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Penalties Kill Ducks

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

When it was over and the non-sellout crowd of 16,277 had filed out of the Honda Center, the top-seeded Sharks could claim several victories: they had cut the Ducks’ series lead to 2-1, ended the Ducks’ penalty killing streak at 14 over two-plus games, and had continued a trend in the series by winning on the road.

They got help from the Ducks on each of those counts.

“It’s ridiculous. It’s almost like hitting yourself in the head,” Ducks winger Teemu Selanne said of his team’s unbreakable habit of parading to the penalty box.

“Why? You’ve done a great job killing penalties. Why keep forcing things? You can make winning so much easier if you stay out of the penalty box. There’s no team in the league that if they’re going to get 20 power plays in three games, they’re [not] going to score eventually. No question. If you don’t learn that you’re stupid.”

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A Party Atmosphere In Columbus

from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

It might have been the most boisterous Tuesday night in the city’s history. It didn’t seem to matter to anyone that the Red Wings had easily disposed of the Jackets in the first two games in Detroit. The Columbus franchise had to get through 658 games to get here. It was time to relish a moment in the city’s sports history….

Most of the 19,219 who had tickets made it inside the arena early, but the party was just beginning. A video of season highlights was played on the scoreboard and the fans went crazy. John H. McConnell II, grandson of the team’s late owner, carried the flag and the fans went crazy. The Blue Jackets took the ice and the fans went crazier, maybe offering up the loudest ovation in the building’s history.

It was a grand party, at least until the game started. One minute, seven seconds in, while most of the fans were chanting “Let’s go Jackets” in their outside voices, Tomas Holmstrom scored to give the Red Wings a 1-0 lead.

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added 10:35am, from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

But with their playoff debut Tuesday night, and the buzz filling the area leading up to it, the city made it clear it has embraced the Blue Jackets. And playoff hockey.

“I think we’re turning a corner here as a franchise. . . . The buzz in this city is that we matter a little more now, we’re more in the fabric,” Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We have our time of the season like OSU has their time. We matter right now. That’s huge.”

There was no doubt they mattered when the packed house provided a vibrant, loud atmosphere during early action. There was also no doubt there’s still a long way to go on the ice.

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Keenan Trying To Stir The Pot

from Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times,

If Keenan wants to know why the Hawks are engaging in less-than-gentlemanly tactics, he should consider the pushing and shoving his team is doing after the whistle. The halos he has placed above his players’ heads have been dented and tarnished in the first three games. Bourque was penalized for slashing three times in Game 3 and could’ve been called for more.

‘‘At the end [of the game], we said enough is enough,’’ Hawks captain Jonathan Toews said. ‘‘We were down two goals. It’s out of line to go out there and hurt anybody, but the message was we’re not going to take it anymore.’‘

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Crosby’s Goal Last Night - Good Or Not?

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The Flyers, facing a 3-1 series deficit, didn’t like it (imagine that) and believed Crosby had impeded Biron’s ability to make a save in his net.

“The guy makes a pass across the crease, I think I got a stick on it and it might have hit me and hit [Crosby] and his momentum carried him and threw me into the net,” Biron said. “It’s a dangerous play if you’re kicking a puck around the crease where the goalie is and it’s a dangerous play when you’re sliding in, both feet first toward a goalie who is trying to get to the puck. I didn’t really like that. It’s not the first time where he’s done that and drives the net.”

more and you decide, goal or not…

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No Hockey Talk In Colorado

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

The people who are still employed by the organization (Craig Billington, Michel Goulet, anybody else) are under strict orders not to say a word to the media right now. I mean, not a word. It is common knowledge around the Avs that anyone who breaks such an order - at least when it comes to the machinations of the GM search process - will be terminated.

I don’t agree with that, of course. I mean, somewhere along the line, the dissemination of hockey information became equated to that of nuclear secrets. It’s ridiculous. It’s absurd. It’s arrogance too, is what it is. It’s “We don’t need to talk to you little people.”

I have news for Pierre Lacroix and any other person in the hockey world: guys, you’re just not that important. You’re not. You are in the business of grown men trying to put a piece of hard rubber past other groups of grown men, into a net. This is not that important. It’s entertainment.

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A Rest From Hockey

If you are reading this it means I am still sleeping (I posted-dated this one just around 1:15am).

Too many late night hockey games and not enough sleep has caught up with me.

I will be back sometime this morning!

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Enough Of Versus

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond at the Miami Herald,

I don’t like writing cellphone posts unless it’s breaking news or what have you. But I have about had enough of Versus’ so-called coverage of the NHL postseason. How is it that they pull away from a 3-3 game in Carolina to put on a crummy open to a game in Anaheim that wasn’t going to start for another 30 minutes, much less another Esurance commercial we all know by heart?

continued and George isn’t finished, another post here.

I have to agree with George.  I am not sure why Versus makes the decisions they do, but they sure are not catering to the knowledgeable hockey fan.

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Drug Testing Still An Issue Between NHL/NHLPA

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

A gap in the NHL’s drug-testing policy may not be closed because the league and the National Hockey League Players’ Association cannot agree on how to deal with it.

According to the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, players are not tested during the playoffs and the off-season, which leaves five months — April through August — during which the players do not have to worry about passing a drug test. The league says it is in favour of year-round testing, but the union has reservations due to privacy concerns.

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Vancouver Canucks Advance To Western Conference Semi-Finals

Alex Burrows scored the game winning goal with 19 seconds left in the first OT.

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Columbus Fans Deserve A Win

from Michael Arace of Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,

Tonight, the Detroit Red Wings put a 4-1 whipping on the Jackets at Nationwide Arena. With that, the Wings took a 3-0 lead in the series. It is, for all practical purposes, over.

The Jackets know what they are up against. They’re not going to quit. They’ll come out hard in Game 4 Thursday night. No one would expect anything different.

“We’re down 3-0 and we’ve got a lot of things to clean up,” forward R.J. Umberger said. “It’s not over yet. You’ve got to win four games. We still need the first playoff win in franchise history. The crowd here deserves a win. They need to see it. This city needs to see it. . . .

“Crazier things have happened.”

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