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Avs Season Not Yet Complete

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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

With the end of the regular season only two and a half weeks away, Colorado’s possibilities still run the gamut.

The Avs could:

a) Win the Northwest Division and claim the No. 3 Western Conference playoff seed. Because they will have finished strong and captured international attention with Peter Forsberg’s signing, they likely would become a fashionable darkhorse playoff pick.

b) Miss the playoffs altogether if they struggle and Nashville or Edmonton roars down the stretch.

c) End up somewhere in between, as the No. 6, 7, or 8 seed and going against a division winner in the first round.

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The Art Of Skate Sharpening

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from the Owen Sound Sun Times,

Pearce said he has sharpened skates for at least a dozen professional hockey players. It was his good friend and former Detroit Red Wings goalie Dennis Riggin, who helped him design the custom sharpening machine he uses today, specifically for goaltenders.

Pearce operated the first hollow grind machine in Western Ontario after his father purchased it from Winnipeg in the 1940s for 25 cents.

“It was the only machine in our area with a flat ground, cross cut,” said Pearce.

He ended up taking over the skate-sharpening business from his father and set up shop under the seats in the former Kincardine arena in 1948. He was just 16 years old.

Pearce’s secret to the perfectly cut skate, whether it be a hockey, goalie or figure skate, came from a machine he saw while playing hockey in Switzerland with the Kincardine Oldstars in 1977. He brought the idea home and built his own version of the machine.

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Looking At The CIS

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from the Journal (Queen’s University),

Gare Joyce, author of Future Greats and Heartbreaks and a frequent contributor to ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, is a 20-year sports writing veteran, formerly of the Globe and Mail.

He said the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) is a largely untapped resource the NHL could take a closer look at.

“I think a lot of players who don’t track for the NHL but could be very viable players in the AHL or in Europe, a lot of them end up in CIS schools. It’s a more attractive option then starting down the route of being a career minor-leaguer or heading off to Europe,” he said.

“I think that the NHL overlooks and misses out on at least a couple of players who could fill roles. People look at Steve Rucchin as being as unlikely as a win in a lottery. … I don’t know why they would think that.”

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Battle In Western Canada

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from the Edmonton Sun,

If the Oilers win, they’re three points back of Vancouver for eighth spot, with another head to head game remaining. Lose and the Canucks are likely out of reach for good, and Edmonton will have to set its sights on the loser of tonight’s Colorado-Calgary game.

“I’m just really excited about the opportunity that the team’s created for itself,” said head coach Craig MacTavish.

“That’s all we can ask for, to play well enough to give ourselves continuing opportunity. And this really reeks and smacks of that opportunity. We feel like we’re in a pretty good state right now to handle it.”

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Panthers Must Continue To Win

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from the Miami Herald,

Olli Jokinen, the captain, the leading scorer, the name most associated with Panthers hockey, understands the stakes for his team because he agrees this is the ‘‘biggest game,’’ of the season.

But he also has to have a clear understanding of what this means to him. Personally.

And that is this: He must keep the Panthers winning and pointed toward the playoffs, because if he doesn’t his reputation as a guy who can’t get his team in the postseason will only mushroom.

‘‘Every year you feel like a failure if the team doesn’t make the playoffs,’’ Jokinen said Wednesday. ``All the goals and points—that’s all stuff you want to put away. If the team doesn’t make the playoffs, it’s a failure.

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Flyers Need Points

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from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

If the Flyers are going to make the playoffs, they will, by most estimates, need 91 or 92 points. So they have to earn nine or 10 points over these final eight games, four of which are against the Rangers and New Jersey Devils, who have given the Flyers problems this season. There are also two games against the resurgent fourth-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins, who have 89 points.

The Flyers are likely going to labor to collect points from these clubs, even if they sweep the remaining two games against the Islanders.

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Andrew Ference Cares

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

“I remember a couple of years ago Ed Jovanovski leaned over the bench and said, `Hey Andy, when did you turn into a tree hugger?’” Ference said with a laugh yesterday in an interview.

“There was one other time – I won’t tell you the guy’s name – when I was in a bit of a scrum and he punched me in the face and I punched him in the face and then he said, `Why don’t you go save the f—-ing world?’

“I’m pretty sure that one was an insult.”

It comes with the territory, of course, as being identified as a professional athlete interested in environmental and other international issues.

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Orr Turns 60

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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

You read correctly: the boyish Bobby Orr turns 60 today, but the brilliant defenceman of yesteryear will not be in attendance at the TD Banknorth Garden. Instead, Orr will remain at his winter home in Jupiter, Fla., and quietly celebrate his milestone birthday with his wife, Peggy, and his family and friends.

“He probably doesn’t want to acknowledge it,” Harry Sinden, Orr’s first coach with the Bruins and later his general manager, said jokingly.

Even though Orr hasn’t lived in Canada for more than 40 years, since he first suited up for the Bruins in 1966, he remains as visible as any hockey player in this country, including Wayne Gretzky, because of his commercials for General Motors and MasterCard and work for Chevrolet’s Safe & Fun Hockey program to help young players develop positive values while learning the game’s fundamentals.

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Drury Time

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Last night at the Rock, the clock was tick-tick-ticking away on the game and, in essence, on whatever chance the Rangers New York Rangers were going to have at making a dash down the stretch to capture the East title.

It was 1-0 Devils with fewer than five minutes to go in third, just as it had been 1-0 Devils from the 6:05 mark of the first.

In other words, Drury Time.

Time for the Big Moment Kid.

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Wild Dman Foster Out With Broken Leg

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from Russo’s Rants,

As (Kurtis) Foster passed the goal line, he was hit from behind by an oncoming Torrey Mitchell and slammed headfirst into the lower part of the end boards at full-speed.

“It’s just one of those things that tell you that there should be automatic icing,” Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. “I guess that’s a play where the fans want to see a big car wreck like that.”

Mitchell, immediately realizing the severity of the situation, showed concern toward Foster.

“We both fell, so I don’t know if I lost an edge first or he lost an edge first,” Mitchell said. “I was coming in with a lot of speed and so was he. We collided. It wasn’t intentional. I asked him if he was OK when it was over and he said no. … I would never want to hurt anyone.”

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added 7:47am, you can view a video of the play using the TSN Video Player.

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