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Pronger At His Best

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

Sunday evening, at 35 and long since filled out to 220 pounds, he stood as the Broad Street Bully, a player whose success, or lack of success, against the small and swift Montreal Canadiens could well be the deciding factor in this Eastern Conference final.

This night it was all success.

Pronger made his opening statement instantly, taking down Montreal’s Mike Cammalleri, the leading goal scorer (12) of these Stanley Cup playoffs at the 1:13 mark. His was the first name to go on the scoresheet: two minutes for cross-checking.

“We want to play physical on every play,” he said at the end of this 6-0 destruction of the Montreal offence.

Pronger sent a second signal early in the second, pounding Montreal’s Mathieu Darche to the ice for daring to chase a puck that was bouncing dangerously close to Flyers netminder Michael Leighton

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Blackhawks Get The Better Goaltending In Game 1

from Steve Rosenbloom of RosnBlog at the Chicago Tribune,

If the kid netminder ever was going to crack, this would’ve been the game and this would’ve been the period in perhaps the league’s loudest building. But the unflappable Niemi said no.

And now the Hawks have won six straight playoff games on the road, surviving then thriving. This is what great teams do. This is what good teams growing into greatness do.

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added 8:14pm, from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Taking a step back and looking at the aesthetic value of Game 1, we appear to be in store for quite a series. How often do you see both teams with 40 or more shots in regulation ... in a playoff game? The game had an electric pace, with two heavyweight contenders slugging it out.

“It was intense. Yeah, it was fast. I think that was one of the fastest we’ve seen,” said Keith. “The Sharks have a lot of guys who can skate and move the puck.”

The question many had entering this series was whether the Sharks could keep up with the Hawks. The answer from Game 1 was an unequivocal yes. Now, the question is, can the Sharks solve Niemi?

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Open Post- Flyers/Canadiens Game 1 ECF

Versus, CBC and RDS will have the game, just after 7:00pm tonight.

Does any team have an advantage?

It is a pick-em series in my opinion and we may change favorites on a game to game basis.

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Open Post- Sharks/Blackhawks Game 1 WCF

Puck drops just after 3:00pm ET and can be viewed on NBC, TSN or RDS.

Should be an entertaining opening game and I say high scoring too.

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Any Ideas?

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will make a significant player-related announcement on Monday, May 17, at 10:30 a.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va

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Afternoon Line

There’s no reason the Penguins can’t win it again next year. Obviously, they’ll make some personnel changes. But the biggest change will be in attitude. Once again, they remember how much it hurts to lose.

-Elliotte Friedman of CBC.  More from Elliotte on the Penguins.

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Just What The NHL Needed

from Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News,

They have the marquee players, the marquee opponent, the painful playoff history and the big stage all but cleared for them.

Basically, this meeting with Chicago is the series the Sharks and their fans have always wanted and needed.

It’s a threshold moment for the franchise, multiplied by 100, starting with today’s Game 1 at HP Pavilion.

And now, with the East mostly wiped clean of headliners, this highly anticipated Western Conference finals is the series the NHL needs (for ratings and attention), too.

Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin are done. So, yes, the Sharks and Blackhawks inherit the spotlight.

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Destiny Ahead For Only One Of These Teams

from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Enter the Montreal Canadiens, the most storied franchise in ice hockey and a team that has been making its own history this spring. Montreal eliminated Washington and Pittsburgh, the team with the best regular-season record in the NHL and the defending Cup champion, by winning two Game 7s on the road.

“A lot of people could say they’re a team of destiny, as well,” Pronger said.

Less than an hour after completing the Ultimate Comeback, Pronger was already looking to set the tone for his teammates. He is the only player on this team whose name is etched on the Cup. He isn’t about to let the rest of them buy into this Team of Destiny idea.

Destiny isn’t going into the corners and hitting anyone. Destiny isn’t throwing its body in front of any frozen rubber missiles. Destiny isn’t coming back too soon from surgery and playing in pain.

It comes down to this. If these Flyers were capable of winning four lose-and-it’s-over games in a row against Boston, two of them on the road, then they are capable of beating the Canadiens and whichever team comes out of the Western Conference. But to do that means continuing to play exactly as they have been.

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Move Malkin?

from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

There are three steps Shero can take this offseason to get the Penguins back to where they once belonged.

Crosby and Malkin will be more dominant with a young, skilled wing to grow with.

However, given the cap constraints, the only way to land that wing is to move one of them for a package that would upgrade the roster and replenish a system that lacks impact forwards beyond top prospect Eric Tangradi.

Staal’s development as a Selke Trophy candidate for his defensive work and offensive upside—at 21, he has produced three 20-goal seasons as a third-liner—gives the Penguins the option of trading Crosby or Malkin. Staal is a prototype No. 2 center and an emerging dressing-room leader.

The Penguins won’t trade Crosby, who aside from being team captain is the franchise’s face. Malkin, already a scoring champion and playoff MVP at 23, is the guy to shop.

Shero should start making calls to his contemporaries, and his first words should be: “Make me an offer for Malkin.” It must include a top-line wing, a top-pairing defenseman, two roster players and either two top prospects or two first-round picks.

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added 9:33am, from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Malkin, who has four years left on his contract, is hardly excess baggage, but if Shero were to pick up the phone and start canvassing his lodge-brothers he might get what he sorely needs—two top-six forwards. If he could get two wingers who make about $8 million total that would be less than Malkin’s $8.7-million cap hit, and maybe a team would throw in a stocking stuffer, too.  A good draft pick or a top-nine, young-20s forward.

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Playing For Mother Russia

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• Is there a more patriotic country than Russia? I don’t think so. You don’t see any of their players turning down chances to play in the world championship, no matter how tired or disappointed they were after their NHL seasons ended. If they don’t win a third straight world title, it’ll be a shock.

• We heard all season that the Oilers had too many smurfs, that they got pushed around too much, but, obviously, it has to be the right small guys. Nothing wrong with Mike Cammalleri or Brian Gionta last time I looked. And Kyle Wellwood was one of the Canucks’ best playoff performers.

a few more quick hitters…

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