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Power Play Killed Em

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Leave it to Chris Pronger to get it right most of the time. Pronger, the Edmonton Oilers' 30-minute-per-night defenceman, was talking about his team's ongoing power-play troubles before Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final and put matters nicely into perspective. “You can look at it both ways,” said Pronger. “It's either going to bite us. Or it means we're due.” After Monday night's back-breaking 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, there is only one way to look at it anymore. It bit them alright - in a big, hurting way.
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Post game interview with Craig MacTavish...

Q. This is about as long a dry spell for your power play as you have had this year, almost, I think you are 1 in 25 or 1 in 26. I mean, and I know I asked you about it last game, but have you got any thought on it as to -- COACH CRAIG MACTAVISH: Yeah, I've got lots of thoughts on it, but I mean we have got to get back to doing and executing at the same level and we have had trouble with the pressure from Game 1, and it's the reason why we are down 3-1 in the series. If we got a couple power play goals in the series, a couple more power play goals, we're at least tied, at least tied. We have been down this road before with our power play, where we start to get frustrated and then you lose your patience on the power play, you take your first opportunity, and when you are on top of your game on the power play, you don't take a mediocre opportunity when you are in your set-up. You have got the patience to explore a better quality chance. And now our first chance to shoot the puck, we shoot it whether there's shin pads there or not. So we have just -- I saw some better signs in the second period on the power play, we did some things better in the second period and didn't get a power play in the third, but it's the reason we're in the situation we're in right now being down 3-1.
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All About Defense

from the blog of Ron Francis,

Defense! Defense! Defense! Much has been made of the Canes offense and for good reason, but the 3rd period was another great example of why defense wins championships. The Canes turned in a perfect 3rd period with the lead and honestly, I never felt the were in any trouble of losing their lead. Now the tough part. They say the 4th win is always the hardest.

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The Maven Speaks His Mind

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-The betting here is that the Oilers will stick with free agent-to-be Dwayne Roloson -- and vice versa -- leaving Edmonton with the most overrated, over-priced NHL goalie. -Some industry experts believe that hockey TV ratings are misleading -- to the detriment of the NHL -- because of new technology and the new ways that games can be accessed. -Flyers Owner, Ed Snider, is changing his club’s philosophy. “We’re not going to go and trade picks anymore, or trade our kids ever again for veterans,” says The Boss. “We got carried away wanting to win Cups. And if it takes us longer and we can’t win the Cup, so be it.”
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Offensively Challenged

Edmonton must figure out a way to get more shots on net. Five in the 3rd period when fighting for your life is the stat that stands out tonight. Let the cliches begin...Predicted quotes going into game 5... We have to play one shift at a time If we can steal one in Carolina, we're right back in it We have nothing to lose now The series is not over, the last time I looked you have to win 4 games We won't let up, we don't want to go back to Edmonton We have to take the crowd out of the game

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Luongo Wearing The Winged Wheel Is Fantasy

from Spector's blog at Fox Sports,

Luongo in a Red Wings uniform makes for great rumor fodder, and of course anything, no matter how remote, may be possible. Under today's cap system, however, the Wings acquiring Luongo appears to be the stuff of fantasy.
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Report- Selanne To Stay In Anaheim

via TSN,

Sources tell TSN that forward Teemu Selanne is on the verge of signing a contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks. He is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

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NBA Ratings

For all of the negative talk we hear about the NHL ratings, it appears the NBA suffered through flat rating during the regular season too. Yet, we hardly read any NBA bashing... from Media Week,

ESPN’s regular season NBA telecast ratings were flat at 1.2 this season, while ABC’s were down slightly from a 2.3 to a 2.2, but ESPN’s playoff ratings were up 26 percent to a 3.3 from a 2.6, and ABC’s playoff ratings lifted 11 percent to a 3.8 from a 3.4, heading into the finals. TNT’s regular season ratings also were flat at 1.3, but its playoff ratings were up 4 percent to a 3.1.

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Our Man Drew Sharp

Drew is filling in today for Art Regner on WXYT in Detroit, and just mentioned Luongo is leaning towards going to Montreal after this season. Sharp says Luongo will sign a one year qualifying offer with the Panthers, then he is gone from south Florida. He doesn't want to play for them For more on Drew Sharp at KK, just enter his name in the search box on the left sidebar. added 4:07pm, The boys Sharp and Karsch are talking about the Wings goalie situation. Sharp now says the Wings will offer Howard for Luongo (Sharp must have forgot about a salary cap). Karsch added that Regner has been pushing for Luongo for years, and must have finally gotten the approval from Wings management to bring the Luongo to Detroit talk to the forefront. Since when does a sports talk show host need Wings approval to talk about a possible deal in the works? This is what Detroit hockey fans and sports fans in general have to put up with. The mainstream media must first get approval!!! Ha!

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Eric Cole

In the press conference after the Oilers morning skate, MacTavish was asked-

Q. The story is out there about Erik Cole maybe being ready for Game 7. You are talking about a guy like Georges who did a lot of work to get you here, Harvey too, now you have to balance getting him some minutes or even getting him in the lineup?
MacT went on to talk about Laraque and Harvey, nothing mentioned about Cole. Hmm, somebody knows something! update 2:44pm, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Carolina coach Peter Laviolette was quick to shoot down any suggestion injured forward Erik Cole would make a dramatic return to the Hurricanes lineup in this Stanley Cup finals series. "Erik Cole is not playing," Laviolette told reporters Monday morning in advance of Game 4 against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.

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