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from Jacques Demers at USA TODAY,
There’s little need for motivation. I used to put together a film demonstrating the great plays every player made during the regular season to pump them up, but the Cup was the true motivating factor. I always told my players that since everyone was a kid, they were dreaming about the Cup. We controlled our destiny. Stay away from bad penalties. Take short shifts. If someone gives you an elbow, just take it, because the person who retaliates usually gets the penalty.
Players aren’t nervous. They are edgy. They want to play. They’re not tired. They find energy. They’re looking forward to this. It’s a huge challenge to win four out of seven.
from Nicole Swanson at NHL Connect,
I really get into hockey this time of year; I get really excited about the playoffs. I remember specifically in 2003, my roommates and I, and one of the guys’ rooms in our apartment complex, we got together for every single game. We took a couch and TV out into the parking lot and watched all the games start to finish.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
It’s why the press box is expected to be full here for Game 1.
It’s why the Penguins asked for credential requests several weeks before the end of the regular season.
It’s why NBC denuded venerable “Hockey Night in Canada” of a Canadian matchup on the first weekend of the playoffs, insisting Game 2 of the be played Saturday afternoon and leaving CBC with the equivalent of moldy bread crust (Tampa Bay vs. New Jersey) for its traditional Saturday evening broadcast.
from the CBC,
According to initial reports from Nielsen Media Research, a record-breaking 2.81 million viewers tuned to CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada this past Saturday to catch the highly anticipated game between the Leafs and Habs.
The broadcast represents the No. 1 regular-season audience in the show’s history since viewer recording began in 1989.
from the CP via the Hockey News,
Cherry has been at this TV game for decades, while Hull is just starting out. The two networks are planning to put them together for shared segments during the championship series.
“We’re ready, we’re ready,” said Cherry.
He wouldn’t like to be permanently separated from Coach’s Corner foil Ron MacLean, however.
“I’ll stick with him,” said Cherry. “He keeps me on the right track.”
from Stan Fischler at The Maven,
DETROIT VS. CALGARY - The fact that the Flames virtually backed into a playoff berth should be taken lightly. Calgary has the goaltending and Jarome Iginla. Detroit’s legacy lately has been playoff choke after choke.
This one is my favorite upset vote. I can foresee Chris Chelios falling all over himself and Matt Schneider not able to keep Detroit’s defense intact. More than anything, I have this feeling of upset and that’s all there is to it! CONCLUSION: CALGARY IN SIX.
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from Scott Morrision at CBC,
Perhaps he had a premonition. Or perhaps it has been that kind of year, so what else would Paul Holmgren expect?
But these are the words the general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers uttered on the eve of Tuesday’s draft lottery:
“It stinks. We’re the worst team, we should get the first pick.”
End of conversation.
So what happens? Even though the Flyers had a 48.2 per cent chance of winning the number one pick, the Chicago Blackhawks moved from fifth (based on the standings) to first through a weighted lottery.
from David Shoalts at the Globe and Mail,
Mats Sundin should have a new contract by June 15, according to Toronto Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson.
And Ferguson expects to keep his job long enough to award many more contracts in future National Hockey League seasons.
“I plan to be here for a long time and will operate in that fashion,” Ferguson said Tuesday afternoon in answer to speculation his bosses at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment might fire him after the Maple Leafs missed the NHL playoffs by one point for the second consecutive year.
from the Detroit News,
The Red Wings likely will begin the playoffs Thursday against Calgary without forward Todd Bertuzzi.
Bertuzzi, who suffered a concussion in the next-to-last game of the regular season against Chicago, wasn’t on the ice for the second consecutive day Tuesday, and coach Mike Babcock didn’t sound encouraged about Bertuzzi playing in Game 1 at Joe Louis Arena.
“In my mind, he’s not available at this point,” Babcock said after Tuesday’s practice.
Its tour of San Francisco was a bit more genteel, with a ride on a Cable Car and stops at some of the city’s tourist landmarks.
There’s actually a book dedicated to the Cup’s exploits titled, “Why is The Stanley Cup in Mario Lemieux’s Swimming Pool?”
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