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Answers: Are you ready for the Playoffs?

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Complete answers for the Slam! Sports quiz, Are You Ready for the NHL Playoffs?

1) Why were Habs fans so happy on Feb 19, 2008?

Who are the Habs?

If you chose this response, you're either just goofing around, or you're not from Canada. This quiz was over before it started for you.

The Canadiens won on Rocket Richard's birthday.

Nope. THe late Maurice "Rocket" Richard was born on August 4, 1921. His brother Henri, the "Pocket Rocket" was born on February 29. He celebrated his "18th birthday" in 2008.

Koivu scored in the shootout to cap a comeback victory against the Rangers.

True - he did. This answer is correct.

Ryder broke a slump to lead a club-record come-from-behind effort and tie Ottawa with 75 points.

On the other hand, this answer gives more information: Ryder had been in a slump; the come-from-behind was a record for the Habs, and it brought them into a tie with the rival Senators in the East.

2) Why did Sittler follow Sundin in the fall of 2007?

#27 wanted to see #13 get #390 and #917 - but didn't!

Correct! Sittler (27) had been following Sundin (13), hoping to see him surpass his most goals and most points by a Leaf - but when the current captain finally broke both records with one goal, Sittler was absent.

Leaf greats were listed in reverse-alphabetical order in Game 1 program.

Uh, no.

Mats was on the verge of breaking a club record.

Yes, true - but more info required to be dominant in this quiz.

"Little Sittler" is the name of Sundin's dog.

Wouldn't that be in poor taste?

3) What happened after the attempted Ruutu stomping?

The Islanders placed the pride of Wawa on leave.

Troubled trouble-maker Chris Simon is indeed the pride of Wawa, and he was placed on leave by his team after stomping on Ruutu's leg with his skate.

Chris Simon got a match penalty.

Actually, he wound up suspended for 30 days.

Simon Gagne was suspended.

Simon Gagne had nothing to do with this issue!

Eric Gagne apologized to the Penguins' pest.

Eric Gagne is a Canadian-born major league baseball pitcher... you’re lost in the wrong sport if you picked this answer!

4) Who moved from Las Vegas to join the LA Kings in 2007?

A sunglass-sporting lion mascot.

It's true, the kings got a Lion mascot, and he did come from Vegas, but...

Bailey, who replaced Kingston at long last.

... the new mascot is called Bailey, and the old one (from way back) was Kingston. Actually even sportscasters might not know this. Suck it up!

Japanese-born goalie Yutaka Fukufuji.

Yutaka Fukufuji is Japanese-born and is with LA, but he didn't come from Vegas.

Jason Blake.

You're thinking of Rob Blake, the invincible LA defenseman, but Jason Blake was a hapless Toronto forward this year.

5) Why did Boston host Willie O' Ree night, January 18, 2008?

To celebrate black contributions to the NHL.

Yes - Willie was the guest of honour on this special night named for his achievement: first black player in the NHL.

It was part of Irish Appreciation Week.

No. NO. NOOOOO!

The Quebec Aces callup had broken into the league 50 years prior.

Willie O'Ree was indeed called up from the Aces 50 years prior, making him the first black player in the NHL - a sportscaster would know!

O'Ree was retiring as the Bruins' longest-serving GM.

Willie isn't a GM, but he is the National Hockey League’s Director of Youth Development and hockey ambassador for NHL Diversity.

6) What happened on February 16 in Phoenix?

#99 got #99 in the first of two straight against his former team.

Yep. Wayne Gretzky won his 99th game as a coach with Phoenix against the Kings.

The Coyotes edged the Kings 4-3.

True, but... is that it?

The East won the NHL All-Star Game.

No. The All-Star game was in Atlanta, for one thing...

Steve Reinprecht scored in his first game as a Coyote.

That happened in February of 2006, also against the Kings.

7) Who started the 07/08 season between Bucyk and Delvecchio?

Detroit's Chris Chelios - for most games played.

He sure did. Not bad for a 45 year old – now 46 and still playing!

Carbonneau's former co-captain, #19 - the top US-born ironman.

This is the "A" response - Chelly in all his glory. He did indeed co-captain the Habs with Carbonneau – one of three clubss with which he’s played 400+ games!

"Coach" Don Cherry at the Hall of Fame Game.

You're way off here. Enough said.

Detroit's Chris Chelios - for most penalty minutes.

He's got a lot of those, too, but this wasn't the right answer.

8) Where was veteran Luke Richardson as of August 7, 2007?

Having his number retired in Tampa Bay.

Nope! Richardson's still playing, though he did win the Cup with the Lightning in 2004.

Filming a TV commercial with Martin Brodeur.

You're thinking of "Lucky Luke" Robitaille.

Finally playing at home after 6 career stops elsewhere.

That's right - Richardson has been around the league, but he's from Ottawa, where he now plays D with the Sens.

On the Senators' blueline.

Sure he's on the blueline - but there's so much more to say!

9) Who figured in the "flap flap?" of 2008?

Ducks GM Brian Burke and Oilers GM Kevin Lowe.

They got into it last summer, but that was about something else.

Vancouver's Roberto Luongo.

Partial marks - Luongo was one of the parties involved...

Oliers coach Craig McTavish and Harvey, the Calgary mascot.

No, although McTavish pulled off Harvey's tongue a few years back...

Three goalies and the NHL hockey operations department.

The master response: Dallas goalies Marty Turco and Mike Smith protested Luongo's loose-flapping pads by wearing cardboard cutouts with his number on them; the issue went to the operations department and Luongo had to buckle up his flaps.

10) What happened on Hockey Day in Canada?

The Flames burned the Oilers.

This is true...

Gerber replaced Emery before the Battle of Ontario.

Actually, Ottawa battled the Canadiens that night!

Nolan turned the tables in the Battle of Alberta.

Yep. Veteran Owen Nolan's 2 goals helped the Flames beat the Oilers and cling to 8th spot.

Former Oiler Mike Comrie broke up with Hilary Duff.

We've heard they are dating. Enough already!

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