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Alberta Battle Anticipated

from the Globe and Mail,

The idle wishing began days ago, when the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames each shared a 2-1 series lead that guaranteed little and promised everything. "Wouldn't it be great?" Oilers fans gushed. "Wouldn't it be something?" Flames fans concurred. ...They want to whoop it up on Whyte Avenue and party on the Red Mile. They want the other guys the way Flames coach Bob Johnson used to bring in practice goalies, dress them up in Oilers jerseys and tell his players, "Fire away." When informed of Johnson's tactic, Oilers bench boss Glen Sather sneered and dubbed it "hype." That it was, and could be again.
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Players Deal With Loss To Sharks

from the Daily News Journal,

"Everyone really doesn't know what to do or what to say," left wing Steve Sullivan, in his fourth NHL playoffs said. "It happens so fast. If you win the game you're on the plane (this) morning to San Jose. You lose, you hang you stuff up and don't wear it again for three or four months. It's very sudden, brutally sudden." "It's probably the worst feeling you have in the year," defenseman Mark Eaton, in the postseason for the third time, said. "You work so hard all year to get to the playoffs, and to have it end so abruptly ..."
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Good Show- Who’s Watching

from the Toronto Star,

Your heart would have to be pretty hard not to feel some sympathy for the guys at NBC. Here they are trying their best to sell hockey to Americans, putting on a pretty good show, spending some dollars, giving the NHL more air time than it has received in years and having little to show for it. In Mike Emrick and Chris Cuthbert, it has two of the best announcers in North America. John Davidson is in the upper echelon of analysts. The other guys aren't bad, though not in Davidson's class. NBC does a lot of games in high-definition and its game presentation is solid.
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Yzerman Status For Game 6

via the Detroit Free Press,

Asked if being an elimination game will factor into his decision to play, Yzerman said, “Oh, no question. No question. “It’s pretty simple, really, if I feel I can be an effective player, I’ll play and if I don’t, then I’m not going to play. If I’m ready to play then I will and if not, then I’ll have to step aside.” Donald MacLean, the Grand Rapids Griffins forward who scored 56 goals this season in the AHL, also joined the Wings on the ice. The Wings called him Saturday night, and he flew to Edmonton Sunday.

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Will The Fans Follow The Devils

from the NY Times,

While the words "If you build it, they will come" once inspired an Iowa corn farmer to create his own field of dreams, these — "If you build it, who will come?" — should have inspired Newark's mayor, Sharpe James, and Devils officials to toss their blueprints under the wheels of the first passing Zamboni. Despite winning 3 Stanley Cups in the last 11 seasons, the Devils have the misfortune of possessing one of the most disloyal fan bases in the history of sports. Are these same fair-weather Meadowlanders who regularly left thousands of seats empty during the best of Stanley Cup times now going to drive — at night — to a more-menacing area to storm the gates of their new palace? At the other end of the move, how many new fans will the Devils find in Newark, a predominantly black and Hispanic city that has no cultural or ethnic ties to a game in which just about everything is white except for the puck and a few puffy eyes? Neither Jeffrey Vanderbeek, the Devils' chairman, nor Mayor James responded to repeated calls to discuss these issues.
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Marketing Gone Bad

from Yahoo,

From Crosby to Ovechkin to Eric Staal in Carolina and Dion Pfaneuf in Calgary, the game is enjoying an unprecedented infusion of young talent. And with rule changes the product is better. It's just a matter of getting that product in front of more faces. But the NHL can't be trusted to market its own product. Back in October, to celebrate the return of the sport after a year on ice, the league launched a "My NHL" ad campaign that succeeded in insulting the sensibility of diehard fans, offending women and bringing an unscientifically estimated zero new fans to the game. The best-case scenario for the league, from a marketing perspective, would be a New York-Detroit matchup in the Stanley Cup finals. The Rangers were eliminated Saturday. The Red Wings are on the brink of elimination. Now by all accounts Calgary is a fantastic hockey town. But commissioner Gary Bettman has to be sweating more profusely than usual over the prospect of another Calgary appearance in the Stanley Cup finals, even if such an appearance is an endorsement of sound team hockey and fiscal responsibility. Like it or not, television viewers in the United States aren't going to embrace a Calgary-Ottawa final, and it's that audience the league desperately needs.
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Stars Can’t Get It Done

from the Dallas Stars,

"In overtime, we pushed for the win," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "I thought we had a great chance to win. The effort was there. We had five or six scoring chances to their one or two. The bottom line is you've got to find a way to get it done. We'll all have to answer the critics for that, coaches, players, everybody." "All that matters is how you finish up and we are obviously disappointed right now," Modano said. "There were a couple of games that could have gone either way and we dug ourselves an early hole. We had some bad bounces and scrambly play. We had tons of chances late in the game and in OT."
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Jose Theodore played only five games for Colorado in the regular season. Now, after five postseason games he's already won over his new teammates. "He's the reason we're standing here with smiles on our face, really. He was unbelievable today," said Colorado captain Joe Sakic, who scored his 81st career playoff goal and had the shot that led to the winner. "I mean, they could've ended it so many times — not only in overtime, but in the third. He kept us in and gave us a chance." read on

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Superstar Time

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In the world according to Calgary Flames' coach Darryl Sutter, a player's place in the hockey world order is defined by how he performs on the biggest stage, at the most critical time of the season. By that measure, his captain, Jarome Iginla is winning the battle of the National Hockey League superstars.
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Excitement Builds

from the CP via TSN,

Teams in the NHL playoffs have pulled out all the stops for raucous pre-game shows in their buildings. TV viewers see only brief segments, missing out for the most part on the most colourful promotional aspect of playoff hockey. In Montreal, the Canadiens beam a video onto the Bell Centre ice before games covering moments from their 24 Stanley cup victories and ending with images of the current players. The San Jose Sharks' pre-game has a dynamic build-up to the players' arrival onto the ice. It begins with the walk from the dressing room to classical music. There is lighting behind each player's head, casting huge silhouettes, and there is extra lighting during the playoffs to further highlight the massive shark's head through which the players reach the ice.
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Why

from Fox Sports,

The Red Wings are one loss away from taking an early exit from the NHL playoffs for a third straight time. Since winning the Stanley Cup in 2002, the Dead Things #&151; I mean Red Wings #&151; were eliminated within the first two rounds in 2003 and 2004 postseason tournaments. And if trouble comes in three, the Red Wings are up the creek without a paddle. Detroit is one loss away from another crash-and-burn postseason. The vital signs are not good if you are a fan of the Red Wings. Detroit may have outshot Edmonton and only lost by a goal in Game 5, but the 3-2 outcome flattered the Red Wings. The Oilers were the better team by a proverbial country mile.
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