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from the Vancouver Sun,
Let’s face it: in the Canucks, Anaheim had to worry about two-thirds of one forward line, a banged-up defence and a great goaltender, and still were a bounce here or there from losing four games.
It would have been a grave miscarriage of justice, but the scores (if not the games) were really that close.
But now, they’ve drawn the Nucks Deluxe.
Like Vancouver, Detroit has a potential series-stealer in goal with Hasek. Like the Canucks, the Wings can play a team defence so confounding, it gets in their opponents’ heads. Like Vancouver, Detroit hangs around, and often finds a way to make something out of nothing at the end.
from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,
Detroit has 42-year-old goaltender Dominik Hasek. Detroit has 45-year-old defenseman Chris Chelios.
Hasek is 20 years older than Ryan Getzlaf, who marks his 22nd birthday today.
Chelios came into the NHL when there were just 21 teams. Heck, his first fight was with Joe Louis.
This is why the Western Conference finals will be such a different series from the first two.
Not because the Ducks won’t beat Detroit, because they should.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
“I want to beat Lindy Ruff. He wants to beat me. Our players want to beat their players.
“You have to be competitive people. You have to be willing to battle at all levels to be successful. I’m too old to hate people at this point unless they write bad stuff about me. I just think we’ve got to do everything we can do to get an edge to win the series and I think that’s what both teams will try to do.”
WGR Radio in Buffalo has created “The Ottawa Song”.
from the Buffalo News,
Local hockey fanatics who want to see the Buffalo Sabres in person still have options — including driving 680 miles round-trip, scouring the Internet for tickets or even dabbling in a commodities-like futures market.
Those options have one thing in common for desperate fans — opening their wallets pretty wide.
from Daniel Abraham of The Towerlight, Baltimore’s #1 College Paper,
So the other day I was sitting in my living room watching the TV Guide Channel and something caught my eye. The Stanley Cup playoffs are going on right now!...
But perhaps hockey’s biggest problem is that they’re promoting a sport to Americans, which represent just 21 percent of the league’s demographics. As Americans, we have this rule that goes something like this: if we aren’t dominating it, we don’t care about it.
more... and Daniel, maybe the problem begins with you watching the TV Guide Channel…
...The NBA is thinking about it.
from the Arizona Republic,
This is digital 3D technology, capturing a game that stars in air and space. The early returns from the NBA in “3D HD” are staggering, described as almost a mind-blowing experience.
“It’s succeeded beyond anything I ever imagined,” said Steve Hellmuth, senior vice president of operations and technology for NBA Entertainment.
If the Phoenix project goes forward - and a prohibitive cost of about $300,000 for the broadcast is just one of many hurdles - the Suns plan to stage a viewing party at their arena, seat people in front of a giant screen, equip them with special glasses and pipe in a playoff game . . . in real time.
“It’s absolutely breathtaking,” Welts said.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
This is a dangerous game the Maple Leafs are playing with Mats Sundin.
And this is a dangerous game of sorts Sundin is playing with his own future.
After seeing an orthopedic specialist in Sweden yesterday, it was determined that Sundin will not require surgery on the tear he has in his hip. Apparently, a summer’s rest is what the doctor is ordering here—or is it Sundin himself who is making the call?
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
For someone that has only played in eight post-season games, the goalie’s record is very impressive.
In Gerber’s first year with Anaheim, the Ducks made it to the Stanley Cup finals.
In his first year with Carolina, the Hurricanes made it to the finals.
And now, in his first year with the Senators, they are but a step away.
He’s been nothing more than the backup ‘tender in each case, but with Gerber on their side, their elimination of the Sabres would seem to be a mere formality.
from the Toronto Star,
Even though embattled NHL Players’ Association executive Ted Saskin directed a 17-month campaign to secretly read player emails, the union would still be obliged to pay him close to a million dollars if it decides to fire him “with cause,” a lawyer hired by the union has concluded.
In a three-page report delivered this week to the players’ union, Toronto employment lawyer Chris Paliare concluded the campaign, which started in September 2005 and ran through January 2007, also involved Ken Kim, the union’s head of business development. Both Saskin and Kim have already been suspended with pay.
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