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Your Ducks Update For Today

from Kyle Shohara at the Ducks website, With home ice for two of the next three games (if the series goes seven), the Ducks will be able to get the matchups they desire, but head coach Bruce Boudreau says the advantages are miniscule because of how tight the series has been. “It’s a pretty tight series,” Boudreau said. “When we’re talking advantages, we’re talking...
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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Separation Time In The NHL Playoffs Tonight?

With wins tonight, Pittsburgh, Ottawa and Chicago can go up 3-1 in their series while Vancouver needs a win to prevent being swept by San Jose.  
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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Talking With Jagr

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, I looked down from the press box Monday night during the national anthems, an electric atmosphere rocking Air Canada Centre before Game 3. I wondered in particular what was going through Jaromir Jagr's mind. I was picturing the future Hall of Famer soaking it all in, wanting to make sure he enjoyed these types of moments as his spectacular...
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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Habs-Sens: keys to a Montreal victory

This is a big one. The key(s) to victory are very simple. Two words: Carey Price. This is simply the game where the Canadiens need Price to show up. He was there in game 2. They need him there again, and more. It's Carey's time to shine.  However, there are other factors at play that will have an effect for the Canadiens. Jeff Halpern is in for Brian Gionta, probably...
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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

The Swiss Connection

from Joanne C. Gerstner of the New York Times, The Detroit rookie center Damien Brunner flew down the ice, trailing on a breakout in overtime. Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller had a tough choice: cover the leading Gustav Nyquist to his right, or Brunner on the left. Hiller targeted Nyquist, diving and interrupting the rush with a poke check. But Hiller could not corral the wobbling...
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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Measuring Fan Loyalty

from Robert Passikoff of Forbes, The National Hockey League hasn’t treated fans all that well – at least not when it comes to managing to get teams out on the ice as regularly as fans might desire. There was the strike back in ’92. Then the lockout of ’94. Another lockout in 2004-05. Oh, and then there was this season’s 2012-13 lockout. Pity the poor hockey fan...
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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Profiling The Playoff Players

from Sean McIndoe of Grantland, This year’s NHL playoffs have featured plenty of sights that fans aren’t accustomed to. We have rare appearances by teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders, veteran defenseman Jay Bouwmeester’s long-awaited postseason debut, and the first Ottawa-Montreal matchup in 86 years. And yet, a lot of it still feels familiar...
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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Islanders Like Their Chances

from Katie Strang of ESPN, Following a Game 1 rout in which the Isles were easily dispatched 5-0, they have rebounded well with a win in Game 2 and a strong performance in Game 3, despite falling in overtime. But it's not just about their ability to compete with the top-seeded Penguins. The Islanders believe they can pull off the upset. "We know we can beat...
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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

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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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

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
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