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from Ian Brown of the Globe and Mail,

Nearly a quarter of every NHL hockey game gets replayed. Slow motion isn’t new, but it is pervasive. “Super-slow-mo replays have become such a regular part of the vocabulary of television sports and events,” says Sherali Najak, Hockey Night’s executiveproducer, “that it’s impossible to imagine life without them.”

But slow motion is more than just a technique. It’s another way to look, to deepen the increasingly artificial reality of professional sport. Pro sports are about money and celebrity, first and foremost. Slow motion is about the physical, and what is and isn’t time-worthy; it restores the aesthetic grandeur the money men threw away.

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Afternoon Line

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“I’ve heard and read Lindy’s comments. Hopefully, it’s his way of taking pressure off his team.  If not, it’s a lot of whining. Simple as that. Every coach has his tactics. You just worry about yourself. As I said last night, we seem to be the team that’s doing bad things. They seem to be the team that’s on the nice side of all that stuff and they do nothing wrong. It’s tactics. Those are things in the playoffs that coaches use, hopefully to their advantage. I don’t pay much attention to it.”

-Boston Bruins Coach Claude Julien on Sabres coach Lindy Ruff.  More on the series from Mike Harrington of Sabres Edge.

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Columbus Coaching Options

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from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,

Scott Arniel, coach of the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose, is on the short list of candidates to become the Blue Jackets next coach, The Dispatch has learned.

Arniel, 47, spent 11 seasons in the NHL with Winnipeg, Buffalo and Boston. After his NHL career ended, he played eight more season of pro hockey, both in the AHL and the now-departed IHL….

Arniel joins a list believed to include Guy Boucher, Kevin Dineen, Paul MacLean, Claude Noel, Brent Peterson and Jim Playfair—listed alphabetically—in the running to replace Ken Hitchcock, who was fired on Feb. 3.

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Playoff Suspensions

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Once again the NHL revealed their playoff suspension policy, which appears to be no playoff suspensions, especially not to key players, if they can possibly be avoided.  Last night at the conclusion of Buffalo’s 4-1 victory over Boston, a brawl broke out.  Forty-five minutes in penalties were handed out to five different players.  Zdeno Chara was the instigator of the brawl, when he started to fight with Paul Gaustad.  Chara was given a two minute instigator penalty, in addition to a game misconduct and a five minute fighting penalty. 

NHL rules state that anyone who gets an instigator penalty in the last five minutes of a game receives an automatic suspension.  however, the NHL has a history of reviewing and cancelling these suspensions especially in the playoffs.

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Two Teams Face Elimination Today

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Will Ottawa and Colorado win today to force a game 7?

The Chicago and Nashville series is tied at 2-2, so the winner today will force the loser to win two games in a row.

Ennjoy the games.

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Sabres Stay Alive

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from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

This first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs has shown that there are plenty of ways to respond to possible elimination. The Ottawa Senators scratched and clawed their way to a triple-overtime victory over the Penguins Penguins when backed against the wall. The New Jersey Devils got down a couple of goals to the Philadelphia Flyers and rolled over.

The Sabres? Their response was complete domination. If all you watched was Buffalo’s 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday, it would be hard to believe the Bruins left Buffalo with a 3-2 series lead.

Is it possible that the team with a series lead has its back against the wall? Because that’s what it feels like with the Bruins.

“Tonight was obviously our best game,” said Miller, who made 34 saves. “Now that they’ve seen our best game, they have to react to our best game.”

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Time For Price To Grow-Up

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from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette, .

..After the goal Price, slowly, deliberately, and with malice aforethought, fished the puck out of the net and fired it directly at the celebrating Washington players, thumping one of them on the butt.

“You have to let them know you’re there,” Price said after, in one of the more amazing utterances to come from his mouth. As Gazette sports editor Stu Cowan, who was sitting beside me at the time, wrote later on his blog, “if you want to let ‘em know you’re there, stop the damn puck!”

Now Price wasn’t going to do any damage shooting a puck at a player with a goal stick. But the thought was there. Actually, “thought” is being way too generous. For the umpteenth time in Baby Huey’s short NHL career, the alleged future pillar of this franchise had chosen to act like a spoiled, immature brat. Nor was he through.

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Cue The Circus Music

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via Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

Terry Murray didn’t mind the Rick Rypien/Rich Clune fight, won hands-down by Rypien.

But he called Shane O’Brien a “clown” for the way he celebrated a narrow decision over Wayne Simmonds seven seconds earlier.

After Simmonds and O’Brien went to the ice with O’Brien on top, the Canucks defenceman got up like he was Tie Domi after thumping Bob Probert, first raising his index finger in the air like he’s No. 1, then waving his hands at the crowd with his palm uplifted.

“You don’t need to rub it in at the end of a fight, skating around with your hands in the air acting like the clown that he is,” Murray said.

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Canucks Throw Kings Off Their Game

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

“You’ve got to put this behind you and we have to get back to our game, our basics that made us successful throughout these 90 games that we’ve played so far,” Kopitar said. “We want to get back to that and get ready for Game 6.”

If it’s their last game, another clunker like their performance on Friday would be the memory they carry into the summer, not the many areas in which they progressed this season.

“Everyone knows that the effort has to be put in, in this situation. We’re going to face elimination,” Kopitar said. “Even from game one right to the last whistle here I thought everybody wanted to battle. Tonight was one of those games where pretty much everything goes wrong. We weren’t sharp. But we have to put it behind us and get ready.”

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Get Into The Game

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from Mike Wise of the Washington Post,

Lineup changes were threatened for Game 6 in Montreal, a plane ride the Capitals so did not want to take.

Star players were called out.

That’s right, you Alexander Semin, you scorer of no goals in your last 12 playoff games.

And you, Mike Green, there is a reason why you’re Everybody’s Favorite Cap to Pick On lately, and it’s not because you keep letting the puck go under your blade like Bill Buckner let a baseball slip under his glove.

You have two assists in five games. Those are not Norris Trophy finalist numbers; those are Stephon Marbury numbers.

And you, Tomas Fleischmann, you have done almost zilch in this series and should soon be paying for a rinkside ticket.

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