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A Plea To OLN

Hockey fans are about to call it quits when it comes to OLN-HD broadcasts. You see, many of the HD viewers like to know when and where the HD games will be shown. Thereby allowing them to use their DVR to its fullest potential. Many HD viewers timeshift their viewing, but in order to do that, they have to know what channel the HD version of the OLN game is on. Without knowing when and where the game will appear, you OLN are letting us down. Now, you can tell us it is up to each carrier to provide us with that information. But do you think you can talk to the folks at INHD, Dish Network and Directv and advise them of the problem many HD viewers had in trying to find the HD Round 1 games? By not announcing when the game is on, you are giving hockey fans the impression that you just don't care. One of the main reasons the NHL left ESPN was the treatement they receives from them. Please show us the fans, that you do care and communicate with us, that is all we are asking!

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The Very New NHL

from the Sporting News,

Good God. That was my first reaction after Wednesday's Game 7 of the Mighty Ducks-Flames series. Let's see a show of hands -- how many of you really believed ALL FOUR TOP SEEDS in the Western Conference would buy the farm in the first round? See? The only guy who did is cashing out at a Vegas sports book right now.

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Comeback Player

from Hockeyweb.de,

You can’t name just one comeback player of the year when it’s the entire league that has returned. But it’s probably safe to say the six men profiled in this week’s issue of The Hockey News had extra reason to celebrate the various successes of 2005-06. Some of them overcame medical maladies. Patrik Elias came back from potentially life-threatening illness. Rem Murray defied the odds to return after a debilitating nerve condition. Tim Connolly is a head-case no more. Others – Dany Heatley, Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne – fought to prove they still had passion in their gut and goals in their sticks.

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Talking NHL Topics

from the Hockey News,

Off-the-cuff reflections with a focus on the first playoff season of the 'new' NHL, where the only bummer going in is that Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, to say nothing of Rick Middleton and Gilbert Perreault, won’t be part of it. Everyone is saying the NHL’s new economic system makes it easier to raise a sunken ship overnight. Just clear up $20 million or more under the salary cap for maximum flexibility, sign a few choice free agents – younger and in their prime, thanks to the CBA – remake the dressing room and presto, out of the depths emerges a playoff contender. Buffalo, Carolina, and the Rangers are supposed to provide all the proof anybody needs. Except it’s hogwash.
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OLN-HD Round 2

Fans of the Devils and Hurricanes get an added bonus from OLN. Games 2, 3, 5, 6 & 7 will be carried in high definition. No other series is scheduled in HD by OLN and hopefully, INHD will post a schedule soon for these games. added 11:22am, David from the Ice Block has posted the official release from OLN concerning Round 2 games. Also, as discussed numerous times in the last few months, OLN will have an exclusive for the first two games they televise from any series. You regional or local carrier will be blacked out but will be able to show the games after the first two OLN has the exclusive for.

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A Challenge And A Reward

Up for grabs, a $25 gift certificate from IceJerseys.com. Let me tell you how to win it. You have to submit to me by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) the total number of goals the eventual Stanley Cup Winner will have. Beginning with the games starting tomorrow, just tell me how many goals your pick for the Stanley Cup will score during the next three series. For example, I pick San Jose to win the Cup, and they will scored 73 goals. Now for a tie-breaker, how many goals will they give up through the next three rounds. So submit the team name of the Stanley Cup, how many goals they will score and for tie-breaking only, how many they will give up. In order to be in the running for the gift certificate, you have to- 1. Pick the right team, 2. pick the correct amount of goals (or be the closest to the number, either above or below) and tell me how many goals your team will give up. Email to me must be timestamped by 5:00pm ET on Friday, May 5th and please put 'game" in the email subject. Please keep this fair, don't submit more than one email address. I will update the standings throughout the series but not on a daily basis. Any questions, please leave a comment but don't leave your picks in the comment section, you will be placing yourself at a disadvantage. In case of a tie even after the tie-breaker, a winner will be drawn randomly. This post will remain "sticky" until 5:00pm tomorrow.

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Underdog Or Laying In The Weeds

from the Buffalo News,

"If you look at it now," Ruff said, "we're definitely the underdog in this series." Then Ruff paused and looked into the audience, a sheepish look on his face, as if he didn't really believe what he was saying. Sure, Ottawa is the favorite. The Senators are the top seed in the East. They have superior talent. They won the season series from Buffalo and annihilated the Sabres on occasion in the regular season. Ruff wants the Senators to know they're favored, and he wants his players to remain wary and humble. After Tuesday night's clincher in Philadelphia, he told them to spend the morning celebrating and show up for practice at noon. No one complained. They showed up for work and started preparing for Ottawa.
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Sign Hitchcock To An Extension

from the Philadelphia Daily News,

The most important thing Ed Snider and Bob Clarke need to do for the Flyers in the coming days has nothing to do with retooling their defense or adding speed to their lineup. This is not about the old NHL or the new NHL or any of that. Instead, this is about a crossroads moment for their franchise - a point at which they have an opportunity to announce to everyone, to fans and players alike, that things really are different now. This is about extending the contract of coach Ken Hitchcock, before it is too late.

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Speed Against Speed

from the Ottawa Citizen,

Does the Ottawa Senators-Buffalo Sabres semifinal have the makings of a hostile rivalry? During the 2005-06 regular season, Ottawa won its eight-game series against Buffalo, 5-3. The Senators gave the Sabres three good drubbings, winning 5-0 on Oct. 8, 10-4 on Nov. 2 and 6-1 on Nov. 12. Two of the Senators' losses came in the last two games against Buffalo, one in overtime and the other in a shootout. The Senators earned 12 points to the Sabres' six. In need of more spice for this matchup? How about these two personalities: Dominik Hasek and John Muckler. Consider this twist: Hasek and Muckler were with the Sabres back then, and today they're working for Buffalo's next playoff enemy. Same positions, too. Muckler, general manager; Hasek, (ailing) goaltender.
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Sharks Tough At Home

from the Contra Costa Times,

What follows is subjective. Ask 10 people to name the best sporting experience in the Bay Area, and they will come up with 10 different but equally plausible lists. As of May 4, 2006, here is mine: 1. Nobody would've predicted this 10 years ago, or even five, but when it comes to excitement and electricity produced for one event, when it comes to passion and that feeling of community that creates a shared experience, nothing right now beats a playoff hockey game at the Shark Tank. Forget about the ratings. Television doesn't do hockey justice. It never has and it never will. Go to the arena. That's where magic is found. You think about places such as Boston, Detroit and Montreal when you think about the best home-ice advantage in the NHL, but San Jose is widely recognized as one of the most difficult places for a visiting team to play.

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