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Rangers Never Got Into The Game

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“We stunk; it’s simple,” the head coach said after Simeon Varlamov blanked the Blueshirts 4-0 to bring the Caps within 2-1, with Game 4 set for tomorrow night at the Garden. “It was a good old-fashioned spanking where we need to take our medicine.”

It was medicine that tasted like acid going down the Rangers’ collective throats. While it’s true the Blueshirts did muster somewhat more of a down-low attack than they had in winning the opening two games of the series, their time of possession yielded nil.

Meanwhile, they broke down numerous times in their own end against the Caps’ skill players, notably Semin, who scored twice; Nicklas Backstrom, who might have been the most impressive player on the ice; Sergei Fedorov, who had a throwback game; and, of course, the unconquerable Alex Ovechkin, the hardest working man on the ice.

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Flyers Still Talking About The Kunitz Hit

from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,

But the play seemed to justify the Flyers’ belief that at times there is a different level of justice for them compared to their opponents. Daniel Carcillo’s hit to the back of Max Talbot’s head in Game 1 deserved the one-game suspension, but the Kunitz hit looked like a direct attempt to injure another player - and Kunitz was left undisciplined.

The league has talked about eliminating headshots from the game, and Kunitz went very high on Timonen.

Flyers coach John Stevens said he had no doubt of the intent….

“The angle I saw, there were three guys all together and it was a hard, hard hit, and my only concern is if there was a hit to the head there.

“It didn’t look like he left his feet and I didn’t hear from anybody else that there was an elbow or anything, but it was a hard, hard hit.”

more & if you missed or want to watch the hit again, see it here.

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Blue Jackets Learning As They Go

from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

For the young Jackets, seeing how the Red Wings elevate their competitive level has been a staggering experience. They didn’t know it would be like this.

“I don’t think it’s just been our young guys,” Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said. “I think it’s been an eye-opener for anybody that’s played them. I think it’s been an eye-opener for people watching on television, I think it’s been an eye-opener for our team.

“I’ve said this before: These are unbelievable lessons. This is exactly what you need to grow. You need to have these games so you just don’t talk about the level, you’ve got reference points all the time.

“We’re a team that’s got the reference points. Our players are going to get better daily.”

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The Playoffs Are Here

from Gary Loewen of the Toronto Sun,

You know that the playoffs have begun when a different set of words and phrases is introduced into the hockey lexicon.

a) The “face wash” becomes an acceptable offensive tactic.

b) The “playoff beards” sprout, in part to take the sting out of the face wash.

c) The dreaded “pond scrum” in front of the crease delays a multitude of faceoffs.

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Hockey Win Compared To Battles Of Lexington And Concord

from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy,

Gather round, class: Professor Edwards wants to tell you about how the Bruins are like patriots who have thwarted the tyranny of the Habs. Or something like that. If you can remember the last hockey goal call that began “234 years ago yesterday, a bunch of rag-tag farmers stood up against the greatest fighting force in the world,” we’d like to hear it.

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from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

But tonight, Edwards crossed the line in our book.

He basically compared the Bruins 4-2 win in Montreal to war.

We assume Edwards has never had anyone in his life impacted directly by war. Because if he had, he would not have made such a stupid, ignorant statement.

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Suspension For Burish?

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Flames coach Mike Keenan wants Adam Burish suspended for what happened near the end of Monday’s game in the altercation with Rene Bourque.

“I’m disappointed they weren’t given a match penalty for deliberate attempt to injure,” Keenan said. “A cross-check to the face where Burish broke his stick over his face. He suffered an injury because of that cross-check to the face. I have no idea how the referees could miss it. It was blatant.”

It’s beautiful how poor Mike claims his player is a victim when the Flames have been allowed to get away with one cross-check after another after whistles when goalie Miikka Kiprusoff makes a save.

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added 7:33am, watch Keenan’s post-game press conference below…

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The Battle Of Styles

from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

As the noted philosopher Scott Hartnell observed yesterday, playoff hockey “isn’t rocket science.”

There is some physics involved, though, in terms of velocity and mass and impact. There is also more than a little bit of sociology, as the NHL finds itself in a transition game between the Bad Old Neanderthal Days and the ideal of a physical but fluid collision (but not violent) sport.

So much of the tension in this suddenly interesting series between the Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins is the result of this conflict. The league’s on-ice officials are mandated to call penalties for any stickwork above the waist or any clutching or grabbing that impedes the flow of the game. Like most team sports, hockey has been trying to legislate more offense into its game.

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The Perfect PK

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

In a few days the Ducks have gone from nearly-missed-the-playoffs to placing their skates above the tightening throats of the San Jose Sharks, from playing with fire often enough to torch the penalty box to still playing with fire but quenching their blazes surprisingly well.

The Ducks’ penalty killing ranked 23rd in the NHL at 79.7% this season, one of many areas that suffered while defenseman Francois Beauchemin recovered from knee surgery. It wasn’t for lack of practice—the Ducks were the second-most penalized team and were short 76 more times than they had an advantage—but the penalty killers were erratic.

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Capitals Produce Some ‘Dirty’ Goals

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

In what was a rare sighting in the opening two games, we saw Washington players fighting their way to the Rangers’ net, taking hits to make the right pass, and getting their faces smashed in the glass to keep the cycle going in the offensive zone. There were sacrifices made all over the ice.

Consider the opening three goals Monday night, a pair from Semin and a rebound goal from Brooks Laich. All three tallies were from within 15 feet of the net. That’s a dirty area of the ice that’s painful to access. But good things happen when you’re willing to fight your way there.

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Post-Season Has Not Been Kind To Tkachuk

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

When Keith Tkachuk calls it a career, which won’t be this summer, he will go down as one of the greatest Americans to have played in the NHL.

But there is an uncomfortable truth about the 37-year-old forward, whose hair and beard are now primarily grey, and it seems to be continuing this spring. The St. Louis Blues are facing playoff elimination, down three games to none to the Vancouver Canucks in a best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final, and are climbing a mountain of history to erase that disadvantage.

For Tkachuk, first-round exits are par for the course. They have happened 10 times in his 12 postseason appearances, and it’s about to be 11 of 13 if the Canucks can win tonight in Game 4 at the Scottrade Center.

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