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Post game interview with Pronger, Pisani and Markkanen-

Q. Did you have any sense of presumptuousness around here that the Carolina atmosphere was counting the chickens? CHRIS PRONGER: No. I think they are right on the doorstep obviously being up 3-1. Today was do or die for us. And certainly we didn't want to -- we wanted to make sure that then were n't having a parade in front of us today. We wanted to get it back to Edmonton and give ourselves another chance. We have got to look towards Game 6 and not look forward to coming back here. We have got to go to Edmonton, make sure that we win that game and then we'll look to Game 7. But until that, we have got to focus on Saturday night. Q. What was this day like for you? Have you ever seen a day like this with all that rain and was there an ominous feeling or did you just ignore the elements? CHRIS PRONGER: We were joking, it was Hurricane Alberta coming through. So it was nice to see that we were getting a piece of a little bit of love from the weather.
more in the comments and we have a first- Pisani's goal in OT was the first shorty in OT in SCF history...

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Back To Edmonton

Pisani scores a shorthander in OT. Oilers outplayed the Canes for most of the game and deserved the victory. image

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Giving Credit

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.
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Gare New Color Man In Columbus

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.

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Look What They Found

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.

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The “GraveDigger”

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.
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From Baseball Writer To Director Of Hockey Operations

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...

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Rules To Think About

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."

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Two Week Party

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.")

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“Don’t Believe Everything You Read”

That my friends is a quote from Dwayne, you know the guy formerly known as Eklund. Now if he would only believe what he says. added 4:00pm, Hmmm, Jes at Hockey Rants has a "tough" decision to make.

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