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Hasek Leads Wings To WCF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Hasek came up big tonight, frustrating the Sharks and leading the Wings to a 2-0 victory.
Wings open at home against the Ducks on Friday night.

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added 11:58pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

On the opening day of their playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings, San Jose Sharks’ coach Ron Wilson was asked about the importance of goaltending.
“That’s all playoffs are,” replied Wilson. “It’s goaltending. I don’t have to say anything more.”
For the normally loquacious and talkative Wilson to say no more was unusual, almost extraordinary, but his words also proved prophetic — for the wrong team. Of all the things that helped the Red Wings advance to the Western Conference finals Monday night, the primary factor was the play of 42-year-old Dominik Hasek in goal.

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Poultry Please

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The 2007 Red Wing Redemption Tour rolls on.  2004 heartbreak in Calgary? Avenged.  1994 nightmare against San Jose?  Avenged.  2003 Anaheim shooting gallery vomit fest?  TBD.

More tomorrow.  Tonite?  Lidstrom saves the day again.  Again?  Yes again.  That’s not the first time we’ve seen a dramatic Lidstrom goalmouth (goal line) save is it?

Yep. It’s starting to look a lot like ‘97, eh?

Oh…and anyone doubt for a second that this will be the first time ever that a 1 seed is considered the underdog in three straight series?

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Decision On Saskin Due Soon

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from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

It has been months since Ted Saskin was told to take a paid hike as executive director of the National Hockey League Players’ Association. Eight weeks and three days, to be precise.
Now, finally, the fate of the quasi-exiled union boss is about to be decided. This week, a conference call will be held involving Toronto lawyer Chris Paliare and the player representatives from the 30 NHL teams. Paliare was retained by the players in late March to examine Saskin’s contract and determine what course of action the players should take.
No one will go on the record or off to discuss Paliare’s recommendation for fear that one wrong word, one whispered statement could give Saskin the legal ammunition he needs to shoot back at the NHLPA.

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Conference Finals Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (May 7, 2007)—The National Hockey League today announced the dates and starting times for the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Finals, which begin in the Eastern Conference on Thursday, May 10, when the Buffalo Sabres host the Ottawa Senators. The Western Conference Final will pit the Anaheim Ducks against the winner of the Detroit Red Wings-San Jose Sharks Conference Semifinal series, which Detroit leads 3-2, and will start on Friday, May 11.

National rightsholders NBC and VERSUS in the United States and CBC, TSN and RDS in Canada will provide exclusive broadcast coverage of the Conference Finals. All games also will be carried on NHL Radio. More specific broadcast information will be announced shortly.

2007 EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL

Date Time (ET) #1 Buffalo vs. #4 Ottawa
Thursday, May 10 7:00 p.m. Ottawa at Buffalo
Saturday, May 12 8:00 p.m. Ottawa at Buffalo
Monday, May 14 7:00 p.m. Buffalo at Ottawa
Wednesday, May 16 7:00 p.m. Buffalo at Ottawa
* Saturday, May 19 2:00 p.m. Ottawa at Buffalo
* Monday, May 21 7:00 p.m. Buffalo at Ottawa
* Wednesday, May 23 7:00 p.m. Ottawa at Buffalo

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Report- Russia Won’t Sign IIHF Agreement

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from Kommersant,

The agreement between the International Ice Hockey Federation and National Hockey League regulating transfers of and payment for players was extended for four years today. Vladislav Tretyak, president of the Russian Hockey Association is unlikely to sign it, which means that Russian players will move to foreign clubs for free.

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Updated May8, 2007 11:05am ET:
From AP via SI,

Russia is unlikely to sign a new four-year player agreement regulating transfers from Europe to the NHL.
Russian hockey federation president Vladislav Tretiak said Tuesday that 80 percent of his nation’s clubs were dissatisfied with the terms.
“We are not yet happy,’’ he said. “We are in negotiations.’‘
The International Ice Hockey Federations’s national associations have until midnight Tuesday to ratify the latest agreement between the IIHF and the NHL.
About 30 percent of the NHL’s players come from Europe. The NHL annually signs 45 to 60 players from European countries.

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Ducks Answer Media Questions

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Earlier today, Anaheim Ducks’ coach Randy Carlyle and player Ryan Getzlaf participated in a media teleconference:
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Q. We know that you don’t know who you’re going to be facing yet, but in winning two series in five games, is there anything that you want to see your team do better than they have done throughout the tournament?
        COACH CARLYLE: Well, I think there’s always areas of improvement. I don’t think that you could ever say that we’re completely satisfied with our whole team game. I think there’s been parts of our game as a group that we went for stretches where we’ve been very ineffective. We turned the puck over far too many times, and I guess the hugest area of concern for us right now would probably be our penalties. I don’t think that we can continue to take the penalties at the rate that we have in the first two series to continue to have success here as we go forward.

        Q. You guys were heavily penalized throughout the regular season; is there a bit of a changing of the gears that your team needs to EMBRACE here in the playoffs where things are more magnified?

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LA Kings Launch New Website

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“The Kings are excited to launch our new-look website, and as the 2007-08 season approaches, we are looking forward to having the premier website in the National Hockey League,” said Kings Vice President, Communications and Broadcasting Michael Altieri.  “We are always looking for new and exciting ways to deliver news and information on our team, and our tech savvy fan base will surely embrace the new LAKings.com, which we believe will deliver the best online experience possible.”

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Sabres Talk ECF

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Earlier today, Buffalo Sabres’ coach Lindy Ruff and players Thomas Vanek and Teppo Numminen participated in a media teleconference:
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        Q. Just wondering after the stuff in February, the head-to-head games between you two guys, do you think that’s forgotten or is it a non-factor in this series in terms of all of the speed and matchups and the stuff that happened during the season, is that in the background? Is it a factor?
        COACH RUFF: I don’t think it’s a factor. That may be in the background, but there’s a lot of other stuff there’s going to take the forefront over that.

        Q. If I can follow that up, just in terms of both teams and the amount of offense, potential offense there, is this—do you see it as exciting as the fans might see it; that there’s a potential for both teams to score a lot?

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Sens Talk ECF

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Bryan Murray and Jason Spezza took part in an NHL teleconference today…

Q. My question is about the departure of Zdeno Chara. I know he’s a guy that’s talented enough you don’t want to lose his skills. But in losing him, how has this defense evolved and, specifically, Chris Phillips?
COACH BRYAN MURRAY: I think two things happened. Phillips became more important and certainly played at a real high level this year and Anton Volchenkov got a chance moving from No. 5 really in our depth chart to No. 2 as a shutdown guy.
I think the two of them developed as a real solid pair, obviously a big part of what’s happened here. And defensively and shot blocking?wise we haven’t taken a step backwards.
I think Chara was certainly a top player in our team and played the point in the power play on occasions and did lots of good things. But like in every other team in this business, when you lose a player, you have to move on; and we’ve been able to do that.

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In The Bag

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from The Maven,

Over – and out.
We say Bye-Bye to the Blueshirts with an unusually heavy heart.
I know precisely how they feel. Exactly.
A year ago, the Devils played Carolina in Game Two of the second round and scored the go-ahead goal with 20 seconds left in the third period.
The game not only was in the bag it was IN THE BAG.

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