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The 2nd round of the playoffs kicks-off on Thursday when Vancouver hosts Chicago.
Friday games are Carolina at Boston and Anaheim at Detroit.
See the full schedule at NHL.com...
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
When the series ended, when the Rangers went through the handshake line following last night’s 2-1 Game 7 defeat, Chris Drury used his left hand to congratulate the Capitals.
That’s because, as he told The Post, the captain had played the first round with a broken right hand he sustained late in the April 9 victory over the Flyers in the Garden finale that clinched a playoff berth.
Television access to the Canes/Devils in the States was limited (check out Pete Dougherty of the TimesUnion for a rant on the coverage) , so if you missed the game, enjoy the highlights via TSN…
from John Ryan of the Mercury News,
So what positives can the Sharks draw from the fact that the darn puck just somehow decided on its own to go into the net more times for Anaheim?
• They can finally schedule that Presidents’ Trophy parade.
• They have always craved inclusion as one of the Bay Area’s big teams. But you can’t go winning and being all successful and hope to hang with the 49ers, Raiders, Giants, A’s and Warriors. They’d all be jealous. (Side note: Game 6 drew a 4.6 rating on CSN Bay Area, matching the highest first-round rating ever on the network. The field was wide open, the pump was primed for growth.)
• Doug Wilson needs extra time to figure out how to trade two guys with no-trade clauses.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
So here is the question facing the Calgary Flames ownership group, as they sift through the ashes of another disappointing first-round playoff exit.
Did the edition of the team, coached by Mike Keenan and managed by Darryl Sutter, have the right stuff for a long playoff run, but was simply undermined by injuries to key personnel?
Or do their problems winning in the post-season run deeper, and require an organizational makeover from top to bottom.
At this early stage — only one day removed from a first-round ouster by the Chicago Blackhawks — you can safely predict one thing: The organization will conduct a complete review before the blame game starts, the scapegoats are identified and the changes come.
Late goals by Jussi Jokinen & Eric Staal gives Carolina an unbelievable victory of the Devils.
The matchups for the next round are…
Boston vs. Carolina
Washington vs. Pittsburgh
Serge Fedorov scored the game winning goal with under 5 minutes left in the 3rd period.
Tight-checking game, both goalies were outstanding but only one team can win.
from Craig Harris of the Arizona Republic,
The National Hockey League has loaned money to the Phoenix Coyotes to keep the financially troubled franchise operating, but if the team fails to pay its debt the league can take it over, according to the agreement.
The day after the team agreed to loan terms Feb. 24 with the NHL, it paid Glendale nearly $351,000 in overdue arena rent payments that dated to late summer 2008. The money also likely was used to meet player payroll.
The loan, for an unknown amount, gives the NHL more control over the future of the Coyotes - including the possible relocation of the team.
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
Flyers captain Mike Richards will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder Friday, the Courier-Post learned Tuesday.
According to club general manager Paul Holmgren, Richards is expected to need 10-12 weeks of recovery time.
Holmgren said he was also awaiting an MRI on Richards’ left shoulder, saying he might also require surgery on that shoulder as well. Richards, who Tuesday was named one of three finalists for the Selke Tro phy as the NHL’s top defensive forward, led the Flyers with five playoff points in six games.
from Al Balderas of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Moments after the Anaheim eliminated the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, securing their second-round series against Detroit, Red Wings and Ducks fans started beating on their respective chests, proclaiming their favorite team as the better of the two.
Yes, the Ducks have a history of beating the Red Wings in the playoffs.
Yes, the Red Wings have a history of winning the Stanley Cup. Eleven times for those who lost count.
Yes, the Ducks needed just six games to knock off the No. 1 team, not only in the Western Conference but the entire NHL.
That makes the Red Wings the new unofficial No. 1 team. But come on Wing Nuts, while the Red Wings are one of the more successful teams in the NHL, they’ve also had their share of meltdowns when it’s been least expected.
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