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Wings Move On

Finally a road team wins.  Franzen with the goal in 2OT.
If Vancouver wins tomorrow, Wings will play San Jose at home on Thursday or Friday.
If Dallas Wins, Wings will play the Stars, again either Thursday or Friday at home.

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Check In Time

OK, who is still around?
Will it end in 2OT?

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Outrageous Ice Time

Lecavalier:  26:44
Richards:  29:02
St. Louis:  31:35

Tampa Bay gave it all, but the Devils move on.

Eastern Conference Semi-Finals are set:

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Playfair Wants The Same Energy

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Playfair said he wanted his team to channel the emotion they showed at the end of Game 5 in a more positive manner.
“All that stuff has got to be strictly brought into the first period and restructured into competitiveness,” said Playfair, “where we keep sticks down on the ice and we’re doing things right – getting pucks behind their defence and getting to their goaltender. That is what it is. That’s the competitive spirit of the players.
“If you look around the playoffs, that’s not an infrequent deal at the end of games like that. The most important thing is to realize, that’s not winning hockey games. Bringing that energy to the game in the right manner gives you a better chance.”

read on

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McLennan Gets 5 Games

via Darren Dreger at TSN,

The National Hockey League has delivered a message to the Calgary Flames.
Sources say Jamie McLennan has been suspended for five games for his slash on Detroit’s Johan Franzen in Game 5 of the Western Conference quarter-finals.
McLennan’s slash was part of an undisciplined display from Calgary that included a Daymond Langkow uppercut to the face of Brett Lebda following a Lebda hip-check, along with a Jarome Iginla butt-end, leading to a late game crosscheck on Red Wings veteran Mathieu Schneider.
Brett Lebda will not play tonight for Detroit because of injury. Lebda is said to be suffering “headaches.”

added 2:31pm, Playfair fined $25K and the organization $100K, per NBC broadcast.

added 2:32pm, NHL Release

Continue Reading »

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Calling Out The Organization

On the NBC pre-game chat, Brett Hull & Ray Ferraro pointed to the top of the Flames organization today.  Both mentioned it was a classless display last night and called for the NHL to suspend those who deserve a suspension and also make the Flames open the checkbook.  This type of play is not what the NHL wants and they need to let the Calgary Flames organization know that.

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History Against The Stars

NEW YORK (April 22, 2007)—The Vancouver Canucks host the Dallas Stars in Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal Monday (9 p.m., ET, CBC, VERSUS, RDS). Since the NHL introduced the best-of-seven format in 1939, a total of 119 playoff series have gone to seven games and the home team has won 75 (63%).
This is the fourth consecutive series involving the Canucks to reach a seventh game. Vancouver defeated St. Louis in the 2003 Conference Quarterfinal, lost to Minnesota in the 2003 Conference Semifinal and lost the 2004 Conference Quarterfinal to Calgary. The Colorado Avalanche played a record five consecutive seven-game series, from 2001 through 2003.
The Stars are attempting to join a very exclusive group. In playoff history, 214 clubs have faced 3-1 series deficits and only 20 have come back to win (9.3%).

Overtime In Game 7
Of the 119 series in League playoff history that have gone to seven games, 29 have been decided in overtime. In the last such contest, the Calgary Flames defeated the Canucks at Vancouver on a goal by Martin Gelinas at 1:25 of the first overtime to claim the Western Conference Quarterfinal on April 19, 2004. Home teams have posted a 15-14 record in the 29 games, although road clubs are 10-4 since 1990.

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Wings React

Behind the Jersey has done some deep digging this morning… via the Daily Tribune,

Holland screamed at an NHL official following Detroit’s 5-1 victory over the Calgary Flames in Game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinals, a contest that turned testy in the final minutes on Saturday at Joe Louis Arena. …
After the game, an angry Holland confronted NHL executive Frank Brown in the hallway outside the Red Wings locker room.
“You tell us to pussy-foot around the media,” Holland yelled. “Give them some (expletive) suspensions.”

more digging…

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Answers Please

from Mike Brophy & Edward Fraser of the Hockey News,

Two questions immediately spring to mind: Why the heck was Iginla on the ice in the first place? And what was Calgary coach Jim Playfair thinking? Maybe he should change his name to Playdirty.
The Flames are a very good hockey team, but they showed no class in losing on Saturday.

more and some Stars/Cahucks talk too

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Forsberg’s Future

fro Reuters via ESPN,

Forsberg, a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Colorado Avalanche, said he would decide this summer whether he might continue to play professionally.
“I have other things than playing the world championships to think about ... I don’t even know whether I will be playing ice hockey next season,” he told Aftonbladet.

more & this will be the last time I bring up Foppa’s medical status.  UFA talk, yes, medical talk, no.  We have heard it before, from his spleen, to wrist, to foot.

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