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Only In Philadelphia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Sielski of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The protocol of the NHL postseason requires Steve Mason to stay quiet about the nature of his "upper-body injury." So even before a Flyers' public-relations representative began shooing reporters away from Mason's locker after the team skated at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday morning, Mason peeled off his pads and betrayed nothing about either his condition or the meeting he would soon have with head coach Craig Berube and goaltending coach Jeff Reese.

Every clue - subtle and overt, from how the Flyers have handled the day-to-day finessing of Mason's practice time to his measured, non-denial denials to all questions about his health - suggests that he suffered a concussion when the Pittsburgh Penguins' Jayson Megna knocked him to the ice on April 12.

"I'm not getting into all that," he said before leaving. Presumably, he reserved his frankness for his sit-down with Berube and Reese, and, well, here we are. Mason emerged from that meeting as the erstwhile starting goalie, and the Flyers emerged from Tuesday night down two games to one after a 4-1 loss to the Rangers, their season in peril, their sport's most important position once more a source of angst for them.

Only the Flyers could pull this off. Only the Flyers could tell the world that their No. 1 goaltender was 100 percent healthy again and have it blossom into controversy.

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The Montreal Canadiens Sweep The Tampa Bay Lightning

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from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out,

Game Four exemplified what the Canadiens were able to accomplish all through their series against the Lightning.

• They got goals from each of their four lines.

• Outside of a brief letdown in the early part of the third period, the Canadiens got airtight defence and rock-solid goaltending from Carey Price.

• Unlike the Lightning, the Canadiens didn’t take bad penalties.

• 11 skaters made the scoresheet.

• Steven Stamkos was held to two shots on goal.

• Rene Bourque continued his postseason renaissance with seven shots on goal, plus three that Tampa Bay blocked and three that missed the net. Bourque, who was a healthy scratch for nine games this season – including five in March – had three goals and 22 SoG against the Lightning. His line, with Lars Eller and Brian Gionta, was the Canadiens’ best in the series.

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Ron MacLean Of Hockey Night In Canada Offers An Apology For His ‘French-Canadian’ Referee Comment

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from CBC,

CBC hockey commentator Ron MacLean apologizes for his comment about French-Canadian referees during Tuesday night’s Stanley Cup playoff game between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning.

MacLean suggested during the second intermission that a French-Canadian referee should not be working the game. The context for his comment was a controversial call by another French-Canadian referee in the third game of the first-round playoff series that Lightning coach Jon Cooper said cost his team the game.

MacLean said the fact the NHL assigned another French-Canadian referee to officiate Game 4 was meant to send a message to Cooper.

MacLean’s view was challenged by fellow Hockey Night in Canada commentator Elliotte Friedman, who said it was “unfair” to suggest French-Canadian referees were partial to Montreal.

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Bruins Marchand Responds To Critics

Blog: KK Hockey By Monica McAlister

Just about 24 hour after Minnesota Wilds' Matt Cooke took out Colorado Avalanche Tyson Barrie with a knee on knee hit it would be Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith with a similar hit himself on Bruins Brad Marchand, only this time after initial outrage at Smith for being reckless on social media turned on Marchand claiming it was a dive and he was faking it. 

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After The First Week Of The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, Here’s Your Top 10 Goals, TSN Style

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Just about 3 1/2 minutes of goals...

 

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A Night For Dan Carcillo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Carcillo, inserted into the lineup at the expense of fresh-faced freshman Jesper Fast, who seemed out of his element through the opening two matches at the Garden. Carcillo, of course had been persona non grata around the Garden for years since whaling on Marian Gaborik right here in the Flyers’ building on Jan. 22, 2010 while wearing No. 13 for the home team.

But then Carcillo slipped into the Blueshirt this January after a trade with the Kings … and though Ranger fans might only have been lukewarm in receiving him, he could probably get a parade through Manhattan right now after his hard-edged effort last night that culminated with him scoring the match’s final goal.

The winger with previous anger-management issues played with admirable restraint for most of the night, taking one over-aggressive penalty that can be understood if not quite condoned.

Carcillo took an uncalled (and maybe unintentional?) forearm/elbow to the jaw from Matt Read early in the third that knocked him down, if not out, and wasn’t especially pleased about it. He cleared encroaching Flyers from Henrik Lundqvist’s crease, shoving them away. He added fiber to the diet.

No. 13 was a presence, and a constructive one, and when he returned to the bench with arms held high after he scored at 10:53 redirecting Boyle’s two-on-two feed past Ray Emery, he was greeted by front-row fans with upraised middle fingers signifying just how they considered him “No. 1” or something like that.

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Red Wings prospect news, Joe news and video…stuff…

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

What follows is a bleary-eyed blogger's assortment of "stuff that didn't make the recap" (I worked really *#$%@& hard on that recap...at least give it a glance...) and prospect news.

The latter before the former: None of the Wings' prospects who took part in playoff hockey had good Tuesdays.

In the QMJHL, Anthony Mantha had a hat trick, but his Val-d'Or Foreurs dropped a 6-5 OT decision to the Halifax Mooseheads, who trail the Q's conference final 2 games to 1.

Mantha has 14 goals, 7 assists and 21 points in 13 playoff games played;

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Red Wings-Bruins Game 3 wrap-up: ‘We Need More from Everybody’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings' 3-0 loss to the Boston Bruins included a telling moment. Sergei Fedorov, who is both CSKA Moscow's general manager and an every-summer resident of Metro Detroit, was spotted in the press box, speaking with Ken Holland and Chris Chelios.

I'm pretty sure that the vast majority of the Red Wings' fans would've given their left knee (or the right one? Brad Marchand will let us know) to see Fedorov or Chelios suit up, but the Wings aren't built that way anymore.

On Tuesday night, the Wings had six forwards and two defensemen who participated in last spring's Grand Rapids Griffins' Calder Cup run in their lineup, as well as a total of four "second year" defensemen and four "real" rookies. The team's dressed support players (Drew Miller, Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader and Kyle Quincey) aren't exactly scorers, and the player who's been playing a Chelios-like leadership role was out with a bad back.

This is the state of the Red Wings right now, especially if Datsyuk, Franzen (yes, I know, boo), Legwand and Kronwall are being shut down by the Bruins' checking:

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Jimmy Fallon pokes fun at Penguins and Bruins’ head-shots

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

George here on the late shift...As I attempt to pen a little recap of a disheartening Wings loss, I at least got to see Jimmy Fallon make fun of NHL players' head-shots, playing a high-school-style "Most Likely to Be Voted to..." game:

Pittsburgh's Beau Bennett, Simon Despres and Matt Niskanen and Boston's Brad Marchand, Dougie Hamilton and Zdeno Chara all received jeers.

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Red Wings-Bruins Game 3 quick take: Wings were awful, but B’s might overlook ‘em now

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

After watching what may have been the worst Red Wings game since...The 6-1 loss to Ottawa, this time a 3-0 loss to Boston, I have two hopes:

1. I sincerely hope that the Red Wings' forwards start doing things other than cheating toward offense and begging their defensemen to be the only ones who shoot pucks on the power play;

2. I hope the Bruins buy into what their media corps is selling, because the Wings may have been manhandled in two consecutive stinkers--from the goal on out--but as far as the B's media has informed us on Twitter, it's time to prepare for the Canadiens-Bruins series, which will start after Saturday's game, apparently.

Very regrettably, Brad Marchand's flop-and-flail-and-grab-the-wrong-leg crap (he's been targeting Brendan Smith, who did try to knee Marchand, all series long), may have been the highlight of the night for Red Wings fans.

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