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A Few Detroit Players Could Be Headed To Germany

from Joe Yerdon at Universal Sports,

The world championships may get a lot more intriguing if the Detroit Red Wings have anything to say about it.

With the Red Wings being eliminated from the NHL Playoffs, there’s a handful of countries who could immediately benefit from having some of their players make their way to Germany to play in the tournament. With the Red Wings playing into the Stanley Cup Finals the last two years, countries like Sweden, Russia, Finland and the Czech Republic weren’t able to make use of some of their countrymen because they were locked into playing for Lord Stanley’s Cup.

This time around, depending on decisions of some players, things could turn out differently.

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Morning Line

What’s happened to Scott Hartnell? He only has three goals in his last 45 games, including playoffs. Hartnell has done little in the playoffs his whole career, actually — only seven goals in 48 career playoff games.

-Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal.  Read more hockey talk from Jim.

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Playing GM In Ottawa

from the Ottawa Sun,

When we posted our annual You Be The Boss feature in the Ottawa Sun, fans loaded up our mailbox and inbox with their opinions on who should stay and who should go as the Senators head into another season following a less-than-satisfying result. Nearly 1,000 readers weighed in.

Jonathan Cheechoo is No. 1 on the fans’ hit list, with 92% saying he must go. Not surprising since he produced just five goals for his $3.5-million salary.

Young defenceman Brian Lee might not yet be ready for prime time, with 75% suggesting the Senators deal him while they can. Given Alex Kovalev’s lack of productivity, it should come as no surprise that 71% give him a one-way ticket out of town.

What is surprising is the support — or lack thereof — for Jason Spezza, arguably the Senators’ best player. A full 44% want the top-line centre and his $8-million salary next season traded.

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Is This The End Of The Canadiens Playoff Run?

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

The ice melted to springtime thin beneath the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night, just as Sergei Gonchar’s second-period snapshot kissed the mesh behind goalie Jaroslav Halak.

No big deal, you’ll reasonably suggest — the Canadiens rallied from 3-1, then 3-2 deficits in their Eastern Conference quarter-final series to tie, then eliminate the Washington Capitals, the best team in the National Hockey League’s regular season.

That is so. But the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Canadiens’ semifinal opponent, aren’t the Capitals. They are playing with a greater purpose; they are more a team than a swashbuckling band of individuals; and as of Saturday night, they have what appears to be an awakened Evgeni Malkin.

The Penguins’ 2-1 victory at Mellon Arena tilts this series sharply in Pittsburgh’s direction. And it offers their opponent yet another taste of a seemingly endless diet of desperation.

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Not Your Next Great Goaltender

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

I used to be a Roberto Luongo guy.

At the Prospects’ Game in 1997 at Maple Leaf Gardens, I sat with Mike Milbury who turned to me during the game and said: “I love this kid, I’m going to take him.” And there was nothing to disagree about.

When he played for the Florida Panthers, I used to argue that if Luongo wasn’t the best goaltender in the National Hockey League, he was certainly top three. Twice, I’ve picked him as a pre-season most valuable player.

That was before Vancouver, before his strange captaincy, before Olympic gold. Can’t say I’m a Luongo guy anymore. I’ve seen too many flaws. I’ve seen too many nights he was supposed to great and wasn’t. I’ve seen too many playoff series like this one, where he doesn’t rise to the occasion.

This is not the next Patrick Roy or Martin Brodeur. The statute of limitations has run out on that happening. You can’t allow 11 goals against in two home playoff games and expect to win anything, let alone be anything.

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Penguins Get Physical

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

...I will remember the crunching hit Penguins forward Craig Adams delivered on Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges late in the first period. I also will remember Penguins captain Sidney Crosby sending Montreal defenseman Hal Gill flying a few minutes earlier with a shoulder check even though he’s 8 inches shorter and 41 pounds lighter than Gill The Giant.

Playoff hockey.

Physical hockey.

It’s a beautiful thing to watch.

“I thought our physicality set the tone early on,” said Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik, who qualifies as an expert on the subject. He leads his team in these playoffs with 47 hits. He had five more Saturday night in a game the Penguins held a 35-23 edge in hits.

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Sharks Removing Their Playoff Label Round By Round

from Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News,

This team is sick of being known as a playoff softee and definitely used that anger to drive them through the first two rounds–especially this one.

(My side thought: Are they worried they won’t get any more criticism heading into the conference finals? Don’t want them to get all big-headed, right?)

-Biggest point of all from the Sharks: They were thrilled to beat Detroit, the NHL’s model franchise.

-Thornton interestingly admitted that he didn’t play well at least to start the Colorado series but got into gear right away against Detroit knowing that he was up against the likes of Datsyuk, Zetterberg & Co.

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Everybody In The Playoff Pool

frpm Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The league and the PA should investigate the practicality of adding European league champions into the mix in order to transform the Stanley Cup playoffs into the first true team sport World Championship. What would it mean for hockey to be able to crown a global champion?

It’s time the NHL and the NHLPA study the larger topic—Donald Fehr, by the way, was an important force in the creation of the World Baseball Classic—of expanding to Europe if not integrating its schedule with the top European leagues.

If the NHL can create additional revenue from the playoffs or through expansion to Europe, it can then go about the business of reducing the number of games on the schedule from 82 to, say, 74. It can redefine the calendar, with the season to open in mid-September and end by mid-March. At the same time, while addressing the length of the season, perhaps the league could do everyone a favor by eradicating the scourge of the three-point game.

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A Hockey Fan

I first discovered this guy after the Sharks lost to the Avalanche on the Dan Boyle ‘own goal’.  He was depressed…

After the Sharks victory tonight, a different story…

Continue Reading »

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San Jose Sharks Advance To The Western Conference Finals

San Jose defeats Detroit 2-1 with Patrick Marleau getting the game winner in the 3rd period.

Wings had a chance to tie the game in the last minute (6 on4) but could not get the equalizer.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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