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Capitals Loss To Montreal Means 5-8 Seeds In The East Move On

Top four seeds in the Eastern Conference have now been eliminated.

added 9:40pm, Kill me, how could I forget about the Pens as the fourth seed.

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Reputation Changing Series For The Sharks

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

This is it. The series that can change the reputation of an entire franchise. Despite advancing past the Colorado Avalanche, the Sharks still are best known for their postseason shortcomings. Beat the Red Wings and advance to the Western Conference finals and everything changes.

“You got to work extremely hard to change your reputation once something happens,” said Joe Pavelski, the Sharks’ best player in Round 1. “It’s a new challenge for us. … It’s new territory. We got to understand it only gets harder and more important games. The mental side of the game I think is really important for us.”

continue for a breakdown of the series and a prediction…

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Lightning GM Shopping List & An Extension For Holland

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources close to the Tampa Bay Lightning say Dave Nonis, Steve Yzerman and Doug Risebrough are believed to be high on new Lightning owner Jeff Vinik’s short list of potential GMs.

Sources say the Red Wings have granted permission for Tampa Bay to speak with Yzerman, currently a vice president in Detroit.

Yzerman won’t comment on the possibility, although his interest in making the move now may be amplified by the fact Detroit will soon announce Ken Holland’s contract extension as executive vice president and general manager.


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  Tags: ken+holland, steve+yzerman

Your Conference Semifinals Schedule

from NHL.com,

Here are the full schedule scenarios for the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs Semifinals, based on the outcome of Montreal-Washington Game 7. Television networks will be announced later:


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If You Plan A Caucks Day, You Should Let The Coach Know About It

via Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,

Asked Tuesday for his thoughts on Canucks Day, Vigneault was dumbfounded.

“I’m not quite sure what you’re talking about,” he replied.

Told that Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson had proclaimed Tuesday ‘Canucks Day’ and that the team was being honoured at city hall, complete with a flag raising, Vigneault continued to flounder.

“Again, I don’t care,” he said, chuckling. “I didn’t know about it ... but it’s a great honour. I think it’s a real good thing.”

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  Tags: alain+vigneault

Another Game 7 - Another KK Poll

If Montreal wins, they will play Pittsburgh in the conference semifinals. 

If Washington wins, they will face Philadelphia in round 2.

update: Can’t get much closer than this so I am moving it to the top of KK so we can see if the voting will sway in one direction or will it remain tight until game time.

When moved to the top of page, there were 389 votes with 51% saying Montreal will win.

Original post time was 8:45am.

added 7:10pm, When the puck dropped, the voting was 344 Montreal, 340 Washington.

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Ready For Game 7

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

So what happens in an all-the-marbles game seven between a team with an unfortunate history of blowing big occasions and another coached by a man who hasn’t won the big one at the first four times of asking?

The Washington Capitals and Montreal Canadiens are only hours away from game seven, and as they try to get some pre-game rest, they may be contemplating a pair of opposing trends.

The Caps players will be mindful of the fact they have won only one of the four game seven tilts they have played in the past three years, and that six times their club has gagged on two-game leads in a playoff series.

And the Habs will surely be aware that their coach, Jacques Martin lost all four seventh games he coached in Ottawa – against Buffalo in 1997, the Maple Leafs in 2002, the Devils in 2003 and the Leafs again in 2004.


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First Round Performers

from John Grigg of The Hockey News,

The hockey gods aren’t doing our Top 10 many favors by having a Game 7 tonight, but unless something crazy happens Wednesday in the Canadiens-Capitals finale – like Alex Ovechkin or Mike Cammalleri netting three or four points – we can already take a gander back at Round 1 and rank individual performances.

Pretty self-explanatory. So without further ado, we present THN.com’s Top 10 performances of the first round.

10. John Carlson, D, Washington

He’s just 20 years old and played more games in the American League than the NHL this season, but the rookie pro has shown poise beyond his years, playing 20-plus minutes for the Caps and looking like the next great young NHL defenseman.


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Imagine If tne NHL Draft Ended After Five Rounds

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  Tags: pavel+datsyuk

Why Montreal Or Washington Could Win Tonight

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

As good as Halak has been in the past two games, there is also the Caps’ firsthand knowledge that he can be had. They lit him up in Game 2, a 6-5 victory, and chased him in Game 3, scoring three times on four shots in the second period of a 5-1 win. So, the debate of whether Halak is in their head will be moot if he plays like he did earlier in the series.

“I bet if you ask Alex [Ovechkin], he still thinks he’s going to score a goal. He thinks he’s going to score every game. [Halak] has played great the last couple of games, there is no disputing that. But every game is a different day,” Boudreau said.

read on for reasons why each team could win tonight…

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