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Sidney Crosby Is Why

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

It’s why the press box is expected to be full here for Game 1.
It’s why the Penguins asked for credential requests several weeks before the end of the regular season.
It’s why NBC denuded venerable “Hockey Night in Canada” of a Canadian matchup on the first weekend of the playoffs, insisting Game 2 of the be played Saturday afternoon and leaving CBC with the equivalent of moldy bread crust (Tampa Bay vs. New Jersey) for its traditional Saturday evening broadcast.

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Leafs/Canadiens Game Breaks Record

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from the CBC,

According to initial reports from Nielsen Media Research, a record-breaking 2.81 million viewers tuned to CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada this past Saturday to catch the highly anticipated game between the Leafs and Habs.
The broadcast represents the No. 1 regular-season audience in the show’s history since viewer recording began in 1989.

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Cherry & Hull

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from the CP via the Hockey News,

Cherry has been at this TV game for decades, while Hull is just starting out. The two networks are planning to put them together for shared segments during the championship series.
“We’re ready, we’re ready,” said Cherry.
He wouldn’t like to be permanently separated from Coach’s Corner foil Ron MacLean, however.
“I’ll stick with him,” said Cherry. “He keeps me on the right track.”

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Provincial Awakening

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1836 CSTThe Real Deal (see below) is taking a staggered approach to their analysis.  I know it’s early, but I’m finding the Calgary bloggers to be a different animal than their Oil counterparts.  A little less sarcasm, a little more analysis. 

The Flames bloggers are slowly recovering from a regular season rollercoaster.  A few days to drink their stress away and they’re ready for some analysis.  Metrognome at Five Hole Fanatics breaks down the Wing/Calgary first rounder.

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Latest Word On Bert: Don’t Expect Him Thursday

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Lots of conflicting reports on Bertuzzi the last 48 hours.  Here’s the latest, if you haven’t heard yet.  Ken Holland on WDFN today said that Bertuzzi skated last Friday and felt good, then began showing symptoms of a concussion.  He didn’t practice again today, and Wings management isn’t anticipating his availability for Game 1.

Bruce MacLeod’s Red Wing Corner

In my mind, he’s not available at this point,” said coach Mike Babcock. Mikael Samuelsson has been practicing in Bertuzzi’s spot on Robert Lang’s line.

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Did You Expect Anything Else

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from Stan Fischler at The Maven,

DETROIT VS. CALGARY - The fact that the Flames virtually backed into a playoff berth should be taken lightly. Calgary has the goaltending and Jarome Iginla. Detroit’s legacy lately has been playoff choke after choke.
This one is my favorite upset vote. I can foresee Chris Chelios falling all over himself and Matt Schneider not able to keep Detroit’s defense intact. More than anything, I have this feeling of upset and that’s all there is to it! CONCLUSION: CALGARY IN SIX.

more picks from Stan…

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Nothing But Bad Luck

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from Scott Morrision at CBC,

Perhaps he had a premonition. Or perhaps it has been that kind of year, so what else would Paul Holmgren expect?
But these are the words the general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers uttered on the eve of Tuesday’s draft lottery:
“It stinks. We’re the worst team, we should get the first pick.”
End of conversation.
So what happens? Even though the Flyers had a 48.2 per cent chance of winning the number one pick, the Chicago Blackhawks moved from fifth (based on the standings) to first through a weighted lottery.

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Sundin Contract Status

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from David Shoalts at the Globe and Mail,

Mats Sundin should have a new contract by June 15, according to Toronto Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson.
And Ferguson expects to keep his job long enough to award many more contracts in future National Hockey League seasons.
“I plan to be here for a long time and will operate in that fashion,” Ferguson said Tuesday afternoon in answer to speculation his bosses at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment might fire him after the Maple Leafs missed the NHL playoffs by one point for the second consecutive year.

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Bertuzzi Still Out

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from the Detroit News,

The Red Wings likely will begin the playoffs Thursday against Calgary without forward Todd Bertuzzi.
Bertuzzi, who suffered a concussion in the next-to-last game of the regular season against Chicago, wasn’t on the ice for the second consecutive day Tuesday, and coach Mike Babcock didn’t sound encouraged about Bertuzzi playing in Game 1 at Joe Louis Arena.
“In my mind, he’s not available at this point,” Babcock said after Tuesday’s practice.

continued

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Stanley Visits Frisco

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NBC11,

Its tour of San Francisco was a bit more genteel, with a ride on a Cable Car and stops at some of the city’s tourist landmarks.
There’s actually a book dedicated to the Cup’s exploits titled, “Why is The Stanley Cup in Mario Lemieux’s Swimming Pool?”

read on...plus a slide show and video…
Hey AO, you can’t touch the….

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