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Chicago In The Western Conference Finals

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Lead by the youngsters Patrick Kane (3 goals) and Jonathan Toews (2 goals), the Blackhawks defeat the Vancouver Canucks 7-5.

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Capitals Finally Get An OT Win - Force Game 7

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David Steckel deflects a shot from Brooks Laich and we move on to game 7 in Washington.

One more thing, Bruce Boudreau needs to bet some better collar stays to prevent his shirt collar from pointing upwards.

added 10:44pm, Game highlights via Versus can be watched below…

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Watching Hockey In Canada

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from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,

That was a heck of a hockey game NBC missed Saturday afternoon, though there won’t be any tears shed at peacock headquarters. Even though The Messiah Tiger Woods wasn’t at the top of the leaderboard at The Players championship, NBC still drew a 2.8 rating for golf on Saturday and a 3.4 on Sunday.

In Gary Bettman’s most vivid dreams, the NHL gets those kinds of ratings. In reality, hockey’s high water mark this playoff season on NBC is 1.4.

On this side of the border, hockey dominates everything as it always does. But there will be a lot of tight collars at the CBC if the Vancouver Canucks join the rest of Canada’s NHL entities on the golf courses of North America after tonight. The Canucks are driving ratings, but the rest of the field isn’t doing much to stir Canadian interest.

Saturday’s Washington-Pittsburgh game, in the prime Hockey Night In Canada slot, drew 1.37 million viewers. That’s a strong number, but a little more than 100,000 above what CBC draws during the regular season. You’d think a playoff game involving the league’s biggest stars in a series that has been nothing short of magnificent would do better.

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Rafalski Skates

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Update from Monday’s late afternoon practice at the Honda Center: Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski participated in his first practice in 12 days, said he felt good and will be a game-time decision for Tuesday. Rafalski has missed the first five games of the series with an undisclosed upper-body injury.

“If the coaches and myself feel I can contribute in any way, then there’s a good chance I’ll play, but we’ll see what happens,’’ Rafalski said. “Until I get on the ice, I can’t really tell when I’ll be able to play. Practice went well today, skated well yesterday for 25 minutes (with the reserves before the game), a little longer today.’‘

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Ducks Have Fun At Practice

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from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Carlyle mostly had his team put Game 5, a 4-1 loss, behind them. He had the club scrimmage with opposite-handed sticks for the first part of practice to lighten the mood.

“How are we going to lift the spirits of people other than go back to some of the goofy things you did when you played hockey (as a kid)?” Carlyle said.

“Wrong-handed scrimmage and ball hockey are all things that they remember, and you could see a lot of smiles on the faces, a much lighter approach.”

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Of All The Days

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Ahhhh…my apologies.  Crazy day in the capital(ol).  I’ll be back in form tonite or tomorrow.  For now?  Cindy Brady’s in frigging tears.

The only thing more discouraging than the Ducks’ effort in a 4-1 loss in Game 5 in Detroit is hearing them talk about it afterwards.

Cindy’s sad.  I’ll catch up with you guys soon.  We have much to discuss.

 

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Watching In Detroit

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from SnapShots at Mlive,

May 11, Fox Sports Detroit: RED WINGS GAME 5 VICTORY SETS RATINGS RECORD FOR FOX SPORTS DETROIT

Detroit-Anaheim Game Achieves 17.1 Household Rating / 35 Share in Metro Detroit

FOX Sports Detroit attracted an all-time record audience for Sunday’s Game 5 of the NHL Western Conference Semifinal series between the Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks.

Based on data received from Nielsen Media Research, the 5:00-7:45 PM telecast registered a 17.1 household rating / 35 share in the Detroit metro area, an average of nearly 330,000 homes (one rating point equals approximately 19,270 households).

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Afternoon Line

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“I’ve made my decision and I’m coming back to play.  I think everyone eventually knew I was going to come back, but I still wanted to take some time and think about things. Watching everyone else playing in the playoffs helped push me to make the decision. This is the best time of year and we want to get back to playing post-season hockey next season.”

-Mike Modano of the Dallas Stars.  More at DallasStars.com.

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Pressure On Canucks

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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Hours before his Vancouver Canucks enter the pressure cooker of an elimination game in the Stanley Cup playoffs, head coach Alain Vigneault continued to place the burden on his top players like goalie Roberto Luongo, forwards Daniel Sedin and Alex Burrows to perform better against the Chicago Blackhawks tonight.

Vigneault remarked on Sunday before his team flew to Chicago for game six of the second-round series, in which the Blackhawks lead 3-2 after a 4-2 victory in Vancouver on Saturday evening, that Burrows is “not himself” and “he’s got nothing.”

Burrows stated today that Vigneault hasn’t conveyed those sentiments face-to-face, but Vigneault wasn’t backing down before the critical game.

“He’s one of them obviously,” said Vigneault, when queried as to whether Burrows needs to step up his play. “I haven’t put the list in order. There still is time for them to find another level.”

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Green Adjusting To New Stick

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from Tarik El-Bashir of Captals Insider,

Mike Green broke the last of his discontinued Easton Stealths—the stick the slick-skating defenseman used to rack up 31 goals and 73 points—early in Game 1 of this series.

For the rest of that game, and the next two, Green said, “I felt like I was stickhandling for the first time again.”

“It takes a couple of games,” Green added, referring to the process of getting used to the feel of the heavier, stiffer Easton S17 stick that he’s using now. “But today I feel back to normal. It’s weird how that happens.”

“It’s a [crappy] time for that to happen,” he said with a laugh, although I could tell he didn’t really think it was funny.

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