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“I think, as a goalie, you can’t think that you have to win.  You have to think, ‘Just play as good as you can and give your team a chance to win,’ because I can’t really effect how we play as a team or if we score or not. If I get too involved emotionally with how we do as a team, I’ll lose focus on my end, my job.”

-New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.  More on Lundqvist from Scott Burnside of ESPN.

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Detroit Fans, Did You Look At The Ref After This Goal?

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the first thing I looked for after this Datsyuk goal last night was the ref, making sure he wasn’t waving his arms and pointing at Holsmtrom.

Note that both Kipper and Homer gave a quick look too.

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  Tags: pavel+datsyuk

Complaint Department, Not Here

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I’ve had and have had enough of the complaining.

Read my NHL.com blog today.

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Most Underrated Player

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Often when a player is presented as the most underrated in the NHL, it is a player that few people have heard of who is doing a good job for his team.  That is not the case right now.  Most people who have some interest in hockey have heard of Tomas Vokoun of the Florida Panthers.  They have never thought of him as arguably the best goaltender in the NHL.

The case for Vokoun as a top goaltender is simple.  He has been the best goalie statistically in the last several years.  Fear the fin compiled saves percentage numbers since the lockout and finds Vokoun’s .923 saves percentage is four points higher than any other goalie on the list.  In that time, Tomas Vokoun has had no Vezina Trophy nominations.  The problem is that nobody has noticed him as he has toiled in obscure hockey markets of Nashville and Florida.  He hasn’t been able to get wins while playing for these teams.  These teams have had neither the offence nor the defence to make his job a success.

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No Love For Avery

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from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Include the Flyers on the long list of NHL teams that have no respect for Sean Avery.

After seeing the trash-talking, agitating forward score two goals on Sunday to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-1 win in front of a Madison Square Garden crowd that spent much of the game chanting his name, the Flyers took a few bare-knuckled shots at Avery through the print media.

“I played with the guy and dislike the guy,” said Flyers winger Ian Laperriere, who played parts of two seasons with Avery when both were members of the Los Angeles Kings. “I think he does cross the line all the time.

“Those people (in New York) are getting fooled by his act because I know he’s the worst teammate I played with and I know they feel the same way.”


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KK- Server Blip

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It looks like we had a little server issue this morning but it appears to be fixed.

I apologize for the problem and hopefully it will not return.

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Do You Want To Hear From Bettman?

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from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,

Perhaps it’s time for the NHL to look at a new way of doing things when it comes to supplementary discipline.

Perhaps the time is right for Gary Bettman to take centre stage, to become the man who makes these tough hockey decisions and puts his reputation on the line.

David Stern does it in the NBA. Roger Goodell was the one who banned Michael Vick and has to deal with trouble in the NFL when suspensions are required. Heck, Mark Cohon, every once in a while, at least tries to look like he’s running the CFL show when something bad happens on the field.

But not Bettman. Whether it was Brian Burke or Colin Campbell, Bettman has preferred to stay in the background, just as was the case when Brian O’Neill dealt with supplementary discipline under John Ziegler.

But it wasn’t always this way.


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Everyone Has An Opinion On Ovechkin

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from Mike Imrem of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Ovechkin is unique. He’s a mix of Rodman’s badness and Michael Jordan’s goodness. It doesn’t get much better or entertaining than that.

Anyway, Ovechkin divided the hockey world when he steered Campbell into the boards, breaking the Hawk’s ribs and clavicle.

The Capitals and others who revere Ovechkin wondered what the big deal was. The Hawks and those who revile Ovechkin thought it was a capital crime.

There’s more if you cruise the World Wide Web.

Those who worship Sidney Crosby, vying with Ovechkin to be the NHL’s best player, think Ovechkin should have been suspended until the Cubs win a World Series or the 22nd century, whichever comes first.

Those who think Crosby is a protected little whiner would hate for the NHL to be left to him for even as briefly as the two-game suspension Ovechkin received.


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All Paul Holmgren

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from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

With the trade deadline in the rearview mirror and just 14 games separating his team from the April 11 finish line, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren can do little more than sit and wait.

The Daily News caught up with Holmgren yesterday for his thoughts on the state of the Flyers:

DN: You have always said that you are confident in Michael Leighton and his abilities, but is it tough to put your trust in someone who has only been here for a limited sample size?

PH: What would’ve been the difference if it was Ray Emery? Him and Michael have been with the team almost the same amount of time. Or Brian Boucher, for that matter. So, no, I have every confidence in Michael. I think he’s played well. The numbers since he’s been with us speak for themselves. I don’t know how many goalies in the NHL have Stanley Cups - Martin Brodeur, Cam Ward, Chris Osgood, Marc-Andre Fleury - so that means there are 25 other teams that are in the same boat that we’re in, wondering whether Michael is good enough. But we think Michael is good enough to lead us into the playoffs.



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Rangers Need To Win First, Then Watch

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from David Satriano of the NY Post,

The seventh-place Canadiens visit the Garden tonight with a five-point lead on the Rangers.

“It’s really like a four-point game, and those can be a big swing,” defenseman Wade Redden said yesterday after practice. “Those are must-wins. It’s a good opportunity to get points and prevent them from getting any.”

With the logjam at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, Rangers coach John Tortorella could see his cable bill skyrocket this month. The scoreboard watching includes any games involving the Canadiens, Flyers, Bruins, Lightning, Panthers and Thrashers.

“I could sit here and tell you, ‘Oh, it’s just about us’, but I watch them, and I’m sure the players do watch,” Tortorella said. “But it really doesn’t matter, because if we don’t do our things, we aren’t gonna get in.”

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