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Flames Motto - “The Time Is Now”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail (Monday edition),

The mood was, in a word, defiant — probably a good thing for the Calgary Flames.

Down 2-0 in their Western Conference playoff series to the Chicago Blackhawks and facing long statistical odds to get back in the series, the Flames players rhymed off the many reasons for optimism yesterday, some of them even plausible.

The games have been close, the difference between the two teams comparatively small. There were none of the glassy-eyed stares to be found in the Flames’ dressing room, none of the helpless expressions that accompany a team that knows it is hopelessly overmatched in a series.

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Naslund Playing His Game

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from Steve Zipay of Newsday,

“I think he’s just let his game go,” said Rangers coach John Tortorella, who said he’s had some “heart-to-heart” talks with the former Vancouver Canucks captain. “When the staff first started, with him, there was a problem with the tempo, the speed we were trying to go, whether it was just confusion or what, all I know is that he’s skating better and I think he’s much more confident with the puck. And he’s playing well away from the puck, too.”

Asked to explain “let his game go,” Tortorella said: “Just relax and play, he’s a good player, he’s good with the puck, he can score goals, he has talent. I think he feels more comfortable in how we’re playing. I think he just said, ‘To hell with this, I need to play better’ and get some minutes.”

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Boudreau Not Happy With Officiating

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Boudreau tried to bite his lip as best he could, but he was clearly unimpressed with the work of the officiating crew in Saturday’s 1-0 loss, insinuating that all the talk from Rangers coach John Tortorella about the Game 1 officiating had an effect in the next game.

“Well, yeah, I am frustrated with it,” Boudreau said. “They [the Rangers] talk about the refereeing and all of a sudden, you don’t get a power play for 40 minutes. And the call they called on them was sort of like, ‘Better make a call’ because it wasn’t much of a call.”

Boudreau pointed to his team’s five minor penalties.

“Go back and look at them and see how many were deserved,” he said. “Then you’ll find out there wasn’t very much of a disciplinary problem.”

more on the Capitals…

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Beauchemin Returns To Form

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Three games into his return from reconstructive surgery on his left knee, Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin has shaken off any sense of hesitance or rustiness.

“Everyday feels strong. No setback, no pain,” said Beauchemin, who missed 62 games and nearly five months.

His teammates feel even better about having his physicality back in the lineup for the playoffs, when they need it most.

“I’ve been a bit surprised how he’s stepped in and played as well as he has,” Scott Niedermayer said Sunday as the Ducks prepared for Game 2 tonight at HP Pavilion.

“He was down for a long time. He doesn’t look like he’s really missed a beat. It looks like he’s been there all year. It’s been good for us, for sure. He’s played three games, and they’ve all been good.”

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Blues Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I understand the excitement for your first home playoff game in a few years, but booing ‘O Canada’ is just not cool.

No reason for it.  End of story!

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No Sundin Tonight

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via TSN,

The Vancouver Canucks will not have forward Mats Sundin for Game 3 of their series with the St. Louis Blues with what the team is a calling a ‘lower-body injury.’

Sundin, who is averaging just over 15 minutes per game in the series appeared to injure himself half-way through the third period of Friday night’s Game 2 victory.  Although he finished the game, he received a great deal of treatment following the win.

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  Tags: mats+sundin

Blues Recall Yan Stastny

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that the club has recalled forward Yan Stastny from the Blues’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.

Stastny, 26, has played in 34 games this season with the Blues, registering seven points (three goals, four assists) along with 20 penalty minutes.  He also recorded 19 points (12 goals, seven assists) and 21 penalty minutes in 30 regular season games with Peoria.  Stastny has four points (two goals, two assists) in three playoff games this season with the Rivermen and is looking to make his NHL postseason debut.

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Lucic Suspended For One Game

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via NHL.com,

TORONTO  - Boston Bruins’ forward Milan Lucic has been suspended for one game as a result of a blow to the head in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series last night against the Montreal Canadiens.

Lucic was assessed a match penalty for highsticking Montreal forward Maxim Lapierre at 15:28 of the third period.   

“While it is unclear whether Lucic’s glove or stick makes contact with Lapierre, what is clear is that he delivered a reckless and forceful blow to the head of his opponent,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.

In case you missed the incident, watch it here...

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Home Ice Doesn’t Matter In Sharks/Ducks Series

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from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Entering Sunday’s game, the Ducks are 10-5 in their previous 15 visits to HP Pavilion, including a 1-2 mark in three regular-season games this season, and are 24-19-3 all-time in San Jose. By contrast, the Ducks are only 18-22-5 all-time against the Sharks in Anaheim, with losses in two of three games this season.

Home ice, then, doesn’t appear as if it will be a critical factor in this series.

“I think it’s just that they’re such tight games,” Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne said. “Every game is like a playoff game, even during the regular season. I don’t think it matters where you play.”

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Canucks Basking In Luongo’s Glory

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from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Luongo has stopped 55 of 56 shots in this series, and if you include Vancouver’s final three regular-season games, he’s allowed only two goals in the last 145 shots fired at him. When a goaltender is this bulletproof, he emboldens his entire team.

That’s why it was comical to see all of the Canucks’ posturing and taunting in the first two games, especially near the end of Game 2. The Canucks haven’t outplayed the Blues; the Canucks just happen to employ the world’s hottest goaltender at the moment. And they’re riding him. Basking in his glory.

That’s the unfortunate part of this match-up from a St. Louis perspective: in Round 1, the Blues came up against an opponent that’s just as hot as they were. And that team, Vancouver, has the one NHL goalie sizzling at a higher temperature than the Blues’ Chris Mason.

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