On the day Dobber welcomes a daughter, the family of enforcer Derek Boogaard is mourning after losing their son. Sad news, no matter how you felt about his style of play. Boogaard was 28. No cause of death at this time.

 

Congrats to Dobber - his wife gave birth to a beautiful baby girl this morning!

 

Eric Lindros with some harsh words for Matt Cooke (among others). Interesting read.

 

Is this the end of the road for Nick Lidstrom? I sure hope not... but I'd expect to see more NHL games in 2011-12 from Brendan Smith, the prospect who may take his spot long term on the top PP unit.

 

Happy Friday the 13th! Two perennial "chokers" will be meeting in the Western Conference final... one will emerge.

 

Expert’s Panel picks for round three will be posted on Friday evening. My picks: Vancouver in 7 and Boston in 6.

 

Why I like the Canucks:

 

Depth on defense to handle San Jose’s three line attack (or at least contain it).

 

Luongo over Niemi (this isn’t 2010). San Jose compared to Nashville is like comparing a water pistol to an AK47 in terms of fire power, so that must be factored in as well.

 

Vancouver’s forwards finally are free from an elite defensive pairing: Keith-Seabrook and then Weber-Suter.

 

This series is going to be a dandy. Two deep, big, fast, skilled clubs who can score, hit, and defend.

 

Why I like the Sharks:

 

Size up front. Hard for defensemen to contain three lines with big, skilled forwards.

 

Dan Boyle. Has gamebreaking abilities and showed them off last series against Detroit.

 

Why I like the Bruins:

 

Tim Thomas was unbelievable last round against a deep and talented Flyers squad.

 

Boston is more physical than Tampa Bay – they are also quicker and deeper.

 

Why I like the Lightning:

 

Boucher's system stifled the Capitals - the Bruins don't have the same offensive players as Washington.

 

Multiple superstars up front, and the re-emergence of Vinny Lecavalier as one of them.

 

Who has two thumbs and hopes Alex Radulov is returning? This guy! (As well as every single Nashville Predator fan with two thumbs). More on a potential return here.

 

Why I like Justin Bourne so much as a writer – this Datsyuk article. Fantastic piece on the most skilled player in the league.

 

On Datsyuk:His game has no excess, just artistry. Somehow he's flashy but not showy, confident but not cocky, and along the way he helps folks remember what being a "fan" is supposed to be like.”


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Renaldo? said:

May 13, 2011
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AFlyers66 said:

AFlyers66
... Congrats to the entire Dobber family on the new addition! Fantastic!

May 13, 2011
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KJ said:

Big Kjell
@Chris Chill, Bud. You're out of line. KK offered advise in a careful manner and Angus appreciated it.
May 13, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
congratulations dobber! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 13, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Criticism was fair - sometimes my brain is faster than my typing hands. I can see how my point was confusing. No worries - I like feedback of all kinds.

Cheers gents.
May 13, 2011
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Renaldo? said:

Teh Doktor
Lindros Coming from Lindros, this is rich. Yeah, he took some hits to the head. Most of the time, from what I remember, the idiot had his head down.

Furthermore, Lindros was a dirty/careless player himself. Swinging his stick with abandon, and to my eyes, deliberately trying to hurt players much smaller than himself.

And for the record, Cooke was a HUGE part of the Penguins penalty killing and his absence is partially the reason, it could be argued, that the Pens couldn't close out the Lightning.
May 13, 2011
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Sanstanya said:

sanstanya
... @Chris

Way to try to drag this site down to the level of any average team forum full of mud-slinging tweens. The beauty of this place is (or was?) we don't have to read petty, combative crap like you're sharing. Did it not occur to you that very little reeks of "ego masturbation" like a long-winded "you're an idiot and I'm not" slagging diatribe like the one you just posted? Perhaps your next "definition" ought to be "irony."

May 13, 2011
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Nathan Fleming said:

Devil10
@ Chris This is a hockey website. That is well written, I don't mind some crituque on the writing it will only improve the site. Howver I don't think there is any place on this website for your use of language. Chill out. Van (6) TB (7). Bring that cup north of the border.smilies/grin.gif
May 13, 2011
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Rob Verhelle said:

Rob
Amazing Great article on Datsyuk, simply the best player in the play-offs this year , boy does this guy got Moves .
May 13, 2011
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Big Ev said:

May 13, 2011
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Freddy said:

mxpxillini35
Actually Chris... I care. I was confused for a few seconds by the way that was written...I don't think kk meant it in a condescending way...but was giving constructive criticism.
May 13, 2011
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Chris said:

C.J
lol....writting tip? @kk

Nobody cares bud, and please don't use this site to make yourself feel smarter....
May 13, 2011
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KK said:

Kudelskis Krushers
Writing tip Hey Jeff,

I hope that this doesn't come across as nitpicking but rather as a constructive suggestion. When making a comparison, it's generally easier on the reader if you list your comparators in the same order as the comparisons. For example, if you say "San Jose compared to Nashville is like..." the similes should be listed with the Sharks' comparison first (AK-47) and the Preds' second (water pistol). Just a thought...
May 13, 2011
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Rob said:

rob2kx
General McScrubs "One guy who stays consistent throughout the entire year is Sidney Crosby."

Consistently injured.
May 13, 2011
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bball said:

bballplyr321
... Not so sold on Luongo my friend. As a Sharks fan, I was rooting for Van to win so we could face Luongo rather than Rinne. He has never scared me and seems to be overrated in my opinion. Over the last 10 games that he has played against the Sharks he is a decent .926 sv% with a 2.4 GAA. But the real story is in the 3-7 record. And with the fact that he is easily rattled and not very strong if he lets in a bad goal, I would easily give the edge to Niemi. To be honest, the nightmare scenario for me is that Schneider gets thrown in net against us cause he has always seemed to have our number and would definitely give him the edge over Niemi
May 13, 2011
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Dean Youngblood said:

Dean Youngblood
Datsyuk Fantastic article depicting Datsyuk to a tee.

It is amazing how many times I tune into a Red Wings game knowing what I should expect from Pavel yet coming away "wow'd" once again at the plays he makes. Datsyuk is the best player to watch in the game and worth the price of admission every single night. I love Bourne's statement about telling his kids about watching him in his prime - I will definitely be doing the same.

One question: is there a hockey fan who dislikes Datsyuk at all? I doubt it. Fantastic player and representative for the game of hockey!
May 13, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Datsyuk Awesome. What a series.
May 13, 2011
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Darcy S said:

swamp_mule
3rd round Sorry Mr. Angus, but the Bruins aren`t winning without Bergeron. Seguin will not help IMO and I don`t think the Canucks can do it this time if the Alien twins are still cold. TB in 5, SJ in 6.
May 13, 2011
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General McScrubs said:

Big Ev
... There's always a flavour of the month (or two months) it seems lately. First it was Stamkos, then Sedin, then Perry, now Datsyuk. One guy who stays consistent throughout the entire year is Sidney Crosby. Crosby is clear cut #1 but Datsyuk has surpassed Ovechkin as #2, even though he should since he is in his prime and is much older.
May 13, 2011
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Carson said:

Carson
... Cheering for the Nucks, largely b/c of of Kesler and Bieksa. That's about it, but they drive that team. I still think they are at a huge disadvantage w/o Manny and it will show this series. Kesler is about the best hockey player in the world right now, and I doubt you'd get much resistance there from the knowledgeable fan.

I've been to SJ and those fans are loud and humble, good to see them bounce the Wings. Should take them the distance for the Nucks (although I hope I'm wrong), just a deeper team that's all. I would like to see Stanley fly south, even though SJ has more Canadians I'm sure.
May 13, 2011
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