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Paw Paw, West Virginia

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Back in 1997 I met a guy from there, from Paw Paw, WV.  Believe me when I tell you he was pure redneck.  He fit all the stereotypes: the NASCAR thing, the Copenhagen thing, the slow drawl and you got the immediate sense that he was loyal to the core.  When I met him I seriously doubt he’d ever watched a minute of hockey. 

He’d ridden subs, done things he’d never be able to tell me about, toyed with nations in ways Tom Clancy couldn’t imagine, but never watched hockey.  Until I forced him to sit down and watch Game 1 of the WCF, Detroit and Colorado.  He saw the intensity, the importance of every shift, the way Detroit kept peppering Patrick Roy, only to see him turn them away again and again.  After the first period, he was hooked.  Hockey had him and we had ourselves a convert.

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Way West Deep Digging

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Here’s a preview of some of the stories you’ll see out of Canada tomorrow, as well as an ESPN ditty that tries to portray the Flames as underdogs…which, of course, the rest of the hockey world knows is just crazy talk.

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More From The MSM

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If you guys are getting tired of me pointing you to the mainstream predictions, say so.  I’ll keep it up for another day just to irritate you than let is slowly fade away like it was my own idea.  In the meantime, here are a few more.

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Ready To Play

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from Jacques Demers at USA TODAY,

There’s little need for motivation. I used to put together a film demonstrating the great plays every player made during the regular season to pump them up, but the Cup was the true motivating factor. I always told my players that since everyone was a kid, they were dreaming about the Cup. We controlled our destiny. Stay away from bad penalties. Take short shifts. If someone gives you an elbow, just take it, because the person who retaliates usually gets the penalty.
Players aren’t nervous. They are edgy. They want to play. They’re not tired. They find energy. They’re looking forward to this. It’s a huge challenge to win four out of seven.

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My New Favorite Team- The Minnesota Wild

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from Nicole Swanson at NHL Connect,

I really get into hockey this time of year; I get really excited about the playoffs. I remember specifically in 2003, my roommates and I, and one of the guys’ rooms in our apartment complex, we got together for every single game. We took a couch and TV out into the parking lot and watched all the games start to finish.

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Sidney Crosby Is Why

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

It’s why the press box is expected to be full here for Game 1.
It’s why the Penguins asked for credential requests several weeks before the end of the regular season.
It’s why NBC denuded venerable “Hockey Night in Canada” of a Canadian matchup on the first weekend of the playoffs, insisting Game 2 of the be played Saturday afternoon and leaving CBC with the equivalent of moldy bread crust (Tampa Bay vs. New Jersey) for its traditional Saturday evening broadcast.

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Leafs/Canadiens Game Breaks Record

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from the CBC,

According to initial reports from Nielsen Media Research, a record-breaking 2.81 million viewers tuned to CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada this past Saturday to catch the highly anticipated game between the Leafs and Habs.
The broadcast represents the No. 1 regular-season audience in the show’s history since viewer recording began in 1989.

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Cherry & Hull

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from the CP via the Hockey News,

Cherry has been at this TV game for decades, while Hull is just starting out. The two networks are planning to put them together for shared segments during the championship series.
“We’re ready, we’re ready,” said Cherry.
He wouldn’t like to be permanently separated from Coach’s Corner foil Ron MacLean, however.
“I’ll stick with him,” said Cherry. “He keeps me on the right track.”

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Provincial Awakening

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Updated 1836 CSTThe Real Deal (see below) is taking a staggered approach to their analysis.  I know it’s early, but I’m finding the Calgary bloggers to be a different animal than their Oil counterparts.  A little less sarcasm, a little more analysis. 

The Flames bloggers are slowly recovering from a regular season rollercoaster.  A few days to drink their stress away and they’re ready for some analysis.  Metrognome at Five Hole Fanatics breaks down the Wing/Calgary first rounder.

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Latest Word On Bert: Don’t Expect Him Thursday

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Lots of conflicting reports on Bertuzzi the last 48 hours.  Here’s the latest, if you haven’t heard yet.  Ken Holland on WDFN today said that Bertuzzi skated last Friday and felt good, then began showing symptoms of a concussion.  He didn’t practice again today, and Wings management isn’t anticipating his availability for Game 1.

Bruce MacLeod’s Red Wing Corner

In my mind, he’s not available at this point,” said coach Mike Babcock. Mikael Samuelsson has been practicing in Bertuzzi’s spot on Robert Lang’s line.

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