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BU Wins Frozen Four In OT

AP recap via ESPN and watch the OT goal.

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What We Know In The West

If St. Louis wins tomorrow, they finish as the 6th seed, Columbus 7th and Anaheim 8th.

If the Blues get one point or lose in regulation, Columbus 6th, Anaheim 7th and St. Louis 8th.

St. Louis plays in Colorado tomorrow at 5pm ET.

added 11:10pm, via NHL.com,

Anaheim’s 5-4 shootout loss to Phoenix and Columbus’ 6-3 loss to Minnesota on Saturday night assured that the last three playoff pairings in the Western Conference won’t be decided until Sunday.

The Jackets’ loss left them with 92 points, sixth in the West. But St. Louis could match them by winning at Colorado on Sunday; the Blues would finish ahead of Columbus because they won the season series between the teams.

If St. Louis gets one or no points on Sunday, the Ducks will finish seventh and the Blues eighth. The Ducks have 91 points and 43 wins; if the Blues get 91 points with an overtime or shootout loss, they’ll have 41 victories.

The sixth-place finisher will play Vancouver, which won the Northwest Division title and the third seed with a 1-0 victory at Colorado. The seventh seed will play Detroit, the Central Division winner and second seed. The eighth seed will play San Jose, which won the Pacific Division and captured the Presidents’ Trophy with the NHL’s best regular-season record.

My question, Blues tied late in the 3rd tomorrow, do they pull the goalie for a regulation win?

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The First Round Of The Eastern Conference NHL Playoffs

#1 Boston vs #8 Montreal

#2 Washington vs #7 New York Rangers

#3 New Jersey vs #6 Carolina

Philadelphia vs Pittsburgh- Flyers need a point tomorrow for the #4 seed when they play the Rangers in Philadelphia.

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A Lifeless Team

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

...less than 15 minutes after Buffalo’s easy, breezy 6-1 victory over Boston in the season finale, most of the players had slipped into the showers, slithered out the side door and made themselves scarce. Heaven forbid they would actually take responsibility for missing the playoffs in two straight years and five out of seven seasons.

It was typical.

Why rant about their dressing room after the final game? I was waiting for them to address the issue without being told. They shouldn’t need public criticism about a glaring problem before finding a solution. Their willingness to let each other slide this year said plenty about their lack of accountability amid a rumor Lindy Ruff was getting fired….

Minority owner Larry Quinn said an intense evaluation was forthcoming, but he did not say either way whether Regier or Ruff would be canned. Ruff looked like a beaten man Saturday, like someone prepared to put out a cigarette and walk the plank.

We’ll see what happens, but Ruff has been the least of their problems.

read on

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Burke After ‘The Monster’

via David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The Maple Leafs president and general manager is in pursuit of a Swedish goaltender nicknamed The Monster and planned to meet with him and his agent on Sunday in Copenhagen.

The Monster is 24-year-old Jonas Gustavsson, who was the talk of the Swedish Elite League playoffs. The 6-foot-4 Gustavsson registered five shutouts in 13 playoff games to lead Farjestad to the championship with a .961 save percentage.

Aftonbladet, a Stockholm newspaper, reported that Gustavsson, who is a free agent, has narrowed his NHL choices to the Leafs and the Dallas Stars.

Who is this Monster, watch below…

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Ford Field Prepares For The Frozen Four

from Bob Duff of Duffer’s Dabbles at the Windsor Star,

Fresh off their success with the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball championships, Ford Field is already preparing for next year, when it will play host to the Frozen Four, the NCAA men’s hockey championship. Monday, Dan Craig, the National Hockey League’s ice expert and the man who put the ice surface in Chicago’s Wrigley Field for this year’s Winter Classic game between the Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings, will be at Ford Field to explain how it will be configured for hockey. The ice surface will be placed directly in the centre of the football playing field and there will be seating for 70,000 spectators.

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Missing The Playoffs Could Hurt The Predators

from John Glennon of the Tennessean via the Leaf Chronicle,

The Predators’ failure to reach the playoffs will mean more than just an absence of postseason hockey in Nashville this spring, it will also impact the franchise’s finances.
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NHL teams rake in far bigger per-game profits during the playoffs than they do during the regular season because player salaries have been completely paid by then. Players make comparatively small revenue-based bonuses during the postseason.

So the Predators will miss out on roughly $750,000 in gross profit for every home playoff game, a sum that over the past four seasons helped the franchise reduce its overall losses.

In addition, missing the playoffs could make it more challenging for the Predators to retain current ticket-holders and sponsors, lure new season ticket-holders and sponsors, and increase next season’s player payroll.

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You Make The Call

Dustin Byfuglien was awarded a penalty shot on this play late in today’s Chicago/Detroit game.

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Expect Martin Back In Florida

via George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Owner Alan Cohen told me in an email today that Martin will continue to oversee the team’s hockey operations. Martin was relieved of his coaching duties after last season and reportedly signed a four-year deal to remain on as general manager.

‘‘Yes, Jacques’ job is safe for certain,’’ Mr. Cohen wrote. ‘‘He has made the team and the farm system better. Hopefully we keep doing that.’‘

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Frozen Four Title Game Tonight

from David Albright of ESPN,

Some facts and figures to digest prior to tonight’s national championship game between No. 4 West Regional seed Miami and No. 1 overall seed Boston University (ESPNHD and ESPN360, 7 p.m. ET) at the Verizon Center:

Boston University (34-6-4)

• The Terriers have won four national championships (1971, 1972, 1978, 1995).

• BU is 4-5 all time in NCAA championship games….

Miami University (23-12-5)

• First national championship appearance in any sport.

• Miami has the best winning percentage (.693) in Division I hockey over the past four seasons with a record of 106-43-14….

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