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Playoff Challenge Finalists

Congrats to the finalists in the Playoff Challenge. Results after the Conference Finals: Edmonton 34-25 Carolina 38-27 Edmonton: Ric S. 65-51, GR99 55-47, OilMan 49-41, Maurice 61-50, Jen B. 68-41, Carl T. 57-45, Timothy 64-50, Trent 49-40, Hank S. 64-52, CoffeyMan 64-48, RYS 47-40, Underdog 61-50, Dean 51-47, Joseph B. 65-47, Ritchie 60-50, ZooZoo 61-50, Peter G. 70-60, Vanity 65-55 Carolina: Ryan 67-52 CHAW 40-30, NJNO 64-40, Rob F. 55-44, Vic S. 66-57, Marty 55-49, Brandy 74-55, Mike S. 64-61, HF 49-40, LOAD 55-40, Pinky 49-39 The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from IceJerseys.com. Rumor has it another chance to win a gift certificate from IceJerseys.com will be announced on Friday. This one will not be as difficult and is really a thank you to all the readers of Kukla's Korner.

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Expect More Changes In Boston

from Cam Neely at Boston Bruins.com,

I personally would not be surprised if we saw some additional management/personnel changes. It may be that simply changing the general manager is not enough of a new beginning to create the on-ice product that the Bruins fans want to see. Aside from signing more play-making talent, a shift in attitude will be necessary too, and it remains to be seen if Chiarelli has the ability to create a “winning atmosphere.
read on

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Stock The Fridge

from Terry Frei of ESPN,

Thanks to hockey's participation in the Winter Olympics and the nudging back of the NHL schedule, the 2006 Stanley Cup finals and NBA Finals are going to overlap in virtually an every-other-night format. If you're a fan of both games, meaning you're not one of those who believe that true hockey passion means the exclusion of all other sporting interests, or a basketball fan who believes hockey should be frozen out, stock the refrigerator or have the local bartender save seats.

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“Checking” The Officials

from Hockey Refs,

The discussion of vetting officials has been renewed by incidents of unethical and even illegal behavior by officials. While there have been cases in hockey and other sports of sexual predators taking to officiating, there are concerns over current officials. Recent examples include Michael Heichert of Minnesota, who continued at the collegiate and professional level despite a record of drug and gambling-related charges and convictions, and a Swedish linesman who tried working a game intoxicated.

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Forget About Oxygen- How About Groin Injuries

from US Newswire,

Cancellation of the 2004- 2005 National Hockey League (NHL) season may have cost dearly in terms of labor relations, fan support and dollars, but players came through it in fine physical shape. Study results presented today at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) showed athletes' physical condition showed no ill effects from the 310-day lockout. Researcher John Wygand led a study of 18 NHL players, conducting pre-season assessments of maximal oxygen consumption, heart rate and body composition in 2003 and again in 2005

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McKee Out

from the AP via TSN,

And another bad turn has emerged against the Sabres. Buffalo's already depleted blueline has taken another hit as defenceman Jay McKee will not be in the lineup. According to head coach Lindy Ruff, he has "a freak infection with his leg" from a cut he suffered earlier in the playoffs. It leaves the Sabres without four of their regular defencemen for Game 7.

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Enough Already

The producers of the highly trafficked video Podcast, Adobe Photoshop TV report today that their weekly presentation has been downloaded over two million times in the month of May 2006, drawing more individual viewers than a typical NHL playoff game broadcast.
Time for the NHL to start attacking this kind of journalism and can Pamela, who wrote this release, explain to me what a typical NHL playoff game broadcast is?

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Focus On The Goalies

from the News & Observer,

Every hockey player on the ice tonight must excel in the do-or-die battle between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Buffalo Sabres. But the goalies, clutch players throughout this seven-game series, must outperform them all. That's as true for rookie Cam Ward, the likely Carolina starter, as it is for Ryan Miller, Buffalo's fresh-faced standout. And these masked men are not standard homo sapiens. If you think you could never in your wildest dreams do the things you see them doing with grace and ease ... you're right. "It would be hard to make a mediocre athlete into a great goalie. I wouldn't want to be the coach who had to try," said Marion Alexander, a professor at the University of Manitoba who researches human movement in sports.

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Sticking With Hockey Players

via the Edmonton Sun,

Picking up supermodel Rachel Hunter (Rod Stewart's ex-wife) at the International Airport on Tuesday, according to credible eyewitnesses, was Oiler Jarret Stoll. She'd be older than 23-year-old Jarret, given she graced the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition cover in 1989.
image Hey, isn't that Ave....

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Leafs Take A Chance

from the Toronto Sun,

Somewhere, Ed Jovanovski must be smiling. Somewhere, Zdeno Chara and Wade Redden and Nicklas Lidstrom and maybe Rob Blake -- all of them on their way to free agency -- are raising a toast in honour of the crazy contract that Bryan McCabe is about to sign with the Maple Leafs. Somewhere, they're saying, or their agents are saying, that if McCabe can get almost $6 million US a year, imagine what the best available defenceman in hockey will be worth as July 1 grows ever closer. Because Bryan McCabe isn't one of the best defenceman in hockey.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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