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3 Is The Number For Today’s Games

Both Ottawa and New Jersey have 3 wins and need one more to move on to the 2nd round. The other two series are now a best of 3, since those series are tied at 2-2. No OLN-HD game today, the NBC high definition game is Rangers/Devils. Center Ice will show the NBC game(s) if it is not on your NBC station. image

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Oilers Should Focus On The Game

Enough talking Edmonton, just play the game. You have a very competitive team, but enough complaining. Let your actions on the ice speak for you, too much belly-aching is not good for you or for the game. from the Edmonton Oilers,

If certain calls went the Oilers' way, they might be looking at an enviable 3-1 series lead but the fact of the matter is, they did not win Game 4 and now it's time for Game 5.
OK, we get your point, you feel you were screwed by the refs. Not the first team to feel this way, adjust to the rules. Are you playing the same game as you did during the regular season? I'd say no, so get back to what you did. from the Edmonton Journal,
Kevin Lowe's plea for sportsmanship sounded sincere, but this is playoff time and his Oilers lost the last penalty-filled game. So sprinkle a grain of salt on the meat of his argument, which advocates an end to the on-ice embellishment of infractions, a.k.a. diving, that he contends has denigrated this series with Detroit. "I'm not saying we're innocent on the diving part," he began, "but Detroit has a lot of guys who are good at it. It goes hand-in-hand with experience, and I'm speaking from experience. We don't want this to become (a case) of whoever has the most clever diving (wins). "Let's get rid of it right now. Both sides make a truce and just play the game honestly. We're not soccer," said Lowe, who has in fact sounded this alarm before. "This has crept into the game and it's something the league has to address next year. This is about the integrity of the game."
A truce? It is hockey Mr. Lowe, and if you think the Wings are diving, let the refs make the calls. Funny how this comes out after a loss! Maybe the Oilers should read this- "We've got to make sure we keep out sticks down and not give the referees a chance to call a penalty," said Fernando Pisani. Smart man, now enough talking, just play the game.

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Edmonton Fans Are Better Than This

from the Edmonton Journal,

As the fans exhort their team -- a truly contending club for the first time in years -- to dial their game up a notch and take out the powerful Detroit Red Wings, it's time for some members of the public to tone down their alcohol intake, coarseness, their swearing and, in some cases, their attempts to win what appears to be a public gross-out contest. ...The most visible evidence was a placard that one fan carried, its message an offensive, sexually crude take-off on Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock's surname. It was bad enough that arena staff did not confiscate the sign when the fan entered the building, although such a screening process is admittedly imperfect. Worse, the placard was displayed on the large scoreboard video screen.
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Bolts Still Have Pride

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

"What do you say when you're down 3-1 in a series?" Burke, who will start Game 5 tonight at Scotiabank Place, asked yesterday. "I'm not going to sit here and say we've got 'em where we want 'em. "I would really be lying to you if I said that. But, to win a seven-game series, you have to win four games and until you lose that fourth game, then you've still got a chance. "All I can say is there's a lot of pride in this dressing room. If we can get it to 3-2, then we're going home with a chance to tie it up. That's what we have to look at right now."
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Talking Ozolinsh & Lundqvist

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Look, it's difficult to imagine Tom Renney going with Ozolinsh this afternoon given the booing to which he was subjected every time he touched the puck Wednesday. But that doesn't mean the acquisition of Ozolinsh represents a line of demarcation for his team, even if that's the popular theory. Even more critically than that, Henrik Lundqvist's hip flexor would not have become the issue it did had the goaltender reported it to promptly to the medical staff. Two days ago, Lundqvist admitted he'd felt some discomfort in the area before playing the March 30 game in Ottawa to complete a back-to-back he opened the previous night on the Island. He said the discomfort increased during that game in Ottawa. Yet, even with four days until the next game, Lundqvist did not inform anyone of the problem. Indeed, even after the team had a couple of days off, the goaltender practiced the following two days. It was only after the second practice that he informed the medical staff, and Renney, of the injury that had grown worse over time.
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Samsonov Due

from the Edmonton Journal,

The Oilers consider Detroit hostile territory, but it's home for Sergei Samsonov, who adopted this city 10 years ago after leaving Russia to play pro in North America as a nervous 17-year-old. Samsonov hopes to make it an unhappy homecoming today as far as Detroit is concerned, igniting some offensive fireworks to offset the reawakening of his Russian counterpart, Pavel Datsyuk, with the Wings. He's certainly due.
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A Partnership With The Habs Fans

from the Globe and Mail,

When George Gillett recalls the moment more than five years ago that he was told the Montreal Canadiens were his, he begins to cry.... But the real difference, Gillett understands, between this and his other business endeavours is not written in red and black, but in red, white and blue. "I think it would be very presumptuous of us to think of ourselves as owners," he said. "I think we are trustees. We hold this franchise in trust for the fans. . . . This is a very unusual community. I think that as long as they sense that we are their partner as opposed to the owner, I think we'll be fine. The day we try to assert to anybody that we own this franchise is the day that we've misread this community."
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Watch Your Language

via Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly sent out a memo to all general managers and coaches, part of which reads as follows: "During the first week of the playoffs, we have had several instances of team personnel using inappropriate and profane language in media interactions... While we appreciate the intensity and passion with which you all approach your jobs, everyone must also understand the need to maintain suitable decorum in public settings... Any such violations in the future will subject both the individual's involved and their clubs to potential fines."
added 6:55am, from the Leader-Post,
If the Tampa Bay Lightning are eliminated by the Ottawa Senators tonight, some of the loudest cheers will be coming from the people who bring you the NHL playoffs on radio and TV, and maybe from the guys in the league offices in New York and Toronto, too. That's because Lightning head coach John Tortorella has a toilet for a mouth, forcing broadcasters to fill the airwaves with bleeps to mask the expletives he often uses in his remarks to the media.
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Preds On Local TV

via the Tennessean,

The Nashville Predators have decided not to impose a local blackout of Game 5 of their playoff series against the San Jose Sharks Sunday. The 7:30 p.m. telecast will be aired on Outdoor Life Network (OLN), despite the NHL team's inability to sell the game out at Gaylord Entertainment Center. "We have less than 2,000 tickets remaining," said Predators spokesman Gerry Helper. "We have moved some today."

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Staying On A Roll

from the CP via TSN,

The Red Wings have snatched back the momentum, and Joe Louis Arena is about to rock. The Wings, impressed by the work ethic of the Edmonton Oilers, know they can't give them another chance to regain control of the first-round NHL playoff series. They'll push to end it in six now. "We have to keep playing like that," says goaltender Manny Legace, alluding to Detroit's 4-2 win that evened the series 2-2 Thursday night in Edmonton. "We can't let them come back now. "The place will be rockin' on Saturday afternoon."
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