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Sabres Everywhere

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fro Buffalo Business First,

A quick Google search found Zakowicz’ unofficial site among more than 600 Sabres-related sites and blogs. Those include the team site, Sabres.com, and unofficial ones such as Sabresreport.com, Sabreslegends.com and NewBlueandGold.com.
All boast Sabres facts and updates. Some go one step further by offering highlight clips of TV broadcasts originating from “Hockey Night in Canada,” the MSG Network or NBC.
In legal terms, blogging or running a Sabres-related site is perfectly legal - a First Amendment right. But when unofficial sites use official logos, game footage and images - as many do, including Zakowicz’ - copyright questions arise.
“It’s difficult to police, but we are doing the best we can,” said Michael Gilbert, Sabres’ director of public relations.

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NBC Ratings From Last Weekend

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via Sports Business Daily,

NBC earned a 0.7/2 final Nielsen rating for its national coverage of Devils-Lightning Game Six last Sunday, down 41.7% from a 1.2/3 for regional coverage during the comparable Sunday during last year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Sunday’s NHL coverage on NBC was sandwiched between the National Heads-Up Poker Tournament and the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool, which earned a 0.9 and a 0.8, respectively.
The net’s national coverage of Flames-Red Wings Saturday earned a 0.8/2, down 20.0% from a 1.0/3 for comparable regional coverage last year

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The 1905 Stanley Cup Challenge

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A fascinating story of rambunctious vagabond gold seekers who, in typical Klondike fashion, dream big and become Stanley Cup silver seekers.
It’s a story about the players, the trip, and life in the north.
Most importantly it’s a story about hockey - the common passion.

Read the whole story at Legends of Hockey.

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NHL Schedule For April 27th- Stealing A Win

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Both road teams would like to steal a win and gain home ice advantage.

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Next Question

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fromm the Winnipeg Sun,

A five-pack on the NHL playoffs on TV:
5 It’s a long running joke that hockey players interviewed between periods offer us very little, if anything, in terms of interesting quotes or insight into the game. We know all we’re going to hear are the same old cliches. But here’s the thing. Ask better questions. The responsibility of a good interview relies on the interviewer. If you ask a good ole boy from northern Alberta to “describe the pace of the first period”, you’re just not working hard enough.

continued... some good points made here…

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Selanne’s Best Shot At The Cup

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from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Judging from the Ducks’ 5-1 win in Game 1 in which Selanne was the third star despite linemate Andy McDonald scoring three goals, the Finnish Flash has the best chance to take himself off the loser list.
“For sure this is my best chance,” Selanne said after practice yesterday.
“You never know what is going to happen.
“It’s so hard to win one. But the feeling is there. These last two years have been the most fun I’ve had in my career.”

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Renney Backs Off

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via the Toronto Sun,

He said he never intended to rile the top-seeded Sabres by questioning their status as a legitimate Cup favourite before the series started. Renney’s line “they’re not the cream of the crop” was gobbled up and spat out by media and players alike in these parts.
“You have to be more calculated in what you offer up,” Renney said. “You’d expect the same from your players.
“I’m most disappointed because those weren’t my words. I was asked the question, ‘Do you think Buffalo is the cream of the crop?’ The answer was misconstrued. But (the fallout) is like sticking a tennis ball up a tail pipe.”

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What Is Going On At The JLA

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from Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press,

Surely you remember the Red Wings. Hockey team ... perennially in the playoffs ... the guys like to skate around with the Stanley Cup every few years ... does any of this ring a bell?
There were thousands of empty seats at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday. The Wings gave the official attendance as 18,712, but I suspect they meant limbs.
We saw this kind of attendance in the first round, too. I really thought that if the Wings made it past Calgary, they would convert some skeptics, and the atmosphere would change by Round 2.
And the atmosphere did change.
It got worse.

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Can you say high ticket prices and the complet lack of any marketing plan by the Wings is to blame.  The Wings fans have no connection with this team and that is a huge marketing issue.

added 7:48am, from the Mercury News,

Evgeni Nabokov sure knows how to suck the air out of an arena. So do the rest of the Sharks. After scoring two quick goals in the first period Thursday, they performed an amazing magic trick.
They made Hockeytown disappear before our very eyes.
Honestly. They did. Normally, the Detroit Red Wings and a boisterous Joe Louis Arena go together like, well, the NFL draft and overanalysis. But the atmosphere for Game1 of the Sharks’ second-round series wavered somewhere between lethargic and tepid.

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MacLean Talks

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from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

MacLean was asked whether he’d change anything during his six seasons, all of which ended with the Blue Jackets way out of the playoffs.
“I probably made the mistake of going too young in goal,” he said. “I thought Marc Denis was ready to take the step and be a real good goaltender. And I may have made the mistake of playing too many young guys.
“People have chastised me for the (Sergei) Fedorov trade. But the club is .500 since we made the Fedorov trade.”
Actually, the Blue Jackets are 63-72-11 since the Fedorov trade. But when did .500 become the goal, anyway?

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MacLean made the wrong decision thinking Fedorov was the type of player who could lead Columbus to the playoffs.  He needed more parts than just Sergei to get them over the playoff hump.

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Hockey Fans Without Versus

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from Neil Best at Newsday,

So no one should be surprised about the current predicament of hockey fans, in which nearly 40 million U.S. households - about 35 percent of the total - can’t watch the many playoff games on Versus.
That includes a couple of million homes in our area, 600,000 of which are Cablevision customers, who won’t see the Rangers play the Sabres Tuesday and will miss any game in the conference or Stanley Cup Finals not televised by NBC.
This is old news in other parts of the nation, where many fans freaked out last spring in the first season of the Versus (then called OLN) deal with the NHL.
At the time Versus was available in only 49 percent of cable homes in the Los Angeles area, angering Ducks fans, to cite one example. That figure is up to 59 percent now.
Versus is in only 61 percent of homes in metro Detroit, the nation’s foremost hockey hotbed.

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