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Coming To The Devils Defense

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from The Maven,

No question, Lou & Co. wanted very much to reach The Finals this Spring. And why not?
But reality tells us that only two get that far. Finishing in the Final Eight out of 30 ain’t bad.
Consider this: the 82-game schedule is a marathon out of which emerge 16 playoff teams.
Over the past decade, Lamoriello’s clubs have survived that marathon and gained a playoff berth every year.
Can the free-spending Flyers make that statement? No. The Islanders? Heck no. Rangers? Nix.
In a span of a dozen years, Lou’s sextet has won three Stanley Cups. Flyers - none. Isles - none. Rangers - none.

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Best Teams vs. Best Players

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from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

First went Sidney Crosby, followed soon after by Vincent Lecavalier.
Then Roberto Luongo waved farewell, with Martin Brodeur going next and, finally, Joe Thornton last night….
It’s a Final Four made up of the four best teams. The MVPs have all gone home.

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Register Keeps On Ringing

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NEW YORK (May 8, 2007) – The National Hockey League (NHL) announced today sales of NHL-licensed product increased on Shop.NHL.com for the eighth consecutive month and online sales for the month of April increased 56.32% compared to the same period last year.

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Highlight Reel Series

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from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

The two teams still alive, the Sabres and Senators, are the perfect models for post-lockout success.
We’re not talking about the salary cap here. That’s for accountants and Gary Bettman’s sycophants to worry about.
No, we’re talking about pure hockey, playing the game the way it can be played now that restraint has been minimized.

continued

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Video Doesn’t Lie

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Many Wings fans know Hasek has been bothered by a left hand problem.
Our Detroit media types don’t keep us posted on some of the possible injuries players may have… But TSN does…

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The Other Captain

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from Brian Cazeneuve at Sports Illustrated,

This six-game series didn’t fully convey how well the Wings have been playing. They have now allowed two goals or fewer in eight straight playoff games, and have been remarkably resilient. This was only the first game during the series with San Jose in which Detroit never trailed….
The series was a case of a better team being led by veteran players and a captain, who made a timely game-changing play, something the Wings have been used to for years. They’ll need a lot more of that kind of leadership and heroics against the Ducks.

more and thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

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Drama Like No Other

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from John Feinstein at the Washington Post,

What’s really too bad about people not watching the hockey playoffs is that they are missing truly great theater. Because hockey flies under the radar most of the time, it is easy to forget just how dramatic playoff hockey can be….
Hockey fans are rabid like no other sports fans. They bleed for their teams and feel an attachment to them like no other sports fans; perhaps because they understand that there are fewer of them, perhaps because hockey players remain the most accessible professional athletes we have.

read on and thanks to Off Wing Opinion for the pointer…

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Sharks Lack Killer Instinct

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from TBM at NBC Sports,

In other words, the Sharks need to grow a set, and I don’t mean teeth.
What the San Jose does have in abundance is depth, at almost every position. GM Wilson has made astute moves before, but now is forced to question the very foundation of his group, and wonder if it’s good enough to win the big prize.

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Ratings Take A Hit When Rangers Lost

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from Chris Russell of the Sporting News,

The NHL was dealt a psychological blow on Sunday afternoon because the Rangers and New York City could finally deliver the exposure, ratings and casual interest that every sport needs and every show or form of entertainment needs.
Ottawa and Buffalo will put on a fantastic conference finals and for the NHL’s sake, here’s hoping that the Sabres can advance because if Ottawa and say Anaheim are in the Cup Finals, you will have a complete ratings disaster.

read on... And I must disagree with Chris, I want to see the two best teams in the SCF, whoever they may be. 
Enough ratings talk, hockey fans want the best hockey, we are not concerned about the ratings at this point of the season.

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Broadcast Schedule For Conference Finals

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NEW YORK (May 8, 2007)—The National Hockey League today announced complete broadcast coverage 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 Detroit Red Wings against the Anaheim Ducks and will start on Friday, May 11.

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

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