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Doug MacLean Interested In Panthers Coaching Job

from the Palm Beach Post,

The only man who has coached the Panthers to a victory in the playoffs is interested in returning to his old job.

Doug MacLean, who guided the Panthers to the 1996 Stanley Cup Final in his first season and also made the playoffs in his other full season in Florida, said today he would like to return to coaching and hopes to talk to General Manager Jacques Martin about the Florida vacancy.

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Game Post: Sharks vs Flames

San Jose—always the bridesmaid, never the bride.  Unless tonight is the launching point for them to pose a serious challenge for the Cup that so many expect, but obviously Calgary will have something to say about that. So if you’re betting on former Art Ross Trophy winners, do you put your money on Jarome Iginla or Joe Thornton?

History doesn’t tell us much. According to Sharkspage, the Flames and Sharks have met twice in playoff history: 1995 Conference Quarter-Finals (Sharks won 4 games to 3); and 2004 Western Conference Finals (Flames won 4 to 2). 

And statistically-speaking, tonight’s game favors San Jose: since the NHL introduced the best-of-seven format in 1939, a total of 120 playoff series have gone to seven games and the home team has won 76 (63%).

Who goes on to the second round?

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NHL Conference Call with Nick Lidstrom

Earlier today, the NHL provided Detroit Red Wings Captain Nicklas Lidstrom to the media on a national conference call.  Nick was named as a finalist for the Norris Trophy this morning—the ninth time in ten seasons he has been nominated, and he’s a five-time winner of the award.

Here is the transcript of the Q&A session.

        Q. I wanted to know whether No. 6 would mean something for you. Obviously you tied Ray Bourque last year, but inching closer to a guy like Doug Harvey with No. 6; he’s got seven.

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  Tags: interview, media, nick+lidstrom

Hey Montreal, Be More Like Calgary

from the Red Deer Advocate,

Real hockey fans celebrate their team’s victories by cheering loudly, singing in the streets, waving flags, or drinking themselves stupid. Real hockey fans don’t burn police cars.

Calgary’s famed Red Mile has been a shining example of how hockey fans should honour their home team — granted, I am a little bias as I am a Flames fan.

A little nudity and public drunkenness aside, (OK, a lot of nudity) thousands of Calgary fans have managed to celebrate the Flames’ playoff victories in peaceful fashion. When the Flames made their surprise playoff run in 2004, the insane parties on the Red Mile didn’t result in looted stores or burned police cars.

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Game Post: Capitals vs Flyers

Tonight’s highly anticipated faceoff in Washington features a few players with some game 7 experience.  The Flyers available lineup tonight features 7 players with 15 games experience in this situation; the Capitals boast 6 players with 16 games experience.

Only Washington’s Matt Cooke and Sergei Fedorov have ever scored in a game 7 situation.

But does any of this matter? And who will come out on top?

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Today in Playoffs History—April 22

Flashbacks To: 1945, 1962, 1976, 1988

April 22, 1945 • At 12:14 of the third period, Maple Leafs defenseman Walter “Babe” Pratt scored the Cup-winning goal to give Toronto a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game Seven of the Final.

Leafs rookie goaltender Frank McCool, who allowed only nine goals in seven starts, limited the Wings to one goal or less for the fifth time in the series.

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  Tags: nhl+history, playoffs

Story of a Trade

From Mike Smith’s blog at The Hockey News:

I was recently asked, of the many trades I made, which had the most interesting story to it? I answered immediately, “the Tie Domi-Kris King for Ed Olczyk trade I made with Neil Smith in New York while I was in Winnipeg.”

My first NHL job was as an assistant coach with the New York Rangers. The genesis of the Domi-King trade began when I went to a Ken Norton heavyweight fight at Madison Square Garden…

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The Handshake Agreement

From Mark Emmons at the Mercury News,

No matter how intense, physical or downright dirty a series becomes, hockey players suddenly discover their inner-Miss Manners, rein in their raging emotions and shake on it - win or lose. A rugged contest will come to a civilized conclusion.

“We’re probably the most violent sport where you can get hurt at any time,” Sharks Coach Ron Wilson said. “And it’s just an incredible show of respect that when it’s all done, you can leave it right there and shake hands.

“Maybe it’s because we’re a classy sport. Unfortunately, sports can be about chest-bumping and pointing at myself. But that’s not what hockey players are all about.”

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  Tags: playoffs, ron+wilson, sportsmanship

Tough Season for Lundqvist

From Lynn Zinser at the New York Times,

In late December, the Rangers were in a midseason swoon and Lundqvist, their normally rock-solid goalie, was dealing with his father’s operation for a brain aneurysm in Sweden. The stress showed in his play.

“It was definitely a tough time,” Lundqvist said Monday after the N.H.L. named him one of three Vezina finalists. “You don’t really think when it happens that it affects you, but afterwards, when he started to recover, I thought back about those weeks after it happened and it was a really tough time. I think it affected me a little bit.”

While his father, Peter, has gone through a slow recovery, Lundqvist has bounced back to form on the ice. He finished the season strong, with 37 victories and a league-high 10 shutouts.

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Dallas GMs Bring Positive Results

From Mike Heika at The Dallas Morning News,

Co-general managers Les Jackson and Brett Hull say their role is limited in the playoffs and that they haven’t done anything spectacular. They actually credit former GM Doug Armstrong with doing a lot of the work to help create a team that knocked off the defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks in six games in the first round.

Yet, just as it is with the forwards, it’s clear that the change at GM has produced positive results.

“I think there’s definitely a different feel,” said owner Tom Hicks, who fired Armstrong in November and made the highly-criticized move of naming two GMs to run the team. “I just think there was tension between the players and management, and something needed to change. You can feel a more positive attitude.”

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