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Full House Expected At Devils New Arena

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from the Bergen Record,

Empty seats will be scarce—perhaps non-existent—when the New Jersey Devils debut at the Prudential Center in Newark this fall, Devils principal owner Jeffrey Vanderbeek said Wednesday.
“Based on the response that I’ve been seeing, there’s a decent chance that we sell out every game,” said Vanderbeek, whose team is battling the Ottawa Senators in the Stanley Cup playoffs. “Even my optimistic self has been overwhelmed by the demand for the premium seats.”

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The Sharks Side

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Just in case you have not visited Sharkspage, you should make it a daily stop during the Wings/Sharks series.
PJ does a great job and always has some great photos that cannot be viewed anywhere else.

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Elimination Game Tonight

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We need some help here.  Alanah at Canucks and Beyond is very depressed.  Her Canucks are near elimination and she needs a quick pick-me-up.
I told her the Canucks steal one at The Pond tonight, then come home for game 6 with momentum.
It could happen, but will it?

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Sing It Every Game

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from the NY Post Hockey blog,

In response to a Ranger fan’s question about why the Canadian anthem is sung before Sabres games, a Buffalo fan commented on Rangers Rap about hockey being a Canadian sport where Canadians still predominate. He also cited Buffalo’s proximity to Canada and that some Sabres fans actually hail from the Great White North.
In my opinion, the Canadian national anthem should be sung at all hockey games in North America. I love “O Canada”; it’s a great tune and a rousing anthem.

continued... And maybe this would convince Karen Newman to sing part of the Canadian Anthem in French like I requested about a year and a half ago.

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Frustration For Wilson

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San Jose Sharks coach Ron Wilson shows his frustration and delivered a wake up call to some of his players after the game.
Will it work?  We will find out Saturday.

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Just Observing

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from the Hockey News,

• Sharks winger Mike Grier during a second intermission interview with TSN: “We’ve got to get back to playing hockey.”
Glad he cleared up his contractual obligations.
• At this point in the playoffs, whenever I hear a broadcaster use the words “regulation time” during a one-goal game in the late stages of the third period, I wish a small pox (thought not smallpox) on him.
• And, right on schedule, Robert Lang scores with 34 seconds left. Damn you, Chris Cuthbert!

more observations from both games last night…

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Will Benching Motivate Afinogenov

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from the Buffalo News,

Maxim Afinogenov, as he ripped off his elbow pad and threw it in the top shelf of his locker stall, said he’s not mad.
Afinogenov, as he looked at the ground while waiting for questions then briskly fired off one-sentence answers, said he’s not frustrated.
His actions showed otherwise Wednesday, and the Buffalo Sabres will find out whether Afinogenov plays better when he’s mad and frustrated.

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Canucks Built For Next Few Seasons

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from the Vancouver Sun,

This Canuck team was not constructed by general manager Dave Nonis and coach Alain Vigneault to win a Stanley Cup. Yet. A year from now, two years, maybe. Were there enough truth serum to go around, few people in the Canuck organization expected when the season began to be even this far—four games into the second round, down 3-1 against a Ducks team picked by many to win everything
But Vigneault and Luongo raised the bar, so here we are. Now, the bar looks hopelessly out of reach.
Needing a win tonight to prolong their season, the Canucks have no goaltending or special-teams advantage. And the Sedins are being badly outplayed by their checking-centre neighbour from Sweden, Samuel Pahlsson, the best player you never heard of until this series.

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Technology Improves Every Month

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from the NY Post,

And that view was not definitive, possibly because the NHL has yet to install high-definition cameras for the overhead looks that virtually always are used to determine whether the puck entered the goal. According to Campbell, the league hopes to have those video improvements in place by next season.
“We haven’t gone to it sooner because the technology is getting better month by month,” Campbell said. “You don’t want to buy something that is outmoded right away; there’s a lot of rewiring involved.
“We have sent [senior vice president of broadcasting] John Shannon to a show in Las Vegas to look at what’s available before we make a multimillion dollar investment in new equipment. I have an estimate on my desk now.”

read on

via the New York Times,

In Tuesday’s game, Campbell said they had the best available situation because the overhead shots were from high-definition cameras. But none of them provided a picture that showed the puck entirely over the goal line.
“We’ve tried to perfect it, or at least make it as flawless as possible,” Campbell said. “But there’s always going to be judgment involved.”

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Wilson Wants A Few To Wake Up

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

On his goal, Lang said Rivet’s decision to back off surprised him.
“Definitely, it gave me a little more time and space. I think he just didn’t want to risk it, that I would pass it and then Johan [Franzen] would have a breakaway. But he made a split-second decision and I think he made the right one for me.”
Sharks’ coach Ron Wilson was unhappy with his team’s defensive play on the tying goal, by Lang. Without naming names, he suggested his players were cheating on the offensive side of the puck, instead of paying attention to their assignments. For the record, the Sharks’ forwards on the ice for the winning goal were Patrick Marleau, Bill Guerin and Rismiller.
“We blew the game in the last minute,” said Wilson. “They’re a damn good hockey team and they were desperate. We need a couple of guys to wake up in the series, or it’s going to be over….”

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