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from the AP via MSNBC,
The last thing Bobby Holik wanted to talk about was Kari Lehtonen’s new do: a bright blue spiked mohawk, flanked by platinum blonde hair.
“Please, I ask you one favor, do not ask me about that,” Holik pleaded. “You have to ignore the situation.”
from the CBC,
The Nova Scotia legislature has unanimously endorsed a resolution chastising the NHL for its decision to schedule the Pittsburgh Penguins’-Ottawa Senators playoff game for Saturday afternoon rather than the evening Hockey Night in Canada slot.
Conservative backbencher Pat Dunn drafted the resolution. Nova Scotians are keen to see Dartmouth native Sidney Crosby in his first playoff season and a 4 p.m. faceoff makes no sense, Dunn said.
“Most Nova Scotians are very busy with their lives — out, some working, some shopping, running errands and so on,” Dunn said. “Just not a good time to be sitting down watching a hockey game prior to parents getting meals ready for their children and so on.”
from David Kolb of MSG Network,
Pitted against the #7 Tampa Bay Lightning, the #2 Devils appear to be the overwhelming favorites.
The Bolts have had serious goaltending issues all year. Season-long toggling between Johan Holmqvist and Marc Denis has yet to yield a true #1 net-minder.
Despite the lopsided edge the Devils own in net, the Lightning could be an extremely dangerous club, and a stiff challenge in the postseason’s first round.
from KK member Joe Pelletier,
Hockey legends are born in the NHL playoffs. Some gain instant immortality in a single moment, players like Pete Babando, Bobby Baun and Sudden Death Mel Hill. Others come out of nowhere, have the playoffs of their lives, only to disappear again soon after, just like Chris Kontos and John Druce. Some are seemingly born to play in the playoffs, always raising their game in the spring like Teeder Kennedy, Bernie Parent, Glenn Anderson and Claude Lemieux. Others are the true superstars of the game, separating themselves from regular season heroes with repeated championship runs like Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Mike Bossy and Steve Yzerman.
Joe Pelletier’s Legends of Hockey Network will honor all of the NHL Playoff Legends. Tune in every day of the NHL post season for new profiles. The first post season hero remembered is perhaps the greatest playoff player of all time - three time Conn Smythe Trophy recipient Patrick Roy.
from Phil Coffey at NHL.com,
To the winner goes the spoils, but also the bumps and bruises of an incredibly tough journey.
The team that goes on to lift the Stanley Cup will need to win 16 games over four rounds of hard, physical, intense play. There are no fluke champions.
Tonight, the 2007 tournament opens with four games. Here’s a quick look at what to expect.
STAMFORD, Conn. (April 11, 2007) - VERSUS, the national cable television home of the NHL, gives fans the opportunity to relive the greatest Stanley Cup moments of the modern expansion era and vote for the ultimate moment as part of a Stanley Cup playoff feature which launched, today, April 11 on www.versus.com/nhlplayoffs.
As the NHL playoffs commence today, 16 teams will begin the Quest for the Cup, with each game a Do or Die battle to the championship. Along the way many heroes will emerge to become forever linked with the greatest memories of the Stanley Cup. Was it Mark Messier’s 1994 playoff guarantee? Ray Bourque’s crowning glory or Bobby Orr flying through the air after his Cup winning goal? These are just three of the defining moments chosen by VERSUS that fans can relive on www.versus.com/nhlplayoffs.
from Amy Grant at NHL Connect,
The playoffs start for us tonight – and I couldn’t be more excited.
I’ll have to confess right up front that my blogs won’t be politically correct ramblings about “how great the sport is” or about how ”it’s an honor just to make it to the playoffs”. I am an unashamed and proud NASHVILLE PREDATOR fan and I’m here to cheer them on!
from Darren Dreger at TSN,
Sources tell TSN the Phoenix Coyotes have gutted their management team.
General manager Mike Barnett, and Senior Executive and Vice President of Hockey Operations, Cliff Fletcher have been let go.
from the Arizona Republic,
Wayne Gretzky wants Rick Tocchet to fill Barry Smith’s place on his coaching staff.
“That would be my choice, and I know the players would like it,” Gretzky said Tuesday after meeting with his players at Jobing.com Arena for the last time this season.
Gretzky did not elaborate, presumably because he is not really supposed to speak publicly about Tocchet, who still is on an unpaid leave of absence waiting to learn if the state of New Jersey is going to proceed with its investigation into an illegal gambling ring allegedly involving Tocchet.
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
As the playoffs get under way Wednesday night, here are the 10 story lines to watch over the coming weeks:
Chocolate or peanut butter?
It’s one of the great debates, right up there with “Less filling versus tastes great” or “Betty versus Veronica.” Offense versus defense. The old adage suggests you cannot win in the playoffs without great defense, and yet the Carolina Hurricanes proved a season ago that “great” is a relative term.
This season, the issue might be brought into closer focus with the fortunes of the New Jersey Devils, Dallas Stars and Vancouver Canucks.
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