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Opponents Controlling The Game When Facing Montreal

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

When the New Jersey Devils beat the Canadiens 3-1 Saturday night, they outshot the Habs 48-23. The opposition has taken 509 shots and averages nearly 10 shots a game more at 36.3.

The Canadiens are fond of saying that the shots aren’t that important. A few days before he as fired, deposed coach Guy Carbonneau said it was important to focus on scoring chances and he noted that these had not increased significantly from previous years.

But shots are a reflection of the time of possession in a game. The team that controls the puck usually gets more shots and it’s difficult to shoot the puck when you don’t have it.

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Brian Kilrea Coaches His Last Regular Seaso Game

from Chris Yzerman of the Ottawa Citizen via the National Post,

Brian Kilrea hasn’t been wrong about too many things when it comes to preparing for a hockey game. Otherwise he wouldn’t have lasted 32 seasons as coach of the Ottawa 67’s.

He was mistaken about one thing Sunday, however, when he claimed it wouldn’t be too tough to step behind the bench for the final time in an Ontario Hockey League regular-season game when the 67’s met the Kingston Frontenacs at the Ottawa Civic Centre.

With an above-capacity crowd of 10,228 in attendance and surrounded by family, friends and former players - all there to pay tribute to the retiring coach - the familiar scowl that got Kilrea through many of his previous 2,155 outings cracked when he stepped behind the microphone during an almost 40-minute pre-game ceremony.

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Avery Back To His Old Antics According To Flyers Coach

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Avery got into the Flyers’ heads early in confronting Jeff Carter-What; touch Philadelphia’s 38-goal-scorer???-and the Flyers not only never got over it, they responded in their historical nature by trying to take off their opponents’ heads, witness the Braydon Coburn match penalty of a high stick across Nik Antropov’s face late in the second.

“We got emotional and used it the wrong way,” said Flyers’ head coach John Stevens. “I think [Avery’s] probation period is over and now he’s back to his old antics and we got sucked in, to be quite honest.

more and watch the Coburn hit on Antropov below…

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Flames Team Still ‘Developing’

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Flames general manager Darryl Sutter made bold moves at the NHL trade deadline in landing centre Olli Jokinen and defenceman Jordan Leopold. He was hopeful the additions would push Calgary into the elite of the Western Conference alongside the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks.

But Sutter’s splash has barely resulted in a ripple in the win column. While Jokinen has swelled his statistics with eight goals and 10 points in six games with the Flames, including a three-goal, two-assist effort in an 8-6 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre last Saturday, Calgary has only two wins in the six games since the March 4 trade deadline.

Even Flames head coach Mike Keenan was scratching his head when queried as to whether his team was ready to challenge the Wings or Sharks for the conference title when the playoffs begin next month.

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Islanders Goaltender Victorious In First NHL Start

In his first NHL start and second appearance, Islanders goaltender Peter Mannino stopped 40 shots and beat the Black Hawks 4-2 today.

 

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Fighting Over Fighting & A ‘Green’ Cherry

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

There already seems to be growing controversy about the GMs’ recommendation this past week regarding a 10-minute misconduct for “staged fights.” The NHL Players’ Association considers this a “new rule” recommendation and thus needs approval from the competition committee when it meets again in June. However, we were told Saturday the league believes the “staged fights” proposal is “an existing rule” that simply needs new interpretation and enforcement, and therefore doesn’t need competition committee approval or, for that matter, the board of governors’ approval.

That is not how the NHLPA views this, and from the e-mails that were flying our way Saturday from both sides, this could get ugly.

continued (basically a recap of the Hot Stove during HNIC) plus a few more hockey notes…

If you missed Coach’s Corner last night, watch it below…

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Playoff Race Notes & Today’s Schedule

Red Wings, Sharks Could Clinch Stanley Cup Playoff Berths Today

The Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks could become the first clubs to clinch a berth in the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs today. The Red Wings need to earn to at least one point at Columbus, while the Sharks need a victory at Anaheim. The Red Wings are on the verge of earning their 18th consecutive trip to the postseason—the longest active streak in pro sports—and setting an NHL record with their ninth consecutive 100-point season, passing the Montreal Canadiens’ eight-season run that began in 1974-75.

Playoff Race Notes

* 23 of the 30 clubs are within five points of a Stanley Cup Playoff berth.
* The six clubs ranked fifth through 10th in the Eastern Conference are separated by just four points.
* The six clubs ranked seventh through 12th in the Western Conference are separated by just four points.
* The three top clubs vying for first place in the NHL overall standings are separated by just one point.
* None of the 30 clubs has officially clinched a Stanley Cup Playoff berth.

We have hockey today starting at 12:30pm and ending around 12:30am,  Twelve hours of non-stop hockey, nothing better than that!

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Kennan Blames Himself For Starting The Wrong Goalie

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

The Calgary Flames head coach pulled No.-1 netminder Miikka Kiprusoff early in the third period of last night’s 8-6 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, which should come as no surprise with the way the netminder was faring.

However, even though Kiprusoff allowed six goals on 22 shots, Keenan blamed himself for the goalie’s sub-par performance.

“He’d like to have a better game, I’m sure, but I think it was my fault for even playing him tonight because of what he had to go through and the work he had last game,” Keenan said.

“I take full credit for probably starting the wrong goaltender.”

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Players ‘Giving Back’

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

If all the suits on Pennsylvania Avenue have trouble forecasting where the economy will go, it’s a good bet that your faithful puck chronicler could be off a tad, pinch, or decimal point when trying to forecast how the NHL salary cap will shape up next season, or through the next 2-3 seasons of the CBA.

However, based on the numbers bandied about by NHL general managers last week in Naples, Fla., as well as calculations offered by the Players Association, the players must prepare to surrender 13-15 percent of their overall salaries. For a guy like Zdeno Chara, on the books for $7.5 million a year, that’s a haircut upward of $1.125 million. As trips to the barber shop go, that’s much pricier than a “boy’s regular.”

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Khabibulin Returns Just In Time

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

In need of a boost to yank them out of their doldrums, the Blackhawks will turn to goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin.

The veteran is scheduled to return to action Sunday when the Hawks host the New York Islanders at the United Center. Khabibulin hasn’t played since suffering a lower-body injury Feb. 11 in Atlanta.

With six losses in their last nine games, including three of four, the Hawks are looking for any spark. But Khabibulin knows he alone can’t bring a turnaround.

“You can’t expect one guy to change something like that,” Khabibulin said after Saturday’s practice in Bensenville. “It’s still a team, and we still have to do our jobs. If we’re all going to do our jobs, we should be in good shape.”

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