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Mr. May

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from Reuters via the Guardian,

If Canada ends the tournament with a medal, Heatley will join goaltender Sean Burke as the most decorated Canadian at the worlds with four medals.

With his four points (three goals and an assist) from Canada’s 5-1 win over Slovenia on Friday, Heatley needs just four more points to pass Team Canada general manager and former NHL great Steve Yzerman (39 points) as the country’s all-time leading scorer at the tournament

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added 7:16pm, via CBC,

Dany Heatley notched a goal and three assists to become his country’s leading scorer in the modern era of the world hockey championship as Canada demolished Latvia 7-0 Sunday in Halifax.

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Penguins Still In Control

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

A team fresh off a seven-game winning streak to start the playoffs isn’t exactly the poster team for “facing adversity,” even if that streak was broken in their last outing in New York in Game 4.

Despite the perception from outside the Penguins locker room that perhaps things have changed with Thursday’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of a desperate Rangers team, Pittsburgh is light years from adversity.

At least until late Sunday afternoon, when the Penguins will have a second chance to eliminate the Rangers, this is a hiccup, a stubbed toe. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Price Drained After Defeat

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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

“They find a hole here and there, we don’t, and we’re going home,” said Price, who was just out of his teens when he broke training camp with the Canadiens last October.

“It feels like I’ve been playing for two years straight,” he said, having suited up in junior, minor pro and NHL hockey in the space of less than a year.

“It’s been a lot of fun, but I’m drained. The difference between winning and losing is fighting through it. I just wish I could have played better.” It will be Garbage Bag Day at the Bell Centre early this week, the depressing exercise of a team emptying their dressing-room stalls for a long summer.

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Stars Can’t Choke

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from Jennifer Floyd Engel of the Star-Telegram,

Make no mistake, the Stars have to win this series. Teams don’t blow 3-0 leads, yet this seems all too possible. Some of it has to do with this team. A lot of it has to do with this town.

So call the Heimlich expert, and put him rink side at the AAC. Tonight. And hope that Turco makes his presence unnecessary.

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Hockey Hot In Pittsburgh

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from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

“I travel all over the league, and everybody talks about Detroit as ‘Hockeytown’ - and deservedly so, because of its tradition - but the noise levels in Pittsburgh, Minnesota, New York and Buffalo are just as good,” said McGuire, a former Penguins scout who coached the Hartford Whalers.

“Pittsburgh now, because of its young talent and rabid fan base cultivated by the organization, is tremendous. It’s awesome to be around a passionate fan base. Hockey’s not a photo op for these people. These are people investing in the product. It’s easy to be involved with a winner, but this team is poised to win for a long time.”

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Pressure Still On Rangers

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from the Staten Island Advance,

Few people really expect the Rangers to come back and win this best-of-seven series, in which they trail 3-1, so isn’t the pressure off for today’s fifth game at Mellon Arena?

Lundqvist wasn’t buying it.

“We feel pressure because if we lose, we know it’s over,” he said. “They probably feel pressure because if they lose, it goes back to New York and they don’t really know where this is going. I think both teams feel pressure, but in a different way.

“I don’t think a lot of people expect us to pull this off, but we don’t look at the whole picture right now. We’ll try to get back to New York one more time, at least. If we can get this back to New York one more time, we feel really good about it.”

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Stars Have Another Shot At The Sharks

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from Tracey Myers of the Star-Telegram,

The Stars have their third consecutive chance to eliminate the Sharks tonight. They had chances to win the past two games—squandered some, had others taken away.

Dallas could use the events of Game 5—as well as the threat of another trip to the West Coast—to fuel tonight’s performance.

“They look at this game as another chance,” Stars coach Dave Tippett said. “The calls didn’t go our way, but we won games early in the series. So we still look at it as we’re coming home with a great opportunity to close out a series.”

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‘Hoss’ Franzen

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Is it just me or is Johan Franzen the closest thing to John LeClair you’ve seen in the last while? There wasn’t a nasty bone in LeClair’s body and Franzen seems like Hoss on the old Bonanza TV show; a gentle giant riding the prairie. You needed a bazooka to move LeClair in his prime, same with Franzen now. Franzen is a load. He hit Wojtek Wolski in the Avalanche series and Wolski broke five ribs. But, it’s his hands that have everybody rubbing their eyes in disbelief.

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Bruins Make Offers To Ward & Metropolit

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Friday that he has extended contract offers to versatile forward Glen Metropolit and veteran defenseman Aaron Ward, both of whom are on target to become unrestricted free agents July 1.

“I can’t tell you if we’ll get them both done or not,” said Chiarelli. “And if so, I don’t think anything is imminent. But we’d like to have them back. And if they’re not going to be back, it’s better for both sides to know that early, for the sake of making plans.”

Metropolit, who will turn 34 June 25, provided valuable depth up front this season, especially with the near-season-long absence of Patrice Bergeron. He also provided key help on the power play.

“We figured Glen would be a depth guy for us, but he ended up being more than that,” said Chiarelli. “Going forward, we’d see him more in third- and fourth-line roles, help with the PK [penalty kill]. In terms of whether we can sign him . . . he’s a reasonable guy, and he understands the business.”

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A Fine Season For Montreal

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from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,

As it turned out, the people who turned that night into a faux Stanley Cup parade knew what they were doing, since the local heroes weren’t going to get any closer to a championship this time around.

Against the Flyers, they were outworked, outmuscled in their own end, out goaltended to a significant degree, and outlucked.

“I believe in kharma sometimes,” Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau said afterwards. “You have to be lucky to win the Stanley Cup. You need a good team, you need good players, but you also need those breaks on your side. The way they played against us — well, hopefully they have some left.”

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