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What Should Have Been: Monday Night Hockey in Sunrise ... Louie, Louie ... Choking in the Shark Tank

Bruinsign Had a nice lunch with Randy 'Ma! The Meatloaf!' Moller today at the old QD. We talked a little hockey. Talked about what should have been.

A hockey game at The Billboard tonight.

Yes, tonight would have been Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals with the Panthers playing host to the Bruins. Montreal, as everyone knows, finished with the same record as the Panthers and won the tiebreaker for eighth by winning three of four against Florida this season.

Panbruins So, the Canadiens deserved to beat out the Panthers. But the way Montreal is playing tells me they really don't care that they're in the playoffs or not.

That probably changes tonight when the Habs return home, but it may not either. This team is running on empty and could possibly be swept out of the playoffs.

Way to celebrate 100 seasons.

-- Since I don't have to be at the arena tonight, I'm going golfing. See you all tomorrow.

(*) Playoff meeting at Quarterdeck tonight for those interested. We'll have the 7 p.m. Versus game (Washington/Rangers) on as well as the Montreal/Boston game. Then at 9:30, it's Chicago @ Calgary. Will also have various baseball games on the big screens, including Marlins/Pirates at 7. Come one, come all...

-- As we expected, Boston will be without Milan Lucic tonight as he was suspended for one game after crosschecking Maxim Lapierre Saturday night in Boston.

-- St. Louis gets an early goal on Roberto Luongo, but give up two in the second and one in the third and lose Game 3 at home and are now in a 0-3 hole to the Canucks in that first round series. Could see the Blues win Game 4, but the Canucks are taking this one and moving on. St. Loo is now 1-17 on the power play in this series. Who's coaching that power play, Mike Keenan?

-- Speaking of Calgary, they are desperate for a win tonight at the Saddledome. JokiKeenans are in an 0-2 hole to the Blackhawks and need to get a win, you know, for the effort. Here is some up-to-date Calgary news and notes.

-- So what to make of the San Jose Sharks? Usually they wait until the second round to bow out. Now the Sharks are down 0-2, the top-seeded team in the league losing both at home. Last night, the Ducks took a 3-1 lead before Jonathan Cheechoo scored 37 seconds later to cut the deficit back to one. But San Jose couldn't come any closer, and it lost its second straight in the series -- now, they're off to SoCal.

And give credit where it's due: Brian Burke.

-- Alex Ovechkin tries to tick off John Tortorella as he watches Rangers morning skate from the Caps bench. No. 8 is asked to leave.

Ovechkin probably ought to worry less about Torts and more about scoring some goals. Ovechkin has no goals against the Rangers, although he's taken 19 shots.




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