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Is Mike Green On The Carpet Too?

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from Capitals Outsider,

ESPN just retracted on SportsCenter, stating that Mike Green and Donald Brashear have not been suspended, yet. However they both now have a hearing at 1pm today. This is according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.


added 11:16am, via TSN,

Sources tell TSN Betts suffered a broken orbital bone from the Brashear hit and is likely done for the playoffs.

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  Tags: blair+betts, donald+brashear, mike+green

Two Elimination Games Tonight- One On The Road, One At Home

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Will the Blackhawks and Ducks win tonight to settle the Western Conference Semi-Finals picture?


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We Now Know The Beer Choice Of Mike Comrie

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  Tags: hilary+duff, mike+comrie

Sharks Need To Keep Hurting

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from Mark Purday of the Mercury News,

It hurts to do what the Sharks did Saturday night.

But they need to hurt some more tonight.

It hurts to go where the Sharks went Saturday, sending their bodies toward the net where they know sticks and body checks are waiting, or skating to exhaustion on every shift, or taking a painful hit to make a pass that might lead to nothing but also might lead to a goal.

But the Sharks need to go there again tonight for 60 minutes or more.

Otherwise, the Sharks will go straight from hurt to home. The Anaheim Ducks will win the series.

“This next game is going to be the hardest we’ve had all year,” said Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle, who knows hard.


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Arena:  The Art Of Hockey

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Watch part 2 below which goes in-depth on some of the individual pieces of hockey art.

Continue Reading »

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Ducks Could Use A Few Goals From Selanne

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Coaches often talk about the importance of the game within the game. For the Ducks on Sunday, the most significant aspect of their day was the meeting within the meeting.

While players gathered at the Honda Center to discuss strategy for Game 6 of their playoff series against the San Jose Sharks and their second chance to upset the NHL’s top-seeded team, right wing Teemu Selanne and center Andrew Ebbett held their own private chat.

The topic: turning the scoring chances they have produced into goals for Selanne, who has been held to a single assist in the first five games of the series.

“He’s not going to stay scoreless for very long,” Ebbett said.


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Flames Looking At Another Early Round Exit

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Be it tonight at home or Wednesday in Chicago, the Flames appear destined for their fourth-straight, first-round exit.

As easily predicted by their late-season disintegration and injuries woes, the Flames are once again on the brink, having nothing left to show for an otherwise solid NHL regular season.

Credit the Blackhawks for taking it to the Flames in Game 5 with an awesome display of controlled aggression, skill and poise far beyond their years.

Shame on the veteran Flames for coming out flat and failing to come up with an emotional response to the beatdown.


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Don’t Forget About Cam Ward

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from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

In this series, there has been one goaltender at the center of just about everything.

From his complaints before the first game was ever played to his histrionics after Game 4 to his preposterously good performance in Game 5, Martin Brodeur has gotten all the attention.

After Cam Ward stopped 28 shots for the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday in a 4-0 win over the New Jersey Devils to stave off elimination and force Game 7 on Tuesday in Newark, the winningest goalie in NHL history may have to share the spotlight.

“Quite honestly, it doesn’t matter to me, as long as we win hockey games,” Ward said.


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  Tags: cam+ward

A Fight Can’t Change Momentum

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from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,

First, we had the case of Pittsburgh’s Maxime Talbot starting a fight with Philadelphia goon Daniel Carcillo on Saturday afternoon.

According to almost everybody at Hockey Night In Canada, the fact that Talbot started a fight knowing he was going to be clobbered somehow inspired his teammates to overcome a 3-0 deficit and win the series.

Though analyst Gary Galley first said the fistic defeat would probably spell the end for Pittsburgh, he later agreed with his colleagues that Talbot’s impression of a punching bag had indeed changed the course of the game….

But here’s where the confusion comes in. That evening, the Blackhawks jumped out to a 5-1 second-period lead over the Flames.

They were dominating the Flames the way the Flyers had dominated the Penguins in the early going. Amazingly, Calgary defenceman Adam Pardy went on a Talbot-like suicide mission and attacked Chicago tough guy Ben Eager. The results were the same as Talbot’s strategic gem, a one-sided defeat – with one exception. The Flames didn’t score another goal and are now on the verge of elimination.


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Martin Brodeur- Travel Advisor

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from Kelly Carter at USA TODAY,

Brodeur shares his travel tips and highlights with USA TODAY.

Q: What’s the most surprising/unexpected place you’re ever visited?

A: Warsaw. I played a game there during a hockey tour in 2004, and I didn’t expect anything of it. But the food, the people, everything was really nice. We stayed in Warsaw for a day and a half, not that long. I didn’t expect Poland to be a special stop for us. We went to Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Czech Republic. I visited 10 countries in 17 days during that tour. The people just appreciated us.

Former NHLer Mariusz Czerkawski was the host and he took care of us as well as any other host that we had.


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  Tags: martin+brodeur

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