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Pressure On Nabokov

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from Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle,

On the off chance that you believe that one big game has cured the Sharks of their big-line blues, let us waste no time in presenting their next issue:

The goaltender.

After having been reunited and called out at the same time, Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Devin Setoguchi had their best game in weeks, with the topper being Marleau’s overtime goal Saturday night. In the meantime, the overtime would not have been necessary had not Evgeni Nabokov given up two five-hole goals to Ryan Carter and Corey Perry in the first five minutes of the third period.

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Upshall Gets One Game Suspension At WC

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from Alan Adams of CBC,

Canada’s Scottie Upshall now knows first-hand that Europe and the NHL deal differently with hits to the head.

Upshall was handed a five-minute major and match penalty in the second period of Sunday’s game against Hungary at the world championship when he collided at centre ice with Andras Beck, who broke his collarbone on the play.

The referee ruled that Upshall’s actions constituted a hit to the head and assessed the match penalty, which includes an automatic one-game suspension. Upshall could have faced further discipline but international officials reviewed the incident and were satisfied with the one-game suspension

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  Tags: scottie+upshall, team+canada

Afternoon Line

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“I don’t think it’s in Joe’s nature to be mean, but when he is mean, he’s unstoppable.  That’s intensity. When you’re intense, you’re a hard person to play against.”

“He can’t pick his spots. For him to be known as one of the greatest players in the world from now on, he’s got to bring that.  He makes a lot of money to bring that intensity. You can’t rely on just his eyes and his know-how all the time.”

-Jeremy Roenick on Joe Thornton.  More from David Pollak at Working the Corners.

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  Tags: jeremy+roenick, joe+thornton

Rangers Could Use A #1 Guy

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from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Assuming Glen Sather is still running the New York Rangers next season, he might want to find a bona fide No. 1-line player or two for his team.

Currently, the Rangers have none; good team, but no star forwards or defencemen.

Outside of goalie Henrik Lundqvist—the only reason New York is even in a Game 7 in the first round against the Washington Capitals—the Rangers do not have a single established player they can claim to be a front-liner.

Not Scott Gomez. Not Chris Drury. Not Markus Naslund.

Two solid second-liners on a good team and a guy who scores on occasion, but rarely stands out in a game that matters.

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Vezina Trophy Finalists

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from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Steve Mason, the brilliant young goalie of the Columbus Blue Jackets, could become only the fifth NHL player to win the Vezina and Calder trophies in the same year.

But he’ll have to beat out the Minnesota Wild’s Niklas Backstrom, and Tim Thomas, whose league-leading goals-against average was a driving force for the Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins this season.

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Is Mike Green On The Carpet Too?

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from Capitals Outsider,

ESPN just retracted on SportsCenter, stating that Mike Green and Donald Brashear have not been suspended, yet. However they both now have a hearing at 1pm today. This is according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

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added 11:16am, via TSN,

Sources tell TSN Betts suffered a broken orbital bone from the Brashear hit and is likely done for the playoffs.

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  Tags: blair+betts, donald+brashear, mike+green

Two Elimination Games Tonight- One On The Road, One At Home

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Will the Blackhawks and Ducks win tonight to settle the Western Conference Semi-Finals picture?

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We Now Know The Beer Choice Of Mike Comrie

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  Tags: hilary+duff, mike+comrie

Sharks Need To Keep Hurting

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from Mark Purday of the Mercury News,

It hurts to do what the Sharks did Saturday night.

But they need to hurt some more tonight.

It hurts to go where the Sharks went Saturday, sending their bodies toward the net where they know sticks and body checks are waiting, or skating to exhaustion on every shift, or taking a painful hit to make a pass that might lead to nothing but also might lead to a goal.

But the Sharks need to go there again tonight for 60 minutes or more.

Otherwise, the Sharks will go straight from hurt to home. The Anaheim Ducks will win the series.

“This next game is going to be the hardest we’ve had all year,” said Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle, who knows hard.

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Arena:  The Art Of Hockey

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Watch part 2 below which goes in-depth on some of the individual pieces of hockey art.

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