Thanks to Conor McKenna at The Team 990 in Montreal for having me on The Playoff Push again last night to wrap up the Preds-Hawks series.
The Detroit Red Wings rolled over the Phoenix Coyotes 6-1 in game seven at Jobbing.com Arena last night in Glendale. That put an end to the Yote's unbelievable run this year that was movie script worth material.
Even thought the Coyotes were the higher seed, they had underdog status against the long mighty Red Wings. After toying with Phoenix for six games, the Detroit team that everyone expected to see showed up and played an almost perfect road game.
Congrats to all our Coyote friends for a great season and condolences on the playoff loss.
The Wing's victory sets up a second round match with San Jose which will be a very competitive series. Chicago and Vancouver will meet in the other Western Conference simi-final in a renewal of last year's bloody battle.
Tonight's First Round Finale...
Montreal has held Washington at bay all the way up to game seven which happens tonight at 6:00 CDT on Versus. Fans in Pittsburgh and Boston are pulling for the Caps in order to set up a second round match between the Pens and Bruins which should have plenty of bad blood with the return of Marc Savard.
The Eastern Conference second round matches will not be determined until this game is decided. Boston, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are waiting for news of their opponent as well as to when the series will begin.
In Pred Nation...
John Glennon has an analysis of what may happen in the offseason at the Tennessean.
David Climer beats the drum about the Preds needing more offense.
Jim Diamond has the story of Shea Weber being honored by his peers in a poll at SI.
David Boclair looks at Jason Arnott and the other playoff no shows.
Ryan Lambert does the Pred's eulogy for Puck Daddy. I took it as a tongue in cheek piece that did a good job of covering every stereotype possible about hockey in Nashville. There's no point in being upset as he was preaching what the Canadian choir wanted to hear.
Jeremy at Section 303 took exception to Lambert's story and fired off a rebuttal. Here's another rebuttal from @cragcoolsprings a guy from Calgary calling Nashville a hick town is like a baptist calling a Mormon uptight.
Patton Fuqua also jumps in at Section 303 with a toast to the Preds.
Forechecker didn't let the dirt settle on the grave before jumping in to free agency questions. Dirk also reports that he well rested Denis Gerbeshkov will play for Russia in the World Championships next month.
Mike Chen interviews Dirk in a much nicer Post Mortem of the Preds season at From the Rink.
Paul McCann wraps up the season at Hockey Buzz. Paul's Slapshot Radio will continue onward in the ususal Wednesday night slot as the playoffs continue.
Teresa Walker puts a bow on the Pred's season at USA Today.
The Preds loss to Chicago in game six set all kings of viewing records in the Windy City as reported by @stevelepore: As impressive as the Caps ratings are, CSN Chicago drew a 9.2 rating for Game 6 last night, a new record, and a ridonkulous number. That game peaked at a 12.6
Around the NHL...
The finalist for the NHL Foundation Player award were announced on Tuesday. Either Dustin Brown, Mike Green or Ryan Miller will be on stage at the NHL Awards in June accepting the award that goes to the player that "embodies the core values of the NHL -- commitment, perseverance and teamwork -- to enrich the lives of people in his community".
Here's a new twist in the Lighthouse Project saga with a potential casino deal with the Shinnecock Nation (not related to Pred Nation).
Habs prospect P K Subban played in his first NHL playoff game on Monday. It was a wild day for the rookie.
Steve Lapore analyzes the realities of success by the Habs and Yotes for the TV mavens. he also has the latest on the new HBO movie, Broad Street Bullies which premieres on May 4.
From @reporterchris: As rumored for a while, it looks like the NHLPA's MVP award will be renamed after Ted Lindsay.
From the Rink has a piece on the Worst Hockey Fans in Canada. It's probably not who you would expect.
More recognition for our friends at @IntentToBlow: We got linked by the BBC! Ok well their user forums. But screw it. Intent to Blow - as seen on the BBC.
Odds and Ends...
For those of you on Foresquare, have you ever wondered how many badges there are and what they look like? Here is what is supposed to be a complete listing with pictures of each including the new WSJ specialty badges.
Did you know there was a "secret" language in social media so parents won't understand what their kids are saying? This is a really lame article.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass