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Panthers Must Continue To Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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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  Tags: andrew+ference

Orr Turns 60

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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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Osgood Makes An Adjustment

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Chris Osgood claims he sees the game better these days!

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Talking Hart

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

No Russian born player has ever won the Art Ross Trophy. Washington’s Alex Ovechkin and Pittsburgh’s Evgeny Malkin are poised to change that with the pair continuing to battle for the league lead in points.

However, the buzz around the NHL as the regular season winds down targets another major award; the Hart Memorial Trophy.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, evgeni+malkin

Numminen Set To Join Sabres Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sabres Edge,

Darcy Regier is going to meet with the media in the second intermission and announce that Teppo Numminen is rejoining the team at tomorrow’s practice

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New Lease On The Horizon For Predators

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via Yahoo,

The new owners of the Nashville Predators are close to final approval on a revised lease agreement for their arena that has Nashville taxpayers helping subsidize the team.

The Metro Sports Authority approved the new lease by a vote of 7-1 Tuesday, and the Metro Council is expected to vote on the lease April 1 with only a simple majority needed for approval.

The agreement has Nashville paying the team $3.8 million each year, even when the Predators don’t lose that much money. If the Sommet Center’s losses are less than $3.8 million, the other money could be spent on the arena itself.

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