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In these playoffs, Montreal has perfected the art of the timely counter-attack, and a lot of it has to do with their water-bug forwards, who use their quickness to force turnovers and find seams in the defence.

-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.  More from Eric on the Canadiens.

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Stamkos May Have A Concussion

from the CP at TSN,

Steven Stamkos will miss Canada’s next game at the IIHF World Hockey Championship with a possible concussion.

The star forward suffered the injury during Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to Switzerland when he got elbowed in the jaw during a collision with defenceman Timo Helbling. Stamkos sat out the entire third period of the game and will be kept on the sidelines for precautionary reasons when Canada plays again Friday.

“I think it’s just a protocol that you follow when someone has the symptoms that he had,” said Canadian GM Mark Messier. “It’s not a blunt blow to the head, that kind of concussion. It’s a different kind when you get hit in the jaw. There’s still a protocol to follow and we’re going to do that because it’s the right thing to do.”

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Montreal Was The Better Team

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Incredibly, at the end the truth was more amazing than the result.

It wasn’t just that the Montreal Canadiens upset the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

They were decidedly superior to the Penguins.

That was particularly true for the final three games of the series, two of which Les Habitants won including a stunning 5-2 verdict in the seventh and deciding match Wednesday night. With standout goaltender Jaroslav Halak giving the Habs more confidence with every passing minute and every passing period, Montreal filled the Penguin net in Games 6 and 7 in a way they were never able to do in the first round against the Washington Capitals.

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Pointing At Crosby

from Jamie Fitzpatrick of Jamie’s Blog at About.com,

He’s had a great year. But the last two weeks won’t make any Sidney Crosby highlight reels.

A non-factor for much of the series against Montreal, Crosby was flat-out lousy in game seven, as the Penguins’ season came to an early and unexpected end.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Ron Cook is among those taking aim at the home team with both barrels:

  I wrote the other day that I was betting on Crosby in Game 7. Good thing I didn’t do it in the literal sense. I would be broke. As it is, I’m merely embarrassed for being so wrong. If Crosby were a racehorse, he would have finished well up the track.

Frustration in Pittsburgh is to be expected.

continued with links to numerous Crosby related stories…

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  Tags: sidney+crosbyi/i

Looting In Montreal

from CTV,

But within hours, the mood on the streets turned ugly as people wearing masks taunted police, started looting along Ste-Catherine Street and confrontations erupted.

“There were a few people that—some with masks, by the way—police believe were organized,” said Luft, describing the problems on the streets.

“They started throwing bottles, they started looting stores downtown…and the riot police had to move in.”

Police used tear gas to dispel the mob that remained Thursday morning, using batons to prod people along.

At least 32 people were arrested and two police officers were injured.

more

added 8:38am, Another story on this topic at the Toronto Star.

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Flyers Win Third Game In A Row - Force Game 7 In Boston

Well, another game 7 on Friday in Boston.

Flyers have all the momentum now after winning their third game in a row after starting the series down 0-3.

Can Boston find enough offense on Friday to defeat the Flyers?

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Montreal Continues Their Run

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

This is Montreal’s first trip to a conference final since it won the Stanley Cup in 1993, the last time a team based in Canada won an NHL championship. Now Canada has another team to get behind with the Habs reaching the final four.

“I would think the whole country would probably be pushing a little bit (for us) and should we win tonight, we’ll probably get a pretty good rallying cry from the whole country,” Montreal’s Mike Cammalleri before the game.

Sure, there are worldly explanations for what happened here or really, what the Habs have been doing throughout a post-season in which they knocked off Washington, the NHL’s top regular-season team, and now the defending Stanley Cup champs, both in seven games.

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh’s two scoring powers, could produce little in this series. Looking as if they might be tired after two runs to the Cup final — with an Olympics squeezed in there as well — each could manage only one goal in these seven games against Montreal.

read on

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Habs Going For Number 25

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A New Stanley Cup Champion Will Be Crowned This Season - Montreal Defeats Pittsburgh

Montreal moves on to face the winner of the Boston/Philadelphia series while Pittsburgh packs up their gear.

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Not So Fast Glendale City Council, You Are Breaking The Law

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

While it will wait until the minutes from the Glendale, Ariz., council meeting are available before proceeding officially, the Goldwater Institute plans to intercept the city’s plans to hand over as much as $25-million (all currency U.S.) to the NHL.

Carrie Ann Sitren, a lawyer for the conservative watchdog group which monitors public spending, said Wednesday that it is illegal for a city to hand over complete authority to a city manager, as Glendale did, to cut a deal without public discussion or a final vote of approval from council. On Tuesday night, Glendale council voted 7-0 to give city manager Ed Beasley the authority to forge and agreement with the NHL to pay up to $25-million of the Phoenix Coyotes’ operating losses for the 2010-11 season if the league is unable to sell the team.

“By delegating the power and responsibility of [council] to the city manager, the city has violated the law,” Sitren said.

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