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Bolts Still Have Pride

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

"What do you say when you're down 3-1 in a series?" Burke, who will start Game 5 tonight at Scotiabank Place, asked yesterday. "I'm not going to sit here and say we've got 'em where we want 'em. "I would really be lying to you if I said that. But, to win a seven-game series, you have to win four games and until you lose that fourth game, then you've still got a chance. "All I can say is there's a lot of pride in this dressing room. If we can get it to 3-2, then we're going home with a chance to tie it up. That's what we have to look at right now."
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Talking Ozolinsh & Lundqvist

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Look, it's difficult to imagine Tom Renney going with Ozolinsh this afternoon given the booing to which he was subjected every time he touched the puck Wednesday. But that doesn't mean the acquisition of Ozolinsh represents a line of demarcation for his team, even if that's the popular theory. Even more critically than that, Henrik Lundqvist's hip flexor would not have become the issue it did had the goaltender reported it to promptly to the medical staff. Two days ago, Lundqvist admitted he'd felt some discomfort in the area before playing the March 30 game in Ottawa to complete a back-to-back he opened the previous night on the Island. He said the discomfort increased during that game in Ottawa. Yet, even with four days until the next game, Lundqvist did not inform anyone of the problem. Indeed, even after the team had a couple of days off, the goaltender practiced the following two days. It was only after the second practice that he informed the medical staff, and Renney, of the injury that had grown worse over time.
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Samsonov Due

from the Edmonton Journal,

The Oilers consider Detroit hostile territory, but it's home for Sergei Samsonov, who adopted this city 10 years ago after leaving Russia to play pro in North America as a nervous 17-year-old. Samsonov hopes to make it an unhappy homecoming today as far as Detroit is concerned, igniting some offensive fireworks to offset the reawakening of his Russian counterpart, Pavel Datsyuk, with the Wings. He's certainly due.
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A Partnership With The Habs Fans

from the Globe and Mail,

When George Gillett recalls the moment more than five years ago that he was told the Montreal Canadiens were his, he begins to cry.... But the real difference, Gillett understands, between this and his other business endeavours is not written in red and black, but in red, white and blue. "I think it would be very presumptuous of us to think of ourselves as owners," he said. "I think we are trustees. We hold this franchise in trust for the fans. . . . This is a very unusual community. I think that as long as they sense that we are their partner as opposed to the owner, I think we'll be fine. The day we try to assert to anybody that we own this franchise is the day that we've misread this community."
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Watch Your Language

via Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly sent out a memo to all general managers and coaches, part of which reads as follows: "During the first week of the playoffs, we have had several instances of team personnel using inappropriate and profane language in media interactions... While we appreciate the intensity and passion with which you all approach your jobs, everyone must also understand the need to maintain suitable decorum in public settings... Any such violations in the future will subject both the individual's involved and their clubs to potential fines."
added 6:55am, from the Leader-Post,
If the Tampa Bay Lightning are eliminated by the Ottawa Senators tonight, some of the loudest cheers will be coming from the people who bring you the NHL playoffs on radio and TV, and maybe from the guys in the league offices in New York and Toronto, too. That's because Lightning head coach John Tortorella has a toilet for a mouth, forcing broadcasters to fill the airwaves with bleeps to mask the expletives he often uses in his remarks to the media.
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Preds On Local TV

via the Tennessean,

The Nashville Predators have decided not to impose a local blackout of Game 5 of their playoff series against the San Jose Sharks Sunday. The 7:30 p.m. telecast will be aired on Outdoor Life Network (OLN), despite the NHL team's inability to sell the game out at Gaylord Entertainment Center. "We have less than 2,000 tickets remaining," said Predators spokesman Gerry Helper. "We have moved some today."

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Staying On A Roll

from the CP via TSN,

The Red Wings have snatched back the momentum, and Joe Louis Arena is about to rock. The Wings, impressed by the work ethic of the Edmonton Oilers, know they can't give them another chance to regain control of the first-round NHL playoff series. They'll push to end it in six now. "We have to keep playing like that," says goaltender Manny Legace, alluding to Detroit's 4-2 win that evened the series 2-2 Thursday night in Edmonton. "We can't let them come back now. "The place will be rockin' on Saturday afternoon."
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Orange You Glad

I hope you got the headline... A reader commented in a post today about Philly going all out "Orange" tonight. from the Philadelphia Flyers,

ORANGE you excited for Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal match up between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Buffalo Sabres on Friday, April 28? In anticipation of on-ice action at Friday night’s game, the Flyers invite fans to get “ORANGED OUT” at the game to show their heart is with the team! Fans can visit one of three “ORANGED OUT” stations to get Flyered up before the game with orange body paint, orange face paint, orange hair paint and other orang-ifying items.
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Greatest Goal This Year

Rbk Canada wants your vote. Pick the greatest goal of the regular season. The goal with the most votes will be showcased on the Rbk Hockey's Greatest Goal show on NHL Network on June 22 at 7:30 pm ET. Thanks to a KK reader for passing this on. image

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A Hint

from the NY Daily News,

About two minutes earlier, sensing it could be MSG's last Rangers telecast of the season, Sam Rosen, the play-by-play man, thanked the crew. Now, with the game over and MSG's postgame show about to begin, Rosen delivered another on-air message to his partner John Davidson. "Big boy, thanks for 20 great years," Rosen said. For a second, Davidson seemed to be at a loss for words. "Yeah, it was a good time, big boy," Davidson said. This is as close as anyone has come to receiving confirmation that Davidson will leave MSG's Rangers booth to become president of the St.Louis Blues.
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