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Ruff & Laviolette After The Game

Q. You challenged the Briere line and they answered the bell. COACH LINDY RUFF: I thought he had a real good night for us in all areas. And if we're going to win, they need to play like that. It was great to see -- I thought the whole team really bounced back with a solid effort. Q. Is that what you told them yesterday when you pulled them aside, your best players have to play like your best players? COACH LINDY RUFF: Pretty well, that they got outplayed, that we need them to outplay the opposition if we're going to have success. I think part of it was we talked about offense and part of it is responsibility when we're playing defense, too. Q. Yesterday Coach Ruff challenged the Briere, Hecht Dumont line to be more effective in today's game. From your perspective talk about what it was like to try and contain them shift by shift? COACH PETER LAVIOLETTE: Well, they scored some goals, so the second period we weren't very good, offensive or defensively or with our discipline. Second period really did us in tonight. I thought we played a real good road period in the first period and the third period I thought that we got going, but the second period cost us. more in the comment section of this post... I am not sure if the NHL has done this before, but after the game, they streamed the post game interviews from their homepage at NHL.com. The interviews can be watched and a very cool section of the video is the goals scored last night. You can watch them all from different angles, with no commentary, so you can hear the on-ice action, etc... That part starts at the 36:30 mark of the video.

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Talking OLN-HD

Pretty enjoyable game tonight. You can say this about the game, Canes didn't lose, they just ran out of time. Sabres were hanging on in the end and looked completely gassed. I would like to get your views on the OLN presentation of the game, especially the HD viewers. I thought Doc sounded a little congested tonight, his voice became raspy as the game went on. Olczyk did a very good job as the color man. It looks like Chicago made the right decision in hiring him for next year. The picture quality was very good in HD. I was watching on INHD via Comcast in the Detroit area. Sound problems all night long. No center channel for me, the left front speaker was the source for the voices tonight. Also, when the camera in the corners was used, the picture actually switched to SD, with the sidebars appearing. OLN needs to make the team logos smaller thus allowing the score bar to be moved to the very top of the screen and they need to stop running promos while the game is being played. Those promos interfere with the picture and is very annoying. Hopefully, they have learned some valuable lessons and their broadcasts will improve next year. I also noticed the away team goal horn was non-existent tonight. Instead, the score bar flashed about five times when a team scored. I understand the game was finally available in HD for Dish subscribers but Directv viewers filed complaints that they lost the HD signal during the game. Your opinions are much appreciated here, and maybe OLN is monitoring this post.

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Stirring Rendition

from ERic Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

A day after the fact, Rexall Place was still abuzz over the stirring rendition of the Canadian national anthem, sung by Paul Lorieau, with help from the 16,000-plus in attendance for Tuesday night's third game of the Western Conference final. Midway through his performance, Lorieau held up his microphone to the crowd, which was singing the anthem, mostly in unison. The effect was inspiring, according to all the principals quizzed about it Wednesday.
continued image You can view the talked about anthem performance at Off Wing Opinion...

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Is The End Near For Bob Cole

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Before the start of the National Hockey League's two conference finals, the CBC made a decision to assign Bob Cole and Harry Neale to the Western Conference series.... Perhaps Cole was unprepared or fatigued, but based on his work in the first two games, the issue isn't so much his calling the Western series, but whether he should be working as a play-by-play announcer at all.

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Bruins GM Search Continues

from TSN,

It seems Ray Shero isn't going to be the general manager for the Boston Bruins after all. The Providence Journal reports that Shero, who was offered the position over the weekend, is asking the team for too much money and negotiations have broken down.

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New GM For Colorado

from the Rocky Mountain News,

The Colorado Avalanche will introduce Francois Giguere as its new general manager at a news conference at the Pepsi Center this afternoon, a source confirmed for the Rocky Mountain News.

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Getting ‘Close’ To The Cup

from John Wiedeman and the NY Islanders,

For the older, veteran players, surviving to the Conference Final and dealing with the cuts, bumps, bruises, strains, sprains and even fractures that tend to accumulate over a season or several seasons, is all part of being an NHL player. Staying motivated through all of the carnage at this point in the season is easy and one unspoken motivating factor for these vets is fear. Not the fear of a tough opponent physically battering their bodies during games, but the fear of never getting another chance to get this close to the cup.
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You can pay me $10 to read this, or read it for free via Tom Benjamin. Off Wing Opinion is also investigating; another $10 please. added 11:03am, Jes at Hockey Rants joins in! update 2:39pm, Anyone know who this is? update 3:30pm, VCOE should go into investigative reporting. Alanah even goes way back to my old blog to follow the footsteps and clues. Updated February 2007: Sportsnet TV and Eklund

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Edmonton Talks

MacTavish, Pronger and Pisani conference after last night's game.

Q. Craig, can you just talk about what you're seeing out of Michael Peca and him stepping his game up at just the right time? COACH MacTAVISH: Yeah. It looks like another huge goal. Great goal. Break-away goal. Blocked the terrific shot himself at the top corner, and you know, it looked like it was going to be the insurance goal and should have been given the circumstances of the game. But he's played exceptionally well. And he's played lots of hockey. Our team has played lots of hockey. We played ten games in an every-other-day stretch, and it's taking its toll on us right now, and we've got to win the game Thursday and get the horses to the barn and get a little rest.
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NHL & iTunes Release

via the NHL,

The National Hockey League announced today an on-line initiative offering hockey fans in the United States the opportunity to purchase and download 2006 Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final game recaps from the iTunes. Music Store. The iTunes Music Store is offering a "Season Pass" for each Stanley Cup Playoff series for $4.99. Each package includes 15-20 minutes of expanded highlights of each game in the Eastern or the Western Conference Finals or the Stanley Cup Final. For $1.99, fans can download expanded highlights of individual games. Videos downloaded from the iTunes Music Store can be viewed on a computer or iPod.. "In addition to being the most passionate fans in sports, hockey fans love using the newest technology to connect with their NHL," said Doug Perlman, NHL Executive Vice President, Media. "Our deal with Apple will enable our fans to download and re-live the most exciting action in professional sports -- the Stanley Cup Playoffs." The U.S. iTunes Music Store also will feature personal song playlists created by players from both Stanley Cup Final teams.

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