Manic Monday: Recapping the weekend that was

Well kids, I decided to take the weekend off. I’ll probably continue blogging Monday through Friday until the third round when the number of games drops down.

Let’s take a look at what’s transpired in my drunkenness days off.

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Morning Skate: Technically, it’s still morning.

Morning skate is a feature that will look at the stories developing each day in these 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and a look ahead to the games on the schedule.

Technically, on the west coast, it’s still morning. I had a late night, I’m sorry. Tomorrow will be an earlier publish, I promise*.

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Nightly Review: Overtime Heroes and a Game of Zeroes

Rangers 4 Senators 2

Sometimes a timeout can make all the difference. Despite a 1-0 lead in the second period, John Tortorella’s Rangers were being pushed hard by an Ottawa team that had had their number all season. Tortorella called a time out to calm his players and it worked. New York scored the next three goals to establish a 4-0 lead. Ottawa managed to get on the scoreboard with a pair of goals in the third but it was too late.

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Morning Skate: Crossing the line – Weber, Bitz, Briere… and Twitter?

Morning skate is a feature that will look at the stories developing each day in these 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and a look ahead to the games on the schedule.

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Nightly Review: Flyers Rally, Preds Tally, Canucks Dally

Flyers 4 Penguins 3 (OT)

The Philadelphia Flyers rallied back from a 3-0 deficit by scoring four unanswered goals, including the overtime winner by Jakub Voracek. The comeback began with a pair of goals from Danny Briere, one of which was highly controversial (skip to 18 seconds if you watch the video). Brayden Schenn was the star of the night scoring the tying goal and adding a couple helpers.

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Playoff Previews: Predators vs Red Wings

4 Nashville Predators vs 5 Detroit Red Wings

Do my eyes deceive me? Have the Nashville Predators indeed achieved home-ice advantage? And against the Detroit Red Wings? Next you’ll tell me that Florida and Phoenix won their divisions. As incredible as it sounds, the Predators are considered by many this season to be a legitimate contender.

But not if Detroit has anything to say about it. The Red Wings have battled through some key injuries and inconsistencies to finish fifth in the Western Conference. Each year we all wonder if age has finally caught up to the Wings. Their window of opportunity could be closing soon. Can they make a solid push in this years playoffs?

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Playoff Previews: Coyotes vs Blackhawks

3 Phoenix Coyotes vs 6 Chicago Blackhawks

These are exciting times for the Phoenix Coyotes, even if they are being rumored to play next year in any of six different locations. The Desert Dogs earned their first division title in… ever. Even going back to their days as the Winnipeg Jets, this franchise has never won a division. Wow. I had to look it up to be sure it was true. Can they now also win their first playoff series in Phoenix?

Imagine how great the Blackhawks could have been had Dale Tallon not missed that one teeny-tiny deadline? Instead, they have to settle for backdooring into a playoff spot and hoping their stars can catch fire.

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