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It Is An Outrage

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Let’s see here. Hockey Night in Canada pays the NHL $110 million a year. Meanwhile, NBC pays, well, bupkis.

So you’d think, wouldn’t you, that would mean the NHL might just once in a while throw a bone to the CBC and the people who actually watch the games. But as is almost always the case with the NHL, you’d be wrong.

If there were ever any doubt the NHL has almost no regard for Canadians and the network that broadcasts games to them, let there be doubt no more. The league’s decision to cater to NBC by having Game 4 of the Montreal-Philadelphia Eastern Conference final at 3 p.m. Saturday is nothing short of an outrage.

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How Will The Flyers Respond?

from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

What matters now is how his team responds to what Richards colorfully and accurately described as “an old-fashioned ass-kicking.”

“I don’t think you want to forget it,” Pronger said. “I think you need to use it and feed off it - use it as a wake-up call or whatever you want to call it. We need to understand it’s going to take a lot more than we showed out there today to be successful.”

If you’re looking for encouraging signs, start with Leighton. Whenever a guy comes out of nowhere to play this well for this long, you’re always half expecting him to turn back into a pumpkin. That did not happen. Leighton was just fine. He had no chance to stop the first two Montreal goals, and little chance on two others.

The team in front of him just couldn’t be saved.

In counterpoint, when a player has been reliably excellent throughout his career, you don’t write him off because of one bad night. It is hard to believe Pronger and defensive partner Matt Carle won’t bounce back from their worst performance of the postseason.

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Rob Blake Knows What The Sharks Need To Do

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

This week, he is unabashedly addressing Chicago’s confident swagger.

“They’ve earned that confidence by winning two in our rink,” Blake said. “Now we’ve got to respond. They’ve stuck to their game very well and we haven’t been doing that by any means.”

So which means are the right means?

“They look quicker right now,” Blake said of the Blackhawks. “But we can be quicker, too, getting out of our zone and moving the puck. Don’t take anything away from them. They want to win. They’re a good team. But our execution and poise with the puck can be better. We’re not playing as crisp as we were. They’ve been able to knock down pucks.”

As he notes, though, the Sharks are greatly assisting in that effort. The most discouraging statistic from the first two games of the series is that our beloved Los Tiburones have been credited with 40 puck giveaways to Chicago’s 15. Meanwhile, the Sharks have actually been credited with more puck take-aways, 22-16.

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Who Gets The Prime Seat?

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

This nicely sets the stage for what should be a terrific piece of post-season drama on Saturday afternoon, one that already has three networks — CBC, RDS and NBC — jostling over who gets the coveted between-the-benches broadcast perch.

Nobody’s talking about the Flyers pushing the Habs around any more, and the sandpaper elements in the Philly lineup — Scott Hartnell, Dan Carcillo, etc. — haven’t made an impact so far.

But if the Flyers were a bit cocky before Game 3, that’s gone now.

That means the fourth game of this Eastern final should be the most hotly contested yet.

more on last night’s game…

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We Now Have A Series

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The Habs still trail 2-1 in the series with Game 4 set for Saturday afternoon, but this night was a dramatic lesson in just how quickly a playoff series can turn.

Just how quickly the dead can come alive.

Just how quickly the invincible can suddenly be revealed as disorganized and wanting.

Just how quickly despair can turn to hope.

“It was an old-fashioned ass-kicking,” Philadelphia captain Mike Richards said. “I don’t know if we thought we could throw our sticks on the ice and it was going to be easy. Give them credit. They played hard. They were all over the ice. They won every puck battle. Obviously, it shows by the score.”

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No Support For Leighton

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

You know an NHL goalie has reached a special place when, after a loss, he is described in media reports as “merely human, after all.”

When that happens, what it means is that in previous games he had done something extra-special for his team. He was the biggest reason his team won - just as Jaroslav Halak was against Washington and Pittsburgh and Michael Leighton was in holding the Canadiens goalless in the first two games of the Eastern Conference final.

Last night, in this 5-1 romp over the Flyers, let it be said that Leighton was “merely human, after all.”

However, what also should be said is what most of the Flyers were saying, or should have been saying after the game; namely, that Leighton was left “hung out to dry.” Put it this way: until roughly the last half of the third period, Leighton wasn’t provided any help by the Flyers.

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No Fear In Kane’s Game

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

So there was Patrick Kane, the charismatic, young Chicago Blackhawks star, fielding questions from a gathering of reporters when an innocuous softball landed at his feet.

Kane was asked: Do his butterflies increase or decrease, knowing the Blackhawks are only two victories away from a Stanley Cup appearance, entering Friday’s third game of the Western Conference final against the San Jose Sharks?

“To be honest with you, I haven’t really had butterflies as far as playing the game,” Kane answered so matter-of-factly and so without pretence that you knew it to be true.

In that sentence there is a great deal of insight into what makes tick a player small (5 foot 10, 178 pounds) even by the new NHL standards, but who plays the game without fear of failure.

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Bloopers- Kings Style

The Los Angeles Kings put together a video of many of the off-ice bloopers that were caught while filming during the season.

Many of them featured Heidi Androl, so let’s roll the tape…

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Talking Soon To Be UFAs In Atlanta

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

The Atlanta Thrashers have talked to potential unrestricted free agents Pavel Kubina and Maxim Afinogenov about contract extensions and came away believing there was some hope of re-signing them.

    Based on what I’m hearing, there appears to be no hope of re-signing Colby Armstrong.

    The Kubina situation seems the most crucial for the Thrashers because he played reasonably well for them. Although the Thrashers gave up too many goals last season, they were playing a wide-open style that led to opponents getting too many odd-man breaks. Even under that system, Kubina was an even player in plus-minus.

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Open Post- Game 3 ECF Flyers/Canadiens

First off, Montreal needs to score a goal and quickly.

If that happens, maybe somehow they can find their game again and make this a series.

If not, it could be over quickly.

Game starts just after 7:00pm on Versus, CBC and RDS.

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