Note: Apologies for this being ridiculously late today. Community Server is pretty much on its last legs and we've been having issues with it for about a week. We promise you Community Server will not be a problem by the end of the week. It will be put out of its misery.
And we have a substantial post waiting for you in the morning.
-What's up with all the hate for Marc-Andre Fleury?
-Do you have $50 laying around? If so, you can buy a hot dog from the final game at Mellon Arena. Shockingly, there aren't any bid for this lovely item as of yet. (Kudos to The Pensblog for the find.)
-Happy 47th birthday to former Penguins forward Doug Smith. Acquired midway through the 1989-90 season in exchange for cash, Smith's NHL career ended with 10 games and two points with the Penguins that campaign. In the 1990 offseason, he joined ATSE Graz in Austria.
-Michael Leighton (above) made 28 saves and led the Flyers to a series-opening 6-0 rout of the Canadiens. Daniel Briere, Braydon Coburn, Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell and James van Riemsdyk each had a goal and an assist for Philadelphia which leads the series, 1-0.
-CBC's pregame montage was pretty epic:
-Flyers fans began their own "Ole, Ole, Ole" chant:
-Happy times for Briere:
-Happy times for Philadelphia's Simon Gagne:
-Flyers captain Mike Richards staring down a Hab:
-Happy times for Hartnell:
-Philadelphia's Chris Pronger got a little too much torque on this stick:
-Philadelphia had some fans copy the Green Men in Vancouver:
-Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak being replaced by back up Carey Price:
-Canadiens forward Travis Moen didn't help out Halak much here:
-Orange times in Philadelphia:
-The Flyers have won five consecutive postseason games for the first time since 1995.
-"No concern about that whatsoever." - Canadiens forward Mike Cammalleri on Halak who was pulled after giving up four goals on 13 shots.
-"It's only one game, but we have to do something about it. We just didn't have it tonight. We didn't have that edge." - Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill.
-Is it surprising to see Chris Pronger fitting in in Philadelphia?
-Flyers forward Ian Laperriere (head) has resumed practicing.
-You stay classy Philadelphia. Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette had his car vandalized in the Wachovia Center parking lot. His tires and his Quebec license plate were stolen.
-Antti Niemi (above) made 45 saves for the Blackhawks in a 2-1 win at San Jose. The Blackhawks took a 1-0 series lead.
-Check ou this save Niemi made down low on San Jose's Ryane Clowe:
-Niemi had issues with this puck:
-San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov had issues with a few pucks:
-We don't want to accuse Sharks forward Joe Thornton of interfering with Niemi, but...:
-But he kept his eyes on this puck:
-Happy times for San Jose's Jason Demers:
-Happy times for the Sharks. Not so much for Chicago's Dustin Byfuglien:
-Byfuglien had issues with this net:
-Chicago's Troy Brouwer getting some torque on his stick:
-The Sharks taking the ice:
-Bright times at HP Pavlion, AKA The Shark Tank:
-Anthem time in San Jose:
-"If you haven't figured out he's a great goaltender by now you're not watching the games. He's been rock-solid." - Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on Niemi.
-"We couldn't capitalize. We've
got to do better in Game 2." - Sharks forward Joe Thornton.
IIHF World Championships
-Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk had a hat trick and an assist for Russia in a 6-1 rout of Denmark. Evgeni Malkin added a goal and two assists while Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk recorded three assists. Sergei Gonchar was a plus-1 in 16:17 of ice time. Vasili Koshechkin made 30 saves in the victory.
-Malkin barging in on Denmark's net:
-Happy times for Russia. Not so much for Denmark's Frederik Andersen:
-Panthers goaltender Scott Clemmensen made all of 10 saves in a 4-0 shutout of France. Brandon Dubinsky of the Rangers had a goal and two assists while Senators forward Nick Foligno recorded two goals.
-Clemmensen kept his eyes on this puck:
-Jonas Andersson had two goals for Sweden in a 3-1 defeat of Canada. Maple Leafs goaltender Jonas Gustavsson made 32 saves in the victory.
-Sweden's Niklas Persson fighting off a stick check from Canada and Avalanche defenseman Kyle Cumiskey:
-Andrei Mezin made 33 saves for Belarus in a 2-1 defeat of Germany.
-Germany and Predators forward Marcel Goc ripping a shot:
-Janis Sprukts had two goals for Latvia in a 5-0 win against Norway. Edgard Masalskis made 30 saves in the shutout.
-Michael Souza had a goal and an assist for Italy in a 2-1 defeat of Kazakhstan. Daniel Bellissimo made 32 saves in the victory.
-The Sabres re-signed forward Mike Grier to a one-year deal. Terms of the deal were not revealed.
-The Capitals signed restricted-free-agent-to-be forward Nicklas Backstrom (right, with captain Alex Ovechkin) to a to a 10-year deal worth $67 million.
-Washington also signed Marcus Johansson, a first-round pick in 2009, to a three-year entry-level deal.
-The Panthers hired former Blackhawks general manager and former Penguins defenseman Dale Tallon as general manager. Tallon has served as an executive with the Blackhawks the past season.
-Today would've been the 95th birthday of former Pittsburgh Hornets forward Carl Liscombe.
(Photos: Fleury-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Canadiens/Flyers-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, Michael Heiman/Getty Images and Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Blackhawks/Sharks-Mark Humphrey/Associated Press, Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images; Paul Sakuma/Associated Press and Ezra Shaw/Getty Images; IIHF World Championships-Daniel Maurer/Associated Press and Martin Meissner/Associated Press; Backstrom-Greg Fiume/Getty Images)