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In the same way fans are wondering how teams like Washington and Pittsburgh could be standing on the sidelines at the start of the conference finals, the Bruins’ inability to close the deal in four straight outings against a Flyers team that was minus its top scorer (Jeff Carter) and starting netminder (at least at the start of the series) is a colossal embarrassment.

-Scott Burnside of ESPN where you can read more on Bruins/Flyers.

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All Gary Bettman- Winnipeg Style

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from Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press,

Free Press: “Are you aware of how many Gary Bettman sightings there have been in Winnipeg in the last two or three months?

Gary Bettman: It’s funny you should ask. The reports come streaming in on a regular basis, people asking me what I ordered for dinner at a particular restaurant or where I was staying. I haven’t been in Winnipeg in the last year or even longer and for example, I haven’t spoken to Mayor Katz ever. But I get reports that I’m in town and meeting with the mayor and neither of those reports are accurate.

FP: Interest is high here in current NHL events. Emotions are starting to run again. Is it your impression about Winnipeg there are any carts before the horse in this matter of the Coyotes?

Gary Bettman: It’s not a question of carts before the horse. What I’m more concerned about is people getting their expectations up when they shouldn’t be. I was very uncomfortable and unhappy over the last few years when people in southern Ontario were misled about what was going on. Some of that comes from people actually trying to do the misleading and some of it comes from media reports, and that’s not to knock the media because they’re attempting to do their job….

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No Excuses

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Awful? Worse than awful. The Bruins tomorrow night should be playing in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, but instead they are framed in shame after last night’s diabolical 4-3 loss to the Flyers.

“We had a 3-0 lead in the series. We had a 3-0 lead tonight. And we blew both,’’ said coach Claude Julien. “There are no excuses.’’

In a season-ender that will live with them forever and a day, like the ball that rolled between Bill Buckner’s legs in the 1986 World Series, the Bruins essentially dismissed themselves from the 2010 postseason — and they underscored their own undoing by getting caught for having too many men on the ice with 11:10 gone in the third period.

Too many men. Haunting. Almost sadistic. A ghost from more than three decades ago, dating to an identical call at the Montreal Forum in 1979, revisited the Boston bench on Causeway Street, and had Vladimir Sobotka jumping on the ice as a sixth, and most unwanted, Boston skater.

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A Team Of Destiny?

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from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Destiny on Ice continues its run Sunday night, when the Flyers open the Eastern Conference finals - at home, of all places - against the Montreal Canadiens.

This can’t be happening, but it is.

“This is like a storybook,” said Ed Snider, the man who brought hockey to Philadelphia. “How can you go down, 3-0, in their barn and come back and beat them, 4-3? How can you come back from 0-3 in games and beat them 4-3? These guys are unbelievable. They just won’t quit. They’re incredible.”

It happened because Simon Gagne chose team over caution, returning for Game 4 despite a surgically repaired toe. All Gagne did was score the overtime game-winner to avert a sweep in Game 4, net a pair of goals in Game 5, and then fire the series-winner past Boston’s Tuukka Rask in Game 7.

“I was so happy at the end,” Gagne said. “We just put everything on the line. There is no better feeling.”

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Monumental Defeat For The Bruins

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Mark Recchi could barely speak as he sat in full uniform at his dressing room stall, 20 minutes after one of the biggest playoff collapses in NHL history.

“This is a pretty awful feeling right now,” said the 42-year-old veteran, barely above a whisper as he digested the enormity of the disaster at hand.

Milan Lucic, on the other hand, had no problem voicing his thoughts.

“There was definitely some complacency,” he said angrily Friday night after the Boston Bruins finished blowing a 3-0 series lead, beaten in Game 7 and bounced from the Stanley Cup tournament by the exultant Philadelphia Flyers.

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Stanley Cup Final Prediction

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Will we see a repeat of the 1973 Stanley Cup Final when Montreal, coached by Scotty Bowman defeated Chicago 4 games to 2?

I am old school and it is time for an Original Six Final, the first since 1979 when the Canadiens defeated the Rangers.

So, that is my pick for the SCF, what about you?

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2010 Stanley Cup Conference Finals Schedule

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National rightsholders NBC and VERSUS in the United States and CBC, TSN and RDS in Canada will provide exclusive national broadcast coverage of the Conference Finals. Every playoff game also can be heard on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.

Western Conference

Date Time (ET) #1 San Jose vs. #2 Chicago Network

Sunday, May 16 3:00 p.m. Chicago at San Jose NBC, TSN, RDS
Tuesday, May 18 10:00 p.m. Chicago at San Jose VERSUS, TSN, RDS
Friday, May 21 8:00 p.m. San Jose at Chicago VERSUS, TSN, RDS
Sunday, May 23 3:00 p.m. San Jose at Chicago NBC, CBC, RDS
Tuesday, May 25 * 9:00 p.m. Chicago at San Jose VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Thursday, May 27 * 8:00 p.m. San Jose at Chicago VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Saturday, May 29 * 8:00 p.m. Chicago at San Jose VERSUS, CBC, RDS

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Flyers Down 3-0 In the Series & Game Tonight, Win Game & Series 4-3

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Comeback complete for the Flyers.

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Open Post- Bruins vs. Flyers For A Spot In The Conference Finals

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Puck drops just after 7:00pm and can be viewed on Versus, TSN and RDS.

I won’t change my prediction from earlier this morning- Bruins win.

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Performance Issues In Vancouver

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from Derek Jory of VancouverCanucks.com,

As Gillis and head coach Alain Vigneault held their year-end media availability in front of gaggle of reporters, questions were aplenty, ranging from Roberto Luongo’s captaincy to the ineffective Canucks penalty kill, but the major query on most minds revolved around losing to Chicago.

“I think we clearly didn’t compete the same way in the playoffs as we did in the regular season and we have to take some time and evaluate why that happened,” said Gillis.

“It’s a little too close to it to start assessing what went wrong, but we had players that had career regular seasons and we didn’t get the same performances in the playoffs and we have to figure out why. I think before we get to changes that have to be made, we need to go through that evaluation.”

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