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Moen Takes Center Stage

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from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Stewart Valley, Saskatchewan, was a one-elevator town until they tore it down. Now it’s a one horse town.
That horse, however, is Travis Moen. And today he’s the toast of the town.
“In Stewart Valley, they’re jumping around right now,” said Regina native Ryan Getzlaf.

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Now That’s Hockey

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from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,

Now that’s what I call hockey!
You can debate all you want about the way NHL hockey is played these days, with a greater emphasis on skill over obstruction, but you’d have to go a long way to find a better game than the opening tilt of the 2007 Stanley Cup final.

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What Is Arnold Thinking

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Arnold Schwarzenegger meets Don Cherry.
Part of the Behind the Scenes videos the guys at NHL.com are doing.
Watch the video.

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Live From Germany

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from the Ottawa Sun,

It has become the routine over the past couple of months, a group of about 50 gathering at Billy’s, a bar and restaurant in Straubing, Germany, at 2 a.m.
They gather around the TV set to watch Christoph Schubert and his Ottawa Senators teammates battle for the Stanley Cup.
Call it Hockey Night in Bavaria.

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Hey, It’s California

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from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

It was pointed out during a media welcome party last night held by the NHL that, at least from a media point of view, the Stanley Cup final is starting to look a lot like the Grey Cup.
Mostly Canadian media, and many of the same faces….
Doesn’t this seem a little weird to anybody? I mean, this is distant California, not Alberta or even a border state. It’s sort of the reverse juice to that which we’ve all grown up with in Canada, namely the overwhelming presence of U.S. media and culture. In this Stanley Cup final, however, NBC won’t even be showing up until Game 3.

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Sens #1 Line Needs Wake-Up Call

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from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

The Ducks hammered the Senators, knocked them down, hacked them, pounded them.
The Senators absorbed it all and, to their credit, gave some back, but were clearly overmatched in the Ducks’ 3-2 win.
This is what was expected, right?
Nothing pretty here among the palm trees, no cosmetic enhancements for which L.A. is famous, just hard slogging for the Senators against a big, hard-working team.
The Senators might be perceived as the faster of the two teams, but there were good stretches when they were outplayed at even strength last night by the Western Conference champions

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Ottawa Has To Be Better

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from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

The biggest question will be how the Senators respond to what we can only assume will be more of the same physical play from the big, fast and strong Ducks….
The Senators were also guilty of egregious giveaways—the official scorers had the Senators with 14 compared to just five for the Ducks.
“Probably a combination of being off for nine days and just trying to do too much,” Mike Comrie said of the uncharacteristically sloppy play. “I think we played in spurts, but obviously, it wasn’t enough. In the playoffs, you have to have a short memory and we’ll go over video. We’ll look at what we did and we’ll move on.”

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Fans Back Ducks

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

These fans, part of the Ducks’ 32nd consecutive sellout crowd, cared that the Ducks improved their home playoff record to 8-2. The players sensed it and fed off it and loved it.
“We’ve been taking some heat, especially from the Canadian media, about what the crowds are like here,” Ducks defenseman Sean O’Donnell said, “and I think anyone that was in the building, whether the home team or not, felt the chills in there.”
That’s chills as in spine-tingling, not as in cold shoulder.
“They were really into it,” Giguere said of the fans. “The people that are here right now are knowledgeable. They love the game. The price they pay for a ticket, they’d better like the game.
“It puts you into the game and it’s exciting. It really helps you when they’re for you, that’s for sure.”

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Go Behind The Scenes At The SCF

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And I do mean great.  A bunch of behind the scenes video shot by the NHL.com writers.  Some great video using a Flip Video camera.
Note- at times the server may be busy, so try again…

See an example of the video…

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Complete Transcript Of Gary Bettman Interview Before The SCF

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Q. What’s going to happen with Nashville?
COMMISSIONER BETTMAN: What’s going to happen with Nashville? We have an application by the club for Craig Leipold to sell the Nashville Predators to Jim Balsillie. That is a process that requires us to do some more due diligence, even though we did some in Pittsburgh, we have more to do.
It will require a three-quarter approval by the Board of Governors in terms of whether or not Mr. Balsillie as an owner and this transaction should be approved.
The Predators have a lease that goes, I think, for another 14 years, give or take. There is a possibility that the lease could terminate in a year if certain things do or don’t happen. But as far as we’re concerned right now, Mr. Balsillie’s request for approval and the transaction related solely to him buying the Nashville Predators subject to whatever lease is in effect, and if, in fact, at some point the lease is terminated and he seeks to relocate the franchise, that is something that would have to be considered under the league’s constitution and bylaws at the time.

Q. Would you be concerned of the perception that it could be a foregone conclusion or a self-fulfilling prophecy that the franchise would be moved?
COMMISSIONER BETTMAN: That’s why I answered the question the way I did. I’m hoping to dispel the perception. If the attendance mark is satisfied, even if it’s not, if the city cures what would then be the default, this team is not going anywhere.
There is a lease, and sports leagues aren’t in the practice of letting teams violate their leases. I believe Mr. Balsillie understands that and it’s conceivable that this team will be in Nashville for as long as its lease, however long that may be.

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