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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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Flyers Looking For The First Goal Tonight

from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

This is hockey’s Mecca. These fans are the game’s true fanatics. And with fanaticism comes passion, and passion can burn both ways.

If the Canadiens bring their best effort and break their scoreless drought early, the surge of energy from the 21,000-plus fans could wash the Flyers away. This could turn into a long series, with home ice as a major factor.

But if the Flyers are able to get that first goal, as they’ve done in the first two games, the air could go out of Bell Centre in a hurry. The weight of expected disappointment could crush a Montreal team that has already gone further than anyone expected.

“The games change when you have the lead,” Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger said. “Teams play differently. It’s up to us to get off to a good start again and try to get that first goal.”

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Should Price Play?

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

But with his Montreal Canadiens down two games to none in their Eastern Conference final tussle with the sizzling Philadelphia Flyers, Martin does have one bold card to play.

Hint: It wasn’t putting Sergei Kostitsyn in the lineup for Game 2. That was just strange.

No, the move that’s there for Martin is to insert netminder Carey Price in place of Jaroslav Halak.

Risky? Absolutely. Worth the risk? Absolutely.

The Canadiens need to find a way to seize the initiative in this series starting with Game 3 at home Thursday night. So far it’s all been about what the Flyers have been doing and what Montreal hasn’t been doing, which for the most part has been putting pucks behind Michael Leighton.

And what, pray tell, will changing goalies do to help the likes of Mike Cammalleri, Brian Gionta and Andrei Kostitsyn find the net?

read on

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  Tags: carey+price

Markov Had ACL Surgery Today

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens General Manager Pierre Gauthier issued today a Wednesday update on the status of defenseman Andrei Markov.

Markov underwent successful surgery today to repair a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee. His recovery is estimated to be six months.

Markov, 31, suffered this injury to his right knee during the first period of the opening game of the playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, at Mellon Arena, on April 30.

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A Few Flyers Will Be At Home

from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

This edition of the Canadiens has five French speakers in the dressing room, but none are otherwise essential: Bergeron, Maxim Lapierre, Mathieu Darche, Benoit Pouliot - and bilingual anglophone Dominic Moore, who grew up in Thornhill, Ont.

“As you look around the NHL, there’s less and less [francophone players],” Bergeron said. “Players are coming from all over the world, and we are a small part of the world. Before, you had a better chance to get a better player [from Quebec] ... There’s a lot of good French players in the league; just not as much in Montreal.”

No, in this series, Quebec’s stars play for the Flyers. The oft-injured Gagné, a one-time 47-goal scorer, rode a five-game scoring streak into Tuesday night; Brière, from Gatineau, had 17 points in his previous 10 games before Game 2; and Giroux, a Franco-Ontarian from Hearst, Ont., who played his junior in Gatineau, had 13 points in Philadelphia’s first 13 playoff games. And Thursday night, they get to do it closer to home.

“The guys are going to get a warm welcome, I’m sure, in Montreal,” Bergeron said, with a wry grin.

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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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Habs Magic Coming To An End?

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

It sure seems like the magic has evaporated in a hurry for the Canadiens. Maybe a trip back to Canada will bring it back. Maybe being giant underdogs was a better fit for them.

But suddenly Cammalleri can’t score, Jaroslav Halak can’t make enough stops and P.K. Subban is looking like a rookie.

And the Canadiens are heading to Game 3 on Thursday night with their season on the line at the Bell Centre.

“I don’t feel the heat,” said Cammalleri after a 3-0 defeat in Game 2. “I feel like it’s time to go home and play some hockey.”

The Habs, seemingly blessed by fortune for the past month, are now themselves faced with a surging playoff opponent that can do almost no wrong.

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Cammalleri Talks After Game 2

from Brian Compton of NHL.com,

His team has failed to score and is 0-for-8 on the power play, but he swears his confidence is not wavering as the series shifts to Montreal for Games 3 and 4 on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.
Cammalleri spoke with the media after his team’s latest loss.

Q: Do you feel you guys are generating enough chances?

Cammalleri: “We probably generated more than them tonight. That’s sports, man. That’s how it goes. Sometimes they don’t go in like you’d like them to. But we live to fight another day.”

Q: You guys clearly outplayed in the first period and were outshooting them 2-to-1. Are you creating enough traffic in front of Leighton?

Cammalleri: “He’s played well for them and they’ve done some things well. I’m not going to say they haven’t. Tonight, I thought we did a lot better job. I thought we were pretty good. We created some good chances and had some Grade-A type scoring chances where we’d like to finish. I don’t know really what else to say about that. We just keep going here and get ‘em at home.”

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  Tags: mike+cammalleri

What Would Happen If The Glass Wasn’t There?

Hal Gill being heckled by a Flyers fan during the pre-game tonight.

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Open Post- Game 2 ECF Montreal/Philadelphia

Can Montreal bounce back from a bad loss in game 1?

Can they find a way to generate some offense and figure out a way to stop the Flyers forwards from crashing the net?

Puck drops just after 7:00pm on Versus, CBC and RDS.

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