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Be Careful On The Ice

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from The Toque,

Hockey is Canada’s greatest game, but it’s also one of the most dangerous, if you exclude fringe sports such as the javelin catch, live grenade hot potato, and grizzly wrestling. You might be surprised to learn that in Canada, one of the top ten causes of death is hockey-related drowning.
It’s chilling, but it’s true. Hockey rinks with indoor-style ice ponds measuring eight feet (2.67 metres) deep or more have accounted for hundreds of drownings since the first ice pond rink was built in Montreal in 1929. (The numbers would be much higher if they thought it necessary to count on-ice officials.)
Because hockey players wear so much heavy equipment, they put more pressure on ice surfaces, increasing the likelihood of breaking through the ice.

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Brodeur Outplayed

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from The Maven,

There’s no point in beating around the bush; New Jersey lost primarily because Martin Brodeur failed to play goal up to his previous standard.
The cheapies he allowed simply cannot be rationalized because there were too many at critical junctures in decisive games….
Lou Lamoriello needs a new coach. The best bet would be Ron Wilson, should he become available. I’d also support Pat Quinn.
Talking to Scott Gomez, I get the feeling that he’s gone, barring some miraculous sales job. Scotty wants to play a more wide open game and in the unlikely event that he gets some assurance of that, I’m convinced he’ll want to play elsewhere.

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Dan Joins The Media Club

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from Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Through Friday’s action, there had been a grand total of three power play goals scored in 22 overtime periods in these playoffs. You have a better chance of seeing Western lowland gorillas in the mist.
In the playoffs, a game as close as one goal or less adopts the unyielding personality of overtime well before regulation ends. Checking becomes tighter than a Joan Rivers mug shot. While tension and drama builds for the emotionally attached fans, the marathon standoffs do nothing to advance the quality of the game. The longer overtime goes, the more disintegrated play becomes. Not only are weary players impacted on that particular night, there is residual damage for the remainder of the series.

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NBC Has The Only Game Today

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Do we have a game 7 or does Buffalo beat the Rangers at MSG today?

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Who Gets In

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The Hockey Hall of Fame committee is going to have their hands full this year when they vote after the draft because they can only let four skaters in and there’s five, for sure, that should get in. Mark Messier is a lock. Ron Francis is close. Al MacInnis (Norris trophy, Stanley Cup ring), Scott Stevens (Conn Smythe trophy) and Igor Larionov (Russian trailblazer) are also on the ballot. So is Claude Lemieux, who won Cups with three different teams and had 19 game-winning playoff goals,

much more NHL talk…

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Not The Hockey They Know

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from Earl McRae of the Ottawa Sun,

Metcalfe and his pensioner buddies John Scully and Normie Cole get together for breakfast every Saturday at different restaurants around the city to put the world right, and the world that now has to be put right by Leo Metcalfe, 82, John Scully, 82, and Normie Cole, 79, is the world of hockey, they being experts.
“Normie and I played senior hockey in Quebec and the Maritimes when it was next best to the NHL,” says Metcalfe. “John played in Manitoba. We know what we’re talking about.”
“These young people watching the NHL today,” says Scully, “they think what they’re seeing from the players is good. It’s all they’ve ever seen. They’ve nothing to compare it with. They’re wrong.”

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Not Happy With NBC Broadcasters

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from Larry Felser of the Buffalo News,

It’s hard to believe NBC didn’t have the sense to hire a competent broadcast team for the Stanley Cup playoffs. What we got from their plumbers who were allegedly describing the Sabres- Rangers game last Sunday was a revelation about a linesman’s nickname, the state of the playoffs in the Eastern League, several excursions into the NHL’s past, the state of the playoffs in the Ontario junior league and the state of the American Hockey League. You would think the network’s sports honchos would tune into “Hockey Night in Canada” to discover how the sport is intelligently broadcast.

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Homer Noticed

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from the Mercury News,

So how are the Red Wings - who have beaten the Sharks twice since Holmstrom’s return from an eye injury - a different team with him in the lineup?
“I don’t think they do anything differently. But I think he is doing his job better than anybody in front of the net,” Nabokov said of Holmstrom, mentioning forwards Todd Bertuzzi and Dan Cleary as two Red Wings who played a similar style in the first three games. “But this guy seems like he’s just finding a way to knock the puck out of the air or pass the puck right in there. He draws the defensemen to him. He’s talented.”

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No More Coaching Lou

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from Steve Politi of the Star-Ledger,

For the Devils to move forward as a franchise after another second-round postseason loss, Lou Lamoriello is going to finally have to come to this conclusion: He is not an NHL coach.
He has to ditch the Steinbrenner on Ice routine. He has to make finding—and keeping—a new head coach his first priority. If that new leader is John MacLean, the assistant who handled the Xs and Os during this failed playoff run, then Lamoriello should accept the growing pains.

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Sabres Must Deal With MSG Too

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from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

First, there’s the New York Rangers, guaranteed to come out scrapping down 3-2 in the series with Henrik Lundqvist having surrendered just four goals at home. But the Sabres also will have to overcome the nuances of Madison Square Garden, “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” a potential minefield for visiting teams and a contributor to the Rangers’ 4-0 record in these playoffs.
“I bet if they ever move, they’d like to take their boards and glass with them,” Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller said jokingly yesterday as the Sabres held an optional workout.

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