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No Pressure On Blackhawks This Season

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from Mike Imrem of the Daily Herald,

The impression is that Savard doesn’t want to stress out his youngsters just yet. Better that they enjoy the journey for now.

To their credit, the players are responding. They won nine of their last 14 games and earned points in 12 of their last 16.

The Hawks clearly are playing like they want to qualify for the playoffs and just might if they keep playing hard over the season’s final 12 games.

But when you want to win, the pressure isn’t as intense as when you need to win.

So again, don’t tell the young Hawks that they can expect the heat to rise along with the expectations next season.

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Review Everything

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from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,

The day after the Buffalo Sabres got away with a goal despite having too many men on the ice, there was a cry for more video replay in the league.

But there are only certain goals that are reviewable, and a goal scored on a missed call by the referees on an offsides, or too many men on the ice, isn’t one of them. Well, it should be.

How do you argue against that? More delays in the game? Fan distraction? Sorry, but if an illegitimate goal is scored then it should not count, and if the officials fail to see it but the bench coach does, it should be reviewed in Toronto, just as kicked-in goals or goals scored on high sticks are.

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Risk & Reward Tickets

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from Jonathan Lansner of the OC Register,

The Anaheim Ducks, defending Stanley Cup champs of the National Hockey League, opened a market for what’s called “Dibz,” a deal that lets you buy the rights to buy playoff tickets.

For the Ducks, “it’s one of those things, a nutty thing, to stay on the cutting edge,” says ticket chief Steve Obert. “We’re not really doing it for the revenue right now.”

How Dibz works is a modest mind twister. These deals mimic commodities trading in “futures” where, for example, oil producers and gasoline makers try to lock in demand and supply. That’s how oil trades for $100 a barrel.

With Dibz, you start out with a relatively cheap tool. For Ducks playoff games, the Dibz – a right to buy tickets, and who must buy them if the game’s played – were initially priced from $8 for guaranteed upstairs tickets for the first round to $44 for club seats for the Cup’s fourth and final round.

A Dibz buyer gets his or her tickets at face value when a given game is cemented on the playoff schedule. The Ducks, in their case, are supplying roughly 40 tickets per potential game.

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Water Bottles Tossed By Avery

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from the NY Post,

Sean Avery , apparently angered by a second-period penalty call against him during the Rangers New York Rangers ’ 1-0 shootout victory over the Bruins yesterday at Madison Square Garden, hurled two water bottles from the penalty box, one of which whizzed by the heads of three small children seated behind the box

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Perry Dealing With Injury

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from the LA Times,

Perry said he didn’t feel pain right away but soon realized that he needed to get off the ice.

“I knew something happened,” he said. “I didn’t know I was cut. But I knew something happened. I just went straight off the ice. I looked down and saw a cut and saw some blood. I thought, ‘This can’t be good.’ “

Colorado team physician Andy Parker immediately tended to Perry on the Ducks’ training table, and the winger was rushed to Denver’s Rose Medical Center for surgery to repair the tendon, which was 75% torn, according to the Ducks’ training staff.

“They numbed me up and I was out,” Perry said. “I woke up and I was out of surgery.”

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It Appears Senators Going With Gerber

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Ray Emery might want to get used to his seat at the end of the Senators bench.

He might be there a while.

Nothing is official. Perhaps, at this point, GM/coach Bryan Murray doesn’t need to announce his choice. Martin Gerber has turned the corner. Now he just needs the rest of the Senators to follow.

Murray has tried to avoid getting involved in the raging goaltending controversy, but it’s clear that Gerber now has a stranglehold on the job.

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Enough Excuses

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Hey, it’s like Jimmy Buffet sings in Margaritaville: Some people say there’s a woman to blame, but I know it’s my own damn fault.

If the Leafs want to know who is to blame for their predicament, stop crying about the referees and look in the mirror.

Every team has injuries. The best ones get the rest of the players to work hard to compensate, not play as if they forgot everything they were taught about the game.

Playoff teams are not outscored 68-46 in the first period and 78-65 in the third, as the Leafs have been this season.

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Morrison Hopes To Return This Week

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from the Vancouver Province via the National Post,

While Morrison hopes to play during a four-game road trip this week, he couldn’t commit to whether that would occur Monday in Los Angeles, Wednesday in Anaheim, Thursday in Phoenix or Saturday in Dallas.

It’s not that Morrison can’t manage pain. He struggled through a hip-flexor injury before needing off-season surgery in 2006 and needed an operation to cure a sports hernia last summer.

Morrison doesn’t want to just play, he wants to make a difference.

“Pain to me is not the issue - I can deal with pain,” he added. “I’m not going to feel 100 per cent and I understand that and the team understands that.

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The Power Of Lidstrom

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from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

One area where Lidstrom excels and which is frequently undervalued is his ability to deftly complete tape-to-tape first passes out of the defensive zone, the move that shifts the attack into gear.

With Lidstrom in the lineup, the club averages 3.2 goals per game. Without him, that percentage dropped to 2.3 tallies a night.

The power play registered six times in 34 opportunities minus Lidstrom, but was good for three goals Sunday, with Lidstrom, armed with one of the league’s deadliest and most accurate point shots, figuring directly in two of the tallies.

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Wild Lose Belanger To Broken Toe

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from the CP via TSN,

Minnesota Wild centre Eric Belanger has a broken big toe on his right foot, the result of slap shot that hit him there on Friday.

Belanger did not suit up for Sunday’s game against San Jose after being injured Friday night against Atlanta. Minnesota assistant general manager Tom Lynn said there was no timetable set for Belanger’s return.

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