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Luongo Off His Game

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

There is but one bright spot for Vancouver. After losing 7-4 in Game 4 to go down 3-1 in games, Vancouver doesn’t have to think about last year anymore. They have a new low point, now.

The Canucks were all out of maturity and composure. Goaltending, too. Luongo got caught slashing, whacking and trying to trip players like Dustin Byfuglien. Saves weren’t the only thing on his mind. Off his game, he wasn’t alone. But with his focus diverted, his game crumbled. Poor reads, more rebounds and another poor result. Luongo was riddled for six goals on 33 shots.

“I think right now he is the second best goaltender on the ice,” Vancouver head coach Alain Vigneault said. “I think he can be better and he will be better.”

How did it feel for Luongo?

“Not very good.”

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Canadiens Have That Winning Feeling

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

Common sense dictates that the Penguins still remain favourites to move on with two of the three remaining games in Pittsburgh. The Canadiens know it, but playing away from home hasn’t been a problem for them, as they demonstrated by winning three of four in Washington.

That was then and this is now. Still, is their success on the road why the Canadiens were celebrating so long and hard after Thursday’s surprising win?

Have they now reached the point where they are certain in their own minds they will be celebrating twice more in this series - and beyond?

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Bruins A Cup Threat

from Tony Massarotti of the Boston Globe,

The Bruins might not win the Cup this season, but that’s not the point. The Cup is a realistic goal now. And it will remain a realistic goal for the foreseeable future.

In the midst of all this, let us pause and note that the Bruins have rebuilt themselves from the ground up, partly as the work of Mike O’Connell, partly as the work of Peter Chiarelli, partly as the work of Claude Julien and others. The players also should not be overlooked. The luster has been restored to the spoked “B’’ that serves as the team’s logo — it will not be fully restored until there is a Cup to celebrate — and the Bruins are where they are because of shrewd drafting and decision-making.

Let’s look at the big picture here. In the last four or five years, O’Connell and Chiarelli have drafted and/or signed everyone from David Krejci, Milan Lucic, and Marc Savard to Tuukka Rask, Patrice Bergeron, and Zdeno Chara. Phil Kessel was drafted and flipped to the Maple Leafs for three draft picks, one of whom will be Tyler Seguin or Taylor Hall. The Bruins are young and talented, a combination that will serve them well for years in the salary cap world of professional sports.

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Halak In the Pens Heads?

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Are the Pittsburgh Penguins letting Jaroslav Halak get inside their heads, as the Washington Capitals did?

The Penguins say no, although there is growing evidence the Montreal Canadiens goaltender is doing just that. All concerned insist they simply have to stick to their game plan: make Halak as uncomfortable as possible in his crease and everything will work out Saturday in Game 5 of the NHL Eastern Conference semi-final series.

“A-1 is you have to make sure you don’t let the way a goalie is playing change the way you play and change what makes you successful,” Penguins defenceman Mark Eaton said. “We aren’t going to change too much. We’ll just keep – and I hate throwing clichés out there – but keep plugging along and not let frustration set in. When you do that, you’re giving in and you definitely can’t do that, especially in the playoffs.”

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Will The Flyers Start Getting Some Breaks?

from Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe,

...But the only story that matters is this: This series isn’t over.

Predictably, the word character was thrown around the Flyers’ locker room. Mercifully, no one was heard uttering the words desperate and hockey in the same sentence. In fact, I never heard the word desperate at all. The Flyers may have been trailing the series, three games to none, but they were not defeated in any sense because they truly believed the series could just as easily have been 3-0 the other way. That may not have been entirely true, but that’s the way they felt.

“We don’t want to sit here and complain,’’ said goaltender Brian Boucher. “But I don’t think we got that many breaks to this point. We’re happy to get this win and get off the schneid.’’

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Vancouver Facing Elimination After Loss To Chicago

Chicago beats Vancouver 7-4 and can wrap up the series with a win at home on Sunday night.

added 12:58am, from Gary Mason of the Globe and Mail,

It was maybe the Canucks worst game of the playoffs, especially given what was at stake. There is a reason they say Game 4s are the most important in a playoff series. Statistically, the odds aren’t in the favour of any team trying to climb out of a 3-1 series hole. Which is the Everestian task the Canucks are now facing.

Especially given that the team isn’t showing the slightest signs that it has the game right now to even attempt such a massive turnaround.

The Canucks didn’t look like an Alan Vigneault coached team at all.

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Flyers Win 5-4 In OT To Force Game 5 In Boston

Simon Gagne returned from an injury and scored the OT goal.

Game 5 is Monday night in Boston.

added 10:50pm, Video of the game winner.

 

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Blaming Crosby

from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

There are days I think global warming, the Kennedy assassination and the start of World War II are going to be blamed on Sidney Crosby.

Get over it people! Really, I almost fell off my chair when I read the ruckus that sprang out of Crosby breaking a stick in frustration the other night. Yep, he’s certainly the only player in NHL history to ever do such a thing. A real trailblazer for sure.

And I don’t want to hear anymore talk about the fact that Crosby has been known to curse a blue streak on the ice. Let me enlighten everyone: if the NHL started banning players who cursed like stevedores there wouldn’t be any games. The bench and the ice during a game, especially a Stanley Cup Playoffs game, is not a place for gentile society.

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The Name Calling Starts

from Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago,

Chicago Blackhawks winger Adam Burish accused Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows and defenseman Shane O’Brien of being “clowns” for roughing up Hawks skill players during their Western Conference semifinals.

“The thing that upsets me about O’Brien and Burrows is they go and target [Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews],” Burish said Friday morning. “The clown Burrows goes after [Brian] Campbell in the middle of the ice.

“Give me a break. If you want to target someone, come find me or [Ben Eager]. You guys want to pretend you’re so tough, and yet you go and try to pick a fight with those guys. If you want to hit them and play hard, fine. But those clowns are pushing them after the whistle and punching them.”

Burish implied O’Brien acts tough only when Burish and Eager—the Hawks’ enforcers—aren’t on the ice.

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Would You Take This Bet?

via Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News,

Oddsmakers in Las Vegas have put the odds at 8-1 that the Wings can come back and eliminate the Sharks.

The odds were developed by Las Vegas Sports Consultants, which formulates betting lines for a number of top casinos.

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