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Hal Gill Retires

from the NHLPA,

Hal Gill has announced his retirement from the National Hockey League (NHL) after 16 seasons.

Gill played in a total of 1,108 career NHL games with six teams: Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators and the Philadelphia Flyers. He scored 36 goals and 148 assists for 184 points in his NHL career. Gill, a six-foot-seven, 243-pound defenceman, played on the Stanley Cup-winning Penguins in 2009 after reaching the Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.

“I am so thankful to have played for such great organizations. I was lucky to have made amazing friendships throughout my career and live in so many beautiful cities. I would like to thank the fans for their support, the coaches for their direction, the team staffs for their efforts, and most of all, my teammates for their camaraderie (and keeping me in line),” said Hal Gill. “Thank you, as well, to Global Hockey Consultants for their commitment to building my career, and to my family for staying strong through the lows and steady through the highs. I’m very excited for the next chapter of my life.”

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Kerry Fraser On The Bobby Ryan Face-Off Violation Penalty

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

I watched yesterday's Ottawa-Montreal game and was wondering what type of the rule the refs used when they assigned a penalty to Ottawa for cheating on the face-off?
Thank you very much. Always like your comments.

Rule 76.6 was imposed to penalize the Ottawa Senators for a second face-off violation committed by the same team during the same face-off at 8:34 of the second period. (There was actually three false face-offs on this stoppage.) To be perfectly candid, I was in complete and total shock when the penalty was assessed. Not because it is just one more rule in the book that fans believe the officials turn a blind eye to in the playoffs, but because of the procedure that was employed to conduct the face-offs during this stoppage of play.

Once the linesman grasps the puck in his hand, he is in full control of the face-off. As such, he should do everything within his power and ability to avoid enforcing this needless infraction. I'm quite certain that the two referees were counting the seconds tick down on the Sens bench minor penalty that was being served by Bobby Ryan. I can tell you without reservation that I was.

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Will Lou Lamoriello Be Back With The New Jersey Devils?

Rich Chere of NJ.com answered some New Jersey Devils related tweets,

(Regarding is this Lou Lamoriello's most important summer): Has ownership weighed in on this, or is it more of a "should" than an "is"?

Devils owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer have not yet been made available after the season. Indications are that Lamoriello will get an opportunity to rebuild the team this summer, but the delay in the co-owners' state-of-the-team address makes you wonder if they are now pondering a GM change.

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NHL Short Notes

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
OTTAWA 1, Montreal 0 – MTL leads series 3-1
NY Rangers 2, PITTSBURGH 1 (OT) – NYR leads series 3-1
St. Louis 6, MINNESOTA 1 – series tied 2-2
Anaheim 5, WINNIPEG 2 – ANA wins series 4-0
 
KESLER PROPELS DUCKS INTO SECOND ROUND OF PLAYOFFS
Ryan Kesler scored twice in the third period, including what proved to be the game-winning goal, to power the Ducks to a four-game sweep of their First Round series against the Jets.
 

 
* The Ducks swept a best-of-seven series for the fourth time in franchise history and for the first time since the 2006 Western Conference Semifinals vs. COL. Their other two sweeps came in 2003, when they defeated the Red Wings (CQF) and Wild (CF) in four games en route to their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final.
 

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Video- Can You Say Embellishment Maxim Lapierre?

Two for roughing on Dominic Moore.

 

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Ducks/Jets- The Better Team Won

from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,

It was the Winnipeg Jets who first posed the question, scribbling a rallying cry on the whiteboard in their dressing room Wednesday morning:

‘Why Not Us?’

And it was the Anaheim Ducks who provided a resounding answer Wednesday night.

Why not the Jets? Because, simply put, the Ducks are better. They’re better up front and along the blue-line. They have more depth, more experience... more everything.

The Ducks snuffed out the last flicker of hope for the Jets’ 2014-15 season in front of another raucous whiteout house at the MTS Centre in a 5-2 victory that was absolutely, positively textbook playoff hockey.

Anaheim’s four-game sweep does two things:

1. It punches their ticket to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, where they’ll face either the Calgary Flames or Vancouver Canucks. And;

2. It also means the Jets/Atlanta Thrashers remain the only NHL franchise without a playoff victory. They are now 0-8, including the New York Rangers sweep of Atlanta in 2007.

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Down 3-1 To The Chicago Blackhawks, The Nashville Predators Need A Win Tonight

from John Glennon of The Tennessean,

Here are five key questions facing the Predators as they prepare for Game 5:

1. Can they slow down the Toews line?

Chicago's line of Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad has been dominant in the series, accounting for 12 points (four goals, eight assists) — one third of the team's points total.

Hossa has been the ringleader, seemingly all over the ice while posting five assists, including four primary assists. The absence of Mike Fisher, the Predators' best two-way center, and Shea Weber, one of the league's top defensemen, has really hurt Nashville in trying to match up with the talented trio.

"The challenge is they're a good hockey line," Laviolette said. "They present a lot of challenges with regard to talent and speed of the attack they bring to the game. I thought (Tuesday) for at least the first three periods we did a pretty good job, keeping them in check and not giving them too many quality chances."

2. Can the veterans bounce back?

When it comes to the very important center position, the Predators are an old team. First-line center Mike Ribeiro is 35, current second-line center Matt Cullen is 38 and fourth-line center Paul Gaustad is 33.

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The Calgary Flames Can Wrap Up Their Series Tonight

from Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald,

The mission is simple.

But getting it done, the outmuscling, outworking, and outscoring of the Vancouver Canucks in Thursday’s Game 5 of the first-round Stanley Cup playoff series, is not as easy as it looks.

“When you play with nothing to lose, it’s sort of a different style,” TJ Brodie was saying before the Calgary Flames jetted off to the west coast on Wednesday afternoon. “You take a few more risks in the game and if they get the bounces, a couple extra chances can be the difference between winning and losing.

“At the same time, it’s momentum … it’s such a big factor in playoffs.”

And with the Calgary Flames in the driver’s seat, ahead 3-1 in the best-of-seven series with two straight victories at home under their belts, you’d think they have the bulk of that momentum, right?

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Morning Line- Cam Cole

I don’t think it’s overstating the case to say that ex-players like Kevin Lowe, Craig MacTavish, Trevor Linden, Marc Bergevin, Bruce Boudreau, Doug Risebrough, Patrick Roy and Joe Nieuwendyk, to name just a few, advanced into the hockey coaching/management sphere in part because they were quotable and interesting and, consequently, viewed as bright and insightful. Not all proved to be, but many did.

Ditto the ex-players who now populate the TV panels and colour analyst positions — Ray Ferraro, Craig Simpson, Nick Kypreos, Mike Milbury, Aaron Ward, Mike Johnson, Kelly Hrudey, et al.

Same with coaches like Mike Babcock, Paul Maurice, Ken Hitchcock, Todd McLellan and Bob Hartley, and with GMs like Bryan Murray and Dale Tallon and Brian Burke and, before he became a recluse, Glen Sather.

When all was said and done, their willingness to play the game with the media earned them a line of credit to be used during lean times, so that calls for their heads didn’t come quite so quickly, or at all.

-Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun where you can read more hockey notes...

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The Anaheim Ducks Took Care Of Business In The First Round

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

The Ducks should win at least two rounds this year. L.A. isn’t in the way this time. Neither are the San Jose Sharks. By sweeping the Jets – a big, hard, physical team – the Ducks gave themselves time to heal their bumps and bruises and avoided additional punishment. They will face either the Calgary Flames or the Vancouver Canucks in the second round. They went 3-1-1 against each of them in the regular season.

Kesler was acquired to address two weaknesses – faceoffs and center depth – taking pressure off captain Ryan Getzlaf and giving Boudreau more matchup options. He was also acquired to give the Ducks another elite pain-in-the-butt in the top six along with Corey Perry. After a regular season of 20 goals and 47 points, he was what he was expected to be in the playoffs in the first round.

In Game 3, the fans chanted: “KESLER SUCKS!” Except that he doesn’t, and he loves playing the villain. He had a goal and two assists that night, including the tying goal with 2:41 left in regulation. In Game 4, he scored twice in the third period. First, he made it 3-1. Then, after the Jets had made it 3-2, after the fans had chanted loudly though an entire media timeout, he made it 4-2. Dagger.

“Obviously we wanted to silence the crowd tonight,” Kesler said, “and that’s what we did.”

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