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Monday Morning Thoughts

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

• The number one way the Canadiens have made it hard for Crosby? They won’t let him charge out of his own end (“blow the zone”) with the puck. Crosby and Malkin carry it a lot, with their wingers told to get into position to score. Montreal wants to prevent either from getting it in the first place, which is why you saw so much of the two together in Game 5.

• Sounds like Nicklas Lidstrom’s decision will come down to three factors. First, does his family want to stay in Detroit or go back to Sweden? (His son has reportedly been accepted into a prestigious Swedish hockey school.) Second, what kind of salary are we talking about here? Third, does Lidstrom want to play through even the slightest decline in his incredible skill?

much more

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Stay Classy Montreal

from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,

An open letter to male Montrealers, ages 15 to 25, whose idea of a good time involves wreaking havoc in the downtown core:

Dear Dimwits,

There will be a hockey game tonight at the Bell Centre. The Montreal Canadiens trail their Eastern Conference semi-final three games to two and face elimination at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In other words - and there’s a need to simplify when addressing this demographic - Game 6 could be the last of the long 2009-10 season.

There’s also a chance the Cinderella Kids could rally to set up Game 7 in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. Depending on its outcome, the conclusion of the game will send dejected or euphoric fans spilling out of the Bell Centre. Chants of “Go Habs go!” will echo for a while, then almost everyone will go home.

If you are thinking of lingering to mourn or celebrate by rocking a few cars and breaking many bottles, a word to the less-than-wise:

continued

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Blackhawks Weren’t Ready To Play

from David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune,

“We’ll get ticked off about it and get ready for the next one,’’ Jonathan Toews said.

Easy, captain. You could argue that getting too agitated too often during Game 5 made it necessary for the Hawks to play the next one. So Toews and Co. may want to find a more productive way to channel whatever anger they muster.A not-so-funny thing happened to the Hawks on their trip home from western Canada. They lost their focus and apparently their poise on a night defined by missed chances and needless penalties.

Byfuglien didn’t deserve to be put in the box on the play that left O’Brien with stitches, but Big Buff was a big disappointment later in the second period with two unnecessary penalties. A guy already cast as the series villain must avoid any temptation to mix it up enough to put his team a man down – especially after he wounded a Canuck, accident or no accident.

The Canucks’ third goal came on a power play when all Byfuglien could do was watch from the penalty box. It wasn’t just Byfuglien. Marian Hossa also committed two of the Hawks’ seven penalties.

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Flyers Out To Prove A Point

from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The Flyers have gained a very real sense that they can be a contending team next year. There is work to be done: a front-line goaltender would be a good place to start, and it wouldn’t hurt to add another, preferably younger defenseman with some presence. But there is enough intel now to believe that a full season under Laviolette would be a winning season.

The longer the Flyers can extend this postseason, the more reason they will give themselves and their fans to believe. A win in Game 5 just might lift them a win at home in Game 6. And then, well, who knows?

They could be halfway on a journey they very nearly missed altogether.

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Expect Opposition To The Proposed Deal In Phoenix

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

If Glendale city council intends to bow to the NHL’s demand to guarantee upwards of $25-million (all currency U.S.) of its operating losses next season for the Phoenix Coyotes, there will be strenuous opposition from at least one council member.

“This is absolutely crazy,” council member Phil Lieberman said Sunday. “I will do everything I can to point that out on Tuesday.”

Lieberman also accused city staff of misleading the council members about the issues surrounding the Coyotes. He also wonders how a city of 250,000 people that is facing a $14.7-million deficit in its annual budget can afford to pay the cost of operating a professional sports team.

“We’re broke,” Lieberman said. “We’re $14.7-million in the hole, we’re laying people off, we had to up water bills by 12 bucks a month. How can we raise so much money for a bunch of athletes?”

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Vancouver Defeats Chicago 4-1 To Force Game 6

Canucks played their best game of the series, while Chicago just could not generate the offense needed to win the game.

Luongo was steady and it was important for the Caucks to get the opening goal tonight to take the Chicago crowd out of the game.

added 10:49pm, Sami Salo of the Canucks took a shot to the groin right as the first period ended.  He was taken to the hospital and no update as of yet.

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Will Lidstrom Follow His Son?

A KK reader sent me an email stating Nick’s oldest son has been accepted into the hockey school of Västerås, Sweden starting this fall.

I am sure we are about to get daily updates on the status of Lidstrom, but my suggestion is to just wait for his answer.

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Murray Hit On Franzen Last Night

I’ve returned from Mother’s Day dinner with relatives to see the Douglas Murray hit on Johan Franzen has hit the web.

Your thoughts?

added 8:31pm, for a different angle of the hit, watch the San Jose broadcast clip at Sharkspage.

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Josh Gorges Feature On HNIC

Elliotte Friedman of HNIC did a wonder piece on Montreal Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges last night.

Watch the Inside Hockey video…

With that, I am off to Mother’s Day dinner.  Should return by 6:00pm.

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Wings Core Still Strong

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The core of the team, with or without Lidstrom, is pretty much locked up. Forwards Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula and Daniel Cleary are signed long-term, while Brian Rafalski, Brad Stuart and Niklas Kronwall all have two years left apiece.

That’s a nice core to build around. This team is playoff-bound for many more years to come. But will it be Cup-bound? Again, we bring you Lidstrom’s decision and its impact, both on and off the ice for the Red Wings. The loss of his leadership would be impossible to fill. But if I was a betting man (and I am) I’d bet on Lidstrom returning.

read on for mote on the Wings…

Regarding Lidstrom’s decision, I have no idea but I am agreeing with LeBrun, I think he will be back and also should announce that this will be his last contract with the Wings.

That way it could be a farewell tour for him too, allowing teams to give him a nice send-off.  Imagine the signs made for Nik Lindstrom!

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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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