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Can We Get A Little Respect

from dcist,

NBC commentator Mike Milbury was asked to make believe he was the team’s coach and gave his analysis of what the team needed to do to win: “so, I’m in the Washington cra-capaitals dre—ahh. I said Crapitals. That’s what it is today. Washington Capitals dressing room…”

Milbury halfway apologized for using the same dumb insult for the Caps that immature fans of teams in cities like Boston and New York have been using for decades. It’s understandable. He’s worked most of his career for teams in those towns, and at least Milbury doesn’t call the play by play. At least he’s only on screen between periods. At least the play by play comes from experienced professionals, led by respected veteran announcer Mike Emerick.

Wait, did we say respected?

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Which Senators Team Will Show Up

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

You never know how a team is going to respond when adversity hits but what we do know is that if the Senators play as soft and ineffectively as they did in Game 1, get out the brooms. Pittsburgh looks like a team that isn’t going to be denied but the question is whether the Senators are going to make them earn it or just hand Geno and Sid a free pass to the second round.

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The Cartoon Character

Kevin Smith is perhaps best known for his movies Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Mallrats, Dogma, and Clerks. He also played “Warlock” in last summer’s action hit, Live Free or Die Hard.

An avid hockey fan, Kevin references hockey in all his films. Born and raised in New Jersey, Kevin will be analyzing his home-state Devils throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Did Sean Avery remind anyone else of the animated Harlem Globetrotters when they met up with the Scooby Doo gang? Y’know – like pulling fire extinguishers out of their pants and doing stuff on the court in the cartoon that made their non-animated counterparts in real life look like the Chicago Bulls, circa Michael Jordan. The dude flat-out turned his back on the game and started flapping his wings at Marty like he was a club-kid on Ecstasy hearing “It’s the End of the World as We Know it” for the first time.

more at his NHL.com blog…

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Morning Line

“I don’t know how many lessons we have to learn,” murmurred a disgusted Evgeni Nabokov. “Maybe it’s good that we got this out of the way early in the series. We have to rebound. We have to show poise. We have to turn it around.”

And that chronic reputation the Sharks have for pulling the chute when the going gets tough?

“It takes men to change that,” he answered with chilling accuracy.

“Some of our boys are going to have to become men.”

more by George Johnson of the Calgary Herald…

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Flyers Execute Their Game Plan

from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,

“The network guys aren’t going to like you for this,” coach John Stevens was told after the Flyers handcuffed the Washington Capitals yesterday, 2-0, at times making the raucous Verizon Center sound more like the nearby Smithsonian.

Stevens smiled that Cheshire cat grin of his and walked on. From the moment Friday night’s 5-4 shootout ended, he had defended his game plan, blaming the number of goals and the Flyers’ third-period meltdown on “self-inflicted wounds” and “poor execution.” What transpired in front of him yesterday - huge stretches when the high-flying Caps did not have a shot, a neutral zone that often resembled the drive-time Schuylkill and not the European autobahn of Friday night - was what he envisioned happening on Friday.

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Montreal Fans Invade Boston

from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe,

White-towel-waving bleu, blanc et rouge fans poured into the Garden as soon as the gates opened and chanted “Go Habs, Go!” before anyone came out for an early skate. There were many customers Standing On Guard For Thee during Rene Rancourt’s stirring rendition of “O Canada”.

“I don’t remember playing here in Boston and having that many fans from Montreal,” said Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau. “They wouldn’t have had the courage to wear the sweaters in the old Garden.”

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Like The Penguins Need More Motivation

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

In what is surely one of the stupidest and most ignorant moves going, somebody with the Senators organization decided to cover a wall near the Penguins dressing room in Scotiabank Place with a large mural. It’s a photo of the Senators shaking hands with the Penguins after the Senators eliminated them in their first-round matchup last spring.

It’s positioned so it is about the last thing the Penguins will see as they make the turn from the main hallway to enter their dressing room.

It’s right in an area where the visiting teams have been known to play their warmup game of “Keep Up,” bouncing a soccer ball around from player to player, trying to keep it from hitting the ground.

“That’s what they’ll be looking at when they play soccer,” said another player, with a shake of his head.

As if you need to give a team any other reason or motivation to want to beat you at this time of year.

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Old Sharks Show Up

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

On a Sunday night that will live in franchise infamy, the Sharks repeated their familiar and lousy act of playoffs past. They wasted away their excellence. Again. They didn’t respond well to a physical challenge. Again.

And they are halfway to an early playoff exit. Again.

“We got off to a fantastic start,” Joe Thornton said, “but we just didn’t really play well from then on in.”

They didn’t really play well?

Here’s a better phrase: They totally and completely blew it.

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Make Some Noise Denver

from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,

I’ve definitely noticed it, and so have the players. Simply put, the Pepsi Center has been too much like an art gallery this year. Too much wine and cheese, and not enough nachos and beer. What happened to the wild and crazy Avalanche crowd that used to make a legitimate difference in games?

Why is it that, when Peter Forsberg skated back onto the ice for the first time this year, it was like the reception at a Dennis Kucinich rally? Why were there too many times this year that the Avs game-night entertainment staff had to flash the lame “Make Some Noise” banner on the Jumbotron?

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Ducks Not The Same Team

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Jean-Sebastien Giguere has been, ahem, hard to hit. Ryan Getzlaf is supposed to be the next big thing, but so far in this series he hasn’t been.

Todd Bertuzzi, on his best days, still takes a dumb penalty for every good play he makes. Scott Niedermayer, one of the best skaters in the history of the NHL, has been caught out of position more than once.

These aren’t the same Ducks, of course.

They’ve made enough changes to add players like Mathieu Schneider, Doug Weight, Jonas Hiller, Bryan Sutherby and Bertuzzi that while the core of the team remains the same, there are some different individual dynamics at work. Team chemistry is a fragile thing and doesn’t necessarily transfer from one season to the next, and so far the Ducks just don’t look as cohesive and focused as they were last spring.

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