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Beating Washington

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

The top-seeded, daunting Washington Capitals are in charge of the Flyers’ fate. Another win and the Capitals will be the Flyers’ next opponent. But maybe that isn’t so scary.

Alex Ovechkin remains the league’s most dangerous, uncontainable player. No one questions that. Ovechkin has five goals and four assists in the Capitals’ five playoff games.

But the Capitals might as well be renamed the Ovechkins based on their performance in taking a 3-2 lead over the Canadiens. They have been incredibly one-dimensional. Their league-best power play, which converted at a 25.1 percent success rate in the regular season - nearly 4 percent higher than the next closest team - is just 1-for-24 so far.

Their dual scoring threat of Ovechkin and 40-goal scorer Alex Semin? Semin hasn’t scored in 12 straight playoff games. He has been so bad that coach Bruce Boudreau referred to him as one of “four or five passengers” who have been riding on Washington’s playoff bus.


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Vancouver Thinking Chicago

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

And so it looks as though the Vancouver Canucks will be granted what they so wished for at the outset of training camp.

Another shot at the Chicago Blackhawks, the team they felt never should have eliminated them from Cup contention, could be very much in their future which is fine with everyone in the Vancouver room.

Because they remain a dark shadow in their recent past. Obviously nothing is set in stone with the Hawks still having to finish off the Nashville Predators, but that’s the way it’s looking and it’s not lost on any of the Vancouver players who went through last year’s anguish, a series they felt was within their grasp only to slip away after so many opportunities to close it out.

“I guess it’s looking like we might both get another shot at each other although that series isn’t over yet,” said Ryan Kesler, who likely still remembers Andrew Ladd’s wicked hit that went uncalled in that series. And it would be pretty astonishing if Rick Rypien has forgotten Ben Eager’s also totally ignored by the league and totally unsolicited shot that coldcocked him.

And who could ever forget Adam Burish’s diving exploits, the 10-metre board all prepared for his performances.


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Save Of The Night

Roberto Luongo robs Ryan Smyth.

Watch a different angle below…

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  Tags: roberto+luongo, ryan+smyth

Hossa Should Have Been Suspended

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

What was the first thing you thought of when you saw Hossa lean in on Hamhuis as they both chased a puck into the corner? The hit on Hossa’s teammate, Brian Campbell, courtesy of Alex Ovechkin earlier in the regular season.

In both cases, the offending players seemed to hold up slightly just as contact was made, but the defensemen were off balance enough to be sent hurtling into the boards.

Dangerous? Yes. Reckless? It depends on your definition of reckless.

Of course, in the NHL, where every day is a brand new day, the two incidents end up being treated as though they were from different planets.

read on

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Come Tuesday, Either Team Could Win

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Detroit could easily still win the series; the Red Wings have already won two of the three games at the Jobing.com arena, which is almost a home away from home for them, given the number of hardcore fans that live or visit the area. Still, Phoenix has made a habit of doing the unexpected this season; making the playoffs for starters and then giving the Red Wings far more than most people thought they could handle. Midnight was supposed to strike on the Coyotes’ Cinderella season sometime in mid-afternoon Sunday; they have now extended the series to Tuesday night; and at this stage of the proceedings, it’s hard to think that they might not get through into the next round after all.


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The Top Players In Vancouver Have Appeared

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Less than a week ago, favored Vancouver was down 2-1 in its first-round series with Los Angeles and Canucks fans jammed radio phone lines and Internet message boards with calamitous rants.

In the middle of the near hysteria and panic from a city that has had its heart broken too many times by this hockey team over four decades, there stood Alain Vigneault. Like a man yawning in the middle of a tornado, the Canucks coach calmly and confidently predicted his key players would raise their games and the Canucks would be fine.

And, of course, that’s exactly what happened. Now, Vancouver is hoping to wrap up its first-round series tonight with a road win over Los Angeles. The Canucks lead the series 3-2.


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No Suspension For Hossa

from NHL.com,

NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell conducted a phone hearing with Hossa earlier Sunday afternoon. Campbell made the following statement after the meeting:

“I have made the decision that this play does not warrant supplemental discipline after considering all of the facts, including reviewing the video and speaking with Mr. Hossa,” said Campbell. “This play is distinguishable from recent incidents by a number of factors, including the degree of contact involved; the fact that the consequences of the play do not appear to be as severe; that this was a hockey play involving a race for the puck; that Mr. Hossa is not a repeat offender; and that the call of a major penalty by the referee was significant and appropriate.”

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We Have Our First Game 7 Of The Conference Quarterfinals- Detroit vs. Phoenix On Tuesday

Early poll voting starts…

What team wins?

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Not Liking The Reference

from Gordon McIntyre of The White Towel,

While discussing the superb play of Mikael Samuelsson on TSN’s hockey panel this morning, Darren Pang made a qualifying remark along the lines of, sure, Samuelsson benefits from “playing with the Twinkies.”

There are a lot of urban-slang definitions of Twinky, none redeeming.

The real deal, as such, is the small sponge cake with the fake cream filling.

Henrik and Daniel Sedin spongy? Soft on the inside? Fake?...

What’s sad is you might expect a talking head from the East to still call the Sedins sissy names, but Pang has broadcast experience with the Coyotes and Blues, and must have seen the physical pounding the Sedins regularly take without batting an eye, let alone missing any games.


added 4:31pm, via a Darren Pang tweet,

Hey Vancouver fans, meant nothing by the “Twinkies” comment on the Sedins. No one has more respect than I do. It is term used for Twins.

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  Tags: darren+pang

Sunday Hockey Notes

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• Detroit GM Ken Holland will be saying goodbye to Jason Williams ($1.5 million), Kirk Maltby ($833,000) and Brad May ($482,000) to fit in Jiri Hudler’s $2.87-million salary cap hit next season. Every time I see Hudler, who’s on his way back from Moscow Dynamo, I remember Edmonton scout Frank Musil pleading with the Oilers to take the Czech kid in the first round of the 2002 draft, but back then they weren’t into small forwards. Hudler lasted until No. 58.

• It’s interesting that Norris Trophy finalist Mike Green wasn’t on the ice on the last shift as the Washington Capitals tried to get the tying goal against the Montreal Canadiens on Friday. Rookie John Carlson got the call instead.

• The more I watch the Caps, the more I think they should offer Tomas Fleischman or Eric Fehr and a draft pick to the Calgary Flames for Robyn Regehr….


Also from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Pavelski saved the Sharks with his goal in the last 40 seconds to send Game 2 to overtime, leading to linemate Devin Setoguchi’s winner, and he ripped the OT winner past Craig Anderson in Game 4.

Meanwhile, Jumbo Joe Thornton amazingly looks like Little Joe. How does this happen so many times in the playoffs? The man has scored almost 1,000 regular-season points and he’s only 31.

read on

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