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WEISE LIFTS CANADIENS IN OVERTIME
After a back-and-forth three periods that saw neither team hold the lead for more than four minutes (TB – 3:34, MTL – 3:58), Dale Weise scored his first career playoff goal at 18:08 of overtime to lift the Canadiens to a 1-0 series lead over the Lightning.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Weise became the first Canadiens player to record his first career postseason goal in overtime since May 18, 1986, when Brian Skrudland did so nine seconds into the extra period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final versus the Flames. Last year, three NHLers scored their first playoff goal in overtime: Gustav Nyquist, Brooks Orpik and Jason Zucker.

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Another Cup And The Chicago Blackhawks Are A Dynasty

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from Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times,

You win three Cups in five seasons, including possible back-to-back Cups? You’re a dynasty. Maybe you’re not the Shangs or the Mings, but you’re more than a hiccup.

Do the Blackhawks want to play the nasty Blues in the opening round, starting in St. Louis on ­Thursday night?

It doesn’t really matter. To win the Cup, you beat whomever steps in front of you for the next two months. At some point, you’ve beaten everybody who’s beaten everybody else....

It’s all doable. Not easy. But possible. Likely even painful. There’s a bull’s-eye on the chest of every Blackhawks star. They are the defending champs, after all. As Kane said of being singled out for special treatment by the Blues, “I would expect that, even if I wasn’t coming back from injury.’’

No, it’ll be hard, very hard. And long.

But no dynasty was easy. And none was built in a day.

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“The Kids Have Played Well”

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“Sometimes when you put kids in and they aren’t ready it turns out to be bad for the team and you start to lose your confidence as an athlete and you have to go backwards to regain that confidence,” general manager Ken Holland said. “Fortunately, the kids have played well. That’s not a concern for me.”

Said center Darren Helm: "The young guys add a big element to the team -- excitement, energy -- gets everybody going. They’re going to be important guys in the playoffs."

This is the youngest team the Red Wings have taken into the playoffs in a long time. Youth brings fresh legs and speed. That will be important against the big, physical, veteran-laden Bruins.

“All those kids just love to play hockey, they’re just having fun,” Red Wings forward Johan Franzen said. “They want the puck, they’re skating good and they’re strong on the puck.

“I think they’re ready for the playoffs. They’ve been playing great for us. It’s going to be fun to see what they can bring.”

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Video- Ryan Getzlaf Took A Puck To The Face, Should Be OK

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Nashville’s Coaching Mistake

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One of the most important rules that teams often violate regarding coaching is never fire your coach if he will immediately become the most sought after unemployed coach on the market.  The Nashville Predators have broken this rule in firing Barry Trotz.

Trotz had been the only coach in Nashville Predator history and had done a good job with limited talent.  The Predators didn't have the greatest season this year.  They finished in tenth place in the West Conference.  A significant reason for that was top goalie Pekka Rinne was injured much of the season and limited to 24 games played.  Carter Hutton,  Marek Mazanec and Devan Dubnyk tried unsuccessfully to pick up the slack.  Nevertheless the Predators only finished three points back of a playoff spot.

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Video- Inside Hockey Feature On Jon Cooper

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A great Inside Hockey feature by Elliotte Friedman on Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper.

Thanks to xXxCrosby87Xx for the upload...

 

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Video- Hockey Night In Canada Opening Montage - Stanley Cup Playoffs Edition

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Open Post- The NHL Playoffs Start Tonight With Three Games On The Schedule

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The puck drops just after 7:00pm ET on the second season.

Here is hoping the best for the team you follow but remember, only one team get to raise the Stanley Cup.

Ben Bishop is still injured for Tampa so Anders Lindback starts and Frederik Andersen is in goal for the Ducks tonight.

Feel free to discuss the games tonight.

 

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The Playoff Hits

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

23 minutes and 23 seconds of hits, all playoff hits.

23, that number keeps coming up.

Watch the video below, presented by awood40 again...

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Three Teams That Can Make A Splash In The Playoffs

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Columbus Blue Jackets

When you're making just your second playoff appearance in franchise history, "dark horse" is a label that applies. If they are somehow able to take down the Metropolitan Division-winning Pittsburgh Penguins, we'll upgrade them to Cinderella status. Could it happen? When you have the defending Vezina Trophy-winning netminder in Sergei Bobrovsky, that's a good place to start....

Detroit Red Wings

When was the last time you heard "Detroit Red Wings" and "dark horse" in the same breath? Still, that's what they are, as they will face the NHL's top regular-season team, the Boston Bruins, in the first round. This has been a difficult season for the Red Wings, who have gone long stretches without top players Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen and Jimmy Howard. But a new generation of Red Wings has emerged, led by scoring sensation Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurco and Riley Sheahan, which has more than picked up the slack. With Datsyuk back in the lineup and Howard back to form after a rocky season, the Wings don't look like a wild-card team....

Minnesota Wild

We're going to start charging Wild GM Chuck Fletcher for our services. The team has been on a tear since we wrote that the common belief was the Wild would boast the NHL's worst playoff goaltending and certainly the worst goaltending of the eight Western Conference playoff teams. The goaltending remains a potentially fatal flaw for a Wild team that has shaken off late-season stutters to play some of its best hockey of the season....

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