HDR of a set of steps leading from the River Walk to the city above. San Antonio, Texas. Photos taken at -2, 0 and +2 stops, then merged and processed in Photomatix Pro.
Today saw the Montréal Canadiens on the ice for an optional skate at Complexe Sportif Bell in Brossard.
Alex Galchenyuk skated alone again as he continues to recover from a lower body injury. There is still no timeline for his actual return.
Those taking part on the ice this morning were forwards Brandon Prust, Tomas Plekanec, Brendan Gallagher, Travis Moen, Michael Bournival, Ryan White and George Parros. Also goalies Dustin Tokarski and Peter Budaj, as well as defencemen Josh Gorges, Alexei Emelin, Francis Bouillon, Mike Weaver, Douglas Murray and Jarred Tinordi.
Coach Michel Therrien would only say for certain that Rene Bourque will be in the lineup tonight after being sidelined with flu symptoms on Monday. He did not affirm any other line changes.
“You’ll know my lineup only tonight,” ~ M. Therrien
However it does look like Travis Moen will step into Brandon…
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The Montreal Canadiens return home tonight to the Bell Centre to face the Boston Bruins in game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
The teams head into tonight’s contest tied at one game each, splitting the series in Boston.
Nobody said this series would be easy; the Bruins are a tough physical team who have been bombarding Carey Price with every shot they can get. The B’s have managed to get 86 shots on Price thus far compared to the 61 shots Rask has had to face.
According to the Bruins, they say they have solved the problem of how to beat Price.
« He gets really low, so it seems like we score a lot of goals up high when we have net front presence. I don’t know if we’re really trying to do that but we’ve definitely noticed that. When we can get…
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I would like to first rejoice at the first round that we just witnessed over the past two weeks. I am sorry to say that after a first round of that nature, involving so much drama and intrigue, that I have my own reservations about whether or not round two will live up to its billing. Last night’s thrashings of the Pacers and Thunder seem to justify my stance. The other two juicy match ups in round two consist of the soon-to-be Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat and the pesky Brooklyn Nets. But, instead of getting caught up in that series (I believe Miami wins in 5), I would like to dive into the intriguing series that pins up the forever magnificent San Antonio Spurs and the Portland Trail Blazers who are led by DAMIAN LILLARD WHO OH MY GOD IS NOW A SUPERSTAR WHO ISN’T AFRAID OF ANYTHING ON…
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The San Antonio Spurs take on the Portland Trailblazers in what promises to be a great battle between the experience of San Antonio versus the upstart team from Rip City.
San Antonio were pushed to seven games by Dallas in the first round and looked, at times, vulnerable. However Greg Popovich’s men did what they always do, found a way to win.
The Blazers went into the series against Houston as underdog, yet surprised most fans when the took a commanding 3-1 lead, and eventually taking out the series. Portland was lead by LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard, as the two went to work against the Rockets defense.
Game 1 @ San Antonio, May 6
Game 2 @ San Antonio, May 8
Game 3 @ Portland, May 10
Game 4 @ Portland, May 12
Game 5 @ San Antonio, May 14…
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Portland had the best offense in the first round of the playoffs scoring 111.8 points per 100 possessions against a team that only allowed 104 points per 100 possessions during the regular season. LaMarcus cooled off some after a blistering start, but still averaged 30 points on 48% shooting, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks on the series. Despite all of that, the reason the Blazers were able to take care of the Rockets in 6 games (besides the disappearing of James Harden) was Damian Lillard. In order for the Blazers to win in round 2, Lillard needs to finish around the rim the way he did in round 1 (50%), and not the way he did during the regular season (under 47%). It wouldn’t hurt to keep shooting 49% from 3 on almost 8 attempts per game either.
The Blazers’ ability to run the pick and…
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BOSTON BRUINS vs MONTREAL CANADIENS: The series heads to Canada tied 1-1 after Montreal blew a 3-1 lead in Game 2 en route to a 5-3 loss. This series has featured everything you’d expect between these two teams; aggressive play, lots of hitting, cheap shots, mind games, and of course, quality hockey. Boston has already given up more goals in two games vs Montreal(7) than they did in their five-game series against Detroit(6). On one hand, Montreal has proven to be a significantly better team than Detroit. However, seven goals in just two games is not a good sign for a team that now has to travel to arguably the most hostile environment the NHL has to offer. Officiating in this game is going to be key. Montreal has recorded 37 PIM on the road during the post-season, compared to just 8 PIM on their home ice. GAME 3 PREDICTION: Canadiens…
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Wow. What an incredible First Round. There were 5 seven game series. 5!
- The San Antonio Spurs looked to be out of luck, but behind Tony Parker they inched past the Ellis-Nowitzki led Dallas Mavericks in game 7.
- The Indiana Pacers had a horrendous series against the Atlanta Hawks, though you have to give credit to the Hawks for hanging about. Roy Hibbert was almost cancerous to the Pacers side, and Jeff Teague as a result set up shop in the paint. Luckily for them though, Paul George brought his A-Game in game 7 end the series.
- The Oklahoma City Thunder had a tough time against Memphis Grizzlies, and Tony Allen did a fantastic job on the league’s likely MVP Kevin Durant. However, as Durant and teammate Russell Westbrook turned it on in games 6 and 7, they took out a beaten up Grizzlies squad.
- The Los…
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5. Washington Wizards vs. 1. Indiana Pacers
Players to Watch: F Nene Wizards and C Roy Hibbert Pacers
Who Wins: Pacers in 6 games
6. Brooklyn Nets vs. 2. Miami Heat
Players to Watch: F Joe Johnson Nets and F LeBron James Heat
Who Wins: Heat in 6 games
5. Portland Trail Blazers vs. 1. San Antonio Spurs
Players to Watch: G Damian Lillard Trail Blazers and G Tony Parker Spurs
Who Wins: Spurs in 7 games
3. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 2. Oklahoma City Thunder
Players to Watch: F Blake Griffin Clippers and F Kevin Durant Thunder
Who Wins: Clippers in 7 games
The opening round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs may very well go down as the greatest ever. Breaking previous records, there were eight overtime games and 5 game sevens. The record for games sevens in an NBA Playoffs is eight. That alone shows you how intense these series were. The first round definitely spoiled NBA fans, there will most likely not be another round like that for a while, and certainly not in these playoffs.
Pacers-Hawks: This series was definitely the most surprising one of the playoffs. The Pacers ended the season on a bad note, and kept up their terrible play in the first round. The major issue with the Pacers right now is the atrocious play of All-Star Center Roy Hibbert. Hibbert leading up to Game 7 was averaging 4 points and 3 rebounds in the series. This allowed the Hawks to prolong the series to 7 games…
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As promised, myself and the guys here at Standing Room Only give our picks and I break down the second round match-ups. But first, what a first round, am I right? The most game 7’s in first round playoff history with FIVE. Five series out of eight had to use every game to decide the winner. And who would’ve thought? For a lot of these teams some weaknesses were exposed to teams that should have been beaten in six at the most (cough* cough* ATLANTA). Now for the second round we have a little more understanding of certain things teams do well in a playoff setting. With that said let’s get this thing going!
1st round prediction records- Matt: 6-2. Ashton: 6-2. Aaron: 7-1.
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Now, French socialist President François Hollande, already known for his quite strange so called « Humour corrézien », his hectic personal life including tea time visits to mistresses with a scooter, and vintage view of the world and economics, seems to have turned real crazy.
« Hollande foresees an « economic upturn » – Crédits : Delucq
Running like Forrest Gump may be charming, but upside down is not normal, it’s … different, the least to say … or even … French …
A little more about it, in French, needless to say http://surlepouceparis.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/le-retournement-economique-maintenant/
More about Frenchonomics http://frenchonomics.wordpress.com
More about French Politics http://occupyvousdefrance.wordpress.com
Renaud Favier – May 5th, 2014
« Just do it, Manuel, it’s an emergency » – Credits : Placide
Invité de RMC-BFM ce 6 mai 2014, François Hollande a poursuivi son acharnement contre les piliers républicains. Le Président a en effet annoncé l’explosion sous deux ans du cadre institutionnel en demandant la mise en place « du nouveau découpage [des départements et des régions] pour les prochaines élections ». Après le pacte de responsabilité, voilà son complément nécessaire pour imposer au peuple l’austérité : le démembrement des lieux d’expression de la souveraineté populaire.
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