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Cost Effective

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from Canadian Business,

Consider that the Penguins spent about $37 million to earn 105 points. That’s $351,603 per point, making it the most cost-effective team in the NHL. (It should be pointed out that the salary figures contained on our charts reflect the current value of all player contracts on a team, not the actual amount paid under the cap, nor do they include performance bonuses.) At the other end of the spectrum, the Flyers spent $723,815 for each of its 56 points.

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NHL Partners With Joost

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NEW YORK (May 1, 2007) – The National Hockey League (NHL) will offer free hockey programming to consumers on the Joost distribution platform beginning at the start of the 2007 Stanley Cup Final. The announcement was made today by Joost™, the world’s first broadcast-quality Internet television service.

Under the agreement, the NHL will provide full-game replays on a delay and highlights from this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, combined with a rich selection of vintage games from the NHL archives. Some of the historic action available includes: game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Final in which the New York Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks; game 7 of the 1993 Western Conference Final game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Los Angeles Kings featuring Wayne Gretzky; and the ultimate game of the 1997 Stanley Cup Final, in which the Detroit Red Wings topped the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Trouble

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You’re going to see this a lot today: “A tale of two…”  Insert the key phrase there.  You’ll see that because it’s easy and it’s obvious.  And that, kids, is how our diggers roll.  The first period?  All the ills that had plagued the Wings to begin Games 1 and 2 were gone.  Speed. Danger.  Aggression?  Present.  Shots from the point? Getting through.  Open space in the neutral zone?  Available.  A lead?  Thank you.

But… 

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Road Teams Try To Go Up 3-1

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The road teams want to go home 3-1 and try to make it a short, 5 game series.
Can they pull it off, stay tuned tonight!

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Sedin Time

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from the Vancouver Sun,

Make no mistake: the twins earned this pressure by breaking out as headliners this season, leapfrogging Naslund and his many assorted linemates, and they say they wouldn’t have it any other way.
“We waited a long time to get this kind of pressure on us,” Henrik said Monday. “We want to be out there on big power plays, we like that. It’s not like we don’t want to be out there. We want to make a difference. And we know we have to do better.”

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Wings Ratings Down Slightly

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from the Detroit Free Press,

So who was the big winner of the TV ratings game on this Super Sports Saturday?
According to Nielsen Media Research, it was the Red Wings, which drew a 9.1 on Channel 4, followed by the Pistons (7.6 combined) on TNT and Channel 20, the NFL draft (5.4) on ESPN and the Tigers (2.8) on FSN.
The Red Wings, which averaged a 3.6 rating during the regular season on FSN, are averaging a 9.0 rating on FSN during the playoffs. In 2005-06, on FSN, the numbers were 4.7 for the regular season, 9.3 for the playoffs.

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Fischler Still Working

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from Neil Best at Newsday,

It should be noted here that Fischler is 75, has authored more than 90 books on the sport and has been attending pro games in New York since Gretzky was an infant - Walter Gretzky, Wayne’s father.
Yet there he was, all over MSG’s 75-minute postgame. First he worked the crowded locker room with microphone in hand. Later he called the officiating “dreadful” and told a story about Bill Barilko’s Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Maple Leafs in 1951. (He picked it up on the radio from Canada.)
How and why is he still at it? The how is a credit to the paddle handball games that keep him fit. As for why: “I love what I’m doing. My passion for hockey is what it was when Bill Barilko scored that goal in ‘51.”

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The Other Ducks Dman

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from the Vancouver Province,

For the Canucks, possibly the most dismaying part of being down 2-1 in their series with Anaheim is that the Ducks have taken the lead while their two biggest defensive stars have been, well, average.
There hasn’t been much in the way of magic, dominance or impact—as of yet—from Chris Pronger and/or Scott Niedermayer, the best defensive pairing since Mean Joe Greene and Jack Lambert….
Part of the reason the Ducks have so easily weathered any mini-slump by their defensive superstars is the fact that—as Yoda once put it—there is another.
Enter Francois Beauchemin, who has all the skills and none of the hype. He is the George Harrison to his Paul McCartney-and John Lennon-like teammates.

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Ruff Says Go 4-on-4 In OT

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from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

“I think the overtime should go to four-on-four. I think it creates more ice; it creates more chances,” Ruff said yesterday. “(In overtime) teams get fatigued. The scoring chances go way down.”
Ruff said the additional 37 minutes of hockey on Sunday produced five combined scoring chances from both teams.
“I looked around and it looked like people had left. I don’t think people want to come here to see six periods of hockey and the last three periods (have) one or two scoring chances. I don’t think that’s what the game is about.
“Two or three periods of overtime, I don’t think it’s good for the game.”

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“Hockey Play” Goes Uncalled

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from the NY Post,

Goals are regularly waved off for “incidental contact,” but not this one against an otherwise impenetrable Martin Brodeur. Mike Fisher’s passing run onto Brodeur’s stick yanked the Devils’ goalie off balance, allowing Tom Preissing’s routine shot to break up a scoreless duel in the third period.
“In my mind, it was interference [with] the goaltender,” Lou Lamoriello said. “I don’t think it matters if it was intentional or not.
“All I know is he was thrown off balance. We don’t make excuses, but unfortunately, there was contact there.”
The NHL series manager wasn’t unsympathetic to Brodeur’s claim.
“That’s exactly what it was, incidental contact,” manager Charlie Banfield told The Post. “Brodeur had one foot inside the blue.
“We’re not saying it’s a penalty. It’s incidental contact. It’s a hockey play.”

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