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from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators might have won at least three games in a row on 11 separate occasions this year, but the sticking point in doing it a 12th time is none of those three-game streaks were against the Anaheim Ducks.
Also working against the Senators digging out of a 3-1 hole in the Stanley Cup final—it would be only the second time a team has done it—is, well, the Senators are the other team.
They are exactly where they deserve to be in this Stanley Cup final because they have managed to play but four good periods in four games and when you are playing in June, that ratio means your summer will be spent lowering your handicap and wondering what if, not raising the Stanley Cup and relishing what was.
NEW YORK (June 6, 2007) – In a first for all major professional sports leagues, the National Hockey League (NHL) is partnering with Sling Media, Inc. around the company’s upcoming Clip+Sling technology. The NHL and Sling Media have signed an agreement whereby Sling Media’s Clip+Sling technology will enable all current and future Slingbox™ customers to clip and share live or recorded segments of NHL programming online with friends, family and others.
“Having the most tech-savvy fans of all major professional sports, who also tend to be early adopters of new technology, makes offering NHL content through Clip+Sling a natural fit,” said Keith Ritter, President, NHL Interactive CyberEnterprises. “This partnership expands the visibility of our NHL games online and we are excited and proud to be the first sports league to offer this service to our fans.”
from Ed Moran at the Philly News,
Now that the Ducks and Senators are the two teams left standing and are playing with a fierce combination of size, skill and brutal, relentless hitting, the questions for the Flyers are: What kind of team do they want to be? And who will they bring in to accomplish that?
“I think we want to be a combination of all three teams [Anaheim, Ottawa and Buffalo],” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. “They are all good, competitive teams. We want to be a good, competitive team. When we look at players, size is an issue, skill is an issue and skating is an issue….”
from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
But nowhere is Don Metz to be found.
Metz, of course, would be 91 now if he were still playing, but if some modern equivalent of the sleek and slim winger from Wilcox, Saskatchewan, could lace them up for Game 5, there might be a chance.
Don Metz, history will show, did not dress for the first three games of the 1942 Stanley Cup final. His Toronto Maple Leafs were down three games to none against the powerful Detroit Red Wings and seemed almost certain to be swept in four straight.
Toronto goaltender Turk Broda had lost all confidence, saying the Wings were “unbeatable — they’re too hot.”
from the National Post,
Canada’s Competition Bureau is believed to have launched an inquiry into the franchise relocation practices and policies of the National Hockey League amid speculation that one of its financially strapped teams in the United States could be relocated to Southwestern Ontario.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
With one more victory over Ottawa the Anaheim Ducks would append an NHL championship to general manager Brian Burke’s résumé.
It would also add to Burke’s image as one of the league’s most fascinating figures - a silver-haired, erudite, Ivy League-educated, frequently brusque, seldom-smiling man of contradictions who shows little of himself to the public.
“The private side of Brian Burke is private,” Burke said in Ottawa this week. “My family sees (that), my friends see that. But I’m not interested in you guys understanding me.”
One thing is clear: Burke’s passionate belief in letting players self-police the game. It’s more typical of an old-school hockey man from Alberta than of an American with a Harvard law degree.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
There likely will be a celebration at city hall some time in the next week or so to honour the Senators for winning the Eastern Conference championship, but is that really a reason to whoop it up?
These aren’t the Edmonton Oilers, who stole the hearts of the country with their heroic run last spring and forced the Carolina Hurricanes to a seventh game in the final.
If, as expected, the Anaheim Ducks win the opportunity to parade the Stanley Cup through Disneyland, the Senators will spend the summer wondering what went wrong and where they need to improve.
from Greg Logan at Newsday,
IFacing a potential mutiny from Islanders fans, owner Charles Wang bit the bullet and made the decision yesterday to buy out the remaining four years of captain Alexei Yashin’s 10-year contract, Newsday has learned exclusively. Some might view it as the owner admitting a costly mistake, but second-year coach Ted Nolan described it as a chance for a “new beginning” that might restore the fans’ faith in the franchise.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
What they said…
“No, not at all.”—Alfredsson when asked if he thought his shooting the puck at Niedermayer motivated the Ducks in the third period of Game 4.
What they meant…
“I thought it was Samuel Pahlsson.”
you’ll catch on fast if you read more...
from Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News via WFAA,
Quick, before commissioner Gary Bettman renders this league extinct, here are 10 ways to fix the NHL and deliver an improved product to more viewers in 2008.
3: Convince the selfish Eastern Conference general managers to act in the best interests of the game and change the schedule. This was voted on and rejected a few months ago. But Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, moving into the prime of what’s going to be a fantastic career, needs to play a game in Dallas and Los Angeles and Chicago every year. Not once every three years.
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