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from the AP via the NY Post,
“Knowing the intensity and the atmosphere that’s created in Canadian cities with the culture of the game, we thought it was in our best interests that we moved and got away from downtown,” coach Randy Carlyle said. “We think it’s time to focus. We can sacrifice our interaction with the public and focus on the task at hand.”
In other words, this is a business trip for a determined Anaheim team that holds a 2-0 lead over the Senators in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup finals, which resume at Ottawa on Saturday night.
The resort - about a 30-minute drive from Scotiabank Place - also happens to have its share of good luck. It’s the same place the New Jersey Devils stayed when they eliminated Ottawa in seven games in the 2003 Eastern Conference finals.
from the AP via MSNBC,
The Ottawa Senators need a big change in a hurry. They could start by remembering the inspirational words of Roger Neilson.
The NHL’s “Captain Video,’’ for pioneering the use of game video as a coaching technique, and a hockey Hall of Famer, Neilson’s presence is still held in high regard in Ottawa four years since the Senators assistant coach died after a long battle with cancer. There’s a portrait of Neilson that hangs in the Senators assistant coach’s box at Scotiabank Place, and another one in the players’ room.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
You hear it all the time in hockey circles: Who really cares about the never-ending drama at the NHL Players’ Association?
Well, I do, for more than a few reasons. But here’s a good example why fans should be interested in a strong, healthy players’ union:
You know the Nashville Predators? The franchise that almost assuredly will be relocating sometime in the next couple years? Yeah, them.
read on and many more hockey bits too…
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
Somehow, in the wake of these two games, the space between these two teams seems much, much greater than the difference on the score sheet.
With all excuses about a long layoff and poor officiating stripped away in Game 2, the Senators were once again outmatched in every meaningful element of the game.
Outhit, outworked, outchanced and outshot. They keep this up and it’ll soon just be “out.”
from Mike Chen’s Hockey Blog,
Thanks to my FoxSports.com gig, I’ll be following up my post-playoff analysis of the Sharks with an interview with GM Doug Wilson (thanks also to the Sharks media relations folks for helping to set this up and PJ from Sharkspage). This is where you, the reader, comes in. I’m going to arm myself with questions from fans, so if you’ve got a question for Doug, leave it here in the comments.
Look. I’m biased. Biased for Chelios? No. I think what he did was wrong, and I think he should have shook hands...even with Pronger, Niedermayer and that punk Perry. I’m biased against Dwayne Klessel, his self promotion, and the crap he continues to spew. His comment, “we’ve had our disagreements” is a prime example. Want more? Let me remind you. He’s claimed affilitation with NHL teams, the league itself...all false, and all to lure money from the simple minded.... On too many occasions Klessel has attempted to speak for the rest of us, behind the anonymity of a made-up name “for his own protection.” Another crock.
from the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the team has signed goaltender Cam Ward to a three-year contract. The contract will pay Ward $2 million in 2007-08, $2.5 million in 2008-09 and $3.5 million in 2009-10.
“Cam is one of the cornerstones of our team moving forward,” said Rutherford. “He has already built an impressive resume for himself at a young age, and we believe he is going to be one of the elite goaltenders in the National Hockey League for a long time.”
On Tuesday, Paul Kukla asked readers via his NHL.com blog to send in any photos and video they had documenting how they’ve been enjoying NHL hockey with their friends. We’ve just started adding photos to the gallery here.
More to come! Keep sending them in!
Update June 1, 2007: Thank You!
Japers’ Rink graciously offered photos from his View From Your Playoff Seats flickr album, to be added to ours as well. There’s still plenty on his site that we didn’t steal, so go check it out.
Also, I’d like to thank P.J. Swenson who was the photographer responsible for many of the San Jose photos which we took from J.P.‘s flickr site. Great work!
frm Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
The old cliché is that you haven’t lost a playoff series until you’ve lost a game at home.
It seems a little weak if you apply it to the Stanley Cup final between the Anaheim Ducks and the Ottawa Senators.
Given the way the Ducks are beating the Ottawa Senators, one could argue that even if the Sens don’t lose a game at home in this best-of-seven affair they still don’t win the Stanley Cup.
The Ducks aren’t just good at home, they are outstanding.
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