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It’s Different In Canada

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

In San Jose, we enjoy hockey. In Canada, they metabolize hockey.

How best to explain it? Take the average amount of pro football interest in an American city. Multiply by three. Then stick an “I ♥ FACIAL STITCHES” bumper sticker on it.

That’s hockey in Canada.

Tonight is the first Sharks playoff game in this city since the 2004 Western Conference finals. My major off-ice memory of that series is how, while walking around downtown, every third or fourth person I saw was wearing a Flames jersey. It was preferred work attire. I was checked into my hotel room by Jarome Iginla. I exchanged my American money with bank teller Miikka Kiprusoff. And I was served a fast-food burger by Robyn Regehr.

Also, I could swear every cab driver I had was a Sutter brother.

read on

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Evening Line

from the AP via Sports Illustrated,

“I’m biting my tongue here,’’ Keenan said after Game 2.

That didn’t sit well with Sharks coach Ron Wilson, who has long argued against a more relaxed standard of officiating in the postseason.

“The playoffs are an extension of the regular season, and we play by the same rules,’’ Wilson said Friday. “There’s not a red rulebook for the playoffs and a white one for the regular season.’‘

All in all, it’s been a virtuoso performance by two of the NHL’s top bench bosses and media agitators. Both are experts with pungent sound bites and jabbing comments to their players as well.

“They both have their thick books of things they say,’’ Roenick said. “At times, I’d like to put earplugs in my ears on the bench, but they both do it because they’re passionate about the game.’‘

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  Tags: jeremy+roenick, mike+keenan, ron+wilson

Phaneuf Road Show Not A Hit

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

There was no chance of the Shark Tank faithful serenading Phaneuf with a song for his special day, not while they were busy firing the boos that were raining down on him in both games so far in this series. Every time Phaneuf touched the puck, the boobirds came out.

“They obviously don’t like the way I play or they’re just trying to do their part to help contribute,” Phaneuf said with a shrug.

“It’s part of the game. It’s a fun building to play in—there’s a lot of energy and a lot of emotion.

“They’re a loud group of fans, so it’s an exciting building to play in.”

Phaneuf may be a fan favourite in the Stampede City, but it’s not a show that goes on the road.

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf

Out Ref’d

from the Calgary Herald,

But with the splendid netminding of Evgeni Nabokov, not much offence was required for the Sharks, who happily cuffed the Calgary Flames 2-0 in National Hockey League playoff action Thursday at the HP Pavilion.

Calgary coach Mike Keenan refused, more than once, to be dragged into a discussion about referees Marc Joannette and Tim Peel.

“I’ll share those thoughts with the league and with the supervisor of officials,” said Keenan, whose side was saddled with six straight minors in a nine-minute span in the second period. “I’m not going to comment on it. I don’t have a comment on it . . . I’m biting my tongue here.”

Flames captain Jarome Iginla was more outspoken about the penalty disparity—but not by much.

“I haven’t seen that (a string of penalties) in a playoff game. It wasn’t even that vicious. Nah, it’s a tough one,” said Iginla.

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Morning Line

via Eric Francis at Best of Seven,

“We read the papers like everybody else and know that nobody thinks we can win this series,” said Jarome Iginla following the win - the Flames sixth playoff win at the Shark Tank in seven playoff games dating back to 1995.
“But we believe we can and that’s all that matters. We match up well.”

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Sharks Need To Be Better

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

We didn’t have a great game,” Thornton said. “We had some good chances and we didn’t capitalize. We have to play better.”

Welcome to the first game of the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs for the Sharks, a 3-2 loss to the Flames on Wednesday that will be remembered either as a hiccup and learning experience on the way to an eventual series victory by the Sharks . . . or as an ominous and frustrating precursor of another horrible and premature playoff exit.

We will know the answer within a week or so.

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Evening Line

from Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

Thornton had plenty of nice things to say and credited Keenan with helping his own development as a young player. Today Keenan returned the compliments, saying nice things about Thornton and telling one story from his early days as a Bruin.

“One day I told him, ‘Joe, you’ve got to train harder. Ride the bike.’ And he asked me how long? ‘I don’t know, I’ll be back to let you know.’ And I got preoccupied. An hour later, I forgot. And he’s still riding, and the trainer says Joe wants to know if he can stop now. I said, ‘Oh my god, I forgot all about hm.’ So I go and say, OK, Joe, now you can get off.”

read on about how Thornton may have been traded to the Florida Panthers…

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Flames Have A Fighting Chance

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Make no mistake, this is going to get ugly.

It has to, or the Calgary Flames have no chance.

Round 1 of what is shaping up to be a slugfest goes tonight at HP Pavilion, where the underdog Flames will begin their attempts to get the league’s hottest team off its game.

And what better way to do it than by waving some chum named Eric Godard around the Shark Tank and seeing who bites first.

“Oh, I think you’re going to see some fights. That’s kind of the way the team makeup is this year,” smiled Craig Conroy, whose club has nine players with at least three fighting majors this season.

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Iron Mike Head Games

From Eric Francis at the Calgary Sun, Jeremy Roenick tells a story about Mike Keenan:

“In the 1992 Stanley Cup, I got slashed by Kevin Stevens, and Mike threw a cast on my hand and put me in front of the media to get a point across to the league and the officials that I was getting cheap-shotted,” chuckled Roenick during a conference call yesterday setting up his Sharks’ series with Keenan’s Calgary Flames.

“He made me a guinea pig—it was kind of embarrassing—but what Mike says, you do. Mike is a genius when it comes to head games and getting into the referees’ or players’ heads. He’s crazy—very slippery, very sly. He can manipulate a lot of people with what comes out of his mouth. That’s just a talent.”

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  Tags: jeremy+roenick, mike+keenan, playoffs

Nolan Prepares To Take On Sharks

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

You can’t help but wonder if his old team as the opposition adds a new element.

“There really isn’t,” Nolan insisted. “I’m just really excited about being back in the playoffs. It’s been a while since I’ve been in it, and with the team, we have we think we can go far. We’re just excited and ready to play.”

But San Jose is the squad Nolan was front and centre with for nearly eight seasons. San Jose remains his off-season home, and he’s part-owner of a couple of establishments.

This series will be much about his old haunt and the old memories.

Or not.

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  Tags: owen+nolan

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