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Go To The Net

from the Detroit Free Press via the Mercury News,

For the past two games, Detroit Red Wings goaltender Manny Legace has seen entirely too much of one color. "Every time I look up there's white jerseys around," he said, "and they've been keeping us away from the net and letting Rollie see a lot of shots." "Get to the net, make it hard for him to see," Legace said. "He's a very good goalie so you're going to have to get in front of him somehow, because if he sees it, he's going to stop it."
more on the series...

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OLN & Dish Network

Dish owners, check for OLN tonight. My understanding is it will be available in the AT180 base package and higher. I know nothing about Dish, but if you have it, please feel free to leave a comment. added 7:41pm, via Hockey Fights,

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. and STAMFORD, Conn. – EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) and its DISH Network™ and OLN today announced a multi-year agreement which restores the channel to DISH Network customers. “It was important that we negotiated a fair contract, enabling DISH Network to remain a tremendous value for our customers,” said Eric Sahl, senior vice president of Programming. “We understand that this has been a difficult period for our customers, and we thank them for all their patience. We look forward to a long relationship with OLN in which we can provide the network to our customers.”
more added 7:49pm, According to OLN website, OLN is available on Dish at channel 151. If you are interested in Dish Network, help support Kukla's Korner by using the following link...Get Dish in 4 rooms FREE!  Find out how.

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OLN-HD Update

the Rangers/Devils game is in HD on INHD via Comcast in Detroit. The INHD schedule says MLB Phillies/Rockies. Come on OLN and INHD, get a schedule up so we don't have to go searching every night.

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Tippett Frustrated

from the AP via Fox Sports,

"Frustration," Tippett said, quickly summing up how he felt. "Come out with effort and execution like that in Game 1 is unacceptable. It's not who we are as a team, and not who we expect to be. Our expectations are much higher than that." So is there reason to panic? "Not so much panic. Maybe a little more desperation to our game, a little bit more urgency to get things done, have a little bit more jump," said Stars captain Mike Modano, whose only two shots in Game 1 came in the third period. "All depends on how you bounce back. Do you panic and go in a frenzy over it?," Bill Guerin said. "It's a little bit of a mixture, because you just don't want to ignore it and think that it didn't happen. You have to face reality. ... We've got to get our act together."
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Murray Challenges Team Leaders

from the Ottawa Sun,

Murray issued a challenge to his own stars ahead of Tuesday’s night’s pivotal third game of the best-of-seven series, urging them to match the performance of the Lightning’s diminutive star and his teammates. “There’s no question — our best players have to match their best players. That’s what happens on hockey teams,” Murray said Monday before the Senators left for Tampa Bay. “Certain guys get priority roles, get opportunity and ice time and all the rest of it and they have to play accordingly.”

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Is Campbell A Target

from the Vancouver Province,

Brian Campbell's mother is scared for her son. So is his head coach. And most of the New York state area. The Sabres defenceman, who became a minor celebrity on Saturday when he delivered the biggest hit of the playoffs, is well aware his notoriety might not be good for his health in a seven-game series against the Philadelphia Flyers. "I'm sure they'll be gunning for me now," Campbell said yesterday. "My mom's a bit paranoid -- she worries."

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Let’s Play Four On Four

from the CP via CJAD,

Four skaters aside is the way the NHL should evolve, says Mark Moore. The insightful look by the former pro from Thornhill, Ont., at how pro hockey is played, and how it might be structured in the future, is outlined in his recently-published book, Saving The Game. Having fewer players on the ice is the most sensible way to render useless most boring checking schemes - he calls them squeezes - and reinvigorate the sport at the highest levels, Moore contends. "After a great deal of thought and evolution of my ideas over the course of my time in hockey, it is now clear to me that the best solution to free all the game's excitement up, and indeed the only practicable way out of the squeeze, is to switch to four-on-four," he writes.

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My Stanley Cap

The National Hockey League's marketing, licensing, retail and broadcast partners are offering fans trips to the Stanley Cup Final, a new car, community rink renovations and a new line of official Stanley Cup Playoff apparel through sweepstakes and promotions as part of the NHL's 'My Stanley Cup' initiative. This is the first year the 'My Stanley Cup' tagline has accompanied the Stanley Cup Playoffs. 'My Stanley Cup' is a multi-faceted marketing, advertising, promotional and charitable platform that uses the Playoffs as its central theme. 'My Stanley Cup' activities launched with the start of the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs and will continue to intensify with each successive playoff series. Latest Stanley Cup Ad The third Stanley Cup Playoffs broadcast promo, featuring voiceover narration from actor Howie Mandel, host of NBC's "Deal or No Deal," made its debut during the April 22 NHL on NBC broadcast. The 'My Stanley Cup' promo features Jaromir Jagr of the New York Rangers; Peter Forsberg of the Philadelphia Flyers; Rod Brind'Amour, Doug Weight and Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes; Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings; Daniel Briere and Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres; and Craig Rivet and Sheldon Souray of the Montreal Canadiens. The spot will air on NBC, OLN, CBC, TSN and local affiliates. The TV ad also is available for viewing on NHL.com. The first two broadcast ads premiered earlier this month and featured the voices of actors Kiefer Sutherland and Denis Leary and several players from the 16 playoff teams. Locker Room Merchandise New Era will produce the official Stanley Cup Championship locker room hat. Reebok will produce the official locker room hat of the Conference Champions. NHL Retail Partners More than 700 retail partners across North America will blanket their stores with 'My Stanley Cup' signage and NHL merchandise, including 'My Stanley Cup' banners, die cut Stanley Cup replicas and 'My Stanley Cup' window clings and bracket boards. image

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Pick On Someone Your Own Size

from the Edmonton Journal,

You see Red Wings defenceman Chris Chelios's open-ice hit attempt on the Oilers' Sergei Samsonov on Sunday? He missed the full frontal demolition job by that much, a function of advancing years, no doubt. That he went after the Oilers' smallest forward in the first place may say more about where Chelios is in his illustrious career. It's amazing, of course, that the 44-year-old Chelios remains effective as the big five-oh looms, but lining up Samsonov? As a young and fearless warrior, Chelios would not have bothered with such small fry.
continued thanks to A2Y for the pointer...

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Weekes In- Jagr Out

from the Globe and Mail,

The New York Rangers will go into tonight's game against the New Jersey Devils without their two most important players from the regular season. Right winger Jaromir Jagr will be out with an injury to his left arm, which was expected, but Rangers head coach Tom Renney pulled a surprise Monday morning by naming Kevin Weekes to start in goal ahead of rookie Henrik Lundqvist. Renney defended his move as borne not from panic but Weekes' playoff history against the Devils. However, the goaltender's moment of glory came four years ago when he played for the Carolina Hurricanes.

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