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Rob Blake Knows What The Sharks Need To Do

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

This week, he is unabashedly addressing Chicago’s confident swagger.

“They’ve earned that confidence by winning two in our rink,” Blake said. “Now we’ve got to respond. They’ve stuck to their game very well and we haven’t been doing that by any means.”

So which means are the right means?

“They look quicker right now,” Blake said of the Blackhawks. “But we can be quicker, too, getting out of our zone and moving the puck. Don’t take anything away from them. They want to win. They’re a good team. But our execution and poise with the puck can be better. We’re not playing as crisp as we were. They’ve been able to knock down pucks.”

As he notes, though, the Sharks are greatly assisting in that effort. The most discouraging statistic from the first two games of the series is that our beloved Los Tiburones have been credited with 40 puck giveaways to Chicago’s 15. Meanwhile, the Sharks have actually been credited with more puck take-aways, 22-16.

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No Fear In Kane’s Game

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

So there was Patrick Kane, the charismatic, young Chicago Blackhawks star, fielding questions from a gathering of reporters when an innocuous softball landed at his feet.

Kane was asked: Do his butterflies increase or decrease, knowing the Blackhawks are only two victories away from a Stanley Cup appearance, entering Friday’s third game of the Western Conference final against the San Jose Sharks?

“To be honest with you, I haven’t really had butterflies as far as playing the game,” Kane answered so matter-of-factly and so without pretence that you knew it to be true.

In that sentence there is a great deal of insight into what makes tick a player small (5 foot 10, 178 pounds) even by the new NHL standards, but who plays the game without fear of failure.

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Afternoon Games Get Some Attention

from Phil Couvrette of Canwest News Service at the National Post,

The show may be called Hockey Night in Canada, but the clock will say afternoon when the NHL playoffs resume this weekend, a schedule that doesn’t please some fans and business owners.

The Montreal Canadiens play the Philadelphia Flyers in the fourth game of their Eastern Conference final series Saturday at 3 p.m. ET, while the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks face off at the same time the next day in their Western Conference final, incidentally at an earlier time in their respective time zones.

NHL.com contributor Paul Kukla said he’s received some 50 e-mails this week alone from fans upset about the schedule, prompting him to raise the issue on his blog, Kukla’s Korner Hockey.

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if you missed the earlier post on KK regarding this topic, you can read it here.

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Afternoon Games On The Weekend

I’ve received a fair share of emails from fans, most of who are complaining about the two games scheduled this weekend.

Philadelphia takes on Montreal at 3:00pm EDT on Saturday and San Jose plays Chicago on Sunday at 3:00pm EDT.

Both games are on NBC in the US and CBC and RDS in Canada.

It also happens to be Victoria Day in Canada on Monday, May 24th so that means a long weekend for many of our Canadian friends.

So with that in mind, does it bother you we have games in the afternoon this weekend and will you be watching or will you be busy or have other things to do during that time period?

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Blackhawks Better Than The Sharks

from Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News,

It would be simpler and snazzier to conclude that the Sharks are choking now as they choke always, but they are not.

Nope, the Sharks are not losing these games to Chicago because of bad luck or regrettably callow performances.

In contrast to recent playoff torments when the Sharks had the most talent but the least gumption, this time they’re just flat-out losing.

Which actually might make things worse in the big picture.

The Sharks are down 0-2 to the Blackhawks plainly because the better team is winning and the lesser team is having to deal with it.

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Blackhawks Finally Home

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Quenneville also had a giggle at a question about what might constitute too much male bonding, given that the Blackhawks had been on the road since eliminating the Vancouver Canucks in the quarter finals - oh, about a century ago. One Blackhawks player confided that it was time to come home when all that was left to watch on the hotel movie channels were a bunch of chick flicks.

“I never heard of that one,” said Quenneville - this to the question about male bonding, not the chick flicks. “But I think these guys are probably fed up with the video games. I’m sure it’s pretty competitive in there as far as who was the king of the hand-held games.”

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What Has Surprised You?

The Conference Finals are two games in and Chicago and Philadelphia hold a strong 2-0 lead.

What has surprised you the most during this round?

They play of Ville Leino, maybe the goaltending of Antti Niemi or Michael Leighton?

Maybe the road play of the Blackhawks or the Flyers actually playing disciplined hockey?

Let me know below….

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Chicago’s Dominating First Line

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The best line in hockey is unstoppable right now.

Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Dustin Byfuglien are befuddling a very good San Jose Sharks team through two games of the Western Conference finals, just like a very good Vancouver Canucks team had no answer for the line in the previous round.

“Big Poppa” Byfuglien and “Captain Serious” Toews each scored Tuesday night, while “Doctor” Kane added a pair of assists as the Chicago Blackhawks disposed of the Sharks 4-2 to sweep the opening two-game set at HP Pavilion.

Anyone think the United Center might be a little loud Friday night? Oh my.

Imagine how dangerous this Hawks team might be if Marian Hossa and his $7.9 million salary decided to resume his playing career anytime soon?

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Questions Before Game 2

Is there one player you believe needs to step up in the conference finals?

Burnside: Patrick Marleau had two game-winning goals against Detroit in the West semifinals, but he still has only three this postseason. For a player who had 44 goals during the regular season, he’ll need to once again shake the playoff monkey off his back if the Sharks are going to advance to their first Cup finals.

LeBrun: I want to see more from Marian Hossa. He’s been good, but not great. Two goals in 12 playoff games doesn’t cut it, not for a guy making $7.9 million a year.

more questions then answers from Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

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Will Chicago And Florida Be Trading Partners?

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Tallon is, above all else, a smart hockey man and one that isn’t afraid to pull the trigger on a deal. Maybe the best news of all is that Chicago, his old team, may be in the market to move a couple of warm bodies in the off-season because of a pending salary-cap crunch. With the cap space he has in Florida, and the hands-on knowledge of who makes a difference in the Chicago line-up, Tallon will be perfectly positioned to deal with his former understudy, the current Blackhawk GM Stan Bowman, if they need to dump salary in the offseason.

more on Tallon…

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