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Columbus Fans Need A Little Playoff Help

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Blue Jackets fans are asked how the playoffs work…

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Flyers Surrender Home Ice Advantage

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from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

You’re welcome, Pittsburgh.

Thanks to a mystifyingly listless effort against the New York Rangers last night, the Flyers will have to open the playoffs in Pittsburgh, of all places. They dropped to the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, while the idle Penguins completed a surge from nowhere to the fourth seed and home-ice advantage.

In short, this is about as bad a scenario as the Flyers could have conjured for themselves.

“It’s probably my fault,” coach John Stevens said after his team blew a third-period lead to lose, 4-3, to a Rangers team with nothing to play for.

“Nothing for me ever comes easy. So I think this group has always found a way to do it the hard way, but they’ve always found a way to do it.”

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It’s All About The Playoffs For The Sharks

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

San Jose lost only four of its first 38 games in regulation; survived a 14-game period in which they played without their No. 1 goaltender Evgeni Nabokov; and as recently as three weeks ago, were winning games on a regular basis, despite playing without seven injured regulars.

In some NHL markets, that would constitute reasons for a parade. In San Jose, where the Sharks won the President’s Trophy as the NHL’s regular-season champions, it represents a first step only.

“A lot of teams prepare just to get into the playoffs and then see what happens,” said Sharks defenceman Rob Blake. “Our focus, all year, is to do something in the playoffs - and knowing you have the group that could accomplish that is a big difference.”

read on

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Bottom Line: How Bad Do The Wings Want This?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Today we’ll have the starboard side updated with all the Columbus links, like we do every year.  We’ll bring you the bloggers and the beat writers, the message boards and other stuff.  Like we do every frigging year.

We’ll break down the matchups and we’ll analyze everything, like we do every single year.  It’s another first rounder, another beginning to another run. 

The Wings have been through this before, so many times. Every one of them.  They’ve been here before. Chris Osgood, despite the throw up in your mouth season he’s given us, knows exactly what it takes.

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Get Your Online Bracket

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from Pensblog,

Monday, April 6th, we placed a call to good friend Gabe A., a founding father of The Pensblog.

We asked him if an online bracket was possible.
He said sure.

We asked if it was possible for the bracket to re-seed itself in the second round.
He said no problem, holmes.

read on

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Rangers Need A Top-Notch Gomez

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Gomez was a significant disappointment this season. The Blueshirts’ putative first-line pivot played only slightly better hockey for John Tortorella than he did for Tom Renney, finishing a 58-point season (16-42) by collecting four points (0-4) in the final eight games and 10 points (1-9) in the final 16.

“It was a hard year, not that I didn’t make it hard on myself,” Gomez said. “I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to the playoffs and the chance to make things right, not for myself, but for the team.”

more

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Hurry With Your Complaints

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from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

I have already started to receive angst-filled emails from certain Caps fans pining away for the good old days and concerned about our D; our goaltending; our playoff readiness; our toughness; our overabundance of skill; our lack of heart; our size; our skill level; our leadership; our grittiness; our speed; our GM; our coach; our ownership; our lack of secondary scoring; lack of tickets available; the price of tickets; the food; the traffic; the Metro schedule; the ushers; and the ice. One fan even said - and I quote - “I am 95 percent sure you will lose this series because…”

Ninety-five percent? Why not 96 percent?  What was the algorithm that created that prediction?

Rather than complain, let it all hang out now. Send them all my way. Do it today and all day tomorrow….

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The Islanders Missed DiPietro

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from Greg Logan of Newsday,

The Isles gave up at least five goals in nine of their last 12 games, which underlined how much they especially missed goaltender Rick DiPietro, who was limited to five games by a left knee that did not respond well to surgery in June and a second procedure in October.

Asked where DiPietro stands now, coach Scott Gordon said, “He’s upbeat. I don’t know the specifics of his timetable, but he’s been encouraged with the way things are going and he fully expects to be on the ice sometime in mid-summer and ready to go.’‘

Islanders fans will believe it when they see it. DiPietro recently was seen on crutches at the physical therapy facility where several Islanders do their rehabilitation. No explanation was immediately available from the Islanders, who previously released a statement saying he will be ready for training camp in September.

more on the Islanders

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Morning Line

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“We need to sign some free agents- spend some money. If you look on the roster of all the teams who are going to compete for the playoffs- but not just the playoffs because I don’t want to compete for just the playoffs- I want to compete for a Cup. I think the city deserves it. Hopefully we can sign some free agents.”

-Ilya Kovalchuk of the Atlanta Thrashers.  More from Ben Wright at Blueland Blog.

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If I Had An Award Ballot

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Every year I like to post my NHL award choices at the end of the season (here is last year’s version).  My picks are not who I think will win the awards but rather who I would vote for.  They are the players I think deserve the awards.

Selke Trophy- 1. Mike Richards Philadelphia Flyers 2. Mikko Koivu Minnesota Wild 3. Eric Staal Carolina Hurricanes

I think it is possible that Pavel Datsyuk may be the winner if it is not Richards.  Datsyuk does not play nearly as many minutes in defensive situations as these choices and is therefore a poorer choice.  This trophy should go to a player who is used in as many of his team’s defensive situations as possible and Datsyuk doesn’t qualify.  Here is why I support Mike Richards.

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