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We’ve got a series

Price. Gionta. Cammalleri.

Phenomenal rushes by PK Subban.

And a couple of very, very key powerplays.

Fortuitous lineup decisions by Jacques Martin, who inserted Yannick Weber and Paul Mara in place of James Wisniewski and David Desharnais. This especially came in handy when Jaroslav Spacek had to leave the game due to a hit from behind from Milan Lucic.

Oh, and did I mention the incredible goaltending of Carey Price?

Despite what you may think about styles of play, talent levels, coaching - it doesn’t matter.

Ladies and gentlemen:

We’re going to 7.

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...when Jaroslav Spacek had to leave the game (and return before the end of the period) on a hit from behind….

Seriously, I am glad that he is not injured as seriously as he seemed to be, lying there on the ice. But after the time it took him to get up—and I thought I saw a neck brace, but maybe I imagined that—I was surprised to see him playing the rest of the game. Makes me wonder why the referees (who covered themselves in glory all night) changed their decision about which penalty to assess—I assume that’s why Lucic started off in the box before they threw him out.

Posted by K on 04/27/11 at 12:06 AM ET


My impression on the hit: he was out cold at the beginning. He was also bleeding from the ear, though I think he was cut from the visor.

Regular season? Suspension. However, I doubt there’s any supplemental discipline now, given game seven is tomorrow.

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 04/27/11 at 12:59 AM ET


If he was out cold (and I believe you—I couldn’t tell myself because I was watching a rather small tv at a bar), then I’m even more surprised that he returned so quickly. Every exception that doctors make in the concussion protocol is an example that will encourage managers, coaches, and players to honor it in name only. Not a wise decision, if you ask me.

(Wonder if Dr. Recchi agrees with me or with them!)

Posted by K on 04/27/11 at 01:28 AM ET


K - I completely agree with you. Far too often it is overlooked that these guys retired at 40 and have long lives to live afterwards - with families, friends, and post-hockey careers at stake. However, I can’t say I was surprised, simply given it was a playoff game. That’s the prevailing attitude in hockey. Perhaps it needs to change?

I’ll defer to Dr. Recchi on this one.

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 04/27/11 at 08:31 AM ET


This has been a surprisingly good series. Hopefully game 7 lives up to everyone’s expectations!

Posted by BlackXinu on 04/27/11 at 01:28 PM ET

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