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No Suspension For Gauthier

via TSN,

The National Hockey League will not be suspending Flyers defenceman Denis Gauthier for his hit from behind on Buffalo Sabres forward Thomas Vanek in the second period of Philadelphia's 8-2 loss to Buffalo on Monday.

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StrangleHold About To Be Applied

from the Edmonton Oilers,

Despite outplaying the Oilers by a wide margin in Game 1 on Friday, the Red Wings got through by the skin of their teeth with a 3-2 double-overtime win.... Now the scene shifts to Rexall Place where, with a pair of home wins, the Oilers could take a stranglehold on the series.

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A Profit Ahead

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Higher television revenue, booming attendance and "business fundamentals" related to a new labor deal will boost an estimated 22 of the NHL's 30 clubs to break-even or profitable status this season, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday, signs that the league is recovering from the labor dispute that wiped out the 2004-05 season. Final numbers will be compiled after the playoffs, which generate significant amounts of revenue. A league-commissioned financial review issued in February 2004 had said that 19 teams lost a total of $342 million in the 2002-03 season and that 11 teams made money, leaving cumulative losses at $272 million.
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Black Ice

from Black Voices,

George and Darril Fosty planned a big splash with their new book, 'Black Ice: The Lost History of the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes, 1865-1925.' The debut was to coincide with the start of the National Hockey League's 2004-2005 season. But the NHL drained the Fostys' pool when it shut down for the entire season as players and owners fought over salary cap, free agency and other issues. Now, the NHL is back, the playoffs have started, and hockey excitement is in the air. And "Black Ice" is rippling the waters of the hockey world with controversial claims that an all-black 19th Century Canadian league pioneered the style of play that dominates the NHL today.
continued image photo via Black Ice Book

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High Definition Update- First Round on OLN-HD

INHD has added a NHL area to their website. The only HD game listed is Rangers/Devils on April 30th. OLN lists two HD games before that date, April 26th Rangers/Devils and April 28th Flyers/Sabres. Does that mean INHD will not telecast those two games, or will they show up on INHD2 or maybe another channel? Again, questions, but no answers from OLN!

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Cuban Interested In Penguins

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Although there is no indication Dallas billionaire Mark Cuban will be buying his hometown Pirates anytime soon, he could be coming to a new arena near you as a limited partner in the Penguins' new ownership group. "I have told several people who have contacted me that, although I wouldn't be the lead, or largest investor, I would kick in some money if it would help," Cuban wrote in an e-mail interview.

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Playoff Attendance

The Predators' modest streak of four straight home playoff sellouts came to an end on Sunday, when a crowd of 16,707 — about 400 short of capacity at the Gaylord Entertainment Center — watched Nashville fall 3-0 to the Sharks.- The Tennessean I noticed a few empty seats at the Joe too, for both games. It appears the NHL has yet to win back all of the fans.

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Reviewing Last Night

A nice review of the action from last night... from the Hockey News,

- One thing is certain – when they decide who the MVP of the Avs-Stars series is, it won’t be a goalie. - We used to think the concept of “Ice Girl” cheerleaders at an NHL game was a lowbrow gimmick. Then we got a look at one of Carolina’s girls. - There must be something that happens to goaltenders when they pull a Flyers jersey on. From Ron Hextall to Robert Esche, the Orange & Black’s backstoppers have earned a reputation for being, shall we say, rather testy.
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The Check

Many fans were looking for the "check" a Flames fan tried to deliver thru the glass last Friday. You can view it at Off Wing Opinion or here. A little background can be read at Calgary Puck. image

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Will The Swedes Compete

from the Edmonton Journal via the Vancouver Sun,

Detroit general manager Ken Holland said it was never his intention to build a Swedish stronghold in Motor City. Their presence just happened to fit the team's blueprint. "Then I went to Steve Yzerman the third day in training camp and told him we're looking at a veteran forward, a Swede. 'We've got six, what's your feeling on adding one more?' Steve said, 'Is he going to compete?' I told him he would. He said 'They're not Swedes, they're hockey players.'

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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