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First Round Performers

from John Grigg of The Hockey News,

The hockey gods aren’t doing our Top 10 many favors by having a Game 7 tonight, but unless something crazy happens Wednesday in the Canadiens-Capitals finale – like Alex Ovechkin or Mike Cammalleri netting three or four points – we can already take a gander back at Round 1 and rank individual performances.

Pretty self-explanatory. So without further ado, we present THN.com’s Top 10 performances of the first round.

10. John Carlson, D, Washington

He’s just 20 years old and played more games in the American League than the NHL this season, but the rookie pro has shown poise beyond his years, playing 20-plus minutes for the Caps and looking like the next great young NHL defenseman.

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Imagine If tne NHL Draft Ended After Five Rounds

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Why Montreal Or Washington Could Win Tonight

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

As good as Halak has been in the past two games, there is also the Caps’ firsthand knowledge that he can be had. They lit him up in Game 2, a 6-5 victory, and chased him in Game 3, scoring three times on four shots in the second period of a 5-1 win. So, the debate of whether Halak is in their head will be moot if he plays like he did earlier in the series.

“I bet if you ask Alex [Ovechkin], he still thinks he’s going to score a goal. He thinks he’s going to score every game. [Halak] has played great the last couple of games, there is no disputing that. But every game is a different day,” Boudreau said.

read on for reasons why each team could win tonight…

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Jack Adams Award Finalists

As announced on NHL Live…

Joe Sacco

Dave Tippett

Barry Trotz

added 12:22pm,

NEW YORK (April 28, 2010)—Joe Sacco of the Colorado Avalanche, Dave Tippett of the Phoenix Coyotes and Barry Trotz of the Nashville Predators are the three finalists for the 2009-10 Jack Adams Award, presented to the head coach who has “contributed the most to his team’s success,” the National Hockey League announced today.

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‘Crashing’ Luongo

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Getting traffic to the net has been a stratagem in the NHL playoffs ever since the rover was taken out of the game. It was a factor in the Kings-Canucks series. It’s been a factor in every series played this postseason. And it will continue to be a factor when the Canucks meet the Blackhawks.

The question, of course, concerns the extent to which the Hawks will go to make Roberto Luongo’s life uncomfortable and given the history between these two teams and what’s already transpired in the playoffs, that’s an interesting question.

“I thought the Chicago series last year was the most I’ve ever seen for guys going to the net and falling on the goalie,” said Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa. “[The Kings’] Ryan Smyth goes to the net hard but he’s an honest guy. He doesn’t whack at the goalie after the whistle.”

Which implies the Blackhawks do but we’re saying that, not Bieksa.

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Could Jacques Lemaire Become Involved With The Lightning?

from Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times,

This year, Lemaire had an average offense, a mediocre defense and an aging-by-the-minute goalie in Martin Brodeur and still guided the Devils to a No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Devils’ flaws were then exposed in the first round of the playoffs, where they were upset by the Flyers in a mere five games. Still, Lemaire will go down as one of the best coaches ever and, perhaps, its greatest teacher.

Anyway, relax Lemaire-haters, Lemaire will not be the Lightning’s next coach. But it’s not a stretch to see him as a consultant for the Lightning, especially if Risebrough is the general manager. And anytime you can add to your organization a man who has his name on the Stanley Cup 11 times, it’s a very good thing.

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Morning Line

If the Red Wings’ best players play like they did in Game Seven against Phoenix, is Joe Thornton really the one who is going to stop them?

-Scott Cullen of TSN.  More from Scott regarding the Phoenix series.

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No Laughing Now

from Mike Boone at Habs Inside/Out,

On paper, this team was never a serious contender for a 25th Stanley Cup.

But on the ice, the guys wearing blue-blanc-rouge this season gave everything they had to give.

No superstars.

But no floaters.

A year ago in Boston, Milan Lucic and his teammates were laughing at the dispirited, rag-tag group of losers the Bruins were punching out in four games.

Think any of the Washington Capitals are laughing?

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Washington Must Meet The Challenge

from Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post,

In the last 25 years, the Capitals have blown a two-game lead in a playoff series six times. All six times, they finished in a total tailspin, losing either their last three or four straight games.

But if the Caps squander a two-game lead for a seventh time, this time against Montreal, they will break new ground. No top-seeded team has ever blown a 3-1 lead to an eighth-seeded team.

Normally, this column stays 100 miles away from pep talks. But, frankly, I’m sick and damn tired of the same Caps choke story. It’s beyond old, beyond sad, beyond undeserved. Eventually, no response—commiseration, castigation or comedy—applies.

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Coyotes Can’t Win The Important Game

from Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic,

This loss will sting for a while. The hosts couldn’t generate a whiff of pressure on Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, who claimed the Coyotes were “lucky” in their Game 6 triumph. The shots on goal were embarrassingly one-sided. In one pivotal moment, Detroit’s Tomas Holmstrom badly fooled the referee, clutching Adrian Aucoin by the jersey and then falling backward to the ice.

It was the worst kind of dive, the kind of tomfoolery you expect in the NBA, from players such as Bruce Bowen or Dennis Rodman. It was cheap and cowardly and bogus hockey. Naturally, it led to a Red Wings goal that sealed the night.

But the sad truth is, the Coyotes simply were outclassed, stripped bare by a hockey team with great forwards and a champion’s pedigree. There was no hanging with that team tonight, and near the end of the demolition, an idiotic fan tossed a beer bottle onto the rink. Then the slimy octopus arrived on the ice, completing the nightmare.

The Coyotes didn’t want to tell you how important this game was, but it was all there, right in front of our eyes.

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