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Today in Playoffs History—April 24

Flashbacks To: 1994, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2006

imageApril 24, 1994 • Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Gary Suter tallied three goals in a 4-3 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Four of their Western Conference Quarter-final series.

Suter became the eighth defenseman in Stanley Cup playoffs history to post a hat trick, joining Bobby Orr, Dick Redmond, Denis Potvin, Doug Halward, Paul Reinhart (twice), Al Iafrate and Eric Desjardins.

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Official Conference Semifinals Guides

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NHL.com has preview pages set up for every series going into the second round.  Each one of the links below has its own selection of related multimedia archives (photos and video), the official media guides for each team and stories from various NHL.com writers.

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Round 2 Refs

from TSN,

With the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs over, the National Hockey League has trimmed the number of referees that will work the second round.

The list of those staying on is headlined by Paul Devorski, Don Koharski and Bill McCreary, all of whom have worked more than 1,500 regular season and playoff games.

Notably absent from the second round is referee Kerry Fraser, who has also worked more than 1,500 regular season and playoff games.

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Today in Playoffs History—April 23

Flashbacks To: 1950, 1996, 1997

April 23, 1950 • In the first Game Seven overtime in Final history, left winger Pete Babando, assisted by center George Gee at 8:31 of the second overtime period, gave the Detroit Red Wings a 4-3 win and the 1950 Stanley Cup title.

Four years later, another Detroit left winger, Tony Leswick, repeated Babando’s overtime feat in Game Seven of the 1954 Final. Since then, no player has scored the Cup-winning goal in overtime in the seventh and deciding game of the Final.

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Remember SeanMC?

from Jeff DiNunzio at Sports Central,

Last week, some dude most of us have never met wrote an obituary about the National Hockey League. Here’s the thing about writers: we all think our opinion is important. Sometimes it is; but usually it’s not. In this case, Sean Crowe — who, for whatever reason, refers to himself as SeanMC (are you a DJ?) — offered his take on the NHL’s demise, and argued that something must be done to resuscitate this mortal game. It’s true; the NHL has assassinated the last of its remaining prominence.

Although many readers’ comments boast the obvious — like one observed, “This story would’ve been more credible if it was written in 2006” — the truth is that Crowe’s “opinion piece” is shaky.

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Whistle Put Away

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

And the performance of the duo of veteran referees Don Koharski and Paul Devorski in Philadelphia’s 3-2 overtime win over Washington Tuesday has to be noted, because it was simply abhorrent.

If there were a way to get a police sketch artist to encapsulate Koharski and Devorski’s wildly varying in-game assessments – featured by a stretch in which no penalties were called from the 13:27 mark of the second period to Tom Poti’s chintzy tripping minor 4:15 into OT that led to Joffrey Lupul’s game-winner at 6:06 – I’d transfer that image to thousands of Wanted: Dead Or Alive posters and start fundraising immediately to raise as much money as possible for a reward.

Making matters worse, if it weren’t for another blown call in the second period, the Caps might’ve won their Eastern Conference first-round series in regulation time.

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Update 3:35pm ET: Jamie Fitzpatrick writes a response to Proteau’s comments at About.com

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Conference Semi-Finals Playoffs Schedule

From NHL.com:
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The National Hockey League today announced the dates, starting times and national broadcast coverage for the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Semifinal round, which begins Thursday, April 24 when the Montreal Canadiens host the Philadelphia Flyers and the Detroit Red Wings host the Colorado Avalanche.  On Friday, April 25 the Pittsburgh Penguins host the New York Rangers and the San Jose Sharks host the Dallas Stars.

Complete, detailed schedule is below:

 

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Today in Playoffs History—April 22

Flashbacks To: 1945, 1962, 1976, 1988

April 22, 1945 • At 12:14 of the third period, Maple Leafs defenseman Walter “Babe” Pratt scored the Cup-winning goal to give Toronto a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game Seven of the Final.

Leafs rookie goaltender Frank McCool, who allowed only nine goals in seven starts, limited the Wings to one goal or less for the fifth time in the series.

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Our Game Is Being Watched

The casual sports fan is beginning to take notice of the NHL.

Read about it at my NHL.com blog.

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Big Games Tonight

Anything on your mind during the games tonight?  Feel free to get it off your chest by leaving a comment.

Interesting to see the latest KK Poll is almost 50-50 when given the choice to predict the winner of the Boston/Montreal game.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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