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Bettman Unplugged

The Commish appeared on the Best Damn Sports Show Period last night. Gary looked relaxed and cordial. If you want to view it, you have to jump thru a few hoops. First, IE only, then find Gary's picture on the left side and click. image

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Does The NHL Care

You may remember a post I made about a week ago where Mike Emrick stated NBC and the NHL knows what hockey markets in the USA would attract viewers. Those cities were Detroit, Philadelphia, NYC, Dallas & Denver. Well, Dallas and the NYR look like sure goners and Detroit and Philly are fighting to make the 2nd round. I am sure NBC is hoping for a miracle or two and silently pulling for Detroit and Philly to continue their winning ways. But let's not get to the point where the NHL will "dictate" which team will win the series. This is not the NBA, so I thought I would clear the air before we start hearing the "fix" is in.

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How Did Scotty Know

Yesterday afternoon, Scotty Bowman was on Detroit radio and pointed out one thing he has witnessed during the playoffs. He said players are going down way too much and most of the refs are buying it. Scotty mentioned the NHL needs to do something about this because there are way too many penalties as it is. Watching a few games last night, diving or embellishment was prevalent in many of the games. Were any diving calls made? I am not sure but Bowman is bang on- this needs to be cleared up right now before it really gets out of hand. Time for the refs to start handing out diving calls and don't call the opposing team penalty, that would be a step in the right direction.

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Racing Heartbeat Again For Numminen

from the Buffalo News,

Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff breached playoff protocol and revealed the reason defenseman Teppo Numminen exited Game Three after skating only 30 seconds in the second period. Ruff was compelled to inform reporters because Numminen wasn't hurt. The situation was more serious than that. "He had a racing heartbeat. I'm not going to hide that," Ruff said after Thursday morning's optional practice in the Wachovia Center. "It wasn't anything physical [in terms of an injury]. It's something that he's had before and dealt with it." The Sabres are optimistic Numminen will return for Game Four tonight.
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Black Cloud Follows Gauthier

from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Denis Gauthier admits that he sometimes takes stupid penalties. "I won't deny that I have had brain [cramps] in my career," the Flyers' hardest-hitting defenseman said. He wished people could see the other side of him. "I'm a laid-back, quiet guy," Gauthier said. "I change my kids' diapers." He believes a black cloud has hovered over him in his career - in Calgary, in Phoenix, and now in Philadelphia.
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Bad Ice

from the Calgary Sun,

The best ice at the Arrowhead Pond is in the drinks. It sure isn't where the players perform. "At least it's consistent -- you know it's going to be bad," said Flames forward Shean Donovan with a grin. "That's just the way the ice gets here. "When you first come out, the first five minutes, it's pretty good because there's nobody on it. After that, it just deteriorates because it gets so soft and gets so many ruts. Then it gets snowy and the puck gets bouncy."
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Frustrated Torts

from the St. Petersburg Times,

"I thought we were playing very well and then three goals on four shots," Tortorella said. "That really deflates a hockey team there." Tortorella did not hold back on blaming Grahame, who was yanked for Sean Burke after allowing four goals on 17 shots in two periods. "A save would be nice," Tortorella said. "They're a good hockey team. They've got quality players. It's just deflating to see 17 shots and four goals in the net, eh? Let's call a spade a spade. That's a tough thing." More Tortorella: "Again, we need an occasional save. Listen, Johnny is trying like hell, but four goals on 17 shots? I'm a little tired of the 25 percent rule."
more added 11:05am, from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella's rip job on goaltender John Grahame after the Lightning lost to Ottawa in Game 4 Thursday was so raw, so mean-spirited, that the other Tampa bay players might be thinking, "Whoa, I might be the next guy who gets thrown under the bus.
more You can also watch the video of Tortorella's comments via Sportsnet.

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Can You Say Special Teams

from Fox Sports,

Whether you're playing pee wee hockey or NHL hockey, special teams always play a role in the outcome of games. "Special teams always play a huge role and this is the first year we have the new rules implemented and they've been calling them pretty tight in the playoffs and it's amazing how a call here or a call there can be the difference in a game," New Jersey's John Madden, one of the game's premier defensive forwards, said. "So you have to be really disciplined and your special teams have to be on the ball if you're going to compete and move on and win hockey games."
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NBC This Weekend

NBC Sports' coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Quarterfinals continues this weekend with the New York Rangers looking to extend their series with arch-rival the New Jersey Devils, Saturday at 3 p.m. ET, presented in high definition. Also on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET, the Detroit Red Wings, winner of the NHL's Presidents' Trophy for most points, host the Edmonton Oilers. On Sunday at 2 p.m. ET, the Philadelphia Flyers travel to Buffalo to meet the Sabres, presented in high definition, and in other regional action the Dallas Stars host the Colorado Avalanche (if necessary). Mike Emrick (play-by-play), John Davidson (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass reporter) will call New Jersey at New York; Dave Strader (play-by-play), Brian Hayward (analyst) and Joe Micheletti (inside-the-glass reporter) call Edmonton at Detroit; Mike Emrick (play-by-play), Peter McNab (analyst) and Cammi Granato (inside-the-glass reporter) will call Philadelphia at Buffalo; and Dave Strader (play-by-play), Brian Hayward (analyst) and Joe Micheletti (inside-the-glass reporter) call Colorado at Dallas. added 11:38am, NBC coverage map.

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Show The Game

from the Tennessean,

Would somebody convince Predators management to reconsider its plan to black out the local broadcast of Game 5 if a certain ticket threshold is not reached? Why not let as many people as possible experience the Predators' farewell?... Craig Leipold and his lieutenants need to re-read the owner's comments in the days after the lockout ended. At that time, Leipold talked about using this first season back as an opportunity to re-establish his hockey product in the Nashville market. Did everybody lose that memo?
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