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It’s All About Winning The Battles

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from the Toronto Star,

The crowd gathered around Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom, his left eye is still bloody, his left pupil still dilated from a stick injury suffered against Calgary.
“How’s your eye?” a reporter asked.
“Where are you?” joked Holmstrom, feigning blindness and getting a few yuks….
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said the Wings are different team with Holmstrom.
“When (Holmstrom) gets the puck you don’t get one chance, you get a bunch of chances,” said Babcock. “The power play is about work ethic. It’s about getting the puck back, it’s about winning battles.”

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Will Lou Adjust

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from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

Now the Senators get a chance to shut down the Devils and their building tonight.
“That’d be nice, wouldn’t it?” said Senators defenceman Chris Phillips, who scored the overtime winner in Game 6 of the 2003 Eastern Conference final here to force Game 7 back in Ottawa. “That’s definitely our goal.”
The Devils will have home-ice advantage tonight and it will be interesting now to see if New Jersey coach and GM Lou Lamoriello, who fired Claude Julien as coach with just a couple of games to go in the regular season, will change his philosophy regarding the matching of lines. Lamoriello obviously thought he could do a better job behind the bench.

read on

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Younger Sharks May Have The Advanatage

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from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

With the Sharks and Detroit tied 2-2, we face the very realistic possibility of the series going seven games. If it happens, that would entail a major back-and-forth cross-country hockey slog. Today’s game at Joe Louis Arena will be followed by a plane ride back to San Jose for a Game6 on Monday. And that would be followed by another potential flight back to Detroit for a Wednesday conclusion.
If you’ve taken careful notes, that works out to three games in five days - sandwiched around two flights across a combined six time zones. Or three flights across a combined nine time zones, if you include the trip both teams made here from San Jose for today’s game.
Frankly, I became fatigued just typing out that scenario. You probably were pooped just reading about it. Imagine if you had to play hockey, too, while icing down your bruised body somewhere over Nebraska both ways. It only stands to reason that the younger team might have an edge.

read on

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Ducks Were The Better Team

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from the OC Register,

No Vancouver players were conspicuously absent from the traditional postgame handshake line. Canucks coach Alain Vigneault made a point of congratulating Ducks counterpart Randy Carlyle and his staff. Vancouver general manager Dave Nonis went to Carlyle’s office after the game to commend Ducks coaches and management.
“I expected nothing less from Dave Nonis and Alain Vigneault,” said Ducks general manager Brian Burke, who formerly held the same position with the Canucks….
“We got beat by a better team. It’s as simple as that,” Vigneault said. “The games were tight, but overall they had more speed. They were better than we were.”

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Rangers React

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“We have to realize that the series is not over,” said Lundqvist, his team’s best player by leaps and bounds. “We really can’t think too much about this.
“We can’t lay down and die here.”
Understand, this game was not stolen from the Rangers, no matter how close they came to escaping with the series lead after Martin Straka scored at 16:41 of the third to break a scoreless tie. The Blueshirts were sloppy and a step or two slow against a Buffalo squad that played uptight hockey nearly all night and were there for the taking.
“We’re not going to win too many playing our ‘B’ game,” Tom Renney said, echoing the message he delivered to the team moments after it had ended. “If we give an opportunity like this the next time to our opponent, the series is over.”

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Yotes Fire Play-By-Play Man

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from KVOA,

The Phoenix Coyotes on Friday fired play-by-play television announcer Curt Keilback, the voice of the NHL franchise for the past 27 seasons.
Keilback said he was told by team officials that his contract was not being renewed.
“I certainly didn’t see it coming,” Keilback told the East Valley Tribune. “To all of a sudden to be told just out of the blue, ‘That’s it. You’re done,’ is devastating.”

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Both Teams Want To Erase Recent Past

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Here along the edge of the Detroit River in the place they call Hockeytown is where making history and repeating history intersects.
The Detroit Red Wings (desperate to recapture some Stanley Cup magic in the face of a string of playoff letdowns) and the San Jose Sharks (desperate to make good on Stanley Cup expectations instead of becoming the Ottawa Senators of the West) find themselves deadlocked at two games apiece with a pivotal fifth game set for Saturday afternoon.

continued

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TV Will Control OT

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from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

After all, it’s television that has the most to gain from a change in format and it’s television that has the most to lose under the current format.
The way the NHL does overtime in the playoffs today, there are no commercials, a huge loss to TV in that it doesn’t make a lot of money on hockey to begin with and when games go to lengthy overtime, TV not only has to absorb the costs of paying a great many union-rate techies and production people, but it also sees the games cutting - sometimes cutting deeply - into regularly scheduled programming.
That’s a triple double hit for television in that not only does it not earn any additional revenue from the extra sessions and has to pay extra production costs, but it loses revenue already committed because it has to dump regularly scheduled programming and it’s already sold advertising.

read on... and if you haven’t scrolled down the page or missed it earlier, Jim brought this up in a conversation I had with him earlier today…

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Quick Note On Wings/Sharks On NBC Saturday

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The local NBC affiliate in Detroit just mentioned if the Wings/Sharks game goes into Kentucky Derby time, they will run both events on a split screen.
Not sure if this is a national decision or a local one, but that is the plan for the Detroit area.

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Sens Owner- “We’re Going All The Way This Year”

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form the Ottawa Sun,

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has a message for Toronto Maple Leafs fans.
Get on board with Ottawa’s drive for the Stanley Cup.
When the Anaheim Ducks eliminated the Vancouver Canucks with a 2-1 double overtime victory last night, the Senators became Canada’s lone hope for a Stanley Cup triumph this season….
“All you Leaf fans, all I can say is get on the bandwagon because we’re going all the way this year,” he said.

continued... and I wonder if Melnyk realizes he just provided bulletin board material for the Devils and Rangers or Sabres?

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