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Will Praying Help?

from Shalom Auslander at the New York Times, Richard Dawkins himself would sit at Madison Square Garden, squeeze his eyes shut, and whisper, “Dear God, let the Rangers close this out already and move on to New Jersey.” Then, like everyone else, he’d tap the “30” on the left sleeve of his Lundqvist jersey two times, the “30” on the right sleeve three times, kiss the...
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May 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Video- It’s Up To The Stars

Sportsnet’s Brad May breaks down Game 7, Capitals/Rangers.
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The Best Of Bryzgalov

Presented by The Score...
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The Last Of Semin?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, There is no way of knowing what’s inside Alex Semin as this monumental night of his professional career approaches. But in many ways, this is an historic confrontation for the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers and a probable farewell for one of hockey’s most confusing and confounding players. The Capitals were built around a supposed...
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May 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings at the Worlds, Day 9 in progress: Tatar, Slovaks in; Franzen is OK

As noted in the overnight report, the Red Wings’ representatives at the World Championships are in action today and tomorrow, and while I’m going to miss today’s games due to attending a friend’s graduation, here’s the schedule…   May 12: 5:15 a.m. – Slovakia vs. Belarus; 1:15 PM Canada vs. Kazakhstan : 2:15 p.m. – Italy vs. Sweden May 13: 9:15 a.m. – USA vs...
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Red Wings overnight report: Wings at the Worlds, Day 8, where mayhem prevails (and more Babcock)

The Red Wings’ players at the World Championships will engage in a weekend slate of games which will help determine their final rakings in the Helsinki and Stockholm group standings as round robin play slowly progresses toward its conclusion on Tuesday. Here’s what’s on tap for this weekend, per the schedule post and MLive’s Brendan Savage: May 12: 5:15 a.m. – Slovakia...
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On the shot blocking scourge, complete with concussion specialists and ‘‘what if somebody dies?’

The Globe and Mail’s Roy MacGregor makes a pretty solid argument for the game-changing nature of shot blocking in the negative sense, and notes that it’s trickling down to the junior hockey level…at which time he brings someone who might as well be a guest columnist in concussion expert Dr. Charles Tator to talk about the increased risk of concussions and/or neck injuries and...
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May 11, 2012  |  Discuss

What To Watch For During Caps/Rangers Game 7

from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun, Perhaps we shouldn’t tell the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals that since the NHL adopted the best-of-seven format for all four playoff rounds in 1987, no team has won the Stanley Cup after playing in seven games in each of the first two rounds. The Rangers and Capitals will meet in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinal Saturday...
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A Defining Moment For Ovechkin

from Bruce Arthur of the National Post, Before Game 7 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals in 2009, one of Sidney Crosby’s teammates walked up to Crosby and told him, “You were born for this.” After Crosby had scored two goals in a 4-1 win, Mario Lemieux waited until the reporters were gone and said to Crosby, “Kid, très bon.” Ovechkin, Crosby...
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Justice for the Mule? Russian players may be disciplined for spearing, breaking Wings forward’s nose

Updated with a completely unrelated Valtteri Filppula Nike commercial for the hell of it: Red Wings forward Johan Franzen was speared by Alexei Emelin and then had his nose broken on a vicious cross-check to the face by Dmitri Kalinin (the Free Press’s Helene St. James reports that he’s going to be OK) in Sweden’s ugly 7-3 loss to Russia on Friday, but the IIHF’s website...
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Red Wings at the Worlds Friday, part 2: Swedes lose to diving Russians, Franzen’s nose broken

After Justin Abdelkader registered an assist in Team USA’s 3-2 OT win over Belarus, and Valtteri Filppula’s Finns imploded, dropping a 3-1 lead and losing 5-3 to Canada, I thought I’d take in a star-studded match-up between Sweden and Russia… And instead, what I watched left me angry as angry can be. Sweden did indeed surrender a 3-1 lead and lose 7-3 to Russia in no small...
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Video- Best Of the Week

The top goals, hits and saves during the past week of the NHL Playoffs. First the goals and below watch the hits and saves… Continue reading "Video- Best Of the Week"
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Can Quenneville And Bowman Co-Exist?

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail, There is an extraordinary situation in Chicago where head coach Joel Quenneville and general manager Stan Bowman now have an uneasy peace after months of conflict both in and out of the public eye. Both Bowman and Quenneville will now go about their jobs under the demanding presence of Blackhawks president John McDonough, who does not hesitate...
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All Bryzgalov

from Dmitry Chesnokov of Puck Daddy,  Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov had an eventful first season with the Philadelphia Flyers. He recently spoke with Natalia Bragilevskaya, SovSport’s reporter in Philadelphia, about losing to the New Jersey Devils and that David Clarkson goal; how difficult the critics have been to deal with this season; and whether he ever regretted signing with the...
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Oh sure, tease us with an Yzerman flashback…

While 12 members of the Red Wings’ organization participate in the World Championships, with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg facing off this afternoon (at present, Zetterberg’s power play goal has given Sweden a 2-1 lead over Russia after 1 period), the Detroit Free Press does its best to make Wings fans remember what was—and what could be next spring—by re-posting an...
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Want To Go To Game 7, Caps/Rangers?

from Ken Belson of Slap Shot, Fans love these all-or-nothing showdowns and willing to pay through the nose to see them live. Saturday’s game seven between the Rangers and Capitals at Madison Square Garden is a case in point. The average ticket price for final game of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals is $581.44, according to TiqIQ.com, which scans ticket resellers. The lowest...
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Some Adjust, Some Don’t

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated, ...For hockey’s chattering classes—including some NHL executives—the Scottsdale episode represented a “Russian problem.” Forget that while Radulov grew up in Nizhni Tagli, Kostitsyn is actually from Belarus. In the Russian Devolution all semblance of nuance is lost. Although it has been more than two decades since marquee players...
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Suter Just May Stay In Nashville

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, Suter is represented by Neil Sheehy, who played professionally with his uncle Gary in Calgary; and generally does a good job of gauging his clients wishes. Not every agent gets that. Some will sell their clients to the highest bidder and then convince the client that it is the right step in their careers. You wonder if Ilya Bryzgalov might...
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May 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Talking Devils/Coyotes Stanley Cup Final

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News, Of all the teams remaining in the 2012 NHL playoffs, the New Jersey Devils are the most offense-minded. I’ll pause for a second while that sinks in. You heard me right. The franchise least associated with a thrilling brand of hockey has become the lone on-ice answer to the drone-like defensive systems employed to varying degrees by the Washington...
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Video- The Tortorella Highlights

Little snippets of Tortorella during the 2012 Playoffs.
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Red Wings at the Worlds: Abdelkader strong in US OT win; Finland-Canada, Russia-Sweden on tap

As mentioned earlier this morning, the Red Wings’ participants at the World Championships are participating in a very busy day of games in Helsinki and Stockholm. Two games remain on that schedule, with Valtteri Filppula and Finland tangling with Kyle Quincey and Canada at 1:15 PM, and Pavel Datsyuk’s Russians playing in a huge game against Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Niklas...
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Between The Benches With Pierre McGuire

from Justin Terranova of the NY Post, The idea to put an analyst between the benches, providing a close view of the action and an opportunity to interview coaches during the game, was first hatched eight years ago by NBC Sports executive producer Sam Flood. Flood approached McGuire, then with Canada’s TSN, before Game 7 of the 2004 Stanley Cup before the Lightning and Flames. ...
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Kreider Needs His Ice-Time

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post, Since Tortorella made decision to limit the 21-year-old rookie to fourth-line cameo appearances in the wake of a pair of deficient plays in the defensive zone in Game 4 led to a pair of Capitals’ goals in Washington’s 3-2 victory, the Rangers have scored one pure five-on-five goal in 144:52 covering more than seven periods, and that by Anton...
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Morning Line

“I clearly believe we are in this window of opportunity.  I really feel the foundation, the core of our team is as good as any team in the league.” -David Poile, GM of the Nashville Predators.  Read more on Nashville from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,
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Keep An Eye On New Jersey And Nashville

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail, Since there is still another day until the NHL has a playoff game - and isn’t it nice to watch something other than four guys strung along their own blue line or falling down to block shots? - it is time to amuse ourselves with this summer’s roster shuffling. We all know the major names expected to change employers - Roberto Luongo,...
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