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The Stanley Cup May Not Reside In Canada Again This Year

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

It’s not over yet. But it’s not looking good.

Canada’s Stanley Cup drought, which began back in 1993 when the Montreal Canadiens hoisted the big silver milk jug, seems likely to hit 17 springs unless the Vancouver Canucks, Canadiens or Ottawa Senators can reverse their current fortunes rather quickly.

Both the Canucks and Habs are facing virtual do-or-die Game 4 situations on Wednesday, while the Senators are up to their chinstraps in trouble dealing with the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

By this time next week, there may be no Canadian teams left in the hunt.

So when is the drought going to end? People, after all, are starting to notice, and even Canadian-born players on U.S.-based teams would like to see the Cup back in Canada sooner than later.

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Wings Make It A Series Again

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

“Jim-my, Jim-my, Jim-my, Jim-my ...”

“That was pretty cool,” Jimmy Howard, smiling ear to ear, said moments after his first career playoff shutout. “It was pretty surreal. It’s great knowing the fans have my back.”

Well, kind of. The man who Red Wings fans were flooding message boards about with anxious doubts between Sunday’s stinker and Tuesday’s gem was again their hero. Such is playing goal in Hockeytown.

“Fans, they want us to do well,” said Howard. “They expect a lot out of us, they want us to win. They’re very passionate about the game, and when you come here, it’s all you hear about, the Detroit Red Wings. When you go out there, not only are you representing the organization, you’re representing the city.”

read on

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How’s This For Save Of The Night?

Martin Brodeur robs Simon Gagne tonight.

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Ottawa Fading Fast

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

The Senators, now trailing the Penguins three games to one, will need to win Game 5 in Pittsburgh to bring the series back to the Nation’s Capital.

On Sunday, the team and the community were “All In.” By Thursday, they could be All Out.

If bodychecks were playoff goals, the Senators might have greater hope in this series. Their plan to maul the Penguins physically (what Conn Smythe used to call “beat them in the alley”) backfired mightily, because while Ottawa was lunging to make hits, the Penguins were making plays to score goals.

The Penguins skill set is in a different league, especially with Alex Kovalev, one of the Senators skilled, though enigmatic forwards, out with an injury. The Senators played like the Johnstown Chiefs of Slapshot fame.

read on

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Go Kings Go

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

The Canucks were deserving losers. Period, full stop.

But the reason why conspiracy theories—i.e. the league wants the Kings to win—are floating around B.C. is because, by action if not words, the NHL commissioner has made it clear that U.S. Sunbelt markets are more important than markets in Canada.

That may be untrue and unfair, but rightfully or wrongfully, that is the impression Gary Bettman has cast in his nearly two decades as commissioner. The genie isn’t going back in the bottle at this late stage.

Canadians, and most certainly Canucks fans, who have sold out GM Place for 300-plus consecutive dates, have an insatiable appetite for hockey and aren’t going anywhere.

American fans, particularly those in big, southern cities where the game has little history and where there are plenty of other entertainment options, have shown that they can live fine and well without pucks. Look no further than the lockout.

read on

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No Peeking Allowed

Washington Coach Bruce Boudreau claims Montreal Coach Jacques Martin was spying o the Caps practice today.

Martin responds…

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Savard Clears Neuropsychological Testing

via John Bishop of BostonBruins.com, “

The Bruins have released the following update on Marc Savard:

On Tuesday afternoon, Marc Savard passed his neuropsychological testing. He will continue to work towards regaining his game shape, and will have a final meeting with Dr. Kelly McInnis at MassGeneral Hospital before being cleared to play in games. There is no date or time line scheduled for this meeting.”

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Trying To Sell-Out In Nashville

from John Glennon of Preds Insider,

If the Pre­da­tors don’t sell out tonight’s Game 3 against Chi­cago, they may well become the first team this pos­tsea­son not to sell out a pla­yoff game.

The NHL announ­ced on Mon­day that – prior to Mon­day night’s games – all 20 pla­yoff con­tests around the lea­gue had sold out. Of the three games that were pla­yed on Mon­day, the announ­ced atten­dance in Los Ange­les (18,264) was the only one that didn’t regis­ter at 100 per­cent capa­city. But 98.7 per­cent capa­city is pretty close, and I believe teams can label games as sellouts even if there are scat­te­red tic­kets still available.

As of this mor­ning, there were still plenty of tic­kets remai­ning for tonight’s game against the Blackhawks, which wasn’t too sur­pri­sing given that the count was 2,000 avai­la­ble as of Mon­day afternoon.

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Watching The NHL Conference Quarterfinals

note: make sure to read the whole release for Canadian broadcast figures and other interesting tidbits.

NEW YORK (April 20, 2010) –  The 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs are off to a record-breaking start on VERSUS, becoming the highest-rated and most-watched on cable since the 2002 Stanley Cup Playoffs on ESPN/ESPN2.  Growth on national telecasts across North America and on regional sports networks in the U.S., along with triple-digit increases to video starts on NHL.com and page views on NHL Mobile, highlight the NHL’s business momentum, further validating of the NHL’s strategy of engaging its fans through the creation of an ever-expanding hockey marketplace with multiple touch points.

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Come To Your Own Conclusion

I’ve stayed away from this topic except when it became news last year, but it looks as if it will be news again.

from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

This is not really a surprise given the NHL’s irresponsible don’t-ask policy regarding performance enhancing drugs, but good for Sports Illustrated for producing a story that will appear in the April 26 edition.

  Here is today’s SI release, under the headline: Did the NHL and Washington Capitals attempt to cover up an investigation related to steroids?

read the release from Sports Illustrated….

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