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Tie May Have Been The Difference

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

According to Earl Zukerman, the communications officer & Webmaster of the McGill University’s Department of Athletics, Babcock asked that the school send him a red silk tie hat he could wear behind the bench for Game 2 of the series.
Babcock is the third former McGill player to coach an NHL team (Lester Patrick guided the N.Y. Rangers; George Burnett served in Edmonton).

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Ruff Fined

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from the CP via NHL.com,

Head coach Lindy Ruff of the Buffalo Sabres has been fined an undisclosed amount by the NHL for his tirade at the end of Friday night’s 3-2 win over the New York Rangers in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal.
Ruff, who was also assessed a gross misconduct, was irate with on-ice officials for what he perceived were two missed calls late in the game.

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Ottawa Learning From Past Mistakes

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from the National Post,

Might there be something in Thursday’s narrow escape to suggest the Senators have reformed their game? Perhaps.
“We still have moments when we stray from the game plan, but I think it’s just the realization that, if we do the things right that we practise during the year—really not giving the other team any chances—we know how to play that way now,” Emery said.
“If we dedicate ourselves and play like that ... guys are willing to do that now.
“I don’t know if we even knew how to do that last year.

more

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More Traffic In Motown

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Accordingly, the challenge for Saturday’s second game is simple — get more traffic in front of Sharks’ goaltender Evgeni Nabokov and get more shots through to the net.
“There’s no skill part of it,” said Cleary. “It’s just wanting to do it and anticipating rebounds and being confident and being brave in going to the net and hanging around there. It’s a tough area. If you’re willing to go to tough areas, you’re going to score. Most playoff goals are scored in that 10-foot range around the net, on rebounds. Not great-looking goals, but they’re goals at the end of the day.”

read on

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Wings Took No Action

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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

The Red Wings are winners on the ice. Always have been, but the organization becomes a loser when it rips off a devoted fan base at playoff time.
The owners have the salary cap, after years of trying to get fitted with one. Seems to me it’s time somebody up there put a cap on ticket prices during the playoffs.

more... and as I have stated numerous times this season, the Wings do not have the pulse of the Wings fans.  No marketing effort, every event they offer the fans is a “pay to get in” type thing.
No open practices, no involvement from the players within the community and of course, trying to get access to anyone within the organization is almost impossible.

Christy at Behind the Jersey takes an in-depth look at ticket sales for both the Wings and Pistons.

Spector at his Fox Sports blog also wonders where are the Wings fans?

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Gambling Hurts

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Omens…omens all around.  AlanaH and I mentioned we had ourselves a little wager regarding Round 1 and the respective point totals of one of the Ginger Twins and Datsyuk?

Yes.  Yes we did.

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Sharks Sweep

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Read the comments from the Shark fans below and you’d think that was the case.  San Jose has swept Detroit.  In a new, unique device to ostracize the remaining eleven thousand American hockey fans, Gary Bettman—if you believe the hockey historians in San Jose—has decreed that the Western Semi’s have been reduced to a best of one.

Shark fans, that small sect of hockey geniuses who populate the hotbed that is Northern California, took to their keyboards after Game 1, tip-tapping witty little notes like this:

I’m not going to gloat or boast or dress up in my teal thong and ride down the Castro into a rainbow of hockey happiness. That would be dumb because we still have to whip your ass three more times. It is going to happen. Just like we said. The Sharks are bigger and stronger. The Sharks defense is better. And the Sharks had one power play and, guess what Puckheads, they scored. Just like Mike and I said they would.

Disturbing.

 

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Saturday Games- Home Team Looking For A Win

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Detroit and New Jersey don’t won’t to go on the road down 0-2.
Both need a win badly today.

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Make Sure “Mother” Pronger Is Happy

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from the Daily Breeze,

“At times we skated too much,” Carlyle said of last spring’s playoff routine. “We changed our travel schedule. Now we’re staying over and traveling the next day.”
Teemu Selanne and a number of other veterans asked Carlyle to make the change, mindful of the need for more rest….
Selanne then complained with his tongue planted firmly in his cheek that Carlyle doesn’t listen to any of his suggestions. So when he has one, Selanne said he tells teammate Chris Pronger and Pronger asks Carlyle about it.
“He goes there and (Carlyle) says, ‘Why not?’ ” Selanne said. “You have to keep mother (Pronger) happy. If the father is unhappy you can still have a happy family. But if the mother is unhappy, forget it.”

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Sabres Hot in Buffalo

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from the Buffalo News,

The rating for the Buffalo Sabres’ second- round opener with the New York Rangers on Versus Wednesday was more shocking than any comment made by the Rangers’ Sean Avery.
The game had a 25.2 rating, which is about 2 1/2 times what the Sabres’ first-round series with the New York Islanders averaged on MSG even though it was competing with a two-hour edition of “American Idol” (15.9).

more ratings news…

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