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Here Is Your Chance To Make A Difference

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from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,

The NHL wants YOU!

That is, if you are a graduating college or university hockey player and are interested in trying to climb the ladder to the big leagues – as an official.

Stephen Walkom, the NHL’s senior vice-president and director of officiating, says the league has embarked on a recruiting program aimed at directing players into the world of officiating.

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Afternoon Line

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from Japers’ Rink,

Add another vote to the “Ovechkin for MVP” campaign, this from rival Evgeni Malkin:

“I still have chances to become the MVP this season, however I am sure that Alexander Ovechkin is the best player in NHL this season and he will win this award.”

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, evgeni+malkin

NHL Hits In HD

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The Top 10 hits of the last week in the NHL, brought to you in HD!

Watch now…

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Canadians Stealing Americans

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Take that, Uncle Sam.

With the naming today of Kelowna defenceman Tyler Myers to Canada’s U-18 team, Hockey Canada is reversing the trend that has seen various editions of Team USA scoop dual citizens out of Canada’s hockey backyard.

Myers was born in Texas but moved to Alberta when he was 10 years old. He played his minor hockey in Calgary, attended Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Sask., and has now just completed two full seasons with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL.

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Morning Talk

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from ESPN,

The playoffs are just around the corner and we’re getting ready. During the last week of the regular season (well, at least Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m.-noon ET), ESPN.com NHL writer Scott Burnside and NHL editor Joy Russo will preview and review….

Burnside (11:20 a.m.) No kidding. Can you imagine a Rangers-Devils series? Both teams play it pretty close to the vest, and with Henrik Lundqvist and Brodeur going toe to toe, well, let’s just say I hope they sell pillows with the tickets in both rinks.

Russo (11:17 a.m.): Zzzzzzzzzzzzz ... dump ... trap ... chase ... shut down ... I AM AWAKE NOW!

Burnside (11:16 a.m.): If you watched any of the Devils-Islanders game last night—and if you did you no doubt had a good night’s sleep—you can see why the Devils look exactly like they have for most of a decade.

read on for more chat which will end at noon today…

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Preds Getting Some Breaks

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from Chilling Out at the Tennessean,

After watching the events of Tuesday night unfold, I’m starting to believe the hockey gods are smiling favorably upon the Predators down the stretch.

How often, after all, do the Predators rally to victory from a three-goal deficit on the same night Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks blow a two-goal lead at home?

That’s not to say the Predators’ win was lucky. Not at all. They wore down St. Louis with a relentless effort that produced one of the most memorable comebacks in franchise history.

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Battle For Top Spot In The Eastt

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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadiens and the Penguins are tied atop the Eastern Conference with 100 points each and Montreal has only one chance of moving up to the top spot and that’s by finishing with more points in the standings.

With each team having two games to play, the Penguins hold the tiebreaker, because they have one more victory.

But Christopher Higgins said he’s excited about the possibility of winning the conference because “you don’t get too many chances to do that in your career. I think the last time I finished first was in my junior years in high school.”

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Listen To Fedorov

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Sergei Fedorov brings up some points the Caps and Washington fans need to remember.

Scroll to the 4:11 mark of the YouTube video at On Frozen Blog and listen to what Sergei has to say, especially the going “flat” remark.  The Caps need to keep the momentum going but not get to “high” with the victory last night.

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The Other Music City Miracle

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from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

The Predators had all the look of a Dead Franchise Walking, after a fire sale of several of its top players and a stormy ownership change in which a Canadian billionaire tried in vain to hijack the team to Hamilton.

One month and just four victories into the season, you could hear the “I told you so’s” from Tennessee to Timbuktu.

“Everybody had written us off,” Trotz, reached in St. Louis, was saying yesterday.

If they can pull it off in their last two games, the NHL’s coach of the year might just be a born-and-bred Manitoban who penned hockey’s version of the Music City Miracle.

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Wine & Hockey

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from the Chicago Sun-Times,

The NHL Alumni Association has rolled out a Signature Wine Series, a 12-bottle collection—six Chardonnays, six Cabernet Sauvignons—featuring the likeness of some of hockey’s greatest players.

In Chicago, the two wines, produced by Ironstone Vineyards of Murphys, Calif., are Bobby Hull’s “Golden Jet” 2007 Chardonnay and Tony Esposito’s “Tony O” 2005 Cabernet. The wines are sold at Binny’s and in the United Center’s restaurants and suites….

Quigley said it was a wise move for the hockey world to expand its demographic reach by making hockey-related wine. Though beer is enormously popular among sports fans, “wine should have its day as well,” he said.

Those demographics already might be changing. Fans in the United Center’s pricier seats and luxury boxes can order wine from waiters. The old Chicago Stadium “[smelled] of 70 years of beer that had embedded itself in the concrete,” Quigley recalled almost wistfully.

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