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Old 05-28-2006, 07:21 PM   #4201
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Remparts win Memorial Cup

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5/28/2006 6:33:43 PM
MONCTON, N.B. (CP) - The Quebec Remparts, who hadn't won the Memorial Cup since 1971, have recaptured major junior hockey's most coveted trophy.
Alexander Radulov scored two goals and assisted on three and Cedrick Desjardins made 46 saves in a 6-2 victory over the Moncton Wildcats in the first all-QMJHL final Sunday.
Radulov's linemates Angelo Esposito and Mathieu Melanson, Pierre Bergeron and Jordan LaVallee also scored for the Remparts.
Keith Yandle scored both Moncton goals as the Wildcats fell just short in their attempt to become the first team from Atlantic Canada to win the Memorial Cup.
The line of Esposito between Radulov and Melanson, given loads of ice time by owner-manager-coach Patrick Roy, put on an awesome display of puckhandling, and Radulov showed why he was named major junior player of the year during the tournament banquet Saturday night.

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Radulov fed a cross-ice pass that Bergeron tipped past goaltender Josh Tordjman at 9:36.
Radulov was alone in front of Tordjman to take a Melanson pass, wheel around, and backhand a shot in off a post at 19:49.
It was 4-0 after two periods as the Esposito line continued to find holes in the Moncton defence.
Radulov made an end-to-end rush and, as the six-foot-one Russian right-winger was falling to the left of Tordjman, he flipped the puck towards the crease. It caromed off the skate blade of Moncton defenceman Nathan Welton and past Tordjman at 1:51, giving the Nashville Predators prospect credit for his fifth goal of the tournament.
Radulov then set up a wide-open Esposito at 11:03 for the 17-year-old American's first tournament goal.
The standing-room-only Coliseum crowd of 7,100 looked on in stunned silence.
The Wildcats had a 20-9 shots advantage in the second period but they weren't finishing off plays as were the quick and opportunistic Remparts. When they did threaten, Desjardins was in perfect position to smother the puck.
Yandle got Moncton back into it.
The Boston native, who was named top junior defenceman on the eve of the final, fired in a waist-high rocket from the blue-line 31 seconds into the third period on a power play, and he shaved Quebec's lead to 4-2 by dashing deep into the Remparts' zone to get a Philippe Dupuis pass and lift the puck into the top, short-side corner of the net at 3:57. Tordjman made it possible by stopping LaVallee on a breakaway seconds earlier.
The fans were back in the game in a loud way now, but there would be no miracle comeback by coach Ted Nolan's No. 1- ranked Wildcats.
Melanson made it 5-2 at 9:58. Yandle had a chance to clear the puck from his own zone, but he missed it with a wild swing of his stick. Melanson pounced. He took a stride towards Tjordman and lifted a backhander into the top short-side corner of the net. Guillaume Veilleux had shot the puck into Moncton's end after getting a pass from Radulov.
LaVallee capped the scoring with 44 seconds remaining when he whacked three times at his own rebound to get a power-play goal. It was the only Quebec goal Radulov didn't have a hand in.
Moncton outshot Quebec 12-9 in the third period and 48-25 in the game.
Moncton had defeated Quebec in the QMJHL final to win the President's Cup, but the Remparts won both their games against the Wildcats in the tournament - 4-3 to clinch top spot in the round robin Wednesday, and the finale.
It was the 10th time in the trophy's 88 years that it was won by a team from Quebec.
Guy Lafleur captained the Remparts to the 1971 title. There was no major junior team in Quebec's captail after 1985. The nearby Beaufort Harfangs operated for six seasons until Roy and a group purchased them and re-established the Remparts in 1997.
Notes: Moncton was 1-for-6 and Quebec was 2-for-5 on power plays . . . Total attendance for the nine games was 62,300 . . . Seven Moncton players have been drafted by NHL teams: D Keith Yandle (Phoenix), D Luc Bourdon (Vancouver), D Oskars Bartulis (Philadelphia), C Philippe Dupuis and C Adam Pineault (Columbus), LW Martins Karsums (Boston) and LW Stephane Goulet (Edmonton) . . . Four Quebec players have been drafted by NHL teams: D Michal Sersen (Pittsburgh), LW Jordan LaVallee (Atlanta), RW Alexander Radulov (Nashville) and D Marc-Edouard Vlasic (San Jose).

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Old 05-28-2006, 07:32 PM   #4202
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Winning just seems to follow some guys wherever they go. Congrats to the Remparts and St. Patrick.

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Canes win! Corey Stillman with the OT winner as Carolina fights back from 3-1 down to win it 4-3 and head back to Buffalo with a chance to close out the series.
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I didn't get a chance to see the first period tonight, but the 2nd, 3rd, and overtime had some great up and down action. Cam Ward made such a great save on Afinogenov's breakaway at the end of the 3rd.

Now I'm just hoping Buffalo wins game 6 to force what could be a classic seventh game.
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We're also one Carolina win away from ESPN's wet dream -- an Edmonton vs. Carolina Stanley Cup Final. I can already hear the jokes being prepared for Around the Horn, PTI and Sportscenter. Maybe Page 2 will send out Bomani Jones to write another article about hockey like this piece of garbage:

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We're also one Carolina win away from ESPN's wet dream -- an Edmonton vs. Carolina Stanley Cup Final. I can already hear the jokes being prepared for Around the Horn, PTI and Sportscenter. Maybe Page 2 will send out Bomani Jones to write another article about hockey like this piece of garbage:

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Let me say this as gently as I can, f*** ESPN and everyone associated with them. It's funny how the network agenda is and has been stuck on the defense, adulation and verbal fellatio of a cheater, fraud and overall miserable human being in B*rry B*nds, yet hockey is worthy of nothing more than a smug, snide column like this? Just par for the course with what ESPN has become a ridiculous hype machine full of shills and clowns falling over themselves trying to come up with their latest catchphrase.

Look no further than the fact that the one on air "hockey analyst" (and I'm using that term very loosely) they employ is well known village idiot Barry Melrose. That says it all right there.

Regardless of what ESPN would have you believe, the game and the NHL is in better shape than it has been in a long time. The on ice product is more fun than it's been since the pre-trap days, the salary cap will help promote parity (which we're seeing already), revenues are up and the teams who are going to be participating in the Finals are going to be two speedy teams that play hard and have earned the trip. Of course ESPN is one of the leading promoters of, "If it doesn't happen in a major market on one of the coasts, it doesn't matter" so it's no surprise that a Carolina/Edmonton Finals would be met with disdain from them.
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Let me say this as gently as I can, f*** ESPN and everyone associated with them. It's funny how the network agenda is and of nothing more than a smug, snide column like this? Just par for the course with what ESPN has become a ridiculous hype machine full of shills and clowns falling over themselves trying to come up with their latest catchphrase.has been stuck on the defense, adulation and verbal fellatio of a cheater, fraud and overall miserable human being in B*rry B*nds, yet hockey is worthy

Look no further than the fact that the one on air "hockey analyst" (and I'm using that term very loosely) they employ is well known village idiot Barry Melrose. That says it all right there.

Regardless of what ESPN would have you believe, the game and the NHL is in better shape than it has been in a long time. The on ice product is more fun than it's been since the pre-trap days, the salary cap will help promote parity (which we're seeing already), revenues are up and the teams who are going to be participating in the Finals are going to be two speedy teams that play hard and have earned the trip. Of course ESPN is one of the leading promoters of, "If it doesn't happen in a major market on one of the coasts, it doesn't matter" so it's no surprise that a Carolina/Edmonton Finals would be met with disdain from them.
I agree 100%. It was such a joy being in Canada last month and watching the hockey coverage on their Sportscentre.
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Great game tonight, I hope the Sabres can force a game seven.
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I don't know about that pic you have in your sig, SoCal. It's kinda creepy. We had a family portrait taken that looks a lot like that. Just not usually two guys in that pose.

Come on you damn Sabres!
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I don't know about that pic you have in your sig, SoCal. It's kinda creepy. We had a family portrait taken that looks a lot like that. Just not usually two guys in that pose.
I'm pretty sure Sid and Mario aren't gay. Its a perfectly good picture.

BTW, I have changed the sig anyway, and I think the current one will prolly stay there a LONG time.
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I was just pickin on ya anyway! The quotes are keepers.
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Mark Kiszla weighs in on the Avs and Rob Blake.

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Hockey guys must be grinding their dentures with frustration and squeezing sticks in anger. When the Avalanche went looking for a new general manager, the local NHL team hired an accountant.

A bean counter?

When the Avs could have offered the job to Hall of Fame player Michel Goulet or legendary goalie Patrick Roy, they instead tabbed Francois Giguere, who never scored a goal or stopped a shot in the NHL, but once starred for the Canadian accounting firm of Caron Belanger Ernst and Young.

And know what? The Avs could have done far worse.

The hiring of Giguere demonstrated that in the sport's brave new world of salary cap economics, proficiency with a calculator is more valuable than skating ability for the leader of a successful franchise.

"I feel comfortable accepting this job because I see myself as a hockey guy that is strong on the business side," Giguere said at his introductory news conference, addressing the NHL's notoriously insular attitude, fostered by guys who have lost teeth but cling to the mistaken belief that understanding the intricacies of the power play must be far tougher than deciphering actuarial formulas.

In fact, the first tough decision awaiting Giguere with the Avs has as much to do with accounting as hockey.

What to do with veteran defenseman Rob Blake and his expiring salary of $6.36 million?

Giguere, proving he was a quick study in the art of dodging questions, politely refused to talk specifics about an Avalanche roster in need of something more than tweaking and something less than an overhaul.

While captain Joe Sakic, who is also due to be an unrestricted free agent, has earned the right to end his career in an Avalanche jersey, can the team really afford to extend the same expensive courtesy to Blake?

I think not.

Don't get me wrong. There is much to love about Blake.

At age 36, Blake is not too old to rock with his famous hip checks, which remain better drumming than Keith Moon of The Who ever did.

Blake takes pride in being a hockey ambassador. His candor is a breath of fresh air from within a Kroenke Sports Enterprises regime less accepting of free thought than the Chinese government.

But, in the new NHL, what's love got to do with it?

Blake provided big, effective minutes during the playoffs, but his season-long performance did not meet his own all-star standards.

Truth be known, $6 million is too much to pay for a defenseman who celebrates his 37th birthday months before the next playoff run begins in earnest.

After allowing Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote to walk away a year ago, expect intense pressure for the Avs to retain Blake as a familiar face all those customers paying top dollar for season tickets can cheer.

The wild, welcome craziness of the league's final four, with Edmonton, Calgary, Buffalo and Carolina wrestling for the Cup, suggests that marquee names might no longer guarantee championship success.

Believe the early projections, and the market will be flooded with quality NHL defensemen this offseason.

If the Avs really want to spend more than $6 million on a defensive star, would it not be smarter to give the money to a player younger than Blake, especially when you consider that either 28-year-old Wade Redden or 29-year-old Zdeno Chara, both members of the Ottawa Senators, might be available in free agency?

Unless Blake offers the Avs a hefty discount to remain in Colorado, Giguere should tell him thanks for the memories and wave goodbye.

The decision to retain or cut loose Blake can only be determined by what an accountant knows best:

The bottom line.

The old-time hockey bromide of forecheck, backcheck, paycheck never has been more true.

Unless Blake is willing to take a significant pay cut, it makes sense for the Avs to spend their money on younger legs.

In the new NHL, sentimental reasons make for dangerous thinking no winning team can afford.

Staff writer Mark Kiszla can be reached at 303-820-5438 or mkiszla@denverpost.com.

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Glad to know that Calgary is still playing....thanks Kizla
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Let me say this as gently as I can, f*** ESPN and everyone associated with them. It's funny how the network agenda is and has been stuck on the defense, adulation and verbal fellatio of a cheater, fraud and overall miserable human being in B*rry B*nds, yet hockey is worthy of nothing more than a smug, snide column like this? Just par for the course with what ESPN has become a ridiculous hype machine full of shills and clowns falling over themselves trying to come up with their latest catchphrase.

Look no further than the fact that the one on air "hockey analyst" (and I'm using that term very loosely) they employ is well known village idiot Barry Melrose. That says it all right there.

Regardless of what ESPN would have you believe, the game and the NHL is in better shape than it has been in a long time. The on ice product is more fun than it's been since the pre-trap days, the salary cap will help promote parity (which we're seeing already), revenues are up and the teams who are going to be participating in the Finals are going to be two speedy teams that play hard and have earned the trip. Of course ESPN is one of the leading promoters of, "If it doesn't happen in a major market on one of the coasts, it doesn't matter" so it's no surprise that a Carolina/Edmonton Finals would be met with disdain from them.
Couldnt agree with you more. I turn the channel on the mention of that cheat. He stole the HR title for 2nd. Speaking of stealing. I sold my two tickets outside the pond aganst the Oilers then proceeded to sneak in with my 3 year old for some hockey until we went to the Angels game (son doesnt like the noise inside the arenas). Add another no ticket for event for me: 3 superbowls, game 6 world series 2002, 2 stanley cup finals, 1 semi finals and countless concerts. I need an US team to take the oilers out. Got to hand it to them. With all the Duck mojo working, they stuffed the neutral zone and on PK, they reminded me of the ducks vs the avs ! #8th seed run, not bad. Well, Ducks should be on fire next year. Go Portland Maine!
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The Sabres need to come out in these uniforms tonight instead of the bland, boring sweaters they wear now. They'd win game 6 six easily.

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J.P. Dumont scores the first goal of the game after being the big goat in game 5. Cam Ward has made some huge saves already for the Canes.
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Hedican ties it at 1-1 with 3:53 to go in the 3rd period.
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Great. I forgot about this game (watching NBA) and turn it on thanks to this thread to see Buffalo celebrating.

Game 7 it is.
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What a crock. Briere hooked the **** out of Williams and the refs swallowed their whistles.
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Way to go, Sabres.....hook or not.
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Woohoo extra game. I hope Edmonton rots while waiting for their opponent. I've decided to root for Buffalo (talk about the kiss of death)
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Woohoo extra game. I hope Edmonton rots while waiting for their opponent. I've decided to root for Buffalo (talk about the kiss of death)
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