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from the NY Daily News,

“They’re doing a very good job there (in Brodeur’s crease), they’re making it hard for him,” Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner told the Daily News. “I think we need to take the positive of what they’re doing there and incorporate it in our game.”

more on the Devils…

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The Avery Rule

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

...Fact is, the NHL’s unconstitutional adoption of a new rule in the middle of the playoffs without bothering to gain the required unanimous consent of the Board of Governors - a clarification; right, sure - is a far greater scandal than anything Avery did on Sunday.

A reading of this amendment to Rule 57 reveals that it is now legal for a player to wave his arms and/or stick in front of a goaltender’s face as long as the attacking player is not facing the netminder.

And please: Enough with the lectures on hockey morality from Don Cherry; enough from this xenophobe who has made a career out of European-bashing. Enough from him and his disciples.

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Papal Intervention

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from Japers’ Rink,

Dear Pope Benedict XVI -

While you’re in town and I’ve got your ear, I’d like to ask a favor. Now, I’m not Catholic, but I was wondering if you could take a quick second and have a word with the big guy and ask him to help Bruce Boudreau come to the realization that John Erskine has no business being on the ice in this series.

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Briere Leaving His Mark

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fro Ed Barkowitz of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Late in the second period, Briere would get in Huet’s kitchen again. This time, the goaltender knocked down Briere well after the play. Briere responded with a shot of his own. Both drew roughing minors after referee Don Koharski had seen enough.

“Sometimes the refs think he gets pushed into the goalie, but it doesn’t happen that way,” Huet said afterward. “If somebody does push him, he’s exaggerating. They’re not cheap shots. Everyone is trying to [go to the net] these days.”

Briere scored a killer power-play goal 3 minutes later.

“Look,” Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. “Danny Briere’s a pretty good hockey player, but we should be able to battle through that. We lost our cool too many times on retaliation penalties.”

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Stars Don’t Show Up

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from Jim Reeves of the Star-Telegram,

The Stars brought their infamous Sybil act to center ice Tuesday night at the AAC. Or was it Three Faces of Eve?

Whoever it was, she didn’t go over a bit well with the sellout crowd of 18,532. The fans showed up in black, as requested, expecting to see the same team that had played almost flawlessly in two impressive victories in Anaheim last week.

That Stars team must still be touring Magic Mountain or Knott’s Berry Farm. It certainly didn’t show up for Game 3, which didn’t break Anaheim’s heart at all.

read on

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Price Comes Up Big

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from the CBC 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog,

Perhaps it’s a testament to just how impressive the young Price has been this season that no one thought to ask his coach anything about him until the very end. But how many rookies, let alone rookie goalies, can enter the maelstrom of the NHL playoffs and act like he’s playing on his backyard rink?

“Everyday he shows that he’s one of the best,” said Habs winger Steve Begin. “He’s so calm it’s unbelievable. He just likes to win, and he doesn’t like to lose. ”

Price’s shutout was not the stuff of miracles because, as he himself pointed out, the Canadiens as a team were tenacious on defence and offered very little in the way of chances to the Boston Bruins.

But that’s assuming we’re not talking about the first period of the game.

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Just Ugly

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from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,

As a couple of the Minnesota writers have already noted tonight, Mark Kiszla’s “Ugly Betty” column wasn’t so off the mark, was it? What kind of hockey do you call that tonight, Wild fans? Are you denying your team gooned it up tonight, and only cost themselves even more doing that?

I’m going to stay out of the media fracas, but knowing Kiszla, I can guarantee he’s laughing pretty hard right now at how the game turned out.

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from Russo’s Rants,

I take it back. Kiszla was right.

Talk about an ugly hockey game full of silliness. I never thought this would end. The Wild got so chippy out there, Peter Forsberg didn’t leave the bench in the third to protect him.

The Wild took a team-playoff-record 111 penalty minutes. Derek Boogaard played 2:03 and got 24 minutes of penalties. Stephane Veilleux, running around endlessly, took eight penalties, totaling 35 minutes.

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Experience Counts

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from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,

...Then the penalty box door swung open again, like the gates of Hades.

Brenden Morrow cut the lead to 4-1. Brenden Morrow cut it to 4-2. A flagrant high stick by Mathieu Schneider brought a four-minute penalty. A sullen Dallas crowd woke and bellowed out hope.

“The place was rocking,” acknowledged Randy Carlyle, the Ducks coach.

But Todd Marchant found peace in the storm.

“I saw (Chris) Pronger and (Scott) Niedermayer and (Jean-Sebastien) Giguere and (Ryan) Getzlaf and maybe you can throw myself in there, too,” he said. “We’ve done this so many times. We’ve been in tough situations. I know some people probably panicked a little bit, and it did get loud in the building, but we had a two-goal cushion. We’ve had a lot of experience in those situations.”

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Thornton Delivers

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from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

Thornton was planted in front of the Calgary net, taking a royal Canadian pounding from a passel of guys in red Flames jerseys. Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray launched a gorgeously on-target shot from up top. Thornton then used his trademark stick control to perfectly deflect the puck past goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.

Suddenly, the enormous Pengrowth Saddledome went silent. You could almost hear the flaming gas jets in the rafters, the ones that regularly shoot out big bursts of fire, click off the way they do on your home barbecue.

Sharks 3, Calgary 2. Prescription filled.

And it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy in the process of overcoming a largely unfair reputation as a playoff non-dominator.

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Two Year Deal Expected With The NHL & NBC

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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL is a few days away from announcing a two-year contract extension with NBC that will keep hockey broadcasts on the network through 2009-10.

The second year of the extension would allow NBC to market its 2010 Olympic hockey coverage by airing NHL games in January leading up to the February tournament.

NBC’s ratings have been up and down. The high point was the Jan. 1 outdoor game at Buffalo, which earned a 2.2 national rating (percentage of U.S. households tuned in).

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