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Early Answers

from Craig Button at NHL.com,

What answers have been obtained through the early part of the playoffs?

* St. Louis had a wonderful run to the playoffs, but had the misfortune of facing a team which had an equally good record entering the playoffs.

* Roberto Luongo has been on top of his game, and a fortune could be made if there was a dollar handed out at every mention of “goaltending is important in the playoffs.”

* The Canucks’ defense is outstanding and any questions about the Sedin twins have been emphatically answered during the first round with their stellar play.

* Chris “OsGreat” has warranted the belief the Red Wings put in him prior to the playoffs. The series has unfolded as a lopsided one, but early in Game 1, the Blue Jackets put the test to the Red Wings, and Osgood not only answered brilliantly, he has maintained that level of play through three games.

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Has Chicago ” Bitten Off More Than They Can Chew”?

from Peter Zuurbie of CalgaryFlames.com,

The Hawks may have made the biggest mistake of their season. In losing their composure at the end of Game 3, the Blackhawks continually instigated the Flames, and specifically captain Jarome Iginla. While the inexperienced Hawks team may have been trying to throw Iginla off his game, they may have accomplished the exact opposite. Standing strong behind their fired-up captain, the Flames seem to have regained their swagger.

“He’s not a guy you want to light a fire under… that guy’s got a scary look when he gets mad and I wouldn’t want to be on the other team facing off against him,” said a defiant Nystrom, who believes his opponents have bitten off more than they can chew.

“The only thing they can do is verbally abuse that guy because you’re not going to physically intimidate him… He’s not afraid of anybody, he’s willing to take anybody on so, if they just want to talk and not back it up, only Iggy’s gonna get stronger.”

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This Can’t Be Good

Talk about bad karma…

from Erik Rolfsen of The White Towel at the Vancouver Province,

...we’re having a friendly competition to see which Canuck fan can map out the best route for the Stanley Cup Parade. All you have to do is use Google Maps to draw the route you think would be best. It could pass through your neighbourhood, by your house, your favourite watering hole, wherever you want. Just let us know where it should go, and use markers to describe any points of interest it passes along the way.

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Afternoon Line

Funny how the Flames are accusing the Hawks of trash talking. At least that’s happening on the ice and would have stayed there if not for broadcaster Pierre McGuire playing Peeping Tom between the benches and reporting it for Canadian television.

Many Hawks don’t think McGuire likes them anyway.

-Tim Sassone of Between The Circles.  More from Tim on the Calgary/Chicago series.

Just a note Tim, we here in the States heard it too, Versus picked-up the TSN broadcast.

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Win In The Forecast For The Rangers

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Was it an aberration or a hallucination?

Was what we saw on Monday night at the Garden an eccentricity or were we just seeing things? Or both?

No matter. A 20-year-old inexperienced, third-string goalie blanked the Blueshirts, four-zip, leaving Rangerville in a state of shock and wonderment –  if not awe.

The wondering has everything to do with how to defeat Washington on Wednesday night at MSG. Now that The Maven’s Sweep hopes are history, sweep-minus-one remains possible; if not probable.

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One Elimination Game & Two Games That Could Put Teams Up 3-1

Canadiens have to win tonight or their season is over while Washington and Calgary need wins to avoid going down 3-1 in their respective series.

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Crosby Silences Philadelphia

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

You have to feel for Philadelphia’s kind, decent, mature hockey fans, don’t you?

You know the ones I’m talking about. They don’t seem to care all that much about the Flyers-Penguins games. They pay big money to get into the Wachovia Center for the sheer enjoyment of chanting “Crosby stinks!” or some such hospitable thing.

Really, what are those good people going to do to pass time during the long summer if the Penguins end the Flyers’ season tomorrow night at Mellon Arena?

I’m sure your heart is breaking for ‘em.

Or maybe not.

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added 1:24pm, from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull at the Philadelphia Inquirer,

It sounds like sour grapes when Danny Briere says the Flyers could have a three-games-to-one lead in their best-of-seven series with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but it happens to be true.

    It’s also true that Marty Biron has given a strong account of himself in the series, but that the Penguins’ Marc-Andre Fleury has been the better goalie.

  And that, in a nutshell, is why the Flyers are staring at a three-games-to-one deficit after Tuesday’s closer-than-it-looks 3-1 loss to the Penguins at the Wachovia Center.

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Stop The Yapping

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

Colin Campbell, the chief disciplinarian for the National Hockey League, issued a reminder Tuesday for players to follow the rules when it comes to trash talk.

Or, in other words, shut up, put a hockey sock in it or risk a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

If the participants follow orders, the on-ice volume should dip dramatically in the West-ern Conference quarter-final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Calgary Flames.

“They want to limit the talking,” said Adam Burish, one of the chief orators for the Blackhawks.

“I don’t know if we hurt their feelings or what it might have been.

“I guess they don’t like that we’re talking to them on the ice.”

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Your Calder Trophy Finalists

from John McGourty of NHL.com, I

n a season where rookies excelled, culling the field for the Calder Trophy to three finalists was tough business. But when the votes from the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association were counted Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason, Anaheim Ducks forward Bobby Ryan and Chicago Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg emerged.

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Time For The Rangers Best To Perform

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“We need to get a big play at a key time,” said Tortorella. “I thought [Washington’s] top guys brought it up a notch, and that’s what our top guys are going to have to do.”

That means, as it has essentially all season, that Scott Gomez is going to have to be much crisper with his decision-making and execution on the rush. It means that Nikolai Zherdev, who had an encouraging opening 10 minutes of Game 3 before relapsing into ghost mode, is going to have to create and finish. It means that Nik Antropov is going to have to make an impact after a couple of dozy matches.

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