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“It Was A Man’s Game” Last Night

from NHL.com,

After a hot shower and a few minutes to decompress, NHL referee Bill McCreary paid his form of highest compliment to this Game 3 overtime victory for the hometown Flyers.

“It was a man’s game,” said McCreary, who Wednesday night broke the all-time League record for most games officiated—43 and counting—in the Stanley Cup Final. “The players deserve the credit for the way they played. It was a tremendous hockey game.”

McCreary passed Hall of Famer Bill Chadwick to top a category that is the telling indicator for a professional hockey official.

“Officials are no different than players who work hard all year to make the last round of the playoffs,” McCreary said. “What stands out to me is that I have been selected for the Stanley Cup Final by four different officiating managers. I guess that means I have been consistent enough to break the record. I am very proud of it.”


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Positive Thinking Helps

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Danny Briere—the man who started the play that led to Claude Giroux’s overtime winner in Philly’s 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 Wednesday night—seemed genuinely surprised when asked if he had ever thought about the alternative, about losing, on this night.

“To be honest, I never thought about it. I never thought that we were losing that game,” said Briere, who had another monster night for the Flyers. He scored the team’s first goal on the power play and then in overtime found an open Matt Carle, who sent a sharp pass that Giroux deflected past Chicago netminder Antti Niemi 5:59 into overtime.

“When I came back after the third period, the way we had played in that third, it was like, ‘OK, we’re going to win it,’” Briere said. “It’s a good thing I didn’t even take the time to think about the alternative, but you have to think positive. We did that and we believe in our team.”

This rocking, back-and-forth, emotional contest might have been the best game of this entire postseason. Maybe it felt that way because there was so much riding on the outcome, especially for the Flyers, who had dropped two one-goal games in Chicago to start the series.


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It’s Just One Loss

from David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune,

“We’re up 2-1,” Toews said after the Flyers’ 4-3 overtime victory in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals. “That’s a great situation to be in.”

Not as great as being up 3-0, but you get the point of Toews trying to accentuate the positive. That’s what good team leaders do.

Perhaps the hesitation in Toews’ voice in what seemed like a shaken Hawks dressing room came from knowing deep inside that they aren’t that far away from being down 2-1 in a series that just got very interesting.

Clearly, the Flyers have no plans to abort this mission. For the second straight game, they dominated the third period and established the desired tempo. For the third straight game, the difference was one goal.

Any time the Hawks want to start acting like the favorites in this series again, fine by me. Any time the Hawks want to focus on attacking the Flyers more than answering their attacks, nobody will complain.

“It’s just one loss,” Toews said. “Yeah, it’s a tough way to lose, especially in OT, and you have the lead in the third. But we’re not going to beat ourselves up.”

read on

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Washington Won’t Re-Sign Two Rent-A-Players

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Defenseman Joe Corvo and winger Scott Walker have been informed that they won’t be re-signed, GM George McPhee said today.

Corvo and Walker - both pending unrestricted free agents - were acquired at the trade deadline to bolster the Caps’ roster for the playoffs.

“They were great, but we can only carry 23 when the season starts,” McPhee said.


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Well We Have A Series

Flyers win in overtime to shrink the Chicago series lead to 2-1.

Will the series go back to Chicago tied 2-2 or will the Blackhawks have a chance to win the Cup on home ice?

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Jimmy Howard Puts On The Tools Of Ignorance

from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,

A fastball is like a slap shot. A curveball is like a deflection from the point.

That was the observation made by Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard following his guest stint as the Detroit Tigers’ bullpen catcher Wednesday afternoon prior to the club’s baseball game against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park.

Howard, who will find out later this month if he won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year, donned borrowed catcher’s gear to catch a bullpen session with Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander.

“You watch him on TV some nights and he’s bringing it at 98 miles per hour,” Howard said of the Tigers’ All-Star hurler. “I was back there at first a little shaky, but he has such great control that he just put it right in the glove.”

continued with pictures…

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Open Post- Game 3 SCF Chicago visits Philadelphia

The last change favors Philadelphia now and they should use it to their advantage.

Flyers need this win more than the Blackhawks do, therefore take the Orange & Black tonight.

Puck drops a little after 8:00pm on Versus, CBC and RDS.

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Dear Lightning Fans

from Steve Yzerman at TampBayLightning.com,

It is with great respect and pride that I write to you today as the new Vice President and General Manager of your Tampa Bay Lightning. When offered this opportunity by owner Jeff Vinik to further my career, I carefully considered my options; looking for committed, solid ownership and an organization that would strive to be first class from top to bottom, through all facets of the business. In the end, I found Tampa Bay to be the perfect place for me. And I think you’ll find the Lightning to be worthy of your support as well.

It was not easy to leave the Detroit Red Wings after 27 years and four Stanley Cups as a player and an executive. The organization was built on loyalty, integrity and hard work, and our sustained success there proved the formula works. I want to bring a similar approach to Tampa Bay and I think we can achieve our goal of being a consistent winner on and off the ice.


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Afternoon Line- Part 2

I know sports on grass and ground, and floorboards. I don’t know sports on frozen water.

Or what it is to spear, or rag or deke, or wash-out, or butt-end? Or all those checks: body-check, back-check, fore-check, sweep-check, poke-check. On the blue line, red line, crease line, or in the slot? And the shots: slap shot, snap shot, wrist shot, screen shot?

And the icing, as in icing the puck? Icing is frosting, isn’t it, on a cake? And a hat trick? That’s for magicians. And the players hooking. Hooking? That’s what bad women do. And what is a Zamboni?

-Walter Jacobson of CBS Chicago.  Now read what Mike Halford of Orland Kurtenblog has to say.

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Cherry Talks SCF

A calm and collective Don Cherry talks all things Stanley Cup Final with Deb Placey.

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