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• Please recall last postseason, when the constant claims of goaltender interference by coaches in nearly every series got very annoying quite quickly, and made life hell for that poor Tomas Holmstrom. Well, Calgary Flames Coach Mike Keenan is first out of the gate with complaints about goalie interference by the Chicago Blackhawks -- both on Martin Havlat's game-winner (Keenan: The officials "didn't make the call because of the excitement of overtime") and in general about the Hawks "running" Miikka Kiprusoff. Something tells us the Flames will be doing extra work on the power play next game. [Between the Circles]
The top sports headlines of the day
• Great news for Versus, as the ratings for the first night of Stanley Cup playoffs action were up from last year. How this will affect the numbers for "The Best of Sports Soup" replays is anyone's guess. [Puck The Media]
• New Mental Floss quiz: Don Cherry outfit or clown costume? [Mental Floss, H/T Allison]
• Big Georges Laraque calls the Montreal Canadiens' defeat against the Boston Bruins in Game One a "good loss" and talks about playing on a top line with Saku Koivu and Alex Kovalev. A line we hope remains together, because GAS Line could be a killer nickname. [Bruins Blog]
• Fear The Fin steadfastly refuses to panic even after the Anaheim Ducks shut out the San Jose Sharks in Game One: "If anyone is Chicken Littling right now you don't even know how to tie your shoes. Get a grip. It's called a seven game series for a reason." [Fear The Fin]
• You know, NHL.com should have some basic requirements for its celebrity bloggers: (a) Watch the games and/or (b) at least have a functioning DVR to watch them on the rebound. No matter how cute said blogger may be. [NHL.com]
• Making the argument that the Sedins are playing so well that they might be worth the bizonkers amount of money it'll take to re-sign them long-term. [Sportsnet]
• Previewing Game 2 of the Pittsburgh Penguins/Philadelphia Flyers series from both sides of the Battle of Pa. We're betting dollars to donuts that this one's going get a little chippy earlier rather than later. [Pensburgh and Broad Street Hockey]
• Great postmortem by Michael Russo on the Minnesota Wild's sweeping regime change, and a list of potential candidates for the new GM: Jay Feaster, Pat Quinn, Doug MacLean, Neil Smith, Rick Dudley, Pierre McGuire and Nashville Director of Hockey Ops Mike Santos and assistant GM Paul Fenton. Pierre McGuire as the general manager of a National Hockey League team ... his office would be between the benches, of course. And has the term "monster" ever been used in a salary arbitration hearing? [Star Tribune]
• Brian Burke is not about to allow his right hand to take over the Minnesota Wild. [Sun Media]
• Finally, if you haven't seen it, Mike Cammalleri's fantastic cheap shot on Havlat during a faceoff last night. We demand a super-slo-mo version!