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Anaheim  5   Chicago  4   OT   Anaheim leads series 3 games to 2.

What a way to finish a game!  Speaking of dramatics, it was Chicago that held it such as in coming back two goals in the third period to send the game into overtime.  Actually, make that Jonathan Toews, whose two goals propelled his 'Hawks team into the extra session.

But alas, it was left up to the Ducks' Matt Beleskey to spoil the show for the visitors, as the rebound off of Chicago netminder Corey Crawford's pad save went right on to the stick of Beleskey, who was right in front and shot it in past a sprawling Crawford on the wide open net.  Joy for the Ducks, deflation for the 'Hawks.

In the words of Chicago captain Jonathan Toews:
"We just weren't ready to survive the onslaught and we gave up a few too many chances," Toews said. "They did a good job of getting shots through traffic, and next thing you know we're down three goals and things aren't looking good, but as we always say, there's an unusual calm and just a resolve that we knew at that point of the game there was lots of time left and it was going to [take] a heck of a job by them to try to hold us off the next two periods."

Too bad the comeback didn't ensue into a  positive result for Chicago, but it proves what happens when two excellent teams see-saw to dominate each other and what it takes on both their parts.

Chicago, btw, had had a 14-0 w/l record when a series was tied at 2 games apiece, dating back to 2007.  Also, the 'Hawks had been a perfect 4-O in overtime this postseason...

...all until this Game 5.  Natch.

Game 6 goes Thursday in Chicago at 8PM.

More here:
http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2014030325.

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Tampa Bay 2  NYRangers  0  Tampa Bay leads 3 games to 2.

This game was a case of role reversal, or rather, game reversal, as the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Rangers played opposite roles from Game 4.  In that one, it was the Rangers who found the net given power play opportunities and the Lightning stymied by Lundqvist.

In this one, it was the Lightning given power play opportunities and Ben Bishop who stymied the desperately-seeking empty-handed Rangers.  Give Bishop credit as his solid netminding not only gave his team the confidence it needed, but paved the way for the Lightning with enough time to take a 1-0 lead and keep pressing for extra markers.

The Blueshirts may have dominated the game offensively, but nothing they threw at Bishop got past him.  Not that the Rangers haven't been in this situation before, but they did have a chance to take the series lead and failed. 

So now, Tampa Bay is but one game away from a Stanley Cup appearance.  Will they hold or fold?  Will Stamkos once again rise up when it counts?  Will the Rangers come back as they have done so many times in this post-season, by winning it in Tampa then come home and wrap it all up?

Question, questions, questions.  Answers?  We'll have to watch Game 6 to find out.

Game 6 goes Tuesday in Tampa Bay at 8PM.


Source:   NHL.com

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Chicago is 4-0 in overtime in these playoffs.  Tough to beat.

The Ducks better not get into any more OTs with the 'Hawks. 'cause it doesn't look like they'll have any luck in that department.

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NYRangers  5   Tampa Bay  1    Series tied at 2 games apiece.

The Rangers' forwards Martin St. Louis and Rick Nash finally lit up the scoreboard.  The two were instrumental in supplying  New York with much-needed scoring power, as the Rangers handled Tampa Bay handily in their Game 4 victory.

A disappointing, some say stunned, crowd at the Amalie Arena watched the Lightning fall back down to earth, figuratively speaking, as nothing seemed to click for the Bolts, no matter how many shots they peppered Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist with.  And pepper him they did -- Tampa Bay outshot New York 39-24.

Lundqvist said...“I feel like the entire team stepped up. It feels so good when you’re feeling like you’re doing it together and not just one or two guys.”

The Blueshirts were ready for this one, as they took a 3-1 lead on goals by Nash, Kreider & Keith Yandle.  Then, as insurance markers, St.Louis and Nash again, popped in two more in the third period to seal the win.

"Things that were going in the other night weren't going in for us. We'll have to respond," Stamkos, the Lightning captain, said.

We'll see to that.

For more:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/rangers-top-lightning-in-game-4-to-even-series/

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The Raptors Terence Ross underwent ankle surgery (in California) Friday, done to remove bone spurs and the like.  He will rehab in Toronto.


Source:  Sportsnet

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Mike Babcock is the Leafs new Coach!
« on: May 23, 2015, 12:41:32 PM »
An interesting comparison...with some slight differences...

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/comparing-mike-babcock-hiring-to-pat-burns/

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General NHL News & Views / Re: KHL news
« on: May 23, 2015, 12:33:41 PM »
Viacheslav Fetisov, former NHL defenceman and Stanley Cup winner (Detroit Red Wings), would like to ban all Russian young players from entering the NHL until they reach the age of 28.

Fetisov's own NHL journey broke ground for many Russian players who later came to play in the league.  He is a pioneer amongst players of Russian descent.

He is founder as well as chairman of the KHL's board of directors.

The reason for Fetisov's insistence:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/report-fetisov-wants-to-stall-khlers-from-joining-nhl/

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Tim Leiweke leaving MLSE soon?
« on: May 23, 2015, 12:18:36 PM »
Lieweke's replacement to be announced soon.  John Cassaday, former president of Corus Entertainment appears to have the inside scope:

Sources say that early next week there will be final discussions to approve John Cassaday as Leiweke’s successor. 

Cassaday, who recently retired as president and CEO of Corus Entertainment, has long been rumoured the likely choice to succeed Leiweke.


More info:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/source-john-cassaday-looking-like-mlses-man/

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Mike Babcock is the Leafs new Coach!
« on: May 23, 2015, 11:16:52 AM »
Believe me tank is not in the vocabulary of anyone in this new Leaf management. Shanahan and Dubas are assembling a managment team that will not tolerate non effort. They are either going to play the systems introduced by Babcock or they will be playing elsewhere. Full effort is not only going to be expected but demanded.
I never want to see the Leafs play like they did this past year, aimless without direction and  worst of all non effort.
So lets put Tank Nation away.  I think we are going to see a lot of players traded for picks this year with perhaps another 1 or 2 first rounders and certainly a couple of 2nd rounders added to what we already have.


That's exactly the impression I get from this group.  Effort in the broadest sense of that term, will be the name of the game, exhibited from all levels and transcending to the players -- ultimately where it counts results-wise the most.

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: 2015 Toronto Blue Jays thread
« on: May 23, 2015, 11:07:35 AM »
Toronto has awful pitching. That sad fact was apparent before the season started.


The sad fact is that it has to continue.  Or does it?  Well, let's hope, as someone mentioned, a turnaround is in the offing.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Mike Babcock is the Leafs new Coach!
« on: May 23, 2015, 11:02:47 AM »
Babcock is already sounding like a breath of fresh air.  A positive and condident way of presenting himself and of the organization he just joined, as well as the team he will be guiding.

Welcome to Toronto, Mike!  Cheers!

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Anaheim 2  Chicago 1   Anaheim leads series 2 games to 1.

The Chicago Blackhawks had plenty of power play opportunities afforded them in this game but came up empty on the majority of them, thanks to Anaheim's special teams -- penalty killing-- that did the job for them.

While the score is not indicative of the game  itself which saw Chicago dominate this one, it spoke volumes of what the Ducks do best -- the little things that make up the bigger picture -- such as scoring key goals and preserving the lead, led in part by goaltender Frederik Andersen who was stellar in staving off the 'Hawks power play advantages.

The frustrated 'Hawks couldn't get the equalizer nor could they repeat the heroics of Game 2 in which they capitalized on their power play chances that served them in good stead.  Not this time.

Game 4 is Saturday in Chicago at 8PM.


Source:  Sportsnet


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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Mike Babcock is the Leafs new Coach!
« on: May 21, 2015, 01:13:58 PM »
Teemu Sel8nne   @TeemuSel8nne
Good luck coach Mike Babcock And @MapleLeafs!!! Toronto deserve to get back to the top!

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: 2015 Toronto Blue Jays thread
« on: May 21, 2015, 12:57:53 PM »
Sad fact...

Toronto's relievers also have allowed 40.6 percent of inherited baserunners to score, which is the most in the Major Leagues.


Source:  MLB.com

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