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The Motivation Has To Help Hasek

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from the AP via Yahoo,

But a big part of what has made Hasek an all-time great—an insatiable appetite to compete—brought him back to Detroit at age 42 with a bargain-basement, incentive-laden contract.
He made $750,000 during the regular season.
If Hasek helps Detroit get past the Calgary Flames in the first round, he’ll earn a $450,000 bonus; another $450,000 if the Red Wings advance to the conference finals; and $200,000 more if he hoists his second Stanley Cup and the 11th in franchise history.
“I didn’t come back to play and to make money,” Hasek said. “I came back because I want to compete for the Stanley Cup, and to win the Stanley Cup.

more

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Cheechoo Skates

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from the Mercury News,

Right wing Jonathan Cheechoo participated in the Sharks’ morning skate and his status for Game2 later today against the Nashville Predators will be a game-time decision.
“I won’t know till I see how it reacts,” said Cheechoo, who sustained a sprained right knee in Game 1 on a hit from Predators forward Scott Hartnell. “I’ll see how it feels this afternoon. If it feels good, then you never know. If it gets worse, then obviously I can’t go.”

continued

added 8:17pm, Cheechoo is in the lineup.

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Pay Attention To Canadians

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The last thing the NHL needs now is to see this growing northern alienation take root. Canadians have threatened to walk away before — usually after lockouts or strikes - but always flocked back when the game returned. There was a massive uproar against the decision to show the Pens-Sens’ game in the afternoon, a demonstration of the passion that NHL fans have in Canada for playoff hockey and the institution of Hockey Night In Canada. One of these days, the league is going to make a similar sort of call and find the response far more muted.

much more and other NHL bits too…

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DiPietro Expected To Play

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via David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Rick DiPietro returned to practice for the New York Islanders on Friday and is expected to be in goal Saturday night against the Buffalo Sabres.
“I think that will give them a huge lift,” Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff said of DiPietro’s return from a concussion.

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Browse With The Capitals

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Capitals have partnered with Brand Thunder, a leader in computer browser branding, to create the first team-branded Internet browser in professional sports.
The customized Firefox theme allows fans to stay informed on the most up-to-date Capitals’ news no matter what website they are visiting. Once the browser theme is downloaded to a fan’s computer, the program transforms the average browser into a Capitals-themed experience. Additionally, there is an interactive toolbar that allows fans to purchase tickets, check out the Caps upcoming schedule and keep tabs on their favorite player by visiting the team roster. There is also a news scroll that keeps fans informed of recent Caps happenings.

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Bertuzzi Cleared To Play

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Wings announced after practice that Bertuzzi is cleared to play.
Now the question is- will he dress for Sunday?

added 2:05pm, from he AP via the Akron Beacon Journal,

“He’s been cleared medically,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. “Now, he has to get cleared by our therapy people as far as being ready to play.
“If he’s ready to go, he’ll be in.”
Bertuzzi skated briefly on his own Thursday and took part in an optional practice Friday.
“It felt pretty good,” he said. “We’ll see how it feels tomorrow after another hard skate.”

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The “Out” Teams Are Rooting For…

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from Terry Frei at ESPN,

Columbus: Penguins It’s a relatively easy drive to Mellon Arena, and Blue Jackets fans can also see how astute drafting—well, and having the luck to be especially rotten in the right draft years—can actually lead to progress.

read on

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Watching The Games

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via the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal,

The NHL quarterfinal series between the Minnesota Wild and Anaheim Ducks has yielded strong ratings for KSTC-TV Channel 45. The station reported a record viewers for Wednesday’s playoff series opener.
The company said that for the last hour of the game, it averaged an 8.0 rating with a 25 household share. The overall average was a 7.9 rating and an 18 household share. A single ratings point represents approximately 16,ooo to 17,ooo viewers.

meanwhile…

via the Leafs Chronicle,

Approximately 13,217 homes in the Nashville television market tuned in to watch Game 1, according to WTVF-5 Program Director Mark Binda.
The 1.4 rating was lower than last season’s Game 1 rating between the two teams, which hit 2.4 (approximately 22,000 homes).

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Any Extra Tickets

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from the OC Register,

The ticket demand often is one of the first things a player encounters when he reaches the NHL. Minor leagues typically give free tickets to their players, and demand is minimal. At the next level, the numbers inflate.
“You find out where a lot of people are and who you went to high school with when you start playing in the NHL,” said Penner, a rookie of the year candidate. “You get some guy you went to school with for three days and his cousin wants tickets for his son.”
Said Getzlaf, “It’s hard at the start. You want to try and get everybody to a game. You don’t want to overlook people.”
It can add up. Fifteen tickets at, say, $60 each, will run close to $1,000.

read on

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The Other Teams

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Spector has gathered some information on a few teams not involved in the playoffs.
At times you have to feel for the fans of these teams, they deserve to be rewarded and hopefully the future will be brighter for them.

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