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Ducks Content With Underdog Role

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Province,

You can go a mile in any direction of the Honda Center—the Ducks’ home rink—and you’re hard-pressed to find any evidence of the Stanley Cup final.
You can’t go five feet in Ottawa without being reminded the Senators are in that same final.
So it’s a different experience—as different as Queen Elizabeth and Queen Latifah—which might explain why Ducks GM Brian Burke was strangely subdued on Sunday. The table was set for an epic Burke rant and, under different circumstances, he would have obliged the assembled media by howling about the forces conspiring against his team and the lack of respect being shown the Ducks.
But this time, he didn’t have to because just about everyone in the hockey world is doing it for him.
“It’s a Canada-U.S. thing,” Burke said. “A lot of the Canadian media are going to pick the Canadian team.  “That’s fine. We’re content to be the underdog in this.”

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Music Sets The Tone

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from Allan Wigney at the Ottawa Sun,

The relationship between music and hockey has been further solidified by players who have dared to dip their feet into the recording world. Leafs goalie Johnny Bower did so successfully, thanks to his hit single Honky the (Christmas) Goose. Kings legend Marcel Dionne fared less well with his peppy Please Forgive My Misconduct Last Night. And as for Guy Lafleur’s disco hockey instruction album, well, it has its moments.
(For instance, the booty-shakin’ passage, “When stick ‘andling, always carry the puck near the ‘eel of the stick for control.”)
It’s all part of being Canada’s game.

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NHL Finds Success In California

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

For the third time in 14 years, the final stage of the Tour de Stanley Cup brings us back to the sprawling streets of California.
What seemed a madcap notion back in 1967, when the NHL guessed two California franchises might work as part of a doubling of the old six-team league, has survived through four decades of tumultuous change for both the league and the state.
Today, there are more teams in the most populous U.S. state than in Ontario, and in comparison to the other major professional team sports, the NHL hasn’t done half-bad.

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The Sens Early Beginning

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from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

John Ziegler is 73 now, semi-retired in Stuart, Fla., and nearly 17 years removed from that December day in 1990 when it was his task, as president of the National Hockey League, to announce that expansion franchises had been awarded to Tampa Bay and Ottawa.
To many, the two were the shakiest of 30 cities that had expressed interest. To the NHL, however, they were the only two willing to put down the $50-million (U.S.) expansion fee without seeking special terms, no questions asked.
Nor, it turned out, did the NHL ask many questions.

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Emery Carries Confidence Well

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from the New York Times,

He cares little that the earnest world of hockey has trouble looking past his various tattoos and colorful wardrobe, or the fact that he missed a flight to a playoff game after crashing his Hummer, or the fact that he drives a Hummer at all in this most Chevrolet of sports.
All of that has overshadowed the not-so-small detail that Emery, 24, has led the Ottawa Senators to the Stanley Cup finals in his first season as a full-time starter. The best-of-seven Cup series between Ottawa and the Ducks opens Monday in Anaheim, Calif.
“I really could care less what people say or think,” Emery said. “I like winning and I like playing the game. It’s exciting for me and the team and all my family and friends who are watching. That’s all I care about.”

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Memorial Day- 2007

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To all who have and are serving this great country, you are remembered today and everyday. Thank You!

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Monday Administravia

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Good morning all. Finals start tonite and I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am. I've been considering this matchup for a week and provide you today with an in-depth analysis. Feel free to add your own, but don't embarrass yourselves. If yours doesn't compare to mine both in depth and seriousness of thought, don't post it. This is no place for half-assedness. Sens in six. Please. A few changes to the port sidebar. I've begun compiling a series of rants that will serve as the 2007 Season in Review. You'll find it under the heading "Reviewing 2007: Sarcasm for the Sarcastic." About halfway done. The rest should be complete within 48 or so. There are also a few subtle modifications to the blogroll: I've added the Wing blog Yzerman Is God to the "Head to Hockeytown" section and Spector's has changed URL's. Find the new one here. Enjoy your Memorial Day, and please take a few to remember the reason most of us aren't working today.

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A Pattern Developing

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from the Pioneer Press,

Count Lemaire among those who will be glued to the television during the Finals. Currently relaxing at his place in Florida, Lemaire has been enthralled by the entire playoffs. He says he has noticed a pattern that likely will alter the NHL landscape a bit next season.
“Looking at where the league is going, it’s going to be a little more aggressive,” he said. “We went the other way for a while. The hitting was there. Now, it’s a little more than that. You see the scrums after the play. They’re pushing, fighting more.
“Every team will try that. Especially now that they see Anaheim doing so well. Everyone is talking about them. Everyone will take that road.”
Successful strategies always have been copied. Lemaire should know. There isn’t a team in the league that doesn’t use a trap. If something works, everybody wants in.

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One More Reminder That The Playoffs Suck

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Having a nifty holiday weekend.  Looking forward to going into DC tomorrow and actually visiting the memorials of some fallen heroes.  It is, after all, Memorial Day, in case some of us have forgotten that.

But that’s not my point tonite.  Nope.  As stated, the weekend was going well until an A2Y reader sent met this article…and now I wouldn’t mind throwing up in mass quantities.  Overall, it’s not a bad read.  But a few lines stick out that make me curdle.

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Silverman Delivers The Message

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Silverman at MSNBC,

In an era when other sports have never received more exposure, talk-show hosts around the country all but ban themselves from mentioning hockey, fearing that it will be an invitation for listeners to pop in a CD or change stations. Even hosts who like the game have to pretend they are too cool for the room and ridicule the sport.
I’m sick of listening to it. I don’t care if hockey’s not popular. I will watch the Stanley Cup finals and I believe the unknown cable network — Versus — has done an outstanding job of giving hockey fans what they want.

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