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CP Says Pens/Wings

from the CP,

Two powerhouses meet in the West. Two teams on the rise in the East. Two toss-ups.

The NHL’s conference finals could be long ones. A look at both series with predictions: Eastern Conference final - Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins.

Many believed the Flyers would lose to Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals in the first round. Almost everybody was sure Philadelphia would be taken down by Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens in the second round.

Now comes Sidney Crosby and his high-flying Penguins.


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Throwback Flyers

from Damien Cox at ESPN,

Not only are the Philadelphia Flyers poised to become the first team in the NHL’s post-expansion era to go from dead last to the Stanley Cup finals in a year, but they’re doing it in a way that truly harkens back to their glory days of the mid-1970s.

Great goaltending. More skill and finesse than people give them credit for. A nasty, take-no-prisoners approach that appeals to the hockey fans of Philadelphia and channels the snarling, uberaggressive attitude of Freddie “The Fog” Shero’s Broad Street Bullies.

With no apologies. Never, ever apologize.

read on

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Questions for Lidstrom, Franzen and Osgood

A short Q&A session with the media, talking with Detroit Red Wings players Nicklas Lidstrom, Johan Franzen and Chris Osgood.

        Q. Chris, 6?0 an incredible run here in the playoffs. Where do you point the finger? Why have you had such success?

        CHRIS OSGOOD: In two parts I’ll answer. Personally, just doing the right things in practice with Jim Bedard and staying ready. Even when I wasn’t playing, I felt confident, even before I went in that I could do the job. Just being ready so I wasn’t standing there doubting myself whatsoever.

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  Tags: chris+osgood, johan+franzen, media, nick+lidstrom

Questions for Mike Babcock & Ken Holland

A short Q&A session with the media, talking with Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock and GM Ken Holland.

        Q. What sort of lessons do you take from being at this point last season as you enter this series?

        COACH MIKE BABCOCK: Well, I think the big thing is I’ve been really fortunate to be here. This is my third time in five years, and it’s the best time of year. It’s a lot of fun. You want to prepare as hard as you can and get your team ready to go.

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  Tags: ken+holland, media, mike+babcock, playoffs

Flyers & Stars According To The Maven

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

...That’s why I’m going with them in the East, despite Sidney (Whiner-Diver) Crosby, Evgeni (Let’s See How He Handles The Flyers Toughies) Malkin and Marian (I Finally Woke Up) Hossa.

As for Dallas-Detroit, I’m going with the Bigger D, as in DALLAS on the basis of Marty Turco over Chris Osgood—or Dom Hasek—and their phenomenal motivation.


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Surgery Expected For Halpern

from Lightning Strikes,

This news release just arrived from the Lightning. No confirmation on the ACL, but the fact that the team is acknowledging surgery is likely would seem to square with the early reports. Here’s the release:

TAMPA BAY - Tampa Bay Lightning center Jeff Halpern has suffered a right knee injury that is expected to require surgery, it was announced by Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Jay Feaster.


added 8:10pm, from the CP via TSN,

Tampa Bay centre Jeff Halpern is expected to miss the next six to eight months after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament at the IIHF World Hockey Championship, the Lightning announced Wednesday.


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  Tags: iihf, jeff+halpern, world+championships

Rivalry Back in the NHL Playoffs

From Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated,

Familiarity itself doesn’t breed contempt, but seven straight playoff games almost always do. In any case, slights that have been accumulating during a lengthy history sometimes also do the trick. Given the current level of vitriol, the Penguins and the Flyers seem to have a history that started about 20 minutes after the founding of colonial Penn’s Woods.

Although Detroit and Colorado had the most disputatious rivalry of the past 15 years—a badge of honor that should be retired after that four-game pillow fight between the Red Wings and Avalanche in the second round—the matches between the Penguins and Flyers are now hockey’s most combustible and most entertaining.


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  Tags: playoffs, rivalries

Datsyuk & Zetterberg A Unique Pair

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

With attention usually directed to the Detroit Red Wings’ reputation as the NHL’s top puck possession team, it’s overlooked that the true uniqueness of this team is that its best scorers are also its best checkers.

The team’s two most dangerous offensive players, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, are among the three finalists for the Selke Trophy, the award given annually to the NHL’s top defensive forward.


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  Tags: henrik+zetterberg, pavel+datsyuk

Roenick Says He Will Be Back

from CBC,

Jeremy Roenick confirmed he’ll return to San Jose next season for another run at the Stanley Cup.

“I think it would be a shame to go one year and out,” the 19-year veteran said at the bittersweet conclusion of his first year in teal.

Roenick also echoed the dual sentiments of every coach and player in the room. He insisted the Sharks will be unfulfilled until they advance further in the postseason, but they don’t need major changes to get there.

more on the Sharks…

Update 1:46pm ET: From Charlie Teljeur, a Sharks cartoon…

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  Tags: jeremy+roenick

Maurice Fired

from TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired coach Paul Maurice, sources tell TSN.

Maurice had one year remaining on his original three-year contract.


added 11:42am, Leafs have called a major news conference for 3pm today.

Update 1:20pm ET: Some analysis from Adam Proteau at The Hockey News. To wit… Maurice was fired 3 months too late.

Update 3:06pm ET: Not much said at the press conference but a couple quotes from GM Cliff Fletcher related to the termination of Maurice and Randy Ladouceur .  Specifically:

“This is the start of a new era for the Maple Leafs” and
“There will be substantial news coming from the hockey club in the next 6-10 weeks.”

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  Tags: paul+maurice

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