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Brooks points out that the year of the underdog applies to their salary structures, too

Given the rumbles from those “in the know” regarding the NHL’s empowerment by the NBA and NFL lockouts to squeeze the NHLPA for both across-the-board rollbacks in salaries, a reduction in the players’ share of revenues and, most likely, a lower payroll ceiling, even if doing so costs the NHL, say, half of the 2012-2013 season, it’s entirely possible, if not probable, that...
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April 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Vokoun’s Failed Gamble

Tomas Vokoun has been one of the top goalies in the NHL for that last several years.  Many people haven’t noticed how dominant his play had been because it occurred outside the media spotlight in Nashville and Florida.  He became an unrestricted free agent last summer and many expected he would receive a big contract.  When the offers didn’t come in as he expected, Vokoun...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Video- Should This Hit Been More Than Two Minutes?

Dwight King received 2 for boarding for this hit on Alex Pietrangelo who did not return to the game.
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Home Ice Advantage Swings To The Kings After They Beat The Blues

The LA Kings continued to play a tight, defensive game and it lead to a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues tonight. Defenseman Matt Greene had the game-winning goal, as he joined Dustin Brown on a shorthanded rush and was left alone in front of the next after the original shot was stopped by Brian Elliott.
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Capitals Need To Adjust To The Rangers Style Of Play

from Bruce Arthur of the National Post, This is New York Rangers hockey, and the Capitals had better get used to it. Their goaltending will need to be better; their focus will have to improve. And Alex Semin, Nicklas Backstrom and Ovechkin have combined for 12 points in eight playoff games. They’ve got to be stars, eventually. “Yeah, absolutely,” said Capitals centre Nicklas...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

On-Ice Officials Round 2

I’m a little late with this but I am sure some of you wanted to know… via NHLOfficials, REFEREES Eric Furlatt, Marc Joannette, Steve Kozari, Chris Lee, Wes McCauley, Dan O’Halloran, Dan O’Rourke, Kevin Pollock, Chris Rooney, Kelly Sutherland, Stephen Walkom and Brad Watson. LINESMEN Derek Amell, Steve Barton, Greg Devorski, Scott Driscoll, Shane Heyer, Brad Kovachik,...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Video- Talking Goalies, Vancouver GM & Coach Plus Penguins Too

All on the Hotstove during Hockey Night in Canada today.
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Video- Cherry On Ovechkin And Semin

Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner today points out a few issues he has with both Ovechkin and Semin, talks Mike Smith and the Yotes/Preds game last night and Canadian players in the playoffs.
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Rangers Play Their Game, Take 1-0 Series Lead Over The Capitals

The New York Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals today by the score of 3-1. The Rangers played their type of game, holding Washignton to 18 shots while only taking 14 of their own. The game winning goal came at the 7 minute mark in the 3rd period by Chris Kreider. Here’s the winning goal…
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Devils Know What The Flyers Will Bring

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger, The Devils know exactly what they will face when they open their second-round playoff series against the Flyers Sunday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center. “We know the kind of game they want to play and you can’t fall into that trap,” coach Pete DeBoer said today before a bus ride down the New Jersey Turnpike. “Pittsburgh did and they’re...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Hockey Points On A Late Saturday Afternoon

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, • An NHL executive on how Burke’s personal philosophies get in the way of operating his hockey club: “If I’m a board member (of MLSE) I’d be clear with Brian and I’d put him on notice. I’d ask: “Is it your job to win games or your job to make the rules? Which is it?” • Have to wonder if Mike Ilitch, who checked out his own...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Decision Time Coming For Alfredsson

from Erin Nicks at NHL.com,  A rough-voiced Daniel Alfredsson took his place at the forefront of a media scrum for the final time this season, and still provided no indication as to whether he would return to the Ottawa Senators for a 17th year. The 39-year-old admitted that he’s been missing some time with his four young sons, which has been bothering him, but his boys want...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings mid-day news: more about Joey MacDonald’s back and ironic defensive commentary

Yesterday, the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan offered an update regarding Joey MacDonald’s recovery from a slightly herniated disc in his back, and today, MLive’s Ansar Khan also spoke to MacDonald—who will probably back up Jimmy Howard next season—about the state of an injury which more or less forced the Wings to bring Ty Conklin up and, to some extent, overplay Howard down...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

The Stars Have Left The Playoffs

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star, Hope you had fun in the first round of the NHL playoffs. Fun just left town. Unless the Philadelphia Flyers can provide enough fireworks for the entire class, we appear destined for a second round of games in which 2-1 will be the third-period score most nights, highlight packages will be mighty thin and shot-blocking will be more prominent...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Morning Line

In sports, as often in life, there’s always going to be some reminder, even if you happen to be the president of the United States and the New York Post allows a cartoon to run depicting you as a monkey being shot by the police. Unfortunately for hockey, this past fall it was a banana tossed onto the ice at the Philadelphia Flyers’ preseason game in London, Ontario, and this...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Capitals (7)-Rangers (1) Series Preview

For the 3rd time in the past 4 years, the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers will meet in the Stanley Cup playoffs.  In both of the previous 2 series, the Capitals and Rangers met in the first round of the playoffs, with the Capitals advancing on both occasions.  This time around the two will meet having already advanced past the first round and, more importantly, the...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Stanley Cup Playoff Preview:  St. Louis Blues vs. LA Kings

I continue my analysis of the 2nd round Stanley Cup playoff series by analyzing the playoff series between the St. Louis Blues and the Los Angeles (LA) Kings. Both teams won their opening-round series in five games.  While the Blues erased their 10-year series-winning playoff drought in impressive fashion by dispatching the San Jose Sharks, the 8th-seeded Kings pulled off the Stanley...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Two Games Today, One In the East, One In The West

I am looking forward to both games today. Washington has a little more offensive firepower than the Rangers but the Capitals could be shut down by the defense of New York. To me, the key to the series is Marian Gaborik, how he goes, the Rangers go. Kings/Blues may be the most physical series of the Conference Semi-Finals.  A lot of big bodies on the ice for both teams, this should...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

We Are About To See The Best Of The Blues And Kings

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, If the players thought the atmosphere ramped up in Round 1, it will only intensify now that the field has been whittled down to four teams in the Western Conference and four in the Eastern Conference. “You wake up this morning and there are 22 teams out and there are eight in ... that’s significant,” said Blues coach Ken...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Are You Ready For Some Overtime?

from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times, If ever an NHL playoff series should be sponsored by Starbucks, it surely would be the one featuring the Kings and the Blues. The bar was set when they didn’t score in their last meeting, on March 22, needing four rounds of a shootout to decide the issue. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter joked the other day that without a shootout they might still be...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Capitals Ready For Round 2

from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post, If there was one word that summed up Washington’s mood it was confidence — something that hasn’t always been the team’s hallmark this season. After eliminating the defending Stanley Cup champions, however, it’s in no short supply these days. “When I got called up, [the confidence] was building,” goalie Braden Holtby said...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Derek Stepan A Playoff Performer

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post, No one is comparing Derek Stepan with Trottier, but from the first moment of Stepan’s first day of his first training camp in September 2010, there was an inescapable sense of security, maturity and poise beyond his years within the 20-year-old out of the University of Wisconsin that was similar to Trottier’s right from the start. For two seasons...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

HNIC Picks The East Coast Teams

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail, It probably took CBC about 14 seconds to choose which rounds they’ll cover in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. As national TV rights holder in Canada, CBC had its choice of series. After losing the two remaining Canadian teams in Round 1, Hockey Night In Canada was all over the Washington-New York Rangers and New Jersey-Philadelphia...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Bruins Inclined To Keep Thomas

from Douglas Flynn of NESN, Asked about how he sees the club’s goaltending situation playing out next season at Friday’s breakup day at the Garden, Chiarelli indicated he was in no rush to break up a tandem that has been so solid over the last three seasons. “I view it pretty much the same way I saw it going into the last summer, the biggest difference being that Tuukka obviously...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Where Did the Defense Go?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, About that defensive series we were all promising you. Never mind! Well, at least for one night. Ray Whitney’s overtime goal capped a wild 4-3 win for the Phoenix Coyotes over the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of their second-round series Friday night. Anyone taking the over on their wager was in the clear halfway through the game. Not the kind of...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss
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