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Taking Calls

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Terry Frei at ESPN takes your calls…

Me: “Hockey Talk,” you’re on the air.
Caller: Hello? [Horns honking in background.]
Me: Go ahead, caller. You’re on the air.
Caller: I went to bed last night thinking the Wings were dead, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they pulled it out. Don’t you think the Sharks have let them off the hook and now the Wings are gonna … [In background: “HANG UP AND DRIVE, %$#*&$!”]

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Looking For Consistency

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from Tony Gallagher of the Province via the Times Colonist,

Nobody is suggesting the NHL go back to the way the game was played in the old days when a skilled team couldn’t succeed because of the mugging. Everyone agrees on that. But there needs to be a happy medium found with the hope of at least finding some standardization of what will be called.
“The difference between referee pairings is what gets you,” says Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. “Some guys call everything to the letter, other guys will let them play a little bit. The little touches are often called as restraint and we as hockey people know they have no effect on the game, no effect on your ability to keep skating. But I don’t want to go back to the way the game used to be played either, because I’m telling you, the speed on the bench is greater than it’s ever been.”

read on

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Full House Expected At Devils New Arena

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from the Bergen Record,

Empty seats will be scarce—perhaps non-existent—when the New Jersey Devils debut at the Prudential Center in Newark this fall, Devils principal owner Jeffrey Vanderbeek said Wednesday.
“Based on the response that I’ve been seeing, there’s a decent chance that we sell out every game,” said Vanderbeek, whose team is battling the Ottawa Senators in the Stanley Cup playoffs. “Even my optimistic self has been overwhelmed by the demand for the premium seats.”

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The Sharks Side

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Just in case you have not visited Sharkspage, you should make it a daily stop during the Wings/Sharks series.
PJ does a great job and always has some great photos that cannot be viewed anywhere else.

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Elimination Game Tonight

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We need some help here.  Alanah at Canucks and Beyond is very depressed.  Her Canucks are near elimination and she needs a quick pick-me-up.
I told her the Canucks steal one at The Pond tonight, then come home for game 6 with momentum.
It could happen, but will it?

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Sing It Every Game

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from the NY Post Hockey blog,

In response to a Ranger fan’s question about why the Canadian anthem is sung before Sabres games, a Buffalo fan commented on Rangers Rap about hockey being a Canadian sport where Canadians still predominate. He also cited Buffalo’s proximity to Canada and that some Sabres fans actually hail from the Great White North.
In my opinion, the Canadian national anthem should be sung at all hockey games in North America. I love “O Canada”; it’s a great tune and a rousing anthem.

continued... And maybe this would convince Karen Newman to sing part of the Canadian Anthem in French like I requested about a year and a half ago.

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Frustration For Wilson

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San Jose Sharks coach Ron Wilson shows his frustration and delivered a wake up call to some of his players after the game.
Will it work?  We will find out Saturday.

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Just Observing

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from the Hockey News,

• Sharks winger Mike Grier during a second intermission interview with TSN: “We’ve got to get back to playing hockey.”
Glad he cleared up his contractual obligations.
• At this point in the playoffs, whenever I hear a broadcaster use the words “regulation time” during a one-goal game in the late stages of the third period, I wish a small pox (thought not smallpox) on him.
• And, right on schedule, Robert Lang scores with 34 seconds left. Damn you, Chris Cuthbert!

more observations from both games last night…

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Will Benching Motivate Afinogenov

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from the Buffalo News,

Maxim Afinogenov, as he ripped off his elbow pad and threw it in the top shelf of his locker stall, said he’s not mad.
Afinogenov, as he looked at the ground while waiting for questions then briskly fired off one-sentence answers, said he’s not frustrated.
His actions showed otherwise Wednesday, and the Buffalo Sabres will find out whether Afinogenov plays better when he’s mad and frustrated.

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Canucks Built For Next Few Seasons

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from the Vancouver Sun,

This Canuck team was not constructed by general manager Dave Nonis and coach Alain Vigneault to win a Stanley Cup. Yet. A year from now, two years, maybe. Were there enough truth serum to go around, few people in the Canuck organization expected when the season began to be even this far—four games into the second round, down 3-1 against a Ducks team picked by many to win everything
But Vigneault and Luongo raised the bar, so here we are. Now, the bar looks hopelessly out of reach.
Needing a win tonight to prolong their season, the Canucks have no goaltending or special-teams advantage. And the Sedins are being badly outplayed by their checking-centre neighbour from Sweden, Samuel Pahlsson, the best player you never heard of until this series.

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