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Now It Begins

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from Ted Montgomery at USA TODAY,

Now it begins. The second round of the NHL playoffs is when it really gets interesting. In recent years, the first round has yielded so many surprising upsets that it has become somewhat of a tour de force, the hockey equivalent of rolling the dice and hoping for the best.
This is the first time in years that the expected winners of their respective first-round series won. I think that’s good for the game. Why not let the best teams battle it out from here on in?
Before we take a look at the second-round matchups, let’s recap what the losers in the first round did wrong, and where they are going.

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Straight Down The Middle - Impressive

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RWBill, a KK member posted the audio of the Johan Franzen series clinching goal in a Wings forum today,
The audio call was from Calgary broadcaster Pete Maher, who was inducted into the HHOF Broadcast Wing last year.
You can tell why- listen to the call, a true professional all the way. 
Some play-by-play guys would have barely told you the puck was in the net, or be screaming about a penalty that should have been called or maybe and offsides. 
Pete did it right and I came away even more impressed!

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A Tale Of Two Bloggers

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I’m going to do a series preview tomorrow, or maybe the next day, or maybe after Game 2.  It’ll probably consist of some made up quotes, a few slams at NoCal, some whining about the playoffs being stressful, and a happy puppy reference or two.  Oh, and Rocky.  Definitely a Rocky mention.  I’m thinking Rocky III.  And I’ll be happy with that preview.  Because that’s who I am…not statistically sound, just kind of tip tapping because it’s fun.

Well…I’ve found the anti-Iwo.

I just read a series preview that is the mother of all series previews.  Peterboroughpete at Behind The Mask...outstanding stuff.  I read through the whole thing twice looking for something to cut and paste here as a preview, but to do that would be an injustice.  Read it here

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Little Girls and Hurt Feelings and California Sensitivity

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So I called a guy an 11-year-old girl.  What’s wrong with that?  He whined like one, got all “emotional”.  He came back at me with some good stuff we’ll get to, and analyze, in a bit. So all’s well. But, man, then the tree huggers chimed in.  Men with names like “Ian” and “Toby” and “Angela”.  I thought we’d opened up A2Y to the cast of the OC. 

Oh, we’ll address their sensitivities in a bit too.  But first we need to address something. Something very important.

No, I don’t think the Wings are going to lose this series.  And, no, I don’t think it’s going 7 games.

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Renney And Shanahan

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Tom Renney and Brendan Shanahan participated in an NHL tele-confernce today.

Q. The Sabres seemed to make a bit of a deal out of a comment that you made yesterday about them maybe not being the cream of the crop. Could you characterize what you said and what your intention was?
TOM RENNEY: Well, when asked what I thought about the Sabres, I answered as, you know, I’m not sure. I wasn’t sure if they were the cream of the crop. But I do know one thing, they’re an awfully good hockey club and we’ve got a tiger by the tail.
From my point of view at least, nobody will know who the best team in the National Hockey League is till sometime in mid June.

Q. Just looking at the Sabres team, they’ve got a lot of speed. What do you think you need to do in order to contain them?
TOM RENNEY: I think a couple of things. We certainly have to match their speed if we can with our own attack and force them to have to play defense naturally. I think we have to try to keep their power play off the ice and play a real disciplined game within or game plan in general, and really stay poised and not allow frustration to be part of our game plan. This is a team that can capitalize on mistakes or miscues. They really do have a terrific transition game. We have to try to, as much as possible, eliminate that from their game.

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Iginla Would Like To Stay In Calgary

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Iginla has one year remaining on a deal that will pay him $7-million (U.S.) for the 2007-08 season, at which point he could become an unrestricted free agent. On the open market, a player of Iginla’s stature — tough, smart, physical, a first-rate NHL scorer — could theoretically become the league’s highest-paid player, if a bidding war were to begin.
However, Iginla said his primary goal is to win a championship, not lead the league in dollars earned, and believes that the Flames have as good a chance as any NHL team to do that in the near term.
“Personally, I’d like to stay and I want to win,” said Iginla, who added: “I’m not concerned about being the highest-paid player in the league. I’d like something that would work well for both sides.
“I’m already doing all right (financially),” he continued, with a laugh. “I’m thankful.”

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NBC Plans

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NBC is televising up to 10 dates through the Conference Finals and will then broadcast Games 3-7 of the Stanley Cup Final in primetime.

Conference Semifinals
Saturday, April 28, 3 p.m. ET, San Jose at Detroit, Game 2
Sunday, April 29, 2 p.m. ET, Buffalo at New York, Game 3

Saturday, May 5, 2 p.m. ET, San Jose at Detroit, Game 5*
Sunday, May 6, 2 p.m. ET, Buffalo at New York, Game 6*

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All Burke

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Brian Burke took part in an NHL tele-conference today…
Q. Brian, is your team going into this year’s playoff after the first round is in better shape than last year? Do you feel better about this year’s team than you did last year’s game? You polished off Minnesota.
BRIAN BURKE: I don’t think it’s fair to say we polished off Minnesota. It was a 4-1 series, but they were all one-goal games, except the last game, which was a two-goal game with an empty netter. I thought it was a difficult series to play. It’s certainly a hockey team we respect.
As far as moving forward, you get to the playoffs. If you’re lucky enough to advance, you’re going to play another team that advanced. This is a good hockey team we’re playing.
The main difference this year is that I think for our team the addition of Chris Pronger on defense would be the biggest single difference, then the fact that we’ve managed to get both our goaltenders active and ready to play early.

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Lamoriello & Parise

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Lou Lamoriello and Zach Parise took part in an NHL tele-conference today-
Q. Lou, looking at the Ottawa Senators, obviously they’re a very different team from the Lightning. What do you see that you’re going to need to do differently as a team in order to succeed in this series?
LOU LAMORIELLO: There’s no question they’re a different team. They’re a deep team. They skate four lines, six defensemen. We’ll get more of our players certainly involved. As you know, the Tampa series, their bench is a lot shorter because of the matching that we do, and we are a matching team. So we see a lot of different players getting more ice time.

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Kyle Who?

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from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

His helmet was off and his jersey was gone, but somehow you knew the young man sitting on the far side of the Detroit Red Wings’ dressing room had to be Kyle Quincey.
For one thing, he looked all of 21, which is to say unscarred and wide-eyed. Then there was the grin on his face that made him look like a jack-o’-lantern on Halloween.
“I had a smile on my face the whole game,” Quincey explained while trying to avoid the media horde that encircled his celebrated teammate, defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom. “It was unbelievable out there. Those fans, the whole atmosphere, it was amazing.”

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thanks to a KK reader for the tip…

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