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Who Gets The Prime Seat?

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

This nicely sets the stage for what should be a terrific piece of post-season drama on Saturday afternoon, one that already has three networks — CBC, RDS and NBC — jostling over who gets the coveted between-the-benches broadcast perch.

Nobody’s talking about the Flyers pushing the Habs around any more, and the sandpaper elements in the Philly lineup — Scott Hartnell, Dan Carcillo, etc. — haven’t made an impact so far.

But if the Flyers were a bit cocky before Game 3, that’s gone now.

That means the fourth game of this Eastern final should be the most hotly contested yet.

more on last night’s game…

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We Now Have A Series

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The Habs still trail 2-1 in the series with Game 4 set for Saturday afternoon, but this night was a dramatic lesson in just how quickly a playoff series can turn.

Just how quickly the dead can come alive.

Just how quickly the invincible can suddenly be revealed as disorganized and wanting.

Just how quickly despair can turn to hope.

“It was an old-fashioned ass-kicking,” Philadelphia captain Mike Richards said. “I don’t know if we thought we could throw our sticks on the ice and it was going to be easy. Give them credit. They played hard. They were all over the ice. They won every puck battle. Obviously, it shows by the score.”

read on

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No Support For Leighton

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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

You know an NHL goalie has reached a special place when, after a loss, he is described in media reports as “merely human, after all.”

When that happens, what it means is that in previous games he had done something extra-special for his team. He was the biggest reason his team won - just as Jaroslav Halak was against Washington and Pittsburgh and Michael Leighton was in holding the Canadiens goalless in the first two games of the Eastern Conference final.

Last night, in this 5-1 romp over the Flyers, let it be said that Leighton was “merely human, after all.”

However, what also should be said is what most of the Flyers were saying, or should have been saying after the game; namely, that Leighton was left “hung out to dry.” Put it this way: until roughly the last half of the third period, Leighton wasn’t provided any help by the Flyers.

continued

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No Fear In Kane’s Game

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

So there was Patrick Kane, the charismatic, young Chicago Blackhawks star, fielding questions from a gathering of reporters when an innocuous softball landed at his feet.

Kane was asked: Do his butterflies increase or decrease, knowing the Blackhawks are only two victories away from a Stanley Cup appearance, entering Friday’s third game of the Western Conference final against the San Jose Sharks?

“To be honest with you, I haven’t really had butterflies as far as playing the game,” Kane answered so matter-of-factly and so without pretence that you knew it to be true.

In that sentence there is a great deal of insight into what makes tick a player small (5 foot 10, 178 pounds) even by the new NHL standards, but who plays the game without fear of failure.

continued

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  Tags: patrick+kane

Bloopers- Kings Style

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The Los Angeles Kings put together a video of many of the off-ice bloopers that were caught while filming during the season.

Many of them featured Heidi Androl, so let’s roll the tape…

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Talking Soon To Be UFAs In Atlanta

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from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

The Atlanta Thrashers have talked to potential unrestricted free agents Pavel Kubina and Maxim Afinogenov about contract extensions and came away believing there was some hope of re-signing them.

    Based on what I’m hearing, there appears to be no hope of re-signing Colby Armstrong.

    The Kubina situation seems the most crucial for the Thrashers because he played reasonably well for them. Although the Thrashers gave up too many goals last season, they were playing a wide-open style that led to opponents getting too many odd-man breaks. Even under that system, Kubina was an even player in plus-minus.

continued

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Open Post- Game 3 ECF Flyers/Canadiens

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First off, Montreal needs to score a goal and quickly.

If that happens, maybe somehow they can find their game again and make this a series.

If not, it could be over quickly.

Game starts just after 7:00pm on Versus, CBC and RDS.

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The Online Strategy Of The NHL

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Michael Ozanian of Forbes sits down with John Collins, COO of the NHL to discuss the online strategy of the NHL.

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  Tags: john+collins

Russia Gets Their Revenge

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from Russia Today,

Team Russia has thrashed Canada in the Ice Hockey World Championships quarterfinals to increase their winning streak at world champs to 26 consecutive victories.

Evgeny Malkin made a brace, while Pavel Datsyuk, Maksim Afinogenov and Sergey Fedorov each added a goal for the Russians, who ultimately beat Canada 5-2. Canada trailed 4-0 in the third period but good indivudual efforts by John Tavares and Matt Duchene sugared coat for Canada.

Going into the game captain of the Russian team Ilya Kovalchuk stressed that win over Canada would be “a matter of principle” for the Russian players.

continued

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  Tags: team+canada, team+russia

Afternoon Line

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“After the show, at the hotel, with a few libations under our belts and our long, long conversations, comes the real story. And these are the stories I’ve shared with Kirstie.”

-Ron MacLean about his memoir which will be published.  More from the CP at Yahoo.

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  Tags: ron+maclean

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