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OLN News, Playoff Rounds 1 & 2

I have been in correspondence with someone with inside information regarding OLN. This person has been correct on everything so far during the season, therefore I have no reason to doubt. By the way, I tried to contact OLN and have yet to hear from them and after three phone calls and four emails, well, enough is enough. Regarding the first round of the playoffs, any game OLN picks up, the OLN feed will be blacked out in the local markets of the teams participating in the game. The game therefore will be shown on the local station, just like a regular season game. So that is good news for fans who don't get OLN and were worried about not getting the broadcast. In round 2 of the SC playoffs, OLN can air two games in the series of your local or favorite team and those games will be blacked out on your local carrier. If they show more than two games of the series, then your local can also broadcast the games. For example, OLN wants to show games 1,5 and 7 of the Detroit/Calgary series. Games 1 and 5 would only be available on OLN, game 7 would be available on your local carrier and OLN. Remember, CI will be available for the first two rounds and as I stated a few days ago, the price for CI is dropping to $49 beginning April 5th. If anything changes, I will let you know.

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Stop The Sideshow

from Terry Frei of ESPN,

But in terms of game-night presentation, the NHL too often is following the NBA's lead. As I've pointed out many times, I'm old enough to remember when the NHL's marketing strategy was turning on the beer taps. So, some of this is considerable improvement, but like many things in life, it has gone too far. ("Zamboni races! People love Zamboni races!") At some point, it's insulting to the product -- as well as the fans -- when those in charge of the game-night experience make it clear they believe the game can't stand on its own two skates.
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The Heat Is On The Devils

from Stan Fishcler of MSG Network,

The cushion is gone. Where once the Devils sat comfortably in a playoff position - - even looking up at catching the Flyers and Rangers - - they now have lost their protective pillow. They may also lose a playoff berth if they don’t immediately get their collective act together.
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Penguins Have No Comment On Governor’s Plan

from the Pittsburgh Business Times,

Pittsburgh Penguins president and CEO Ken Sawyer was noncommittal Thursday about a proposal by Gov. Ed Rendell that offered a new way to pay for an arena for the NHL team. Sawyer said the Penguins are pleased with Rendell's effort, but not ready to comment on it, much less commit to it. Rather, Sawyer reiterated the team's belief that a $290 million arena built by Biloxi, Miss. casino operator Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. was the best deal for the region.
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Ovechkin About To Hit 50

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

He tries not to let it become an obsession, but Washington Capitals sensation Alexander Ovechkin is approaching a rare feat — 50 goals as an NHL rookie. The 20-year-old Moscow native had 48 going into a game Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens. "I think about it, but when you go on the ice, you must try not to think about it," Ovechkin said into a forest of media microphones and notepads at the Bell Centre. "It's hard.
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Briere Suspended For Two Games

via the NHL, Buffalo Sabres forward Daniel Briere has been suspended for two games, without pay, as a result of a highsticking incident during NHL game #1075 against the Boston Bruins last night. The incident occurred at 10:29 of the second period when Briere struck Boston player Brian Leetch with a highstick. No penalty was assessed on the play. Briere will miss tonight's game at New Jersey and April 1 at Toronto. He will be eligible to return April 3 in Toronto against the Maple Leafs.

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A Blackhawk Fan Speaks Out

from the Chicago Tribune,

Every week, the ChicagoSports.com staff will select one 500-word-or-less column from you, the opinionated on-line sports fan. Here are some deep thoughts about the Blackhawks. One can look to the 2006 Olympics to see how North American hockey died. I am not a fan of "Euro hockey," but clearly this is the way the game is going. Dump and chase is done. The Red Wings embraced the concept years ago with their Russian players, and most others have as of recently identified the need for and acquired the skill players. Why has this been so hard for the Hawks' management to see?
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Huet Talks- Sort Of

Another fine tongue-in-cheek interview by Loose Change of the Hockey News. This time 'LC' 'talks' with Cristobal Huet.

LC: Did you play soccer when you were growing up? CH: In France all children play soccer from the time they are born. They're actually quite good at that age but can't stand up without assistance. Most of the games end up as scoreless ties. LC: What's Paris really like? CH: Not nearly as beautiful as people would think. Actually quite trashy. LC: I was referring to Paris Hilton. CH: Me too.
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Top 10 Europeans In The NHL- All-Time

from Sports Illustrated,

Nine times in the 12 seasons from 1992-93 to 2003-04, a European-born player was the NHL's leader or co-leader in goals. The Rangers' Jaromir Jagr seems intent on making it 10 of 13. In fact, Jagr, as the league's leading scorer as of March 29, could claim his fifth Art Ross Trophy in eight seasons. ...While rookies Alexander Ovechkin and Henrik Lundqvist are among this season's big names, they will have to wait their turn to be considered for the list below: the Top 10 NHL careers among European-born players.
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Linden Unsure Of Future

from the Globe and Mail,

Trevor Linden skates through the twilight of his 18-year professional career as the top scorer in the history of the Vancouver Canucks, even though he doesn't command much ice time any longer. The next goal by the 35-year-old forward will be his 300th with the franchise, and it's hoped it comes soon because Linden is unsure what the future will hold. Linden is respected in the Vancouver dressing room, even though his ice time has slipped to 11 minutes 20 seconds a game on average, far below what the most popular player in Canucks history got in his prime.
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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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