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Explain The Game To Me

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from the Lebanon Daily News,

I have just shelled out $200 for three hockey tickets. This is because: (a) No. 1 son, the hockey fanatic, is visiting for a few days. (b) It’s an NHL playoff game. (c) I am nuts. Specifically the pricey ducats (nosebleed section) are for Saturday afternoon’s face off between the New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes. It is our home game two in round two of the playoffs, or more precisely the fourth game of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The first two games are someplace in Carolina, where of course they have no business playing hockey, nor anywhere else south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
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Shark Hug From Fans

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from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

The San Jose Sharks' story this season is compelling on so many levels that it's tough to know where to begin. With the top four seeds falling in the first round in the Western Conference, the Sharks have home ice in this round against the Edmonton Oilers and the conference final should they advance. That is no small advantage. The patrons of the Shark tank engage in game proceedings in as loud a fashion as any in the entire league. Maybe that is the starting point in all of this. The Sharks are this community's team. When they joined the league in the fall of 1991, some wondered about the viability of a franchise set in Northern California. But even through the lean early years, the fans embraced the Sharks.
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Trying to Go 2-0 Tonight

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Three games tonight all at 1-0 for the home team except Ottawa, who wants to avoid going down 0-2 at home. The Buffalo/Ottawa game is also on CI, while the NJD/Carolina matchup is the OLN-HD game and is scheduled on INHD. image

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Thornton Dominates

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

We knew going into the Sharks-Oilers series that Joe Thornton would be up against Chris Pronger in almost every opportunity. Certainly the Oilers want to get Pronger out against Thornton and although the record will show that Thornton had no points in Game One, he had a marvellous game. He was making great passes and playing strong along the boards to get away from Pronger.
continued...plus Avs try to make a statement...

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Pounded

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from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Bang. Bang. They knocked them down. Bang. Bang. They hit the ground. Bang. Bang. They made an awful sound. Bang. Bang. They really got rocked around. Out-hustled. And, especially, out-muscled. If it looked like the Edmonton Oilers had the old rope-a-dope going against the Detroit Red Wings in the first round, this one was just being on the ropes and, for most of the second period, out on their feet.
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Sharks Handle Pronger

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from the San Francisco Chronicle,

Sure, it's disappointing when the local club you're kind of rooting for because it's a local club turns out to be a bunch of bullies. But the Sharks, they hurt people. Legally, but still ... The Oilers have this defenseman named Chris Pronger who is as big as a Zamboni (6-foot-6 and 230 pounds) and fast as a Maserati and has a longstanding rep around San Jose for mistreating Sharks. He is quite unpopular here. Experts said Pronger was the key to the Oilers' hopes. But the Sharks neutralized him, pounded him, stood up to him and his teammates.
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Canes Expect Best From Brodeur

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from the News & Observer,

Brodeur gave up six goals Saturday, tying his personal high for a playoff game, but was the victim of a number of odd bounces, including one where he admittedly took his eye off the puck and had it bounce off his stick and between his legs for Carolina's second goal. "At this point, there's no difference between losing 6-0 or 2-1 in overtime," Brodeur said. "It's one game, nothing more. We lost and we're down 1-0. We've been in tougher situations a lot in the past." Laviolette deflected questions about whether the Canes were intruding on Brodeur's crease -- "If we were, we definitely got tackled into it," he said -- or were deliberately trying to put the puck into his skates from odd angles, instead pointing out the save Brodeur made on Chad LaRose as an example of how hard it is to beat him. "The puck goes off your defenseman's stick in between your legs, is that Marty Brodeur having a bad night? I don't think so," Laviolette said. "... I'm sure he can't wait to get back in the pipes and have a great night."

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Why To Hate San Jose

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from the Edmonton Journal,

Do you know the way to hate San Jose? Not yet? Even after losing Game 1? Well, as a public service, here are 28 reasons to mock or condemn the city of San Jose and its hockey team. Clip and save for this round of playoffs. -Sharks fans like to photoshop pictures of Chris Pronger and post them on the team's website. One such photo makes it appear as if Pronger wears panties. Another puts the rugged Oiler defenceman in a pink leotard and blond wig. This is outrageous. This is hockey blasphemy. -Those same fans think their beloved Jonathan Cheechoo is American, from Alaska. Nope. He's all Canadian, from the backwoods of Moose Factory, Ontario.
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Ducks Want To Be Better

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from the LA Daily News,

It's not quite accurate to say Scott Niedermayer scowled after his Mighty Ducks demolished the Colorado Avalanche in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals on Sunday. It seemed more like a grimace, or maybe just a simple frown. Niedermayer struck the look of a captain whose team had just fallen behind 2-0 in a playoff series, and not the other way around. "We didn't really do much," Niedermayer said. "We're going to have to be much better."
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Rookie On A Roll

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from the OC Register,

When someone facetiously asked him the last time he had three shutouts in a row, Bryzgalov rubbed his chin, as if in deep thought, and said matter-of-factly that he once had four shutouts in a row playing in a tournament for a Russian junior team in his native country. Been there, done that, apparently. "I don't think he even realizes (what he's doing), so don't tell him," Teemu Selanne, the Ducks' leading scorer, said after Sunday's game, laughing. ...When you're hot, you're hot. Ask Ilya "The Wall" Bryzgalov. Next time I see him, I'm going to ask him if he knows who Wally Pipp was.
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