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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
The poor conditions Thursday night prompted Spezza to change into a new pair of skates before scoring two points in the Senators’ 5-2 victory over the Sabres.
“The rink is warm, the skates break down,” said Spezza. “(The ice) was terrible. It was slow in the Jersey series, but here it was like the puck didn’t even slide.
“You have to chip the puck in, which means there is less nice plays and more ugly ones.”
Not what the NHL would want for the Showcase Season, to be sure.
more on the Sabres and Sens…
from John Branch of the New York Times,
For the Sabres to have come this far — not to the Eastern Conference finals, but simply to still exist in Buffalo — required the most memorable play in franchise history, an assist by a gray-haired man from Rochester.
Until about four years ago, Tom Golisano said, he had seen three N.H.L. games in his life. He never considered putting money into a teetering hockey franchise until he realized that no one else would, either.
Golisano, now 65, is well known in business and political circles, thanks mostly to the fortune he accumulated in founding and running Paychex, a payroll-processing firm, and three well-chronicled, unsuccessful runs for governor of New York. But with the Sabres thriving, on the ice and off, he is garnering attention as a team owner.
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
And so a lesson in playoff hockey was administered by the Red Wings to a Ducks team that had steamrolled through the first two rounds, going 8-2.
For the first time in these playoffs, the Ducks trail a series. They do so after playing the physical game they wanted, taking control of the second half of Game 1 and yet allowing a patient, talented Detroit team just enough of an opening to squeeze through.
“From our standpoint, we did a lot of the things that we tried to do in the hockey game. We set a game plan out and we came out on the short end of a hockey game that was highly competitive,” Carlyle said.
The people in the States are not going to be very happy with the decision of not broadcasting an NHL game in the afternoon timeslot this weekend.
What are the powers-to-be thinking, we live and die with afternoon hockey and now our whole weekend schedule is messed up.
We just don’t know what to do without a game in the afternoon; whoever made this decision is telling us the fans don’t matter.
Maybe, just maybe, if we complain loud and long enough, next weekend we will get afternoon, weekend hockey!!!
from Mike Brophy at the Hockey News,
Unlike the Eastern final between Ottawa and Buffalo, where the two teams actually try to score goals, the Western finale will be a battle of wills – which team can prevent the other team from scoring instead of which team can score more often. Yuk!
Regardless, the best team on the night won. Detroit continues to plow ahead regardless of the fact it has lost two of its three best defensemen, Mathieu Schneider and Niklas Kronwall.
Post game Q & A with Babcock, Zetterberg and Homstrom…
Q. Sure you’re not looking for style points on goals; you’ll take them any way you can get them?
COACH MIKE BABCOCK: No, I mean, it’s the goal. We got the puck in the net on the power play. We had traffic. It was a good goal. We missed a layup. Samuelsson and Zetterberg should have had three power?play goals tonight when you look at it that way. He missed a wide?open net. He had all day. I don’t know if he just let up on whatever.
It was good to see our power?play work. It’s important in this series just because of the fact they’re way more prone to taking penalties than we are. Normally that straightens out as the series goes on. That will be advantage to us then.
Hasek stopped 31 of 32 shots from the Ducks, many of the scoring chance variety.
Game 1 goes to the Wings 2-1.
Ducks won’t change a thing for game 2, Wings need to create more offense.
added 10:24pm, Watch the post game reaction from the coaches & players.
via the Star Tribune,
For Wild fans, success will have a price.
The NHL team this season advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2003, falling to Anaheim in five games in the first round. On Friday, the Wild announced its 2007-08 season ticket prices, which will include increases of more than 10 percent in all lower- and upper-level sections. Club-level ticket prices will not change.
Lower-level tickets will range from $82 on the sides (up $8 from 2006-07), $71 in the corners (up $7) and $60 on the ends (up $6).
via Bob McKenzie of TSN,
New Jersey Devil forward Patrik Elias has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit in New Jersey Federal Court against his former agents, Mark Gandler and Todd Diamond, sources tell TSN.
The court documents were reportedly filed yesterday in New Jersey.
In the suit, Elias alleges fraud, embezzlement, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of US Federal Securities Laws.
thanks to a KK member for the heads-up
from the CP via TSN,
“Last night was one of those games where I barely touched the puck,” Briere said. “.. I’m not happy with my game but have to move on.”
He did his best to hide his disappointment in not playing a whole lot in Game 1.
“That’s not for me to decide,” said Briere, who understood that head coach Lindy Ruff was trying to match Chris Drury’s line with Jason Spezza’s line.
“So sometimes it’s tough as a coach to get everybody happy,” Briere added. “I’m not going to complain about it .. I’m 100 per cent behind (Ruff).”
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