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Watch Your Language

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via Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly sent out a memo to all general managers and coaches, part of which reads as follows: "During the first week of the playoffs, we have had several instances of team personnel using inappropriate and profane language in media interactions... While we appreciate the intensity and passion with which you all approach your jobs, everyone must also understand the need to maintain suitable decorum in public settings... Any such violations in the future will subject both the individual's involved and their clubs to potential fines."
added 6:55am, from the Leader-Post,
If the Tampa Bay Lightning are eliminated by the Ottawa Senators tonight, some of the loudest cheers will be coming from the people who bring you the NHL playoffs on radio and TV, and maybe from the guys in the league offices in New York and Toronto, too. That's because Lightning head coach John Tortorella has a toilet for a mouth, forcing broadcasters to fill the airwaves with bleeps to mask the expletives he often uses in his remarks to the media.
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Preds On Local TV

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via the Tennessean,

The Nashville Predators have decided not to impose a local blackout of Game 5 of their playoff series against the San Jose Sharks Sunday. The 7:30 p.m. telecast will be aired on Outdoor Life Network (OLN), despite the NHL team's inability to sell the game out at Gaylord Entertainment Center. "We have less than 2,000 tickets remaining," said Predators spokesman Gerry Helper. "We have moved some today."

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Staying On A Roll

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from the CP via TSN,

The Red Wings have snatched back the momentum, and Joe Louis Arena is about to rock. The Wings, impressed by the work ethic of the Edmonton Oilers, know they can't give them another chance to regain control of the first-round NHL playoff series. They'll push to end it in six now. "We have to keep playing like that," says goaltender Manny Legace, alluding to Detroit's 4-2 win that evened the series 2-2 Thursday night in Edmonton. "We can't let them come back now. "The place will be rockin' on Saturday afternoon."
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Orange You Glad

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I hope you got the headline... A reader commented in a post today about Philly going all out "Orange" tonight. from the Philadelphia Flyers,

ORANGE you excited for Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal match up between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Buffalo Sabres on Friday, April 28? In anticipation of on-ice action at Friday night’s game, the Flyers invite fans to get “ORANGED OUT” at the game to show their heart is with the team! Fans can visit one of three “ORANGED OUT” stations to get Flyered up before the game with orange body paint, orange face paint, orange hair paint and other orang-ifying items.
image Hey, that's not orange!

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Greatest Goal This Year

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Rbk Canada wants your vote. Pick the greatest goal of the regular season. The goal with the most votes will be showcased on the Rbk Hockey's Greatest Goal show on NHL Network on June 22 at 7:30 pm ET. Thanks to a KK reader for passing this on. image

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A Hint

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from the NY Daily News,

About two minutes earlier, sensing it could be MSG's last Rangers telecast of the season, Sam Rosen, the play-by-play man, thanked the crew. Now, with the game over and MSG's postgame show about to begin, Rosen delivered another on-air message to his partner John Davidson. "Big boy, thanks for 20 great years," Rosen said. For a second, Davidson seemed to be at a loss for words. "Yeah, it was a good time, big boy," Davidson said. This is as close as anyone has come to receiving confirmation that Davidson will leave MSG's Rangers booth to become president of the St.Louis Blues.
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On The Fence

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from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,

Saku Koivu's frightening eye injury (has this guy not been through enough?) should be enough to get the Hurricanes back in this series, tying it up tonight and making a run at getting to the second round after going down 0-2, but don't doubt Montreal's ability to win one for its hospitalized captain.
read more from Kara as she takes you around the NHL...

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Pointing At The Refs

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from the Globe and Mail,

For really the first time this spring, a National Hockey League coach on the wrong end of the nightly penalty parade has decided to break rank and throw darts at an officiating duo. And MacTavish didn't stop with one comment, he kept flinging. In a controlled manner, MacTavish offered these pointed remarks in his post-game commentary: - "You know the type of game you're going to get - we talked about it - it's Marc Joannette and Warren, who I've had my issues with over the years.
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Bettman Unplugged

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The Commish appeared on the Best Damn Sports Show Period last night. Gary looked relaxed and cordial. If you want to view it, you have to jump thru a few hoops. First, IE only, then find Gary's picture on the left side and click. image

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Does The NHL Care

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You may remember a post I made about a week ago where Mike Emrick stated NBC and the NHL knows what hockey markets in the USA would attract viewers. Those cities were Detroit, Philadelphia, NYC, Dallas & Denver. Well, Dallas and the NYR look like sure goners and Detroit and Philly are fighting to make the 2nd round. I am sure NBC is hoping for a miracle or two and silently pulling for Detroit and Philly to continue their winning ways. But let's not get to the point where the NHL will "dictate" which team will win the series. This is not the NBA, so I thought I would clear the air before we start hearing the "fix" is in.

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