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Decision To Play Cole

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

When asked if we were taking a risk in playing, Cole said: “The risk is going to be with me the rest of my life. My neck was broken three-and-a-half months ago. It's going to be this way. But I felt strong over the last several weeks on the ice. The coaching staff felt, as long as I thought I could get it done, that we could do this.” Cole said he didn't return to the Hurricanes' line-up as if he were going to be the “saviour” and conceded that had Weight not been injured, the idea of returning probably wouldn't have crossed his mind. Cole didn't like the fact that the Oilers' Ethan Moreau hit him hard in the third minute of play. “It was tough getting some sleep this afternoon,” said Cole. “I had a lot of anxiety, a lot of emotion. It's been a long process. I got to the rink and felt good and was excited. I felt good in warm-ups and on my shift. On that power play, I knew he (Moreau) was coming. It's not surprising that he was trying to head-hunt me a little bit.”
read on You can read Q & A with Cole after the game in the comment section...

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from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Through one stretch Edmonton outshot Carolina 11-0 in the second period. And that was following a 10-3 job in the first. In the end, the Oilers outshot the Hurricanes 34-16, outhit them 23-11, blocked 20 shots to Carolina's eight and had the edge in the faceoff circle. "Five-on-five we continue to dominate,'' said Peca. And physically they've taken a toll. It's the physical end of it, more than what was up on the scoreboard, which had hockey people looking at each other with their eyebrows raised. "You could see it on the second goal, I thought. Glen Wesley was hesitant to go for the puck,'' said Peca of setting up Torres. "Taking a physical toll was something we've been trying too force all playoffs long,'' said Chris Pronger.

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Talking After Game 6

Hurricane coach Peter Laviolette...

Q. How do you regain your form for Game 7 now that you lost two in a row? COACH LAVIOLETTE: What are the options really? You know what I mean? There's one game left for the Stanley Cup, and it's in our building. No place we would rather be. We won an awful lot of games there this year. We need to get rid of this game. We looked like we didn't have our legs, we didn't compete very well in the battles, which is disappointing. We have a lot of veteran players in that locker room and a veteran defense, and we just seemed to be off a step, or maybe two.
more in the comment section... added 11:53pm, Now MacTavish's turn...
Q. Can you be better on Monday night? COACH MacTAVISH: Well, I think we have to be. And, you know, it's the game of hockey and you know, in the game of hockey you really have to dominate the opposition to ensure a win. And they are going to try and do the same to us, but we're going to try and get better and improve upon our game tonight. You don't want to -- neither team wants to let a bad break or bad bounce lose a game for them, so you have to have a dominant performance and both teams will be looking for that. We'll be looking for a similar performance.
read on in the comments...

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Get Ready For Game 7

The season that will not end continues. Game 7 in Raleigh Monday night after Edmonton defeated Carolina 4-0. Don't foget to watch the post game interviews provided by NHL.com. image photo/AP

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UFA Talk

Eric Duhatschek mentioned between periods on CBC Lisdtrom will be meeting with Wings management at the NHL awards in Vancouver and it appears the Wings may have a difficult time signing him. He has a figure he wants met and the Wings have cap problems. Pierre LeBrun from the CP was also on and said Keenan is leaning towards trading Luong before the UFA period starts. The Kings have been sniffing around but the problem is Luongo wants to test UFA next year and no team will trade for hime without Luongo agreeing to a long term contract. Dallas is trying to trade Guerin, but no takers and it looks like the Stars will buy him out according to Duhatschek. Also brought up was Ed Jovanovski will not sign with Vancouver before the UFA period starts. He wants to test the market.

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Hurricane Surprise

Eric Cole in the lineup and to quote Don Cherry, "Absolute Insane" to have him in the lineup. I am sure the Hurricanes received 100% clearance from the medical staff before making the decision.

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Hitchcock Not Planning Any Move

from the Philadelphia Inquirer via the Mercury News,

You may have noticed that the Vancouver Canucks still haven't announced who their coach is for next season. Rumors swirling around the Stanley Cup Finals had Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock as their top choice, if they could get him out of his contract. One NHL source close to the situation confirms that Hitchcock was on their list but not interested. Hitchcock is in the final year of his deal with Philadelphia. The Flyers have been s-l-o-w to re-up him, leading to speculation that Hitchcock would have been agreeable to voiding his last year with the Flyers and accepting a new job in British Columbia with long-term security. But Hitchcock is intensely loyal to the Flyers just as he was to Dallas. So despite the overtures, he didn't bite.

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Recent History Points To Carolina

from the STATS blog at NHL.com,
Recent Game 6’s of the Stanley Cup Finals have generally ended with the visiting team winning—with a few finishing off in multiple overtimes.

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Saturday Morning Skate

from ESPN,

Ah, the morning skate. Drills, no spills and, well, not much else. Until now. Live (sort of) from the Stanley Cup finals, NHL writer Scott Burnside and NHL editor Joy Russo give you a rink-side play-by-play. Russo: MacTavish is talking with someone who appears to be a member of the Oilers equipment staff. The man is holding a drill. Hmm, are the Oilers planning on planting a loonie somewhere in Part II of Coingate? Of course, this is pure speculation on our part.
more...this link will be updated during the Carolina skate too... added 12:59pm, MacTavish after Saturday skate answered a few questions, read them in the comment section... added 2:00pm, Laviolette comments added to same area...

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Hockey Costs Japanese Couple

from the Edmonton Journal,

The Kijimas arrived in Edmonton on June 1 and will leave for home on Monday. "We decided to come after the Oilers beat Anaheim, when we knew they were going to the finals," he said. By their calculations, they have spent at least $15,200 this trip -- $10,000 on airfare and the hotel, and $5,200 for the tickets they bought from scalpers to the three home games. Their tickets to Saturday's game cost them $1,000 each. "And they aren't even good tickets," said Takako. "Now we have to drink only water," joked Nobuyuki.

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