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A Lot Of Complaining But Great Games Too

from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

Thank goodness for that patch of lousy ice. Thank goodness for the ice that Bruce Boudreau called “sticky” and Alexander Ovechkin called “just a mess” and which, according to the Washington Capitals star, was about the only thing keeping his team from taking a 3-0 series lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins the other night.

“In overtime, ice was just a mess, pucks just bouncing and stuff,” Ovechkin said, a touch grumpily, after his team’s 3-2 overtime loss Wednesday. “We have three-on-two, [Hal] Gill goes down and I have probably 100% chance to score goal. But puck just stopped moving.”

Good thing, too. Because that particular puck stopped moving, what could have been a blowout is now a series, and one whose temperature is rising. We are being treated to complaining about the referees, occasional speculation about illegal sticks, and two young and thrilling teams that have played three fast and thrilling games.

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Focusing On Team Secrets

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

George McPhee knows and respects CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada and its leading role in broadcasting the sport.

But the Washington Capitals general manager said yesterday that the CBC crew no longer will be welcome inside his team’s locker room prior to games.

McPhee and Caps coach Bruce Boudreau were incensed that the Canadian broadcaster aired footage of the coaching staff’s six keys to victory for Wednesday’s Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal against the Pens.

The Caps brass was almost as steamed at CBC as it was with what it felt was one-sided officiating in the 3-2 overtime loss that allowed the Penguins to cut Washington’s series lead to 2-1.

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Report- Ovechkin Receives A Death Threat

from WPXI,

PITTSBURGH—Channel 11 News learned Thursday that Pittsburgh Police are investigating a death threat made against Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.

Penguins’ spokesperson Tom McMillan told Channel 11 that the Penguins are aware of the threat and will be releasing a statement shortly.

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added 4:36pm, The threat was made on a message board, according to WPXI.

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Karma Comes Through For Penguins

from Mike Wise of the Washington Post,

When the other guys outshoot Washington 42-23 and make sensational Simeon go up, down, in, out and back again—until the Caps’ kid goalie conducted an aerobics class in the crease—something had to get through. Outhit, outhustled and completely outplayed, the Caps couldn’t have justified going up 3-0 in this increasingly entertaining Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Karma in playoff hockey would not exist if the Penguins lost Game 3. Desperate as they’ve been since they were eliminated in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals by the Detroit Red Wings a year ago, they responded in overtime with what was most likely a series-saving win on their home ice.

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All East Action Tonight

Will Pittsburgh maike it a series tonight and will Boston get back home-ice advantage?

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Caps Make Plans To Eliminate Crosby

from Katie Carrera of the Washington Post,

Through two games, Crosby has accounted for four of the Penguins’ five goals, and three of his tallies have come while standing atop the Washington crease. Coach Bruce Boudreau said that without the Capitals taking penalties against Crosby every shift, it’s likely the Penguins center will continue to position himself in front of or next to goaltender Simeon Varlamov.

“We’ve got to make sure that we eliminate him,” Mike Green said. “[In Game 2] there was two times where pucks bounce off legs and in the blink of an eye he’s got it on his stick. Definitely have to be more aware of it, but you live and you learn. It’s just his presence around the net. If he’s not able to have any room or you get more in his face, then maybe he won’t have that opportunity to score.”

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The ‘Pied Piper’ Of Hockey

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

Children love his absolute joy of playing. They love the leap into the boards after every goal. They love the new Hip Bump with which 23-year-old Ovechkin and young 21-year-old Nicklas Backstrom celebrate victories. They loved Ovechkin’s clown getup for the shooting competition at the all-star game. And they loved his stick-on-fire routine following his 50th goal of the season.

Don Cherry attacked Ovechkin for this on Coach’s Corner, and the support for Ovechkin’s bringing a little delight to the game was so overwhelming that, in subsequent weeks, Cherry backed off and even began praising the Russian star.

Ovechkin is not only good for the game, he is becoming the game, just as only Gretzky has done previously.

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It’s Not Just Crosby & Ovechkin Playing

From Dmitry Chesnokov at Puck Daddy:

Q. I know that you get really tired of this question. But this series thus far is exactly what the NHL wanted: Crosby vs. Ovechkin.

OVECHKIN: I am tired of this…  This is a game. Two teams are playing, and not just two players. What must not be forgotten are those chances that our teams create for us. Yes, we score goals. Yes, our names are announced as stars of the game. But if it weren’t for our teammates, the guys who create those chances, we wouldn’t be anywhere.

much more from Ovechkin, plus Sergei Gonchar, and Simeon Varlamov

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No Suspension For Kunitz

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Alex Ovechkin was hoping for more, but Pittsburgh Penguins wing Chris Kunitz will not be suspended by the NHL for his late-game hit to the neck area of Capitals goalie Simeon Varlamov seconds before Sidney Crosby scored his third goal of Game 2 with 30.4 seconds left in the third period.

League officials confirmed that the tape has been reviewed.

Tuesday morning Ovechkin called the play “dirty” and said, “I think the League has to do something about it. It’s a cheap shot and it’s not good for hockey.”

continued and if you missed the incident, watch it here...

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Dual Hat Tricks

via Greatest Hockey Legends,

This surprises me: Ovechkin and Crosby’s matching hat tricks is only the fourth such occurrence in Stanley Cup playoff history. The other three times were:

April 25th, 1996 - Trevor Linden, Vancouver and Joe Sakic, Colorado
April 26th, 1993 - Ray Ferraro, NY Islanders and Al Iafrate, Washington
April 14th, 1983 - Paul Reinhart, Calgary and Mark Messier, Edmonton

added 9:42am, from Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post,

“When Crosby gets one, then Ovie comes back with a couple, and then Crosby gets another, and Ovie gets another,” Capitals forward Brooks Laich said. “It’s unbelievable to see two of the best going at it like that. . . . In the biggest moments, usually your biggest guys step to the front. That’s what Alex did tonight.”

In the Pittsburgh locker room, the Penguins said the same about Crosby. Thus, in the series’ first two games—both won by Washington—unmatchable hype is being matched, because the two best players have four goals apiece and are delivering the kind of performances that forge true rivalries.

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