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From the Calgary Sun,
Despite a 3-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers last night in their regular-season home finale, the Flames had their playoff ticket punched for them. They clinched the spot thanks to the Nashville Predators, who beat the Colorado Avalanche earlier in the night. Still, nobody cared about backing into the playoffs. "We put ourselves in this situation and deserve to be where we are," said centre Matthew Lombardi. "We worked hard all season. "We came out strong, guys had good energy and we were excited in the room. We played well the first half of the game, we'll take that out of it and we'll move on to the next game."Read more
May the sunrise remind us to follow in the light of our Creator!
Sunrise Mass for me this morning, then off to the final round of The Masters.
The Krew will be updating throughout the day.
See you either late tonight or on Monday- We still have about two months of hockey ahead of us, the real season starts soon!
Coach Lamoriello faced with a tough decision tomorrow- Play Brodeur or not?
If the Islanders beat the Devils, they are in the playoffs and the Toronto Maple Leafs join the Canadiens on the golf course.
I am with Don Cherry, Lou has to play his best lineup, it is the right thing to do.
from Habs Inside/Out,
The Habs played just well enough to lose, being dominated through much of the first period and taking some brutal penalties while trying to nurse a one-goal lead early in the third.
Undisciplined play cost them as much as anything else on this night.
read on and I am sure the comments will continue to grow…
from KK member SteveNJ...
We’ve had some great moments in NBC’s second season. Who can forget:
-The 7-5 shootout the Stars and Avs had in February
-Martin Havlat’s goal against Columbus
-Yutaka Fukufuji’s debut
-The Rangers-Islanders showdown
-Jonathan Cheechoo’s hat trick
-The Caps-Pens meeting
-4 OT games
We’ll be seeing more great moments on NBC throughout the playoffs, as they will be airing games on 10 dates (up from seven last year) and more hockey next season. So let’s take a look at the peacock network’s final week:
#2 Anaheim vs #7 Wild
#3 Vancouver vs #6 Dallas
#4 Nashville vs #5 San Jose
#1 Detroit vs #8 Calgary or Colorado
added 11:26pm, Colorado losses in regulation to Nashville and is elminated. Wings face Calgary.
All we know as of this moment, Ottawa will be playing Pittsburgh
added 9:43pm, Canadiens eliminated after Leafs beat them 6-5.
added 9:54pm. Ottawa secures #4 spot and will play #5 Pittsburgh
added 10:07pm, #2 New Jersey vs #7 Tampa Bay
#3 Atlanta vs #6 New York Rangers
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Like it or not, it’s hard to lure players to Edmonton, unless they grossly overspend, which is not going to be an option, not after this year, not after banking zero dollars in playoff revenue. In the third year of the new CBA, even with the salary cap rising, more teams are going to want to stick to a budget as opposed to spending to a limit, Edmonton among them. Some teams that notoriously overspent in the past may go back to their old ways, thus making it less of an even playing field - financially if nothing else - next season.
more on the Oilers and how the Avs could handle Theodore…
Islanders defeat Flyers 4-2 this afternoon, now wait for the outcome of tonight’s Habs/Leafs game.
via the AP,
If the Maple Leafs beat the Canadiens in regulation or overtime on Saturday, and the Islanders win at Atlantic Divison-champion New Jersey on Sunday, then the Islanders would be in as the No. 8 seed. The Islanders and Montreal each have 90 points, and Toronto has 89. If Montreal wins, the Islanders are eliminated because the Canadiens have more victories.
Also, the Sabres have wrapped up the President’s Trophy with a win today against the Capitals.
The year-long hockey pool at Kukla's Korner is down to the final weekend. The top 2 finalists will win a prize, plus there will be a random drawing for a third prize which every pool member will get a chance at. Check out the current standings at Canucks & Beyond, co-sponsor of the pool. Good luck!
Huge games and some don’t get hurt games, but hockey all day.
Don’t forget the NCAA Hockey Championship game on ESPN at 7:00pm EDT tonight.
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