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Penguins Plan To Go To The Net

from CBC,

Directing more shots at Varlamov and getting more bodies in front of him probably will be the plan for Pittsburgh, which could tie the best-of-seven series at two games apiece with a Game 4 victory Friday.

Malkin, who was criticized for his play in the first two games, beat Varlamov from the slot on Wednesday when his shot whizzed by teammate Bill Guerin, who was positioned in front of the Washington netminder.

“Just trying to do my part,” said Guerin, who has two assists in the series.

Hockey Night in Canada analyst Mike Milbury wants the former New York Islander to do more, suggesting to viewers that the Penguins run Varlamov over, like Malkin did in Game 3.

Fellow HNIC panelist Kelly Hrudey took a different tact and suggested Pittsburgh players get in the goalie’s face more often.

“He hasn’t faced a lot of the pressure that the other [playoff goalies] have, right in his face,” said Hrudey. “Here’s a kid [in Varlamov] that looks like he has so much energy and so much quickness.… He’s aggressive enough when he needs to be and he’s patient enough when another opportunity is there.”

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A Look At P.J. Stock

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

Stock – and his beard – add a little much-needed zest to the show, and that’s clearly why the CBC Sports executives hired him two years ago. But not everyone shares the Hockey Night in Canada bosses’ enthusiasm for Stock, who also hosts a daily sports talk show on Team 990 and contributes regularly to CBC-TV’s local supper-hour newscast.

You don’t have to look far – just nose around a few sports blogs – to find folks who don’t like Stock’s revved-up, sometimes not-so-grammatical approach to broadcasting. His rocking style has also elicited a few barbs from media critics, with one Globe and Mail columnist penning a particularly bitter anti-Stock diatribe during last year’s playoffs.

Part of it might be envy. Stock, who was most famous for his abilities as a pugilist over the course of his NHL career, only made his broadcast debut three years ago on Team 990, Montreal’s English-

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Tight Security In Pittsburgh

via Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

A big bus pulls up and undercover security leaps out, scowling through their dark glasses and cordoning off the sidewalk. A Globe journalist, fully credentialed, was even blocked from entering the walkway to the garage The area secured, the bus door opened again and a grim-faced Alexander Ovechkin fast-marched to the rink, followed by the rest of the Washington Capitals.

Such is the world of goofy 17-year-olds mouthing off in the digital age.

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The Voice Of Reason, Barry Melrose Talks Playoff Hockey

Before last night’s games, Melrose had his say on a few hockey topics…

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A Brief Interruption For Some Rumor Talk

from Spector’s Hockey,

Are the Senators planning to add more defensemen? How are negotiations with Chris Neil going? Could the Blue Jackets trade a left winger? What’s the latest on Ray Emery?

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Rats!

Lisa Hillary of Comcast Sportsnet in Washington was doing a report after the game between Capitals and the Penguins on Monday night at the Verizon Center when a large rat ran in front of her…

 

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Potential Owners For Coyotes

from TSN,

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly admits that Jim Balsillie’s bid for the Phoenix Coyotes caught league officials by surprise and says there have been multiple offers to keep the team in Arizona.

Speaking on XM Radio’s NHL Home Ice on Friday, Daly said the league had been working with Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes on potential ownership options right up until the team filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday.

continued and if you wish to listen to the interview with the guys on Hockey This Morning on XM204, click here...

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Spotlight On The East Tonight

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Any predictions?  With a win tonight, both Washington and Carolina can go up 3-1 in their series.

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Patrick Roy Visits Denver

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Patrick Roy, the Hall of Fame former Avalanche goalie, is leaving Denver today after visiting with team president Pierre Lacroix concerning a possible return to the team.

What role Roy might have with the Avalanche remains unclear, but it has been his stated intention to become a coach should he return to the NHL….

For now, Tony Granato remains the Avalanche coach, but Roy’s visit with Lacroix will only heighten the intrigue surrounding his situation with the team. The Avs fired general manager Francois Giguere April 13 and have yet to fill the position. Lacroix said the Avs would have a new “management structure” upon Giguere’s dismissal, so it’s possible there could be some new hybrid roles for existing personnel or those who join the team.

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Built Tough In Southern California

from Bill Dwyre of the LA Times,

Well, this week, we softy West Coasters showed ‘em….

Our Ducks were ready for more against those Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night at the Honda Center. Tuesday night, one of the Detroit guys, Tomas Holmstrom, skated past a bent-over James Wisniewski, who had just taken a puck to the lung, and unloaded an elbow to his head. Just for good measure, apparently.

Well, our Ducks kicked some butt the rest of the way, won the game and were still fighting the Red Wings after the game ended. Gloves and sticks littered the ice as fans filtered out.

Then, about five minutes into Thursday night’s game, Bobby Ryan found Detroit’s Marian Hossa lingering behind the Ducks’ net and lit him up. Hossa spent some time flat on his back and the Ducks’ Chris Pronger got a penalty. Go figure. That’s hockey.

All this makes us beach bums in the land of fruits and nuts proud. We get it.

more on the ‘toughness’ of SoCal, basketball included…

How many more times are we going to have to read about a ‘bent-over’ Wisniewski?  The video evidence is below, he was not bent-over, end of story.

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