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Can Capitals Beat Lundqvist?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Dixon of The Hockey News,

You know what they’re saying in Washington. The Capitals were down 3-1 to Philadelphia last year before storming back to force a Game 7, which they ultimately lost in overtime.

Now, facing the same series deficit versus the New York Rangers, the Caps most natural rallying cry is, “We did it before, this time let’s finish the job.”

That notion would be more than hyperbole if they weren’t trying to score goals on Henrik Lundqvist, which is just about the toughest NHL assignment east of Vancouver.

The good news for Washington is Alex Ovechkin looks poised for another late-series surge similar to the one he had last year against Philly.

more and some Canadiens talk too…

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Bruins Sweep Canadiens, Move On To Eastern Conference Semi-Finals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Kevin Mio of Habs Inside/Out writes,

What’s Next: A summer full of questions and searching for answers as to what went wrong during the centennial season. The Canadiens have a long list of unrestricted free agents and the 2009-10 edition of the team could look vastly different.

added 10:34pm, from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

If the Canadiens were going to win this series, their hopes had to rest on goaltending but Carey Price never looked like the second coming of Patrick Roy or Ken Dryden.

Check that. Price did do a fair imitation of Roy when he stopped a shot by Mark Recchi from just across centre ice with a little more than four minutes remaining in the second period. The sellout crowd greeted the stop with an ovation that dripped with sarcasm and Price responded by throwing his arms in the air.

When coach Bob Gainey was asked why he didn’t use Jaroslav Halak, who was limited to 20 minutes of perfect relief work in Game 2, he suggested that it wouldn’t have been fair to the Slovak because he hadn’t started a game in 7-10 days and that it wouldn’t have been fair to Price, who had carried the load coming into the playoffs.

more

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Guralnick: On Camera

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

He’s become our unofficial official photographer.  With brilliance found here and here, here and even here...Dave Guralnick has captured every pivotal moment of the last several years.

Well. Last night?

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Early Answers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Button at NHL.com,

What answers have been obtained through the early part of the playoffs?

* St. Louis had a wonderful run to the playoffs, but had the misfortune of facing a team which had an equally good record entering the playoffs.

* Roberto Luongo has been on top of his game, and a fortune could be made if there was a dollar handed out at every mention of “goaltending is important in the playoffs.”

* The Canucks’ defense is outstanding and any questions about the Sedin twins have been emphatically answered during the first round with their stellar play.

* Chris “OsGreat” has warranted the belief the Red Wings put in him prior to the playoffs. The series has unfolded as a lopsided one, but early in Game 1, the Blue Jackets put the test to the Red Wings, and Osgood not only answered brilliantly, he has maintained that level of play through three games.

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Draper Still Out

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

At first I thought it was a rib thing, now?  I’d guess concussion.  33’s sitting 4 out.

Khan(!)

Draper, who has missed the last five games with an upper-body injury, continues practicing and taking the pregame warm-ups and said he feels good and is able to do the things he normally does.

“I (ask the doctor) every morning to see where we’re at, and I haven’t gotten anything positive,’’ Draper said. “It’s really in the doc’s hands. Once he says yeah, away we go.

“The positive thing is I can do everything—full practice, workouts. Just need one little nod from the doc that says we’re there, and I haven’t gotten it yet.’‘

 

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Has Chicago ” Bitten Off More Than They Can Chew”?

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from Peter Zuurbie of CalgaryFlames.com,

The Hawks may have made the biggest mistake of their season. In losing their composure at the end of Game 3, the Blackhawks continually instigated the Flames, and specifically captain Jarome Iginla. While the inexperienced Hawks team may have been trying to throw Iginla off his game, they may have accomplished the exact opposite. Standing strong behind their fired-up captain, the Flames seem to have regained their swagger.

“He’s not a guy you want to light a fire under… that guy’s got a scary look when he gets mad and I wouldn’t want to be on the other team facing off against him,” said a defiant Nystrom, who believes his opponents have bitten off more than they can chew.

“The only thing they can do is verbally abuse that guy because you’re not going to physically intimidate him… He’s not afraid of anybody, he’s willing to take anybody on so, if they just want to talk and not back it up, only Iggy’s gonna get stronger.”

continued

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This Can’t Be Good

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Talk about bad karma…

from Erik Rolfsen of The White Towel at the Vancouver Province,

...we’re having a friendly competition to see which Canuck fan can map out the best route for the Stanley Cup Parade. All you have to do is use Google Maps to draw the route you think would be best. It could pass through your neighbourhood, by your house, your favourite watering hole, wherever you want. Just let us know where it should go, and use markers to describe any points of interest it passes along the way.

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Off Day Goodies

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Remember our pal Michael Arace and his, “Osgood looked shakey” comment from earlier this week?  He’s at it again.  Remember Mike Commodore’s comments that our Uncle Mike blackballed him and stalled his career?  We’re going to re-visit that too.  Time for a flashback bitch.  Oh, and Johan Franzen has two words for Gary Bettman: Suck it.

All that and more.  Next.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Funny how the Flames are accusing the Hawks of trash talking. At least that’s happening on the ice and would have stayed there if not for broadcaster Pierre McGuire playing Peeping Tom between the benches and reporting it for Canadian television.

Many Hawks don’t think McGuire likes them anyway.

-Tim Sassone of Between The Circles.  More from Tim on the Calgary/Chicago series.

Just a note Tim, we here in the States heard it too, Versus picked-up the TSN broadcast.

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Win In The Forecast For The Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Was it an aberration or a hallucination?

Was what we saw on Monday night at the Garden an eccentricity or were we just seeing things? Or both?

No matter. A 20-year-old inexperienced, third-string goalie blanked the Blueshirts, four-zip, leaving Rangerville in a state of shock and wonderment –  if not awe.

The wondering has everything to do with how to defeat Washington on Wednesday night at MSG. Now that The Maven’s Sweep hopes are history, sweep-minus-one remains possible; if not probable.

continued

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