The women's semifinals are today, and your schedule is:

SF 1 Saturday, April 15 12:00 pm EDT USA vs CZE TSN 4, RDS, NHLN
SF 2 Saturday, April 15 4:00 pm EDT CAN vs SUI TSN 4, RDS, NHLN
5th Place Sunday, April 16 10:00 am EDT TSN 4
Bronze Sunday, April 16 3:00 pm EDT TSN 4, RDS 2, NHLN
Gold Sunday, April 16 7:00 pm EDT TSN 1/3/4, RDS, NHLN

Tomorrow night is the gold medal game, so make sure you're ready to watch a great game.

The last two NHL games were played last night, with no changes to the races in the east, but a bit of amusement as the Buffalo Sabres pounded the Blue Jackets down into 31 place. The torch has been passed.

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In the west, the Avalanche went for the dramatic finish to a season that started very badly for them:

Yesterday was the first off day for a lot of teams, and the firings came fast and hard:

  • Pittsburgh, now under new ownership, fired Brian Burke, Ron Hextall and Chris Pryor
  • Washington are parting ways with coach Peter Lavioulette who was on an expiring contract
  • Dallas Eakins is gone from the Ducks on an expiring contract
  • St. Louis fired their assistant coaches Craig MacTavish and Mike Van Ryn, but not their coach

There were a lot of really interesting quotes from the Flames locker cleanout.

One of the most positive players said this:

In other news from teams that are done:

The Marlies finish up at home this weekend against last-place Belleville:

They have clinched first place and will await their semifinal opponent in a week or so from now as Laval and Utica play off first.

Hockey Canada announced their coaches for the Men's world:

That's the women's team head coach in there as an assistant, which is a bit unusual.

Toronto beat Tampa 6-3:

And that's enough for a Saturday. Have a great faux summer day if you're in Ontario. The regular season is over. The playoffs are about to begin.