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The No Goal

from the Buffalo News,

Officials after the game said the replay was so close that had McCreary ruled on the ice Briere had scored, the goal would have stood because there was no convincing evidence to change that call either.
Ruff was convinced Briere had tied the game.
“I think from what I saw it was a goal,” Ruff said. “The puck goes over the line and goes into his pad.”
“We initially had the TSN guys next to the bench saying it crossed the line, so I was pretty confident that we had a goal. I believe I’ve seen a replay where it’s in. But the only thing you hope with video replay is you get it right. It’s why you go to it.”

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Going A Bit Too Far

I have been trying to avoid this topic, but time to chime in…

from CTV,

Hockey Canada officials will be summoned by a parliamentary committee in Ottawa to explain why they chose Shane Doan as Team Canada captain at a world hockey tournament in Russia.
At issue is a derogatory remark Doan allegedly made toward a French-Canadian linesman during a game in December 2005.

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Living in the US, I have witnessed enough politicians getting involved in issues like this and I have always questioned their motive. 
Aren’t there other topics they should really be concerned about?

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Inconclusive

The video replay did not show the puck crossing the line in the final seconds of the Sabres/Rangers game.
Looking at it from a neutral point of view, I could not say the puck completely crossed the line.
The first frame you will see the puck meeting Lundqvist’s pad, the second frame you cannot see the puck.

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Clowe And Cleary Popular Back Home

from Eric Duihatschek of the Globe and Mail,

It was well after midnight back home on The Rock when Ryane Clowe scored the tying goal and later still when he started the play that led to the San Jose Sharks’ eventual game winner.
But anyone who stayed with the television coverage into the wee small hours in Newfoundland Monday night sure got their money’s worth, when the Sharks defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2-1, with Clowe, their native son, leading the charge.

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In case you missed the audio interview with Eric Duhatschek I did earlier in the day, follow this link.  Cleary and Clowe were part of the discussion.

added 8:43pm, Eric also witnessed Scotty Bowman doing his blogging gig for NBC…

Is Bowman reading his own blog? “Sometimes.”
Just to make sure he’s not misquoted in his own blog? “No, he tapes it.”
Thirty years ago, could Bowman ever imagine that this is what he’d been doing, in his retirement years, keeping an on-line diary?
“I didn’t even know what the hell it was,” he said. “No, I knew what it was. He calls and I just give him what I think.”

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Sundin’s Real Hip Problem

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Mats Sundin has a torn labrum, which is the soft tissue surrounding the joint in his hip, according to a National Hockey League source.
Surgery is one of the treatment options, but it is not required as long as he is in no discomfort. A medical source said surgeons will not recommend surgery as long as there is no pain and that the Toronto Maple Leafs captain can play with the injury.

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Trust In Spezza & Heatley

from the CP via Metro News,

The two Ottawa offensive engines have gained the trust of coach Bryan Murray to play at times when defence is the team’s top priority.
“Last year, I wouldn’t have dared to do that,” Murray admitted.
It is appreciated by Heatley and Spezza.
“That’s nice to have from a coach,” Heatley said after practice on Tuesday. “We showed him that we can play safe and responsible.
“Me and Spez, we’re offensive guys. We came into the league as offensive guys and sometimes you get a rap as guys who take too many chances. But this year, we’ve learned to play a little tighter and he’s rewarded us for it.”

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Blame Global Warming

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Conspicuously absent from the list is the one villain who everyone’s currently pointing a finger at, for everything under the sun, - the NHL can’t even play the Blame Game properly – Global Warming! Yes, my rapidly-thawing friends, Mother Nature is keeping fans from warming (brilliant reasoning, I know) up to the sport of hockey.
If you think about it, it makes so much sense.

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Russia Ready To Sign Transfer Agreement

from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

Having failed in their bid to extort great sums of money from NHL teams with the emergence of phenoms Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin, it appears Russian hockey czars are prepared to come in from the cold and sign a transfer agreement with their international colleagues, ESPN.com has learned.

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thanks to a KK member for the tip in the KK Forums...

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Hockey History and Gossiping About Stanley

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An Interview with Michael McKinley,
Filmmaker and author of
Hockey: A People’s History
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With the NHL playoffs well underway, excitement for hockey in North America is at its highest point of the season. Especially true for the fans of the eight teams fighting their way to next round, but also for the many new fans that are seduced by our favorite sport during this time of year, when passions are at their highest. 

One of the pleasures of playoff hockey is all the extra analysis we can indulge in.  We entertain ourselves with fool predictions, screaming arguments about the officiating, even crazy dreams of seeing the Stanley Cup in our own arena.  At a time like this, it’s also natural to reflect on historical greatness as we watch new history being made before our eyes. 

On that topic, I spoke with hockey historian Michael McKinley recently, to learn more about hockey’s past, and some of the great stories the make this game what it is today.

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NHL Trophy Finalists

from NHL.com,

NEW YORK—Goaltender Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils, center Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and goaltender Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks have been voted finalists for the Hart Trophy as League MVP as the NHL announced today the nominees for eight annual awards.

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