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from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
Here’s hoping the next two rounds provide a little more drama than the first two.
Top 12 Late Playoff Surprises I’m Hoping For:
• A playoff game in the finals goes 13 overtime periods. The winning goal is scored by a guy who looks like Keith Richards. Frankly, at this point, everyone looks like Keith Richards.
• Don Cherry is wrongly beaten up outside a New York TV studio by Sesame Street supporters who thought he skinned Snuffleupagus to make a suit.
from Espo on the Playoffs at the National Post,
To tell you the truth, the way they played on Thursday night, it looks like this could be one of the shortest series of the season. Looks can be deceiving and I’m not predicting that kind of outcome. But you tell me, where do the Ottawa Senators look vulnerable? When you find something, you let me know.
Well, although the game was originally scheduled to be broadcast by Versus HD, it was moved to MOJO, the High-Definition channel owned by several cable operators. (Comcast, a partner in MOJO, owns the Versus channel.)...
Consequently, DIRECTV could not show the game last night.
“We’re doing our best to schedule all of the HD NHL games from Versus,” DIRECTV spokesman Robert Mercer told TVPredictions.com. “In this instance, because it was not available by satellite, and combined with timing and our own technical constraints, we were not able to offer the (Ottawa-Buffalo) game.”
Never heard “Smoke on the Water” played by violins before.
from Joe Pelletier’s Legends of Hockey,
My other hockey website, 1972 Summit Series.com, is going to Hollywood.
Actually, it’s going to New Brunswick where CTV is filming a made for tv movie called Sticks and Stones.
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
Still, we can’t help but believe there’s a little bit of a trap being laid here. The Wings, considered old when they lose and savvy veterans when they win, are not really supposed to be here. And yet, they are slyly confident.
“I just think that expectations from within in Detroit are as high as they’ve ever been [regardless of what the outside perspective might be],” offered former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Ed Olczyk, now a national broadcast analyst.
“There’s no doubt in my mind, for most of this season, these are the two best teams [in the conference],” Olczyk said.
... in the end. As it should be.
from the Buffalo News,
Daniel Briere was silent Thursday night. The Buffalo Sabres’ top scorer was idled by Ottawa during a 5-2 loss to open the Eastern Conference finals. The cocaptain, who led the Sabres in scoring during the regular season and is pacing them in the playoffs, didn’t register a shot. It was the first time he was kept at zero in the postseason and just the 10th time in the 94 games since October.
He left HSBC Arena without comment despite media requests.
added 9:38am, from the Hockey News,
Seems like falling behind by a couple goals is tantamount to a collective whiff of ammonia for the Sabres. Their nostrils flare, eyes widen and they start to get real serious about things. It’s too bad they’ve often got one skate in the grave when they come to…
Not sure if Daniel Briere is hurt or what, but he looked like the only person in Buffalo who didn’t care whether the Sabres won Game 1 or not. My advice to him would be up the intensity or start asking Maxim Afinogenov about which press box seats have the best sight lines…
more on the game last night…
from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
What’s with all this booing?
Buffalo and Ottawa shouldn’t be Stanley Cup rivals; they should be twin cities.
Both exist because of the border — blue-collar Buffalo because it was so close to it, and national capital Ottawa because it wasn’t. Both have almost exactly the same regional population. Both have hockey teams that went bankrupt and were sold, rink included, for about the price of a new puck. Both are connected to canals. Both had significant political assassinations: President William McKinley in Buffalo and Father of Confederation Thomas D’Arcy McGee in Ottawa. Both cities have had exactly 58 mayors, Byron Brown holding the office in Buffalo and Larry O’Brien the new mayor in Ottawa.
And both, of course, can’t win the big ones.
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
Way back when he was just getting his feet wet in management, John Muckler, then the Buffalo Sabres newly-minted Director of Hockey Operations was following the playoffs on television when he noticed this guy named Dominik Hasek moping up for the Chicago Blackhawks in a one-sided Stanley Cup loss to Mario Lemieux and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Muckler was so impressed with Hasek’s competitive nature that he made certain that then Sabres general manager Gerry Meehan make a play for the goalie who was seemingly stuck behind some guy named Ed Belfour.
from the Ottawa Citizen,
Daniel Alfredsson’s first period power-play goal came after Kalinin had taken a hooking penalty, while trying to prevent a second Fisher breakaway.
“It was disappointing,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “We were not very good with the puck and he was one of them. I don’t have to get in his face. Everybody saw it. We won as a team and lost as a team all year.”
Again, Kalinin stands out on a rough night all around. The official giveaway count was Sabres 19, Senators 8.
“Overall, five-on-five, we weren’t too bad,” said Jason Pominville.
“But we have to improve the turnovers and the special teams.”
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