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It’s Getting Nasty

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

However the Phoenix Coyotes’ bankruptcy proceedings go this week, the public scrap has become a zero-sum game for the two sides.

The release of private documents has embarrassed NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, lifting the cloak of secrecy he and the league use to keep faltering franchises in line. The guerrilla attempt by Jim Balsillie to buy and relocate the Coyotes’ franchise to Southern Ontario has distanced him from even his most sympathetic supporters within the league.

But with no ceasefire in sight, the sides keep firing away. The release last Sunday of unprecedented Labatt Brewing Co. Ltd. commercials supporting Balsillie’s makeitseven.ca website has ratcheted up pressure on the league, portraying it as anti-Canadian and self-serving.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, jim+balsillie

Wings Go Up 2-0 With A 3-2 OT Win

Mikael Samuelsson with the OT goal on a 3-1 rush.

added 10:43pm, watch live streaming of the press conferences below…

added 10:57pm, game highlights via Versus added below (2nd video)...

added 11:20pm, added Samuelsson goal below (3rd video)...

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Still Doubting Osgood?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Perhaps one day, about five years after Chris Osgood is done with his NHL career, we’ll all wake up and realize he was a better goalie than anyone ever gave him credit for.

Perhaps it will be the day he goes into the Hockey Hall of Fame with 400-plus wins and a few Stanley Cup rings.

But, until then, it seems Osgood will have to live with the fact no matter what he does, people will second-guess him.

“It doesn’t really bother me to be honest,” Osgood told ESPN.com during an interview over lunch Monday. “I know I have respect from the guys in the room and they know what I can do.”


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Follow The Bankruptcy Hearing

Mark Spector of Sportsnet is live blogging the proceeddings, or was at least trying to until he was told no mobile devices allowed in the courtroom.

added 5:14pm, If you would have told me I would be pointing to Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star, who is twittering the court hearing, I would not have believed you.

added 7:04pm, from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

U.S. Bankrpuitcy court Judge Redfield T. Baum ordered the NHL and Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes to take their dispute over which one controls the team to mediation.

The judge said he wants the matter resolved quickly and scheduled a hearing for May 27 for a report on their progress.

Both sides obviously want a sale of the Coyotes, the judge said, but cannot agree on the timing, although both agree it should be done as soon as this summer.


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Detroit/Chicago Pre-Game Report

Also, pre-game notes from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

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Coach Bylsma Today

Q. Any comments on the hit last night?

        COACH BYLSMA: I know that the league was reviewing them and they’ll decide what they thought the hit was about, make their decision.

        Q. How much of the power play success recently is a matter of some bounces are going to go your way and how much of it is your defensemen seem to be comfortable with the puck and get shots through?

        COACH BYLSMA: A few things we’ve done well that’s allowed us to have more success. I think we’ve done a better job with the puck at breakout, allowing us to get it set up more often. We’ve been attacking the net from down low, the low guy, and we’ve also been a little bit more aggressive on the backside, having different facets and different positions with the puck to create situations where you can take three or four guys. If you can do that over and over again, give yourself a better chance.

        If you don’t get the entry, puts more pressure. We’ve been able to get the entry set up and more zone time. As a result, we’ve been able to get more attacks at the net, more pucks at the net, loose pucks, getting second chances.

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Coach Maurice Today

Q. Any update yet on Cole and Ruutu.

        COACH MAURICE: It happened 12 hours ago. We’re not going to know for a little while. Haven’t seen the guys. Usually they don’t take my medical thing anyway.

        Q. Did you encourage the NHL to take a look at that?

        COACH MAURICE: No, I nothing to do with that. I just coach.

        Q. Would you expect them to do that?

        COACH MAURICE: They do. They watch the games actually.

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Dealing With The Wings

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

I probably shouldn’t be this frustrated so early in the series, but Chicago really seemed to be chasing Detroit in Game 1. I think if the Blackhawks hope to advance, they need to play with a more aggressive forecheck. They need to hit Detroit’s defense (especially Nick Lidstrom) whenever they touch the puck. Make them pay a physical price and tire them out. Your thoughts?
—Donovan Duplasey, Wisconsin

I suspect that every team that has played these Red Wings has at one time or another has thought that tenderizing Lidstrom was the key to beating them. Count the rings on his fingers and you can surmise that it’s easier said than done.

That’s the beauty of having guys like Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski on your back end. If the opposition sits back a bit, they’ve got the legs to lug the puck up the ice. If the opposition tries an aggressive forecheck, well, one quick transitional pass later the Wings are enjoying an odd-man rush. The Hawks saw enough of those on Sunday to know they don’t want to play that kind of game again….

continued plus more hockey questions answered…

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Count Me In

from Bill Simmons of ESPN,

You can’t call hockey’s resurgence a comeback, because it hasn’t fundamentally changed. We changed. Twice. Hockey didn’t fit 10 years ago; now it does. I love having the NHL back in my life, even if it means dealing with Jacobs the Skinflint again. The sport is breathtaking to watch. The players are more brilliant than ever; games look gorgeous in HD. And like old times, all scores are settled on the ice.


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Extra Day Of Rest May Help Canes

from Paul Branecky of CarolinaHurricanes.com,

Now we face the first of three agonizing sets of two-day breaks in this series before these teams go at it again on Thursday. After the game, Fleury said that the Penguins would like to get right back into it and play Game 2 as soon as possible, which I think the Canes might also say after a game in which they played pretty well for the most part, with the exception of a brief but damaging meltdown in the first period. They should be eager to atone for that in Game 2.

However, the scheduling should actually do them some good as Erik Cole and Tuomo Ruutu get a chance to rest. Both players left the game with lower body injuries, with an immediate update on their status not available.

While they’ve combined for just one goal this postseason, they are important in establishing the team’s forecheck and cycling game in the offensive zone, and would be sorely missed if they can’t go for the next game. We’ve seen two-day breaks work out both ways momentum-wise, so I don’t think that side of it matters much, but playing just three games in the next 10 days could be crucial for those two.


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