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Babcock After Game 5

Q. Mike, 47 seconds left and they tie it up. When you go into the locker room there, how do you keep - especially with some of the younger guys, how do you keep the ball from falling on them, you were that close, and try to get them up? Did you feel you played as strongly as you could have in the overtime or was some of that nagging -
COACH MIKE BABCOCK: I don’t buy any of that. The playoffs are about adversity. Things go your way, sometimes they don’t. Their power play goals, the six-on-four goal that goes off our stick. It’s unfortunate. We had the chance to Cleary before Zetterberg missed the net. We didn’t get it out the second time. It’s in the back of your net.
But I don’t think - number one, we got a good veteran group in there. I don’t think anyone is dwelling on that. You’re just trying to find a way to get the next one. No one told us this was going to be easy.
We thought we played a pretty good hockey game here tonight. We felt we had our opportunities. They got one on the power play even though it was six-on-four. We didn’t get one on the power play in the end. That’s the game.

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Ducks Go Home Up 3-2

Can the Ducks finish off the Wings at home?
Teemu Selanne scores in OT for a 2-1 OT victory over the Wings.
Stay tuned…

Watch the post game presser (will start soon)

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Fans Favor Ducks

A little HockeyNation Poll going on at TSN.
As of this post timestamp, fans feel the Ducks will be facing Ottawa.


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NHL Had Little Influence On NBC Decision

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

NBC pulled the plug on coverage of the overtime period between the Ottawa Senators-Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, denying viewers in most of the United States the conclusion the Eastern Conference final’s Game 5.
A source close to the National Hockey League Saturday called the decision to prematurely end the telecast “disappointing,” but said the network’s contract with the league allowed it to pull out after three hours.


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Careful Re-signing Joe Thornton

from The Eagle Tribune,

Jumbo Joe & Co. were blanked 2-0 in deciding Game 6 at the Shark Tank on May 7 - a familiar score if you know Thornton’s recent postseason history.
Hard to imagine, but re-signing Thornton after next season could be a risky move for San Jose. In the salary-cap era, what ultimate worth is tying up a potentially $8-million-a-year man to a long-term deal - one who can give you a point-a-game, but can’t lead you to victory come May and June?


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Rangers Face Salary Issue

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Bobby Holik signing- bonus grievance against the Rangers due to be heard late next month is likely to have an adverse impact on next season’s team, Slap Shots has learned.
If the Blueshirts lose the case - which will be heard in conjunction with similar grievances filed by Jed Ortmeyer and Darius Kasparaitis - they will be liable for a $1.52 million salary-cap charge against next season’s roster, we’ve been informed by individuals with knowledge of the case.

continued and some NHL trade talk…

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The New Dumbest Team In Sports

from Jerry Green at the Detroit News,

Afterwards, Barry Melrose, once a bright young NHL coach and currently an ESPN wizard, castigated the Ducks for their lack of discipline. Melrose maintained the Ducks had stolen the victory.
“They should all leave the rink wearing masks,” Melrose told his ESPN audience in the quote of the night.
The Ducks have played without much discipline—or subtlety—throughout this series, headed to Game 5 at Joe Louis Arena Sunday afternoon.
They have become my choice for the new dumbest team in sports.

read on... some great old-school stories…

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Buffalo Fans Should Feel Cheated

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

The crowd’s reaction was predictable after the Senators won, 3-2, in overtime and reached the Stanley Cup finals. At first fans were confused. Within seconds, they were crushed. They started with a warm applause, an ovation that gained momentum before ultimately falling short, much like the very team in which they had invested their souls for two years.
You’ll hear plenty from the organization about how the Sabres entertained their fans for two seasons and how the future looks bright. But there’s no getting around the fact that this team ultimately underachieved. A good many fans should wake up today feeling cheated.
“It’s one of the parts that hurts so much, just how awesome they were throughout the city,” co-captain Daniel Briere said. “I’m getting goose bumps just thinking about it. That’s the part that hurts the most, the feeling that we let them down.”


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He’s Alive

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

We interrupt the multitude of Chris Pronger controversies for a quick and stunning Western Conference revelation: Todd Bertuzzi is starting to play like Todd Bertuzzi again.
And that can’t be good news for the Anaheim Ducks.
As if there isn’t enough for the Ducks to worry about, what with trying to control Henrik Zetterberg on one line and Pavel Datsyuk on another and trying not to let Dominik Hasek get in their heads, now they have this truck dressed in Red Wings garb to be concerned about.


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NBC Blew It

from Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated,

No joke. I get a call this afternoon from a buddy of mine, livid about NBC’s decision to dump overtime of the elimination game between Buffalo and Ottawa onto Versus.
“I can’t believe it,” he moaned. “They cut off the strongman competition I was watching for a stinkin’ hockey game!”
I had to laugh. After the kick to the gut American fans got today, it’s nice to know there’s at least one sport lower on the broadcast totem pole.

As I stated yesterday, NBC should have prepared the fans with a heads up of their plans, but nothing was mentioned.  I have received over 100 emails the last 12 hours, all livid with the NBC decision.  Many people set their DVR to record and even allowed for extra time, but they missed the OT since no one set the DVR to Versus.  If NBC would have alerted us about this switch, in ADVANCE, it would have made it a little easier to take.
Instead, many NHL fans feel like NBC just doesn’t care.

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