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The Maven Knows Table Hockey

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from Stan Fischler at Game On,

In case you were wondering how the magnificent set wound up on television, it’s a simple story. The fellow who designed this fantastic set, Rick Benej, actually builds each one by hand. He started his table hockey-building business in 1982.

For the past 26 years, Benej has been crafting a game which has so passionately caught the media’s fancy that he has been profiled in no less a publication as The New Yorker Magazine, not to mention Esquire, The Wall Street Journal and the Schenectady Gazette, just to name a few good reads. And all because his game, Table Hockey.com, is so close to the real thing that sometimes you can’t tell the difference between Madison Square Garden ice and the shiny 31 inch by 48 inch surface of Benej’s game.

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Sutter Safe In New Jersey

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from Tom Gulitti of the Record,

It appears Brent Sutter will not become the Devils’ latest late-season coaching casualty.

At least not this season.

Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello told The Record on Friday that “without question” he has confidence that Sutter will get the team out of its slide and headed in the right direction entering the playoffs.

“I believe in what we have in that room,” Lamoriello said. “I believe in the people who are there behind the bench and I believe we’ll get done what has to get done.”

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Malarchuk Incident Kept Under Wraps

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via the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets goaltending coach Clint Malarchuk was involved in an altercation this week in Nashville, Tenn., The Dispatch has learned.

No report was filed with the Nashville Police Department, and Malarchuk did not return phone calls seeking comment.

The incident occurred several hours after the Blue Jackets arrived in Nashville on Monday for a game Tuesday.

Malarchuk, whose face was badly bruised, did not fly back to Columbus late Tuesday with the team, instead returning to his ranch in Nevada.

General manager Scott Howson said the club would have no comment.

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Enough Of These Sabres

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from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

But after nearly six months of this exasperating team, could we just be done with it? Couldn’t they simply resign, like the governor? Maybe call off the final four games of the season and spare the fans further anguish and exasperation?

I mean, how much more can a hockey fan take? In a season of mind-boggling losses, Friday night’s might have been the most maddening of all. Leading, 3-1, and seemingly on their way to their fifth win in six games, the Sabres allowed two goals in the final 2:31 of regulation and another in overtime of a crushing 4-3 loss to the Canadiens.

They got a point. It had to be one of the most disappointing points in the history of the league. They didn’t need one point. They needed two, and two more after that. The Sabres might have needed to run the table to simply have a chance. They simply couldn’t afford to squander a victory. But they did it. Again.

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Outlook Not Bright For Leafs

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

“It’s simply not acceptable,” said Peddie, indicating that the accountability for the Leafs’ shortcomings runs from himself to the board of directors all the way down the ladder.

“It’s very disappointing and very upsetting. We’re smart people, people who are very savvy in business. We thought we had a solid plan to move ahead but that’s not the case. In fact, we’re not set up that great for next year either.

“It’s very humbling to know we failed.”

Peddie said simply reaching the post-season is not the goal.

“It’s more than making the playoffs,” he said. “It’s about moving toward a championship. And, frankly, we made no progress toward that end.”

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Report- Avery Name Attached To Brothel

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from the New York Daily News,

Avery, 27, a trash-talking enforcer who has dated a string of models and actresses, is listed as a $500 client of brothel Maison de L’Amour.

Contacted Friday at the number in the records, the pretty boy known in the NHL as “The Animal” at first laughed when told where his name had turned up.

“For some reason, I highly doubt that,” Avery told the Daily News, insisting he was the target of a practical joke.

“It’s April Fools’ Day coming up and I’m not going to fall for it.”

It’s no joke. His name is one of more than 2,000 on a computer spreadsheet, detailing Davis’ X-rated operations, obtained by The News.

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Alfredsson Takes A Shot

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from the Ottawa Citizen,

Once he had that treatment, he was faced with questions about his leadership abilities, brought on by some pointed criticisms from Rob Ray, the former Senator and longtime Buffalo Sabres heavyweight, during a session on the TSN program Off the Record.

“I don’t think he’s a stand up, rah, rah guy in the dressing room,” said Ray. “He’s a leader on the ice. That’s a big problem with this team ... even when I was there, there was no one person to stand up and take charge, and bat a head when it needed to happen. They’re all tight and very close friends. Alfie’s a great player when things are going easy ... he came alive against Buffalo (in Tuesday’s 6-3 win) when Buffalo eased off after being ahead 3-1, but where was he in the first two periods?”

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Flames Should Be Working With Huselius

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

For all of his flaws—some real and some imagined by his detractors—Huselius is still arguably the most gifted offensive player on Calgary’s roster.

His passing skills are rivalled only by Alex Tanguay’s, but he’s much more willing to shoot the puck in scoring areas, so that makes Huselius very dangerous in the offensive zone, especially on the powerplay.

He’s more than capable of scoring that big goal at the right time, which is a big deal come playoff time.

As for those who say he disappears when the games get more physical, they’re dead wrong.

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Hull Wants Accountability From Players

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from the Star-Telegram,

As the Stars head into today’s matchup against the Los Angeles Kings, Hull said the team needs one aspect above all else: accountability.

“It’s totally up to the players to get it together,” Hull said. “[Steve] Ott needs to be accountable for [Mike] Modano, Modano for [Mark] Fistric. That’s what I think we’re lacking right now. We’ve got to have accountability for each other.”

Hull said he hasn’t seen a bad Stars team. He’s seen a team that’s “played horrendous for a few minutes each game, and it’s cost us.”

And the errors have been widespread.

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Fedorov Excited Playing In Washington

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from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washinton Post,

But now Fedorov is grateful for the change. He’s having more fun than he’s had in years, he said, reinvigorated by Boudreau’s up-tempo system and a roster filled with young and talented players that remind Fedorov of himself 15 years ago.

“Just getting the chance to play hockey the way it’s supposed to be played, which is using hockey sense, not robotic,” Fedorov said, referring to the Blue Jackets’ defense-first strategy. In Columbus “you had do things that didn’t require much skill. It’s much, much different here. That’s why it’s exciting and refreshing.”

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