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Move The Puck, Quickly

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from Scotty Bowman at NBC Sports,

To keep out of danger in your own end, what you’ve got to do is get to loose pucks quick, and make quicker decisions. You have to have your mind made up before you do it. I know a lot of coaches nowadays don’t want their defensemen to clear the puck around the boards, but on the glass—just make sure you hit the glass! That’s why that automatic penalty for shooting it over the glass is so effective in causing scoring chances. The most-skilled guys will be able to put it in the right place, and it will be tougher for the pinching ‘D’ to keep it in.

much more from Scotty on numerous NHL topics, well worth a visit…
Detroit fans, anyone have a feeling we just may be seeing the recommendation above tonight?

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Show Of Hands

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from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

Quadruple BACKHAND: They don’t have high-def cameras in the so-called World’s Most Famous Arena? They have a 10-story building, a show club, an elephant holding area, a train station, their own television network, a venue for CBS television to introduce its annual fall lineup, the Garden Club, two restaurants, 89 suites and more money then even Glen Sather knows how to spend in what is arguably the richest city in the world and they can’t afford a high-def camera?

more “hands” than you can imagine…

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Why Barry Smith Left Phoenix

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from the Edmonton Journal,

The axe fell in Phoenix not long after Barry Smith high-tailed it off the continent….
So why not hang around and help if things look so rosy?
“I wanted to run my own program. I’d gone with Scotty Bowman (in Detroit) for a long time and it was a tremendous experience,” said Smith. “I had the chance to work with Wayne for two seasons and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. He’s got to be the coach. He’s got to have the chance of doing more on his own.
“I want to do more of my own as well. It wasn’t as if we had different philosophies. I love the guy. I needed a chance to try my way.”

more on Smith and the World Championships…

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Deflated Canucks

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from the Hockey News,

POP!
What’s that sound you ask? That’s the din of the Canucks playoff hopes blowing up exactly one second after Travis Moen smacked a rebound past Roberto Luongo early in OT to give the Ducks a death-grip on this conference semifinal.
But why was that pop so loud? Well, that’s because a whole lot of air had been pumped into Vancouver’s Cup dreams in first 54 minutes and 18 seconds of this contest.

read on and Sabres/Rangers talk too…

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Pressure On Buffalo

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from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

Is the heavy weight of great expectations beginning to wear on the Presidents’ Trophy winning Buffalo Sabres?
There seemed to be some telltale signs of just that during and after the Sabres’ 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. The series, which seemed over after the favored Sabres grabbed a 2-0 lead on home ice, is tied and looking a lot different.
“No one said it was going to be easy,” said Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, who finished with 26 saves.

continued

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Hockey Fever In Kandahar

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added 12:15pm, For those of you who are comtemplating using this video source, David at the Ice Block breaks down the logistics and other topics of this new source for media delivery.

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Devils Should Play Like Rangers

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from The Maven,

New Jersey fans won’t want to hear this but the Devils would do well to study the Rangers’ tactics which have helped the Blueshirts tie their series at two apiece.
And if Lou Lamoriello’s sextet is smart, they’ll begin applying those tactics tonight (Wednesday) in Ottawa; otherwise what loomed as a tight playoff with the Senators will get totally out of hand.
The Rangers’ game plan can be summed up with just a few words – HUSTLE, MORE HUSTLE; FORECHECKING AND EVEN MORE FORECHECKING.

continued

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Talking Blue Jackets

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from the Arace on Hockey blog at the Columbus Dispatch,

We can sit around and argue the relative merit of the Fedorov trade because there are plusses and minuses to having him in Jackets uniform. The minuses are that his salary – he has one more year at $6 million remaining – decreases flexibility on the open market. A team in the Jackets’ position just can’t dedicate a significant percentage of it’s salary-cap number to two or three of those contracts. What also hurts is the Jackets lost Francois Beachemin to the Ducks in the Fedorov deal.

more on the Blue Jackets…

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TV Schedule For Games Tonight

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It appears both games tonight are exclusive to Versus in the USA.

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No Soft Goals- Yet

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from the San Francisco Chronicle,

Nabokov’s playoff numbers are solid, but in comparison with his contemporaries, not spectacular. Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo and Anaheim’s Jean-Sebastien Giguere have better save percentages, and six of the eight surviving goalies (Luongo, Giguere, Detroit’s Dominik Hasek, the New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist, Buffalo’s Ryan Miller and Ray Emery of Ottawa) have better goals-against averages.
Wilson, awash in bias, endorsed his guy without hesitation.
“I’ve seen some soft goals in some of the other series, but Nabby hasn’t let in a soft goal since the playoffs started,” he said. “He’s not just making saves, he isn’t making any mistakes. I don’t think he’s had to steal a game for us, but he’s been error-free.”

more... I normally do not outwardly cheer for the Wings, but since they are my home team and Wilson did bring it up, tonight is the night for a few of those “soft” goals.

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