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from the Globe and Mail,

So the beverage buzz must be true of all other NHL arenas — the so-called “crazy beers” at Rexall Place in Edmonton jumps to mind — but like any good hockey rivalry, nothing quite matches the storied history of Calgary’s heroin beer.
“Maybe we just have a more exciting atmosphere,” Raines added with a laugh. “We certainly work hard to create a more exciting atmosphere.”
As Jason Zimmer and Jody Evans, both in their late 20s, carried cups of beer back to their seats during a recent regular-season home game, they offered their own insight into the phenomenon. There isn’t anything special in the beer, they agreed, but the heroin beer effect is real, they insisted.

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A Real Firecracker- Howie Meeker

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from The Whitehorse Daily Star,

There have probably been many words used to describe Howie Meeker over the past several decades, but I guarantee you quiet, passive or understated certainly weren’t among them.
Animated, passionate, outspoken and honest. If I had to chose one word to describe the NHL and broadcast legend, I would say he’s a real firecracker. Meeker still has as much fire inside him at 82 years of age as anyone 50 years his junior.
Over a beverage at a local lounge Sunday, Meeker chats about his family, his former career and the current Toronto Maple Leafs. He shares his ideas on how Canadian hockey can and should improve, and even predicts this year’s Stanley Cup winner – the Buffalo Sabres.

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Flames Have A Game Plan

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from the CP via TSN,

“Obviously I think Jarome has a lot more to give,” Playfair said. “Their top players have outplayed our top players.
“(Tuesday) night is a game we expect that to be improved upon.”
The Flames have to cycle the puck more effectively through the offensive zone and get more shots on Detroit goaltender Dominik Hasek, who has seen just 20 and 15 respectively from Calgary.
“Get pucks to Hasek from every possible angle.” Playfair said. “You’re not going to score on Dominik Hasek very often on your first shot.
“It’s going to be second shot, your third shot. Maybe he doesn’t have his stick in his hand by the time you score because you keep pounding away on it.”

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Bertuzzi Status- Undecided

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi says he is ready to go, but coach Mike Babcock isn’t convinced.
Babcock said after today’s practice that whether or not Bertuzzi plays in Game 3 will be decided Tuesday.
“He has to convince me,” he is ready, Babcock said.

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The Maven On The Hockey World

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from Stan Fischler at The Maven,

• Michael Barnett, according to a high NHL source, could easily move into the Executive Director’s chair at the Players’ Association. What remains to be seen is, A: Whether Ted Saskin survives the overwhelming move for his ouster, and, B: Whether the deposed Coyotes’ GM is willing to accept the Union leadership. We hope the offer comes and Mike accepts!
• Word out of Edmonton is that the three clubs expected to try hardest to sign Ryan Smyth this summer are Rangers, Maple Leafs and Colorado. We’ll add the Islanders as well.

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Semin A No-Show

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from the Capitals Insider,

Alexander Semin has been kicked off the Russian national team for failing to report to training camp on time, according to the Russian Hockey Federation’s website.

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Coaching Change Would Not Help

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from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

What we didn’t know, expect or even think we were going to get was a Calgary team that didn’t show up for Games One and Two in Detroit.
Those outings were so pitiful that one well-respected hockey pundit called for the dismissal of head coach Jim Playfair and the return of Darryl Sutter behind the bench.
As if that would make a difference.
With all due respect to those who see the Flames having a hope of a chance to recover in this series via something as radical as a coaching change or even a few wins in the friendly confines of the Saddledome, let’s face facts.

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Patrick Eaves Out for Game #4

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From CBC,

Ottawa forward Patrick Eaves will not play in Game 4 of the Senators’ Eastern Conference quarter-final with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday (CBC, 7 p.m. ET).
The Ottawa winger didn’t skate in practice Monday, but his teammates said he was up and walking about after Sunday night’s game in Pittsburgh, a 4-2 win for the Senators.

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So Far

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from John Buccigross at ESPN,

The Stanley Cup playoffs leave nothing to the imagination. It is all right there in front of you. This season is no exception. Watching this extreme reality television on a nightly basis reaffirms what we already know: There is nothing like it. You know that feeling you get when you’re next to a new sheet of ice and you can’t tie your skates fast enough? That’s how we feel every night at this time of year as we wait for the games to begin.
There are more games tonight, and these nightly soap operas can change on one game. But here are some initial observations after the first week of the first round.
No. 1 Red Wings vs. No. 8 Flames
We are big Mike Babcock fans and he has his squad ready. Hands down, he would be my Canadian Olympic coach for 2010. His lines? Crosby-Heatley-Briere; Lecavalier-St. Louis-Getzlaf; Thornton-Marleau-Nash; Staal-Staal-Richards. Gold medal. Thanks for coming.

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Bad News For Blue Jackets

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

Left winger Alexandre Picard, the Blue Jackets’ No. 1 draft pick in the 2004 NHL draft, will likely miss at least part of the 2007-08 season after suffering a serious knee injury over the weekend.
Picard suffered torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee Friday when he was submarined by a defender while playing for the Blue Jackets’ top minor-league club, the Syracuse Crunch, a Blue Jackets source said.
Typically, the injury requires at least a six-month recovery from the time of surgery.

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