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Twice The Outdoor Fun

from TSN,

While outdoor hockey may well be the last thing on fans minds at the moment, the NHL will formally announce the locations of dual Winter Classic games next season.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will host the Washington Capitals at Heinz Field on New Years day, while the Montreal Canadiens will travel to Calgary sometime in February to face the Flames at McMahon Stadium.

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Even With A Deep Playoff Run, Montreal Will Raise Ticket Prices

from the CP at TSN,

Published reports have estimated that the team earned $3 million from each of its eight home games in the post-season. Fans also filled the Bell Centre to watch the Habs on giant TVs as they beat the Penguins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in Pittsburgh. The club played a total of 19 playoff games this year, compared to just four last year.

“All of Montreal and Quebec benefited from the success of the Canadiens,” said Molson, noting how fan interest helped bars, restaurants and merchandise sales.

Despite the success this year, the Canadiens plan to raise ticket prices next year.

“We will increase ticket prices but it is directly related to the growth of the economy,” Molson told reporters.

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What Now Montreal?

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

Though their free-agent picture isn’t expected to change as radically as last year – when they didn’t re-sign any of their 10 unrestricted free agents – it’s still plenty complicated.

The Canadiens have roughly $44.7-million (U.S.) committed to 14 players (including the eventual buyout of enforcer Georges Laraque), which optimistically leaves $13-million to $14-million for the remaining nine roster spots.

That could prove problematic in a year where some are due big pay increases.

At the head of the list is centre Tomas Plekanec, who led the team in scoring in the regular season, but faltered disconcertingly in the playoffs.

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Contract Can Wait For Halak

from the CP at the Glob and Mail,

Montreal Canadiens goaltender and playoff hero Jaroslav Halak says he wants to take some time away from the game before thinking about his future.

Halak will be a restricted free agent on July 1 with the right to go to salary arbitration if he and the Canadiens are unable to come to a contract agreement.

“Right now, don’t think about it,” Halak said Tuesday when asked what his priorities are when it comes to his contract status. “This is not going to happen today or tomorrow, it’s going to happen over the summer.

“It’s a good question, but right now I just want to go on vacation and put aside hockey and not think about it.”

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Magic Run Ends For Montreal

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

In a postseason with so much magic, the Habs couldn’t conjure one last trick in losing 4-2 to the Flyers.

There are no moral victories in professional sports, but the Canadiens have come as close as anyone to claiming one.

Beyond the results and the short-term disappointment, they can persuasively argue they have rediscovered the elusive quality of championship teams, and one that long characterized this franchise: a refusal to roll over or be satisfied by any thing less than a Cup.

“You look at every movie — what would happen if Rocky lost at the end? It doesn’t really matter unless you win. A Cinderalla story is what we wanted to do, and a Cinderella story doesn’t matter if Cinderella doesn’t pull it out,” defenceman Hal Gill said.

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Philadelphia Flyers Advance To The Stanley Cup Final

The Flyers defeat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 tonight and win the series 4-1.

Game 1 & 2 of the Finals wll be in Chicago and I will post the dates when available.

added 9:45pm,

NEW YORK (May 24, 2010) – The National Hockey League announced today the schedule for the 2010 Stanley Cup Final between the Western Conference champion Chicago Blackhawks and the Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia Flyers.

Based on their superior regular-season performance, the Blackhawks will host Games One and Two of the Stanley Cup Final, as well as Games Five and Seven, if necessary.  Games Three and Four will be in Philadelphia, as well as game Six, if necessary.

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Open Post- Game 5 ECF Montreal/Philadelphia

Will Philadelphia wrap up the series tonight on home ice or will Montreal be able to pull out a win to force game 6 in Montreal?

Game starts just after 7:00pm on Versus, CBC or RDS.

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Desperation Is The Key For The Canadiens

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

Ask anyone who has worn an NHL jersey what it takes to win at this time of the postseason, and “desperation” is one of the words you can expect to hear. Another is “relentless.”

Dig deeper, and you’ll be told “don’t get too high after a win.” Or “don’t get too low after a loss.”

Is that what happened to the Canadiens on Saturday? Were they still too high from their 5-1 romp on Thursday?

For most of Saturday’s 3-0 loss to the Flyers, “desperation” was a four-letter word to the home boys. It was the Flyers who were relentless, particularly in the second period when they scored twice and held the Canadiens to one shot. It was the Flyers who called the shots in the third period.

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The Sand Story

from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

It is a question that may not get answered, if ever, until after this Flyers playoff run is over.

Did they show True Grit by walking through true grit Saturday in Montreal, or are they just sandbagging us on the subject of the Great Skate Debate?

“I didn’t comment on it [Saturday] night,” Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said Sunday, in the very definition of deadpan. “I have no comments. I’m not sure exactly what it is you’re talking about.”

Enter Sandman.

If someone booby-trapped the Flyers’ path to the ice with sand or pellets or rock salt or whatever, clearly this person was not the sharpest blade in the skate rack.

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from MyFoxPhilly,

“I thought they had diarrhea, going back and forth from the locker room,” Montreal defenseman Jaroslav Spacek said on Sunday. “The guys were talking on the plane. What happened?”

“If (the Flyers) have trouble, maybe they can wear those skate protectors like figure skaters,” Spacek said.

Montreal’s Scott Gomez said the Flyers were exaggerating.

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Boring Hockey

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

After surviving two of the most exciting battles you will ever see against Washington and Pittsburgh, the Canadiens have found themselves locked in an exercise in tedium. Since they were reduced to the role of spectators during the second period Saturday, the Habs have to know how boring it was.

If the first three contests were something less than classics, Saturday’s game made my New NHL look very much like that Bad Old NHL. With two teams trapping, scoring chances were as hard to find as decaf at an AA meeting.

If the Philadelphia strategy was to bore the Canadiens to death and silence the crowd, it worked. After the midway mark of the first period, the Habs were never in it. The question is whether the Flyers beat them - or the Canadiens beat themselves.

With a chance to tie the series and go back to Philly with the momentum on their side, the Canadiens laid an egg the size of Laval. They played an awful, disorganized, emotionally flat game. They didn’t compete, they didn’t test the Flyers. And they were full value for that 3-0 loss.

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