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From Paul Kukla at his NHL.com blog:

Goaltending is always under the microscope during the playoffs and holds especially true in the Wings-Stars series. Chris Osgood must be steady and avoid the “how did that one get by him” question, while Marty Turco must continue to be outstanding. You can be sure both teams will be trying to get to the opposing goalie and rattle their cages a bit. Whichever keeper maintains his focus the most should win this series.

more… on each series

Plus more from Paul at Hockey.com:

Never have I done something like this — as a matter of fact, I despise the prediction side of this business. But this time, I feel it in my bones, in my head and in my heart.

Pens/Wings will meet in the Stanley Cup Final.

and more…

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Shanny In NY - It Depends On Jagr

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from Stan Fischler at Game On,

I don’t like to beat around the bush on Seventh Avenue and 33rd Street, so I’ll get right to the point.

On the assumption that Jaromir Jagr will NOT be a Ranger next season, Shanahan must be invited back for another term.

However, if management learns in a reasonable amount of time that Jagr wants to be back on Broadway for 2008-09, then Shanny must be given a fair “adieu.” No more, no less.

As far as The Maven is concerned, there’s no room on an invigorated—and, yes, it WILL be invigorated by younger aces—roster for two elder statesmen. One is enough.

more

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  Tags: brendan+shanahan, jaromir+jagr

Pisani Battles Back From Ulcerative Colitis

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From Fernando Pisani at The Hockey News:

Hockey players often take their health for granted. That all changed for me in 2005 when I started feeling sick.

I knew something was wrong with me, but I was kind of embarrassed to see somebody about it. As time went on and I began to feel worse, I knew I needed to get well and had to see a doctor. I finally did and that’s when I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.

I was able to continue playing, but last July all the symptoms started coming back, only worse this time. I was going to the bathroom 20-30 times a day, losing a lot of blood and a lot of weight.

continued…

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  Tags: fernando+pisani, illness, ulcerative+colitis

Hatcher Playing Through Pain

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from Rob Parent of the Delco Times,

Essentially, a fractured bone near the ankle had left him with one halfway good leg, with pain radiating up and down the other. Yet Hatcher has found the strength to return for a springtime renewal of a Flyers team that spent the prior spring bogged down in humiliation.

So, how is a guy a month shy of 36 supposed to renew his broken body to go along for the ride? Maybe it’s something you learn the longer you’re around.

“Just everyday wear and tear,” Hatcher said. “It hasn’t really had the chance to heal the way it should. And I don’t mean my ankle … more the rest of my body. I mean, from my hip flexors to my everything else. Coming back for me, it was like going zero-to-60 on a track.”

more

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  Tags: darian+hatcher

HD And Versus

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I just got off the phone with Versus and they tell me Thursday’s game between the Wings and Stars will be in HD.

However, the Friday game between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia is still up in the air.  They are trying to work something out with the Golf Channel which shares air time with VersusHD on Friday nights.

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Phaneuf Is Relaxing

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Remember Dion Phaneuf turning down Team Canada because he needed to rest and heal from a tough playoff series?

Well, he sure is resting (with video)!

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf

It’s Only Going To Get Better

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Ed Snider talks about his Flyers…

Watch below…

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: ed+snider

Throwing Their ‘Weights’ Around

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from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Daily News,

They don’t seem to have anything in common except for their hometown of Gatineau, Quebec.

Danny Briere is a quick, skilled hockey player. If he is arguably the most talented player on the Flyers, he is certainly the smallest.

Hugo Girard has won the title of Canada’s strongest man five times and was the subject of the 2003 documentary Strongman. He is 6-foot-3 and 330 pounds with, he is quick to point out, “about 10 percent body fat.”

continued

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  Tags: daniel+briere

Watching The Stars

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from the Dallas Morning News,

We may never know how many people really eyeballed Brenden Morrow’s series-clinching goal at 1:24 a.m. Monday. But we do know how many Dallas-Fort Worth homes were tuned into the game on Fox Sports Net Southwest from 1:15 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

The television rating for that quarter hour was a 3.9 with an 18 share. The rating translates into 94,988 homes, according to Nielsen Media Research. The 18 share means that 18 percent of all homes with televisions in use were tuned to the final minutes of the Stars’ 2-1, four-overtime victory over the San Jose Sharks.

Overall, the game scored a Stars playoff-high 4.4 average rating (107,166 homes), with an 11 share from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. It peaked in the third period from 10:30 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. with a 6.0 rating (146,136 homes).

more TV talk…

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Looking At OT Penalties

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from Dan Daly of the Washington Times,

Caps owner Ted Leonsis, still binding his wounds after the loss to Philadelphia, isn’t entirely supportive of the NHL’s new penal code. “I think in OT of [the] playoffs there should only be penalties that impede a goal being scored. No ticky-tack calls,” old school Ted said in an e-mail yesterday.

He’s hardly the only one who holds that opinion. Indeed, the officials themselves seem torn between The Way Hockey Used To Be and The Way The Board Of Governors Wants It To Be. In the Dallas-San Jose finale, for instance, they went more than an entire game — 70 minutes, 52 seconds, to be exact — without sending anybody to the box. Then they called hooking against the Stars’ Nicklas Grossman in the third OT and tripping against Campbell in the fourth. San Jose couldn’t cash in on its power play, but Dallas (or rather, Brenden Morrow) did.

more

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