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Intriguing Times

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Overall, there is collective sense of digging in for the long haul and fans — especially in markets where they no longer have a rooting interest — tuning out for a time. This year, however, looks vastly different, and far more intriguing.

Thanks to the Carolina Hurricanes’ miracle comeback against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday in the seventh game of their series, the NHL lucked into two outstanding second-round matchups that should keep the playoff momentum going and the TV ratings up.

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Winging It Previews Round 2

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Wanted to give you guys a few hours to digest Gabe’s brilliance before I started lopping stuff on top of it.  That thing is frigging inspired, eh?  You know what’s disappointing?  More than half the people who see that thing won’t have any idea who the “woman” is. 

And on to the promised business at hand.

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Story Lines Everywhere

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from Michael Wilbon of the Washington Post,

It’s a stunningly talented group of players for one series, each of them young and still evolving. And in the middle of it we find Crosby and Ovechkin, not yet combatants but perhaps moving in that direction. The league should hope so. Last we saw them on the ice together, the two were trash-talking each other, bumping along the boards.

There’s nothing quite like a rivalry where the lines are clearly drawn. Folks with an appreciation for showmanship identify with Ovechkin, with his celebrations and exultations. Those who revel in the notion of “tradition” and play their cards a little closer to the vest not only love Crosby, but tend to express a real distaste for Ovechkin. It’s wonderful, really.

On top of that, you’ve got back story. These two franchises have played seven times in the playoffs, and the Penguins have won six of the series. The Capitals would call it a rivalry, but the Penguins must figure the Caps are like a mosquito that keeps showing up at a certain time every year.

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added 9:39am, A few of the Washington Post columnists gather to talk hockey- watch below….

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Make The Call Columbus

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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Those calls are still in my ear as the Blue Jackets contemplate a housecleaning in their broadcast booths. The contracts of television play-by-play man Jeff Rimer and analyst Danny Gare, and of radio play-by-play man George Matthews and analyst Bill Davidge, will expire July 1. As of this writing, these men do not know whether they will be retained. They are in limbo, and they oughtn’t to be….

It is a slap in the face, in their industry, to be left hanging. And it has to change. So does the front-office meddling. No broadcaster should have his or her thoughts policed to the degree that Jackets broadcasters have been shackled.

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Versus Got It Wrong

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from Bob DiCesare of the Buffalo News,

Versus appeared to realize its embarrassing predicament. The studio show ran late, into other programming, just so the network could at least provide viewers with the final score. And when the ’Canes scored twice in the final two minutes, winning, 4-3, I just had to shake my head at the ineptitude of the NHL operation.

The league’s television ratings have never been great, which is why the NHL finds itself on an outpost such as Versus (although, to be honest, the network has come a long way.) What could be better for cultivating or maintaining interest than to shift viewers from one Game Seven to another, stirring appetites for the next series? What other sport diverts fans from its product when its product’s in full bloom? Imagine settling in for the second game of an NFL playoff doubleheader only to find out the game won’t be shown because the league’s granted exclusivity to a regional sports network in, say, Indianapolis.

Someone who answered the phone at Versus on Wednesday said the network has received numerous calls on the issue. He then gave me a phone number for the programming department. A recording informed me the number was not in service. I left a message at another Versus number. Still waiting.

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Ducks Ready For Their Next Challenge

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Soon enough, Detroit winger Tomas Holmstrom will try to establish residence in front of the Ducks’ net while a roaring crowd at Joe Louis Arena tries to rattle the Ducks’ composure….

The Ducks weren’t hiding from their fate at Allen Park Civic Arena, tucked between a bowling alley and a furniture store. They’re meeting their destiny head-on by preparing calmly and deliberately, skating there because it minimized travel time from their hotel and enabled them to more sharply focus on the second-round series that will start Friday.

The Red Wings, who swept Columbus, will test the Ducks’ defense, goaltending, penalty killing and discipline. The Ducks said they welcome each test.

“This is just another challenge,” said center Ryan Getzlaf, who led the team with eight points against the Sharks and raised the emotional temperature in Monday’s clincher by fighting Joe Thornton two seconds into the game.

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Rangers Could Use St. Louis

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

In the wake of a playoff series during which John Tortorella discovered he had no go-to guys he believed he could go to, take it to the bank that the coach’s first postseason order of business will be to work with GM Glen Sather to find the way to get Martin St. Louis out of Tampa Bay.

Understand that St. Louis, regarded as the heart and soul of the Lightning’s 2004 Stanley Cup championship team, is one of Tortorella’s favorite players ever. Understand that St. Louis has a no-trade clause that he would all but certainly waive to join the coach, for theirs is a mutual admiration society.

Understand, too, that St. Louis, even at the age of 34 he’ll reach in June, is the big-play difference-maker whose absence was bemoaned by Tortorella following Game 7. Gutsy, too.

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Coyotes President Says League Not In Control Of Team

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from Craig Harris of the Arizona Republic,

Coyotes President Doug Moss refuted that report late Wednesday night, saying the league has not assumed control of the Coyotes.

“We are not reporting to the league,” he said. “We report to (owner) Jerry Moyes. I’m dealing with things in my area, the business side, and Donnie (General Manager Don Maloney) is dealing with the hockey side.

“It’s business as usual. He’s preparing for the draft. I’m preparing for next year on marketing and sales.”

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Plans For Today And Brilliance You Can’t Miss

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Yesterday we brought you some reaction from the Poultry bloggers.  We’ll probably have more of that today.  I know that Cindy Brady’s got her thoughts up and James O’Brien has a couple SoCal fashion kings named Arthur and Daniel previewing the series. 

Us? Here’s our plan today.  All Wing bloggers all day.  If there’s a Saler or a Deke or a Pete, a Malik, Hammond or Static who’ve said a word about this series, then we’re gonna find it, cut/copy/paste it, and claim it as our own…as usual.  So look for that.

In the meantime? This.

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The Brashear Suspension

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When I commented on Daniel Carcillo’s suspension, I assumed that suspensions would get harder to come by as the playoffs went on.  This does not seem to be the case yet.  In fact Donald Brashear of the Washington Capitals was suspended for six games after two altercations in game six of the Caps series with the New York Rangers.  During the pre-game warm up, Brashear shoved Colton Orr of the New York Rangers.  For this he was suspended for one game.  Orr was a healthy scratch in the game, so nothing further occurred between the two of them.  In the game he gave a late hit to the head to Blair Betts.  The hit came from behind so Betts was taken by surprise by it and suffered a broken orbital bone (the bone surrounding the eye).  For the hit, Brashear was suspended for five more games giving him a total of six games in his suspension.

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