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Ducks Were The Better Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the OC Register,

No Vancouver players were conspicuously absent from the traditional postgame handshake line. Canucks coach Alain Vigneault made a point of congratulating Ducks counterpart Randy Carlyle and his staff. Vancouver general manager Dave Nonis went to Carlyle’s office after the game to commend Ducks coaches and management.
“I expected nothing less from Dave Nonis and Alain Vigneault,” said Ducks general manager Brian Burke, who formerly held the same position with the Canucks….
“We got beat by a better team. It’s as simple as that,” Vigneault said. “The games were tight, but overall they had more speed. They were better than we were.”

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Rangers React

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“We have to realize that the series is not over,” said Lundqvist, his team’s best player by leaps and bounds. “We really can’t think too much about this.
“We can’t lay down and die here.”
Understand, this game was not stolen from the Rangers, no matter how close they came to escaping with the series lead after Martin Straka scored at 16:41 of the third to break a scoreless tie. The Blueshirts were sloppy and a step or two slow against a Buffalo squad that played uptight hockey nearly all night and were there for the taking.
“We’re not going to win too many playing our ‘B’ game,” Tom Renney said, echoing the message he delivered to the team moments after it had ended. “If we give an opportunity like this the next time to our opponent, the series is over.”

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Yotes Fire Play-By-Play Man

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from KVOA,

The Phoenix Coyotes on Friday fired play-by-play television announcer Curt Keilback, the voice of the NHL franchise for the past 27 seasons.
Keilback said he was told by team officials that his contract was not being renewed.
“I certainly didn’t see it coming,” Keilback told the East Valley Tribune. “To all of a sudden to be told just out of the blue, ‘That’s it. You’re done,’ is devastating.”

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Both Teams Want To Erase Recent Past

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Here along the edge of the Detroit River in the place they call Hockeytown is where making history and repeating history intersects.
The Detroit Red Wings (desperate to recapture some Stanley Cup magic in the face of a string of playoff letdowns) and the San Jose Sharks (desperate to make good on Stanley Cup expectations instead of becoming the Ottawa Senators of the West) find themselves deadlocked at two games apiece with a pivotal fifth game set for Saturday afternoon.

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TV Will Control OT

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from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

After all, it’s television that has the most to gain from a change in format and it’s television that has the most to lose under the current format.
The way the NHL does overtime in the playoffs today, there are no commercials, a huge loss to TV in that it doesn’t make a lot of money on hockey to begin with and when games go to lengthy overtime, TV not only has to absorb the costs of paying a great many union-rate techies and production people, but it also sees the games cutting - sometimes cutting deeply - into regularly scheduled programming.
That’s a triple double hit for television in that not only does it not earn any additional revenue from the extra sessions and has to pay extra production costs, but it loses revenue already committed because it has to dump regularly scheduled programming and it’s already sold advertising.

read on... and if you haven’t scrolled down the page or missed it earlier, Jim brought this up in a conversation I had with him earlier today…

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Quick Note On Wings/Sharks On NBC Saturday

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The local NBC affiliate in Detroit just mentioned if the Wings/Sharks game goes into Kentucky Derby time, they will run both events on a split screen.
Not sure if this is a national decision or a local one, but that is the plan for the Detroit area.

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Sens Owner- “We’re Going All The Way This Year”

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form the Ottawa Sun,

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has a message for Toronto Maple Leafs fans.
Get on board with Ottawa’s drive for the Stanley Cup.
When the Anaheim Ducks eliminated the Vancouver Canucks with a 2-1 double overtime victory last night, the Senators became Canada’s lone hope for a Stanley Cup triumph this season….
“All you Leaf fans, all I can say is get on the bandwagon because we’re going all the way this year,” he said.

continued... and I wonder if Melnyk realizes he just provided bulletin board material for the Devils and Rangers or Sabres?

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Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am a sucker for old hockey photographs and throughout the year, Habs Inside/Out has displayed the photos of James Rice…

You’ve likely seen James Rice’s historic hockey photographs without ever knowing they came from his bulky box camera.
There is Rice’s most famous image of all, a finely detailed study of Canadiens legend Howie Morenz. It is by far the most widely published photo of the player voted the greatest hockey talent of the past century’s first 50 years.
Then there’s his shot of Georges Vézina outside the Forum, almost the only picture ever seen of the goaler. Vézina is looking down his battered stick to the asphalt beneath his bare skate blades, a year or so before he died of tuberculosis in 1925.

read on and spend some time there, you will come away feeling better about the game…

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Draper Wants Four

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from the CP via the Sporting News,

“Once you’ve experienced it, winning the Stanley Cup is something you can never get enough of,” Draper said. “We’ve been fortunate to win three Cups in the last 10 years.
“Ask anyone in this dressing room and the guys who have won it want it more and the guys who haven’t won it want to experience it for the first time. That’s what makes this time of year so great, given the opportunity that sits there right in front of you.
“When you do win, it’s the most rewarding feeling a hockey player can have. Two months of traveling and playing every other night, the sacrifices you make and your family makes and, when the moment arrives when you’ve got that Stanley Cup, everything is worthwhile.”

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Confirmed: Maltby and Wings Reached 3-Year Deal Before Playoffs Started

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1431 CST with quotes from Maltby below

The worst-kept secret in Detroit?  Kirk Maltby’s contract extension, or re-signing, whichever you prefer.

DETROIT The Detroit Red Wings recently re-signed forward Kirk Maltby to a three-year contract. It happened before the playoffs, but both sides decided it was best not to talk publicly about the deal—until now.
Detroit hosts the San Jose Sharks tomorrow in a best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal that is tied at two games apiece.

Maltby has one assist in ten playoff games this season and 28 points in 129 career postseason games, all with the Red Wings since 1996. He helped Detroit win Stanley Cups in 1997, ‘98 and 2002.

 

 

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