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So Close And Now Nothing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anything like the end of the Devils’ 4-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes tonight in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Prudential Center.

It is probably the worst defeat I’ve witnessed in hockey.

When I talked to Jamie Langenbrunner afterward, he was still at a loss for words. I asked him if he, as captain, said anything in the postgame locker room to his teammates before the room was opened to the media.

“No one did,” he said. “It was stone silent in here. I don’t think any of us knew what to say, to be honest with you. If you think of something, tell me.”

I haven’t, yet.

Left wing Zach Parise sat with his head in his hands for most of the time the media was in the locker room. He didn’t even look up when I asked him about what he was feeling.

“We’re all a little bit in shock right now about what happened, being so close to the second round,” he said.


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Caps Fans Can Breathe Again

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from Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post,

So, inhale, exhale. The Rangers’ gloves are no longer around the throats of Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green, Alexander Semin and the rest of the Caps’ youthful corps. Now, they can continue to pursue their hockey destiny without unnecessary demons. For the first time in 21 years, a Washington pro team had won a Game 7, the most magical yet diabolical pair of words in sports. Even more important, the Caps’ grand project of building a true champion, not a pretender or some annual April disappointment, stayed on track. A season that might have ended in exhaustive blame-analysis can now continue.

What the Caps have built so far—the 108-point season, the best ever for this franchise—still stands. And the construction can continue in the next round against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Now bring on Sidney Crosby, the darling of NHL marketing who looks like James Bond, so he can face the Great Eight, the Capital who looks like everybody who was ever sent to kill Agent 007.

read on

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Conference Semi-Finals Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The 2nd round of the playoffs kicks-off on Thursday when Vancouver hosts Chicago.

Friday games are Carolina at Boston and Anaheim at Detroit.

See the full schedule at NHL.com...

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Drury Played With Broken Hand

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

When the series ended, when the Rangers went through the handshake line following last night’s 2-1 Game 7 defeat, Chris Drury used his left hand to congratulate the Capitals.

That’s because, as he told The Post, the captain had played the first round with a broken right hand he sustained late in the April 9 victory over the Flyers in the Garden finale that clinched a playoff berth.


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Two Days Before Game Time?  There Can Be Only One

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

...solution, that is.  This is no time for maturity.  Shockingly, you agree.  Hard hitting analysis, a series prediction and a few flow charts will follow shortly.  But first, this just in.

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Second Round Playoff Predictions

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The first round of the NHL playoffs is over and my predictions came in 5-3 which isn’t too bad.  It is time to look at the second round match-ups.

Boston Bruins defeat Carolina Hurricanes  Boston has been the team to beat in the East Conference all season.  They breezed by Montreal, while Carolina had an epic seven game struggle with New Jersey.  The Bruins are the more talented, better rested team and thus the better bet.

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Carolina/New Jersey Hightlights

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Television access to the Canes/Devils in the States was limited (check out Pete Dougherty of the TimesUnion for a rant on the coverage) , so if you missed the game, enjoy the highlights via TSN…

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Sharks Summer Plans

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from John Ryan of the Mercury News,

So what positives can the Sharks draw from the fact that the darn puck just somehow decided on its own to go into the net more times for Anaheim?

• They can finally schedule that Presidents’ Trophy parade.

• They have always craved inclusion as one of the Bay Area’s big teams. But you can’t go winning and being all successful and hope to hang with the 49ers, Raiders, Giants, A’s and Warriors. They’d all be jealous. (Side note: Game 6 drew a 4.6 rating on CSN Bay Area, matching the highest first-round rating ever on the network. The field was wide open, the pump was primed for growth.)

• Doug Wilson needs extra time to figure out how to trade two guys with no-trade clauses.

read on

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No Blame Game Yet In Calgary

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

So here is the question facing the Calgary Flames ownership group, as they sift through the ashes of another disappointing first-round playoff exit.

Did the edition of the team, coached by Mike Keenan and managed by Darryl Sutter, have the right stuff for a long playoff run, but was simply undermined by injuries to key personnel?

Or do their problems winning in the post-season run deeper, and require an organizational makeover from top to bottom.

At this early stage — only one day removed from a first-round ouster by the Chicago Blackhawks — you can safely predict one thing: The organization will conduct a complete review before the blame game starts, the scapegoats are identified and the changes come.


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Carolina With A Stunning Comeback, Defeats New Jersey 4-3

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Late goals by Jussi Jokinen & Eric Staal gives Carolina an unbelievable victory of the Devils.

The matchups for the next round are…

Boston vs. Carolina

Washington vs. Pittsburgh

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