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Cue The Circus Music

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via Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

Terry Murray didn’t mind the Rick Rypien/Rich Clune fight, won hands-down by Rypien.

But he called Shane O’Brien a “clown” for the way he celebrated a narrow decision over Wayne Simmonds seven seconds earlier.

After Simmonds and O’Brien went to the ice with O’Brien on top, the Canucks defenceman got up like he was Tie Domi after thumping Bob Probert, first raising his index finger in the air like he’s No. 1, then waving his hands at the crowd with his palm uplifted.

“You don’t need to rub it in at the end of a fight, skating around with your hands in the air acting like the clown that he is,” Murray said.

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Canucks Throw Kings Off Their Game

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

“You’ve got to put this behind you and we have to get back to our game, our basics that made us successful throughout these 90 games that we’ve played so far,” Kopitar said. “We want to get back to that and get ready for Game 6.”

If it’s their last game, another clunker like their performance on Friday would be the memory they carry into the summer, not the many areas in which they progressed this season.

“Everyone knows that the effort has to be put in, in this situation. We’re going to face elimination,” Kopitar said. “Even from game one right to the last whistle here I thought everybody wanted to battle. Tonight was one of those games where pretty much everything goes wrong. We weren’t sharp. But we have to put it behind us and get ready.”

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Get Into The Game

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from Mike Wise of the Washington Post,

Lineup changes were threatened for Game 6 in Montreal, a plane ride the Capitals so did not want to take.

Star players were called out.

That’s right, you Alexander Semin, you scorer of no goals in your last 12 playoff games.

And you, Mike Green, there is a reason why you’re Everybody’s Favorite Cap to Pick On lately, and it’s not because you keep letting the puck go under your blade like Bill Buckner let a baseball slip under his glove.

You have two assists in five games. Those are not Norris Trophy finalist numbers; those are Stephon Marbury numbers.

And you, Tomas Fleischmann, you have done almost zilch in this series and should soon be paying for a rinkside ticket.

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Lamoriello Won’t Accept Early Round Exit

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from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

“The standards here are very high—it’s not something that will be accepted,” Lamoriello said. “It’s three years in a row. It’s not something you can hide. We have to look at it.

“Was this team playoff-built? There’s no question in my mind it was. It didn’t get it done. Start with the specialty teams. One team did it, one team didn’t.

“You can’t put any blame on goaltending. We’ve got goaltending.”

Lamoriello said he had high hopes for this team, which earned a 13th straight playoff berth, won a ninth Atlantic Division title, topped 100 points (103) for the 12th time and won its fifth Jennings Trophy for fewest goals-against.

“This team had the ability and potential to go a great distance,” Lamoriello said.

read on

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If You Are Reading This, Then I Am Sleeping

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I’ve had a few late nights the last week or so and decided to stay in bed to re-charge my battery.

I will be around soon, in the meantime, will you please make the coffee and I like my eggs over-easy with rye toast.

Thanks.

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Save Of The Night

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Jimmy Howard with the big save of the night.

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Capitals Have Too Many Passengers

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from Corey Masisak of CSN Washington,

A visibly upset Boudreau had some stern words during his post-game press conference following an uninspired 2-1 loss Friday night to the Montreal Canadiens at Verizon Center.

“We’re not getting 20 guys playing,” Boudreau said. “We’re getting 13 and 14 guys every night rather than everybody coming to play. Tonight we had five or six passengers again.”

When asked if he would consider making changes to his lineup, Boudreau responded, “I will think very deeply about that for the next two days.”

So who were the guys Boudreau designated as passengers for this defeat? It starts with Alexander Semin and Tomas Fleischmann, who have started on the second line together in four of these five contests.

read on

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Evening Line

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“If you squeeze the bottle, your hand is going to shake.”

-Jaroslav Halak of the Montreal Canadiens

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Overtime Games Are Draining

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from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

Joe Nieuwendyk can still remember the exhaustion. The effort required to take his skates off, then put them back on every period. The ache in his hips each time he hopped over the boards, shift after shift, hour after hour.

And then came the worst part – the next day.

“I’d be so tired and dehydrated during overtime, I’d look to the guy on the bench beside me and say, ‘Is this ever going to end?’” recalled Nieuwendyk, now the Dallas Stars general manager. “And the day after? You couldn’t do a thing. But somehow you convinced yourself to do it again.”

Marathon Stanley Cup playoff games – like the Ottawa Senators’ Game 5 triple-overtime win against the Pittsburgh Penguins last Thursday – have an attraction all their own.

continued

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NHL Will Be Reviewing This

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Zdeno Chara with an instigator penalty along with additional minutes.

This all took place with less than a second to go in the game tonight.

Rule states an automatic suspension for instigator within the last five minutes of the 3rd period, but NHL can review and make the final decision.

added 11:59pm, via Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston,

“I think if you do something like that you risk, and it’s a serious risk, of an instigator,” said Ruff. “You come in and start throwing punches, I think [the league] needs to take a hard look. Anything in the last five minutes is stupid to do. I like the fact that we had one guy grabbing [Chara] by the knees, one guy grabbing him around the waist and another guy grabbing him around the neck and the big man went down.”

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