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The Playoff Challenge

Here are the entries into the Playoff Challenge (points to original post). 145 participants. I put it into this format, Name, Goals For- Goals Against, reading left to right, to save some space. Ottawa: Jon M. 65-40, Laura 71-51, Niki 69-49, Jack K. 55-45, Jackson 44-40, Nan 55-54, Grant 51-47, FF 48-39, TG 67-48, Vinny 52-35, BlueBoy 47-38, Jeff B. 41-37, CeeCee 70-60, DC 40-30, Gary F. 65-47, Pete 47-36, Elaine 55-47, Bryan G. 52-47, BBB 47-37, Jak 66-48, MJF 70-50, Tim L. 55-44, Grandpa 61-60, CF 65-37 New Jersey: Tim 72-61, Steve 56-44, William H. 72-58, L Smith 62-48, Rob T. 55-36, Ryan M. 56-36, Phillip D. 69-50, Maju 52-41, PC 56-32, Mort 54-40, MB 61-45, Lund 57-39, Ken F. 61-55, Jay 55-40, Albert 49-40, Mary M. 70-55, Unlce B 61-41, Cindi 44-28, King Hank 56-33, Bingo 54-44, LMD 74-40, Victor G. 55-44, Albert 74-55, YTS 66-38, Gabby 55-54 Colorado: BC 75-60, Foppa 89-65, Mountain Man 78-33, RB 59-51, POG 90-50, Frances 33-30, Ricki 80-55, Drew J. 64-41, COP 64-30, Drudge 74-32, Edy 44-41, Kendra 44-44, Sam G. 74-51, Keith R. 40-30, Sak19 51-28, BET 56-50, Paul W. 69-49, LKM 44-38, Bruce A. 64-50, Gary T. 50-40 San Jose: Todd H. 66-51, Buzzy 64-53, LeafFan 89-45, GIB 65-42, FAJR 63-51, Tommy G. 78-61, Troy 60-45, Vince A. 47-40, Dan G. 55-50, PAC 58-45, Phil V. 56-42, OJT 69-58, RK 74-55, Duncan 64-50, Libby 89-56, Michael P. 44-30, Bill F. 55-49, MAZ 60-50, Lori L. 60-55, Kathy 47-46 Edmonton: Ric S. 65-51, GR99 55-47, OilMan 49-41, Maurice 61-50, Jen B. 68-41, Carl T. 57-45, Timothy 64-50, Trent 49-40, Hank S. 64-52, CoffeyMan 64-48, RYS 47-40, Underdog 61-50, Dean 51-47, Joseph B. 65-47, Ritchie 60-50, ZooZoo 61-50, Peter G. 70-60, Vanity 65-55 Buffalo: PRS 54-39, Matt H. 83-75, Brenda 44-30, Yikes 55-47, FF 64-50, LBJ 54-50, Wendy 68-50, Cindi 44-41, HURT 55-34, Mic M. 45-44, Gerry K. 74-66, BFLA 66-55, Jason S. 55-47, Benny E. 64-50, ManOMan 55-47, CD 71-50, Lorri 44-38 Carolina: Ryan 67-52 CHAW 40-30, NJNO 64-40, Rob F. 55-44, Vic S. 66-57, Marty 55-49, Brandy 74-55, Mike S. 64-61, HF 49-40, LOAD 55-40, Pinky 49-39 Anaheim: Ken G. 55-44, Duckman 65-50, Tina F. 66-49, SofS 58-40, Jazzy 44-40, Petra 65-44, Charles A. 74-55, Mousey 39-33, Stephanie 69-59, Lon 49-48

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Phaneuf Played With Broken Foot

via Sportsnet,

Calder nominee Dion Phaneuf played the Calgary Flames series with a boken bone in his foot and a sore knee. Phaneuf, who has declined an invitation to join Team Canada at the world championship, suffered the injury in the final regular season game at Anaheim. Also declining Team Canada invitations due to injury are defenceman Robyn Regehr and Flames captain Jarome Iginla.

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Columbus Signs Vyborny

via the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed forward David Vyborny, the club's all-time leading scorer, to a two-year contract, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

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Thornton Still Must Prove It

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Thornton needs to show that he can be the same player in May and June that he was in March and April. Despite the Sharks' five-game dismissal of Nashville, he's not off to a good start. Although he posted four assists in the series, he was far from Hart-like, checked into virtual submission by a banged up Preds defense. And it's only going to get tougher. He won't be contending with Kimmo Timonen, Brendan Witt and Dan Hamhuis when the Oilers come a-knockin'. He'll have to find a way to fight through Chris Pronger, the guy who was the most dominating skater in the first round.

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McKee Thriving

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Jay McKee was telling a story about the serendipity of finding some old sticks and how it relates to this magical season. But he might just as well have been telling a story about finding himself again. In a season that saw many veteran players, especially defensemen, lose their way, become irrelevant or worse liabilities, McKee has become a shining example of a player that has emerged as not just capable, but crucial. Former NHL coach and one of the game's top analysts, Pierre McGuire, lights up when McKee's name is brought up. "He's my favorite player," McGuire told ESPN.com. McKee has been able to adjust and thrive in the new NHL because he can skate, McGuire said.
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Changes To Round 2 Schedule

The National Hockey League announced the following updates to the Conference Semifinal schedule for the 2006 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: * Th(e dates for Games 6 and 7 of the Western Conference Semifinal Series 'L' (Anaheim Mighty Ducks vs. Colorado Avalanche, if necessary) have moved to Tuesday, May 16 and Thursday, May 18, respectively. * The start time for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Series 'J' (Carolina Hurricanes at New Jersey Devils, if necessary, Tuesday, May 16) has moved to 7 p.m., ET * The start time for Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinal Series 'K' (San Jose Sharks at Edmonton Oilers, if necessary, Wednesday, May 17) is 9 p.m., ET

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NHL ON NBC- May 6th & May 7th

The New Jersey Devils, winners of three Stanley Cup Championships since 1995, face off against the Carolina Hurricanes, who eliminated the Devils en route to the 2002 Stanley Cup Final, Saturday on NBC at 2 p.m. ET, presented in high definition. The Devils enter this Eastern Conference Semifinal series having won 15 straight games (11 regular season, 4 postseason). On Sunday at 3 p.m. ET, the Colorado Avalanche will visit the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in Game 2 of their Western Conference Seminal matchup. Chris Cuthbert (play-by-play), Peter McNab (analyst) and Cammi Granato (inside-the-glass reporter) will call New Jersey at Carolina; Mike Emrick (play-by-play), John Davidson (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass reporter) will call Colorado at Anaheim.

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Watching From The Road

People who are on the road through the playoffs have emailed me to ask if I knew of any way they could watch their team in the playoffs. My suggestion was always you have to find a sports bar with CI, OLN, etc. I have also suggested using a fairly new product called Slingbox. I have set up an affiliation with Best Buy for this product, so if you have an interest, take a look at it and see if it fits your needs. Sling Media The Slingbox SB100-100
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Numbers Better In Playoffs

via Sports Business Daily (paid reg.),

OLN averaged a 0.3/ (212,000 HHs) cable Nielsen rating through the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, down from averages of 482,000 HHs on ESPN and 370,000 HHs on ESPN2 for the first round in ’03-04. OLN’s average of 289,669 viewers is up 78.6% from 162,163 for regular-season coverage, and is up 93.8% from its year-ago time-period average of 149,486.

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Good News For Koivu

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu still doesn't know the full extent of an eye injury he suffered during the first round of the NHL playoffs but he says all signs point to him making a full recovery. "It looks like the vision will be back 100 per cent," Koivu said Friday. "But we have to wait until all the blood is gone before we know for sure."
more image photo via the AP

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