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2-0 Without Pronger

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Pronger said it was tough to watch the game “when you don’t have a say in it, when you can’t really go out and perform in those types of games that are as big as this one was tonight. It was tough and nerve-racking. Certainly, when your team plays as well as they did today and the guys step up.”
What makes Pronger so effective (and what made him attractive to the Ducks) is that blend of skill and menace. If he played any differently, would he still be Chris Pronger?
So last night, the Ducks took to the ice without him. Defenceman Joe DiPenta drew in, but Scott Niedermayer, François Beauchemin and Sean O’Donnell picked up all or most of Pronger’s minutes

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Sens Caught By Surprise

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

The Ducks posted their 12th one-goal win and the third of the final in a 3-2 triumph over the Ottawa Senators in Game 4 Monday night. The winner came early in the third period when a Chris Phillips skate problem led to a 2-on-1 that was easily converted by Ducks winger Dustin Penner.
Phillips, whose skate had essentially blown up on the previous shift, lost an edge on his second pair of skates and it forced him to go back to the Senators bench with Teemu Selanne and Penner bearing down with the puck. A surprised Wade Redden had to jump onto the ice to replace Phillips, but couldn’t track Penner down quickly enough. Penner was coming on for Brad May for the Ducks and drove straight to the net.
“I wasn’t expecting to go on,” Redden said, “but still, I have to make a better (expletive) decision.”

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Oilers Plan To Wheel & Deal

from the Edmonton Sun,

With three picks in the first round of this year’s entry draft, and more young bargaining chips than he knows what to do with, GM Kevin Lowe will be making at least one big trade on or before June 22.
“We’re really going to look to get a player or two at the draft, through a trade.”
The next step in the plan, landing a high-profile unrestricted free agent, might be a little tougher.

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Alfredsson Messed Up

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Daniel Alfredsson stopped, aimed and fired in the direction of Scott Niedermayer, missing the defenceman, but possibly killing his Ottawa Senators in the process.
It was a decision he will come to regret over time, if he doesn’t regret it already.
It was a decision that he will lie about and it will become famous over time, when the debate turns to hockey and how the Senators lost the Stanley Cup.

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Ottawa In Trouble

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

“If we play like we did for two periods (last night), it’s not very good,” the Senators coach said when asked about the prospects of becoming just the second team in Stanley Cup final history to come back and win it all after trailing the series 3-1.
“If we play like we did in the first period and go in there and play with ...”
At that point, Murray started to speak of better positioning and not giving up bad goals, but he steered clear of the cruel and sudden truth.
That is, no matter how the Senators play Wednesday in Anaheim and possibly beyond, their goose is pretty much cooked now.

much more on Game 4…

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Move The Blueline

from The Maven,

• This from Ken Hitchcock on those who keep trying to improve The Game: “We’ve out-thought ourselves. We moved the bluelines and people adjusted and now sometimes you’re playing against five goalies. There’s a lot of shot-blocking and I’d like us to re-test and move the bluelines back in. See if it can create more chaos where the shots are coming quickly and they can’t block as many. And you’re closer to the net, so chances are you’re going to score.”
• Mike Milbury’s next destination might be as a TV analyst. Yet in his post-Isles comments it’s evident that The Mad One would love most of all to coach. But where?
Well, there’s an opening less than 50 miles from MM’s Garden City home and it’s in New Jersey.

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Sharks Raise Ticket Prices 9% - 21%

from the Mercury News,

The Sharks have raised prices in all categories for season and single-game tickets. The most expensive tickets showed the greatest percentage increase, with fans in the lower bowl, in general, facing a bigger bump than those farther away.

read on for the prices…

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To Fight or Not to Fight - That Was the Question

In Don Cherry’s NBC debut Monday night (mentioned earlier on KK) there was a spirited discussion about fighting in hockey. Don argued his opinion that fans generally don’t mind a fight in the game.  NBC Sports decided to put up a poll to ask viewers their opinion and here are the results online as of about 2am EDT.

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Incidentally, Cherry also appears to have won the support of fans for his fashion sense Monday night. Poor Brett Hull didn’t know what hit him…

Update June 5, 2007:
The video of Cherry and Hull’s NBC report can be found here.

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NHL Franchise Values on the Rise

From Bloomberg.com,

Jim Balsillie’s $220 million purchase of the Nashville Predators last month may reflect renewed confidence in the future of the National Hockey League.
In selling the Predators, Tennessee businessman Craig Leipold almost tripled the $80 million he paid for the expansion team in 1997, even though the club lost $15 million this season and is ranked in the bottom third of the league in attendance.

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“The league continues to be on the rebound, attendance and revenues are strong, and the limited number of teams to buy right now is driving demand,” said Rob Tilliss, chief executive at investment banking firm Inner Circle Sports LLC in New York.

more… *including a brief look at how NHL franchise values measure up against those of other major league sports

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History is Against the Ottawa Senators

From the CP via CBC,

It might be time to turn out the lights on the Ottawa Senators’ dream season.
Only the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs have ever erased a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup final and these Senators don’t have the look of a team about to join them in the history books. Ottawa thoroughly outplayed Anaheim in the first period of Game 4 on Monday night before going completely flat in a 3-2 loss. “It’s hard to explain,” said forward Mike Fisher. Indeed, none of the Senators seemed to have any explanation for what had just happened.

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