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NEW YORK (April 12, 2007) – NHL.com experienced record traffic on the last day of the National Hockey League’s regular season Sunday, April 8, 2007, due in part to the heated competition for a coveted spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the site’s offering of original content that includes exclusive stories, video interviews with players, and the highlight show NHL On the Fly: Final.

NHL.com experienced 1,724,406 user sessions and more than 15 million page impressions on Sunday, April 8, which marks a 51.4% increase in sessions and 40.4% increase in number of page impressions compared to traffic experienced on the last day of the 2005-06 NHL regular season (April 8, 2007).

Sunday’s traffic also surpassed numbers experienced on the 2007 Trade Deadline Day (Feb. 27, 2007), which is historically one of the busiest days of the year for NHL.com, with an increase of 10.7% of sessions and 11.5% of page impressions.

All audience figures courtesy of Nielsen//NetRatings SiteCensus.

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Mullets Everywhere

from ESPN,

Back by popular demand, we bring you the Second Annual Melrose Mullet Madness Gallery!
Just like the playoffs, the mullet is another tried and true tradition in hockey. It’s the only cut that we know that has its own motto: “business in the front, party in the back.” The only hairdo to earn a line in one of the best movies of all time, “Cool Hand Luke.” You remember, don’t you? When Dragline yelled out “mulletheads!”

read on for mullet talk and pics…

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Do The Right Thing, CBC

from the NHL Fanhouse,

But there’s one area where the CBC is going backward, not forward, and that’s with its online product.
Last night, the CBC debuted Hockey Night Online, an online only pre-game and post-game program. Unfortunately, as my friend Paul Kukla discovered, the Web cast only works for folks who have Canadian IP addresses.

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added 2:37pm, I just made a quick call to the CBC, and they are restricted from showing the streaming material in the US.  That answers that but maybe we can get that worked out for next year?

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The Pressure Point

from Damien Cox at ESPN,

They will be at the center of every game, usually the hero and often the goat, talked about more than any other player. Commentators will make excuses for them, searching for errors made by other players, and fans will curse or praise them depending on whether their team wins or loses, not on the actual quality of performance.
They are the goaltenders.
When these playoffs are over and a champion has been declared, one will leave an indelible story for the history book, an imprint on the collective memory of the sport as the one, the masked man, who best fought off the fear and insecurity and pressure to lift his team to the top of the mountain.

read on

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Mats Sundin Declines Team Sweden

From TSN,

Mats Sundin has turned down an invitation to play for Sweden at the world hockey championship in Russia.
“It’s sad, but I can understand his decision,” coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson said Thursday.
The 36-year-old Sundin, whose Toronto Maple Leafs missed the NHL playoffs, was one of the key players on Sweden’s team last year when it won the Olympic gold medal.
Alexander Steen of the Leafs is the only NHL player who has accepted an invitation to play for Sweden so far, but several others are expected to join the squad.

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The State Of The Caps

from Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals,

Another season has come to an end long before we would have liked, but we remain committed to improvement and patience in our plans to rebuild our franchise. The final standings show that we amassed the same number of points in 2006-07 as the prior season. And while that is true, this year’s team was better in many areas, and we demonstrated continued growth and improvement.
The power-play and the penalty-killing units both showed slight gains. We scored more goals and gave up fewer. We realize that more improvement is needed, and we will be directing our attention in that area during the summer. In the next several months we will be focused on doing what is necessary to achieve even greater strides for the 2007-08 season.

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Satan Doesn’t Want The Attention

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Shortly before the 2004 trading deadline, Satan scored a goal in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at HSBC Arena. Instead of the usual celebration, he took off his glove and put his hand to his ear, mimicking a telephone conversation. In other words, Sabres GM Darcy Regier had better get on the phone and trade him.
This did not go over well with the fans and almost a month later, in the Sabres’ last home game, Satan was chosen the first star. He came out and instead of lifting his stick in the usual salute to the crowd, he waved goodbye. This was a sincere attempt to say thank you for the good times and goodbye but by then the fans were not having any of it.
“Last year it was a little more noticeable,” Satan said of the booing. “It’s a little quieter this year but at least they remember me.”

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Thrashers Lose The Blue

via the Blueland Blog,

Well, I promised I’d post pictures of Kari and Sutton with their blue hair, but as you may have heard if you were listening to the radio this morning, the blue hair is gone.

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Has Complacency Set In

from Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press,

The problem is, they argued, too many other things have—including, most notably, the names on the back of the jerseys. No longer are the Wings dotted with Hall of Fame-caliber players who spent the better part of their careers in Detroit….
Holland notices the competition in the way his team is covered. Fewer front pages. Fewer lead spots in sports telecasts. Less time on talk radio.
“That’s where I’ve really noticed it,” he said.
The Wings simply aren’t the topic of conversation that they once were.

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What Holland says is so true, and the Wings must realize the have an untapped source that they have failed to utilize- The web and the many Wings bloggers.  They need to follow the example of many NHL teams and begin to recognize the Wings bloggers existence.

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I Would Not Be Happy

Listening to NHL Live, a caller just mentioned he was watching the Stars/Canucks game in the Houston area via Time Warner cable.
At 2:00am last night, the game went off the air and an infomercial appeared.

Carriers of NHL hockey, step-up, be prepared for OT games, don’t let this happen again.

added 6:30pm, via Yahoo,

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP)—“We are obviously very disappointed to hear that some fans in a few select markets have reported that they did not see the end of this great game,” network spokeswoman Katie Bradshaw said.
Henrik Sedin scored 18:06 into the fourth overtime—at about 3:30 a.m. EDT Thursday—to give the Canucks a 5-4 Game 1 win over the Stars in the sixth-longest playoff game in NHL history.
“The game did run in its entirety on the Versus network feed,” Bradshaw said. “But based on the information we have received, we are currently working with our affiliates in the affected markets to find out what caused the problem and to make sure that this doesn’t happen again during the playoffs.”

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