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Disappointment Again

from the Globe and Mail,

After Jason Pominveille's short-handed overtime goal ended the Senators' National Hockey League season and sent the Buffalo Sabres to the Eastern Conference final, once again the Senators and their fans were left contemplating a season of promise that crashed in the playoffs. There were many reasons for their shocking departure in five games against the Sabres, from the lack of scoring from their best forwards to turnovers at both bluelines to their goaltending. Then there was the sight of Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley loafing up the ice after losing the puck on an overtime power play that should have won it for the Senators, watching Pominville deke goaltender Ray Emery and score the series-winner.
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Luongo Status

Detroit media and fans have been tossing around a Datsyuk for Luongo trade. I don't believe a trade like that would be made, but here is an update on the status of Luongo. from Knigh Ridder Newspapers,

Luongo said there was nothing new to report on the ongoing negotiations and didn't expect anything to get done until Florida general manager Mike Keenan returns from scouting at the World Championships in Latvia. Luongo, who said he has been staying busy by working on his new home, can become a restricted free agent on July 1 and an unrestricted free agent after next season if he doesn''t sign a long-term deal. The Panthers have offered a five-year deal worth $6 million per season. ''Keenan should be back in the next couple of weeks, and then I think we'll see some movement,'' Luongo said. ''I'm sure both Keenan and agent Giles Lupien want to get it out of the way as soon as possible. Once they get talking, we'll see what happens.''
added 10:45pm, via the Sun-Sentinel,
"I'm comfortable with the progress the team has made in the last few months," Luongo said. "Like they've told me before, they're interested in signing some players. I trust them on that side, so it's not really important for me to wait until July 1."

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Sunday Hockey

I have received a few emails asking about NBC plans for tomorrow. The game scheduled for NBC on Sunday was Ducks/Avs but that series is over so no NBC game tomorrow. We have NJD/CAR at 7:00pm on OLN and INHD for the HD viewers. That game will be followed by Oilers/Sharks at 10:00pm on OLN,TSN & RDS.

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The Sheldon Kennedy Story

from the Globe and Mail,

Dear Sheldon:... Thanks for connecting the dots in your life, however horrendously painful the process was and still is, and thanks for putting those dots on paper in Why I Didn't Say Anything, because you have turned dots into an honest and terrifically important Canadian constellation, and I don't know how you did it.
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Pronger Not Worn Down- Credits The Rules

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“It's actually the best I felt at this time of year at any point in my career,” said Pronger. How could that be? Pronger has had a longer year than most, what with the Olympics and all. “It's the rules,” he answered. “You guys think we're getting hit a lot. Apparently, you haven't noticed there's no hooking or holding or 250-pound guys draped on your back, lugging him around, battles in front of the net. That's what wears you out over the course of the game. It's not necessarily the skating and the hitting, you get hit, the guy's not allowed to pin you and stick you and do all the rest of the stuff that was allowed before. That's what takes a lot of energy.”
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Edmonton Fans Celebrate Half Way Home Victory

from the CP via Yahoo,

Imagine what they'd do with a Stanley Cup. Thousands of Edmontonians took to the streets Friday night to celebrate the Edmonton Oilers' 6-3 trouncing of the San Jose Sharks in NHL playoff action. It wasn't even a benchmark win - the victory simply tied the series at two games apiece. But on a warm Friday night, it was all it took to send throngs of blue-clad fans and endless lines of honking cars down city streets.
continued added 5:59pm, from CTV,
The post-game stabbing of two men marred celebration of an Edmonton Oilers playoff victory. Both were stabbed around 11:30 p.m. MDT Friday at a Whyte Avenue bar.
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Elimination Saturday

Who would have predicted a Carolina/Buffalo Eastern Conference Finals? That scenario can become true tonight, but I have a feeling the Devils and Senators may pull off victories today. Make sure to catch the Devils/Hurricanes game on NBC-HD today if you have the chance. image

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Enough Losing

from the National Post,

Here they chant "Let's Go Buff-A-Lo," varying between emphatic and confident, and desperate and pleading. It is the rallying cry of arguably the most faithful fans in professional sports. "They're second to none. These people ... all they look for is the excitement," says Rob Ray, the beloved former enforcer with the Buffalo Sabres, who still resides in the area. "They don't care if you win or lose as long as you're out there and you give an effort." "I want to be careful how I phrase this because I don't want it to come across like Buffalo people have embraced losing," says Jim Kelley, a radio and TV personality and former columnist with The Buffalo News. "But they have managed to pick the positives out of what has been a largely negative public and international perception -- and that is it's a city of losers."
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Flyers Loss Doesn’t Look As Bad

from the Delaware County Times,

There is a hockey club, an NHL club, and this is how it became a good one: Speed. The Ottawa Senators, all 113 points worth, were built to zoom. Their defensemen are fast, their forwards are fast..and they are down, 3-1, in a best-of-seven playoff series to the Buffalo Sabres. That also makes the Ottawa Senators this: Proof that the recent fraternity paddling of Bob Clarke was premature, easy and without all the since-gathered evidence that should set the Flyers’ G.M. free.
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The ‘Cost’ Of Winning

from the News & Observer, T

hroughout the regular season, hockey fans at the RBC Center -- and those who watched the Canes' games on TV -- couldn't miss the Raleigh hospital's purple logo, one of four corporate symbols emblazoned below the icy playing surface. But since the playoffs began, Rex's logo has disappeared, replaced by Ford's. What's up? The price of advertising. The success of the Hurricanes, a team that pre-season prognosticators expected to be among the league's worst, has boosted demand for ad space at the RBC Center.
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