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What Happened To Washington?

from Lindsay Applebaum of Capitals Insider,

After a stunning first-round playoff exit in seven games against Jaroslav Halak and the Canadiens, the Capitals are left wondering about their future. And everyone has an opinion on what went wrong. Personally, I like to blame everything on global warming. It’s edgy.

continue for many pointers on what went wrong….

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Can Halak Be Even Better?

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

Halak! Halak! Halak! People already are calling him another Ken Dryden, winner of six Stanley Cups in eight seasons. Another Patrick Roy, who led the Canadiens to their last two Cups.

You don’t volunteer for greatness. You earn it, as Dryden and Roy did leading their teams to the summit. But for now, Halak’s excellence in this first round had more than a touch of magic to it.

Remarkably, Halak stopped 131 of the 134 shots he faced in the last three games. The Canadiens scored eight times on their 66 shots.

How do you top that? Halak didn’t merely give his team a chance to win, he carried it on his slender shoulders - just as he did bringing the Canadiens into the playoffs. On the other hand, another number should tell you that his supporting cast was there for him.

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Bruins Get The Best Draw Possible For The 2nd Round

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

After besting Buffalo’s Ryan Miller, considered the ace goalie of the NHL, they’ll be shooting pucks at Brian Boucher, the Woonsocket, R.I., native who grabbed the starting job only after injuries to Ray Emery and Michael Leighton.

It is the best scenario the Bruins could have hoped for. However, it is a scenario that promises bruising tilts that should have the Bruins reaching for ice packs upon the conclusion of games.

“I don’t think the identity of their team’s changed in the last 40 years,’’ Lucic said. “They always seem to have that Broad Street Bully-type of mentality. They live up to it year in and year out, especially through the playoffs.

“They’re a great team. They have a lot of experience because they were in the third round two years ago. We expect them to come at us hard and come at us often. We’ve got to be prepared for that and do everything we can to push back.’’

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Lindsay Honored

from Chris Young of the Toronto Star,

Hockey fans have forever known him as “Terrible” Ted Lindsay, but perhaps it’s time to retire that particular sobriquet, a long four and a half decades after he did the same thing with his playing career.

With the unveiling of the Ted Lindsay Award at the Hockey Hall of Fame Thursday in front of an audience of family and many of his peers in the game, “Venerable” seems a more fitting prefix. The 84-year-old Lindsay has his own locker space in the present-day Red Wings’ dressing room, his No. 7 jersey hangs from the Joe Louis Arena rafters and now a bronze-on-maple trophy named for him replaces the one in former Prime Minister Lester Pearson’s name since 1970, awarded to the NHL Players’ Association’s most outstanding player.

“It’s beautiful,” said Lindsay, who with his wife Joanne provided input to designer Myros Trutiak’s creation. “I wanted a little character to it, and I think the colour in it, the wing and the wheel on the chest is very important to me.

“It goes to the best, voted on by his peers. So that means there’s no politics involved. That tells you the whole story – whoever wins it is entitled to it.”

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Qualifications For The Coaching Job In New Jersey

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Lamoriello said he is still focused on the postmortem of this season, when the Atlantic Division champs were ousted in the first round for the third straight year, and has not yet actually begun his coaching search.

Lamoriello said his eventual choice will be a strategic expert, which may carry more weight than inspirational ability.

“A priority is the hockey end of it, the Xs and Os, and knowledge of the game,” Lamoriello said. “It will be someone who will fit into the philosophy of the New Jersey Devils, someone who has the ability to make us better.

“You have to match the type of team with the coach’s personality. Not every coach is for every team, nor every team for every coach.”

He said he still has quite a little list of candidates from last year, plus a few important additions.

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added 9:40am, Stan Fischler has a sleeper coach for the Devils, Mike Havland, currently and assistant in Chicago.

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More Than Just A Game In Montreal

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette at NHL.com,

For Montrealers, hockey always has been more than just a game. It is our hopes, our dreams, our culture, our national identity.

Nowhere has it been played with more success and more passion. Nowhere does it elicit more joy from its audiences. When the Canadiens win, the fans win. When the Canadiens lose, they lose.

Once, the team was the blinding speed of a Howie Morenz. It was a Maurice Richard sweeping in on a goaltender whenever there was a game to be won. It was the grace of Jean Beliveau, the brilliance of Doug Harvey, the booming shot of Bernie Geoffrion, the finesse of Dickie Moore and the Hall of Fame excellence of Henri Richard, Yvan Cournoyer, Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Bob Gainey and so many others.

How many treasured memories have they delivered to generations not only of Canadiens fans, but to Canadians across the land—and elsewhere? How much joy did they bring? How many hearts did they break—particularly among visiting teams?

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Wings Report- San Jose Style

Usually when you watch a YouTube video of a practice, well, most of the time you say “that was a waste of my time.”

Not in this instance though, as Jon Swenson of Sharkspage attended the Wings morning skate today.

Check it out and make sure to check out his blog for fair and balanced reporting.

Jon has been around a long time in blogging years and knows his stuff.

Now on to the video below…

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CBC Gets A Winner With Habs/Pens

from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,

There were no sounds of champagne corks popping at CBC headquarters Thursday, but the mood was definitely celebratory.

“We were due,” said CBC Sports head Scott Moore after Wednesday’s upset victory by the Montreal Canadiens ensured the public network two Canadian-based teams in the second round. It’s a luxury the CBC hasn’t enjoyed since the 2006-07 season when both Ottawa and Vancouver survived the initial skirmish….

While CBC is celebrating the Montreal victory, the sounds emanating from NBC and Versus are a tad more mournful.

NBC will actually deign to show a Canadian team on Sunday, airing the Montreal-Pittsburgh game. Though the network is touting the game as a showcase for Sidney Crosby, it can’t be too happy with having only one American market involved.

On the other hand, that’s better than next weekend’s scenario when the NHL gets its annual shutout from NBC because of The Players Championship golf tournament. The league is happy that ratings are up in the U.S. this spring, but can’t be happy that most Americans won’t be able to find a hockey game next weekend.

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You Lost The First Round, Now What Do You Do?

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Here’s my assessment of where first-round playoff losers should be heading into the offseason:

Buffalo Sabres (tinker): The Sabres picked up coach Lindy Ruff’s one-year option today, and there isn’t expected to be any major upheaval in the organization. The first-round loss was a major disappointment for the Sabres, who were significantly improved this season, particularly defensively. The team could lose Toni Lydman and Henrik Tallinder to free agency, but Tyler Myers has the potential to be one of the league’s top defensemen. We could see a couple of changes on the defense.

New Jersey Devils (hard scrub): GM Lou Lamoriello probably had contingency plans in his mind for what he wanted to do with his team this summer regardless of what happened in the first round. But with Jacques Lemaire stepping down, Lamoriello has the opportunity again to drastically alter the look of his team….

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McLellan vs. Babcock

from Brian Compton of NHL.com,

When Todd McLellan accepted the coaching job with the San Jose Sharks in June 2008, he knew he’d have to beat the Detroit Red Wings in order to lead his new club to a Stanley Cup….

“I think most teams think that,” McLellan said after the morning skate when asked if the road to Lord Stanley goes through Detroit. “When they built their team at the beginning of the year, they probably think about Detroit and having to overcome and beat them at some point. We’ll see if we’ve done the right thing.”

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