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Morning Line- Jeff Miller On the Anaheim Ducks

I mean, these are the conference finals, the Ducks and Predators among hockey’s precious final four, the exact spot that supposedly occupies these players’ dreams growing up.

At this point in the spring, it is whether you win or lose. But it’s also how you play the game, especially when you lose.

Coming up short on the scoreboard is to be expected; both teams can’t win, obviously.

But coming up short where numbers fail to tell the story – in the heart – is something that has to sit pretty heavy this morning inside some Duck bellies.

-Jeff Miller of the OC Register where you can read more on last night's game.

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Videos- Coach’s Corner Last Night

On Coach's Corner last night, some of the topics discusssed were- Boll and McLeod, the Memorial Cup, the World Championship, the dead duck in Nashville and Pens/Sens.



Don Cherry and Ron MacLean with their post-game edition, watch below...

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Videos- The Anaheim Ducks Do What They Do

12 seconds left in the game, the Ducks are down by 2 goals, so what do they do?



Below, Ryan Getzlaf on being fined.

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The Season Is Now On The Line For The Anaheim Ducks

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The resilience that has been the Ducks’ trademark during their push into the Western Conference finals deserted them Saturday. They ran out of energy and skidded into the grateful hands of the Nashville Predators, who aren’t just acting like they belong here — they do belong here. And maybe in the Stanley Cup finals, too.

While the Ducks spoke of running out of gas and not competing hard enough, the Predators simply regrouped after losing top scorer Ryan Johansen and team captain Mike Fisher to injuries before Saturday’s game. The Predators were the resilient group Saturday, scoring late in the second period and twice in the third to leave the Honda Center with a 3-1 victory and head home with a chance to clinch a berth in the Cup finals if they win Monday at Bridgestone Arena.

“I thought that we had the opportunity to go out and play hard and send a message in our building and we didn’t compete on the puck throughout,” Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said. “That means being hard on pucks, that means directing pucks at the net, all those things.

“I don’t think our compete level was where it needed to be. I thought they came out and worked harder than us in the second and third period and that was the difference in the game.”

There’s no extra day between games for them to recharge mentally and physical by taking a diversionary side trip, as they did during their seven-game elimination of Edmonton in the second round, or to relax by taking a day off to play pool, as they did before they pulled out an overtime win in Game 4 against the Predators on Thursday at Nashville. The clock is ticking on them and their season, and whatever resilience they’ve displayed up to now is nothing compared to what they’ll need Monday in what will be a rollicking, gold-filled arena filled with fans eager to watch the Predators continue the team’s longest-ever playoff journey.


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NHL Short Notes

Colin Wilson tied the game late in the second period and Pontus Aberg scored the go-ahead goal with 8:59 remaining in regulation to help the Predators take a 3-2 series lead against the Ducks and move within one win of reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history.


* The Predators, who began play in 1998-99 and are competing in their 10th postseason, improved to 11-4 in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs and 11-7 in 18 all-time postseason meetings against the Ducks (7-3 at ANA).
* Nashville became the first road team to win a Game 5 in Anaheim since the 2011 Conference Quarterfinals, snapping the Ducks’ seven-game winning streak in such contests. The Predators posted a 4-3 overtime victory in that contest to take a 3-2 series lead before earning a series-clinching win on home ice in Game 6.
* The Predators own a 3-2 series lead for the third time in franchise history and have won Game 6 in each of the two previous instances – the 2011 Conference Quarterfinals vs. ANA and the 2017 Second Round vs. STL.
* Aberg, a second-round selection (37th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft, notched his first career playoff goal (1-1—2 in 11 GP). The 23-year-old Stockholm native scored in his third career regular-season game on Nov. 17, 2016 at OTT and had 1-1—2 in 15 contests in 2016-17.
* Wilson (13-11—24) scored his 13th career postseason goal (all w/ NSH) to move into a tie for the most goals in franchise playoff history and within four points of David Legwand (13-15—28) and Shea Weber (13-15—28) for the most career playoff points in a Predators uniform.
Pekka Rinne made 32 saves to improve to 11-4 in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (1.62 GAA, .942 SV%, 2 SO), including an 8-0 record when allowing fewer than two goals.
* When teams are tied 2-2 in a best-of-seven series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the winner of Game 5 holds an all-time series record of 198-54, including a 5-0 mark this postseason.

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Saturday Night Hockey Notes

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Are the Buffalo Sabres waiting to see what the Washington Capitals do with Barry Trotz before naming a head coach? That does make some sense if somehow the Caps let Trotz go.

- Buffalo will be better next season. Tampa Bay will be better. Florida will be better. Carolina will be better. Philadelphia should be better. The challenge next season in the Eastern Conference: Making the playoffs.

- Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the NHL “will get past” not participating in the 2018 Olympics. Sure, the league will. The fans won’t. And the players who don’t get to go, won’t. But why worry about them? 

- If I’m GM Bob Murray in Anaheim, I’m having an uncomfortable conversation with Corey Perry at the end of the playoffs. Yes, Perry has scored a bunch of overtime goals this post-season. But I’m asking him to waive his no movement clause so he could be available to be claimed in the expansion draft. Odds are, because of his high salary the Vegas franchise would not touch him. But would you have that conversation? Same with Kevin Bieksa.


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Video- A Look At David Poile

Elliotte Friedman with the feature....

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

On July 9, 2017, David Poile will mark his 20 year anniversary as Nashville’s GM. This piece looks at Poile’s history, and how his willingness to make heavily scrutinized trades have shaped the current Predators roster.


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Open Post- Game 5 Western Conference Final

Feel free to comment on tonight's game.

Nashville @ Anaheim, series tied 2-2, 7:15 p.m., CBC, TVAS, NBC

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Before The Puck Drops On Game 5 Anaheim/Nashville

from Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News,

The news cycle went into overdrive between Games 4 and 5. And we’re not talking about affairs of state.

Most of it concerned the leftovers from Anaheim’s overtime win in Nashville Thursday.

In ascending importance, Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf got fined $10,000 for an epithet he delivered to the officials from the Anaheim bench.

It was a homophobic expression, approximately the same as the one used by Chicago’s Andrew Shaw last year in Game 4 of a first-round series against St. Louis.

Shaw was suspended for that Game 5. Getzlaf was not suspended for this Game 5. So we’ll hear a lot of byplay about that.

It was already on the minds of Canadians because Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar got a one-game suspension for the same type of thing, delivered toward an Atlanta pitcher.

Shaw also was asked to attend sensitivity training sessions. Sounds more like he and Getzlaf need vocabulary adjustments

Referring to someone as a body part or a descendent of an animal is presumably more appropriate.

Maybe we should expand our definition of an obscenity. There are certainly things in life that are universally despised.

The next time an official makes a bad call, the players should be trained to yell, “You telemarketer!”

Or maybe, “You son of a Madoff!”


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Hockey Topics Today

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

- Leon Draisaitl’s contract will expire on July 1. Connor McDavid, meanwhile, has one more year on his entry-level deal. Even so, Draisaitl will have to wait until his captain re-ups before he finalizes his extension with Edmonton. McDavid, appropriately, is the Oilers’ priority, even if the timing isn’t critical. Soon after July 1, the first date he’s eligible to re-sign, McDavid will put pen to paper on an eight-year extension at megabucks money. Only then will Edmonton turn to Draisaitl, whose deal will not be cheap, even compared with McDavid’s. The wide-shouldered forward — coach Todd McLellan can use him as McDavid’s right wing or as the No. 2 center — has a first-line ceiling. Draisaitl scored 29 goals and 48 assists in 82 games, then followed it up with 16 points in the playoffs. GM Peter Chiarelli has pledged to match if any rival signs Draisaitl to an offer sheet.

- Dion Phaneuf’s seven-year, $49 million contract does not expire until 2021. Four more seasons of Phaneuf’s play at $7 million annually, however, do not seem as odious as before. The 32-year-old remains overpaid, but the left-shot defenseman is no longer the albatross of earlier. Phaneuf has been a very good fit in Senators coach Guy Boucher’s 1-3-1 system, which has him playing a defined shutdown role. One of Phaneuf’s baffling tendencies in Toronto was to roam and strand himself more than Thurston Howell III. Boucher gives Phaneuf the green light to step up in the neutral zone when he’s the strong-side defenseman to blunt opponents’ advances. Otherwise, he’s been tasked to stay at home in the defensive zone, use his stick and reach, and play forwards physically. Other teams used to take advantage of Phaneuf’s aggressiveness. That doesn’t happen as much anymore.

- The Penguins had 60 percent of their regular-season games played by NCAA alums, a record high, according to College Hockey Inc. Phil Kessel (Minnesota), Nick Bonino (BU), and Ian Cole (Notre Dame) were three of the ex-collegians appearing in 80 or more games. The 2014-15 Rangers had the previous record (54 percent). Pittsburgh’s number has risen to 65 percent in the playoffs.

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