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The Hart Finalists

from NHL.com,

NEW YORK—Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin are the three finalists for the Hart Trophy, awarded to the player judged “the most valuable to his team,” the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association submitted ballots for the Hart Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters announced as finalists. The winner will be announced Thursday, June 12 during the 2008 NHL Awards Television Special, which will be broadcast live throughout Canada on CBC and the United States on VERSUS from the historic Elgin Theatre in Toronto.

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Update 3:20pm ET: At Sportsnet.ca, Chris Nichols analyzes the choices.

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Goals Keep Coming

from James Mirtle,

Fifty-seven games into the 2008 playoffs, and goal-scoring hasn’t dried up at all. In fact, it’s right where we left it in the regular season, a 5.44 goals per game pace that, by playoff standards, is pretty darn high.

I’ve only put together figures for the past seven years, but those alone are telling:

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The Media Judge

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

There are several ways of looking at Hockey Night In Canada commentator Don Cherry’s putdown of Jermain Franklin, a TSN reporter who asked a question of San Jose Sharks coach Ron Wilson and was ridiculed on Cherry’s Coach’s Corner for doing so.

You could point out that Cherry is not a journalist, therefore, isn’t qualified to judge Franklin, although Cherry is certainly entitled to his opinion.

Or, given the number of weak questions asked on Hockey Night In Canada, Cherry’s sudden interest in the media should start at home. He could even compile a DVD—Hockey Night’s Greatest Hits: Stupidest Questions Vol. 1.

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Watch Coach’s Corner from last night…

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The Goalie Committee

from the NHLPA,

The Goalie Equipment Working Group will meet on June 11, 2008 in Toronto to examine the configuration and dimensions of goaltender equipment with respect to safety and performance. If the working group decides alterations to the rules governing goaltender equipment are warranted, and will not jeopardize the safety of the goalies, these recommendations will be forwarded to the Competition Committee for consideration.

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As KK readers know, this was pointed out by Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe early in April, and Michael Russo wrote about it in February.

A hockey entertainer is reporting this as breaking news, but that’s the entertainment business…

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Therrien Rides The Penguins

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Because the Penguins are blessed with a handful of the game’s most talented players, the coach’s role in the team’s successes will always be undersold. “Ah, anyone could coach those guys,” the radio call-in guys will suggest. But if the team falters, the blame will fall squarely on Therrien’s shoulders.

“I’m not afraid to make changes and keep the players on their toes, too,” Therrien said. “To be a Stanley Cup champion, it’s demanding.”

He’s trying to teach his players that.

“They’re young. They could easily lose their focus because they’re young,” Therrien said.

So he’s on them. Constantly.

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Burns Enjoying His Time On The Ice

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

It was the second practice for Team Canada when Pat Burns was out on the ice barking at the players.

Barking. Like only Pat Burns can bark.

If you weren’t sure what it was going to be like with the survivor of four years of cancer treatment joining Ken Hitchcock’s team as an associate coach, the answer was pretty much obvious right then and there.

“At the first practice he was barking at us,” laughed Hitchock of Burns shouting at himself and his other two coaches, Craig MacTavish and Mike Johnston.

“When a guy has been out of the game for four years, you think you’ll sort of ease him in. That lasted one day.”

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Streaking Hockey Player

from the Times-Tribune,

Nathan Smith, a 26-year-old Alberta, Canada, native, was charged with public drunkenness, disorderly conduct, open lewdness and indecent exposure for his role in a streaking incident early Sunday.

According to police, Mr. Smith said he was acting on a bet when he ran naked into the street on the 100 block of Adams Avenue in Scranton at 2:29 a.m. Sunday.

Police said Mr. Smith apologized and put his clothes on before being handcuffed and taken into custody.

“I would like to apologize to the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania, to my teammates and to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Pittsburgh Penguins organizations,” Mr. Smith said in a prepared statement. “I made an embarrassing and regrettable decision this weekend and understand I will face disciplinary action. My conduct was unacceptable and totally out of character — it will not happen again. I promise (to) do my best to win back your trust and support.”

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Turco Finds His Comfort Zone

from Jim Reeves of the Star-Telegram,

Subsequent playoff failures, when the fickle finger of blame found itself, more often than not, wagging in Turco’s direction changed his outlook, changed his approach, even changed his persona.

Like most of us, he simply didn’t know then what he knows now.

“For me, the complete understanding of what I need to do for this hockey club has come to me,” Turco said in San Jose, where the Sharks threw everything they had in his direction and it still wasn’t enough. “I’ve always known that stopping the puck and moving it and giving these guys confidence is what I’ve wanted to do, but I’m just at a better place now.

“You always wish you’d known more things when you were younger, but there’s nothing I would change now that got me to this point.”

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Not The Same Price

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Just throwing this out there, but do you think Price might have an injury to his catching hand? Either that or maybe he’s breaking in a new catching glove and it’s not going well at all. In any event, Price appears to have forgotten how to keep the puck in his glove and his rebound control has gone out the window, as well.

Canadiens apologists can talk all they want about how Price, perhaps, didn’t have a clear view of the Flyers’ first two goals, but the fact remains the Canadiens are simply not getting the kind of goaltending they need to win this or any other playoff series. You outshoot a team 34-14 and all your goalie has to do is not lose the game for you. Price lost the game for the Canadiens, simple as that.

Of course, he’s not alone in accepting blame for the Canadiens troubles, since the passenger car seems to be accepting more and more occupants as the playoffs go on.

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Sharks Look To The Road To Get Back In The Series

from the Contra Costa Times via Inside Bay Area,

It was just minutes after their embarrassing 5-2 come-from-ahead Game 2 loss Sunday night to the Dallas Stars, and the Sharks were grasping for hope—or a Stanley Cup lifeline.

What they grabbed onto reminded me of a scene from the movie “Animal House” when it looked like the animalistic Delta house was going to be shut down. Two fraternity brothers discussed the crisis.

“What are we going to do?” one asked the other.

Moments later, they arrived at the answer together.

“Road trip.”

There you have it.

That’s the Sharks’ lifeline, the No. 1 answer to their hockey crisis, the key reason why they believe they can climb out of this two-games-to-none hole they’ve dug and get back into the series.

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