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DEPARTMENTS

No monopoly on TV games

The NHL playoffs are like a giant board game for Canadian television networks. Broadcast trucks are moved up and down and diagonally. The networks roll the dice and count off to a spot they hope reads: Open arena night. They attempt to avoid a penalty that sends them back to start – a scheduling conflict. In their search for star playoff analysts, the networks try to find a spot that reads: Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, or Brett Hull. In this board game, networks have favorite teams. The CBC hopes to land on a spot that reads: Toronto Maple Leafs make the playoffs. Sorry, not likely this year. Next best place on the board? Go to: Montreal Canadiens make the playoffs. Like the Leafs, the Canadiens have a large national following. Therefore, a playoff series…

COVER STORY

NEW SENSATION

A few years ago Daniel Alfredsson boldly announced his Ottawa Senators would win the Stanley Cup. Then, a few days later, he backed off his ambitious statement by saying something to the affect of, “I didn’t say this year.” The Senators, of course, have not won a Stanley Cup; at least not since 1927. The current incarnation of the Ottawa Senators has yet to even make it to the final since joining the league in 1992-93. So, any predictions for us this year, Daniel? “No,” Alfredsson says with a chuckle. You’re out of the prediction-making business? “Not exactly,” he continues. “I think it will be a great playoffs. There will be some upsets, as always, and it’s going to be really fun playing in the playoffs and watching the other games as well.” OK, if you won’t…

DEPARTMENTS

Playoffs, OT finally back

It’s back. At some point later this month, a Stanley Cup playoff game will enter sudden death for the first time since Tampa Bay’s Martin St-Louis stole the smile from the Red Mile on June 5, 2004, winning Game 6 of the final series 33 seconds into the second overtime at Calgary. Two days later, the Lightning became champions. Nearly two years later, the post-season – and overtime – returns. No five-minute limit – although there’ll be countless reminders that sudden death generally doesn’t last long. No shootouts – although if games are officiated as they were during the regular season, it won’t be a shock if an OT or two ends on a penalty shot. At the very least, there are those who anticipate players being in the penalty box when the…

DEPARTMENTS

Rattled Sabres limp to finish

One of the NHL’s most surprising teams became one of its most enigmatic at the most troubling of times. Few teams were as hot as the Sabres for three-quarters of the season. They had the best special teams in the East. No offense was more balanced. Their goalie was so good hockey experts were aghast when he was overlooked for the U.S. Olympic squad. The Sabres won eight straight games after the break. Then, chaos. Six losses in a row and one victory in nine games heading into April, including a rock-bottom 7-0 whitewash at the hands of the Maple Leafs that caused hearts to sink just as Sabres fans were set to to enjoy their first post-season since 2001. The timing couldn’t be worse. HOW THEY BEAT YOU The Sabres’ skating…