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Weight Out To Make Amends

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from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

"When guys used to do that 15 years ago," said Carolina Hurricanes forward Doug Weight, "the captain of the team would say, 'Wake up!' " All Buffalo Sabres captain Daniel Briere said was, "Thank you." Whatever view was taken of the controversial overtime penalty that led to Briere's goal last night, the fact remains the Sabres won 2-1, and now, the Eastern Conference final will be decided in a seventh game tomorrow night. "I take responsibility," he said, "but it was a bad penalty. It's crap. He has done it three or four times in the series. It has only been called a couple of times, but I guess he was successful at the right time. And then you see guys on the bench giving him pats on the back for that. I'll be out to make amends (tomorrow)."
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Bowman Likes Sabres

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from Go Erie,

"When you have a young team like they have, it's nice to have this kind of success," Bowman said. "But it works the other way, too. The more success you have, the less maneuverability you have to sign players. But I think (the Sabres) are in good shape right now. They've done a good job of figuring out how to make this work under the new rules."
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Everything Goes Buffalo Way

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from the Globe and Mail,

There was another factor, something a Buffalo sports fan will tell you has always been in short supply in this beleaguered city — luck. In the irony of ironies, it was a referee's call that brought good fortune to the Sabres. When Hurricanes centre Doug Weight was nailed for driving Jason Pominville into the boards in overtime, the Sabres' power play finally clicked after squandering four previous opportunities. Just before that call, any of the 18,695 fans at the HSBC Arena would have told you they were getting shafted yet again by the referees.
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Lidstrom Price Rising

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from the Detroit Free Press,

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland is in active pursuit of defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom. The Steve Yzerman front, however, remains quiet. Holland said Tuesday he has begun negotiations with Don Meehan, the agent for Lidstrom. The Wings had hoped to keep Lidstrom in the $7-million range, but those hopes may have been crushed last week when Tampa Bay made forward Brad Richards the second-highest paid player in the NHL at $7.8 million. The Richards signing could have repercussions throughout the league; in Lidstrom's case, it means he is likelier to cost closer to $8 million per season. "We're early in the process and I expect that we're going to have further discussions over the next couple of weeks," Holland said.
continued...more Wing UFA talk...

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Talking Sabres

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Post game interview with Briere, Drury & Miller...

Q. Daniel, all you wanted was a Game 7, you got it. DANIEL BRIERE: Yeah, before the game that's all we were looking for. We wanted a chance at Game 7. It's exciting to get it done here in front of our fans. We have won over there, now we know we can win in Carolina. We played extremely well in Game 5, could have gone both ways. We're excited about going back for Game 7. Q. When did you know it was in? DANIEL BRIERE: I saw the light go on. I saw the fans kind of jumping up. I couldn't see much from the blue line. I mean, it's a heck of a feeling when you see everybody getting up in the building and the building's going nuts like that.
more in the comments section...

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Oh Fernando

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from the NY Times,

There is no hint of the allegiances within, other than a "Go Oilers" placard duct-taped to the garage door. But at the kitchen table where Fernando Pisani eats his pre-game meal — Mom's penne pasta and chicken in a red sauce — Cosimo and Maria Pisani ponder the improbability of a son of Italian immigrants becoming the hometown hero of a rejuvenated Canadian city and its favorite hockey team.
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Gretzky Returning To Coyotes

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via TSN,

The Phoenix Coyotes are set to announce on Wednesday that Wayne Gretzky will return next season as head coach. Gretzky and the Coyotes have been negotiating on a new contract that would keep him behind the bench for the next few seasons.

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Being Stanley

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Once upon a time he was an over-weight trophy in a trailer park, with dreams of greatness. In five awesome animations, BeingStanley.com charts the Stanley Cup's rise from freakishly large misfit to the greatest trophy of them all. Great animation, a must see for any NHL fan. image

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OLN Has Made Tremendous Strides

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from Philly News,

Flyers chairman Ed Snider was chatting on the telephone Saturday night and watching the Outdoor Life Network as he talked. What was on? Hockey, what else? "Anaheim just scored," he said, announcing the Mighty Ducks' first and only goal in a game that Edmonton would win to capture the Western Conference. OLN carried the game, as it has a majority of them all year, and in Snider's assessment the unwanted league and unknown network have wound up making a pretty good team. "Fact is, the ratings on ESPN initially would have been higher," Snider said later on in the conversation. "But I think the network has made tremendous strides throughout the season.
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Numminen Changes Tune

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from the CP via the Toronto Star,

A day after head coach Lindy Ruff described him as doubtful, Teppo Numminen of the Buffalo Sabres was hopeful to finally dress for Tuesday night's Game 6 of the NHL's Eastern Conference final. "I think we're at 80-20," the veteran defenceman said after the pre-game skate, when asked whether he was 50-50 to play. "It felt good this morning. We're going to push it a little more in the warmup tonight and hopefully everything goes well and I'll be able to play."
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