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So Close And Now Nothing

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anything like the end of the Devils’ 4-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes tonight in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Prudential Center.

It is probably the worst defeat I’ve witnessed in hockey.

When I talked to Jamie Langenbrunner afterward, he was still at a loss for words. I asked him if he, as captain, said anything in the postgame locker room to his teammates before the room was opened to the media.

“No one did,” he said. “It was stone silent in here. I don’t think any of us knew what to say, to be honest with you. If you think of something, tell me.”

I haven’t, yet.

Left wing Zach Parise sat with his head in his hands for most of the time the media was in the locker room. He didn’t even look up when I asked him about what he was feeling.

“We’re all a little bit in shock right now about what happened, being so close to the second round,” he said.

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Carolina/New Jersey Hightlights

Television access to the Canes/Devils in the States was limited (check out Pete Dougherty of the TimesUnion for a rant on the coverage) , so if you missed the game, enjoy the highlights via TSN…

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Carolina With A Stunning Comeback, Defeats New Jersey 4-3

Late goals by Jussi Jokinen & Eric Staal gives Carolina an unbelievable victory of the Devils.

The matchups for the next round are…

Boston vs. Carolina

Washington vs. Pittsburgh

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Back A Little Later

Feel ok for a few hours, then boom can’t keep my eyes open, headache, etc….

Back later….

note:  Original post time was 8:39am this morning.

Woke up this morning with a sore throat and a very run-down feeling.

Maybe a little more sleep will cure that.  So I will be back a little later on this morning.

In the meantime, check out the game 7 performances of the players and coaches involved in the two game 7’s tonight.

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Pressure Time

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

The pressure is on: The Devils. If Carolina doesn’t win, most pundits would credit them for pushing the favored Devils to seven games. Either way, interim coach Paul Maurice deserves to return next season. If the Devils don’t beat Carolina, it would be a serious collapse for a team some think has a serious chance to represent the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup finals….

The pressure is on: The Capitals. Rangers coach John Tortorella made a point of asking reporters during Monday’s meeting with the press if anybody thought the Rangers had a chance in Washington for Game 7. Nobody responded. “I appreciate your honesty,”...

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Don’t Forget About Cam Ward

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

In this series, there has been one goaltender at the center of just about everything.

From his complaints before the first game was ever played to his histrionics after Game 4 to his preposterously good performance in Game 5, Martin Brodeur has gotten all the attention.

After Cam Ward stopped 28 shots for the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday in a 4-0 win over the New Jersey Devils to stave off elimination and force Game 7 on Tuesday in Newark, the winningest goalie in NHL history may have to share the spotlight.

“Quite honestly, it doesn’t matter to me, as long as we win hockey games,” Ward said.

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Martin Brodeur- Travel Advisor

from Kelly Carter at USA TODAY,

Brodeur shares his travel tips and highlights with USA TODAY.

Q: What’s the most surprising/unexpected place you’re ever visited?

A: Warsaw. I played a game there during a hockey tour in 2004, and I didn’t expect anything of it. But the food, the people, everything was really nice. We stayed in Warsaw for a day and a half, not that long. I didn’t expect Poland to be a special stop for us. We went to Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Czech Republic. I visited 10 countries in 17 days during that tour. The people just appreciated us.

Former NHLer Mariusz Czerkawski was the host and he took care of us as well as any other host that we had.

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Mind Games With Brodeur

from Luke DeCock of Talking Points at the News & Observer,

The Hurricanes are playing a dangerous game with Martin Brodeur. Consider these comments from Joe Corvo and Cam Ward on Brodeur’s 44-save shutout in Game 5.

Corvo: “He played well last night, but I think on the other hand a lot of pucks just hit him and he had no clue where they were. … I think Cam played just as good or better than Marty yesterday.”

Ward: “I’m not going to sit here and whine about being bumped once or twice.”...

The Canes are obviously, whether consciously or otherwise, trying to tear down the mythology associated with Brodeur after what may have been the finest playoff performance in Brodeur’s legendary career.

That may help with Carolina’s mentality — it’s the opposite of standing around saying “Will we ever score on this guy?” — but it’s also giving Brodeur mental ammunition.

read on & thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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The Sunday NBC Talk

from Luke DeCock of Talking Points at the News & Observer,

I had worked up a lather ripping NBC for choosing to broadcast Jeep World of Adventure and poker instead of the Canes-Devils game Sunday, if the Rangers-Capitals series ends tonight, but NBC is saying it’s not the network’s decision.

Network spokesman Brian Walker said the league is contractually obligated to provide games to Versus and TSN and there weren’t enough to go around Sunday.

I’ve asked around and it’s a little more complicated than that. Basically, the NHL wants a game on NBC on Sunday and NBC wants a hockey game on Sunday. If the Capitals win, then everything’s OK and it’ll be Game 6 of the Rangers-Capitals series.

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A Series To Remember

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Every so often a playoff series unfolds that is so close, so competitive that it’s impossible to predict a winner.

Every so often there’s a playoff game that’s so gripping, so unpredictable that it’s impossible to imagine another one like it.

And as the New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes prepare for Game Six of the Opening Round in Raleigh on Sunday, one can hardly imagine a match more heart-throbbing than Games Four and Five in The Southland and Newark, respectively.

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