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You See, It Isn’t So Bad

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Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun informs his readers to catch a hockey game in Detroit on Sunday, tickets are still available.
But that is not the story, it is what Joe said about Detroit…

And Detroit is an up and coming city for sure. I was down there last week for the Blue Jays home opener and was blown away with what they have done with that downtown. It has been cleaned up nicely, with lots of pubs and restaurants and all sorts of character. I didn’t run into one homeless person, the parking is $10 and it’s right across from Windsor.

Thanks Joe, the folks from the Detroit area needed that right about now… read the rest of the story...

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Versus- Here We Go Again

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Stars/Canucks game not on VersusHD, golf is on.
In case you ask, via Comcast in Detroit area.
The Versus website states all quarterfinal games in HD.

update 10:06pm, Game is on INHD as noted in the comments.  I have the VS?GLFHD channel, why not use that channel or at least let us know the game was moved?  Even the INHD channel guide shows a movie on instead of hockey.

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Step On A Crack

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from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

The coaching staff once tried to bring an end to a regular-season slump by holding a séance in the trainers’ room, complete with candles to help them call on the ghosts of One-Eyed Frank McGee, King Clancy, and Fearless Frank Finnigan. It didn’t work.
One goaltender — and we shall spare him the humiliation of using his name — refused to change his underwear during one playoff run that, perhaps fortunately, came to a quicker-than-expected end.

more... superstitions!

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Whitney Signs With Carolina

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from the News & Observer,

One of the most well-received signs at the Carolina Hurricanes’ final game proclaimed, “Ray must stay.” Less than a week later, Ray Whitney is staying for another three years.
Whitney, the Hurricanes’ leading scorer with a career-high 83 points, agreed today to a three-year contract worth $10.5 million. He was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

continued

thanks to a KK member for the heads-up!

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The Motivation Has To Help Hasek

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from the AP via Yahoo,

But a big part of what has made Hasek an all-time great—an insatiable appetite to compete—brought him back to Detroit at age 42 with a bargain-basement, incentive-laden contract.
He made $750,000 during the regular season.
If Hasek helps Detroit get past the Calgary Flames in the first round, he’ll earn a $450,000 bonus; another $450,000 if the Red Wings advance to the conference finals; and $200,000 more if he hoists his second Stanley Cup and the 11th in franchise history.
“I didn’t come back to play and to make money,” Hasek said. “I came back because I want to compete for the Stanley Cup, and to win the Stanley Cup.

more

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Cheechoo Skates

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from the Mercury News,

Right wing Jonathan Cheechoo participated in the Sharks’ morning skate and his status for Game2 later today against the Nashville Predators will be a game-time decision.
“I won’t know till I see how it reacts,” said Cheechoo, who sustained a sprained right knee in Game 1 on a hit from Predators forward Scott Hartnell. “I’ll see how it feels this afternoon. If it feels good, then you never know. If it gets worse, then obviously I can’t go.”

continued

added 8:17pm, Cheechoo is in the lineup.

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Pay Attention To Canadians

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The last thing the NHL needs now is to see this growing northern alienation take root. Canadians have threatened to walk away before — usually after lockouts or strikes - but always flocked back when the game returned. There was a massive uproar against the decision to show the Pens-Sens’ game in the afternoon, a demonstration of the passion that NHL fans have in Canada for playoff hockey and the institution of Hockey Night In Canada. One of these days, the league is going to make a similar sort of call and find the response far more muted.

much more and other NHL bits too…

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DiPietro Expected To Play

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via David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Rick DiPietro returned to practice for the New York Islanders on Friday and is expected to be in goal Saturday night against the Buffalo Sabres.
“I think that will give them a huge lift,” Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff said of DiPietro’s return from a concussion.

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Browse With The Capitals

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Capitals have partnered with Brand Thunder, a leader in computer browser branding, to create the first team-branded Internet browser in professional sports.
The customized Firefox theme allows fans to stay informed on the most up-to-date Capitals’ news no matter what website they are visiting. Once the browser theme is downloaded to a fan’s computer, the program transforms the average browser into a Capitals-themed experience. Additionally, there is an interactive toolbar that allows fans to purchase tickets, check out the Caps upcoming schedule and keep tabs on their favorite player by visiting the team roster. There is also a news scroll that keeps fans informed of recent Caps happenings.

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Bertuzzi Cleared To Play

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Wings announced after practice that Bertuzzi is cleared to play.
Now the question is- will he dress for Sunday?

added 2:05pm, from he AP via the Akron Beacon Journal,

“He’s been cleared medically,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. “Now, he has to get cleared by our therapy people as far as being ready to play.
“If he’s ready to go, he’ll be in.”
Bertuzzi skated briefly on his own Thursday and took part in an optional practice Friday.
“It felt pretty good,” he said. “We’ll see how it feels tomorrow after another hard skate.”

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