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NHL Gets It Wrong With Hossa Decision

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from David Climer of the Tennessean,

Right here, let me point out that the Predators never should have let it come to that. It shouldn’t have mattered if Hossa was on the ice, in the penalty box or in the shower. The Predators have only themselves to blame.

First, how can a team that is 0-for-postseason on the power play expect to advance?

Second, you’ve got to find a way to protect your goal in the closing seconds of regulation. Even after the Blackhawks pulled goalie Antti Niemi, the Predators should have been able to kill the clock. Martin Erat’s blind pass that was intercepted and ultimately led to the tying goal will be remembered as the turning point of this series unless Nashville wins the next two games.

But back to Hossa: I don’t think anybody is surprised that the NHL’s kangaroo court decided not to suspend him after conducting a hearing on the hit. Colin Campbell, the NHL’s senior vice president of hockey operations, determined that the five-minute penalty “was significant and appropriate” action by the referee.

Translation: Suspending a name player in the postseason is bad for business. Get over it.

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Beating Washington

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from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

The top-seeded, daunting Washington Capitals are in charge of the Flyers’ fate. Another win and the Capitals will be the Flyers’ next opponent. But maybe that isn’t so scary.

Alex Ovechkin remains the league’s most dangerous, uncontainable player. No one questions that. Ovechkin has five goals and four assists in the Capitals’ five playoff games.

But the Capitals might as well be renamed the Ovechkins based on their performance in taking a 3-2 lead over the Canadiens. They have been incredibly one-dimensional. Their league-best power play, which converted at a 25.1 percent success rate in the regular season - nearly 4 percent higher than the next closest team - is just 1-for-24 so far.

Their dual scoring threat of Ovechkin and 40-goal scorer Alex Semin? Semin hasn’t scored in 12 straight playoff games. He has been so bad that coach Bruce Boudreau referred to him as one of “four or five passengers” who have been riding on Washington’s playoff bus.

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Vancouver Thinking Chicago

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from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

And so it looks as though the Vancouver Canucks will be granted what they so wished for at the outset of training camp.

Another shot at the Chicago Blackhawks, the team they felt never should have eliminated them from Cup contention, could be very much in their future which is fine with everyone in the Vancouver room.

Because they remain a dark shadow in their recent past. Obviously nothing is set in stone with the Hawks still having to finish off the Nashville Predators, but that’s the way it’s looking and it’s not lost on any of the Vancouver players who went through last year’s anguish, a series they felt was within their grasp only to slip away after so many opportunities to close it out.

“I guess it’s looking like we might both get another shot at each other although that series isn’t over yet,” said Ryan Kesler, who likely still remembers Andrew Ladd’s wicked hit that went uncalled in that series. And it would be pretty astonishing if Rick Rypien has forgotten Ben Eager’s also totally ignored by the league and totally unsolicited shot that coldcocked him.

And who could ever forget Adam Burish’s diving exploits, the 10-metre board all prepared for his performances.

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Broadcast Questions

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from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star, T

he calibre of play and the excitement level have all justified the tremendous amount of air time the playoffs have gobbled up. For the most part, so has the television coverage.

But despite all those elements, there are still far too many mysteries presented every night.

Behold the playoff puzzlers:

• Who decided that the best way to open a hockey broadcast was to show players either getting off a bus or walking into an arena? Maybe there’s a product placement deal with the bus lines.

• Why does CBC’s P.J. Stock continue to invent new words every night? On Saturday, it was “Cammalleriwouldgivethemthelead.” Slow down, please.

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Save Of The Night

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Roberto Luongo robs Ryan Smyth.

Watch a different angle below…

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Hossa Should Have Been Suspended

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

What was the first thing you thought of when you saw Hossa lean in on Hamhuis as they both chased a puck into the corner? The hit on Hossa’s teammate, Brian Campbell, courtesy of Alex Ovechkin earlier in the regular season.

In both cases, the offending players seemed to hold up slightly just as contact was made, but the defensemen were off balance enough to be sent hurtling into the boards.

Dangerous? Yes. Reckless? It depends on your definition of reckless.

Of course, in the NHL, where every day is a brand new day, the two incidents end up being treated as though they were from different planets.

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Come Tuesday, Either Team Could Win

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Detroit could easily still win the series; the Red Wings have already won two of the three games at the Jobing.com arena, which is almost a home away from home for them, given the number of hardcore fans that live or visit the area. Still, Phoenix has made a habit of doing the unexpected this season; making the playoffs for starters and then giving the Red Wings far more than most people thought they could handle. Midnight was supposed to strike on the Coyotes’ Cinderella season sometime in mid-afternoon Sunday; they have now extended the series to Tuesday night; and at this stage of the proceedings, it’s hard to think that they might not get through into the next round after all.

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The Top Players In Vancouver Have Appeared

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Less than a week ago, favored Vancouver was down 2-1 in its first-round series with Los Angeles and Canucks fans jammed radio phone lines and Internet message boards with calamitous rants.

In the middle of the near hysteria and panic from a city that has had its heart broken too many times by this hockey team over four decades, there stood Alain Vigneault. Like a man yawning in the middle of a tornado, the Canucks coach calmly and confidently predicted his key players would raise their games and the Canucks would be fine.

And, of course, that’s exactly what happened. Now, Vancouver is hoping to wrap up its first-round series tonight with a road win over Los Angeles. The Canucks lead the series 3-2.

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No Suspension For Hossa

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from NHL.com,

NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell conducted a phone hearing with Hossa earlier Sunday afternoon. Campbell made the following statement after the meeting:

“I have made the decision that this play does not warrant supplemental discipline after considering all of the facts, including reviewing the video and speaking with Mr. Hossa,” said Campbell. “This play is distinguishable from recent incidents by a number of factors, including the degree of contact involved; the fact that the consequences of the play do not appear to be as severe; that this was a hockey play involving a race for the puck; that Mr. Hossa is not a repeat offender; and that the call of a major penalty by the referee was significant and appropriate.”

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We Have Our First Game 7 Of The Conference Quarterfinals- Detroit vs. Phoenix On Tuesday

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Early poll voting starts…

What team wins?

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