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Sharks Get A Wakeup Call

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from Allison High of SanJoseSharks.com,

II’s not out of the ordinary for the rookie coach to bark at his players, but after seeing their slow start to practice, McLellan whistled his men back to the white board.

“It’s April,” said McLellan. “We wish that they could come out and be sharp right from minute one to minute 45, but sometimes they have to be woken up. It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last time. I was happy with the pace of practice. The execution early wasn’t as good, but it got a lot better and we should be ready to play.”

This strategy is not uncommon for coaches at this time of the year. McLellan explained that the same thing happened in Detroit during his tenure. And by doing it on Saturday in San Jose, the Sharks responded. The twenty minutes spent on special teams’ drills was some of San Jose’s best.

“We were still asleep,” explained Sharks center Jeremy Roenick in response to his coach’s pep talk. “A little wakeup call is always nice.”

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Islanders In The Driver’s Seat With #1 Pick

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from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,

So, the hockey world knows of Burke’s interest in the No. 1 pick. What is Snow’s position?

Asked today about Burke’s offer, Snow said, “I’m not going to comment on the conversation I had with another manager. But I’m not inclined to move the pick.”

Never mind that Burke doesn’t have the assets to come close to swinging such a deal or that he would have to enlist other competing teams to help in his quest. When Snow said on Monday that he would listen to trade offers as a matter of due diligence, that was before he knew exactly where he was picking. Now that he controls the No. 1 spot and the right to choose between Ontario-born sniper John Tavares and Swedish defenseman Victor Hedman, there’s a big difference.

“We’re in the driver’s seat,” Snow said.

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Can The Capitals Comeback?

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Capitals beat writer Tarik El-Bashir & Washington Post columnist Mike Wise discuss the chances of the Capitals making up a 0-2 series deficit against the Rangers.

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Langenbrunner Out With Possible Groin Injury

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner did not make the trip with the Devils to North Carolina and will miss at least the next two games of the team’s Eastern Conference quarterfinal against the Hurricanes with a suspected groin injury.

The Devils are still calling it a “lower-body injury.”

Langenbrunner was injured in the second period of a 2-1 overtime loss in Game 2 on Friday night.

“Jamie Langenbrunner will not be with us on this trip,” general manager Lou Lamoriello said. “He’ll be out these next couple of games and we’ll see how he is when we get back. But he’s not out of the first round at this point.”

“It’s going to be a day-by-day situation, but he definitely will not be on this trip.”


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Flyers Get Yelled At By The Refs

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Interesting comments from Philadelphia’s top defenseman Kimmo Timonen, who was assessed a 10-minute misconduct at the end of Game 2, about the differences he perceives in how the on-ice officials treat the two teams.

“The only thing that I notice is that I didn’t see the refs yelling at their bench, not one time,” Timonen said. “And I can see them coming over to our bench a few times. It makes you wonder, ‘Why?’ That’s for other people to judge. We just go out there and play. And hopefully, we get some breaks, too.”

Pressed about the issue, Timonen said the referees were doing more yelling at the Flyers’ bench.

“Obviously, they had something to tell. Was it us yelling at them? Or them to us? I don’t know,” he said. “But you see [their] guys going to the refs and talking to them and it looks like they talk to them back. But when we go to talk to them, they yell at us. It’s a little bit of a difference. It’s not something we can control.”

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The First ‘Sweep’ Talk Of The Playoffs

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from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Should Alex Ovechkin’s name be changed to Ov-NYET-kin?

That’s NYET, as in nothing. Zip. Zilch goals in two playoff games as he heads for Broadway looking more like a bit player hidden among the headlining Rangers as Henny Lundqvist blanked Ovie and his Capitals, 1-0, on Saturday in our nation’s capital.

“We battled all three periods” says the Blueshirts’ behemoth blocker. “I was aware of Ovechkin but I felt sharp and confident.”

Perhaps it’s a bit cruel to demean Ovie, the NHL’s most feared shooter, as the Blueshirts prepare to host the National Hockey League’s most colorful — give or take Pittsburgh — team on Monday night at The Garden.

Where once The Maven’s suggestion of a New York sweep — made here last Wednesday — seemed the stuff of fairy tales, it now seems very possible, if not probable. As I said in my original forecast of an opening round triumph for John Tortorella’s team, GOALTENDING is the be all and end all of playoff superiority.


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Best Place For A Live Blog?  Out Past The Cornfields, Where The Woods Got Heavy

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Interesting.  Read the BJ blogs today and you’ll find that their young heroes will succeed if they can just get over the “shock and awe” of playoff hockey. 

That’s cute.

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Open Post

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Want to talk Rangers/Capitals or anything hockey related?  Surprised Simeon Varlamov is starting in goal for Washington?

Feel free to comment below.

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Did Vigneault Send A Message?

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from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

St. Louis Blues’ coach Andy Murray had every right to be furious at the end of Friday’s 3-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks; it appeared the actions of his player would cost Murray $10,000.

When Brandon Crombeen dropped his gloves at the final horn and attacked Kevin Bieksa after the Canuck defenceman cheaply tripped up the Blues’ winger, he could have been assessed an instigator penalty, which in the last five minutes of a game carries an automatic suspension for the offender and $10,000 fine for his coach.

Instead, referees Chris Rooney and Brad Watson assessed only a double-minor for roughing against Crombeen, which means he’ll be playing in Sunday’s Game 3 that St. Louis must win to stay in the first-round playoff series. Bieksa was penalized for tripping, and there was a secondary altercation between Canuck Steve Bernier and Blue Barret Jackman that drew fighting majors.

continued and if you missed the video of the incident, it was posted earlier on KK.

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Wing Fans Stress and Ken Hitchcock Whines…A Dirty Combination

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Ken Hitchcock feels the Wings are “cheating” in the faceoff circle.


“So we’re going to cheat just like they are. (On) the power-play goal they scored, their winger went in (early); good for him. We’re going to do the same thing. It’ll be interesting to see who gets kicked out (of the faceoff circle) first.”

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