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from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,

Wonder how Ottawa’s Anton Volchenkov slept last night. It was his horrible giveaway in the Senators zone that led to Chris Drury scoring the winning goal for the Sabres. File this one under Dumb and Dumber. With his team trailing 1-0 on an early goal, defenseman Zdeno Chara took a dumb penalty bumping a Sabre well after the whistle sounds to stop play. Fortunately for him, Buffalo’s Maxim Afinogenov took his dumb-dumb pill before the game and was sent off at the same time after knocking Chara down in retaliation.
read on...observations from the games last night...

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I’ll Take My Puck And Go Home

from Reuters via MSNBC,

Malkin, however, warned his prospective employees that he was not prepared to play second fiddle to Crosby, Pittsburgh's number one pick in the 2005 draft. "I'm not afraid of being compared to Crosby or anyone else for that matter," said the soft-spoken Russian, who has already been compared with Pittsburgh owner, the great Mario Lemieux, because of his size, talent and scoring ability. "Hopefully, next year in Pittsburgh we will both have an equal opportunity to show our skills," Malkin said of Crosby. "If he is better than me, then he deserves all the credit. But if I feel that he gets preferential treatment in any way, then I'll just rip up my contract with Penguins and go home."
more...I hope some of Malkin's words got lost in translation...

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Disbelief

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

The twist all of Calgary still can't comprehend is the NHL's sixth Battle of Alberta never came to pass. While conspiracy theorists and anyone who owns a red jersey have all spent the last two days trying to explain how the team could come up so lame at the worst time, the simple truth is the Flames couldn't -- and can't -- score. And as the club prepares to move forward this summer with or without Darryl Sutter behind the bench, it's clear Iginla's club must add finishers or expect to be finished this early every year. "I think we're going to need to be more offensive," admitted Iginla, whose team-leading 35 goals were 10 more than linemate Daymond Langkow.
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Too Much Rubber

from the Ottawa Sun,

The goalie sat in his stall, talking in hushed tones, lamenting the rebounds that got away, how he had to be better for his team in the next game. And that was in the winning dressing room. Welcome to the new NHL, Ryan Miller. Thirteen pucks found their way into the spaces behind Miller in the Buffalo Sabres crease and fellow rookie goaltender Ray Emery in the Ottawa Senators net. "It was just one of those nights," said Emery, beaten seven times on just 23 shots, the 23rd coming just 18 seconds into overtime to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead in an incredible start to the Eastern Conference semi-final.
continued from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Both teams are understandable proud of their young goalies, but it seems very doubtful that either Ryan Miller or Ray Emery is capable of carrying a team to a Stanley Cup. A harsh, knee-jerk judgment after one game? Maybe. But the goaltending at both ends was that bad last night. Statistically, it was one of the worst combined efforts in NHL playoff history. So, if either team does emerge as the big winner when this tournament is over, it will be likely because they were successful at camouflaging their primary vulnerability.
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All Karmanos

from the News & Observer, Q: What is the financial impact of making it to the second round? A: We're close to break-even, not counting interest. Q: If you advance to the next round? Or will you get above the break-even level in this round? A: We'll actually make money. I made [chief financial officer] Mike Amendola say that: "Mike, we're actually going to make some money?" It took him about 15 seconds. He went, "Yes. That's the first time in 18 years I can say that." Q: So there was more riding on that first-round series than just making it to the next round of the playoffs? A: You try not to think about that. See, that's what the position the pre-lockout Red Wings found themselves in. They were maxing out all their revenue streams throughout the year and they had to get to the final round of the playoffs to break even. It was the final round where they made any money at all. It was a swing for them of $20 million, $30 million." read on

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Avs Revenge Must Come In Goals

from the Daily Camera,

Marc Crawford is looking for work. The Vancouver Canucks are searching for answers. And Brad May isn't good enough to get on the ice anymore. Which means there probably won't be a bounty on Francois Beauchemin's head. Perhaps the Colorado Avalanche will at least fight back on the scoreboard. The sooner the better. How about Sunday at high noon (local time)? May's new teammates can't wait until they get back home to retaliate in cowardly Todd Bertuzzi fashion. And they need to score goals instead of throw sucker punches. Joe Sakic and Milan Hejduk need to pay Beauchemin back for his questionable hit Friday on first linemate Andrew Brunette by beating rookie goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov like a drum. There simply was no offensive counterpunch after the defenseman's game-changing hit.
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Parlez Vous Francais

from the CP via the Edmonton Sun,

Saku Koivu was challenged by a reporter yesterday for his inability to speak French after 10 years of playing in Montreal and seven seasons of serving as captain of the Canadiens. After being posed the question by the reporter from TVA, a leading French-language television network in Quebec, Koivu said it would be the "ideal situation" for the Canadiens to have a French-speaking captain. Then he admitted he has not put in enough effort to learn the predominant language of the province.
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Not A Good Game For Emery

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

If you're Bryan Murray, or Marc Crawford, or a member of the coaching fraternity, you don't like the new NHL so much on this particular night. It was interesting listening to Senators head coach Bryan Murray after Friday night's game talking about the opportunities his team had in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal against the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres had five scoring chances part way through the game and the Senators gave up four goals. If Murray didn't like that percentage, he's not going to like what he saw from Ray Emery at the end of the game.
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Last One With The Puck Wins

Stealing the old line from football, the Sabres had the puck last after a very bad turnover, and scored early in OT to beat Ottawa 7-6. Just the kind of game the NHL dreamed of, not the kind of game the coaches wanted.

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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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