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Looks like a slow hockey news day, so this post is for you.

Want to talk anything hockey, including Penguins/Canadiens which starts soon, be my guest.

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Hey do you think round two will be just as good as round 1?  Thanks

Posted by J.J. Bonneville from Rocheter, NY area on 04/30/10 at 07:38 PM ET

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I say better J.J.  The intensity will pick up even more as all the series progress. 

The first round was only a taste of what we are about to see.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/30/10 at 07:41 PM ET

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Any news lately on the NHLPA and the search for a new executive director/constitution reform?

I know this story isn’t a popular one among fans, but it is really important in the big picture moving forward.

Also, with Hockey Related Revenues, do the playoff figures count into the year-end calculation for the salary cap?  Curious as I would think with the markets that are in the playoffs this year revenues might be slightly higher.

Posted by Tim D. on 04/30/10 at 07:56 PM ET

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Tim, everything I have heard is Donald Fehr is in-line for the job.  Could be announced in June at the NHLPA meeting.

They have done a good job of keeping it undercover, no big media splashes is good this time of year, keep the focus on the ice.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/30/10 at 08:00 PM ET

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talking intensity, how violent will the vancouver/chicago series be in your opinion?
hope the guys concentrate more on hockey than on their dislike for each other, and maybe we’re lucky that mitchell is out so there’s no reason for retaliation.

as much as i’d love to root against the pens, i hope they reach the conference finals and face boston there. that story just HAS to play out. damned habs, took away that matchup in the second round ...

and, finally - do you think the wings can beat the sharks? i’m still convinced, though 3 gaa in roughly 1:20 is a bit more than i’d like them to give up. i’ll ask you about your beliefs of the wings’ cup-winning-chances after round 2, i guess - those playoffs have been especially unpredictable wink

Posted by german_wing from Toronto, Canada on 04/30/10 at 08:11 PM ET

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whoooa, fleury looking VERY shaky ... but i’m happy that subban scored. montreal sure is channeling some hockey magic this spring!

Posted by german_wing from Toronto, Canada on 04/30/10 at 08:19 PM ET

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SUBBAN

og sbaH og

Posted by edillac from isolation on 04/30/10 at 08:19 PM ET

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it’s just way too much fun to root against the pens ... *gives in*

Posted by german_wing from Toronto, Canada on 04/30/10 at 08:23 PM ET

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BUT on the other side, i’d just freak out to see them clobbered by the rediscovered big bad bruins.
too bad evander kane doesn’t play there *eg*

Posted by german_wing from Toronto, Canada on 04/30/10 at 08:24 PM ET

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a new feeling for the habs: facing a power play that ... ACTUALLY GETS QUALITY SHOTS ON NET!

let’s see how halak responds. did you see his hand shaking?!?!

Posted by german_wing from Toronto, Canada on 04/30/10 at 08:27 PM ET

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german_wing, I don’t think it will get very violent, the NHL won’t allow it, but it will be a hard hitting game.

Not having Mitchell in the lineup is a big problem for the Canucks, he is a good playoff performer especially against a team like Chicago.

Regarding the Wings, game one needs to be their bad game of the series. I expect them to come out with a lot more on Sunday after a fe off days which they really needed.

Not using travel as an excuse but traveling across country like they have takes a lot out of team, but they would never admit it.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/30/10 at 08:28 PM ET

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only because Pyatt broke his stick,so the PP was able to go deeper in the zone,
bad luck

Posted by edillac from isolation on 04/30/10 at 08:29 PM ET

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Cooke,eh?
didnt look dirty at first look

Posted by edillac from isolation on 04/30/10 at 08:33 PM ET

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well, matt cooke again showed the hockey world what he’s really all about. i’m totally sick of this guy!

Posted by german_wing from Toronto, Canada on 04/30/10 at 08:34 PM ET

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Clean hit and bad break for Montreal to lose Markov.  Right knee or leg, didn’t look good.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/30/10 at 08:35 PM ET

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c’mon Jaro get it together

Posted by edillac from isolation on 04/30/10 at 08:37 PM ET

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paul, i’m also a bit concerned about the depth of the canucks’ blue line corps. mitchell as a shutdown-man would be great against a terribly fast chicago team - but on the other hand toews mentioned that he’s a bit sad mitchell doesn’t play ... so i was just hoping that the fact might take some tension out of the series.

Posted by german_wing from Toronto, Canada on 04/30/10 at 08:38 PM ET

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yea, it sure looked like a clean hit - but nevertheless: another aggressive action by cooke (where was the puck at that time? serious question, not sure right now), another player injured. that just stinks.

oh, and pittsburgh just scored twice as many pp-goals as the caps did in their series against the habs *g*

Posted by german_wing from Toronto, Canada on 04/30/10 at 08:41 PM ET

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While happy for my B’s success so far, worried about Chiarelli’s idiotic decision to sign Ference to a 3 year extension.  Boychuk’s playoff performance may price him right out of our market.  That’s not to mention Seidenberg and Stuart.  Thoughts?

Posted by mikelvl from Boston on 04/30/10 at 08:55 PM ET

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Re: Cooke’s hit - it was a clean hit.  Not sure how you could argue otherwise.  And yes, hits are aggressive - welcome to the world of hockey.  Could you point me to a non-aggressive hit? No one wants to see a guy injured but the hit was clearly not dirty.

Posted by scurvy_bblllaaaarrrrggh from Chicago on 04/30/10 at 09:01 PM ET

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mike, i’d pick seidenberg (no ehrhoff, but you also get more defense from dennis) and stuart over ference anytime.
too bad boychuck cracked the lineup so late.

that ference deal looks a bit strange to me, as chiarelli usually acts like a gm actually looking into the future and not only past & present.

Posted by german_wing from Toronto, Canada on 04/30/10 at 09:02 PM ET

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i was sure i’d get some ribbing on that “aggressive” description ... actually meant sth like “overaggressive”, sry.
finally saw some replays and yea, that’s a clean hit. guess i’m a bit biased when it comes to cooke. *shrugs*

Posted by german_wing from Toronto, Canada on 04/30/10 at 09:05 PM ET

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canadiens’ pk sure gets embarrassed there.

Posted by german_wing from Toronto, Canada on 04/30/10 at 09:09 PM ET

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Yeah well Cooke deserves his rep as a dirty player but when a hit is clean, you can’t really fault him.  And yeah, the PP looks good for Pgh right now.

Posted by scurvy_bblllaaaarrrrggh from Chicago on 04/30/10 at 09:17 PM ET

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This is my post just to say that Sidney Crosby dad in the crowd tonight… with his collar and his bling… does nothing to stop the perception of “Silver Spoon” Sid.

Posted by Primis on 04/30/10 at 09:32 PM ET

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Damn…3 for 3 on the pp?  At least the Pens did some research on Halak.  How many of those were high glove hand?  Say what you want about Cooke being dirty but he certainly has been getting it done offensively this playoffs.

And not to be biased.  Subban has continued to impress.  He’s an excellent 2 way defenseman and hits pretty hard.  No way he’s in the AHL next year.

Posted by stoneman from vegas on 04/30/10 at 09:55 PM ET

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Cooke’s hit was late but it wasn’t dirty (had the puck been there).  That’s what you expect from a McCreary reffed game.

Posted by stoneman from vegas on 04/30/10 at 09:58 PM ET

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Markov gone means the end of the Impossible Dream, not that I was putting any money on the Canadiens advancing past this round.

Red Wings in seven.  Last night was all part of the plan.

Posted by Mick Kern from Toronto on 04/30/10 at 10:09 PM ET

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I agree Mick, huge loss for the Habs.  My dream of a Montreal/Detroit SCF is fading.

Was shopping for a Fedora, ready to make train reservations from Windsor to Montreal, now all going downhill.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/30/10 at 10:13 PM ET

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no worries yet paul, i think halak may again turn darn hot after being pulled.
pens look quite beatable at times. at others (especially on the pp), they look like reigning champions. sort of streaky during the game. and fleury is just like that, too ... at times magnifique, at times porous.


my main concern about the cooke hit is just what stoneman said: ‘twas a bit on the late side, eh?
hope that markov’s injury doesn’t turn out to be that bad, ‘though it looks otherwise.

wings in 6 or 7. but i guess 7, since mclellan told the press: “that was just one game, six to go”. lol.
mule seems to get hot now, too. if fil keeps on playing great, the 3rd and 4th lines as effective as they’ve been and howard manages to play just good but not sub-par, they will overcome the sharks even without having to go the whole distance. oh, and the d should just keep on being offensively fearsome.

Posted by german_wing from Toronto, Canada on 04/30/10 at 10:29 PM ET

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