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Today in Playoffs History—April 15

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April 15, 1937 • In Game Five of the 1937 Stanley Cup series, referee Mickey Ion awarded Rangers right winger Alex Shibicky the first penalty shot in Final history. Red Wings rookie goaltender Earl Robertson stopped Shibicky’s shot and posted his second straight shutout, 3-0 against New York, as Detroit became the first American team to repeat as Cup champions.

April 15, 1952 • In his fourth shutout in eight postseason games, Detroit Red Wings goalie Terry Sawchuk blanked the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 to complete a four-game sweep of the 1952 Final. The Wings, who had also swept the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Semifinal, distinguished themselves as the first NHL team to win every playoff game in one year.
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*information courtesy of NHL media
*photo found at the Hockey Hall of Fame

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Bowman Talks Playoffs

from the Fan590,

The legendary NHL coach joined Don Landry & Gord Stellick to review last night’s playoff action, discuss the new ‘Sean Avery’ rule, and on the firing of Dave Nonis as GM in Vancouver.

listen here...

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Denver Post Writer Doesn’t Know Hockey

from Russo’s Rants,

First of all, I can’t believe you’re letting that Denver Post column get to you.

When an article is so absurd and based on such little facts, to me, it’s almost comical, so calm down. Obviously the writer doesn’t know hockey. Obviously the writer doesn’t watch playoff hockey. Obviously the writer hasn’t watched the Calgary-San Jose series. Obviously the writer has never heard of the Broad Street Bullies. Obviously the writer doesn’t know the Wild’s makeup. Obviously the writer doesn’t know the Wild has actually been unbelievably tame this series and should get more physical. And obviously the writer has never talked to or met Jacques Lemaire in his life.

read on for more on the Wild…  Also, if you missed the article from the Denver Post, you can start here...

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Following Ovechkin In Russia

from Risto Pakarinen at NHL.com,

The Russians aren’t used to hearing good news coming out of Washington, D.C.

Back in the days of the Iron Curtain, the two countries were the world’s two polar opposites, each skeptical about the intentions of the other.

But that’s ancient history. After all, back then there were only a handful of European players in the NHL, and no Russians at all.

Today, the League is flooded with European-born players and Russians are among the biggest stars in the NHL. That shift is reflected in today’s Moscow.

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Which Sharks Team Shows Up?

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

There was talk about who might start in goal for Calgary (San Jose Sharks’ coach Ron Wilson cast his vote for Mike Vernon). There was talk about Evgeni Nabokov’s post-game observation Sunday — that some of the Sharks’ “boys” are going to have to become “men” (Wilson again: “Maybe he meant the singing group.”)

Mostly though, the focus on the visiting Sharks was on which version of the team would show up for tonight’s fourth game of their best-of-seven Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Flames. The one that finished with the best record in the NHL over the final third of the season? Or the one that spectacularly flamed out in each of the past two playoffs.

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Brunnstrom Talk

from the blog of Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Yesterday reports surfaced out of Sweden that Brunnstrom had decided to accept an offer from the Vancouver Canucks, but that decision may be altered in the aftermath of Vancouver firing its general manager, Dave Nonis, last night.

Brunnstrom had whittled his list of choices to Detroit and Vancouver from a list of five or six NHL teams that had made offers.

“We’ve heard he’s reconsidering,” general manager Ken Holland said this morning.

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Dominating The Frozen Four

from George Dohrmann at Sports Illustrated,

The cultivation of Nathan Gerbe as a hockey prodigy included some stock elements. There was the frozen pond, of course, on his family’s wooded property in Oxford, Mich. There were the two older brothers who taught him how to skate and pushed him until he became the most competitive and resourceful young player anyone had ever met. And there was the demanding father whose training methods seemed excessive—the early morning runs at the high school track, for example—but were vindicated as the greatness emerged in the youngest of his six children.

It is not an original narrative, save for this detail: Gerbe, a junior forward for Boston College, stopped growing when he was around 14. Judging by his physique, the 5’ 5”, 165-pound Gerbe has no business playing Division I hockey, let alone dominating it as he did last week at the Frozen Four in Denver.

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Start Watching In The 3rd Period

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News

, In fact, here’s what you have to do for the rest of this series - don’t start watching the games until the third period.

It’s quite bizarre, really, because so far in the first round, the Avs and Wild have done everything they can to put you to sleep early in the evening, then keep you on the edge of your seat as the night goes on and Monday night’s game was no exception.

For two periods in this series, the Wild generally spends most of its time skating backwards through the neutral zone, not bothering to forecheck even on the power play and pretty much choking the life out of the game

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Strange Timing

from Elliotte Friedman at his CBC blog From the Pressbox,

Immediate reaction to Vancouver’s firing of Dave Nonis: The battle is on for Brian Burke.

Burke clearly has bigger concerns right now. His Ducks are an endangered species, down 2-0 to a Dallas team that didn’t exactly resemble a serious contender down the stretch. However, the Stars look superior in every way to Anaheim, a popular pick to represent the West – again – in the Stanley Cup Final.

The timing of Canuck owner Francesco Aquilini’s announcement is very strange. It’s rare – extremely rare – for anyone to fire a general manager by statement, in the evening, while playoff games are going on.

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Wild ‘Goon’ It Up

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Let the mugging begin.

It’s the only way the Minnesota Wild can win.

To advance in the NHL playoffs, the Avalanche must embrace the darkness. When playing this goon-it- up Wild bunch, hockey is a no-holds- barred battle of attrition, not skill.

The only good thing that can be said about Minnesota’s 3-2 overtime victory against Colorado was the game lasted so deep into the night that it ended past the bedtime of most kids who could be frightened by the way the Wild mauls all the beauty from the sport.

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