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Miller Needs His A-Game

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from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

We won’t be at this for even two weeks if Miller gives up too many soft goals. Sure, it’s only one game, one bad goal. It’s a team game, as Miller is always quick to remind us, and the Sabres are the superior team. They’ve been a terrific road team in the playoffs under Lindy Ruff and could ease everyone’s angst by winning two on the Island.
But it’s 1-1 now, and more of a series than most experts imagined. And whether Miller likes it or not, the goalie battle is a big issue. Goaltending is a huge factor in a Stanley Cup series and always will be. Many a Cup dream has gone up in smoke because one goalie caught fire in the playoffs, or because a favorite’s netminder wasn’t quite on his game.

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It’s Getting Nasty

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from the National Post,

“I could very easily give you a printed picture of the whole incident that would clear it up for you,” Wilson growled at the reporter from Nashville.
“I’ve looked at a lot of tape, and I haven’t seen it,” the reporter shot back. “Do you have that picture?”
“Do you work for Nashville, seriously?” “Yes, I do,” the reporter said.
“Well, good for you,” Wilson said. “If you work for Nashville, you shouldn’t be in this room.”

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NHL On The Fly:  Final Online

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NEW YORK (April 16, 2007) – The National Hockey League (NHL), today announced that it has selected Gotuit Media’s video platform to deliver personalized access to video highlights from NHL Network’s signature show NHL On The Fly: Final. Available daily online at http://onthefly.nhl.com/: Final is a complete wrap-up of the night’s action from across the league, complete with game highlights and expert analysis.

“With help from Gotuit Media we have transformed the experience of watching NHL On the Fly: Final onlinefor our viewers by making it easier to quickly find and watch their favorite video highlights,” said Keith Ritter, President of NHL Interactive CyberEnterprises. “Now our fans can jump right to the action of their favorite team or game, and instantly watch the goals, saves, or best hits of the night. We are pleased to give our fans this compelling and user-friendly experience.”

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Snap To It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

These days, everyone has some type of camera with them- Why not use it…
Jaspers’ Rink requests your assistance,

Two Caps bloggers experiencing the Stanley Cup playoffs vicariously through others; send us your playoff pictures. It doesn’t matter if your view is from the lower bowl or the local pub, we want to see what you see.

So start planning your picture and send away!

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You Want To Play But Can’t

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from Mark Herrmann at Newsday,

“It’s not something you want to see anybody go through,” said Connolly, 25, whose concussion last May 8 kept him out until the final two regular-season games and the first two games of the Islanders series.
“It’s definitely an injury I wouldn’t wish on anybody,” said DiPietro, 25, who had two concussions in March and returned to spark the Islanders to a series-tying 3-2 win in Buffalo on Saturday, his first appearance since March 25.
The goalie knows how lucky he is to be back so soon. He called missing a few weeks “torture.” He doesn’t have the words to describe what Connolly went through, given that Connolly also missed a season after his first concussion in 2003.

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Someone Goes Up 2-1 Tonight

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Three games tonight, all series tied 1-1.

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Let’s Play Hockey

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from the Mercury News,

The NHL finally sent the proper message. It suspended Nashville forward Alex Radulov for his Game2 blindside hit on the Sharks’ Steve Bernier. The suspension should dissuade both teams from taking precarious liberties with each other.
Or, as Sharks Coach Ron Wilson said Sunday in more intellectual terms: “Hopefully, it will end the dirty crap going on out there.”
Right.
But there’s one more thing: The hockey will be much different this time around, too.

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Wings Continue No Sell-Out Streak

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from Terry Foster of the Detroit News,

The Wings are red hot. The fans are not.
It was a shock when the Wings announced that Thursday’s Game 1 was not sold out. The Wings always claimed sellout crowds of 20,066 for regular-season games but had an announced crowd of 19,204 in Game 1. It was the same Sunday as the crowd was announced at 19,751.
You can brush aside empty seats during the regular season and say people bought tickets but did not show up. But it is more difficult to ignore the empty seats during the playoffs.

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Tiger Still “Tiger”

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from the LA Times,

The former enforcer can still be obstinate and outrageous, such as when he says in a profanity-laced pronouncement that, besides not winning the Stanley Cup, “The only other thing I regret is, I had some bonehead general managers and coaches I should have kicked the … out of the first day I met them because of some of the boneheaded moves these guys made.
“I think it would be safe to say that the NHL is a billion-dollar business, or better, right? And they have some … morons running their organizations. It absolutely blows my mind. The decisions these guys made just amazed me.”
One such decision was made by the Hartford Whalers, who acquired Williams in a trade with the Kings shortly after he signed a contract extension in the fall of 1987 and released him less than a year later, effectively ending his career.

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The Wrong Highlights

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

Instead, a hockey game made the sports highlight shows once again for the worst possible of reasons — one more hit to the head, one more stretcher heading down the ice rather than Sidney Crosby, Jason Spezza or any of the many other exciting young stars that should be the image of hockey.
Instead, we get the image we cannot seem to shake — of a game incapable of controlling itself and heading, as surely as ice melts under the spotlight, toward an injury so serious that professional hockey will never shake the blight of the so-called “clean” hit to the head.

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