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Will Marc-Andre Fleury Bounce Back?

from Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Fleury's toast now. He's a train wreck that not even a team of the planet's most advanced sports psychologists could cure. He'll give up floater after floater in Game 5 and beyond, right up until the Penguins are eliminated and, then, spend their summer searching for another franchise goaltender.

If I know my city, the invectiveness sprayed at TV sets across Western Pennsylvania was all that and a whole lot uglier.

Well, count me out.

Don't misunderstand, please. Fleury blew it. He blew it big-time. He had no business straying from his net or conceding Foligno's shot from somewhere south of Cincinnati. He let the team down when it needed him most.

But sorry, this just doesn't come with the same feel of the Fleury we've seen flop in years past.

I remember Fleury on Long Island last spring, ramming his forehead against a cement-block wall at the back of the locker room. He was a mess of the worst kind. Dan Bylsma didn't want to turn to Tomas Vokoun, but he had no choice.

This just isn't that. Not yet, anyway.

more and below, watch the game tying goal and OT goal by Columbus to even the series at 2 games...

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Video- Patrick Kane Works Some OT Magic

Patrick Kane goes short-side on Ryan Miller to even up the series at two games...

 

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Is Slava Fetisov ready for his close-up?

George here: I posted this little tidbit in my Red Wings-Bruins Game 3 tailings post, but I gather that not all of you read TMR, and something tells me that more than just Red Wings fans will be interested in this little ditty.

"Rope of Silicon's" Brad Brevet reported that a documentary titled Red Army--a film chronicling the creation, dominance, persistance and downfall of the mighty Soviet Red Army hockey team and its players--will make its debut at the Cannes Film Festival.

Is main character is a certain former Red Wing, New Jersey Devil, Russian Minister of Sport and current senator from Vladivostok, one Vyacheslav "Slava" Fetisov, who captained the team through the "Miracle on Ice" years and was part of the famous "Green Unit" (a.k.a. KLM line).

From Brevet:

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Video- Matt Cooke Suspended 7 Games

The video explanation...

 

NHL release is below...

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Video- Down Goes The Mascot

LA Kings mascot takes down the Sharks mascot...

Bailey may be facing a fine/suspension!

 

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Open Post- Three Games Tonight On The Stanley Cup Playoffs Schedule

The three home teams will try to even up the series at 2-2 tonight.

Feel free to comment on the games tonight or anything hockey related.

 

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Where’s Giroux?

from Ed Barkowitz of the Philadelphia Daily News,

It is clear through three games that the Rangers intend to bump, harass, slash and aggravate Flyers captain Claude Giroux every chance they get. So, how are they doing?

Last night marked the 13th consecutive game Giroux did not score a goal against the Rangers, who took a 2-1 series lead with a suffocating 4-1 victory. Giroux drew a couple of penalties on the Blueshirts and chipped in his second assist of the playoffs. He even got his first shot on goal, on his 62nd shift of the series, but he again did not get one past Henrik Lundqvist.

"He's a good goalie," Giroux said. "We knew that coming in the series, and we just need to keep shooting the puck, and they're going to start going in."

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NBC Sports Group Will Cover Team USA From IIHF World Championship

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 23, 2014 – NBC Sports Group will present live coverage of all Team USA games next month from the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus, part of more than 40 hours of coverage on NBCSN. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream all NBCSN content.

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News Of The Day

- David Backes did not skate with the team today but Ken Hitchcock said...

via Mark Lazerus tweet,

"He’s not going to play unless he’s healthy. You never know, he could be skating in another rink. Lot of rinks in Chicago."

So going by Hitchcock's remark, Backes is a game time decision.

Hitchcock also menioned Brenden Morrow is out for the series.  Morrow was seen wearing a walking boot today.

- The Anaheim Ducks announced Teemu Selanne will be a healthy scratch for the Ducks tonight.

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Quick Hits

from Stan Fischler of The Fischler Report,

* Right now the Broad Street Bullies are being bullied by the non-Smurf Rangers.

* Put it another way, as I predicted before the series, one major advantage New York has over Philly is in the area of coaching.

* Say this for the Bruins; when they finally get serious against the well-coached Red Wings, it was for the most part; series over.

* Did Brad Marchand fake that "injury?" If so, then shame on the Bruins; times ten.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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