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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Thrashers coaching situation

I’m hearing rumblings Thrashers coach John Anderson might be shown the door in Atlanta. There had been rumors during the season that the team was considering a coaching change.

Kaberle’s future

Star defenseman Tomas Kaberle will be a sought-after commodity when all 30 teams gather in Los Angeles for the NHL draft in June. His no-trade clause will be gone by then and the Maple Leafs will be listening….

more including talk of a second outdoor game in Calgary…

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Eastern Conference Scenarios

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via NHL.com,

• Both Rangers and Flyers can’t advance to playoffs as a result of tomorrow’s showdown. Winner goes to the playoffs, loser goes home
• Flyers can’t finish eighth - if they win tomorrow, they get 7th. If they lose, they get 9th
• Canadiens earning a point means Rangers’ best possible finish is eighth. A NYR win would put them equal with Canadiens in points and wins but Canadiens won season series (3-1-0 vs. 1-2-1)
• Bruins clinched 6th seed with their win combined with Canadiens loss
• Devils clinched Atlantic Division by beating Islanders combined with Penguins losing in regulation at Atlanta
• Sabres need to win in regulation at New Jersey tomorrow to pass Devils into 2nd
• Penguins vs. Senators is first confirmed playoff matchup

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Boston College Wins NCAA Men’s Hockey Championship

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from Jim Connelly of USCHO.com,

Paced by an explosive third period in which Boston College struck for four goals, the Eagles routed Wisconsin, 5-0, in front of a record 37,592 fans at Ford Field on Saturday to capture the school’s fourth national championship and third in the last 10 years.

It’s the third straight year a team from Boston has captured the title, with the Eagles winning this year and 2008 and Boston University capturing the championship in 2009.

continued

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Senators Honor Alfredsson

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from Rob Brodie of OttawaSenators.com,

One thousand games later, the love affair between Daniel Alfredsson and his adopted home remains as enduring as ever.

With a sellout throng of red clad fans chanting his name with great fervour, the Senators captain was honoured Saturday night during an emotional pre-game ceremony prior to Ottawa’s matchup with the Buffalo Sabres at Scotiabank Place.

It was a tribute to Alfredsson’s 1,000th game in the National Hockey League, a milestone he reached earlier this week against the Florida Panthers. But tonight was the night Alfredsson truly looked forward to — the chance to share it all with his family, friends and “some of the most passionate, enthusiastic fans in the NHL.”

“I thank you for your support through my whole career,” Alfredsson told the cheering fans in a speech that concluded the 11-minute ceremony. “It’s an honour to be the captain of year team.”

continued

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Will The Wild Ever Change?

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from Patrick Reusse of the Star Tribune,

The Wild allowed Marian Gaborik, the most productive offensive player in franchise history, to leave as a free agent with nothing in return last summer. The team responded by spending roughly a half-hour of a 190-day season as a long-shot playoff contender.

The schedule finished with the St. Paul lads standing No. 13 in the 15-team Western Conference. This stretched to seven years (and six seasons) the drought since the Wild won a playoff series.

Much attention was brought to new coach Todd Richards’ plan to introduce a high-tempo offensive system. The bold strategy resulted in basically the same number of goals scored as in 2008-09, although there was a new and impressive standard established for 3-on-1s allowed.

continued

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Evander Kane One Punch On Matt Cooke Tonight

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Steven Stamkos Reaches 50 Goals

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49 and 50 tonight, 3rd youngest player in NHL history to reach 50.

Good for Stamkos.

added 10:34pm
, Watch Stamkos as he gets his 50th goal.

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NCAA Men’s Hockey Champion Will Be Crowned Tonight

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from David Albright of ESPN,

The similarities are striking.

Both schools have 28 wins this season. Both are No. 1 seeds. Both played in outdoor games this season. And both schools scored a weekend’s worth of goals in Thursday’s national semifinals wins.

So when Boston College (28-10-3) and Wisconsin (28-10-4) face off Saturday night at Ford Field (7 p.m. ET, ESPN HD/ESPN3.com) to decide this season’s NCAA men’s hockey champion, the Eagles and the Badgers will be near mirror images.

“They’ve got a lot of speed and a lot of skill and if you give them a lot of room to work with they’ll take advantage of it,” Wisconsin defenseman and captain Ryan McDonagh said. “We’ll be able to [watch video] of their goals and see what they did to put themselves in that position. And if anything try to learn from what Miami didn’t really execute as well as they wanted to and hopefully not make the same mistakes.”

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No Elite Goalies In The 2009 SemiFinals - One Year Later

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Last year during the Stanley Cup semi-finals I wrote that no elite goalies were left in the Stanley Cup playoffs.  At that time the four remaining starting goalies were Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes, Nikolai Khabibulin of the Chicago Blackhawks, Chris Osgood of the Detroit Red Wings and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The comment was heavily criticized as people wanted to argue that Osgood or Fleury were elite goalies.  There was significantly less concern about ward and Khabibulin.  The next NHL season is complete and it stands to reason that if any of those goalies were elite goalies last year, they probably still are.  As elite goalies they probably would be in the running for the Vezina Trophy, post-season All Star teams or made significant contributions to their respective Olympic teams.  None of these goalies clearly measure up this year.

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Modano Back To Where His NHL Career Started

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from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Modano will be honored by the Wild during a video tribute during the second TV timeout (first non-icing or goal stoppage after the 10-minute mark of the first period). It’s his call, but it appears as if at some point tonight Modano will slip on a North Stars sweater. It’s unknown if that will be in warmups, during a stoppage or after the game. He said maybe “during the game,” but I emailed Bill Daly and he says that request hasn’t been asked yet or considered.

I don’t see how he’d be allowed to wear it during the game (he wore seven or so Stars sweaters during his home finale the other day), if for no other reasons than Reebok sponsors NHL jerseys.

Modano reunited with former North Stars/Stars teammate Neal Broten this morning during a hilarious conversion that took place for about 25 minutes with us media and others contributing. Some great lines.

more

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