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Sharks Win The Game In The 3rd

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fromm Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle,

As a result, the Sharks regained hold of a series they looked as though they had lost, and chilled the members of the crowd who booed them as they left the ice after the first period.
“I don’t think they know how hard this is,” head coach Ron Wilson said afterward. “They’re the best team in the Western Conference for a reason. I mean, there’s no room out there for anyone.”
Well, almost anyone. There was room for Joe Thornton, just to name three or four of the best five or six Sharks.

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Newsflash:  R. Lang Looks Less Crappy Than Usual

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0037 EST: Wings played their best period of the series, then got dominated physically.  Shots were even at 7 apiece in the second, and that amazed me.  If I’d had to guess I would have said there was a ten or eleven shot difference.  Pathetic calls on Lang’s “interference” and Bertuzzi’s trip.  Referees didn’t decide this one, though.  Size and strength in the corners decided it.

2345 EST:  Anyone but me notice that, once again, the TSN commentators (Cuthbert and Healy) are pretty blatant about who they’d like to see win this series?  Whatever.  Bad, bad penalty from Bertuzzi. 

2250 EST:  Somewhere, in a dark place, underneath a billowy sweater worn by an insane Czech goalie, a hockey puck crossed a goal line. 

No it didn’t, because the cameras say so.  Nice. 

Andres Lilja:  9 playoff games.  2 PIM.  Unbelievable. 

Energy. A shot and a nice feed all on his first shift.  Lang’s work is probably done for the evening, but an encouraging start.

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The Word This Week

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from The Maven,

• The NHL Players’ Association Civil War within itself is no closer to solution then it was when Ted Saskin came under fire. One insider tells us that the there’s “chaos in terms of their direction.” The Union hasn’t reached first base in it’s quest to find a replacement for Saskin – assuming that he does go – than two months ago when the NHLPA mud hit the fan.
• No matter how the NHL, Colin Campbell nor Steve Walkom want to shake it, the officiating system is not working the way it should, particularly in the playoffs. One of the major problems is that legitimate hitting too often is penalized.

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Bell Out, Pavelski In For Sharks

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

George Sipple reports this evening that San Jose’s Mark Bell’s injuries will force him to the press box tonite in favor of Joe Pavelski.

Bell had been out with a groin injury in Game 1, then returned to the lineup in Game 2 on Saturday. In three playoff games, Bell is minus-2 with no points. In four playoff games, Pavelski was plus-2 with one goal.

“At this point in the year, you can’t wait for someone to get going,” Wilson said. “He’s had hip and groin problems, back problems.

 

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Save Entourage With The NHL

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from John Buccigross at ESPN,

Maybe that’s the answer to save “Entourage.” Move the show to Queens. Have the boys get their keesters kicked by the old neighborhood, and have Avery and Brendan Shanahan make a guest appearance. Have the cast discover what they’ve become: an uninspiring, banal organism with no “feeling.”
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the Stanley Cup playoffs are the most exciting reality show on television. Its entourage of characters is what people will be talking about 20 years from now, not someone named “Turtle.”
Watch the games. Feel the games. Feel life. Pass the beer nuts.

read on and a look at the teams still in the playoffs…

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Would Regier Leave Buffalo?

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from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

So here’s a topic for a lovely spring day:
Might Buffalo’s Darcy Regier be open to jumping ship if the right ship comes in?
Regier is said to be on the last year of his contract in Buffalo. The buzz is he’s already come to terms on a new deal and that it will all be announced after the Sabres complete their playoff run.
That may be and if the Sabres go all the way to the finals (as many think they might), Regier would likely be closed out of the market anyway just because other teams can’t afford to wait. But what if he is available?

continued

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Not Long Ago…

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Once upon a time, they were seen as the future of the Chicago Blackhawks and they even had a snappy nickname to go with the part. They were the ABC line — Tyler Arnason, Mark Bell and Kyle Calder — and they were thought to be the franchise’s best hope for a turnaround; three young players, with impressive credentials, who could eventually restore the Blackhawks to their glory days….
For Monday’s third game of the Red Wings-Sharks series, Bell was back in the press box, replaced in the San Jose line-up by rookie Joe Pavelski; and Babcock had Calder on a short leash.

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Experimental Program For Concussions

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from Newswise,

When Buffalo Sabres center Tim Connolly took the ice for the start of the NHL playoffs in April after being sidelined for 11 months with post-concussion syndrome, his return in large part was due to a new treatment program developed by University at Buffalo researchers.
For unknown reasons, 5 to 10 percent of people who experience a concussion have symptoms that persist beyond six weeks. These people are diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome. Previously, there has been no treatment for the condition with proven success.
“The new program is in the experimental stages, but I think it’s going to change the way (post-concussion syndrome) is handled,” Connolly said.

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Question Everything…Especially Implosions

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Woops.  Remember Legace-confidante Andy Strickland?  Sure you do.  Now’s a good time to tell you that for a little while in January, it looked like young Andy was going to avail himself to us, perhaps to further address his original claim that the Wings would “implode by Christmas.”

For some reason, he didn’t feel compelled to take advantage of that opportunity.

But hey…if you’re not doing anything around 11am EST tomorrow…

I will be taping the show at 10:00 central time Tuesday Morning. Feel free to call the show and ask a question or give a comment at 1-800-491-1380 or 314-969-1380 locally in St. Louis.

You can also e-mail the show and I will read the question on the air.

The address is strickland.andy@gmail.com

 

 

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Homer’s Good To Go

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Paul just posted over at KK Hockey that Tomas Holmstrom has been cleared to play and will be flying out to San Jose today and is likely for Game 4. Yes, the obvious questions are: when does the flight leave, and if he's cleared, can he play tonite? Bruce MacLeod with a bit more, and news that Zetterberg practiced for the first time in a week this morning. Helene St. James says it's definite that Holmstrom will NOT be playing tonite. Last blog entry from Ted Kulfan? 27 April.

Babcock said definitely no Holmstrom (eye) and Lebda (ankle) for Game 2.
Easy Ted. Don't pull a muscle.

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