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What A Season

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NEW YORK (April 14, 2014) -- Following are some highlights of the 2013-14 National Hockey League regular season, which concluded yesterday:

RECORD ATTENDANCE

A total of 21,758,902 fans filled NHL venues to 96% of capacity in 2013-14.
The total figure includes the 376,837 who packed the six Winter Classic, Heritage Classic and Stadium Series games. Had those six games instead been played before a sellout crowd at the designated home team’s arena, the attendance figure (21,492,671) still would have exceeded the previous single-season high of 21,475,223 set in 2008-09.

RIVALRY-DRIVEN REALIGNMENT, PLAYOFF FORMAT

Realignment and a revised playoff format that emphasizes rivalries has resulted in a tantalizing list of first-round playoff matchups that
features:

* the first postseason meeting of the ‘Original Six’ Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings since 1957

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Videos- The Top 10 Goals, Saves And Hits From The 2013-14 NHL Regular Season

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First the goals, about 5 1/2 minutes..

 

Then the saves, almost 4 minutes...

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Video- NHL Life Episode: A Prospect’s Life

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A feature on top prospect Aaron Ekblad and again, a well done production.

 

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Happy Passover To Those Who Celebrate

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May your lives be joyful and kosher this Passover.

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Video- Barry Trotz Says His Goodbyes To Nashville

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Watch part of the press conference below, via the Tennessean...

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Video- The Best From The NHL

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The best plays during the 2013-14 NHL regular season.

 

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Evening Line

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"John Tortorella was on my staff for the Olympics in 2010. He's a good guy. I don't know what's going on in his head, but you know what? Shut your mouth and worry about your team. Leave my coach alone."

-Brian Burke of the Calgary Flames on Vancouver head coach John Tortorella.  

Tortorella made a few comments about Bob Hartley last night and you can read all about in a piece from the CP at TSN.

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All Alex Ovechkin

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from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington,

On missing the playoffs being a wakeup call:

Of course it’s wakeup call for everybody, for us and for the bosses. I’m pretty sure everybody upset. It’s good wakeup call and I’m hopeful for next year we’re going to be better. [Whoever] is going to be on the team, these guys have to be better....

On whether he is tired of shouldering the blame for the Capitals’ shortcomings:

I’m not a judge. It’s wakeup call for everybody. I’m pissed because somebody says it’s bad system. I’m pissed about it’s bad situation when we didn’t play well. I’m a player, everybody players. Why were we in the playoffs last year? Because nobody point fingers on somebody. Everybody was in same position and everybody played for each other.

On the Capitals’ 5-on-5 play, where they were outscored 155-139.

It’s a situation when right now, 5-on-5 is very difficult to play. If you score on power play and you get the lead guys who play 5-on-5 will get more open and get more chances. If it’s a tie game or situation is 1-1 or 2-2, it’s so hard to score because everybody plays five guys in the [defensive] zone and everybody plays around the goalie. 

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12 Hockey Experts At ESPN Make Their First Round Hockey Picks

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via ESPN,

Eastern Conference

All 12 pick Boston over Detroit, they are split ond Tampa Bay/Montreal, 11 pick Pittsburgh over Columbus and 10 votes for the NY Rangers and 2 for Philadelphia.

Western Conference

11 pick Colorado while one lone vote for Minnesota, it's a split for St. Louis/Chicago, 10 votes for Ahaheim and 2 for Dallas and 9 votes for LA Kings and 3 for San Jose.

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Expectation Management

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I read a comment from our resident pharmacist this morning, HockeyinHD.  Naturally, HD found an opportunity to profess his genius through the use of powerpoint, above-the-fray logic and shoddy sentence structure.  His point? The Wings will get trounced, but we should be satisfied by the effort it took to even get this far.

While I think HD is a tiny man with serious esteem issues?

I happen to agree.

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