statement, let the playoffs begin!

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The Good With The Bad

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You know what bitches?  I was greedy when I invited Okie Jeff into the fold.  I knew, he’s a frigging lawyer after all, that he’d bring the analytical. He’d bring the stats and the, you know, the facts I guess.  And that would leave me to just let ‘er rip, which is what I enjoy the most.

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Gainey May Be Done In Montreal

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from Elliotte Friedman of Blogs and Columns at CBC,

The Canadiens hit the iceberg this season, with Gainey’s reputation ripped apart like the Titanic’s hull. It’s as if 20-plus years of accomplishment have been wiped away by a province-wide case of amnesia.

And it’s why you can’t help but wonder if, win or lose (and it’s probably going to be the latter), Gainey walks away from the Canadiens once again. This time, for good.

It’s hard to make such a prediction with any certainty, because Gainey is the ultimate poker-face, someone who reveals little to even his closest confidants. (And, I am not one.) One person who is close to him told me in March that “it’s 50-50” the current coach/GM returns in 2009-10.

There is some of circumstantial evidence to suggest he won’t:

1) Gainey is clearly tired of the public scrutiny surrounding his hockey team, on and off the ice. One of his greatest strengths as both a player and an executive was the ability to keep calm in a maelstrom. There’ve been a few occasions this year where he’s snapped at questions, which is unusual for him.

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Looking At The West Matchups

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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

A look at the top storylines in the Western Conference’s first-round series:

Best series

San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks
This Battle of California could be the most compelling series in either conference. Like the Pennsylvania series in the East, these two teams don’t like each other. Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov once called Ducks forward Corey Perry a crybaby, and the last time these teams played in the regular season, 64 minutes of penalties were handed out….

Upset special

Vancouver Canucks vs. St. Louis Blues
Nobody wants to give the Blues much of a chance against Roberto Luongo and the Canucks, but St. Louis was as good as anybody in the second half of the season….


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Devils Want To Take Advantage Of Home Ice

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

A year ago, the Devils lost all three of their home games in a five-game first-round playoff loss to the Rangers, including the series clincher.What made it tougher was having the nearly half the fans in the building be Rangers’ fans.

They’re expecting things to be different in their series against the Carolina Hurricanes. They’ll again be looking for their first ever playoff victory at Prudential Center in Game 1 on Wednesday night,.

“You work hard to get the home-ice advantage. You’ve got to take advantage of it somehow,” goaltender Martin Brodeur said. “Last year was tough for us. For whatever reason, we didn’t feel at home in the playoffs. Tomorrow we’ll feel at home for the first time in the playoffs and that’s going to feel good.

“For the guys that have been here, that was not a fun experience and deserverdly so. We didn’t play well. To a certain extent, our fans had a hard time cheering about anything when we played in this building in the playoffs last year. But this time around it will be different and, hopefully, that home feel will take us a long way.”


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