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Canucks Have One Advantage

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.

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Sabres May Meet More “Old Friends”

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.

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Versus Growing- Is It Enough

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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Shark Attack Plan

from the Toronto Sun,

“He doesn’t like traffic, but, then again, what goalie does?“Thornton said yesterday. “Either way, we have a lot of big forwards and plan to use our size to our advantage.
“It’s unlikely you are going to score many pretty goals in the post-season.
“It’s going to be hack and whack. Most of the goals will come from within four feet of the net.
“The trouble is, Hasek has such an unorthodox style, you can’t really scout him.”

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Devils Prepared

from the NY Post,

“We’ve been through all situations and we’ve had success both ways and had disappointments both ways,” the coach/GM said after practice yesterday, when the Devils prepared for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals tomorrow against Ottawa at the Meadowlands. “To say there’s a formula [for success isn’t true].”
He acknowledged, “This is the best for us. This is a better set of circumstances.”
His players agreed. They believe the difficulty they had dispatching seventh-seeded Tampa Bay in six games bodes well for their postseason future.
A year ago, after overwhelming the Rangers in a four-game sweep, the Devils dropped their second-round series with Carolina in five games.

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Who Said That

On the afterlife: “I’d like to die fast and painlessly at a hockey rink. I’ll watch a game, have a heart attack and go. Then I want my body to be frozen and stored off ***(not revealed, will give it away). Overhead will be a neon sign flashing my NHL numbers, ** and 7, nonstop.’‘
On a family excursion: “When I was a kid, my family moved to Australia because my dad had a crazy idea for supplying our troops in Vietnam with food. Within (a short time) the war ended, and he was stuck Down Under with his thumb up his (butt), so we moved back to ***.

click to find out who it is…

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2nd Round Opening Games

The first game of any series is a good time for the road team to “steal” a game.  Will it happen tonight?

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Sabres Not Worried

from the New York Times,

Renney expressed doubts that the Sabres, who finished with the league’s best record during the regular season, were the “cream of the crop.” And the voluble Avery said he would be out to “hurt” the Sabres.
“It’s psychological warfare,” Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller said. “I don’t think anybody in here is going to play that game.”
He added: “We’re just going to worry about hockey. We’re not going to worry about the off-ice, in-between-whistles stuff, which is apparently what they’ve already started.”

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Canucks Have Their Work Cut Out

from the Vancouver Sun,

Unlike their first-round playoff series, the Vancouver Canucks won’t be viewing a mirror image of themselves when they step on the ice tonight in Anaheim for round two.
The Ducks are nothing like the vanquished Dallas Stars.
They have a roster laden with North American players, they score more, fight more, have more size and a better power play.
Almost no one is picking the Canucks to advance past Anaheim, unless you count TSN’s Maggie the Monkey, who merely spins her wheel rather than delving into any thoughtful analysis.

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Will Bolts Owner Spend?

from the St. Peterburg Times,

“I concur we have a very good core here,” Feaster said. “It’s a core capable of winning a championship. So from that standpoint our window of opportunity is still open. That’s something we’d like to take advantage of.”
The question is, will Bill Davidson, owner of Lightning parent company Palace Sports & Entertainment, provide the money to acquire a No. 1 goaltender and a scoring wing, the biggest holes on a team eliminated Sunday from the first round of the playoffs for the second straight season?
Feaster said his preliminary budget for next season is $40-million. That is about $4-million less than this season and could be up to $9-million below the yet-to-be-set league salary cap.
Coaches and players said this is no time to pull back, though CEO Tom Wilson said Palace Sports will lose $9-million on its Tampa operation this fiscal year.

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