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Rangers Were Almost Perfect

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

“They probably think it’s over. That’s OK,” said Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr, who assisted on a Martin Straka power-play goal 10:08 into the first period that gave the Rangers their first lead of the series at 1-0.
“A series can change with one play, with one period. You never know,” he said.
Jagr might well have been talking about this game as much as his team’s chances of reversing the flow of this suddenly one-sided series.

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Watching In Newfoundland

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from the Mercury News,

In touting its overnight ratings for Game 1 of Sharks-Red Wings, Versus cited a 7.3 in Detroit and a 1.9 in the Bay Area. Too bad ratings aren’t available for the Canadian TV coverage in the province of Newfoundland, because percentage-wise it was probably a very healthy number.
There are just three active NHL players from Newfoundland, and two are in this series: Ryane Clowe of the Sharks and Daniel Cleary of the Red Wings. (Michael Ryder of Montreal is the other.)

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The CBC took a look at Cleary a few days ago too.
Thanks to a KK reader for passing it on…

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Friday Recap

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from the Hockey News,

Seconds after the Sabres secured a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers in Game 2 Friday, Ruff blew a gasket as he flew off the Sabres bench to complain to game officials about a blown offside call in the final six seconds—which led to a Rangers desperation shot on goal—and about a Rangers too-many-men-on-the-ice infraction that was botched by the referees in the dying minutes.
Ruff was waving his arms and screaming at anything dressed in black and white stripes….
God bless you for scoring, Jeff Cowan. And god bless you, too, J-S Giguere, for allowing a goal at such a strange angle.

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Laptops Get A Workout

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from the Mercury News,

Humming. Humming. The laptops are always humming for Tim Hunter and Rob Zettler. They probably spend more time with their hard drives than they do with their families. Hey, it’s a living.
But it all pays off. Hunter and Zettler are the Sharks’ two assistant coaches. They are probably the most crucial unsung guys in the entire operation. But they are having a good playoff run right along with the team. And as the Sharks prepared for today’s Game2 in their series with the Red Wings, Hunter and Zettler were on the case full bore.
Those laptops? Hunter and Zettler use them as video weapons, downloading every game and breaking it up into diagnostic tools.

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Datsyuk Needs To Finish

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from the Detroit Free Press via the Santa Barbara News-Press,

If the Wings are to compete against the Sharks, they need to hear resoundingly from Datsyuk. So far in the playoffs, Detroit’s best forwards have been the likes of Dan Cleary, Johan Franzen, Kris Draper and Valtteri Filppula; bully for those players, but at some point, the Wings’ most-talented forwards have to be their best forwards….
“It’s hard to score point every game,’’ he said Friday. ‘‘I try to shoot more and I think it’s coming. I have lots of chance, need finish. I need to be quicker and . . . shoot (more), and not give them chance to block my shot.’‘

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What To Do

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from John Ondrasik at Sports Illustrated,

So what to do about nothing? What does the hardcore hockey head do at playoff time when his team is somewhere between the third tee and training camp?
Maple Leafs fans know this dilemma. For me, it’s a quandary.
One option is to go bandwagon. Pick a team. Jump ship. This is easy for Los Angelinos. We do it every year with the NFL. Two years ago, I had the Steelers. Last year, I took Farve and the Packers. Hockey-wise, the Pens were a popular pick with the band this year until they got bounced by the Sens.

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Wings Fans Remember The Last Name- Baker

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Sharks’ radio anayst Jamie Baker is a name Wings fans remember very well.
Jamie was kind enough to join me in a casual chat today to discuss game 1, the matchups, Guerin and Rivet and a few other topics.
Feel free to listen...

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Wings Will Bring Their “A” Game

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from the CP via TSN,

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock knows his team can play much better, which is why he wasn’t overly worried about the loss the day after.
“I’m not jumping off any bridge,- Babcock said. “I think we’ve got a real good team here with a good opportunity.
“We’ve only lost one game.-
The Wings feel they have something to atone for.
“The boys were fired up and excited,- Cleary said. “That was a good practice.-

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Who Stays In Nashville

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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

The big issue in Nashville is not Trotz’s job security, but who will be on his roster next season when he returns. Even if the Predators keep the same budget, re-signing free agents will be difficult, and if the Predators lower their budget, it could be impossible.
Hartnell turned down a three-year, $6.2 million offer before the season and there will be teams that might overpay to land a younger forward with some bite.
If you are Timonen and you look at the economic landscape for defensemen, you are going to believe that you should get $4.5 million-plus a season, particularly when teammate Marek Zidlicky is getting $3.5 million.

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Make Thornton Work

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“The one thing about Joe is, he makes the players around him that much better,” said Draper. “He has such good vision. He can make those passes, where it doesn’t look as if there’s a lane, but he finds a lane. Even down low, he’s so big and strong and he has that big wingspan he uses to his advantage.
“The best thing to do against a guy like Thornton is to try and make him play in his own end. You want to get some good cycle shifts and some good grind time in the offensive zone. That keeps him 200 feet away from doing something dangerous.”

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