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Less Fighting, More Passion

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from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,

Through the first 14 games of this year’s playoffs, four major fighting penalties were assessed.

“I go back to when we had such intense rivalries, like Rangers-Islanders, Montreal-Quebec, Philadelphia versus pretty much everyone,” said Kerry Fraser, who retired last Sunday after refereeing more regular-season and playoff games than anyone else in league history, more than 2,000 dating to 1973.

They battled and beat each other during the regular season to establish dominance, Fraser continued: “But once the playoffs began, the smart coaches were the ones who kept their players emotionally in check. They’d be the successful ones, even in series where the teams had a historical hatred for each other.”

Since the 1990s, the postseason has traditionally featured about one-fifth of the fighting of the regular season, as measured by the number of fighting majors issued per game. Yet many hockey fans say that playoff hockey is far more intense and entertaining — even the substantial number who say they see fighting as intrinsic to the game.

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Goalie Decision Looming For Capitals

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from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Jose Theodore, who was pulled after yielding two goals on two shots? Or Semyon Varlamov, who was okay in relief?

“I haven’t really thought about who’s playing Monday yet,” Boudreau said. “But it was more of a deflating thing on the bench [so] I thought we needed a change. The first one was a knuckle ball. For your first shot on goal, it was a tough one.”

I caught up with Theodore as he left the building and he shouldered the blame for the first goal.

“I felt good in the warmup,” he said. “Then that first shot, it was a save you want to make, even though it was a knuckleball. In the playoffs you have to make those saves. Then I was ready to get [more] shots and they didn’t come. Then that second shot was a pretty good shot.”

“Bruce decided to change me and it was obviously a good choice because we won the game,” he added. “Tomorrow is a new day and I’ll be ready to practice hard.”

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Talking Shootout Participants, One At A Time

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Slap Shots has learned the NHL is preparing to institute a new rule for the shootout that will allow coaches to name their skills competition shooters one at a time rather than having to designate the first three shooters before the penalty shot show commences.

A well-placed source told us that the issue was raised at the general managers’ meeting in March, when it was argued that the current system essentially prevents coaches from coaching with games on the line. It’s as if baseball managers were required to designate their ninth-inning pinch-hitters and relief pitchers in the fifth inning.

The current rule was adopted, we’re told, primarily to service television, and give production people extra time to build their graphics, but that doesn’t seem to be a concern at this point.


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Once Again, Last Game Of The Night Goes To OT

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This time,  the LA Kings come out with the victory, thanks to a Kopitar powerplay goal.

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  Tags: anze+kopitar

Backstrom With The OT Winner

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Nicklas Backstrom’s 3rd goal of the game was also the game-winner.

Series tied 1-1 and now shifts to Montreal for two games.

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  Tags: nicklas+backstrom

Evening Line

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Honestly, we are tired to hearing the stories about athletes with feet of clay who should not have been put up on pedestals in the first place,  much less the thugs on drugs who play major sports.  So how about we cover mainly sports that are actually in season, and also promote better sportsmanship in all sports, college or professional?  How about we dial down the rhetoric about gargantuan salaries and massive bad behavior?

I am at this very minute watching Sports Center, and what do we see—- the NHL playoffs where in fact there is coverage of championship wrestling breaking out on ice and high sticking hits are covered in extenso….. I thought this was supposed to be about actually playing hockey, not that other garbage.  I hope you’re listening ESPN. You are, whether intentionally or not, glamorizing bad behavior, when it should mostly be ignored, not glorified.

-Ben Ben Witherington of beliefnet (no other mention of the NHL).

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Report- Hudler Released From Dynamo Contract

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via a Dmitry Chesnokov tweet,

Just heard from a friend inside Dynamo Moscow that Hudler being released is true.

added 12:09am 04/18/10, Some of you may have a question regarding Hudler’s status with the Wings for this season so I emailed Bill Daly to be on the safe side and his response is he is not eligible to play.

added 8:06am 04/18/10, Last night I also emailed Bob McKenzie to discuss Hudler and Bob stated, just in case you need a refresher on Jiri, if Hudler does return next season, his contract is $2.875M per year for two years.  Nothing can be changed with that, since both parties must go with the arbitration decision from last year.

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  Tags: jiri+hudler

Bruins Played A Desperate Game

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from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

One thing never seems to change with the Sabres. They want things to come easy. So early in the second period, with a 2-0 lead, they let up. It was as if they expected the Bruins to drop their sticks, bow down to Ryan Miller and concede a 2-0 series lead.

But the Bruins reminded us of some basic truths (OK, they’re regular-season truths, but still worth reciting). Boston was a very good road team, the second-best in the East after Washington. The Bruins allowed the fewest goals in the NHL away from home. They’re a tough, resilient team, one that doesn’t melt in the face of a two-goal deficit.

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Should The Cap Count During The Playoffs?

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from the Toronto Star (no writer listed),

Abdelkader was called up from the minors at the end of the season. The main reason he wasn’t with Detroit earlier was his salary: The Wings were pressed up against the salary cap and couldn’t use him.

But the salary cap doesn’t apply in the playoffs — the players have already been paid, and there are no salaries in the playoffs. That means teams with deep pockets — and a deep farm system — could have an advantage in the playoffs that doesn’t exist in the regular season.

Coyotes GM Don Maloney said he hadn’t even given a second thought about the potential advantage deep pocketed teams could have.

“I’ll have to sit down and have a beer and think about that,” said Maloney. “But it is interesting if you’re a market that can throw $10 million (U.S.) in the minors and call them up.”

There is a risk that some players — veterans — called up from the minors wouldn’t clear waivers and could even be claimed by your opposition in the series.

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How Will Chicago Respond?

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Check out this comment Hawks star Patrick Kane gave ESPN.com last spring during the Vancouver-Chicago second-round playoff series:

“I think you look at our team and, yes, we have some young guys, and sometimes it seems like we don’t know any better,” Kane said May 4, 2009. “We’re just playing hockey. It’s been a lot of fun throughout the year. It’s like we just don’t want the season to end. We want to keep playing hockey and keep enjoying this ride.”

Happy go lucky. No pressure. No one expected anything from the young Hawks other than getting their feet wet.

So, we’ll find out a lot about the makeup of this team starting with Game 2 at the United Center on Sunday night. Our guess? This Hawks team can handle it. They will respond.

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