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In The Bag

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Maven,

Over – and out.
We say Bye-Bye to the Blueshirts with an unusually heavy heart.
I know precisely how they feel. Exactly.
A year ago, the Devils played Carolina in Game Two of the second round and scored the go-ahead goal with 20 seconds left in the third period.
The game not only was in the bag it was IN THE BAG.

continued

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Hockey Links Updated

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

I’ve updated the World Wide Web of Hockey page today. Lots of new sites added, and the page now features almost 350 unique hockey destinations on the internet.  Thanks to everyone for helping make this page such a great resource.

Note: I’ve rejected very few submissions so far, only sites that don’t clearly have significant hockey content. If you have submitted a site that suits this requirement yet wasn’t posted, odds are that I just lost track. My apologies, and please send it again. 

 

 

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Ticket Sales Issues In Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

A number of factors have contributed to what is a modest falling off in arena fan support.
First, the local economy, which is so dependent on the moribund domestic car industry, is in the dumps. The Wings also hiked ticket prices for the playoffs, and the casual fans haven’t anted up as they have in the past. The price increase may be one factor, but another is the unprecedented competition for the attention of the Detroit sports fan.

read on and additional NHL playoff talk too…

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Lebda On Ice Now; Expected Tonite

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Ken Daniels just on Leafs Lunch, said the Domer’s skating at this moment and all signs point to a Lebda sighting on the blue line tonite.

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What Happened To The Sharks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fromm Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

A team that was poised, relentless, blessed with timely (and reasonably proficient) scoring, defensively sound play and soundly physical play in eliminating Nashville in five games seemingly has chucked all of the things it did well in that series. The Sharks haven’t just lost their bite; they’ve gone belly-up in the face of a Detroit attack that has been neither withering nor relentless.
In fact, the Red Wings have pretty much been fortunate given the number of injuries they’ve had before and during this series.

more... plus some Sabres/Sens talk…

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Behind The Scenes Video Coming

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via Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),

The league is distributing advanced new digital camcorders called Flip Video cameras to players, teams and celebrity bloggers for use on NHL.com and its various video partners, including YouTube. About the size of an iPod and produced by Pure Digital Technologies, the cameras hit the market for public sale last week and are designed to be a foolproof way to shoot video and upload it to video-sharing Web sites, whether NHL-themed or otherwise.
The celebrity blogger video content for the NHL, with rapper Lil Jon and actors Dave Annable and Eddie Cahill among the participants, is now online, with player behind-the-scenes content from the ongoing postseason due to start appearing during this month’s conference finals.
“We’re looking to achieve something that’s a little different,” said Keith Ritter, president of NHL Interactive CyberEnterprises. “Our fans are consuming our content now in many different ways, a lot of them not involving TV.”

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NBC Overnight Ratings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Wings/Sharks Game 5- 1.4 rating and a 4 share.
Sabres/Rangers Game 6- 1.4 and a 3 share.

The only sporting events with a lower rating were the National Heads-Up Poker Tournament and the Rolex Equestrian Championships (both taped).

via Sports Business Daily (paid sub.),

Meanwhile, NBC pulled a 1.4 overnight for Game Five of the Sharks-Red Wings NHL Western Conference semifinal series on Saturday, up 40% over last year’s comparable Devils-Hurricanes game. The decisive Game Six between the Rangers and Sabres earned a 1.4 on Sunday. There was no comparable game last year on NBC.

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European Team Will Play NHL Team In Exhibition

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via the CBC,

An NHL team and a European team will square off next year in what the International Ice Hockey Federation hopes will become an annual exhibition series, a source told The Canadian Press on Monday.
IIHF President Rene Fasel is scheduled to make the announcement Tuesday during a news conference at the IIHF World Hockey Championship. The series will take place in September 2008.
Ideally, the IIHF would like to have the Stanley Cup champion meet a European champion but that won’t be the case for the first event.

more

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Drury Just Wins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Next up for Drury and the Sabres: the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference finals.
Run the oft-advanced theory past Drury, now 30, that the Avalanche’s regression began the day he was traded, and that Colorado has yet to recover, and he is genuinely embarrassed.
“Oh, I don’t know about that.” Pause. “That’s a pretty strong statement.” Double pause. “I guess I don’t really have a comment.”

more

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Wings Win - Dom Done

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I was going to point to the love Tim Hoffine shows for the Ottawa Senators at The Lantern, The Student Voice Of Ohio State Univ., until I read this…

And when big players don’t perform, well, that’s even worse. The Dominator is done. The Red Wings managed to eke out a six-series win against the Sharks, but the damage of old age and a flustered goal-keeper are showing as a too-quickly traded Sergei Federov watches his old team lumber to the next round.
But that’s what sets the Senators apart. Their goalie is pretty good.

more if you care to read…

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