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Montreal Targets Pronger

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The Canadiens, with their city not just relieved but infused with a new sense of confidence that a Stanley Cup final berth is still possible, finally have their target.

He’s a 6-foot-6 piece of nasty and a future hall of famer, which makes him a big, imposing target.

But the Habs were clearly able to get to Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Chris Pronger in a resounding Game 3 triumph, catching Pronger on the ice for four of their five goals.

The Canadiens, it’s fair to say, have flourished this spring when they’ve been able to build their game plan around one member of the opposition and also give their home fans a specific player to boo. Against Washington, it was Alex Ovechkin. Against Pittsburgh, it was Sidney Crosby.

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Carcillo Feels Disrespected

from the CP at TSN,

Losing to the Montreal Canadiens was bad enough for Philadelphia Flyers agitator Daniel Carcillo. Seeing Michael Cammalleri stick out his tongue at him following a skirmish was over the top.

If that is the way the Canadiens want to play, Carcillo is up for the challenge. One day after their 5-1 loss in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final, the Flyers got back to work.

Being disrespected by Cammalleri is another thing Carcillo and his teammates intend to use as a rallying point when they hit the ice again Saturday for Game 4. Philadelphia will be trying to take a 3-1 series lead back home for Game 5 on Monday.

Carcillo was still bothered Friday by Cammalleri’s actions that occurred when a linesman broke up a shoving match between the two late in the second period while the Canadiens led 3-0.

“It’s embarrassing,” Carcillo said. “We could maybe keep that in the pit of our stomach (Saturday) for a little extra motivation.”

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It Is An Outrage

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Let’s see here. Hockey Night in Canada pays the NHL $110 million a year. Meanwhile, NBC pays, well, bupkis.

So you’d think, wouldn’t you, that would mean the NHL might just once in a while throw a bone to the CBC and the people who actually watch the games. But as is almost always the case with the NHL, you’d be wrong.

If there were ever any doubt the NHL has almost no regard for Canadians and the network that broadcasts games to them, let there be doubt no more. The league’s decision to cater to NBC by having Game 4 of the Montreal-Philadelphia Eastern Conference final at 3 p.m. Saturday is nothing short of an outrage.

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How Will The Flyers Respond?

from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

What matters now is how his team responds to what Richards colorfully and accurately described as “an old-fashioned ass-kicking.”

“I don’t think you want to forget it,” Pronger said. “I think you need to use it and feed off it - use it as a wake-up call or whatever you want to call it. We need to understand it’s going to take a lot more than we showed out there today to be successful.”

If you’re looking for encouraging signs, start with Leighton. Whenever a guy comes out of nowhere to play this well for this long, you’re always half expecting him to turn back into a pumpkin. That did not happen. Leighton was just fine. He had no chance to stop the first two Montreal goals, and little chance on two others.

The team in front of him just couldn’t be saved.

In counterpoint, when a player has been reliably excellent throughout his career, you don’t write him off because of one bad night. It is hard to believe Pronger and defensive partner Matt Carle won’t bounce back from their worst performance of the postseason.

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Who Gets The Prime Seat?

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

This nicely sets the stage for what should be a terrific piece of post-season drama on Saturday afternoon, one that already has three networks — CBC, RDS and NBC — jostling over who gets the coveted between-the-benches broadcast perch.

Nobody’s talking about the Flyers pushing the Habs around any more, and the sandpaper elements in the Philly lineup — Scott Hartnell, Dan Carcillo, etc. — haven’t made an impact so far.

But if the Flyers were a bit cocky before Game 3, that’s gone now.

That means the fourth game of this Eastern final should be the most hotly contested yet.

more on last night’s game…

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We Now Have A Series

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The Habs still trail 2-1 in the series with Game 4 set for Saturday afternoon, but this night was a dramatic lesson in just how quickly a playoff series can turn.

Just how quickly the dead can come alive.

Just how quickly the invincible can suddenly be revealed as disorganized and wanting.

Just how quickly despair can turn to hope.

“It was an old-fashioned ass-kicking,” Philadelphia captain Mike Richards said. “I don’t know if we thought we could throw our sticks on the ice and it was going to be easy. Give them credit. They played hard. They were all over the ice. They won every puck battle. Obviously, it shows by the score.”

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No Support For Leighton

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

You know an NHL goalie has reached a special place when, after a loss, he is described in media reports as “merely human, after all.”

When that happens, what it means is that in previous games he had done something extra-special for his team. He was the biggest reason his team won - just as Jaroslav Halak was against Washington and Pittsburgh and Michael Leighton was in holding the Canadiens goalless in the first two games of the Eastern Conference final.

Last night, in this 5-1 romp over the Flyers, let it be said that Leighton was “merely human, after all.”

However, what also should be said is what most of the Flyers were saying, or should have been saying after the game; namely, that Leighton was left “hung out to dry.” Put it this way: until roughly the last half of the third period, Leighton wasn’t provided any help by the Flyers.

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Open Post- Game 3 ECF Flyers/Canadiens

First off, Montreal needs to score a goal and quickly.

If that happens, maybe somehow they can find their game again and make this a series.

If not, it could be over quickly.

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

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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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Busted

via Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Pat Hickey, a writer for the Montreal Gazette, said Thursday he has found the man who vandalized his car while he was covering Game One of the Flyers-Canadiens playoff series at the Wachovia Center Sunday night.

Hickey said he found the culprit on Facebook - and that the person was displaying the Quebec license plate he stole. Hickey did not identify the culprit.

The writer said he would not press charges - he estimated there was about $1,000 in damages - as long as the man made a public apology and donated $1,000 to a Philadelphia charity.

Hickey said the Flyers were “ecstatic” when he told them he had found the man and that they would pursue the matter.

 

 

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