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Today in Playoffs History—April 10

imageApril 10, 1934 • The Chicago Black Hawks earned their first Stanley Cup title with a 1-0 overtime victory versus the Detroit Red Wings in Game 4 of the best-of-five championship. Harold “Mush” March potted the series-winner at 10:05 of the second overtime period. 

The joy of Chicago’s inaugural Stanley Cup win was overshadowed less than two months later by the death of their star goaltender Chuck Gardiner.  The 29-year old “Wee Scot” (Gardiner was a native of Edinburgh, Scotland) died from a brain hemorrhage on June 13, 1934.

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Fighting in the NHL

From Jeff Marek at CBC, an interview with David Singer from HockeyFights.com,

Marek: Last season the Anaheim Ducks lead the league in fighting majors and ended up winning the Cup. How much did that affect fighting this year?

Singer: A good amount, especially as the season went on and good teams were bringing tough players onto the roster. It’s been a long time since any team carried enforcers with the playoffs in mind. At the same time, it’s also been three years for rivalries to re-blossom, players to adjust to new interpretations to rules, and for GMs to bring some new-style tough guys into the league.

M: Do you think the NHL and PA will scrap the instigator rule? Should they?

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The Playoff Alphabet

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Need a compendium of Stanley Cup tidbits to impress your friends? You’ve come to the right place. Here’s a lot of what you need to know about the Stanley Cup from A to Z.

A>  As in A.A.A. The Montreal Amateur Athletic Association won the first-ever Stanley Cup in 1893….

Z>  Zzzzz. Sometimes, fans just can’t make it all the way through those West Coast multiple-overtime games.

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Refresher Course

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

On Tuesday, NHL executive vice-president and director of hockey operations Colin Campbell conducted a conference call to educate postseason coaches and general managers on what the league will be paying close attention to.

At the top of Campbell’s list of unacceptable behavior is unnecessary late-game brutality. Traditionally, this type of message-sending takes place when the team trailing in the last five minutes of a game wants to change the emotional tone of the series.

The NHL says it won’t tolerate this.

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Reviewing the Canadiens’ Finances

From Mike Boone at The Gazette,

Despite selling out every home game this season, the Canadiens say they didn’t make any money. Team president Pierre Boivin told La Presse the club’s playoff participation, which begins tomorrow night against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre, will allow the team to make a profit on the 2007-08 season.

Boivin would not reveal specific numbers. He doesn’t have to; the Canadiens are part of a privately held company owned by George Gillett and Molson Coors.

But even without access to the club’s allegedly red-ink-drenched books, I am skeptical of its purportedly precarious break-even financial position.

more… *a breakdown by Boone estimating the possible profits of the Habs

*hat-tip to Habs Inside/Out for the pointer

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Rookies to Watch

From Edward Fraser at The Hockey News,

Storylines surrounding the NHL’s second season focus on players who’ve had long, illustrious careers, but have been unable to reach the NHL’s tallest hill (see Teemu Selanne in ‘07 and Jeremy Roenick this year); not about players trying to claim the grail their first time around.

Heck, most of the Calder candidates (Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Peter Mueller, Tobias Enstrom, Sam Gagner) didn’t even make the round of 16.

With that said, there are still several youngsters who will play key roles during this season’s run to the Cup. Here are five fab freshmen to keep your peepers peeled for:

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All Topics Covered

Eric Duhatschek did a Q & A with Globe and Mail readers yesterday and is suggested reading for all…

Brier Bear from Canada writes: There’s usually an upset in the first round. Do you see any of underdogs this year making it to the second round? Boston over Montreal perhaps?

Eric Duhatschek: I don’t see Boston over Montreal; when it comes to underdogs, I’m picking the six seeds over the threes in both conferences. In fact, I really like Colorado as my sleeper team in the West. Minnesota is going to have to play without Nick Schultz, one half of their shutdown defence pair, after he underwent an emergency appendectomy Monday….

In the East, I see the Capitals a little like the Penguins of last season, a team that made great regular-season strides, and were captivated fans around the league that probably couldn’t have named five players on their roster two months ago. The problem, when you go on a run like that is that sooner or later, you need to exhale — you go flat, you go a little stale.

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Working The Games

from TSN,

The National Hockey League has named its 20 referees and linesmen for the upcoming Stanley Cup playoffs.

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

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Special Playoff Edition of “NHL Hour”  Today

        NEW YORK (April 7, 2008) – To preview the start of the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs, a special edition of NHL Hour hosted by National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman will broadcast live Tuesday, April 8 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET on XM Satellite Radio channel NHL Home Ice, (XM channel 204) and NHL.com. 

        To submit questions to NHL Hour call 1-877-NHL-ON-XM (1-877-645-6696) or email homeice@xmradio.ca.  NHL Hour will not broadcast this week during its usual time slot of Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

        NHL Hour is a production of NHL Radio.

Update 4:30pm ET: I forgot to include the online link earlier—when it starts, you can listen live here.

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Playoff Story Lines

From Scott Burnside at ESPN,

Sixteen teams, eight series, one dream … and a thousand story lines. Welcome to the most compelling postseason tournament in sports. Here’s a look at 10 story lines to follow once the pucks drop Wednesday. [...]

The M.A.S.H. factor
Sometimes, it can be a galvanizing force; other times, it can be a crippling blow. But rest assured, injuries will at some point play a significant role in shaping the story lines that will unfold in the coming weeks.

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