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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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The Maven Says Canes

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

Goaltending will be decisive. I like Carolina’s chances because I’m convinced that Roloson is playing over his head. If he’s dented, the Oilers are kaput. Edmonton’s defense is formidable, but the Canes’ have a solid unit with a rising star in Commodore. I believe the Finals, ultimately, will be decided on the front lines. Or, to put it another way, Carolina’s fourth line is better than Edmonton’s. ‘Nuff said. Edmonton has won enough Cups. Carolina fully deserves one. Go -- for the good, old USA -- Canes!
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Forget The Ratings- Enjoy The Hockey

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

The hue and cry is that Edmonton-Carolina will produce some of the worst sports television ratings ever registered and that this is further proof that hockey is a fast-fading niche sport and that Commissioner Gary Bettman's NHL is a failure and that the league and its broadcast operations have been hopelessly mismanaged. I say: bunk. (Actually, I would use a much stronger word, but kids read this and I for one will not contribute to their already hopelessly crude use of the English language.) Look, for starters, do you really believe, even for a moment, that Commissioner Bettman didn't anticipate the day that in a 30-team league there might be a possibility that two very small markets would compete head to head for the Stanley Cup?
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Listen To Win

The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced it is teaming with sports, rock and talk radio stations in five NHL markets to promote the 2006 Stanley Cup Final. Through on-air, on-line and outdoor ‘My Stanley Cup’ promotions, each radio station will offer listeners opportunities to win special NHL-themed prize packages. Six winners will receive the grand prize of a 42" plasma high-definition flat-screen television. WCKG-FM and WSCR-AM in Chicago; WRIF-FM in Detroit; KLSX-FM in Los Angeles; WMMR-FM in Philadelphia; and WFAN-AM and WFNY-FM in New York will air ‘My Stanley Cup’ promos and will host listener parties, outdoor events and in-studio contests, all of which are designed to drive TV tune-in to 2006 Stanley Cup Final broadcasts on NBC and OLN in the U.S. added 12:15pm, As part of the in-market promotions, the NHL will deploy street teams to join on-air radio personalities at high-traffic outdoor locations, including the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Calif., Times Square in New York City and Rittenhouse Square in Philadephia, to distribute more than 25,000 pucks. The pucks and the custom-designed Dodge vehicles the NHL street teams will operate will feature NBC and OLN tune-in branding. In addition, former and current NHL players and coaches, including Luc Robitaille, Scotty Bowman and Jeremy Roenick, will call-in during on-air peak programming to discuss the Stanley Cup Final. image

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