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Saturday Night Hockey Notes

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Would it make sense in Philadelphia for the Flyers to pull a John Gibbons and bring back John Stevens to coach? It makes sense for Ron Hextall.

- There’s something comforting about turning your television on in an American hotel room, finding the hockey game and hearing Gord Miller or Chris Cuthbert doing play by play. It’s like comfort food.

- An NHL executive on Cody Franson: “He’s a good player on a bad team, a below average player on a good team.”

- Why an Eastern team might be the Stanley Cup winner: Better goaltending.

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Video- Saturday Headlines

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from Jeff Simmons of Sportnet,

The Philadelphia Flyers continue to search for a new head coach and their short list includes Dallas Eakins, according to Sportsnet’s Damien Cox.

Eakins, 48, was considered to be one of the fastest-rising coaches in the industry prior to a rough two-season stint with the Edmonton Oilers. Under Eakins, the Oilers went 36-63-14 before the club dismissed him this past December.

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Suffragette City

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

There is no recovery from this. We need to be very clear about that. You need to know that going in. Teams don't recover from losses like...that.  Teams don't "bounce back" emotionally. They don't "put it behind them."

They don't. They can't. They will not.

It's important that you breathe and that you simply understand that simple fact.

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Status Quo For The Wings Tonight

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Babcock said same lineup as last game.

Babcock said he expects Glendening (hand) to be able to take faceoffs. If not, he'll move Andersson to that line in place of Ferraro.

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Open Post- Today’s Stanley Cup Playoff Games

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Feel free to discuss the NHL Playoff games today.

The Caps are up 3-2, Tampa/Detroit tied at 2, Chicago up 3-2 and the same with Calgary.

 

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Scott Darling

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The goaltender with the top saves percentage among those who have been the clear number one goalie in the playoffs so far is Scott Darling of the Chicago Blackhawks.  He is posting a 1.67 GAA and a .950 saves percentage.  These are outstanding numbers.  He is the latest in a string of unknown goalies who has a significant hot streak at the start of their careers before regressing to more average numbers.  This season there has been Michael Hutchinson of the Winnipeg Jets and Andrew Hammond of the Ottawa Senators who have fit that pattern.  Both are significant reasons why their teams made the playoffs.

Darling is a 26 year old who has only 14 games regular season experience.  In fact he has only 28 games AHL experience.  Most of his career has been played in lower level professional leagues and in the NCAA.

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Jim Rutherford And Mike Johnston Will Return In Pittsburgh

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from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The Penguins aren't firing their coach or their general manager following a first-round exit in the Stanley Cup playoffs, president and CEO David Morehouse said Saturday.

“I know there's been a lot of speculation out there, but (co-owners) Ron (Burkle) and Mario (Lemieux) never once considered a change,” Morehouse said. “Jim Rutherford's our general manager, and Mike Johnston's our coach.”

Morehouse pointed to injuries as a major reason for the Penguins' struggles this season. They lost 371 man-games to injury and entered the postseason missing three of their top four defensemen in Kris Letang, Olli Maatta and Christian Ehrhoff.

“Look, we're all disappointed that we didn't go farther,” Morehouse said. “There are a lot of speculative reasons why that happened, but we have to look at reality.

“We had a new coach who almost never had a chance to coach his full team because of injuries. I don't know if there's a team in the league that could have succeeded in the playoffs without three of its top four defensemen. That's the situation we faced.”

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Jeff Blashill Ready For The Playoffs

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Blashill's work continues to keep his profile high for an NHL position this summer. He's often called the best coaching prospect not currently in The Show and that means clubs such as the Leafs will be watching closely.

The 41-year-old is currently charged with maintaining the Wings 'model' under general manager Ken Holland and Babcock: Leave players on the farm until major development concerns are addressed. Half the Wings' current roster cut their teeth with Blashill's 2013 Calder Cup champs.

"Our players have to earn (jobs in Detroit), they're not entitled," Blashill said. "I was fortunate enough to spend a year as Mike's assistant in Detroit. I know what it takes to play for him, what he will demand of them. There's synergy between us.

"We had early struggles that set us back, but we've had great two-way centres such as Andy Miele and Tomas Nosek. And we're blessed with leadership in Nathan Paetsch, Jeff Hoggan and Brennan Evans. Part of their role is to see these young guys reach their goals."

Calder success continues to be a portal to the NHL. Jon Cooper clinched his job with parent Tampa Bay after Norfolk beat Dallas Eakins and the Marlies in the 2012 final, with Eakins hired the next year in Edmonton. Last year's Western Conference finalists, Willy Desjardins of the Texas Stars and Marlies' Steve Spott were also promoted, to head coach in Vancouver and assistant in Toronto. Isn't Blashill overdue?

"I'm doing my very best to focus on the playoffs right now," Blashill said.

"I know if I do the very best job I can here, things will unfold for me later."

more on the playoff matchup between the Toronto Marlies and Grand Rapids Griffins...

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Morning Line- Mike Peluso

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In December, 1994, I suffered a major concussion thanks to a bare-knuckled fist to the head. I was knocked unconscious as my head slammed against the ice, and carried off the rink. In the locker room I took multiple showers, because I kept forgetting that I had already showered. However, the team quickly cleared me to play despite signs of a serious concussion. A few weeks later, I experienced a grand mal seizure during a workout.

As I convulsed, my teammates restrained me from hurting myself any further, but the damage to my brain had already been done. Incredibly, it was a team orthopedic surgeon who treated me after my seizure. I sat out for just two weeks before the team doctors again pushed me back onto the ice. I was never seen by a neurologist.

-former NHL player Mike Peluso at the Globe and Mail where you can read more on this topic...

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One More Win And The Washington Capitals Move On

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from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington,

Troy Brouwer, now in his fourth season in Washington, noted that all three of his playoff series have been decided in seven games.

He said he believes that with the arrivals of coach Barry Trotz and defensemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen, this year’s Capitals have a better chance of closing the deal in Game 6.

“We have to find a way where we can close teams out,” Brouwer said. “I like the pedigree of our team. I like how we’re embracing the situation right now. We know tomorrow night’s going to be our toughest game in a long time because that elimination game is extremely hard to win because the other team is extremely desperate. We have that same attitude as well, because we know what it’s like to exit the playoffs early and we don’t want to be doing that again this year.”

Orpik said he’s noticed a resilience in the Capitals that has served them well in this series. He pointed to the Islanders’ first goal as an example. Several Capitals thought Islanders captain John Tavares deserved a penalty for covering the puck with his hand in the moments leading up to Josh Bailey’s early goal.

“I think a lot of teams in that situation would have panicked,” Orpik said. “I think we did a really good job staying the course and not letting a missed call rattle us.”

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