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Fans Losing Faith In The Canucks

from David Ebner of the Globe and Mail, Up Robson Street, the sidewalk was crowded. The Canucks Team Store, near Bute Street, was almost empty, four people inside. Three of those were the Adolph family, father Ivan and his wife visiting from Lillooet to see their 25-year-old daughter Ayla, who lives in town. Ivan, a hockey fan, had purchased two white Canucks playoff towels...
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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Wings And Ducks Will Spend More Time In The Air Than On The Ice

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, What's happening today? Not much. The Wings had a noon flight from Detroit to John Wayne Airport. They aren't planning to skate, which isn't unusual for teams in the playoffs, as many make do with morning skates to prepare for games. Why not make Eastern Conference teams connect through LAX or something every time...
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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Craig Anderson Outplaying Carey Price

from Erin Nick at NHL.com, Anderson has a .949 save percentage through three games, placing him third among the 16 active goaltenders playing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. His goals-against average sits at 2.01, which ranks sixth. Meanwhile, Price finds himself 15th in both categories, with a 3.69 GAA and .879 save percentage. Price's stats took a hit after the 6-1 loss...
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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Selling Wings fans short via conspiracy theory

From the land of virus fun: a certain coworker forwarded me a column from Yahoo Sports' Greg "Puck Daddy" Wyshynski involving serious criticism of WBBL's Bill Simonson's...Well, serious critique of the 2-game suspension Justin Abdelkader received from the NHL for his high hit on Toni Lydman, and, well...I'd prefer to let you read what Simonson had to say...
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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Crosby on Cover of This Week’s Sports Illustrated

From Sports Illustrated: (NEW YORK – May 7, 2013) – Pittsburgh Penguins’ star Sidney Crosby continues to amaze by coming back from injury better than when he left, writes Michael Rosenberg in this week’s SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.  Since returning from a 13 game absence with a broken jaw, Crosby, who makes his fifth appearance on the SI cover, has scored two goals and assisted...
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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Old Habits Return in Loss

Every Cap fan knew that we would see a different Ranger team now that the series has shifted to New York.  The Ranger offense had been so anemic that, logically, it could only improve.  The question would only be whether or not the Capitals could continue their defensive success.  The answer, as we learned last night, was not what we would have hoped. Prior to the game, Braden...
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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

The Better Cheater

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star, Tyler Bozak says the Boston Bruins are cheating. He is, too. But the Bruins are cheating better. And that’s a big reason why the Bruins beat the Maple Leafs 5-2 on Monday to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in their best-of-7 Stanley Cup Eastern Conference quarter-final. “They’re the best team in the league at them (faceoffs),”...
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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Will Datsyuk’s Magic Go ‘Poof’?

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet, Pavel Datsyuk has no problem breaking water-bottle holsters, but will he hesitate to break Detroit Red Wings fans’ hearts? Let’s set aside the future and its unknowns for a second and relish the moment above. Trailing the Anaheim Ducks in Game 4 and in danger of going down 3-1 in the series, the most magical player on the ice/planet takes...
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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Preparing The Canucks For The Future

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province, When next season begins, the Vancouver Canucks will once again be a strong contender to make the playoffs — and if things go well, perhaps even challenge for the lead at times in their newly realigned environment. They’ll still have outstanding goaltending, and a decent back end, and general manager Mike Gillis will have...
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Norris Trophy Finalists Announced

NEW YORK (May 7, 2013) -- Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins, P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens and Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild are the three finalists for the 2012-13 James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position,” the National Hockey League announced today. Each...
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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Ron Rolston Named Head Coach Of The Buffalo Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. (May 7, 2013) --- Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier today announced that Ron Rolston has been named the head coach of the Sabres, after serving as the club’s interim head coach since Feb. 20
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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Marc Staal Sees A Different Game

from Howie Kussoy of the New York Post, Staal played 17:17, alongside Anton Stralman, and said he felt good physically and with his conditioning, while acknowledging his timing needs improvement, particularly in making his return to the faster pace of the playoffs. Staal said his return was delayed by issues that arose with his eye last week, which have since cleared, but...
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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

It Was About The Event And The Game

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star, But this game, this night, was as much an event in this city as it was a critical professional sports contest, although Carlyle might quibble on that point. In many burgs, fans would have long ago abandoned the locals after so long a playoff purgatory. Not here, not where the Leafs have been as well supported as any pro franchise in the...
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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Today’s Early Playoff MVP

I am very interested in the question of how early in the season/playoffs an eventual award winner establishes himself as the frontrunner and as such I try to pick winners as soon as I can and update my selection as a new player takes the lead.  Yesterday I picked Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals as the Conn Smythe leader based on his first two games of the playoffs. ...
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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Martin Gernat and the Edmonton Oil Kings look to last year’s WHL finals for this year’s challenge

The Edmonton Oilers need help on their blueline. And not soon, but now. While draft picks alone cannot remedy the situation, the team has been aware of the gaping holes in their depth and roster while making their selections on draft day year after year. While defencemen tend to take longer to develop and to prepare themselves physically those who have been in the system for...
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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings defeat Ducks in OT—youth nearly kills Wings before it serves ‘em

I'm writing the quick take soon, but for now...Talk about it. Smith and Quincey nearly cost the Wings the game on the 1-0 goal, Lashoff checked Howard on the 2-1 goal... And yet Pavel Datsyuk tied it and Damien Brunner, whose ass was nailed to the bench in the 3rd, scored the OT winner via a Lashoff save and Nyquist-Andersson assist. Detroit wins 3-2 in OT. 2-2 going to...
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May 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Legal Kronwalling

This is the only video of Niklas Kronwall's hit on Emerson Etem that I could find. Legal Kronwalling!
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May 06, 2013  |  Discuss

A Feast Of Hockey Talk

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, - Martin Brodeur wants to come back for another season with the Devils and he’s certainly entitled as the winningest goalie of all-time. But an alarm bell should be going off in GM Lou Lamoriello’s office. Brodeur’s goals-against average (2.22) was good, but not his save percentage at .901. That’s barely adequate in today...
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May 06, 2013  |  Discuss

The Old Cook Is wavering…unsure if he should feed us

We've been holding back the Lightfoot, saving Gordie for when the time is exactly right. Continue reading "The Old Cook Is wavering…unsure if he should feed us"
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May 06, 2013  |  Discuss

8 Teams In Action Tonight In The Conference Quarter-Finals Of The NHL Playoffs

Note the Boston/Toronto game is on the NHL Network in the US.  
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May 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Afternoon Line

via Mark Spector tweets, VAN's Bieksa calls out Couture and Thornton for embellishing calls. "It's a lack of integrity." Bieksa - “Thornton, another so-called Canadian ... He gets slashed, takes his glove off, shakes his hand." Bieksa: “Couture has been snapping his head back. This isn’t my opinion. The evidence is in the video.” More...
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May 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Video- Wings And Ducks Talk About Game 4

Players from both sides and coach Mike Babcock talk after the morning skate.  
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May 06, 2013  |  Discuss

NHL Schedules Outdoor Hockey Game At Dodger Stadium

NEW YORK (May 6, 2013) – The 2012 Stanley Cup® champion Los Angeles Kings will play host to the Anaheim Ducks in a regular-season NHL® game outdoors at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET, the National Hockey League announced today Continue reading "NHL Schedules Outdoor Hockey Game At Dodger Stadium"
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May 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Marc Staal In Tonight?

It certainly would be a boost for the Rangers if Staal does play tonight.   I don't "know" anything for certain, but if Marc Staal plays for NYR tonight I "think" I will be not surprised. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 6, 2013
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May 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Stay Away From The Head

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo, You know the NHL has been cracking down on hits to the head for three years now. If you still don’t know where the line is, if you still don’t think the penalties are consistent, if it all seems too nuanced and complicated, then make it simple: Don’t put your fate in Shanahan’s hands. Continue to play the physical hockey we...
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May 06, 2013  |  Discuss
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