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The First Year Of The New NHL

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

At the beginning of the season, ESPN.com outlined the top stories and issues that were expected to dominate the NHL's first season back from the lockout that wiped out the 2004-05 season. How did it all come to pass? Let's take a look ... The fans Hey, they did remember. In spite of dire predictions to the contrary, fans appeared not to be all that angry the game disappeared for a year. In fact, fans returned in record numbers to NHL arenas.
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Pass & Score

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A quick recap of the Joe Thornton teleconference that took place this afternoon. Joe was asked about the chemistry between him and Cheechoo. Joe said he likes to pass and Johnathan likes to score. Commends Cheechoo for working on his game every day and Joe said he loves playing with a guy like that. Thornton assumes he will see a lot of Brendan Witt in the upcoming series and expects a fast skating series. His line is used to playing against the checking line and the best defensive pairing so seeing it during the playoffs will not be new to him. Joe personally feels the Sharks are very aggressive, play an up-tempo game and are very fast. Doesn't think the Eastern teams play as fast but the players in the East are bigger and in the end, hockey is hockey. Thornton says he watches games every night, and expects the penalty calls will be the same as they are now. Thinks the game is awesome right now, not that it was before, but the game is even better now with the new rules in place. Joe mentioned any team in the playoffs has a good shot at winning the cup. Said he expects a few first round upsets and thinks a surprise team from out west might win the Cup. He mentioned his dad and Phil Esposito tell him everyday that he needs to shoot more, and he realizes that. He said as he gets older he probably will.

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Hasek Not Ready

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from TSN,

The Ottawa Senators do not expect to have Dominik Hasek in net when the playoffs get under way this weekend. During practice on Monday, Hasek was unable to perform all the movements necessary to play Tuesday in the Senators' regular season finale against the New York Rangers. "I have a pretty good idea he's not going to play," said Senators' head coach Bryan Murray when asked about getting Hasek some action before the playoffs. "I'm disappointed. We were obviously hoping he would get a game in and be ready for the playoffs."
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Datsyuk Hopes To Be Ready

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from the AP via Ft. Wayne.com.,

Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk hopes to be on the ice when the playoffs start this weekend, the Russian star said Monday after skating for the first time since injuring his left thigh two weeks ago. "With fingers, I hope," Datsyuk said, crossing his right index and middle fingers as he spoke to reporters following a morning skate before the Red Wings' scheduled night game against Dallas. Datsyuk was hurt April 3 during a shootout win at Calgary, but didn't realize he was injured when Andrew Ference checked him. "It was not a big hit," Datsyuk said. "I felt it on the plane. It was swollen."
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We Have A Tie For POW

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via the NHL,

San Jose center Joe Thornton (one goal, 11 assists) and right wing Jonathan Cheechoo (seven goals, four assists), who figured in 16 of 19 Sharks goals in four victories, have been named co-winners of the NHL's Offensive Player of the Week award for the period ending Sunday, April 16. Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, who posted a 2-0-1 record, a 0.32 goals-against average, .988 save percentage and two shutouts, is the League's Defensive Player of the Week.
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Playoff Plans

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This story is specifically about the Sabres TV plans for the playoffs, but insert your team in the picture, especially when it comes to OLN and NBC. What I stated on KK a few weeks ago, seems to hold true about the 2nd round. from Business First of Buffalo,

As the Buffalo Sabres begin their first playoff run in five years, fans have been wondering what games will be on TV and what network will carry them. The short answer is all the games will be on TV, but exactly what network remains a case of alphabet soup and probably won't be determined until late Tuesday night, after all the National Hockey League's regular season games are completed.
continued Note to first time Kukla's Korner visitors, use the search feature on the left sidebar if you are looking for TV coverage during the playoffs (or for any topic you are interested in). I have received over 30 emails today regarding this topic, but if you type keywords like OLN or NBC, you may find the answers to your questions.

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Ron MacLean In Hot Water With Refs

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from Hockey Refs,

Veteran NHL referees Bill McCreary and Paul Devorski have criticized CBC hockey anchor Ron MacLean. In a playoff preview story by the National Post Newspaper, McCreary said only an “idiot” would say this season’s new standards of enforcement haven't “improved the game of hockey.” “We have people who work for CBC who are ex-referees, who for whatever reason don’t want to buy into this system,” he said. “I mean, they couldn’t graduate to Junior A from Junior B. I don’t know how those people become such great authorities on the game of hockey.”
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Is It In You

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Gatorade's new integrated marketing campaign featuring NHL phenom Sidney Crosby launches across Canada today, and acts as a national rallying cry uniting Canadians in celebration of road hockey. The campaign consists of 30- and 60-second versions of the television spot "Sticks," a 60-second cinematic version, public relations activities, as well as an on-line contest at Gatorade.ca. "Sticks" debuts in English and French across Canada Monday, April 17th, in time for the NHL playoffs. image

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No Deal- No Malkin

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from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Twenty-nine NHL teams have to be pleased that Russian hockey officials appear to moving -- albeit at a glacial pace -- toward eventually signing off on a deal that would reopen the talent pipeline from that country to North America. And one -- the Penguins -- should be downright ecstatic about it. Mostly because Pat Brisson, managing director of IMG Hockey, which represents highly regarded prospect Evgeni Malkin, believes that's the team's only realistic hope of having him play here next season. "It's very clear that the [International Ice Hockey Federation] and Russian federation will have to have a deal in place in order to have Evgeni come to Pittsburgh," he said.
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Canadiens Honor Red

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from the Montreal Gazette,

Red Fisher, the dean of hockey writers on this continent or any other, currently uses a Macintosh iBook G4 laptop computer, featuring wireless capability, a DVD drive and so much memory that it can recall when the Canadiens were a dynasty. Optional installation on its 14-inch display is a tastefully small photo of country singer Shania Twain, wearing a midriff-baring Canadiens jersey. This computer is slightly higher-tech, though much less beautiful, than what the Canadiens presented to Red in the Salon Jacques Beauchamp an hour before Saturday's Bell Centre game - an engraved, gold-plated Montblanc Solitaire pen - in honour of his 50 years (plus one) of covering the team. "I wouldn't have wanted to do anything else," he said of his career, deeply moved and clearly surprised by a ceremony that the dozens of Montreal media in attendance had known about for weeks.
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