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Beating Each Other

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

“I want to beat Lindy Ruff. He wants to beat me. Our players want to beat their players.
“You have to be competitive people. You have to be willing to battle at all levels to be successful. I’m too old to hate people at this point unless they write bad stuff about me. I just think we’ve got to do everything we can do to get an edge to win the series and I think that’s what both teams will try to do.”

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The Ottawa Song

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WGR Radio in Buffalo has created “The Ottawa Song”.

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Hot Tickets In Buffalo

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from the Buffalo News,

Local hockey fanatics who want to see the Buffalo Sabres in person still have options — including driving 680 miles round-trip, scouring the Internet for tickets or even dabbling in a commodities-like futures market.
Those options have one thing in common for desperate fans — opening their wallets pretty wide.

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Can’t Follow The NHL

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from Daniel Abraham of The Towerlight, Baltimore’s #1 College Paper,

So the other day I was sitting in my living room watching the TV Guide Channel and something caught my eye. The Stanley Cup playoffs are going on right now!...
But perhaps hockey’s biggest problem is that they’re promoting a sport to Americans, which represent just 21 percent of the league’s demographics. As Americans, we have this rule that goes something like this: if we aren’t dominating it, we don’t care about it.

more... and Daniel, maybe the problem begins with you watching the TV Guide Channel…

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Imagine An NHL Game In 3D HD…

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...The NBA is thinking about it.
from the Arizona Republic,

This is digital 3D technology, capturing a game that stars in air and space. The early returns from the NBA in “3D HD” are staggering, described as almost a mind-blowing experience.
“It’s succeeded beyond anything I ever imagined,” said Steve Hellmuth, senior vice president of operations and technology for NBA Entertainment.
If the Phoenix project goes forward - and a prohibitive cost of about $300,000 for the broadcast is just one of many hurdles - the Suns plan to stage a viewing party at their arena, seat people in front of a giant screen, equip them with special glasses and pipe in a playoff game . . . in real time.
“It’s absolutely breathtaking,” Welts said.

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More “Hip” Talk

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

This is a dangerous game the Maple Leafs are playing with Mats Sundin.
And this is a dangerous game of sorts Sundin is playing with his own future.
After seeing an orthopedic specialist in Sweden yesterday, it was determined that Sundin will not require surgery on the tear he has in his hip. Apparently, a summer’s rest is what the doctor is ordering here—or is it Sundin himself who is making the call?

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Good Luck With Gerber

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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

For someone that has only played in eight post-season games, the goalie’s record is very impressive.
In Gerber’s first year with Anaheim, the Ducks made it to the Stanley Cup finals.
In his first year with Carolina, the Hurricanes made it to the finals.
And now, in his first year with the Senators, they are but a step away.
He’s been nothing more than the backup ‘tender in each case, but with Gerber on their side, their elimination of the Sabres would seem to be a mere formality.

read on

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The Saskin Report

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from the Toronto Star,

Even though embattled NHL Players’ Association executive Ted Saskin directed a 17-month campaign to secretly read player emails, the union would still be obliged to pay him close to a million dollars if it decides to fire him “with cause,” a lawyer hired by the union has concluded.
In a three-page report delivered this week to the players’ union, Toronto employment lawyer Chris Paliare concluded the campaign, which started in September 2005 and ran through January 2007, also involved Ken Kim, the union’s head of business development. Both Saskin and Kim have already been suspended with pay.

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Good Or Bad Game

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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

At the midway point of the 2007 Stanley Cup tournament, hockey experts are beginning to wonder whether the game is in trouble again.
Goal scoring is down. Columnists are griping about the absence of offence. At Hockey Night in Canada, Ron MacLean and Don Cherry have been complaining about the officiating and the decline of physical play.
Has the game really regressed, despite the continued zero tolerance toward restraining fouls? Or is it the crackdown on obstruction that’s responsible for the malaise?
We asked some prominent hockey broadcasters for their thoughts.

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More Duck Droppings

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Little administravia for you.  I’ve added several new Poultry blogs to the port side under, oddly, “2007 Western Conference Finals.”  Also, I haven’t pointed you to Quo Vadimus nearly enough.  Scott Warheit’s a Tiger blogger for MLive and a Wing fan.  He’s posted a quality WCF preview.

And just as they did with Miikka Kiprusoff in the Flames series, the Wings will have to overcome a familiar foe when they face Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere. It was in 2003 when Guguere became a household name (or as much of one as you can become in hockey) when his standout goaltending helped the Ducks, the 7th seed in the Western Conference, sweep the defending Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the playoffs.

A quick word on Giguere.  His save percentage for the playoffs is a sick .952.  If he can keep that up facing an average of 30 pucks/game against the Wings…well, that’s the series in a nutshell.  I’ll have a preview of my own tomorrow or the next day or sometime before faceoff.  Don’t push me.

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