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from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,
They say the best revenge is living well, and, while Comrie certainly isn’t looking for any revenge, he is living well these days - contributing to a Stanley Cup contender in the last Canadian city still alive in the tournament. It’s a chance to change the way people in and out of hockey view him as a player and a person.
“I don’t think I’ve changed the way I played, or what I’m like as a person, but once you go through something like that people kind of look at you differently.
“My whole career has had some ups and downs. Right now I’m just enjoying being here at this moment with a great group of guys. You realize as a player that you don’t get that many chances.”
from the Buffalo News,
The Versus broadcast crew has to be impressive enough to silence the Sabres’ popular MSG team of Rick Jeanneret and Jim Lorentz, who have been relegated to WGR radio only during the Eastern Conference finals.
Versus also has to deal with another team with a long history here — CBC’s “Hockey Night in Canada” — that features an analyst, Harry Neale, who lives in Amherst.
It is no wonder that, like the Sabres, the philosophy of Beninati and company is “One Team, One Goal.”
“We’re here to do the best show we can,” Beninati said before calling the Senators’ 5-2 victory in Game One on Thursday night. “If the locals want to listen to Rick and Jim I can appreciate it. I would just love for them to give us a chance, get to know us and they’ll like what they’ll hear.”
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
Like their many fans squeezed by the slump in the local auto industry, the Detroit Red Wings are trying to make less resources go further.
In these playoffs, particularly their past two games, that means making the most of a goal or two, stretching around 20 shots into big wins.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
The poor conditions Thursday night prompted Spezza to change into a new pair of skates before scoring two points in the Senators’ 5-2 victory over the Sabres.
“The rink is warm, the skates break down,” said Spezza. “(The ice) was terrible. It was slow in the Jersey series, but here it was like the puck didn’t even slide.
“You have to chip the puck in, which means there is less nice plays and more ugly ones.”
Not what the NHL would want for the Showcase Season, to be sure.
more on the Sabres and Sens…
from John Branch of the New York Times,
For the Sabres to have come this far — not to the Eastern Conference finals, but simply to still exist in Buffalo — required the most memorable play in franchise history, an assist by a gray-haired man from Rochester.
Until about four years ago, Tom Golisano said, he had seen three N.H.L. games in his life. He never considered putting money into a teetering hockey franchise until he realized that no one else would, either.
Golisano, now 65, is well known in business and political circles, thanks mostly to the fortune he accumulated in founding and running Paychex, a payroll-processing firm, and three well-chronicled, unsuccessful runs for governor of New York. But with the Sabres thriving, on the ice and off, he is garnering attention as a team owner.
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
And so a lesson in playoff hockey was administered by the Red Wings to a Ducks team that had steamrolled through the first two rounds, going 8-2.
For the first time in these playoffs, the Ducks trail a series. They do so after playing the physical game they wanted, taking control of the second half of Game 1 and yet allowing a patient, talented Detroit team just enough of an opening to squeeze through.
“From our standpoint, we did a lot of the things that we tried to do in the hockey game. We set a game plan out and we came out on the short end of a hockey game that was highly competitive,” Carlyle said.
The people in the States are not going to be very happy with the decision of not broadcasting an NHL game in the afternoon timeslot this weekend.
What are the powers-to-be thinking, we live and die with afternoon hockey and now our whole weekend schedule is messed up.
We just don’t know what to do without a game in the afternoon; whoever made this decision is telling us the fans don’t matter.
Maybe, just maybe, if we complain loud and long enough, next weekend we will get afternoon, weekend hockey!!!
from Mike Brophy at the Hockey News,
Unlike the Eastern final between Ottawa and Buffalo, where the two teams actually try to score goals, the Western finale will be a battle of wills – which team can prevent the other team from scoring instead of which team can score more often. Yuk!
Regardless, the best team on the night won. Detroit continues to plow ahead regardless of the fact it has lost two of its three best defensemen, Mathieu Schneider and Niklas Kronwall.
Post game Q & A with Babcock, Zetterberg and Homstrom…
Q. Sure you’re not looking for style points on goals; you’ll take them any way you can get them?
COACH MIKE BABCOCK: No, I mean, it’s the goal. We got the puck in the net on the power play. We had traffic. It was a good goal. We missed a layup. Samuelsson and Zetterberg should have had three power?play goals tonight when you look at it that way. He missed a wide?open net. He had all day. I don’t know if he just let up on whatever.
It was good to see our power?play work. It’s important in this series just because of the fact they’re way more prone to taking penalties than we are. Normally that straightens out as the series goes on. That will be advantage to us then.
Hasek stopped 31 of 32 shots from the Ducks, many of the scoring chance variety.
Game 1 goes to the Wings 2-1.
Ducks won’t change a thing for game 2, Wings need to create more offense.
added 10:24pm, Watch the post game reaction from the coaches & players.
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