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Daily Pucking Grind. Thanks Ref! May 4th

Today’s music choice is a very catchy tune by The Van Doos called Is This The One. Where do I find this stuff right?

The Tampa Bay Lightning scored goals 24 seconds apart in the third period to give them a commanding three games to none lead in their best of seven series against the Washington CapitalsRyan Malone and Steven Stamkos were the goal scorers in that third period.  Sean Bergenheim and Vincent Lecavalier scored the other two goals for Tampa, who now can complete the upset and sweep of the Caps in game four.  Lots of  questions in the D.C. Capital.  Where’s Nicklas Backstrom been?  What’s the future of Bruce Boudreau should they lose.  Is Washington the new San Jose?  Built for the regular season but can’t advance in the post season.

In Nashville, the Canucks and Ryan Kesler needed an overtime goal, and a blatantly weak, B.S. penalty call to beat the Predators.  Here’s the video of the call that lead to a Vancouver power play in overtime.  The video also includes a non-call on Kevin Bieksa shortly before as he was hit by Nashville’s Jared Smithson.  In my opinion on these two plays, Bieksa purposely stopped playing the puck hoping to draw a penalty.  If he was hit harder or at a different angle, he could have been severely injured.  Secondly, Kesler is the one who should have received the penalty as he was holding Shea Weber’s stick, but Weber got called for hooking instead.  The refs ruined this game, and no it’s not sour grapes of mine that Vancouver won.  GM Mike Gillis bitched about not getting enough calls against the Hawks, got himself a penalty in overtime in game seven there, and got himself one in overtime here.  See a trend?  And you wonder why I dislike Vancouver so much?

By the way, the Sedin twins sisters brothers forwards were a minus 4 and had one assist combined.  Boom!

Here’s some links for Wednesday.

First of all our thoughts and prayers go out to Tampa assistant coach Wayne Fleming who underwent sugery yesterday for a brain tumor.  He could very well be the inspiration the Lightning need.  Sean Leahy.

Puck Daddy’s Three Stars for Tuesday night.

Do special teams really matter in the playoffs?  Globe and Mail.

Predlines recaps last nights game and the “Bad Call” that lead to the Canuck victory.  Here’s the Barry Trotz post game presser.  Thanks to Preds On The Glass for posting.

Alexander Ovechkin claims, “we’re going to win”.  NHL.com

Elliotte Friedman’s 30 Thoughts.  Always a good read.  There’s a little remark in there about a Florida-Philly trade that never happened.  Smart move by the Flyers if they indeed were the one’s to hold it up.

Flyer’s coach Laviolette not entirely blaming his goalies.  Pro HockeyTalk.

Lastly, if you’ve ever wanted to learn the neutral zone trap, look no further.  Japers Rink.

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Tags: Alexander Ovechkin Barry Trotz Jared Smithson Kevin Bieksa Mike Gillis Nashville Predaotrs Ryan Kessler Ryan Malone Shea Weber Steven Stamkos The Sedins Vancouver Canucks Wayne Fleming

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