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If you’re looking for some extra hockey reading material tonight, here’s a roundup of stories from NHL.com this afternoon/evening:
- Seabrook Returns to Practice for Hawks
- Laviolette Mum on Game 6 Goalie
- Flyers Work Overtime to Put More Juice in Powerplay
- Pominville won’t play in Game 6; Roy may return
- Stamkos finds scoring touch when Bolts needed him
- Malkin skating again, but won’t return this season
- Kings tweak lineup in hopes of staving off elimination
- Sharks know home ice is no guarantee of victory
- Lack of firepower dooms Rangers
Playoff scenarios and tie-breaking procedures noted below…
There is no suspense like NHL playoff suspense, no drama like NHL playoff overtime drama, no sacrifice in sports like NHL playoff sacrifice – and there is no trophy, anywhere, comparable to the Stanley Cup. So welcome to the excitement the next two months will provide as hockey’s top competitors rise to an even-higher level in the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
We have the best sport, we have the best players, we have the best trophy and we have absolutely the best fans. Thank you all, so much, for supporting us in record numbers once again during the 2008-09 season. The season was absolutely fantastic and I believe the playoffs will be even better. I hope you enjoy every minute.
Also, you can find the commissioner on his new Twitter account which he’ll be using tonight. NHL Tweetups are being held around North America, so if you want to watch opening night in the company of other fans, check out the cities hosting events.
From Seth Rorabaugh at Empty Netters:
Hopefully this preview highlighting the top candidates on each team will help you identify who to draft in your playoff beard pools.
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PITTSBURGH—National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement:
“The National Hockey League family grieves with the family, friends and teammates of Luc Bourdon. We send heartfelt condolences to the Vancouver Canucks’ organization and the community of Shippagan, N.B. To honor a young life ended long before its promise could be fulfilled, a moment of silence will be observed Saturday night prior to Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.”
From Paul Kukla at NHL.com,
I have made some observations while covering all the action from games 1 and 2 in Detroit.
Chris Simpson, the NHL reporter for Versus is as down to earth as they come. Her work continues to improve and I enjoyed speaking with her yesterday about the game of hockey.
I can’t tell you how impressed I was with the folks from CBC. In the past I have communicated with them from time to time, but they went out of their way to make me feel comfortable when around them. Now if only I could get my hands on one of those CBC towels!
And if you’re not familiar with the exclusivity of those CBC HNIC towels, here is the reason why Paul will never get his hands on one…
Paul finds some Pittsburgh Penguins fans in Detroit this afternoon ready to share their thoughts on the Stanley Cup Finals.
You can download it here or click that link and listen online, if your browser supports that. Audio is approximately 2 minutes in length.
Update:The conversation can also be heard on the player below.
From Mike Householder of the AP via Yahoo!
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said every team in the league will play all the others at least once next season.
The announcement came Saturday before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals between Pittsburgh and Detroit, two teams that did not meet this regular season.
Bettman also used his annual pre-Cup news conference to say the size of goaltenders’ equipment will be analyzed in the offseason.
A complete transcript of Bettman’s remarks should be made available on this post shortly.
Update 8:27pm ET: Complete transcript now available below, of the commissioner’s opening remarks as well as the question & answer session which followed.
From Paul Kukla at Hockey.com,
Two weeks ago I wrote the Wings and Penguins were locks to meet in the Stanley Cup Finals. Somehow my wires got crossed and I predicted the Wings in five and Penguins in six. Does being close count?
Although I hate the prediction game, I do feel obligated to continue on. Therefore, I am taking the Detroit Red Wings route and saying Wings in 7. No matter how I look at this matchup, I cannot see one team being a dominating force and I just see a series that will be highly-entertaining and one that will draw the attention of sports fans worldwide.