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STAMFORD, Conn. (April 24, 2007) - VERSUS, the national cable television home of the NHL, today announced the network’s schedule for the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Semifinal round, which begins on Wednesday, April 25 with VERSUS’ pre-game studio show “Hockey Central” at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by a double-header at 7 p.m. ET when the Buffalo Sabres host the New York Rangers and at 10 p.m. with Vancouver at Anaheim. Each week night VERSUS will feature one to two playoff games, as well the studio wrap-up show, “Hockey Central”.
VERSUS anticipates airing up to 52 playoff games, as well as the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final. The number of playoff games will vary depending upon the length of each individual series.
The complete schedule for the NHL Playoffs Semifinal round follows (subject to change):
from the Province,
The victory exorcised the ghosts of playoffs past — Game 7 home-ice losses to Calgary in 2004 and Minnesota in 2003 — and placed Linden on an even higher pedestal in Canuck folklore. He now has 10 points in nine career Game 7 appearances and his six goals are the most of any active player.
And at age 37, the Medicine Hat native was thankful to get a one-year contract extension from management that reshaped the franchise.
“I know how hard they worked putting this team together and I know how much this city wanted this,” added Linden, who had four shots in Game 7. “And we wanted it just as bad. We’ve had our heart breaks in Game 7, too. For me it was such a grind all day.
“It’s just a relief for me now.”
from the Buffalo News,
The Eastern Conference semifinal between the Sabres and New York Rangers will start Wednesday, and both teams have a player who fills an important niche. The Rangers have Jagr, one of the most potent offensive players of his generation. The Sabres have Chris Drury, who earned Selke Trophy votes this season as the NHL’s best defensive forward.
It would seem logical for the Sabres to make sure Drury is on the ice whenever Jagr is. But the Sabres enjoy making other teams adapt to them, so coach Lindy Ruff said Monday he will not alter his game plans just to make sure Drury and his wingers shadow Jagr and his linemates.
“No. No,” Ruff said. “We didn’t do any changing on the fly this year. We didn’t pour anybody over the boards. We’ll get matchups that we like.”
I just did a quick search and would have been able to purchase a group of 12 tickets in Row 9 of the upper bowl for $108 each.
I do wonder if the Wings will be able to sell-out this round.
from David Kolb of MSG Network,
Momentum was on their side.
Yet the team never capitalized.
What went wrong?
While Coach Ted Nolan could be the best off-ice coach in the NHL, his in-game managing could be questioned. Nolan kept his faith in certain players that were either playing too much or were simply miscast.
For instance, for some time Chris Simon was playing not only on the first line, but had significant power play duty as well.
The same can be said about Randy Robitaille, a player that by no means deserved the ice time he received. He proved time and time again that he is amongst the worst defensive forwards in the NHL.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Hockey Night In Canada has been given back its traditional Saturday night time slot for the second round of the National Hockey League playoffs.
The CBC complained at the start of the post-season when it was denied a Saturday prime time game on the first weekend.
The network will air the second game of the New Jersey Devils-Ottawa Senators series Saturday at 8 p.m. EDT.
from the Toronto Star,
Sure the beer may be cold, the hangovers pulsing and the aging legs on fire, but those post-game grins aren’t memories saved from something once-young: a passion for the great game burns in the desert.
And with the NHL playoffs airing in Dubai via satellite, that passion has gone global (sort of). Witness the just-completed CAE Dubai Mighty Camels tournament (won by the host club, but that’s beside the point). The DMCT is home to a mind-boggling 18-team, three-tier round robin, stacked with over 100 Canadians – Maritimers and Albertans, mostly – nearly all of them lost in their 30s, working all over the Middle and Far East. These guys take the DMCT seriously. Very seriously. Almost as seriously as the beverages.
from the Ottawa Sun,
In obvious discomfort after taking a shot on his catching glove yesterday at practice, Senators goalie Ray Emery smashed his stick and left the ice.
The Senators’ top ‘tender was quick, however, to assure the gathered press corps he’ll be ready for Game 1 against the Devils on Thursday in New Jersey.
“As long as I’m ready when they sing the songs, that’s all that matters,” Emery said in reference to the national anthems after emerging from the training room.
Oh Tony, if only you could have found an extra goal in the first round!
Tony had 216 total goals in the first round and 215 were scored.
Therefore the KK Challenge continues for the Conference Semi-Finals.
Again, how many total goals will be scored in this round? Select the correct amount and win a $100 gift certificate to Shop.NHL.com or IceJerseys.com.
You need to be a KK member (register on the left sidebar under KK Sections) and answers must be submitted in the comments of this post. Your guess must be timestamped by Wednesday, April 26th- 5:00pm EDT.
If more than one person gets the correct amount, a random drawing will be held to select the winner.
note: this post will be a sticky occasionally through Wednesday evening.
from the New York Times,
“I don’t know if they’re the cream of the crop right now,” Rangers Coach Tom Renney said of the Sabres. “They’re certainly one of eight teams left, and a good one. I’m not going to suggest I don’t want to give them credit, but we’re where we are because we belong here, too.
“One thing I will say is we are a different team than we were three months ago. Buffalo is what they are. Maybe we’re a little less familiar to them than they are to us. They are a good team. I’m not going to take anything away from them, but I’m not going to pump their tires, either.”
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