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Russian Super League Will Take On NHL Teams

from the Russian Information Agency,

The Soviet-era battle for world hockey supremacy is set to resume again after officials agreed on a series of exhibition matches between top teams from Russia's Superleague and the NHL. The agreement was clinched at talks in New York between Vladislav Tretyak, Russia's hockey commissar, and top officials from the National Hockey League (NHL) including Commissioner Gary Bettman, the Russian Hockey Federation (RHF) said Tuesday. "The sides have agreed to exchange exhibition matches next season," press secretary Vladimir Gerasimov said. "The schedule and teams have yet to be determined."

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Too Hot

from the Montreal Gazette,

You don't need a Terry Tomalty Montreal street scene, with kids in CH tuques chasing pucks through the twilit slush until they're called home for dinner. You can have a hockey game without romance, sentimentality or frostbite. What's needed, however, is an evening cool enough to wear a coat or a jacket - and something that says "hockey" louder than a Tilley hat - to the game. You want to see your breath as you approach the arena. You want to hear fresh snow crunching under your boots. You want to see scalpers blowing on their hands to keep warm. That's hockey. Or at least that was hockey until the NHL decided to expand to the Sun Belt. Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina. But hockey is sweeter where the rink needs a heater.

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Get On Your Feet

from the National Post,

"Brrr, it's cold in here ... must be some 'Canes in the atmosphere," sings the petite blonde in an impromptu cheer, as she and two others bounce down the hallway that leads to the ice surface at RBC Center. The home of the Carolina Hurricanes does seem cold, especially when you are coming in from the 32-degree heat and are dressed in a belly-exposing cheerleaders' outfit, as Holly Wilver is. As a member of the Storm Squad, her job is to get a NASCAR-loving crowd excited about a hockey game. And it can be quite the challenge.
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Oilers Pulse

I thought I would take the pulse of the Oilers fans by heading over to HFBoards. This one post sums it up.

If you leave me now, youll take away the biggest part of me OOooooohhh nooo Roli please dont go If you leave me now, youll take away the very heart of me OOooooohhh nooo No Roli please dont go A glove like yours is glovooovvve that's hard to find How could we let it slip away Weve come too far to leave the cup behind How could we end it all this way When Wednesday comes and Clunkers in net I'll drink the night awayyyyy

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Goofiest Rule In The World

from the CP via the Edmonton Sun,

Don Cherry used a big chunk of his first Stanley Cup Coach's Corner segment to criticize the NHL for its new delay of game penalty. And he doesn't expect league commissioner Gary Bettman to be happy about it. The outspoken hockey commentator said penalizing a team for clearing the puck over the glass from its own zone is "absolutely ridiculous." "You know we're in the final and I shouldn't be doing this...," Cherry said yesterday during the first intermission of Game 1 between the Edmonton Oilers and the Carolina Hurricanes. "I know the commish doesn't like me talking like this. "This has absolutely got to be the goofiest rule in the world."

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Big Loss For Oilers

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Fans in Edmonton are going to say Hurricanes forward Andrew Ladd was running the goalie but the truth is, he stumbled and was hit by Marc-Andre Bergeron. There was absolutely nothing that Ladd could have done to avoid the collision. Ty Conklin came in to replace Roloson and really only had to make one save of consequence. He and Jason Smith got tied up behind the net and Rod Brind'Amour put the puck in the net with a wraparound. What a turn of events in this hockey game and what a turn of events for this series.

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He Was There

John Buccigross of ESPN gives us his memories of the most recent SCFs.

The Stanley Cup finals are under way. In the old days, the days when ESPN televised professional hockey, part of my job was to attend the final series. (My bosses won't let me say "Stanley Cup final" even though it is, in fact, a final. They want me to say "finals" even though there is only one & final. So, excuse my way of getting around it. But I won't say Stanley Cup finals. It makes me feel, dirty. Carry on.) From 2001-04, I attended every Stanley Cup series. Looking back, I can't believe I attended only four. Looking back, it feels like 20. Maybe because of the non-stop fun and adventures I had along the way.

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Laviolette After Game 1

Q. Is that a real textbook example of what to expect in the new NHL, that a team can actually come back from a 3-0 deficit? COACH PETER LAVIOLETTE: You know, it's certainly -- certainly what we believe in, like we've done so many times in the regular season, in the playoffs, that I think the biggest thing that we've gained all year long is confidence. It's not a position you want to be in. We didn't play well enough to win the first two periods, so we were in that position, and then we played better in the third period, came out and got the goals we needed. You know, I think the message was after two periods, if we can go out -- the next goal was a decisive goal because there's only 20 minutes of time left, if you make it 4-1 for them, it's going to be tough. If it's 3-2, then it's on us. And there's momentum from that, momentum from the building -- we gained momentum from the building. If we made it 3-2, we were winning. So that's how we've done it in the past. Certainly not a position that we want to be in. Q. When a goalie comes in and has not played for two months, do you think, let's get on him? COACH PETER LAVIOLETTE: Absolutely. I think anybody that comes in, whether it's Ty or any goaltender, you want to try and see if you can get to him and get to him early. With this defense, they did a good job of trying to protect him, we're going to have to continue to try to get more action and more pucks at the net. more in the comments...

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Roloson Done For The Series

MacTavish presser after the game, said Roloson is done for the series, no word on what the problem is. CBC cut away to news. update 11:10pm, MacTavish on OLN said it is a knee injury. update 11:29pm, OLN preliminary report is sprain to MCL. added 11:47pm, MacTavish post game interview can be read in the comment section... added Tuesday 12:11am, Jason Smith, Chris Pronger and Ty Conklin post game interview...

Q. How concerned is the status of Dwayne right now? CHRIS PRONGER: Well, it's a tough loss. I've been through it before, with the infamous Nick Kypreos on Grant Fuhr, but we have two guys that we've got a lot of confidence in. You know, they have not played that much the last two or three months, but at the same time, they have seen them in practice, they have been working hard trying to stay sharp and they will do a good job.
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The State Of The NHL

from Yahoo,

The inaugural season of the "New NHL" is winding to a close, and as great as it was for the league, the future appears to be even brighter. Sounding predominantly optimistic but defensive at times, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman held his annual state of the game news conference prior to Monday's Game Bettman addressed a host of topics, including the overwhelming success the league enjoyed this season and the prospects that hopefully will improve the game in the years to come. "This season was about re-engaging our fans," Bettman said. "The credit goes to our clubs, our players and most importantly, to our fans. Now that we are focused on moving forward, we are also looking into ways that we can do that job even better."
continued added 8:26pm, The CP version via TSN... added 8:44pm, Complete transcript of interview can be read in the comments section of this post...

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