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• According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Vancouver Canucks led only 45 minutes, 55 seconds (9%) of the total 512:15 played in their seven-game elimination of the Dallas Stars. No team led less. . . . The first-round lead-time figures for the other Conference Semifinalists (by percentage of total playing time): New York Rangers 166:00, 69.2%; Ottawa Senators 179:09, 59.7%; Buffalo Sabres 171:54, 57.3%; Anaheim Ducks 153:18, 51.1%; New Jersey Devils 173:55, 46.6%; San Jose Sharks 147:46, 45.0%; Detroit Red Wings 154:39, 40.2%.
from the Daily Post,
Ninety-nine years later, when a Colby Armstrong rings the bell of a Patrick Eaves with a shoulder to the head (when a less violent move would have served the same purpose)—and the victim’s bench boss shrugs and says, “That’s hockey!”—stories like the following are a breath of fresh air.
“Bun” Cook was no pantywaist! In 1929-30 he clocked 55 minutes in penalties when the real “bad man” of the NHL, Eddie Shore cooled his heels in the sin bin for 105 minutes. The game’s historians describe him as “determined and dedicated”.
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vai the AP,
“He’s out for Game 1 because he still has blood on his eye,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Wednesday. “The doctors want no blood on his eye before he plays.
“It’s a blow because he scored 30 goals this season, and he’s one of our key players. But we expect to get him back at some point in the series, and that’s good news for us and him.”
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from David Kolb of MSG Network,
It seems like everyone in New York, N.Y. has forgotten that the other New York team, 400 miles northwest, is the team to beat.
Expectations must be high, if the Sabres disappointed so many scribes and television analysts while eliminating the Islanders in five games.
Conversely, the Rangers swept the Thrashers in four and are now the darlings of the hockey world.
And yes, it’s easy to jump on the Ranger bandwagon - as so much of U.S. and Canada’s hockey fans, writers and analysts have done - after their four-game annihilation of Atlanta.
Ranger fan or not, it is great they are in the playoffs!
from the Welland Tribune,
Craig Spada is hanging up his Fox 40.
After serving as a referee in the National Hockey League for six years, the 35-year-old Fort Erie native has decided to call it a career.
Family and travel were the two reasons he decided to walk away. He missed the family and hated the travel.
“The first couple of years I enjoyed the travel, but having kids changed my thinking on it,” he said.
Predict the total amount of goals scored for the Conference Semi-Finals. A $100 gift certificate is on the line!
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from the Vancouver Province,
“I think we have an advantage in goaltending,” Canucks captain Markus Naslund said. “I don’t think anyone can beat Luongo as far as goaltending matchups go.”
But games against Anaheim this season haven’t worked out well for Luongo. In the only game that the Canucks beat the Ducks, backup Dany Sabourin was the starter.
In his three games against Anaheim, Luongo was pulled in one. Overall, he finished with an 0-3 record with a 3.83 goals-against average and a .857 save percentage.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
The Sabres knocked off the Ted Nolan-coached New York Islanders in the first round of the playoffs. They’re not looking past the Rangers, but it shouldn’t stop anybody else. If Buffalo can dispatch New York and Ottawa beats New Jersey, the Sabres would reacquaint themselves with Senators General Manager John Muckler.
Of course, this journey wouldn’t be complete without Dominik Hasek. The Dominator was back to his old tricks in Detroit. He helped keep the Red Wings’ hopes for another Stanley Cup alive when they beat the Calgary Flames in the first round.
Reminder for first-time riders on the Sabres’ bandwagon and anybody who hasn’t graduated from high school: Nolan, Muckler, Hasek and Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn were embroiled in a power struggle for the ages after Buffalo won the Northeast Division title in 1997.
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
Versus has used the NHL to increase its exposure by almost 20 percent, from 64 million homes to 72 million. It reportedly has pursued the NFL and Major League Baseball and could be a suitor for the NBA next spring.
If Versus continues to grow at the same rate, it would be in about 80 million homes when the current contract expires at the end of the 2007-08 season, which would make it a significant competitor to ESPN2, if not ESPN.
An NHL spokesman said Versus has an option for another three years beyond that.
“A lot of people now know where Versus is compared to two years ago,” said sports-television consultant Neal Pilson, the former head of CBS Sports.
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