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Ducks Built By Burke

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from the Star Tribune,

The Ducks have 25 players on their playoff roster. Nineteen are Canadians, three are Americans and three are Europeans. The Euros are Pahlsson (who thinks he’s from Red Deer), superstar Teemu Selanne from Helsinki, Finland, and Ilya Bryzgalov, a Russian who has been the starting goaltender for the first two games.
Mark Whicker from the Orange County Register put it this way early in the season: “With Brian Burke in charge, the Ducks are becoming as Canadian as curling, smoked meat and the Tragically Hip.”

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Momentum Swing

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun (Sunday edition),

Still, Ottawa coach Bryan Murray isn’t ready to panic and snapped at a reporter who suggested the Penguins might have confidence.
“They’ve won one game and didn’t touch the puck for two periods,” barked Murray….
Afterward, someone reminded Alfredsson that before Game 2 he declared that whoever scored a win yesterday would have the “momentum” going into Game 3 tonight.
“I lied,” said Alfredsson, who scored his first goal of the playoffs on a perfect tic-tac-toe passing play at 16:44 of the second to give the Senators a 2-1 lead, with Colby Armstrong off for nailing goalie Ray Emery.

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added 8:52pm, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The beauty of the NHL playoffs isn’t just the fine line that separates winning from losing, but the way those lines intersect with each other and lead from one to the other like a map. A broken stick here, a goalpost struck there, a timely hit, a key save.
But sometimes those fine lines don’t just happen—they are created.
And so it was on Saturday afternoon. With the opening-round series between Ottawa and Pittsburgh feeling much like a rout after two periods of play, longtime Senator-killer Gary Roberts created that fine line for his new team, the Penguins.

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Thrashers Love Avery

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from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

The game ended with shoving and hitting and penalties. In the middle of it all was Avery.
“I don’t think it was frustration,” Thrashers coach Bob Hartley said about the chippy finish. “I think it’s more the love we have for Sean Avery. He’s a solid competitor. ... I don’t know him personally, but he seems to disturb lots of people in the league.”

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In Case You’d Forgotten…

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Don Cherry has a problem with the Red Wings, go ahead and click here for a reminder.  About five minutes in Cherry goes postal on the Wings refusing to block shots, Datsyuk in particular.

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Sharks Plan To Win The Game On The Ice

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from the AP via the Akron Beacon Journal,

After refusing to comment following the Sharks’ fisticuff-filled 5-2 loss to the Predators on Friday night, Wilson reacted incredulously Saturday to Trotz’s repeated attempts to blame the series’ physical tone and vindictive episodes on the Sharks.
“The rhetoric coming (from Trotz) is that we went there to start a street brawl, which is comical,” Wilson said after the Sharks’ 4 a.m. return from splitting the first two games in Nashville. The best-of-seven Western Conference series resumes Monday.
“Our responses aren’t about beating anybody up or any of that baloney. We took home ice from them. The pressure is on them now. We’re still in the driver’s seat. ... We’ll win the game on the ice.”

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Chippy Early

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Most every series has had its share of big hits, scrums and gritty play.  Hope hockey fans are enjoying the play so far, the best is yet to come.

Expect a better game tonight from the Islanders and the Tampa Bay/New Jersey game should be a hard fought batttle.

The Flames will come out flying tomorrow, trying to erase Game 1 memories quickly.
No need to even discuss Sharks/Preds, we know the Shark Tank will be rocking.  And look for the Wild to regroup and come on strong at home.

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Radulov Gets One Game

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TORONTO (April 14, 2007)—The National Hockey League announced today that Nashville Predators forward Alexander Radulov has been suspended for one game for a hitting-from-behind incident involving San Jose forward Steve Bernier in Western Conference Quarterfinal game #182 in Nashville, April 13.

The incident occurred at 4:44 of the second period. Radulov was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.

Radulov will miss Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal, Monday, April 16 at San Jose. He will be eligible to return for Game 4, April 18 at San Jose.

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Khan(!) Feeling The Heat

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Nothing is more conducive to organizational success than a little internal competition.  And you, my friends, are the benefactors.  Obviously feeling that his Deep Digger Captain status is in jeopardy, Khan(!) is keeping pace with our man Bruce MacLeod this afternoon regarding Wing cheerleader Todd Stillwuzzi.

Bertuzzi out for Game 2
The Wings announced that Todd Bertuzzi will not play in Game 2 vs. Calgary Sunday and is day-to-day. After practicing Saturday, Bertuzzi (concussion, strained neck) said he is optimistic he’ll be ready for Game 3 in Calgary on Tuesday.

“I feel a lot better, whether a couple of days of practice would put me in a better position or not, we’ll have to decide after,’’ Bertuzzi said, before learning that he would not play. “It’s not ultimately my decision. I tell them how I feel and they base their decision on that.’’

 

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And Then I Threw Up

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

We make a lot of references to vomit and other bodily functions here. It's kind of an A2Y staple. I've always enjoyed the word "vomit" as either a noun or a very strong verb. And, honestly, watching someone vomit, particularly if they're a friend of mine and it's alcohol-induced, is a type of entertainment you just can't find anywhere else. I say that because I just received news that nearly made me expel recently-eaten solid foods from my body at an alarming rate of speed. I have to be on a plane tomorrow at 1530. I guess I don't have to tell you what that particular scheduling quirk means. If I was prone to dropping the f-bomb here, I would certainly make use of that conversational device now.

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Welcome Don Cherry

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from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Listen up America, we need to talk.
With all the Homeland threats you’ve been under lately, the last thing I want to do is get you unnecessarily alarmed. but, in this case, I think it’s well worth it.
You see, you’re about to be invaded. Don’t worry, the intruder isn’t your typical army (although he is just as noisy and often fires randomly into a crowd) but a single, solitary individual. This army of one goes by the simple name of Don Cherry, sometimes referred to as The Coach; Grapes; or occasionally, Old Yeller.

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