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Carolina Beats New Jersey With Two Tenths Of A Second Left On The Clock

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Martin Brodeur complained about goalie interference on the goal

The NHL Situation Room updates us with this… The NHL’s goalie interference rule sets a mandate to protect the goalie in the blue ice – to let the goalie do his job. In the white ice, it is a more delicate matter, including who moved into whom. The referee has one split-second look at it and it is a judgment call. The Situation Room has no video review capacity in this instance. That said, the Situation Room officials agreed with the call on the ice, that it looked like the goalie, Martin Brodeur, moved out toward the skater.

added 11:56pm, Reaction from Brodeur is below…

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Wings Up 3-0.  What Now? A Late Night Live Blog

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Note to Little Gary: call the engraver.  Nobody’s going to beat that Detroit team in a seven game series. Don’t ask any of us to explain it, just take it for what it is.  Fact.

Ahhh…what the hell.  Drink up kids.  We’re all anxious to see if the battle-tested Sharks can maintain their reputation as a playoff juggernaut.

So?

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Bad Reflection On Montreal

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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette (Wednesday edition),

Montrealers like to think of themselves as fair, classy people but there’s nothing classy about the disgraceful conduct of the fans at the Bell Centre who booed the singing of the United States national anthem prior to Monday’s game between the Canadiens and the Boston Bruins.

It was impossible to hear Charles Prévost-Linton’s rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner because most of the sellout crowd of 21,273 drowned out his voice with boos or chants of Go Habs Go….

There is no excuse for the current booing. It is a simple matter of bad manners.

Bob Gainey, the Canadiens’ coach and general manager, addressed the issue yesterday when he said the boorish behaviour stemmed from confusion on the part of the fans.

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Brad Stuart Hit On R.J. Umberger Tonight

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Fox Sports Ohio with the call…

added 10:12pm, Watch the Fox Sports Detroit view below…

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The Blackhawks/Flames Talk

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from the CP via TSN,

The Blackhawks seem to have made it their mission to harry and harass Flames captain Jarome Iginla. TSN commentator Pierre McGuire, whose perch is between the players’ benches, repeated his commentary Tuesday saying he’d never seen a star player like Iginla take as much verbal abuse as the Calgary captain has this series.

“This has been going on incessantly since Game 1 and it hasn’t stopped,” McGuire said. “That’s why Jarome at the end of the game, went off.”

But Iginla insists it was the cross-check to Bourque and not any of the Blackhawks crossing the line in their insults and taunts.

“There wasn’t any one thing as far as verbal that got to me,” the Flames captain insisted. “I can take that. Verbal abuse is nothing. Trash talking is fine.”

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Awoke Last Night To The Sound Of Thunder…And Realized It Was Time For A Game 3 Live Blog

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Cannons and Angus and BJs.

Oh my.

First ten minutes my ass.

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When It Comes To Handing Out Suspensions…

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from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

Is there a bias in the way the National Hockey League hands out supplementary discipline?

It’s hard to say and even harder to prove. But recent events in the early rounds of the playoffs and even the stretch run to the playoffs causes one to wonder, especially when it comes to Canadian-based teams.

It was by no means a scientific search but in using the words suspension, suspended and disciplinary action in browsing the press releases at NHLMedia.com I had to go back to Feb. 12, 2009, to find an intance when a player on a Canadian-based team was suspended for his actions regarding another player on the ice.

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Going Easy On The Sharks

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from Tim Tawakami of Talking Points at the Mercury News,

The Sharks have it easy. On that point, there can be no dispute. Too easy, almost certainly. (I blame myself.)

And that might explain some of their annual softness in the playoffs, if you ask me…

Even after dropping the first two games of the playoffs at home to the Ducks, the Sharks still pretty much live in a little crysalis of no-crisis, generally speaking, when compared to what any other NHL team (except the Kings or, weirdly, the Ducks) ever experience after shaky postseason performances.

Patrick Marleau is the Sharks captain, and he skipped the optional skate before Game 2. (Jeremy Roenick skipped it, too.)

My thought: Isn’t that like Tom Brady skipping an optional meeting before the AFC title game? Or Paul Pierce skipping a shoot-around, with permission, before Game 7 at Cleveland? I think it is… At least show up. Show up for your teammates. You’re the captain, show up.

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Playoff Fever Hits Columbus

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from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

Hockey fever has officially arrived in downtown Columbus at Nationwide Arena in anticipation of the first Stanley Cup Playoff contest in team history on Tuesday night.

“I don’t think anybody considers you a legitimate franchise in the NHL until you’ve played in the playoffs,” Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We’re in there now and we’re a young team that has a lot of talented players, who, in my eyes are just going to get better. But you still have to be playing this time of the year to be considered legitimate and we’re here.”

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Update 4:45pm ET: From Puck Daddy

How much of a boost will playing the first postseason home game in franchise history have on the Jackets? We looked back as some other “expansion era” playoff home debuts for comparison—including two against the Red Wings.

Game 1 (April 16, 1997): Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 4, Phoenix Coyotes 2

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‘Rock Happy’ Hudler

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from Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News,

Jiri Hudler is happy, almost always. Well, except when he’s rushing to get ready for practice and pops on his helmet without noticing someone loaded it with shaving cream. Or when he sticks his hands in his gloves and is greeted by a poof of baby powder. Or when his dress pants go missing and he has to leave the arena in his hockey Under Armours.

“There’s a couple guys, I won’t mention their names, but they got me really good the last few months,” Hudler said, smiling. “But this is the playoffs now. No more pranks.”

He said it like he meant it, sort of, with a tell-tale grin, not a tattle-tale grin. And then he laughed, which is something Hudler does often, which is why some call him “Happy Hudler,” which doesn’t make him particularly happy.

“Why not something tougher?” he said. “You should call me the Rock or something.”

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