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Numbers Keep Rising For Cammalleri

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

In the midst of the mayhem that is playoff hockey, Mike Cammalleri is an island of order.

Look at his sticks and they are neatly numbered. He’s up to 85 on the season now.

Look at his skates and they, too, are numbered. He’s on pair No. 7 now.

Not superstitious, just ordered.

“Now I know these are No. 7s, so I don’t mix up this right one with a left one that’s not, you know what I mean? It’s that simple,” he said. “I’ll score a goal with a stick, and if the other one feels better the next period, I’ll use it. It’s all feel.”

If you went to his condominium, there would be order there, too.

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Meeting Jean Beliveau

from Peter McGuire of the Telegraph-Journal,

Through more connections, John Correia also was able to book a table at a private restaurant known as 9-4-10, named in honour of three of the all-time great Canadiens - Maurice (The Rocket) Richard, Beliveau, and Guy Lafleur.

Only season-ticket holders, members and invited guests are permitted inside. John Correia’s friend, Louis Nicoletti, a long-time season-ticket holder, was able to finangle a table for them prior to the game.

We’re talking exclusive company here….

And over to Beliveau’s table they went.

“When I stood at the table, there was a feeling that you were in the company of royalty. There was an aura. I could sense his charisma, and his big, soft, beautiful smile,” McCarron said. “As soon as he gave me that, I moved right in. I’m like a five-year-old at this point.

“I said, ‘Mr. Beliveau, I’ve been a fan of yours for 55 years. Every Saturday night in my household it was B B B - beans, bass and Beliveau. I laid on the floor of the TV room and waited for you to come on TV.”

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Morning Line

What now is to regroup and come back with the same effort. There’s really nothing else we can do. I was really happy with the way our team played to a man, whether it was from goaltender, D man, forwards. We made a few mistakes. They scored some goals. I thought it was a helluva game.

The reality is we’re down 3-0. Happened a week ago with two good teams playing and Philadelphia found a way to come back, so there’s something to draw in there. Plus the fact that we’ve been in this series I think for every minute. That’s got to leave us feeling good.

But we know we’re in a hole and we’ve got to dig our way out.

-San Jose Sharks Coach Todd McLellan after the game last night.

More from Todd…

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Doing Anything For A Win

from Graeme Hamilton of the National Post,

When your team is deep into the NHL playoffs, little things can make the difference between victory and defeat. Things like financial advisor Bobby Lanctot shedding his cursed Carey Price jersey and wearing the vintage white one to cheer on the Canadiens. Or waiter Joe Hayward travelling from Fredericton to Montreal’s Bell Centre and improving his playoff record to seven Habs’ victories, zero defeats in games he has watched. Or aerospace worker Maureen Cowie, watching the game in solitude at home, reciting lines from the inspirational speech that spurred the 1980 U.S. Olympic team to victory.

Our brains tell us that the outcome of games is up to the players alone, but our hearts sense otherwise. Devoted hockey fans, like those of other sports, can’t shake the belief that their actions might influence the outcome of the game. Where they sit, what they wear, even how their toddler is dressed are game-day decisions as crucial as the coach’s starting lineup.

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Goal Scoring The Problem For San Jose

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

“Nobody’s feeling sorry for us,” noted Sharks centerman Joe Thornton after the 3-2 overtime loss. “There are 13 teams in each conference that would love to be still playing right now.”

Indeed, nobody should feel sorry for them. But what somebody might do is send them a detailed chart explaining how to get more pucks past Chicago goalie Antti Niemi. They have put 118 pucks on net against him over three games, including 44 on Friday. They have five total goals in the three games.

Ultimately, that’s why the Sharks are losing the series. It’s not the goals they are giving up. It’s the ones they are not scoring. In the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Sharks won every time they scored at least three goals. They haven’t scored three against Chicago. So the goals the Sharks give up are that much more devastating.

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Canadiens Have Their Chance Today

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadiens are playing their 100th game of the season this afternoon, only four fewer than the number they had to play when they won their last Stanley Cup 17 seasons ago.

I mention this only because No. 100 is more important than all of the previous 99.

Win, and life is grand, because the Canadiens would return to Philadelphia with the Eastern Conference final locked up 2-2 and a real chance to get to their first Cup final since 1993, The Year of Patrick Roy.

Lose, and despite the team’s stunning heroics coming back as they did against Washington and Pittsburgh, they’re on a slippery slope down 3-1 in the series.

Worse, they’re returning to the City of Brotherly Tough Love, where they failed to score even once during the first two games.

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Sharks Have Tried Everything

from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog,

They’ve skated at the pace the Blackhawks wanted, and they’ve taken it to the Hawks. And they still lost.

They went with their top lines against the Hawks’ top lines, and they produced a lot of scoring chances. And they still lost.

They changed lines, drew power plays, and outshot the Hawks in the United Center in a gotta-have-it Game 3 after dropping the first two games at home. And they still lost.

They forced the Hawks’ dangerous scorers to the perimeter and cut down on the bodies in front of their goaltender. And they still lost.

They came back from a potentially killer breakaway goal late in the third period and tied the game even later. And they still lost.

I don’t know what else the Sharks can do. And it doesn’t look like they know, either.

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Blackhawks One Win Away From The Stanley Cup Final

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Jonathan Toews – aka Captain Serious – continues to be Captain Fantastic for the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2010 playoffs. Conn Smythe Trophy anyone?

Toews ran his playoff points streak to 12 games Friday night and it couldn’t have come at a more opportune time for the Blackhawks.

Toews set up two goals in regulation, but left it to his usual linemate, Dustin Byfuglien, to provide the overtime scoring heroics for the Blackhawks. Byfuglien’s goal – wide open from the high slot – came 12:24 into the wild first extra period against the Sharks’ Evgeni Nabokov and gave Chicago a 3-2 victory and a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference final.

The Blackhawks can wrap up the series with a win Sunday at the United Centre, which saw 22,311 spectators, including mega-fan Vince Vaughn, cram into the building.

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Montreal Targets Pronger

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The Canadiens, with their city not just relieved but infused with a new sense of confidence that a Stanley Cup final berth is still possible, finally have their target.

He’s a 6-foot-6 piece of nasty and a future hall of famer, which makes him a big, imposing target.

But the Habs were clearly able to get to Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Chris Pronger in a resounding Game 3 triumph, catching Pronger on the ice for four of their five goals.

The Canadiens, it’s fair to say, have flourished this spring when they’ve been able to build their game plan around one member of the opposition and also give their home fans a specific player to boo. Against Washington, it was Alex Ovechkin. Against Pittsburgh, it was Sidney Crosby.

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Now All Phoenix Needs Is An Owner

via Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN, the NHL and the city of Glendale have reached an agreement that will ensure the city covers any operating costs up to $25 mil for the 2010-2011 season.

In the meantime, a continued search for local ownership will resume.

Sources say Glendale city officials also talked with representatives from Ice Edge Holdings on Friday, however, according to source, Ice Edge remains reluctant to engage in further discussions with the city without exclusivity.

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