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What Do The Blues Do Now?

Down 0-2 as they head to Los Angeles. Scoring has become a problem and they 0-for on the power play this series too. The Kings on the other hand, just need to keep doing what they have been.  Don’t get too fancy or think you have the game won before hitting the ice. Watch the highlights of the 5-2 win tonight.
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May 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Is a Hurricanes-Red Wings bidding war for Zach Parise on the horizon?

I believe it was the Detroit Free Press’s Helene St. James who suggested that someone like Jiri Hudler could earn “Martin Lapointe money” as an unrestricted free agent this summer because the UFA class of 2012 is so thin that extreme overpayment is all but guaranteed for anybody who can score, and along the, “Jeremy Jacobs decided to give Martin Lapointe $5.25 million a year...
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April 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Missing Playoff Hockey In Canada

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, We are cheated, Canada, with no hockey in May, with not much in late April, with no building crazily alive the way Madison Square Garden was Monday night. You could feel it from the moment you walked in. It wasn’t just another day, another game. You felt it outside the building before you even entered. And no matter how long it has been for...
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April 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Addiction Has No Boundaries

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail, Known to millions as the host of Hockey Night in Canada, Scott Oake has been keeping something quiet for more than a year now: the loss of his eldest son Bruce to a fatal spiral of addiction. Thirteen months ago, Bruce died in Calgary of an accidental drug overdose at the age of 25. After a brief leave to grieve, the CBC sportscaster returned...
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April 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Capitals Even Series at One Game With A Win Over The Rangers

How’s this sound: Ovechkin 10:36 time on ice Backstrom 12:59 of total ice time Semin: 10:33 of ice time. Yet, the Caps defeat the Rangers 3-2 on Ovechkin’s power play goal with about 7 minutes left in the 3rd period. Watch the game winning goal…
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April 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Rangers Come Up Short

That is what the New York Rangers did tonight in their 3-2 Game 2 loss of the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. After battling back from a 2-1 deficit on a goal by Ryan Callahan, Capitals’ team captain Alex Ovechkin scored the game winner on a power play with less than 8 minutes to go. The power play was a result of a holding penalty taken by Rangers’ forward Brad...
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April 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Evening Line

“As I said, our best players have to be our best players and they weren’t in the first two games,” he said. “For spurts they were, more so in the first game than the second one. We’re going to need production from everyone in the lineup. Our top players have to be our top players and so far, that’s not the case. We’re getting beat with our own formula: good goaltending...
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April 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Open Post- One Game In The East, One In The West

Discuss both game in the comments if you’d like.  I say this is more of a must win game for the Blues than the Capitals, since a loss would drop the Blues to 0-2 with both being home losses.
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April 30, 2012  |  Discuss

An important member of the Red Wings’ 50’s championship family honored in the U.P.

It’s not often that a news story from the Marquette Mining Gazette tells the story of someone who you and I don’t know played a huge role in Red Wings team history, but here’s just that from the Mining Gazette’s Stephen Anderson: Gordie Howe’s illustrious professional hockey career spanned five decades, but if it wasn’t for Baraga native Carl Mattson, Howe’s career...
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April 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Watching The First Round

NEW YORK (April 30, 2012) – The 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs have benefited from the new broadcast format making every game available to a national audience in the U.S. for the first time. More than 60 million individual viewers tuned in for all or part of the first round on national and regional sports network telecasts. In the United States alone, more than 39 million individuals...
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April 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Kovalchuck Undergoing Physical Therapy

via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice, Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk was not available to meet with the media following the team’s video meeting this afternoon. A team spokesperson said Kovalchuk had gone to “therapy” and will be meeting up with the Devils later today in Philadelphia. He will apparently not be joining the team on its bus ride to Philadelphia this afternoon for...
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April 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings mid-day news: Worlds talk, on Parise and Suter’s long-term desires and Lidstrom/Holmstrom

Amongst this afternoon’s Red Wings stories: • Jakub Kindl may have been bumped from the Czech World Championship team, but as several Czech readers noted on Twitter, the Czech Ice Hockey Association’s website suggests that Kindl was the one who chose to decline the team’s invitation to play in the World Championships (something fishy’s going on, but my grasp of translated...
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April 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Are You Satisfied With The Length Of The OT Games?

from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers, If you feel like overtime games have been ending quickly, you’re not alone. Through the first 53 games of this Stanley Cup playoff season, 18 have gone to overtime (33.9 percent). The overtime in 8 out of those 18 games (44 percent) hasn’t even made it past the three-minute mark. Fans barely have enough time to grab a beer during the...
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April 30, 2012  |  Discuss

The Good Guys Win If Pietrangelo Plays Tonight

from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, * If Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo can play in Game 2, which now seems possible, it will be a terrific triumph for the Blues, and an uplifting development in this series. If Petro can play, the Kings would have failed in the attempt to rub him out. And the Blues will have regained the services of their best all-around player...
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April 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Patrick Eaves sends his thanks to those who participated in ‘Operation Eaves’

The gents over at Winging it in Motown reported fantastic news from Josh Howard, the person behind “Operation Eaves,” today: Patrick Eaves has received and had framed the portrait of him which Josh made from well-wishes for #17 as he recovers from a concussion, and Eaves sent his well-wishers a thank-you today: “I want to thank everyone who sent a get well card or left a message...
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April 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Kerry Fraser On The Alex Pietrangelo Hit

from Kerry Fraser of TSN, I did not like this illegal hit or the penalty assessment one bit. Even if there had been the absence of an injury to the chin of Alex Pietrangelo, based on the degree of violence of the impact with the boards a major penalty was warranted under rule 41.3—boarding and needed to be identified as such.  If this type of “check” from behind and resulting...
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April 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Let’s Talk Jordan Staal

via Bob McKenzie tweets, There’s a lot of Jordan Staal talk, where his long-term home is (PIT or elsewhere?). Being a year from UFA means he’s driving the bus. PIT can’t get full market value in trade for J Staal if he’s one and done in the new locale. So Staal ultimately ends up wherever he wants. I wouldn’t be surprised if all three Staal brothers eventually want to...
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April 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Capitals Know They Have To Be Better

from Katie Strang of ESPN New York, Veteran forward Mike Knuble said there was a consensus in the Caps’ dressing room after Game 1’s 3-1 loss to the Rangers. “I think we all agree that we have more to offer, more skill to show, more shots to [get to] the net. We’ve got better,” he said. After pulling out an upset against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins...
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April 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Will Erik Karlsson Be Reasonable In His Salary Negotiations?

from Allen Panzeri of Senators Extra, Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk set the stage for a tough contract battle with Erik Karlsson by saying the 21-year-old defenceman will have to be “reasonable” in his contract demands. In a year-end conference call with the Ottawa media on Monday, Melnyk said the Senators can’t go “toe-to-toe” in spending with the big-market teams...
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April 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Why Luongo, without your no-trade clause, you’re beautiful!

Roberto Luongo is in the market, and some have already decided that he’s going to the Maple Leafs. Or maybe he’s going to the Oilers, or maybe the Lightning. I could keep going, but there’s the rest of the league to list, and that would take awhile. For a number of fans, writers, and analysts who are looking in from the outside of the Stanley Cup playoffs, this is the best...
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April 30, 2012  |  Discuss

NHL Award Nominees Announced

In the past several days the NHL has been slowly announcing their nominees for the 2011/12 awards.  Here are the people I would have nominated if I had been a voter.  Today I want to make my comments based upon the who is nominated and who wasn’t. Calder Trophy - Adam Henrique New Jersey Devils, Gabriel Landeskog Colorado Avalanche, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Edmonton Oilers  These...
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April 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Bryz Has To Be Better

from Bob McKenzie of TSN, I suppose it’s possible that the Philadelphia Flyers could go all the way and win the Stanley Cup with Ilya Bryzgalov’s somewhat shaky goaltending, but it’s not something I would count on. On Sunday, he wasn’t very good.  While he allowed only one goal on 15 shots in the first period of the Flyers 4-3 overtime win, he wasn’t nearly as good in...
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April 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Your Jack Adams Award Finalists

NEW YORK (April 30, 2012)—Ken Hitchcock of the St. Louis Blues, Paul MacLean of the Ottawa Senators and John Tortorella of the New York Rangers are the three finalists for the 2011-12 Jack Adams Award, presented to the head coach who has “contributed the most to his team’s success,” the National Hockey League announced today. Continue reading "Your Jack Adams Award Finalists"
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April 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Was Mike Gillis Wrong About Hodgson?

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News, Gary Roberts knows Cody Hodgson well. The retired 22-year veteran of the NHL has seen Hodgson try to train through a debilitating injury. Roberts has seen his young son take to Hodgson, and he watched the center respond by having daily lunches with the 4-year-old boy on Roberts’ patio. Roberts has seen the drive and desire Hodgson has to be a...
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April 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Video- What Was Legwand Thinking?

My explanation, he was tossing the puck to Rinne.
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April 30, 2012  |  Discuss
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