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from Chris Russell of the Sporting News,
The NHL was dealt a psychological blow on Sunday afternoon because the Rangers and New York City could finally deliver the exposure, ratings and casual interest that every sport needs and every show or form of entertainment needs.
Ottawa and Buffalo will put on a fantastic conference finals and for the NHL’s sake, here’s hoping that the Sabres can advance because if Ottawa and say Anaheim are in the Cup Finals, you will have a complete ratings disaster.
read on... And I must disagree with Chris, I want to see the two best teams in the SCF, whoever they may be.
Enough ratings talk, hockey fans want the best hockey, we are not concerned about the ratings at this point of the season.
NEW YORK (May 8, 2007)—The National Hockey League today announced complete broadcast coverage for the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Finals, which begin in the Eastern Conference on Thursday, May 10, when the Buffalo Sabres host the Ottawa Senators. The Western Conference Final will pit the Detroit Red Wings against the Anaheim Ducks and will start on Friday, May 11.
National rightsholders CBC, TSN and RDS in Canada and NBC and VERSUS in the United States will provide exclusive broadcast coverage of the Conference Finals. All games also will be carried on NHL Radio.
From Pat Hickey at the Montreal Gazette,
Alexander Perezhogin is headed back to Russia.
There were reports last week Perezhogin had signed with Avangard Omsk, but agent Don Meehan said last night the forward has signed a contract with Salavat Yulayev Ufa, another Russian Super League team.
Meehan said that Perezhogin will net $1.7 million U.S.
“That works out to about $3.4 million gross in the NHL and it’s unlikely the Canadiens could match that,” Meehan said. Perezhogin earned $627,000 last season.
From the CP via TSN,
If International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel had his choice, the Montreal Canadiens will represent the NHL in a European exhibition series in September 2008.
The final decision will be made by the league in conjunction with the IIHF, but Fasel knows who he wants.
“As a Francophone who grew up as a Canadiens fan, it would be a dream for me to have the Canadiens,” he said during an interview in French on Tuesday. “But the decision is not up to me. We will have to talk with the league.”
The three-team series itself was unveiled officially during a news conference at the IIHF World Hockey Championship.
Since my math skills are not the best, feel free to verify the total number of goals scored during the Conference Semi-Final round.
I believe we have a winner but you folks can double check just to make sure.
I have a family appointment this morning and should return by noon today and another KK Challenge will be announced this afternoon so stay tuned.
update 11:31am, 100 is what I came up with too.
The winner of the gift certificate is Puck, and I will be in contact within 24 hours.
As mentioned, another KK Challenge will be up shortly.
fro the Ottawa Citizen,
Murray said the change in Spezza’s game mirrored the change in the team’s game. Last season, the Senators thought they could get by on their offensive skills alone. Then the Sabres took them to school in the playoffs. This year, the Senators learned to embrace the defensive side.
Murray said it was a big commitment for a player such as Spezza to change his game so dramatically.
“You have to understand that there’s a learning curve in this business,” Murray said.
Scott Burnside of ESPN breaks down the WCF,
Many preseason prognosticators believed this was the Ducks’ season. For those who like their foul West Coast style, Anaheim has done nothing to disappoint. The team is 8-2 through the first two rounds and hit the Western Conference finals for the second straight season, well-rested and hungry to take that next step to the Stanley Cup finals.
Now onto the ECF,
At the start of the playoffs, this looked like an absolutely perfect matchup for the right to go to the Stanley Cup finals. And now that it’s here, there’s nothing to suggest this won’t be anything but a terrific showdown between the two best teams in the conference.
from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,
The Red Wings were clearly the hungrier team in this series. They refused to let injuries get them down and they pressed on offense. Game 6 was not one for the ages; in fact, it was a bit of a yawner. But the defensive tone was pure Mike Babcock, a coach who leans on his players to get the job done in their own end. Now we will see if Detroit’s weakened defense and so-so offense can contend with the Anaheim Ducks.
more on last night’s game…
from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press,
As we always say, you can never have enough Swedes on your hockey team. Mikael Samuelsson may not be the first name you think of when rattling off Swedish Wings, but Monday night he was the Nordic Nuke, the Scandinavian Slayer, the Go-To Goteburger. His two goals in less than five minutes continued a streak of Swedish successes that have finally, finally, given the Red Wings two things they desperately wanted:
1) A return to the Western Conference finals for the first time in five years, and ...
2) A day off.
Swedeness and light.
from the Mercury News,
So what happened? Well, the Red Wings happened, which means that winning a few more games during the regular season to get a higher seeding might have been a good idea. Ten days ago, there seemed to be an odd amount of confidence going into a series against a team with such tradition and determination.
“This wasn’t the Little Sisters of the Poor, you know,” Coach Ron Wilson barked to reporters after the game.
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