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The Bruins Are Better

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Hossa Wants A Game 7 Win

from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,

Hossa is 0-for-3 in his NHL career playing in Game 7 (all three with Ottawa) and said he was “looking forward to turning it around” and advancing this time. He has no goals and two assists in previous seventh games.

“Other games you have a chance, but this—the series is tied and one game you go home or you go further,” Hossa said shortly after the team landed at Metro Airport on Wednesday afternoon. “It’s a huge game. We have to get prepared. You cannot get it in your head.

“It’s an important game, but it’s another game. Just try to win that game because it’s huge.”

Hossa isn’t surprised that the series is coming down to a seventh game. “Both teams are really good and strong and it comes down to the last game,” he said.

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Carolina Prepared For Game 7

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

What’s left to be said? Not a lot. The Hurricanes either win tonight and keep the Stanley Cup in their sights, or they have a bittersweet ending to their season and start facing the speculation about who returns and who won’t for next season.

“It’s Game 7. You want to play in those games,” Staal said. “Obviously, we wanted to finish it off when we could, but it didn’t happen. We look forward to Game 7, look forward to the challenge. You dream of playing in those games growing up as a kid, and it’s going to be fun.”

When they led 3-1 in the series, the Canes talked about theurgency of winning Game 5 andand finishing off the Bruins in Boston.

Now, the common refrain—as if the Canes were trying to convince themselves of it—is that that they gladly would have accepted and embraced a one-game, winner-take-all scenario before the series began against the Eastern Conference’s top seed.

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Who Wants It More

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Detroit winger Dan Cleary claimed the Ducks “took liberties on certain players that aren’t known to fight,” specifically Datsyuk and defenseman Brian Rafalski. The Ducks felt the Red Wings took liberties with Niedermayer, who has absorbed more than a few cross-checks to the back of the neck and his face.

Asked if the emotions will carry over to today’s game, Cleary hedged. “We’ll see,” he said. “We’ve got to be aggressive on them, got to force them to play good defense, got to be physical on Niedermayer, Getzlaf, Perry, these guys. We’ve got to be hard on them, got to hit them.”

First, they have to catch them. The Ducks’ style is to play an up-tempo game with emotion. Passion alone won’t be enough for them to overcome the Red Wings’ superior skill, but it has given them another chance to prolong a season that appeared nearly dead two months ago.

“Those guys are competitors,” Cleary said. “It’s playoffs. We’re trying to battle for every inch of the ice. You’ve just got to want it more Thursday, that’s all.”

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Panic Set In

Imagine losing power at 3:00am this morning and the first thing that comes into your mind is how in the heck am I going to watch the game 7’s tonight?

Thankfully power was restored about ten minutes ago and all is well.

I am sure many of the fans who have teams involved in game 7 tonight are trying to make the hands of the clock spin faster.  It is a day of anticipation, both in a good and bad way and I hope you are dealing with it in the best way you can.

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The Battle Between Crosby & Ovechkin

from Mike Wise of the Washington Post,

Penguins-Capitals was never merely about a tremendous Stanley Cup series showcasing the NHL’s brightest stars going the distance, one full of riveting theater until an abject dud of a Game 7.

No, to the hard-core traditionalists who view most uber-skilled players from overseas as little more than Euro trash, this was about validating their xenophobia.

Sidney Crosby, the quiet farm boy from Nova Scotia, won; his Pittsburgh team is going back to the Eastern Conference finals. Ovechkin, the YouTube demigod who once pretended his stick was on fire after a goal, got his just dessert.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Advance To Eastern Conference Finals

Basically this game was over in the first period.

Too many early turnovers cost the Caps and they never could recover.

This was a great series to watch and sure had the star power to go along with it.

Congrats to both teams.

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Evening Line

“Last summer, obviously, I didn’t know whether I was going to play or not and I definitely am going to take my time to make a good decision this summer. Right now, I wouldn’t know what my future is going to be, whether I will play or not.”

-Mats Sundin.  More from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun.

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Tough Talk From Staff Writer

from Al Balderas of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

What happened to all of that talk about ending the series in six games? What happened to all of that chatter about taking a Game 7 mentality on the ice for Game 6? The Red Wings spent part of Monday afternoon talking about the danger and unpredictability of Game 7s. As a result, they said, it was vitally important to end the series in six games. Then they went out and got their wings handed to them.

If Tuesday night’s performance was indicative of the Red Wings’ Game 7 mentality, they should have stayed at their Disneyland Resort hotel instead of flying back to Detroit.

As bad as things went on Tuesday, the Red Wings on Wednesday were among the few people on earth who can fly into Detroit and actually enjoy the view.

Can you blame them?

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Next Move Is Up To Radulov

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Asked if Radulov expressed regret for leaving the Predators in a difficult situation last July, Poile paused before answering.

“I think he has a hard time understanding our position when somebody else was offering him an improved situation,’’ Poile said. “Just like I believe that if he wants to come back — regardless of the fact he signed a multiyear contract there — I don’t believe he thinks it’s a problem coming back.’’

Poile told Radulov that if he did return to Nashville, he’d still need to complete his final contracted season at a base salary of $984,000. Under the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement, teams cannot rework an entry-level deal. Radulov would become a restricted free agent when that deal expires.

“So that’s where we are,’’ Poile said. “It’s up to him to make the next move.’’

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