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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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One Goal - The Stanley Cup

from the Buffalo News,

This season is different. Anyone remotely connected to the organization knows the Stanley Cup is there for the taking. Buffalo enters the postseason the way it entered the regular season, as the team to beat. The Sabres stood up as the NHL’s best, led the conference virtually wire to wire, and are expected to win it all….
It’s been clear since the middle of last season, when people started to realize the Sabres weren’t just a surprise team but a legitimate contender. Chris Drury made it abundantly clear when he insisted a picture of the Cup be placed on the wall in their dressing room, so his teammates could see the goal.

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Let’s See What Happens

from Newsday,

Still, if Zach Johnson can win the Masters and if Blake can be the Islanders’ first 40-goal scorer since Zigmund Palffy in 1998 ... Well, isn’t it at least OK to dream a little?
“Obviously, we’re playing a great opponent with a lot of firepower. But we worked our way into the playoffs, and let’s see what happens,” Blake said, having had the best goal-scoring season of his career since he had 50 in junior hockey with the Waterloo Hawks in Iowa, Johnson’s home state.
As much as Blake admires Woods, the Islanders dynamo of a right wing is a lot more like Johnson, who wasn’t even the best player at Drake University. “Not very many guys are fortunate enough to be the best right off the bat,” Blake said. “You’ve just got to keep working ... and hope someday you get your break.”

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Devils Key On Lecavalier

from the NY Post,

The Devils sought him in 2001, stifled him in 2003, and sweat him now. Shutting down Vincent Lecavalier is their first task in the first round.
“He’s got everything,” Martin Brodeur said. “He has the size and he doesn’t shy away from anything. He has the green light to try anything he wants.
“We’re going to have to play him hard and get him off his game. We can’t give him space or let him skate. We have to make him start and stop all game long, get him as tired as we can. We can’t let them swing, because it plays into their game.”

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Crosby Will Appear

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

The attraction is all Crosby. Next, surely, is Letterman, Leno and Saturday Night Live for this teenage sensation from Cole Harbour, N.S.
But not this night. This night he would have been voted off the ice floe.
Still, they came to see a very young man who is supposed to do what proved beyond the reach of Eric Lindros, beyond Paul Kariya, beyond Jaromir Jagr and beyond every youngster who was supposed to be the next Wayne Gretzky.
That Crosby, still not old enough to order a drink in some parts to celebrate, has managed this is beyond dispute, for already they are tagging youngsters barely old enough to air out their equipment as the Next Next One.

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