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Crashing The Net Talk

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from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

It was Bowman, while coaching in Detroit, who made Red Wings left wing Tomas Holmstrom the best in the game at screening goalies and causing havoc in front of the net.

“That’s why Holmstrom is so effective - he stands outside the line,” Bowman said. “When I was in Detroit we had a lot of goals called back and I would say to him, ‘You can’t make it close (for the referees). Don’t make it close.’

“I’d say, ‘If that’s the line, Tomas, you do a better job when you’re out a foot. You block his view more and the goalie can’t look around you.’ We were tough on him because when he first started he would tumble into the goalie.”

Bowman thought Hawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin would do a good job handling any crease pressure from Calgary because he doesn’t come outside the blue paint.

“There are some goalies that come out a lot, but the further you’re out you can’t expect to have protection,” Bowman said. “Nik is not far from the goalline.”


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Must Win Games Tonight

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Montreal, Washington and Calgary are all down 0-2.  Will they get back into the series with a win tonight?


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Canes Focus On Power Play

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from Brian Compton of NHL.com,

Three games into their best-of-7 series against the New Jersey Devils, the Carolina Hurricanes have yet to grab a lead in regulation.

One way to change that disturbing fact would be to get things going on the power play. That’s exactly what the ‘Canes intend to do when they host the Devils in Game 4 on Tuesday night at the RBC Center.

“We gave it to those guys something fierce today,” Carolina coach Paul Maurice said Monday afternoon after conducting a video session. “There are things we think we can do better—bringing the puck up the ice—that we have to improve on. The power play is ebb and flow. When you have confidence, you have more motion and more quickness. When it’s not going, it’s stagnant and standing, and I think we’re at that point in the offensive zone. We just remind them of what it is that when our power play is good what it looks like.”


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Kane A Game-Time Decision

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via Chris Kuc of Icing at the Chicago Tribune,

The Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane is questionable for Game 3 of the Western Conference playoffs against the Calgary Flames tonight.

The second-year winger wasn’t on the ice for the morning skate at the Pengrowth Saddledome and afterward Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said Kane was “resting” and a decision on whether he’ll play will be made shortly before the game.

added 8:48pm, Kane is out with the flu.

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What We’ve Learned So Far

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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

We take you for a moment from your regularly scheduled face wash and ridiculous after-the-whistle scrum for the first installment of What We’ve Learned So Far In The Playoffs:

• Unless the San Jose Sharks start moving their feet and taking advantage of their superior speed and skill, they’re going to be cooling their heels in the next couple of days.

• Scott Niedermayer isn’t anywhere close to being done at 35. He’s playing so well, it was almost worth enduring how he jerked the Anaheim Ducks around while still under contract two years ago.

• Never, ever, ever doubt Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland. Prior to the playoffs, Holland could have sacrificed one of his young prospects to get proven goaltending help in the playoffs. If you remember, that was right around the time Chris Osgood was doing a spectacular job of avoiding getting hit by pucks. Holland argued at the time that Osgood had the best playoff pedigree of any goalie out there and insisted he would tie his team’s playoff fortunes to Osgood’s ability to rebound once the post-season began….


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Afternoon Line

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“He is the guy who wants to win more than anybody, and sometimes he has the tendency of trying to do everything by himself. That’s just something that we have to talk to him and say, ‘Hey, Alex, you’ve got 19 other guys here to help you.’ His personality is to want to do everything so hard and so well and you can’t fault him for that. You just have to reel him in sometimes.”

-Washington coach Brude Boudreau on Alexander Ovechkin.  More on the Caps/Rangers from the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog at CBC.

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Retroactive to 1 April: McLellan Returning To Wings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated below with an ethical dilemma…for some.

Via the National Sports Review,

In a stunning turn of events, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday accepted the request of San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan to return to the Detroit Red Wings.

Unaware that the playoffs had even started, Bettman admitted that McLellan’s request was unprecedented and caught him off guard.

“This was a surprise,” Bettman said. “But in the end, the league determined that it would be best for the NHL if McLellan returned to a city where people actually care about the sport.”




Continue Reading »

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Watching Penguins/Flyers

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from Puck The Media,

So this is an interesting one.  According to SportsBusinessDaily (reg. required), NBC’s coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs had a mixed weekend.  While the network’s Saturday coverage of Rangers/Capitals Game 2 drew a mere 1.0/3, flat with last year’s comparable Predators-Red Wings game, Sunday’s telecast of the Penguins-Flyers Game 3, drew a huge (for hockey) 1.7/4, NBC’s highest hockey ratings since the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day, and likely tied for the highest non-Finals/Winter Classic rating on NBC in the network’s history.

continue with some local numbers…

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  Tags: nbc

The ‘C Of Red’ Is Ready, Are The Players?

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Their fans will be partying outside the Pengrowth Saddledome, where a series of Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff impersonators – decked out in the home red jerseys of the Calgary Flames – will be getting fuelled up in the ‘Get Red Zone’ in advance of tonight’s third game of the Western Conference quarter-final.

The key, from the real players, inside the dressing room, will be to give those spectators something to celebrate.

The Flames go into tonight’s must-win game against the Chicago Blackhawks knowing the road back into a series in which they trail by two games is a long one.


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Khan(!) And Everyone Else: Draper’s Out For 3

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

All anyone knows is that something’s wrong with Kris Draper’s upper body.  Is that like a Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau injury?  No, as far as we’ve heard, it’s not a heart issue.


Kris Draper practiced but has been ruled out of Game 3 Tuesday in Columbus due to his upper-body injury. Draper had tests performed on Monday and said the results were not favorable. He said he is taking it day-to-day.

Dan Cleary did not practice, giving his lower-body injury some more time off. But coach Mike Babcock and Cleary both said he will play Tuesday.

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