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The Playoffs Are Fun Again

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Yes, the NHL deserves credit for making the playoffs fun again. When it decided to open up the game after the lockout season, it was with the intention of making the game more watchable and it has hit a home run on that one. At the same time it was considering all the changes that have made the post-lockout game so entertaining, it came within a Rob Blake vote on the competition committee of going to 4-on-4 in overtime (His vote was the deciding one and he decided against it).

That would have been fine, too, but we can see now it also would have been unnecessary. Because when it comes to overtime now, hockey fans are getting a bountiful amount of a good thing as opposed to the pre-lockout days when it was getting way, way too much of a bad thing.

So far this playoff season, seven of the 20 games have gone into overtime and not a single one of the extra sessions has hit the 15-minute mark. The average overtime in this year’s playoffs is 5:43, with the longest being 13:19 and the shortest 31 seconds.

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Scott Niedermayer - Media Guy

from Curtis Zupke of the OC Register,

While it’s one thing to answer questions after a game, it’s another to deliver instant analysis on live television with thousands awaiting his first misspeak.

That’s the position Niedermayer found himself in last Thursday, when he did guest commentary on the NHL playoffs for ESPN’s SportsCenter.

Niedermayer had never done television analysis before, let alone on a stage like “SportsCenter.”

How did it go?

The Register tagged along with a slightly nervous Niedermayer for his broadcasting debut at ESPN’s Los Angeles studio:

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Bad Luck Sharks

from Mark Masters of the National Post,

The San Jose Sharks have experienced their share of playoff heartache over the years, but on Sunday night the team seemed to hit a new low. After dominating the eighth seeded Colorado Avalanche for basically the entire game the top-seeded Sharks lost in overtime after defenceman Dan Boyle scored on his own net….

A headline in the San Jose Mercury called the sequence of events ‘A truly unbelievable blemish’ but in truth, it is only the latest chapter in the star-crossed playoff history of the San Jose Sharks. 

Here’s a quick look back at some of the playoff disappointments in San Jose history.

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Talking NHL Attendance

from Matthew Coller of The Biz of Hockey,

SportsBusiness Daily reported that overall attendance in the NHL is down 2.2 percent from last season.  In December, Biz of Hockey looked at how attendance was doing and found that it was down almost 5 percent from where the league finished in ‘09.  The second half of the NHL season saw a sizable recovery possibly due to momentum gained from the Winter Classic.

continued with a chart showing first half and second half attendance figures…

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Marc Savard Feels Great

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Bruins Blog,

Marc Savard, symptom-free for over a week, skated on his own for the first time this morning and said he felt like his old self.

“I feel great,” Savard said. “The biggest thing is that over the last seven days, I’ve had some great days.”

Savard passed an exertion test yesterday. Savard plans to skate on his own again tomorrow morning, then undergo a neuro-psych test in the afternoon.

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Vezina Trophy Finalists

Just announced on NHL Live:

Martin Brodeur

Ilya Bryzgalov

Ryan Miller

added 12:25pm,

NEW YORK (April 19, 2010)—Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils, Ilya Bryzgalov of the Phoenix Coyotes and Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres are the three finalists for the 2009-10 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position,” the National Hockey League announced today.

      The general managers of the 30 NHL clubs submitted ballots for the Vezina Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 23, during the 2010 NHL Awards that will be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas on VERSUS in the United States and on CBC in Canada

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Morning Line

Earlier in the game, Carcillo, supposedly one of the toughest guys in the game, pretended to be hit in the face by Mike Mottau’s stick. Replays showed it wasn’t even close, even though Carcillo jerked his head back like he’d been bitten by a mamba. No penalty was called—indeed it was a rare moment the undisciplined Flyers weren’t whistled for an infraction Sunday as they took eight minors through the first two periods—which is perhaps the only reason the hockey gods, if they exist, allowed Carcillo his moment of joy 3:35 into the first overtime period.

Still, it’s the kind of play, especially for a tough guy, that is the hockey equivalent of knocking down an old lady for her purse.

-Scott Burnside of ESPN.  More from Scott plus other hockey topics too.

added 12:16pm, On Coach’s Corner last night, Don Cherry addressed the diving going on.

Watch below…

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Boys Becoming Men

from Woody Paige of the Denver Post,

Boyz2Avz are a big hit.

The Avalanche’s boy band has grown up right before our eyes — and the Sharks’ teeth — in the playoffs.

These new kids on the blocks are Duchene (three assists), Chris Stewart (three goals), Brandon Yip (one goal, one assist), TJ Galiardi (one assist), Ryan Wilson (one assist), Kyle Cumiskey (one goal), Kevin Porter and O’Reilly. Eleven points in two games in San Jose — and one more on Sunday night.

Before last week, the ice, ice babies had appeared in a combined total of zero National Hockey League postseason games.

Now, those eight boys have been transformed into men. The one-timers are not afraid of the old-timers.

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Senators Running Out Of Time

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

Heaven knows, the Ottawa Senators have tried just about everything imaginable to bring a little inspiration.

One year it was the little Buddha statue Tom Chorske carried around in his shaving kit; another time the toilet that Bruce Gardiner flushed the blade of his stick in before each game.

Last night at Scotiabank Place, it was comedian Rick Mercer coming on the scoreboard to shout: “Let’s hear it for the Ontario team that doesn’t suck.”

All worked, to a degree – but never enough. And this night’s 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of their opening series of the Stanley Cup playoffs would be no different.

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Bad Coverage Haunts Devils

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Martin Brodeur wanted our town’s spring hockey spotlight on the Devils and Devils alone. He got his wish when the Rangers went down to the Flyers a week ago yesterday.

But if yesterday’s tepid performance in New Jersey’s Game 3, 3-2 overtime defeat to the Flyers is an indication of what the goaltender’s teammates are going to do in that spotlight, you can turn out the lights because the party will soon be over.

“It’s not for me or as much for the team, but our fans get so tired of hearing, ‘Rangers, Rangers, Rangers,’ ” Brodeur, the best player on the ice yesterday, told The Post before the match. “This is for the people who support us and it can be great, but we need to get past the first round for a change.”

The task of advancing for the first time since 2007 became more difficult when Daniel Carcillo scooped up loose change at 3:35 of OT just five seconds after the Devils had killed a penalty but were in a state of confusion regarding their coverage, which, in fact, was not an uncommon occurrence much of the evening.

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