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Stanley Cup Final Prediction

Will we see a repeat of the 1973 Stanley Cup Final when Montreal, coached by Scotty Bowman defeated Chicago 4 games to 2?

I am old school and it is time for an Original Six Final, the first since 1979 when the Canadiens defeated the Rangers.

So, that is my pick for the SCF, what about you?

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2010 Stanley Cup Conference Finals Schedule

National rightsholders NBC and VERSUS in the United States and CBC, TSN and RDS in Canada will provide exclusive national broadcast coverage of the Conference Finals. Every playoff game also can be heard on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.

Western Conference

Date Time (ET) #1 San Jose vs. #2 Chicago Network

Sunday, May 16 3:00 p.m. Chicago at San Jose NBC, TSN, RDS
Tuesday, May 18 10:00 p.m. Chicago at San Jose VERSUS, TSN, RDS
Friday, May 21 8:00 p.m. San Jose at Chicago VERSUS, TSN, RDS
Sunday, May 23 3:00 p.m. San Jose at Chicago NBC, CBC, RDS
Tuesday, May 25 * 9:00 p.m. Chicago at San Jose VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Thursday, May 27 * 8:00 p.m. San Jose at Chicago VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Saturday, May 29 * 8:00 p.m. Chicago at San Jose VERSUS, CBC, RDS

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Kirk Muller- NHL Head Coach Candidate

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

A good post-season always thrusts people into the spotlight, and Montreal’s early-round success is the biggest story so far. They’ve needed the maximum 14 games, but that shouldn’t take anything away from the Canadiens’ brilliant preparation for both the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins.

This isn’t to say Muller is solely responsible, but anyone who watched his 19-year career can see him in the plan. The Canadiens found ways to neutralize and frustrate the league’s three most dangerous offensive players - Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. It’s really an amazing accomplishment, and it’s the kind of thing Muller would do many times in his 1,349-game NHL lifetime.

Clearly, Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin respects his expertise, since Muller gets prime face time during in-game timeouts. However, his greatest asset may be in understanding every possible emotion a player can go through.

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The Montreal Canadiens- (North) America’s Hockey Team?

from Eric Adelson of Yahoo,

The hockey gods are laughing now. They snicker in the still of Pittsburgh, chuckle in the dark corridors of NHL offices in New York and bellow in the wild streets of Montreal. They kept quiet for so long, so long that fans must have wondered whether they departed for good.

Had the sport changed completely, from team-first to star-centered? Were media-blessed stars like Alex Ovechkin(notes) and Sidney Crosby(notes) really able to take over and win on their own? Were the ghosts of the beautifully flawed old barns in Winnipeg and Chicago now chased away by fake noise in McArenas? Was the old NHL – the one so many grew up with – gone?

Mais non.

The Montreal Canadiens have spoken, and spoken loudly, for the truly great aspects of their sport. They are the eighth seed, and the 16th-best team coming into the playoffs, cobbled together by good defense and great goaltending. They do nothing fancy, nothing breathtaking, nothing highlight-ready. Try making a Gatorade commercial out of this: They rush to the net on offense; they rush to the net on defense. That’s pretty much it. The Habs shove. They forecheck. They dump and chase. They clear the zone. Simple. Lovely. Pure. Hockey.

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Playing Hockey The Toronto Way

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Watch Mike Cammalleri the next time he scores a goal.

It won’t be a one-man celebration. He’ll skate straight to his teammates first or wait for them to join him so they can celebrate as a team. It’s what he learned from his parents growing up in Richmond Hill, playing hockey for the AAA Toronto Red Wings and going to The Country Day School in King City.

“That was our philosophy,” says Craig Clarke, Cammalleri’s coach for five years from minor atom on in the Red Wings organization. “We had a reputation of being an ultimate team. And Mike focused on what had to be done, not on what had just been done.”

Cammalleri talked about there being a “Toronto” way to play hockey when his Montreal Canadiens, with fellow GTA natives P.K. Subban (Rexdale), Glen Metropolit (Regent Park) and Dominic Moore (Thornhill) all contributing significantly to the Habs’ playoff victory over Pittsburgh.

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Morning Line

In these playoffs, Montreal has perfected the art of the timely counter-attack, and a lot of it has to do with their water-bug forwards, who use their quickness to force turnovers and find seams in the defence.

-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.  More from Eric on the Canadiens.

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Montreal Was The Better Team

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Incredibly, at the end the truth was more amazing than the result.

It wasn’t just that the Montreal Canadiens upset the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

They were decidedly superior to the Penguins.

That was particularly true for the final three games of the series, two of which Les Habitants won including a stunning 5-2 verdict in the seventh and deciding match Wednesday night. With standout goaltender Jaroslav Halak giving the Habs more confidence with every passing minute and every passing period, Montreal filled the Penguin net in Games 6 and 7 in a way they were never able to do in the first round against the Washington Capitals.

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Looting In Montreal

from CTV,

But within hours, the mood on the streets turned ugly as people wearing masks taunted police, started looting along Ste-Catherine Street and confrontations erupted.

“There were a few people that—some with masks, by the way—police believe were organized,” said Luft, describing the problems on the streets.

“They started throwing bottles, they started looting stores downtown…and the riot police had to move in.”

Police used tear gas to dispel the mob that remained Thursday morning, using batons to prod people along.

At least 32 people were arrested and two police officers were injured.

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added 8:38am, Another story on this topic at the Toronto Star.

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Montreal Continues Their Run

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

This is Montreal’s first trip to a conference final since it won the Stanley Cup in 1993, the last time a team based in Canada won an NHL championship. Now Canada has another team to get behind with the Habs reaching the final four.

“I would think the whole country would probably be pushing a little bit (for us) and should we win tonight, we’ll probably get a pretty good rallying cry from the whole country,” Montreal’s Mike Cammalleri before the game.

Sure, there are worldly explanations for what happened here or really, what the Habs have been doing throughout a post-season in which they knocked off Washington, the NHL’s top regular-season team, and now the defending Stanley Cup champs, both in seven games.

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh’s two scoring powers, could produce little in this series. Looking as if they might be tired after two runs to the Cup final — with an Olympics squeezed in there as well — each could manage only one goal in these seven games against Montreal.

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Habs Going For Number 25

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