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Notes Before Game 4 SCF

One-Goal Games: Each of the first three games of the Stanley Cup Final has been decided by one goal for just the fourth time in the expansion era (since 1968). In the three previous series, the games marked the start of sweeps (Detroit over Washington in 1998, Montreal over Philadelphia in 1976, Montreal over St. Louis in 1968).

In the 70 Stanley Cup Final series since the best-of-seven format was implemented in 1939, the first four games have been decided by one goal just twice: 1968 (Montreal over St. Louis in four games) and 1951 (Toronto over Montreal in five games, all decided in overtime).

Too Close for Comfort: The teams have been tied or separated by one goal 96% of the time (178:16 of 185:59).

Lead Changes and Comebacks: Eight leads have been erased, which in each case lasted fewer than eight minutes (1:08, 4:47, 1:38, 2:11 and 3:31 in Game 1; 7:51, 7:57 and 0:20 in Game 3). There have been five lead changes (three in Game 1, two in Game 3).

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Can A Goalie Catch?

Watch Jimmy Howard try to catch Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers.

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Afternoon Line

Colin Campbell was just on Fan590 and discussed the proposed rule changes, instant reply and a few other topics.

He also mentioned and I am paraphrasing here. “Maybe we should look at how the conferences are set up” and he used the Wings first and second round opponents as an example.  First in Phoenix then in San Jose, three hour time difference in each series.

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Bruins Extend Shawn Thornton

via Fluto Shinzawa of the Bruins Blog,

Shawn Thornton has signed a two-year extension with the Bruins. In 74 games, the 32-year-old tough guy scored one goal and nine assists while recording 141 penalty minutes. Thornton, who skated on both sides of the fourth line, averaged 9:02 of ice time per game. Thornton recorded 21 fights, including his beatdown of Matt Cooke in the first Boston-Pittsburgh game following Marc Savard’s concussion.

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Would Edmonton Try To Make Another Trade With Ottawa?

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

With the Ottawa Senators’ Jason Spezza seemingly disgruntled with his lot in life in the nation’s capital, here’s how the Oilers might solve the Taylor vs. Tyler debate.

Draft winger Taylor Hall on June 25 with their No. 1 pick at the NHL entry draft, pass on centre Tyler Seguin and trade for Spezza later.

The Senators would almost assuredly take the same three players that were on the table for winger Dany Heatley last summer — Dustin Penner, Andrew Cogliano and Ladislav Smid — in exchange for Spezza, who would become the Oilers’ much-needed first-line centre.

Spezza, who turns 27 on June 13, has a cap hit of $7 million for the next five seasons, while Penner ($4.25 million), Smid ($1.3 million) and Cogliano (a restricted free agent who made $1.13 million last year) add up to $6.9-million cap hit. So salary would be a virtual wash.


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Burke vs. Cherry - Who Wins?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The two loudest and most stubborn men in hockey are claiming that all is well in their apparent war of words, while evidence to the contrary may indicate the opposite.

One day after Brian Burke said he was “sour, I can tell you that” about comments made about his Toronto Maple Leafs on Don Cherry’s Coach’s Corner segment on Hockey Night In Canada, Burke said he spoke to Cherry Thursday afternoon by telephone and indicated that “it’s no big deal, I promise.”

After Wednesday’s general managers meetings in downtown Philadelphia, Burke, the president and general manager of the Maple Leafs, appeared put out about what Cherry has been saying about the Leafs and Burke on Hockey Night and indicated he would have something to say after the Stanley Cup final was over.

Never one to hold back, Burke said: “We have been getting a lot of shots on Hockey Night In Canada and I don’t think the Stanley Cup finals is the appropriate place to start throwing hand grenades back.”


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Sitting With The Philadelphia Fans

from Dan McNeil of the Chicago Tribune, .

..when tickets in the seventh row behind the net fell in my lap, I jumped. Since I had no real work responsibilities, I thought I’d see if the Flyer’d up, orange-clad crowd could support the stereotype. It sure did.

Here are a few of the printable lowlights of human behavior exhibited in and around Section 120 at the packed Wachovia Center on Wednesday:

• A harmless-looking, seemingly sober, middle-aged man in a Patrick Kane sweater was tugged back into his seat after he stood briefly to protest a penalty that wasn’t called. It is proper etiquette in all hockey arenas to remain seated — unless there’s pugilism involved — while the puck is in play. It wasn’t. The Kane fan stood with his arms extended for a couple of seconds after a whistle before he was pulled on by the angry woman behind him.

A woman, perhaps described best by comedian Andrew “Dice” Clay, as 220 unattractive pounds, but with a neatly trimmed beard. If you’re considering opening a Lane Bryant store, this is as good a place as any.

It was acceptable to use “mother” as an adjective whenever a Blackhawk or an official did something objectionable.


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Morning Line

“Chicago has a good young team with a lot of talent and leadership, but keeping it together, they’re in trouble there.  They have too much talent. There’s no way they can keep it all unless the wise guys meet them in a back alley somewhere and convince them it’s in their best interests to stay.”

-Jeremy Roenick on the Blackhawks and their salary cap issues.  More on Chicago from Dan McGrath at the New York Times.

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A Tired Pair Of Captains

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Tonight is the 110th hockey game of Mike Richards’ season and the tank appears to be running on empty.

He won’t come out and say that he’s running out of gas and his coach, Peter Laviolette, won’t hear of it, but others around the Philadelphia Flyers are whispering that if they want to win the Stanley Cup, they may well have to do without much contribution from their captain and first-line centre.

And he isn’t alone.

Tonight is Jonathan Toews 103rd hockey game. Through the first three rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs, he was the most dominant player on any team. He still leads the playoffs in scoring, but it’s not because of anything he has done through three games of the final.


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Hartnell Back In The Game

from Marcus Hayes of the Philadelphia Daily News,

“There’s many things. I don’t know if I can go there,” said chronically honest linemate Briere. “There’s a lot of issues that sometimes people have to go through.”

Briere didn’t specify Hartnell’s issues. Neither did Hartnell. It was clear, however, that the issues had less to do with Hartnell’s skating than with his head.

Laviolette declined to talk about how Hartnell, in particular, dealt with his off-ice issues. So did other team officials.

But nobody denied that off-ice issues existed. And everyone agreed that he has dealt with them better, and, as a result, he has played better.

“It’s my life. Some people are different handling [things] different ways: emotionally, physically, or whatever,” Hartnell said. “It’s been a difficult, ah, little go of it this season. It’s all passed, and behind me now. It’s time to focus on hockey.”

read on

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