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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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Bettman At His Best

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun, Gary Bettman was in the building and, you'd figure, was savouring the scene.... "These teams all embody the new NHL. Too many franchises were in too much trouble and couldn't be competitive.'' There are those who think this Stanley season, reduced to small markets Carolina, Buffalo, Anaheim and Edmonton with the game predominantly on OLN in the U.S.A. is a waste. "We don't look at that. We look at what is going on on the ice. It's terrific. "Half the people seem to suggest it's a negative because the major markets aren't represented. The other half seem to think having these four teams in the Conference Finals shows the new NHL is a success and is a breath of fresh air." more

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Capturing The Fan

from the Edmonton Journal via the Chronicle Herald,

Filmmaker Simon Dekker has a simple definition of a sports fan — someone who believes. For the past few weeks, Dekker has been travelling to cities throughout North America filming hockey fans to find out why ordinary people get so emotionally involved in professional sports. Using the NHL playoffs as his backdrop, he is exposing fankind’s deepest secrets.... Dekker said he’s not trying to capture wire climbers, police confrontations or women flashing their breasts. Rather, he said he wants to find out why fans have an "unending pursuit for recognition, belonging and glory." Dekker hasn’t seen any celebrations in California. Parking lots in San Jose and Anaheim are empty within 15 minutes of the end of the game, he said, and there are no traffic jams.
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