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Just got this from the NHL:

2011 STANLEY CUP CONFERENCE FINALS SCHEDULE SCENARIOS

NEW YORK (May 10, 2011) – The National Hockey League announced the dates, starting times, and broadcast information for the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals, which begin with the Eastern Conference Final on Saturday, May 14, when the Boston Bruins host the Tampa Bay Lightning at 8 p.m. ET.  The Western Conference Final will match the Vancouver Canucks against the winner of the Detroit Red Wings-San Jose Sharks Conference Semifinal series, which San Jose leads 3-2. Game 1 of the Western Conference Final will be Sunday, May 15, at 8 p.m. ET.

National rightsholders NBC and VERSUS in the United States and CBC, TSN and RDS in Canada will provide exclusive national television coverage of the Conference Finals. Every playoff game also can be heard on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.
2011 EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL SCHEDULE
Date                                 Time (ET)        #3 Boston vs. #5 Tampa Bay                Networks
Game 1: Saturday, May 14, 2011        8 p.m.                 at Boston                        VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Game 2: Tuesday, May 17, 2011        8 p.m.                 at Boston                        VERSUS, TSN, RDS
Game 3: Thursday, May 19, 2011        8 p.m.                 at Tampa Bay                        VERSUS, TSN, RDS
Game 4: Saturday, May 21, 2011            1:30 p.m.               at Tampa Bay                        NBC, TSN, RDS
*Game 5: Monday, May 23, 2011        8 p.m.                 at Boston                        VERSUS, CBC, RDS
*Game 6: Wed., May 25, 2011          8 p.m.                at Tampa Bay                        VERSUS, CBC, RDS
*Game 7: Friday, May 27, 2011        8 p.m.                 at Boston                         VERSUS, CBC, RDS

2011 WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL SCHEDULE IF DETROIT ADVANCES
Date                                 Time (ET)        #1 Vancouver vs. #3 Detroit                Networks
Game 1: Sunday, May 15, 2011        8 p.m.                at Vancouver                        CBC, RDS, VERSUS
Game 2: Wed., May 18, 2011        9 p.m.                 at Vancouver                        CBC, RDS, VERSUS
Game 3: Friday, May 20, 2011        8 p.m.                at Detroit                        CBC, RDS, VERSUS
Game 4: Sunday, May 22, 2011        3 p.m.                 at Detroit                        CBC, RDS, NBC
*Game 5: Tuesday, May 24, 2011        9 p.m.                at Vancouver                        CBC, RDS, VERSUS
*Game 6: Thursday, May 26, 2011        8 p.m.                 at Detroit                        CBC, RDS, VERSUS
*Game 7: Saturday, May 28, 2011        8 p.m.                at Vancouver                        CBC, RDS, VERSUS

2011 WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL SCHEDULE IF SAN JOSE ADVANCES
Date                                 Time (ET)        #1 Vancouver vs. #2 San Jose        Networks
Game 1: Sunday, May 15, 2011        8 p.m.                 at Vancouver                        CBC, RDS, VERSUS
Game 2: Wed., May 18, 2011        9 p.m.                at Vancouver                        CBC, RDS, VERSUS
Game 3: Friday, May 20, 2011        9 p.m.                 at San Jose                        CBC, RDS, VERSUS
Game 4: Sunday, May 22, 2011        3 p.m.                at San Jose                        CBC, RDS, NBC
*Game 5: Tuesday, May 24, 2011        9 p.m.                 at Vancouver                        CBC, RDS, VERSUS
*Game 6: Thursday, May 26, 2011        9 p.m.                 at San Jose                        CBC, RDS, VERSUS
*Game 7: Saturday, May 28, 2011        8 p.m.                 at Vancouver                        CBC, RDS, VERSUS

* If necessary                          ALL TIMES LISTED ARE EASTERN TIME

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  1. continuing from last thread:

    I mean, I look at Wash, Pitt, and Tampa?

    They each bottomed out for a few years, now they have some of the best players in the world playing for them?

    The Isles even have goal scoring talent that we don?t?

    Drafting is really the key to building a contender?

  2. Doodie Machetto on

    CARPED!

    Anyone else following the Avery/Uptown Sports Management story?

    I’m happy for Avery saying what he said and his continued advocacy for gay rights, but I have to wonder how many homophobic slurs he throws around on the ice.

  3. CTBlueshirt on

    Certainly drafting high can help, but not all drafts are created equal. Not every top 3 or top 5 pick is guaranteed to be a success and even then there’s not always going to be a Crosby/Ovechkin/Malkin available at the top. Even teams that have usually drafted well don’t always get it right. You think if the Pens could redo 2006 they would still take Jordan Staal over Toews or Backstrom?

  4. Doodie Machetto on

    BTW, I tend to think that he doesn’t use homophobic slurs on the ice simply because I think someone would have called him out on their use by now.

  5. CTBlueshirt on

    Henrik should have said “look, I’m the reason why you’re even getting to go to this party, we’re staying”.

  6. Doodie Machetto on

    Interesting. I had no idea that Charlotte had become an AHL franchise/Carolina Affiliate.

    Also, Mike Richards is starting to meltdown with Philly Press on his twitter account. Love it.

  7. CTBlueshirt on

    Didn’t Richards refuse to talk to the media for a stretch last year?

    He’s actually a guy I think we’d love if he was on the Rangers, but he’s not so I’ll appreciate his epic meltdown.

  8. For the record, I agree that building through the draft is the best route, but it requires a bunch of things, the first being having the ability to draft.

    Take a look at the Rangers roster from last year and you see but a single player taking a regular shift drafted in the first round (Marc Staal). A SINGLE PLAYER!

    Add that to the fact that the team never bottoms out (lowest selection since Sather came to NY was 6th and that was stupidly used to select Al Montoya) and has a history of rushing its kids and no wonder the team struggles to make the POs year after year after year.

  9. And geesh, look at the teams around the Rangers – Pittsburgh has Crosby and Malkin, Philly has Carter, JVR and Richards, the Islanders have Tavares and a bunch of other kids coming and now NJ is set to draft a top talent.

    It just never ends!

  10. i would think that homophobic slurs have been heard by players so much
    during their careers that they slide off by the time they reach
    the nhl
    like rain droplets off a duck
    of course
    except for the few psycho ones who
    obviously
    think that if the word ‘homosexual’ is
    said near them
    they’ll suddenly be talked into that.

  11. CTBlueshirt on

    Devils draft record post-the first round of 2004 (Zajac) isn’t really that impressive.

  12. CTB, no doubt. But, drafting high it is a solid way to build a contender and the Rangers made poor choices in thier high draft picks over the last 10-15 years in their limited opportunities…

    In NYC, I don’t think the fans have the patience to sit through misery. I think it would be good for the franchise to finish near the bottom of the league in order to hace the opportunity to draft high.

    Unfortunately, we have a lot of short-sighted fans in this city and it seems the only thing many people care about is “making the playoffs” next year because “anything can happen”.

  13. On the other hand, the maturation of Ryan Kesler is a prime example of how importance patience is when it comes to player development.

    Kesler who will soon turn 27, was drafted 23rd overall in 03 and scored 2, 10, 6, 21, 26 and finally 25 goals in his first 6 seasons before busting out this year to net 41 (and being a dominant force so far in the POs).

    Meanwhile, many of us criticize the likes of Staal, Girardi, Dubinsky and Callahan for perceived under-achieving. It may be premature.

    For many, it’s not until they are in their late 20s before they finally reach their full potential. The really good ones, of course, show it much earlier (ie Staal who at 24 had, IMO, a wonderful season).

  14. CTB: You’re right and what have the Devils accomplished in that time? Nothing better than the Rangers. Coincidence? I think not….

  15. rangers trade a second round pick they were showcasign at last years draft party in NYC then trade him for a face off winning nobody from the SEL. Dumb.

    Oh Programming note : Monty Hall who was a Ranger announcer in the late 1950’s, who is better known for making people in chicken costumes beg for money, will join me and Jim On Bluehsirt Banter radio tonight at 8:30

    Should be a great ranger history lesson from a man who is 90 years old and still a passionate hockey fan!

    Plus we discuss the Werek deal, Brad Richards and of course your phone calls !

    http://www.blueshirtbanter.com

  16. I don’t think drafting Montoya was “stupid”

    Easy to say that *now* with Hank on the team. We didn’t have a goalie at the time, and he was the obvious choice.

    Just like the Isles with DiPietro, the Habs with Price, and the Kings with Bernier, and so on, so forth.

  17. I don’t really Twitter so sum that stuff up for me if you can and would. Sounds fun.

  18. ORR: Well, if he ends up being a legitimate NHL goalie, I’ll concur calling selecting him ‘stupid’ was a tad harsh.

    And if he does end up being a legitimate goalie then the trade he was involved in was stupid because the player he fetched is long gone.

    Either way, Sather screwed up. Once again.

    It’s truly astounding that that man keeps his job – a reflection on how ‘stupid’ the Rangers owner is.

  19. Doodie Machetto on

    “Just like the Isles with DiPietro”

    I disagree with this one. They had Luongo who was already supposed to be very, very good.

    Jim: Montoya was the best available player at the time. He was hands down the best goaltender available in the draft, coming off of a gold medal world junior’s performance in which he was sensational. The Rangers had no real goaltenders or goaltending prospects (other than this Sweidsh guy they took with a 7th round pick in 2000). Really, it was a good pick at the time. His failure to develop is more of an indictment of the developmental staff than of the draft.

    Korpikoski, on the other hand, was a rotten pick.

  20. I’m a little suprised that NBC is only covering one game…and if it’s a game 7, its a vs game. I know the league is in bad shape for national coverage, but this is pretty bad.

  21. BillyBleeds

    I would be surprised if you couldn’t find the book about Walls coming down, at your local library.

  22. You know, when it comes to drafting, I’m not so quick to blame Sather.

    My problem with him is what he has done in free agency.

    I’m sure he gets the final say on the decisions, naturally, but when it comes to drafting he has to rely on the scouting. So, if there’s any blame, it’s going to have to be spread out.

    Just like in 2003, everyone now wants to murder Sather for drafting Jessiwoman, when in fact, it was Renney’s call to draft him. For all we know Sather wanted Parise, Richards, Brown, etc.

    Also, that 2004 draft was full of busts. We could have drafted Smid, Olesz, Picard, Valabik, Tukonen, Thelan are all went after Montoya, some not even in the NHL, but are all busts.

    Stafford was the only good player, but we’re not the only team that passed on him. You go with the best available, and I’m assuming these were seen as the best.

    That’s just the way the draft works. Who knew Stafford, Wolski, Zajak, Green, and even Radulov and Schneider, would be the best of the draft, and all who were drafted pretty late.

    Trading Korpedo for Lisin was a mistake. The jury is still out on him, but he had a pretty damn good sophomore season. So, who knows.

    And I agree, the Montoya trade, in hindsight, was bad. But, at the time the guy wasn’t good enough to *start* for the Wolf Pack, and was a borderline AHL backup. So again, you can’t really fault him for that trade.

  23. Doodie Machetto on

    “I’m sure he gets the final say on the decisions, naturally, but when it comes to drafting he has to rely on the scouting. So, if there’s any blame, it’s going to have to be spread out.”

    He hires the scouts.

  24. You have a point there, Doodie, regarding Luongo/DiPietro. I didn’t know they had him at the time.

    But, Koredp, I suppose was a “rotten” pick for us. But, he looks good with the Yotes, and he’s still young, so it’s still possible he ends up just as good as some of those forwards in that draft, if not better.

  25. I tend to agree, Orr. Drafting is a crap-shoot most of the time, in terms of getting an elite player, unless you have the #1 or #2 pick…

    Sather’s biggest mistakes are his free-agent signings. The Wade Redden signing may be worst contract in the history of the salary-cap sports era…

    Development of players is just as important as drafting. I think the Rangers have a done a fairly good job of developing guys like Staal and Callahan thus far. Credit Sather for hiring the right people in scouting and player deveopment. I think Gordie Clark has done a fine job…Stepan is on his way to becoming a great player…his progress as a player has been exponential since he was drafted…

  26. ORR – How do you know it was Renney’s decision to draft Jessiman? I was just curious how you know that as a fact. I guess it’s online somewhere, unless you’re friends with Renney. :)

    Just a random observations. How sick is it that the Canucks traded Grabner, who is up for rookie of the year, and Keith Ballard as their 7th D, being a healthy scratch in the playoffs.

    It boggles my mind sometimes when I wonder how the Wings, Sharks, and Canucks fit all these guys under the cap year after year – it has to be great drafting year after year for starters right?

  27. Oh yea – thanks to the 4 people who voted for me. I REALLY appreciate you going out on a limb.

    Actually I have no idea who they could be because I voted for Sally and my mom does not frequent this site.

  28. CTBlueshirt on

    Interesting fact about Kesler’s season. Only 8 of his 41 goals in the regular season were against teams that made playoffs. Now some of that might have to do with the fact that Vancouver is the only team in the NW division to make playoffs, but that’s 2011 Gaborik-like.

    Also his 5 goals have come in 3 games, all in the Nashville series. He’s definitely a great player, having a good season and the Rangers would have made the much smarter choice taking him in 2003 but there’s a good chance this is his career year.

  29. Doodie Machetto on

    CTB, Kesler still is a premier defensive forward, even without the high goal scoring totals.

  30. Doodie Machetto on

    I figure his more natural range is 25-35-60. But add to that his amazing defensive skills and he’s an excellent hockey player.

  31. Latona: Black Forest Ham and Cheese sandwich on a Hero with Mayonnaise, Tomato, Lettuce and Cucumber. Do I have to ask?

    NYR – I can’t even begin to think about knowing how to answer that question.

  32. I forgot my Potato and Cheddar Pop Chips on the side. Also a horrendous instant coffee with Hazelnut Coffee Mate.

  33. Tom C, here it is…

    In the Edmonton Journal yesterday, Jim Matheson writes about Hugh Jessiman and how Tom Renney chose him for the Rangers with the 12th pick in 2003.

    “Yup. That was me.”

    Renney was the Rangers vice president of player development at the time before being promoted to coach during the 2003-04 season.

  34. LOL! I misread your post. I didn’t realize you voted for Sally. Maybe it was your fiance?

  35. CTBlueshirt on

    What’s really helped his goal totals the past couple of seasons has been his work on the PP (12 and 15 goals respectively). I was just scanning his even strength stats for the past couple of seasons, he’s tended to give up as much as he creates at even strength all the while facing weaker competition than the Sedins line.

    He’s an excellent player, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this is his career high season.

  36. Dubinsky could match those kesler’s numbers this upcoming season… 25-35-60 is what he almost had this year… comparing Dubi’s only 4th full season with Kesler’s 7th

    Kesler’s +/- stats are very similar to Dubi’s… i bet if Dubi played his entire career in Vancouver his numbers would’ve been right up there.

    Playing on the Rangers and having relatively good plus/minus stats…is Dubinsky a premier defensive forward? i’d say – YES.

  37. Thanks ORR. I wasn’t doubting you, but now I do remember Renney was VP of player development, so that makes sense he made the call; no wonder why he’s gone.

  38. CT

    how many?

    PLUS Dubi’s been a lot more successful in playoffs than Kesler

    up to Nashville series Kesler only had THREE goals in 30 PO games!

    Dubinsky 7 goals in 22 career PO games

  39. CTBlueshirt on

    Dubi and Lucic led the NHL with 5 ENG this year.

    You’re right about his playoff performances though. His points per game in the playoffs is higher than it is in the regular season. Dubinsky = new Capt Clutch

  40. NYR_FAN

    i bet if the Rangers went deep like Nucks… Dubi would grow a a better beard than Kesler!

    Dubi > Kesler

  41. LOL! Yes, they do look alike!! Wish they were more similiar! Wolski can learn a thing or two about hustle and heart from Kesler…

  42. Amen. My plan is to swap them and just give them amnesia so we get Kesler but he’s named Wolski and vice versa.

  43. C3, Dubi would certainly have a jet-black mustache; I’m not sure that he can grow a full beard!! He still has that baby face…

  44. bull dog line on

    another ELITE goalie bites the dust. if your goalie is your best player you are going down.

  45. ORR: No way do I absolve Sather of lousy drafting because someone else made the decision.

    I can counter that with saying maybe previous coaches wanted Holik and Kasparitis et all signed.

    Sather is the architect. He is to blame (and Dolans for hiring him and not firing him).

    I mean it appears that the drafting has turned around somewhat with Gordie Clark in charge – Sather deserves credit for putting Clark there, if that’s the case….

  46. CCCP: And unlike Dubinsky, Kesler has a number 1 line to play behind. Yes, the Sedins haven’t done much in this year’s POs, but they were great in the regular season.

    The absence of a number line hurts in so many ways beyond having to squeak out too many games because the team can only pot a couple of goals too often.

  47. CTBlueshirt on

    another ELITE goalie bites the dust. if your goalie is your best player you are going down.

    ***

    I’d amend that somewhat. Some sort of provision for the gap between the goalie’s talent and the rest of the team. I mean what about the Caps, Ovechkin’s their best player and they still went down. The Ducks, Perry/Getzlaf/Ryan are their best players and they still went down. It’s about having the right mix of elite players.

  48. Doodie Machetto on

    Well, as the Flyers demonstrated, he can’t be your worst player, either.

  49. Jim, you could be right. I just think when it comes to trading and signing, for the most part, Slats is involved, and when it comes to prospects, drafting, etc, he’s clueless, and needs/gets help in that area.

    But, I could be wrong. Never know…

    I don’t want to make it seem like I’m saying he’s a good GM, but he’s not solely to blame.

  50. If Hiller had been healthy, I really thinks the Ducks could have went all the way…

  51. CTBlueshirt on

    Possibly, giving up 22 goals in 6 games isn’t a recipe for success in the playoffs.

  52. CTBlueshirt on

    I mean all their offensive stars showed up, but having goalies with sub 90 save % and over 3.00 GAA. Yikes.

  53. Olga Folkyerself on

    “another ELITE goalie bites the dust. if your goalie is your best player you are going down.”

    Then why did so many goalies (14) win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

  54. Doodie Machetto on

    CTB, the worst part was the goals themselves. It wasn’t like they were left out to dry by their defense. There were a lot of soft ass goals.

  55. CTBlueshirt on

    Against Nashville no less. Tied for the lowest scoring playoff team in the West and 2nd lowest scoring playoff team overall.

    If only they had Guy Hebert.

  56. Doodie Machetto on

    It’s rare when just one hit can swing a game, but that was a time when it happened, and it was AWESOME.

  57. CTBlueshirt on

    Scott Stevens used to do that all the time. But it was reversed in 2003 when Kariya came back from near death.

  58. Sorry Manny, terribly busy.

    I had “Mush” – a bowl of elbow macaroni combined with Manwich Sloppy Joe Mix, and salt and pepper of course. Delicious.

  59. I feel like this offseason is become more and more of a lunch club for me and you, Manny.

  60. bull dog line on

    olga,
    and 3 of them lost in the finals.
    my point is not series to series. of course your goalie has to be good to win the cup. my point is overall on your hockey team, over 82 games your team cannot be built around the goalie. the way the game is today you must have skill to win. with the cap having 6 or 7 mill tied in your goalie is not wise. you can find goalies, it is skill that is tough to find.

  61. Good answer CT.

    I am just saying – Stopping biscuits from going in your basket is only half the game.

  62. Olga Folkyerself on

    So 11 goalies did win the Cup and the Conn Smythe… MVP is close enough to “best” for me…

    If it’s a 82 game season you’re talking about, then your “another Elite goalie bites the dust” reference doesn’t make any sense. Why are you making that comment about elite goalies during the playoffs if you mean the regular season?

    I don’t disagree with you basic idea, it’s the use of absolutes. Sometimes you win with your goalie being the best player. And since every goalie eventually loses but one, there are a lot of elite goalies that lose along the way.

  63. A word, if I may: usage of absolutes only disproves your point and also makes others more likely to argue it. That’s why you never deal in absolutes.

    I would have said “A word to the wise,” but, I never got that saying. Why do the wise need wisdom? Isn’t wisdom intrinsic to them if they are already, in fact, wise? It’s the dumbos that need the wisdom.

  64. bull dog line on

    Olga,
    it is about how your team is built. that is my point. playoffs, regular season. if you are built around your goalie it is much tougher to win. there are some exceptions along the way. Roy with Montreal being one, but for the most part skill wins.
    and that is 11 out of how many?

  65. Bull dog, how long do you think it would take Holmgren to fly their charter to NY if the Rangers proposed the exchange Carter’s $5.235M cap hit for Lundqvist’s $6.875M

  66. Olga Folkyerself on

    11 out of how many?

    What does that matter? I guess that a few forwards and defensemen can also win the Conn Smythe. If they didn’t it would be a “goalie trophy” like the Vezina.

    I only needed one best goalie to prove my point. I found 11.

  67. Olga Folkyerself on

    Latona- It’s “A word to the wise is sufficient”

    If your wise, then only a word is enough to persuade you. If you’re a dope, then you can talk to them until you’re blue in the face and they will never learn.

  68. bull dog line on

    ilb,
    who are the Rangers replacing Hank with. I might consider it if I knew that. last summer I said I felt the Rangers should look into trading Hank, and then sign Neimi. I was shot down quickly here. but once again Neimi is still going in the playoffs, and the Rangers (built around hank) are out. Hank is great, but Hank winning with the Rangers and there lack of high end skill is going to be difficult. is Neimi better than Hank?

  69. FIRE SATHER! FIRE EMRICK! FIRE FRANCESA! FIRE KAY! FIRE BREEN! FIRE MICHELETTI!

  70. Olga Folkyerself on

    Hold all your calls! We have a winner!

    Teddy you got it with the first two words.

    FIRE SATHER!

  71. Bull dog, my point was that the Flyers would be very happy at the moment to trade their top skill player for elite goaltender, cap space be damned. By the way, out of 10 top point getters in the league, only 4 are playing. 2 for TB and 2 for Vancouver. Anyone else is gone. Out of ten top goaltenders (GAA), three are still in the playoffs. Vancouver is the only team that has both top point getters AND top 10 goaltender.

  72. Emrick = True Professional/Emmy Winning Winner!

    I don’t know aboot all of you, but seeing Joe Mich standing up is kind of creepy. Especially the way he interviews players. His back is kind of hunched and leaning toward the player, as if he’s aboot to fall into his arms.

    Some people are just better off in a chair!!

  73. Olga Folkyerself on

    You can win sometimes without an elite goalie and a lot of skill players, you can win sometimes with an elite goalie and somewhat less skill players, but YOUR CHANCES ARE BETTER if you have both an elite goalie and a lot of skill players. (Like Vancouver?)

    You get both by using your cap money wisely. Sather doesn’t do that- contrary to his quote about winning every year if he had the Rangers payroll. We have the elite goalie. So the answer is not to trade Lundqvist for more skill players, but to FIRE SATHER, and find a GM that can put more skill players in front of Lundqvist.

  74. “for it is unacceptable, humanely and religiously, to dispose of a person with such importance and status among his people, by throwing his body into the sea in that way, which demeans and humiliates his family and his supporters and which challenges religious provisions and feelings of hundreds of millions of Muslims.” via AOL from bin Laden’s eldest son

    And the way OBL advocated the killing of millions, of ours and of his own people, was not demeaning, inhumane and humiliating. I’m not usually a “tit for tat” person, but how ridiculous is this guy?!

  75. Olga Folkyerself on

    “If I had the Rangers payroll, I’d never lose a game”
    -Glen Sather

    What a dope!

  76. This isn’t a forum to discuss that, Teddy, but I’d like to ask the mother of my high school girlfriend what she thinks about his body disposition. She was never able to bury her daughter, she has no idea were remains are. She came from Russia in 1996, went to work that morning….I think her adolescent son may even have a stronger opinion.

  77. Olga Folkyerself on

    The talking heads also made a big deal about OBL being unarmed when they killed him. I wouldn’t care if he was drinking jasmine tea and eating buttered scones, I would still have shot him right in the eye.

  78. Huh? This isn’t a forum to discuss that, but then you basically gave the same opinion as me? What you said is basically what I was saying. And we’ve discussed OBL on here before. I’m pretty sure I can go against absurd remarks by an OBL son I swear, no matter what name I use or what stance I take, I get ripped. – Tiki

  79. If Teddy is actually Tiki:

    Where, exactly, did ilb, perhaps the kindest bonehead on this blog, rip you? I am confused.

  80. bull dog line on

    ilb,
    Tampa has Stamkos, Vinnie,and StLouis. Vancouver has the Sedins, and Kessler. San Jose has Thorton, Heatly, and Marleau. Detroit has Zetterberg, Datsyuk, and Franzen. these are the guys that advance. only Boston of the teams left, does not have stars leading them. they have some darn good players, but not stars.
    I know this is going to upset ORR, bou I am going to ask anyway.
    would you rather have Neimi and Carter. or Hank.

  81. That had no intention to rip you, Tiki….Nor I knew it was you. Have you heard of paranoia?:-)

  82. Hank. Carter with Niemi isn’t the answer. I’d like to see Niemi work under the same pressure as Hank is accustomed to- when his team spends very little time in the offensive zone, and has very little puck possession.

  83. Lol @ team 6. If they could put skates on, let alone skate, and stay around the our goal, I think we could win the SC with anyone from this blog being our goalie.

  84. ~I’ve heard of paranoia. I do occasionally get paranoid. But it can’t be denied that no matter what I say or stance I take, I get ridiculed. For criminey’s sake, I’m actually ridiculed for mentioning Lawrence Taylor’s name or anything associated with him (LT, 56). 1st, that’s the name of one of my dogs. 2nd, he’s a New York sports athlete, not a mass murderer. 3rd, the guy tossed around a football with my 2 older brothers and other kids in boy scouts.

    Am I still paranoid?

    Please forget it, I was just looking to have a discussion about some ridiculous OBL son remarks that I was pretty sure we all could agree on.

  85. Too many typos, sorry…Too tired, long day. Let me go walk my dogs before the game, I’ll feel better.

    And thanks for your kind words, Latona. Tiki, honestly, that had no intention to rip anyone….

  86. Olga Folkyerself on

    Actually Ilb, if he was getting ready to swallow, I’d have shot him in the throat…

  87. bull dog line on

    the Rangers need more goal scoring soon. otherwise they are going to waste Hanks career. if not via trade, were are they going to get it? is Christian Thomas a junior player only, or is he going to do it for the Rangers. they also need to have Kreider here now. those are the 2 goal scorers in the system, how soon do they get here, and how soon do they produce.

  88. Not a deal at all, Latona. You’re 100% right. ilb and Mama are the kindest boneheads, without a doubt, and if the world were inhabited with people like them 2, world peace might actually exist. I was just a little touchy :)

    How is Brooke doing, if I may ask?

  89. The only reason any of us were even talking aboot Bin Laden is because he’s dead, and that makes us all reeeally happy.

    Personally, I can care less aboot his sons, unless they’re dead too.

    Can’t blame anyone for ridiculing you every time you mention that pedo-druggie. I don’t think anyone hear likes him.

    Go @Sharks!@

    Pavelski vs Kesler! USA!

  90. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " FOURR !!!"...says Greg L. on

    CCCP , yo Freddy , The rally was stuiped and just because I said it , doesn’t mean Im not a real fan. The rally was DUMB timing , period. We were on a drive to make the playoffs and we needed to fire Sather right in the middle of our playoff push!!???? That is SELFISH , CCCP you showed your support and I appreciate it BUT the rally was a negative acting that did NOT need to be done at that time..hence the saying “stuiped” You have a rally after the season or something. I was bleeding my heart out cheering and cheering all season long and to have these guys rallying to fire Sather really pissed me off. The rally was dumb and if you think Sather changed his plan because of the rally is just plain nieve.

  91. Tiki,

    Brooke hasn’t been in school, I know that much. I’ll be attending the wake tomorrow night, so I’ll talk to her there. I wasn’t her actual coach; however, all girls teams played on the same days and our teams shared practice time, so I know her well enough. She’s a good kid.

  92. Latona, that’s such a tough thing to go through. Losing a parent at a young age is horrifying. She’s lucky to have a true friend like you that cares about her.

  93. Go Sharks! I like and admire greatly the Red Wings, organizationally and individually, but go Sharks!

  94. Teddy the local clown on

    This guy is a definition of schizophrenia! I guess the name he posts under depends on the voice in his head.

    Get a hobby or something. Stop being such an attention hog.

    Carp is way too good to you but you keep abusing your privileges.

  95. Local Clown,

    Is the name you post under dependent on whether or not you need to bash someone?

    Let Carp deal with Tiki if he feels the need to do so. Otherwise, let’s just leave each other alone and enjoy the blog.

  96. Doodie Machetto on

    If the Red Wings lose tonight, I’ll be happy that Modano is playing. He deserves to go out on his skates and not in the press box.

  97. Doodie Machetto on

    Best American forward is obviously Brett Hull, although he wasn’t born here.

  98. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " FOURR !!!"...says Greg L. on

    Yeah leave Teddy alone …he is doing zero harm .

    GO RANGERS!!!!! ( IN THE DRAFT)

  99. this is hockey not the nonsesne our rangers play. i cant get enough. please go 7 games

  100. 0-0 game. And it looks like entertaining as they come.

    How many does Datsyuk have. I thought it was his wrist, but apparently he couldn’t walk that much in the locker room. Still the best player on the ice. Pansy, eh..?

  101. That may have been the most dominating two periods of hockey I’ve seen all year. But too often, a team dominates the game and loses.

  102. I really don’t understand the rational of moving Henrik…How in hell will we replace him?

    He’s the only player on the team that is keeping this franchise somewhat competitive and relevant…I think Henrik is a Top-3 goalie and if we gave some real offense, he would be a super star goalie….

    If the Sharks win the Cup this year, then I will say that Niemi is a great goalie…

  103. a tremednous 0-0 game. who said you need goals. i hope the wings win in 3 ot 1-0 and force a game 7

  104. god damn it.

    so often u see teams dominate and lose . only in hockey but thats why its the best

  105. anyone else anxious to see jagr tom.

    unfortunately i have to work and be in meetings. i will watch on dvr when i get home

  106. i normally dont root for wings bit i want game 7 and i want them to come back from 0-3 down

  107. you know what, the Wings are officially my 2nd favorite team. heart, determination, passion… wow what a save,

  108. What the abdelkader was Abdelkader thinking there? Didn’t he do that in game 5 too?

  109. carp

    this is unreal hockey. i love this sport.

    hi my name is eric and i am a hockey addict. i love all you

  110. absolutely, they obviously have more skill than us, but passion > skill imo. theyre playing their hearts out. and listen to the fans.

  111. As much as I’m tired of seeing Detroit winnig all the time…it would be pretty awesome to see another team comeback from 3-0 down second year in a row

  112. I’ve stood by this a long time: Pavel Datsyuk is the most complete player in the NHL.

    That’s other than him being a Euro pansy.

  113. joe thornton and patty marleau careers willl be determined by game 7.

    they lose on thurs they better blow this team up.

    they are a fragile group

  114. Even if SJS wins in game 7 I feel like they’re done after this series. You can just tell that it’s getting to them.. and you know where their minds are.. let’s see if they can prove me wrong.

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