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Drink Pepsi

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from Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),

The NHL is close to finalizing a three-year agreement that will make Pepsi the official carbonated soft drink and Gatorade the official isotonic beverage of the league. The rights, solely for North America, will extend to Pepsi’s Aquafina water brand and its Frito-Lay snack food. The deal also includes rights to the NHL Players’ Association. Sources close to the deal put it at $3.5 million to $4 million annually. “As we enter a new era for the NHL, we think our partners should reflect that,” said NHL Enterprises President Ed Horne. “In PepsiCo, we have a partner who will help grow the game in Canada and the U.S., and we now have relationships in categories that we didn’t have before.”

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Silly Little….

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If you have been watching the SCF on NBC, you probably have noticed the Dodge commercial in which the tinkerbell like fairy floats around with a magical wand. Have you noticed a little bit of editing lately? When the fairy crashes against the wall, the bruising guy walking his dog says "Silly little fairy", well that quote has been edited out. Wonder if some type of group complained? You can watch the un-edited version via YourTube. image

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Who Wants It More

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

From an outsider's perspective, it looks as though the Hurricanes are going to have to have Lazarus-like implications going into Game 7 to come back from the dead. They look like a defeated hockey team. Hurricanes forward Kevyn Adams says don't count them out yet while Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette suggested that for anybody who thinks they're mentally and physically broken down, that they don't know the hockey team very well. So, we'll take it at face value that they're going to be able to bounce back and it will be a competitive game. But based on Game 6, it looks like it's going Edmonton's way.
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Angry Hockey Fans

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from the Salt Lake Tribune,

It was soccer vs. hockey. But it was the fans who felt the loss. KSL Channel 5, the NBC affiliate that has been airing the Stanley Cup Finals, was deluged with phone calls from angry viewers when it did not broadcast Game 6 on Saturday night between the Edmonton Oilers and the Carolina Hurricanes. Instead, the station was committed to broadcasting the Real Salt Lake soccer game against the Houston Dynamo. Meanwhile, the hockey game was carried on KSL's high-definition channel, on Comcast cable system and on DirecTV's satellite high-definition system.
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The Sport Is Refreshing

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from the Charleston Gazette,

I can’t sit here and tell you that the NHL playoffs have been better than the NBA, because the NBA tournament has been very compelling. So I just have to stew when I hear the NHL is getting outnumbered in the TV ratings by college softball and minor-league poker. But even if you cannot apply the discontinued two-line-pass rule, I bring you reason to care: The resurrection of the NHL is one of the most positive stories in professional sports. For those of us who enjoy the sport, this season has been refreshing, almost worth the year lost to the labor dispute.
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Referees Tonight

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Psssst- Bill McCreary and Brad Watson will be the men in charge for Game 7.

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Do What You Do

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from the News and Observer,

There is one game left. It's for everything. How do you play it? You play it as you would any game. Nothing extraordinary. No new wrinkles. Play your game. The laid-back Cam Ward should stay that way. Eric Staal shouldn't try to win it by himself. Erik Cole doesn't have to be the savior. In times of high pressure, do what you know, what you've practiced, what works.... Tonight, Carolina doesn't need to come out on fire and get into the physical game the Oilers want to play. The Canes need to come out in control of themselves and the puck. They need to get to the third period -- their period -- skating well, shooting often and ready to send Pisani, Chris Pronger and the troublesome Raffi Torres back to Edmonton with a story, but without the Cup.
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Dream Comes True Tonight

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from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Remembered forever. Forgotten fast. There are two sides to the coin when you get to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final. It isn't upside, downside, heads you win, tails you lose. This is where the high doesn't get any higher and the low doesn't get any lower. The dream of every kid playing hockey on every street in every city in Canada comes true when you get to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final. Win and you get to live it forever. In real life, though, it will be one and done. A remarkable run will come undone for either the Edmonton Oilers or the Carolina Hurricanes. A team that got close will go down as another team that couldn't close. But in this case, will it be remembered forever and forgotten fast?
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Canes Down - Not Out

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from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

There is no doubt that the Edmonton Oilers have the Carolina Hurricanes on the ropes. It must be remembered, however, that there's a difference between on the ropes and on the canvas. Anyone expecting the Hurricanes to fold because they've lost the past two games and were totally out-classed on Saturday night doesn't understand the mentality of National Hockey League players. This is a rugged game and this is the best league in the world. You don't get to the seventh game of a Stanley Cup final without resolve, character, determination and all those other attributes that preclude any sort of rollover.
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Time For The Cup To Return To Canada

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from the National Post,

'll take Canadian history for all the marbles, Ales. This time it's up to Edmonton and their dazzling young talent Ales Hemsky to bring the Stanley Cup home to Canada. Because at this time of year, when the blue Maple Leaf is in mothballs, it's all about the red one and a country that has long claimed ownership of the sport but hasn't had its mitts on hockey's grandest trophy for a long, long time. There is plenty on the Edmonton Oilers' plate tonight here in NASCAR country, where folks tailgate before the game and the smell of barbecue wafts through the air outside the RBC Center, a rink that ironically bears the name of a Canadian bank.
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