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Wanted Man

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from Mark Spector of the National Post,

He is combative, Harvard educated, and opinionated, with facts at the ready to back up his particular stance. He is also armed with enough self-confidence—yes, ego—to very likely believe that he could succeed where so many others have failed as the general manager of the woeful Toronto Maple Leafs.

“I’ve known Brian since he was 16, and I stay in contact with him,” New Jersey’s Lou Lamoriello, the dean of all NHL general managers, said yesterday. He wouldn’t speculate on Burke’s career path, but as a fellow GM, Lamoriello likes Burke’s qualities.

“He’s not afraid to make a decision, not afraid to make a mistake. He works at the job and is intelligent. They should be qualities everybody in hockey has, and most people do. Yet there are those who don’t,” Lamoriello said.

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Penguins Still Need To Work On Their Chemistry

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All I know is the Penguins keep on winning…

from Erin Nicks at her blog, The Universal Cynic,

Sorry, but I’m not ready to hand over the Cup to Pittsburgh. Their defence and goaltending specifically faced little (if any) grief, and they haven’t been behind in a series yet. Their lines roll well—there’s still some chemistry to work on—but ultimately it’s going to come down to what happens from the blueline backwards. And will someone please tell them to go back to their powder blues?

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Morning Line

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“They went to the net,” Brodeur said. “The Jagr one, he’s going to the net trying to score and I’m trying to make a save and he goes right through my crease. We had contact. That’s just part of the game. We’ve just got to make sure these areas, guys can’t go there freely and right now, for some reason, they’re able to get to the front of the net with a lot of speed or for rebounds. They’re around the net a lot. They’re hungry to score goals.”

via Fire & Ice...

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Sens Season Is Now Complete

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from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

“It felt like the walls were closing in on us,” Jason Spezza all but whispered when all was over and done with.

He was speaking not just of the game — his Ottawa Senators’ 3-1 defeat by the Pittsburgh Penguins — and not just of the series, now embarrassingly lost in four consecutive games, but of an entire year clouded in mystery.

For a team that, not so many years back, came within a lighted candle of holding a séance to call upon the spirits of One-eyed Frank McGee for help, it was hardly surprising last night the Senators would be looking for a little magic.

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Update 2:00pm ET: From TSN,

Although Emery admits he did not perform up to standards this year, he said he would not be the fall guy for the team.

“Yeah it was a really bad year for me,” said Emery.  “The worst year I’ve had - on and off the ice - it just wasn’t enjoyable at all. I learnt a lot of things but that’s about it - not too many positives”

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The Call Of Thornton’s Goal

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fromm the Mercury News,

They played him alongside Russ Hodges. That’s saying a lot.

OK, so it was hyperbole and some humor from KNBR’s Gary Radnich on Wednesday morning. But Randy Hahn’s TV call of Joe Thornton’s game-winning goal Tuesday night is destined to become part of the Sharks soundtrack, particularly if the goal leads to a playoff run that at last won’t disappoint fans.

“HE SCORES! HE SCORES! HE SCORES!” Simple. And, no, it’s no “The Giants win the pennant!” But it packed some deep-seated emotion.

“It’s raw, it’s primal,” Hahn told us Wednesday. “It just comes from inside you. And in that moment, you know what, it comes especially on the road for me.”

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Watch and hear Hahn’s call…

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Bruins Looking For Goals

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from the Boston Globe,

After four games, the Bruins have scored only five times for an average of 1.25 goals per outing. They were denied on 27 attempts Tuesday as Price recorded his first postseason shutout.

Glen Murray doesn’t have a point. Sturm has one assist and zero goals on a team-high 11 shots. Krejci, the man with the hot stick during the regular-season stretch run (9 points during a five-game streak), has scored only the Game 2 power-play goal. Glen Metropolit, who had several close-in opportunities in Game 4, hasn’t scored in more than two months.

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Fleury Nearing Star Status

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from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Perhaps five goals allowed in four consecutive victories against a team beaten up physically and psychologically isn’t a large enough sampling of evidence to declare him a fully budded star.

Yet for Marc-Andre Fleury, for a goaltender with too much cumbersome playoff history packed into the back end of his 23 years, this was indeed a triumph to savor and, as he giddily warbles after some saves, let out a yell.

“I don’t see them as much as ghosts, but as experience I got through all those years,” the Penguins’ lanky goalie said late last night, after he made 21 saves and made the Senators go away in a four-game sweep that ended with a 3-1 victory at Scotiabank Place.

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Hasek Disappointed With His Play

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from the Tennessean,

The teams now head back to Joe Louis Arena for Game 5 Friday. Babcock will have to decide whether he goes back to Hasek, who was 27-10-3 this season for the team that posted the NHL’s best record in the regular season, or sticks with Osgood (27-9-4).

“I’m pretty sure (what I’ll do), but I always like to take a deep breath first and then decide what I’m going to do,” Babcock said.

Still, it’s a decision that’s likely to be subject of great debate in Hockeytown.

But there was no discernable discussion about making a change after Game 3, when Hasek said he should have stopped a couple slap shots that found the net in Nashville’s 5-3 win.

He was, unsurprisingly, even more upset after the Game 4 loss.

“Very disappointing,” he said. “Last 60 minutes, worst hockey I’ve played in my life. I have nothing to say about it. I feel very bad about myself.’’

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Lemaire Lost Control Of His Players

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from Patrick Reusse of the Star-Tribune,

Did you ever feel cheated watching the Wild players in the spring of ‘03? Not once, not even when they couldn’t get a puck past Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere to save their lives.

On Tuesday, the Wild players cheated their coach, and cheated the masses in Minnesota who stayed up in anticipation of another taut, terrific hockey game.

The Avalanche came out flying and the Wild retreated. Mikko Koivu was one exception to that, but he didn’t have much company.

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Senators Season Is Over

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from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen

The Ottawa Senators’ 2007/2008 season came to an official, if not also ignominious, end Wednesday night when the Pittsburgh Penguins swept them with a 3-1 win.

The season, however, really ended a long time ago.

You can pick any number of incidents that might have been the catalyst.

But it might have starting going off the rails as long ago as last Sept. 5, when Ray Emery, on his way to a workout at the Bell Sensplex, got into a road rage episode with a senior citizen who had accidentally cut him off

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Update 10:18pm ET: More from the Canadian Press...

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