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NHL Needs To Protect The Game

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from Mark Moore of the Toronto Star,

Some people think violence occurs because hockey is an intense emotional game, but now is the time when the inaccuracy of such explanations is most clear.
At playoff time, games are all-important, team discipline is absolute and acting out frustration against the interests of the team is simply not tolerated. The violence we see, therefore, is largely a deliberate tactic.

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Nashville May Go On Notice

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from the Tennessean,

Owner Craig Leipold said Sunday the Predators have not decided whether to invoke a clause in their lease that could force the city to decide whether to pay for thousands of tickets at the end of next season or give the team a way out of its lease.
Leipold told The Tennessean the NHL team averaged about 13,500 in paid attendance for home games this season, which allows them to put the city on notice for next season….
One reason the Predators might invoke the clause is that beginning next season, the NHL is requiring teams to reach 13,200 in paid attendance to qualify for the league’s full revenue-sharing package. Teams must average at least 14,000 in paid attendance in 2008-09 to qualify for full revenue-sharing benefits.


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Would The Flames Trade Iginla?

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

There’s no doubt that Kiprusoff will be a priority in terms of signing him to a longer term deal, but are whispers out there that the Flames may entertain the concept of trading Iginla as early as this summer. Maybe there’s need for a chemistry shakeup in Calgary and there is no question that if a player like Iginla might be available, there will be an awfully lot of potential suitors.


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Wings Move On

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Finally a road team wins.  Franzen with the goal in 2OT.
If Vancouver wins tomorrow, Wings will play San Jose at home on Thursday or Friday.
If Dallas Wins, Wings will play the Stars, again either Thursday or Friday at home.

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Sleep well.

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Check In Time

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OK, who is still around?
Will it end in 2OT?

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Call Your OT Winner

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh, what the heck.  Supersitions aside.  Predict the OT winner.  Me? I’ll say Cleary, despite the fact his slapper off the post probably sealed our fate.  Anybody but me consider how sweet it would be to win a series-clinching Game 6 in front of that crowd?

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Outrageous Ice Time

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Lecavalier:  26:44
Richards:  29:02
St. Louis:  31:35

Tampa Bay gave it all, but the Devils move on.

Eastern Conference Semi-Finals are set:

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Playfair Wants The Same Energy

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Playfair said he wanted his team to channel the emotion they showed at the end of Game 5 in a more positive manner.
“All that stuff has got to be strictly brought into the first period and restructured into competitiveness,” said Playfair, “where we keep sticks down on the ice and we’re doing things right – getting pucks behind their defence and getting to their goaltender. That is what it is. That’s the competitive spirit of the players.
“If you look around the playoffs, that’s not an infrequent deal at the end of games like that. The most important thing is to realize, that’s not winning hockey games. Bringing that energy to the game in the right manner gives you a better chance.”

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McLennan, Lebda

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The NHL has suspended Jamie McLennan 5 games.  Whatever.  Of larger concern is the condition of Brett Lebda, who appears to be out for tonite…at least.


Wings defenseman Brett Lebda (concussion, knee?) skated briefly, for a couple of minutes, Sunday morning at the Saddledome. He left the ice limping noticeably. There is no official word from the Wings, but it’s highly unlikely Lebda will play in Game 6 tonight. Kyle Quincey was recalled from Grand Rapids and was scheduled to fly in from Winnipeg, where the Griffins played Saturday night.

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