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Unexpected Goals

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from the St. Petersburg Times,

The Lightning all season has bemoaned its lack of balanced scoring, and no team during the regular season had more goals tied up in two players.
The issue has remained hot in the playoffs as Lecavalier, with five goals, and St. Louis, with three, combined for eight of Tampa Bay’s 12. It got more scrutiny after a 3-0 loss in Game 5 that upped Tampa Bay’s goalless streak to 97:34.
“Something big has to happen from someone you’re not expecting it from,” Tortorella said. “All teams need that if they’re going to progress.”

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Win Or Stay Home

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If the road teams win, the home team is done.  Will it happen, stay tuned…

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Avery Could Have Helped The Habs

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from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

Maybe the Canadiens should have acquired Sean Avery before the NHL trading deadline on Feb. 27.
I imagine the sight of Avery in a Canadiens sweater would have upset many French-speaking fans and media, but the loud-mouthed manure-disturber might have provided the missing spark the team needed in its failed drive to make the playoffs.

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Someone Step Up

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from the Vancouver Province,

Maybe it’s unfair to single out individuals in a series so grotesque you knew it had to go seven games, although that didn’t bother Canucks coach Alain Vigneault who unloaded on his veterans. Saying, “The players that have played for the Vancouver Canucks for the longest are not bringing their ‘A’ game to the table,” makes it pretty clear who has him most upset. But after all, four of the top five Dallas goal scorers—Mike Ribeiro, Niklas Hagman, Philippe Boucher and Jere Lehtinen—haven’t scored a goal in six games themselves.

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Take A Very Deep Breath

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from Sun Media,

As much as we love playoff hockey, it seems to bring out the worst in us.
Sure, sitting on the couch for hours on end, drinking alcoholic beverages and eating salty snacks sounds good in theory. But after a few weeks, the playoff beard gets itchy, our liver and bulging stomach start to complain and our office pool survivors dwindle to a couple of third-line wingers.
In short, we turn into bitter, angry people.
Would somebody please put Bob Cole out of his misery? Every time the whistle blows, it takes a couple of minutes and several replays before the poor guy is finally able to figure out what happened.

more and it gets worse…

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Waiting For The Word

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from the Calgary Sun,

While suspensions are more likely for teammates Jamie McLennan and Daymond Langkow, there’s a slim possibility Iginla could miss a game, too. Pierre McGuire, the NBC colour man who was parked between the benches yesterday, saw what he thought was Iginla butt-ending Schneider during their battle. He said as much on the air.
There weren’t any replays available in the press box but Iginla—known as a fierce competitor on the ice but maybe one of the most docile men off it—swears he would never do that.
“I don’t think I’ve tried to butt-end a guy, ever,” Iginla said, adding he was trying to use his arms to get a better position on Schneider.

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added 7:55am, In case you missed the slash on Franzen.

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Stop The Excuses

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Everyone is against the Islanders. Everyone is even against the Islanders’ Ice Girls. Woe is the Islanders, for they get no respect from anyone. Ryan Hollweg should have been suspended too, not just Chris Simon.
Steve Begin was at fault for Rick DiPietro’s first concussion and Sean Avery for the second. All those goals that didn’t count should have, and those that did count shouldn’t have.
If you don’t believe it, just ask them. Wait. You don’t have to ask them. They’ll tell you anyway, all day, every day….
Nolan played the victim card for the years he was out of the NHL. Now he and his team play it routinely. It’s time to lose it, permanently, before the victimization angle evolves into a cycle of self-fulfilling prophecy.

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Blame Poile Too

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from David Boclair of the Daily News Journal,

Following three straight first-round playoff defeats, many Nashville Predators’ fans are wondering aloud on radio and on message boards whether coach Barry Trotz ought to be replaced.
Somehow, general manager David Poile has been given a pass, but in many ways Poile did not give Trotz as much to work with as a year ago. In that way, Poile has had as much — if not more — to do with the current state of affairs as Trotz.

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Smyth Feeling Comfortable

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from Greg Logan at On the Islanders Beat,

Now that Smyth’s Long Island experience has ended after 24 games, one of which he sat out with an injury, it’s the right time to share his comments about what it has been like to wear another uniform since his stunning trade on Feb. 27 from Edmonton. My first question to Smyth was about a recent poll conducted by The Hockey News in which the Islanders were rated as the third-worst team to be traded to in the NHL. Oddly enough, they finished behind Buffalo and Smyth’s beloved Edmonton.
“Ever since I’ve been here, the organization has been great, the players have been good,” Smyth said. “I have no regrets. The longer you stay, the better you feel.”

more from Smyth…

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Pointing Out A Few

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from Jeff Z. Klein and Karl-Eric Reif of the New York Times,

There is always plenty of blame to go around when a team loses in the playoffs. This postseason, some of that blame has been directed at Russian stars: Ilya Kovalchuk of Atlanta, Alexei Yashin of the Islanders, even the Pittsburgh rookie Evgeni Malkin.
In the 1970s and ’80s, North American coaches, team officials and commentators routinely criticized European players in general for being soft and lacking the character needed for the rugged Stanley Cup playoffs. Although that point of view is rarely heard today, it still has its proponents, like the CBC commentator Don Cherry (who is also working for NBC).

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