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Referees

Paul Devorski (160)
Eric Furlatt (35)
Dave Jackson (64)
Marc Joannette (64)
Dennis LaRue (45)
Bill McCreary (275)
Dan O’Halloran (72)
Kevin Pollock (91)

Linesmen

Derek Amell (59)
Greg Devorski (108)
Shane Heyer (108)
Brad Lazarowich (174)
Steve Miller (42)
Jean Morin (147)
Pierre Racicot (97)
Jay Sharrers (125)

(previous playoff games listed in parenthesis)

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Bettman On Moving The Coyotes

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from Curtis Eichelberger of Bloomberg,

Research in Motion Ltd. Co-Chief Executive Officer Jim Balsillie’s effort to buy the Phoenix Coyotes and move them to Ontario may endanger the stability of all U.S. sports leagues, National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman said….

“You can not have a stable league if franchises can be uprooted at the blink of an eye on a personal whim,” Bettman said in an interview at league offices in New York. “It is up to the partners to decide who would be a good partner.”...

Bettman said he would only consider moving the team to another city if he can’t find a buyer, which is unlikely.

He said he understands how much Canadians love hockey, although more research has to be done before deciding whether Hamilton, a city of about 500,000 some 40 miles from Toronto.

“It’s not anything we’ve looked at, and before you make a decision that will involve hundreds of millions of dollars, that is something that is going to have to be studied,” he said. “It’s the reason we have relocation procedures.”

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All Kane & Toews

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Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews participated in a NHL tele-conference today…

Q.      Could both of you touch on how Coach Quenneville has helped in your development?

PATRICK KANE: For me, I think obviously with Savard, you can make mistakes, and he’ll draw you right back there on the ice. With Joel, if you take a dumb penalty or make a couple mistakes, he’s not afraid to sit you down and things like that. He makes every shift worth it out there for you. He’s been great. I think he’s come in and done a great job for a lot of us, helped a lot of us enjoy it.

JONATHAN TOEWS: I feel the same way. He definitely expects reliability and smart team play from every player on the ice, doesn’t matter who you are. You know, I think that’s why we’ve been such a good team this year, you know, the ice team is spread out and everyone does their part. Everyone plays the same way and everyone has their role.

You know, he definitely has a lot of discipline over the players. Guys have a lot of respect for him in the locker room. You learn to play the team game with him, for sure.

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Brother vs. Brother

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from TSN,

Eric and Jordan Staal are about to go where only the Espositos, the Plagers and the McCrearys have gone before.

When the puck drops Monday night on TSN for the opening game of the Carolina Hurricanes/Pittsburgh Penguins series, it will mark only the fifth time in NHL history that siblings have skated against each other in the Conference finals.  The last time a brother act such as this occurred was in 1974 when Phil Esposito’s Bruins faced Tony’s Blackhawks.  The rarity of the occurrence was not lost on the Staals.

“This is the best time of the year to play hockey,” said Eric in a conference call held by the NHL on Friday.  “When brothers are playing against each other in the Conference finals it’s exciting not only four yourselves but for the rest of your family for sure.”

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Tried The High Road Once.  It Sucked.

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If I knew how to act my age, I’d be all…“Congratulations to a worthy opponent, a true team of warriors who displayed the kind of grit and courage the National Hockey League is all about.”

Instead, I’ll say this:  the Ducks can suck it. 

And they can suck it all summer.

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ESPN Conference Finals Breakdown

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

We should know better by now than to underestimate the young bucks from Chicago (we picked Vancouver in seven), but this isn’t about shortchanging them. This is about two greatly talented teams being separated only by experience. The young Edmonton Oilers of the 1980s took down the veteran New York Islanders in their second crack at it. This is Chicago’s first crack at the Big Red Machine. Wings in seven.

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

This one is going to be a ton of fun to watch; but, in the end, the Canes don’t have an adequate answer for Crosby and Malkin. As long as Fleury doesn’t completely lose his mind, the Pens should be able to dictate how things go in this one. Penguins in six.

much more on this series too…

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Afternoon Line

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E.J. Hradek on NHL Live asked Henrik Zetterberg if he has been watching the other playoff matchups.  Zetterberg basically responded the hotel in California did not have Versus, so it was difficult to watch.

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The State Of The KHL

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from Russia Today,

The Continental Hockey League (KHL) will become equal to their American contemporary the NHL in the next five years, says hockey legend and KHL CEO Vyacheslav Fetisov, Sport-Express newspaper reports.

The KHL officials have officially closed the 2008/09 season, giving a press-conference on Friday.

“I congratulate all of you on the successful conclusion of the KHL season. Everything we were talking about in the past seven years has now become a reality. You all see interest among fans which the league attracted from the very start of the season and the impact that caused by the final series,” Vyacheslav Fetisov said.

“When people do their job from the heart, the result is great. If we continue this way then within five years we will be able to compete with the National Hockey League. We are ready to catch up with Americans as to the quality of the game, and the level of the games organization. But there is, of course, a lot of work ahead of us,” he added.

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Let’s Look At The Dan Cleary Goal

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Ron MacLean and Don Cherry discuss the Cleary goal last night.

My take, if the puck was under Hiller’s pad, then the complaint has a point, but the puck was behind his pad and what was Cleary supposed to do, nothing?

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Sharks Meet Their Fans

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from David Pollak of the Mercury News,

The hard questions were supposed to come from the 2,400 people who showed up Thursday night at HP Pavilion for the annual State of the Sharks session. But none was more blunt than the one General Manager Doug Wilson threw back at the crowd as he talked about the future.

“Is this the final time we have to get kicked in the ass to realize we’re going to commit to whatever it takes to get to the next level?” Wilson said.

The general manager was defining the overriding issues he needs to deal with as he decides what moves must be made after San Jose finished the regular season as the NHL’s best team, only to be eliminated by Anaheim in the first round of the playoffs.

The black drapes that served as the backdrop inside the Tank provided a funeral-like setting, and Wilson talks of his ongoing analysis as an autopsy.

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