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Habs Take Advantage Of Their Home Ice - Capitals Get Their Ice Back

Canadiens defeat Bruins 5-0.  Bruins put up a fight the whole series but the Canadiens had their number tonight.

Washington takes on Philadelphia tomorrow night in a game 7 after defeating the Flyers 4-2.  Ovechkin had the game winner early in the 3rd and put the game out of reach with another goal later in the 3rd period.

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Big Games Tonight

Anything on your mind during the games tonight?  Feel free to get it off your chest by leaving a comment.

Interesting to see the latest KK Poll is almost 50-50 when given the choice to predict the winner of the Boston/Montreal game.

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Turco Was The Difference

from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,

I find it hard to find a better story in the first round of the NHL playoffs than goalie Marty Turco helping his Dallas Stars knock off the defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks.

You know, the same Ducks I predicted would beat Dallas in seven games. Wrong, Pierre!

In the lead-up to that series between Pacific Division rivals, it was widely reported how J.S. Giguere had the highest playoff winning percentage among active NHL goalies. That would be the difference. Especially, some people added, given “Turco’s spotty playoff record.”

continued

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  Tags: marty+turco

Rangers On Letterman

New York Rangers Brendan Shanahan, Sean Avery, Scott Gomez, Fredrik Sjostrom and goalie Henrik Lundqvist will be featured in tonight’s “Late Show with David Letterman” along with comedians Billy Crystal and Chris Elliott. The Late Show airs at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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A Comeback?

from Bill Simmons at ESPN Page 2,

Look, sometimes a sport can just evolve in the wrong direction. It happened to tennis, it happened to pro wrestling and it definitely happened to hockey. This was a sport that thrived on rivalries and feuds—Montreal and Boston, the Rangers and Islanders, Philly and Washington, Montreal and Toronto, Montreal and Quebec, Montreal and everybody—so by moving key franchises and adding too many other ones, fundamentally, they were killing the one thing that made the sport so great. As a Boston fan, how am I supposed to get fired up during the regular season for a steady stream of Nashville, Columbus, Carolina and Anaheim? It’s insane. It’s illogical. Hockey should never have more than 22 teams, and half those teams should be playing in Canada, where it’s the national sport and the citizens truly care about the game.

before you come to a conclusion, keep reading...

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Scott Niedermayer Might Get His $500,000 Back

From the Canadian Press,

The Anaheim Ducks star defenceman already lost about US$2 million in wages from his $6.75-million salary for missing the first two months of the season. He was suspended without pay until he returned in mid-December. But in addition, as revealed by the New York Post over the weekend, Niedermayer’s salary was also reduced by $500,000 for missing all of training camp, as mandated by a clause in the collective bargaining agreement.

However, multiple sources told The Canadian Press on Monday that the NHL and NHL Players’ Association are working towards a resolution that would see Niedermayer recoup most, if not all, of the $500,000 and also clarify what implications this has on the Ducks’ salary cap.

more…

Note: Larry Brooks New York Post story yesterday, linked previously on KK

Update 9:00pm ET: Bob McKenzie at TSN says that everyone has the story wrong:

As the New York Post reported on Sunday, Niedermayer has indeed been fined $500,000 because he missed training camp, but the fine was levied not by the NHL but the Ducks themselves. And according to the CBA, it is the Ducks who are mandated to fine Niedermayer for his decision to temporarily retire and miss training camp.

Confused?  Continue reading for a complete understanding of the CBA issues at play

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Game 7s Memorable

From the Canadian Press,

Game 7s were a hot topic this week, and a player who was in a truly memorable do-or-die contest was Boston Bruins backup goaltender Alex Auld.

Auld played for a very good Vancouver Canucks team that lost to Calgary in overtime in Game 7 of their first-round NHL playoff series in 2004. The Flames went on to lose the Stanley Cup final in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

continued… with more tales of guys back for another shot at game #7s

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  Tags: playoffs

The New Competition Committee

from the CP via TSN,

The National Hockey League Players’ Association announced that Brian Campbell of the San Jose Sharks, Jeff Halpern of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres, Mathieu Schneider of the Anaheim Ducks and Jason Spezza of the Ottawa Senators have been selected by the Executive Board as the NHLPA’s new representatives on the Competition Committee.

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Jagr Expects Booing Anywhere

from Newsday,

Jaromir Jagr said a little while ago that it doesn’t matter much to him, even though he’s sure to be booed lustily in Pittsburgh, where he played his first 11 NHL seasons, or in Washington, where he played the following two and change.

“I get booed everywhere,” he said, flashing that squinty-eyed, devilish grin he puts on when it’s time to have a laugh with his questioners. “Heck, maybe I get booed at home too.”

more on the Rangers…

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Today in Playoffs History—April 21

imageApril 21, 1951 • Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Bill Barilko scored the Cup-winning goal at 2:53 of overtime to defeat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in Game Five of the 1951 Final. It was the only Stanley Cup series in which every game had ended in overtime.  Toronto’s Sid Smith, Ted Kennedy, Harry Watson, Barilko and Montreal’s Maurice “Rocket” Richard each netted overtime winners during the five-game matchup.

Barilko died in an off-season plane crash in the summer of 1951, though his remains would not be discovered until 1962.

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*information courtesy of NHL media
*Photo found at mikeboon.com, where he also provides a tribute to Barilko

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  Tags: nhl+history, playoffs

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