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Has Complacency Set In

from Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press,

The problem is, they argued, too many other things have—including, most notably, the names on the back of the jerseys. No longer are the Wings dotted with Hall of Fame-caliber players who spent the better part of their careers in Detroit….
Holland notices the competition in the way his team is covered. Fewer front pages. Fewer lead spots in sports telecasts. Less time on talk radio.
“That’s where I’ve really noticed it,” he said.
The Wings simply aren’t the topic of conversation that they once were.

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What Holland says is so true, and the Wings must realize the have an untapped source that they have failed to utilize- The web and the many Wings bloggers.  They need to follow the example of many NHL teams and begin to recognize the Wings bloggers existence.

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I Would Not Be Happy

Listening to NHL Live, a caller just mentioned he was watching the Stars/Canucks game in the Houston area via Time Warner cable.
At 2:00am last night, the game went off the air and an infomercial appeared.

Carriers of NHL hockey, step-up, be prepared for OT games, don’t let this happen again.

added 6:30pm, via Yahoo,

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP)—“We are obviously very disappointed to hear that some fans in a few select markets have reported that they did not see the end of this great game,” network spokeswoman Katie Bradshaw said.
Henrik Sedin scored 18:06 into the fourth overtime—at about 3:30 a.m. EDT Thursday—to give the Canucks a 5-4 Game 1 win over the Stars in the sixth-longest playoff game in NHL history.
“The game did run in its entirety on the Versus network feed,” Bradshaw said. “But based on the information we have received, we are currently working with our affiliates in the affected markets to find out what caused the problem and to make sure that this doesn’t happen again during the playoffs.”

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Big 3 Must Lead

from the Tampa Tribune,

Brad Richards, Vinny Lecavalier and Marty St. Louis are the trinity on which Tampa Bay has pinned its hopes as it embarks on another playoff journey today in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs against the New Jersey Devils.
And if Tampa’s Big Three aren’t leading the way, the Lightning’s chances of victory are severely diminished.

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Testing The EDGE

from the Saginaw News,

Ryan Burke did his share of work on the Rbk EDGE uniform.
Ryan Burke now knows how a guinea pig feels.
Only the Michigan State University freshman got paid a little better.
The 18-year-old Burke was given a new pair of skates and $300 for spending three days on a StairMaster stepper at Central Michigan University, helping a group of professors work with Reebok International to develop a new uniform for the National Hockey League.

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The Odds

Oh, I see those Calgary Sun writers are laying odds,

- Most likely Red Wings occurrence:
2-1—Tomas Holmstrom sets up outside crease.
3-1—Hasek stutters during interview.
4-1—Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby yap at Iginla.
5-1—Mike Babcock scowls after game.
- The longshots:
40-1—Kristian Huselius pitchforks a defender.
60-1—Henrik Zetterberg finds a corner.
70-1—Henrik Zetterberg finds a barber.
80-1—Robert Lang backchecks.

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Christie Drawing Attention

from the Nationa Post,

Brinkley’s web diary appeared for the first time a few weeks back, and within a day it had generated 50,000 page views.
It does not feature any pictures of the 53-year-old mother of three in swimwear, though there is a series of Brinkley at a game in an Islanders sweater.
Brinkley, admits Milord, works with a ghost blogger at the league’s New York offices. When she has the urge to talk hockey, she talks to them, and they transcribe her thoughts for public consumption.
Since Brinkley went live, a buzz has shot through the world of the celebrity hockey fan.

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added 10:18am, You can view many of the celeb blogs here...

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Nabokov Remembers His Coach

from the Mercury News,

There were so many things happening at once Wednesday night for the Sharks, Evgeni Nabokov did not really have time to think. He could react. But not think.
This was probably a good thing for him and the Sharks, considering where their thoughts might have wandered. Earlier in the day, they learned that their 73-year-old goalies coach, Warren Strelow, had died following complications from a stroke. Nabokov had taken it as hard as anyone.

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Pretend You Follow The Rangers

from the New York Magazine,

It’s NHL playoff time, and your New York Rangers start their postseason tonight in Atlanta. This is good news for the Rangers themselves and troubling news for the rest of New York, which is suddenly obligated to actually pay attention to hockey. How to follow a team you haven’t watched in a while (or since 1994 or never) and don’t much care about? Simple: Just pretend the Rangers play for other New York teams, the ones you’ve heard of.

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Tonight’s Games

Please no long OT games, we need some sleep!

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The First Night

Unique recap of most of the games from last night…

from Ryan Kennedy at the Hockey News,

All hail Patrick Rissmiller.
The first barnburner of the playoffs ended in double-overtime when the Sharks role player popped one by Tomas Vokoun in Nashville and despite the loss, Alexander Radulov and Peter Forsberg are officially the most terrifying duo going right now.
First things first, though. CBC. It’s Game 1, Sens and Pens, we’re all amped, the second season is finally here. Your musical introduction: Country balladeer Kathleen Edwards?
Come on.

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