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Lou Lamoriello Statement On The Death Of Former New Jersey Devils Owner Lewis Katz

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Newark, NJ – New Jersey Devils President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello today released the following statement in regard to former Devils’ Owner Lewis Katz, who was tragically killed in a plane crash last night in Massachusetts.

"I was shocked this morning to receive the news regarding the loss of one of our former owners, Lewis Katz, along with six others last night. I worked for Mr. Lewis Katz with both the Devils and New Jersey Nets, and experienced first-hand the influence he had on both organizations. Lewis was extremely active in the business community, a philanthropist, and a family man. On behalf of the entire Devils’ organization, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Katz family, as well as the loved ones of the other six casualties.”

Katz was part of Puck Holdings, which purchased the New Jersey Devils in 2000 and owned the team until 2004.

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Afternoon Line

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It’s unfair to expect him to put together another record-setting run like he did in 2012, but Quick has yet to be a difference-maker in this series. We know he can steal a game on his own. And unless Los Angeles’ defense suddenly solves the magic of Patrick Kane, he might have to.

-Alan Muir of Sports Illustrated on Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.  Read more on game 7 by Muir.

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Coach Sutter Before Game 7

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added 1:44pm, Below the transcript is a video of Sutter answering questions from the media...

Q.  Is part of bouncing back and being resilient the ability to put the soft ones or the bad ones behind you and keep going?

COACH SUTTER:  Just looking at last game for the most part.  We bounced back from the Smith goal.  We’re not going to score all fancy goals.

Q.  Have you been surprised at some of the goals that have gotten behind these two goaltenders?

COACH SUTTER:  Just been a lot of traffic and both teams putting pucks at the net.

With the skill sets of some of the players, they're able to probably challenge the goalies more one on one than we would see maybe in the regular season.

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Sunday’s Short Hockey Notes

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from Stan Fischler of The Fischler Report,

* At this point in time the Rangers are no longer the underdog to win The Cup.

* Matter of fact, the Blueshirts go in as the favorites over either Chicago of L.A.

* Look at it this way; New York has the top goalie; more depth on defense; and four balanced lines.

* What's more, the Rangers fourth line, paced by the Comeback Kid, Dom Moore, is better than any fourth line on the Kings or Hawks.

* Tom Renney is my choice as head coach of the Panthers.

* Trouble is that I have no idea who's Dale Tallon's pick.


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Coach Quenneville Before Game 7

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Q.  Heading into Game 5, Brandon Saad said, We need to relax.  Are you kind of sensing that same vibe, that confidence, that optimism?

COACH QUENNEVILLE:  We want the same approach.  I thought Game 5 we came into the game knowing we had a couple little changes in the lines. But I thought we had a good start to the game, good consistency to our game.  I thought we rose to the challenge of what was at stake.

I thought each and every game in the series I thought we've progressed, played better.  We needed to, as well, in those last two games.

Q.  No idea if the lineup will look the way it looked out there in lines.  Looked like the third line had a change up with Sharp and Kruger and Smith.

COACH QUENNEVILLE:  They played a lot in the last two games.  They scored a big goal for us last game.  They give us some speed, some ability to check.  I think they give us some balance, as well.

I thought the three of them worked well together two games ago.  Played together a lot.  For sure, the overtime part.

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Comparing Ryan Callahan To David Clarkson

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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

They are both right wings. They were leaders for New York-area teams. They play rugged, in-your-face games. They can score goals on the power play and in even-strength situations.

Ryan Callahan could become the next David Clarkson. And that’s not necessarily a good thing. Clarkson was never drafted. But after signing with the Devils, he didn’t take long to become an important player. In 426 games with New Jersey, Clarkson scored 97 goals and 73 assists while racking up 770 penalty minutes.

In his final season in New Jersey, Clarkson led his team with 15 goals (six on the power play) in 48 games. He averaged 17:35 of ice time, including 3:33 on the power play. He dropped the gloves six times, according to http://www.hockeyfights.com The D.evils had more shot attempts than they allowed with Clarkson playing.

Clarkson turned his body of work into a seven-year, $36.75 million bonanza with Toronto. One year in, it looks like one of the league’s worst contracts. After serving a 10-game suspension for leaving the bench during a preseason game against Buffalo, things didn’t get much better for Clarkson. He scored five goals and six assists in 60 games while averaging 15:06 of ice time.

Callahan loves Clarkson’s contract. The former Rangers captain could probably do better. In 470 games, Callahan has 138 goals and 127 assists. In 45 games with the Rangers this season, Callahan scored 11 goals and 14 assists while logging 17:57 of ice time per game.

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NHL Short Notes

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The Blackhawks and Kings will try to punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final when they meet in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final at United Center. Chicago is 6-5 all-time in Game 7s (5-2 at home), including four consecutive victories at home dating to the 1990 Norris Division Semifinals, while Los Angeles boasts a 6-4 record in Game 7s (4-3 on the road), including three consecutive wins dating to last year’s Western Conference Semifinals.
* Originally down 3-1 in the series, the Blackhawks are looking to overcome that deficit for the second time in franchise history. They are 1-11 all-time in that scenario, but their lone such victory came in last year’s Western Conference Semifinals, when they rallied to beat the Red Wings in Game 7 at United Center on Brent Seabrook’s goal at 3:35 of overtime.

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Ready For Game 7

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from Tracey Myers of CSNChicago,

Game 7: it’s the ultimate conclusion, the final game of a series, the winner-take-all contest, the last chance for a team to continue its postseason.

It’s intense, it’s dramatic, it’s pressure… right?

“I don’t look at it as pressure,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “I think it’s been fun.”

Welcome to the outlook of a hockey player, whether it’s a past or a present one. What the Blackhawks coach thinks about Game 7s is what his players think, too: they’re fantastic. And the Blackhawks are looking to make another memorable Game 7 moment on Sunday night when they host the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Final finale.

The Kings have had their great Game 7 moments already this postseason, and winning this game on the road isn’t intimidating to them one bit. They did it in San Jose, coming back from a 3-0 series deficit in the first round. They did it in Anaheim, manhandling the Ducks in that final game to get to this point. So the Blackhawks know the Kings won’t be daunted by this situation.

And both squads also have impressive numbers in this department: the Blackhawks are 5-0 in elimination games the past two postseasons while the Kings are 6-0 in elimination games this postseason.


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Wanted! More Hockey Talks In The States

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from Steve Lepore of Awful Announcing,

NBC holds a monopoly on hockey in the United States. They control both the sport’s broadcast and cable television partners. They also own a share in the NHL Network, the supposed 24-hour, all-hockey, all-the-time channel. Yet, why is it that no one owns hockey talk in this country during the day, or even during the afternoon?

Though we can all agree that NBC’s coverage is professionally done, regardless of how you feel about its personalities, there is just little done with them beyond the games and their pre- and post-shows, especially since the network dumped its late night highlights show after 2012-13. Why not have Mike Milbury and Keith Jones on throughout the day, or give second-string guys Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter some more reps with an afternoon talk show? The network has an appealing host in Liam McHugh, why not see if hockey fans will follow him to a show earlier in the day?

A simple solution: add a third hour of NHL Network’s two-hour daily talk show, NHL Live, from 4-5 p.m. ET on NBCSN. It’ll fill some time previously used by hunting and fishing, can easily be pre-empted for mid-week soccer, and is already fairly cheaply done and has personnel in place. Plus, you get an hour every day to pitch NHL Network to potential subscribers who’ve maybe soured on the channel from some of the fans who have access to it giving negative reviews.


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Keying On Patrick Kane

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from Jill Painter of the Los Angeles Daily News,

The four-letter word you don’t want to say around the Kings right now has nothing to do with them not taking care of business in Game 6 and closing out the Western Conference Finals.

It’s Kane.

Keeping Patrick Kane in check will be of utmost importance for the Kings in Game 7 on Sunday.

Through the first three games of the series, Kane had one point. The way the Kings were playing him had a lot to do with that. They didn’t let him roam around freely, always had a body near him and took away his confidence. They knew where he was at all times.

Kane has seven points in the last two games, including the game-winner at Staples Center in Game 6, in which he skated around with the Kings’ end with such ease and nailed a wrister from high in the slot with 3:45 left.

The Kings must bottle him up if they are to advance.


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