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Part Of The Problem In Vancouver

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Roberto Luongo, as much along for the ride behind good teams as Chris Osgood most of his career behind powerhouse clubs in Detroit—and please, is there a more ridiculous concept than Osgood as a Hall of Fame goaltender?—has allowed five goals or more in five of the 12 conference semifinal games against Chicago over the last two years, so it’s fair to ask whether the captain is as much a part of the problem in Vancouver as he is part of the solution in Vancouver.

It’s a little late for GM Mike Gillis to be asking that question, however, given that Luongo has 11 years to go on the contract he signed last summer.

Garth Snow wants to know if Gillis has considered buying out Luongo.

more hockey talk from Brooks…

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Chicago Needs To Get To The Finals

from David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune,

It has been fun. But really all the Hawks have done to this point is prove they can run in place adequately. They have returned to the spot this whole challenge started, the Western Conference finals, where a year ago they were surprise participants and now they cannot settle for just being here.

They didn’t invest millions in signing free agents Hossa and John Madden so they could win two playoff series again. They didn’t restructure the front office, dumping general manager Dale Tallon to make way for Stan Bowman, to stand still as an organization. They didn’t take an aggressive approach to the offseason so they could accept another fourth-place finish.

As satisfying as this all has been so far, history’s not impressed yet. Until we see what happens in the next two weeks, Chicago won’t be sure of whether it wants to treasure memories of this season or trash them.

It will require more focus, more skill, more strength, more luck and more everything from the Hawks to prevent this year from being categorized as a disappointment. That’s how success has changed the Hawks.

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Evening Line

Over the next 10 years, more and more people across the country are going to start realizing what a great product we have.  I don’t think we’re going to unseat anybody. But you are going to see our fan base continue to grow in this country.”

-Ken Holland, General Manager of the Detroit Red Wings.  More on our game from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.

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Get Your Lightning Wheels

What do you think, how would your team’s logo look?

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Points From The Eastern Conference Finals

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Tired?: What will these two teams have in the tank for the conference finals? The Habs have played more games this spring than any other team (14) and are 5-0 in elimination games so far. The Flyers are coming off a comeback of historic proportions and are 4-0 in elimination games, all four in succession against the Bruins.

The Canadiens will have been off since Wednesday night, which should give them time to recuperate from their arduous first two rounds. The Flyers? Not so much….

The Pronger factor: Remember back at the Olympics in February when people said Chris Pronger was too old and too slow? He does. He files all that stuff away. And the Flyers defenseman is not looking all that old or slow even though he is 35 years old. Heading into Game 7 against Boston, Pronger led all NHLers in the playoffs, averaging 29:39 in ice time….

read on

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Afternoon Line

When you’re lacking in character, you give up 3-0 series leads and 3-0 Game 7 advantages.

-Fluto Shinzawa of the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe.  Read more on the Bruins.

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Hockey The Talk Of The Town In San Jose

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The Sharks are swimming with hockey royalty right now, a franchise barely two decades old left standing with Original Six franchises Chicago and Montreal, as well as the well-established hockey tradition in Philadelphia.

And yet, this San Jose franchise is long overdue in receiving the national attention it deserves. The Bay Area hockey club has filled the seats from Day 1 some 19 years ago, an achievement that doesn’t get the kind of widespread mention of traditional hockey markets.

“The hockey fans here are well-educated; they know the game,” said the longest-serving Sharks player, Patrick Marleau, Friday after practice. “They took the time to learn it, and once a hockey fan, always a hockey fan here in the Bay Area.”

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Jimmy Howard On His First Playoff Appearance

from Larry Mahoney of the Bangor Daily News,

When asked what he learned from playing in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time, he responded “What didn’t I learn?

“I learned how tough it really is,” said Howard, who will return to his home on Green Lake in Dedham with his wife Rachel (Miller) next month. “You’re playing every other night at a highly competitive level. Your body is killing you. But you find a way to block it out. You have to be men-tally tough. I learned how mentally tough I can be.”

In assessing his performance, he said, “For the most part, I did a pretty good job. There were some games I wish I could have back, especially that third game and the third goal.”

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Your Conference Finals Officials

via NHL.com,

The NHL has eight referees and eight linesmen who will officiate the 2010 Conference Finals.

The referees are Paul Devorski, Bill McCreary Dan O’Halloran, Dan O’Rourke, Tim Peel, Kelly Sutherland, Stephen Walkom and Brad Watson.

The linesman are Derek Amell, Greg Devorski, Shane Heyer, Steve Miller, Jean Morin, Brian Murphy, Pierre Racicot and Jay Sharrers

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European Goalie Likely To Win The Stanley Cup

from Lucas Aykroyd at IIHF.com,

It’s looking more likely than ever that this year, for just the third time in history, a European goalie will backstop his NHL team to the Stanley Cup. The two previous examples were the Czech Republic’s Dominik Hasek (Detroit, 2002) and Russia’s Nikolai Khabibulin (Tampa Bay, 2004).

In 2010, three of the NHL teams that moved on to the conference finals have European starters. The lone exception is the Philadelphia Flyers, who eliminated the Boston Bruins and their Finnish starter Tuukka Rask on Friday in a stunning rally from a 3-0 series deficit.

Unquestionably, the best individual performance put on by any netminder in the 2010 playoffs has been that of Jaroslav Halak. Slovakia’s Olympic starter shocked the world by helping his eight-seeded Montreal Canadiens knock off the league-leading Washington Capitals in a seven-game first-round series. Halak (2.42 GAA, 93.3 save percentage) then compounded the shock by doing the same against Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in Round Two.

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