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The Sand Story

from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

It is a question that may not get answered, if ever, until after this Flyers playoff run is over.

Did they show True Grit by walking through true grit Saturday in Montreal, or are they just sandbagging us on the subject of the Great Skate Debate?

“I didn’t comment on it [Saturday] night,” Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said Sunday, in the very definition of deadpan. “I have no comments. I’m not sure exactly what it is you’re talking about.”

Enter Sandman.

If someone booby-trapped the Flyers’ path to the ice with sand or pellets or rock salt or whatever, clearly this person was not the sharpest blade in the skate rack.

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from MyFoxPhilly,

“I thought they had diarrhea, going back and forth from the locker room,” Montreal defenseman Jaroslav Spacek said on Sunday. “The guys were talking on the plane. What happened?”

“If (the Flyers) have trouble, maybe they can wear those skate protectors like figure skaters,” Spacek said.

Montreal’s Scott Gomez said the Flyers were exaggerating.

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Chicago Should Win The Stanley Cup

from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,

For the first time in 18 years, the Hawks will play for a championship named after Lord Stanley.

And they should win it for the first time in almost half a century.

‘‘Last year we were in [the Western Conference finals], but I don’t know if we knew we were going to win that round,’’ Hawks winger Patrick Kane said. ‘‘We didn’t have the confidence.

‘‘This year, it’s almost like we feel that we shouldn’t lose a game, to be honest with you. It’s not cocky. That’s just our attitude. We just feel like we have such a good team.’‘

They should because they do. They likely will play Philadelphia, which has a 3-1 series lead over Montreal in the Eastern Conference finals. As hot as the Flyers are, they are not the team the Hawks are.

Anyone who saw the Hawks take apart the Sharks on Sunday took in an impressive amalgam of talent and grit.

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It’s About The Money

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Nyet, as in no and not yet.

That’s Ilya Kovalchuk’s stance on the push to entice him to play for St. Petersburg in the Russian KHL next season.

It would take the Russian equivalent of opening Fort Knox to entice the Devils’ superstar left wing, who will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, to make up his mind now to play in the KHL next season, an informed source told The Post.

The source insists that ultimate splurge has not yet occurred, disputing reports out of the world championships in Germany that said Kovalchuk already had agreed to a one-year deal in Russia next season.

The word is that unless blown away by a record Russian offer he can’t refuse, the 27-year-old is intent on waiting until July 1 to evaluate all his options, including playing in Russia.

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Boring Hockey

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

After surviving two of the most exciting battles you will ever see against Washington and Pittsburgh, the Canadiens have found themselves locked in an exercise in tedium. Since they were reduced to the role of spectators during the second period Saturday, the Habs have to know how boring it was.

If the first three contests were something less than classics, Saturday’s game made my New NHL look very much like that Bad Old NHL. With two teams trapping, scoring chances were as hard to find as decaf at an AA meeting.

If the Philadelphia strategy was to bore the Canadiens to death and silence the crowd, it worked. After the midway mark of the first period, the Habs were never in it. The question is whether the Flyers beat them - or the Canadiens beat themselves.

With a chance to tie the series and go back to Philly with the momentum on their side, the Canadiens laid an egg the size of Laval. They played an awful, disorganized, emotionally flat game. They didn’t compete, they didn’t test the Flyers. And they were full value for that 3-0 loss.

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Evening Line

“If they ever invited me to drink out of that Cup, I’d jump through the rim of my own butt and hang myself just to get another drink out of it.”

-HHOF member Bobby Hull when asked what he would do if Chicago won the Cup.  More from some of the Chicago ambassadors by Dan Rosen of NHL.com.

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3 On Top & 4 On The Bottom

The teeth that are now missing from Duncan Keith’s mouth after taking a shot today.

Keith talks about it in a post-game media scrum.

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Chicago Eyeing The Bigger Prize

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Toews was four years old in 1992, growing up in Winnipeg when that team - coached by Mike Keenan with a young Jeremy Roenick leading the way - was swept out of the final by the Pittsburgh Penguins and Mario Lemieux. The Blackhawks came up short that year and Roenick and Co. never made it back to the dance - a lesson that Toews and his equally precocious line-mate Patrick Kane understand only too well.

These opportunities to win a championship don’t come along every year. You need a little of everything to go your way - a little luck, reasonable good health, timely scoring - to get to where the Blackhawks are today, awaiting the winner of the Philadelphia Flyers-Montreal Canadiens’ series over in the Eastern Conference.

So the Clarence Campbell bowl?

“It’s a made-up trophy for winning the Western Conference,” said Toews. “Big deal. It’s not what we’re after. We’re here to win the Stanley Cup.

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added 8:24pm, E.J. Hradek and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN review the Chicago/San Jose series which you can watch below…

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What Will San Jose Do?

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

Where does San Jose go from here?

Put it this way, the Sharks have roughly $22-million in cap space, enough room to retain the existing team, relatively intact, or overhaul the top end of their roster.

Forward Patrick Marleau and goaltender Evgeni Nabokov—both with 10 years in Teal—are unrestricted free agents. At their positions, both should be among the highest-paid players this summer.

Accounting for restricted free agents Joe Pavelski and Devon Setoguchi, the Sharks should be able to squeeze Marleau and Nabokov under the cap for 2010-11. It would be tight.

Defenceman Rob Blake, 40, and third- and fourth-line centres Manny Malhotra and Scott Nichol are also unrestricted free agents.

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The Chicago Blackhawks Will Host Game 1 & 2 Of the Stanley Cup Final

The Blackhawks sweep the San Jose Sharks to advance to the Stanley Cup Final and will be the heavy favorite to win the Cup.

San Jose just seemed to be fighting an uphill battle in every game and could not get a key goal throughout the whole series.

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To Wear The Foot Guard Or Not

from Arpon Basu of the CP at the Toronto Sun,

Montreal Canadiens defenceman Josh Gorges was still coming to grips Sunday with the broken strap on his foot guard that limited his mobility and allowed Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux to open the scoring in a 3-0 Game 4 win for a 3-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference final.

“It’s frustrating,” Gorges said after a brief team meeting Sunday at the Canadiens’ suburban practice facility. “I came back to the bench and, it was no fault of anyone, but I was ready to just yell. But who do you yell at?”

Gorges said the strap broke about 15 or 20 seconds before the goal 5:41 into the second period and he was unable to push off on his skate because he stepped on the strap as Giroux easily skated around him before roofing a shot short side on Jaroslav Halak.

After playing most of the season wearing the plastic guards - which prevent foot injuries when blocking shots - Gorges is considering abandoning them for Monday’s Game 5 match-up in Philadelphia where the Canadiens will be playing to keep their season alive.

read on and skate issues from last night is brought up too…

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