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Pisani scores a shorthander in OT. Oilers outplayed the Canes for most of the game and deserved the victory.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
There should be a place in the Stanley Cup parade for all those who made the new National Hockey League an unmitigated success — the players, coaches, general managers, union bosses and, yes, even commissioner Gary Bettman. First, it is now clear the NHL is irrevocably on the path to enlightened, entertaining hockey. Those of us who feared the league would fall back into the bad old ways of obstructionist hockey once the playoffs came around, unable to shake the hooking, holding and tackling that was bred into its DNA over the past decade, were proved wrong. The referees, given a good prodding by their masters, wielded their whistles with zeal. Too much zeal at times, but the result was worth the occasional phantom call.read on
via the Columbus Blue Jackets,
Former National Hockey League All-Star and longtime broadcaster Danny Gare has been named the color analyst for Columbus Blue Jackets games on FSN Ohio, the club and network announced Wednesday. Gare will team with play-by-play announcer Jeff Rimer on Blue Jackets telecasts on the network beginning this fall.
from the Globe and Mail,
If the Edmonton Oilers needed any extra motivation to prolong their Stanley Cup final series against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight, they found it this morning. When the Oilers, who enter Game 5 at the RBC Center trailing 3-1, awoke at their team hotel they discovered stories in local newspapers and on newscasts about civic leaders debating whether to hold a Stanley Cup celebration downtown or at the RBC Center. Then when the Oilers went out for their morning skate, Oilers veteran Ryan Smyth discovered a "rusty" U.S. dollar coin implanted in the centre-ice area. He eventually hacked out the possible good-luck charm with his stick and skate.continued
from Randy Schultz of NHL.com,
As Hebner turns a corner, he runs into Hurricanes President and GM, Jim Rutheford. As the two exchange greetings, Hebner smiles at the Carolina GM. "I remember shooting pucks at you," joked Hebner, now in his fifth year as a batting coach for the Triple A Durham Bulls. "And I think I beat you a few times too. "You've really put a great team together down here. This is a team that could go all the way." Although his first love is baseball, a sport he has been involved with professionally for nearly four decades, hockey is a very close second.more
via the Pioneer Press,
The Wild have hired Boston Globe baseball reporter Chris Snow as director of hockey operations, the NHL team announced today. Snow, 24, has covered the Boston Red Sox since 2005 for the Globe and will leave the paper later this summer, according to the Globe. Snow covered the Wild during the 2003-04 season for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune before going to the Globe.Press release from The Minnesota Wild...
from the Globe and Mail,
Burke would like to see even further changes in the NHL game, with a little more tweaking of the rules here and there. For instance: delay-of-game calls on players in the defending zone for clearing the puck into the stands. "There needs to be some kind of an exception to this rule when you're killing a penalty," Burke said, noting the huge increase in five-on-three power play opportunities, often when there's a delay called. The other area Burke would change is the length of penalties called in overtime during the regular season. He figures a two-minute penalty in a five-minute period just doesn't make sense, especially when it results in a four-on-three power play. "We should have a one minute penalty at best, or maybe just 40 seconds," he said. "The conversion rate on four-on-three power plays is dramatically higher than the conversation ratio on five-on-four power plays. "I really don't know why we're doing it this way. This is one of the areas of the game where we can improve things."more
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
The parking lot tailgating in Raleigh, N.C., which might precede a Stanley Cup celebration Wednesday night, should be inspiration for the NHL. Make the Stanley Cup finals a party. A bacchanal. A convention. A forum for promotion. A celebration of the sport, and even of a league, that at times seems as if it expects potential fans to be able to offer the correct password at the door. (Imagine NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in the remake of "Horse Feathers." He could repeat Chico Marx's line to Groucho's replacement, who is struggling with remembering the password. "You can't come in here unless you say 'Swordfish,'" says Bettman, before adding: "Now, I'll give you one more guess.")continued
from the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch,
"There's a big price that's paid when you're picking (at No. 1)," Blues general manager Larry Pleau said. "But if you're down there, and that is where the franchise is at, you do the things that are necessary to get the franchise back moving in the right direction. And this is one big piece of it." The Blues probably have decided whom they will take with the No. 1 pick. Trading the choice is a possibility. But with the team enduring such a horrific season, and with a new owner taking over soon, the prestige of picking No. 1 is thought to be the crown jewel in the transformation process. But what will the No. 1 selection really mean to the floundering organization, and how long will it be before this player is suited up at Savvis Center?read on
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