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Waiting For An Injury Update On Duchene

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from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

The Avs’ 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at the Pepsi Center was a distant second in the night’s order of disappointing results.

The Avs, who listed Duchene’s condition as a torso injury, initially gave no further update on his condition after the game, but NHL sources said he was taken to a hospital while the game was still in progress. The Avs later confirmed Duchene went to the hospital for further tests but didn’t provide any results….

“We wanted to hold him out for the rest of the game for precautionary measures, and we’ll know more (today),” Avs coach Joe Sacco said.

more on the Avs…

added 8:24am, Dater has more at All Things Avs,

Nobody could seem to figure out when or how he was hurt in the brief time he was on the ice in the first period against Chicago, leading to a second theory: that Duchene actually hurt himself in Edmonton the other night. Some who have studied tape of the game believe Duchene was hurt after a hit from the Oilers’ Zach Stortini.

The trouble with that is, Dutchy seemed fine at the morning skate today, and obviously he suited up for the game. So what happened? I’m not a doctor, but seriously, it can be anything. Is it a broken rib? Did a hit from a previous game damage an internal organ that gave out tonight? Did he burst a spleen? Did he severely pull a muscle like Claude Lemieux did back in 1996 and needed abdominal surgery to correct it?

read on

added 8:27am, Dater just updated All Things Avs with this…

my text was chirping in the black hours of morning, with word from golden, trusted sources that Matt Duchene “will be fine.”

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Flyers Lack Of Energy Questioned

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from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

With everything to play for against the New York Rangers, the Flyers charged onto the ice with the competitive fire of Bambi on the interstate.

“I don’t know if it’s confidence or we came out a little bit deer-in-the-headlights, waiting to see what was going to happen,” coach Peter Laviolette said after a 4-3 loss left his team one game from being roadkill. “You’ve got to play a full 60 minutes. You’d rather go down swinging instead of keeping it close. You’d rather swing for the fence.”

It wasn’t just Laviolette, either. Flyers captain Mike Richards couldn’t explain how his team lacked the “energy” to match New York’s. Veteran forward Daniel Briere was similarly at a loss.

“I don’t know if we were tight or what was it,” Briere said. “We didn’t look like a very confident group in the first period. That’s the mind-set we have to change….”

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Tikhonov Finds His Game In Russia

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from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,

He ate borsht and his mom’s homemade mushroom soup.

He wore thick sweaters under lumpy winter jackets.

He hung out with friends he made when he lived there for six years as a kid.

He visited with family, including his grandfather of the same name who coached the Soviet hockey team in its prime.

Feeling at ease away from the rink enabled Coyotes forward Viktor Tikhonov to focus on his reason for joining the Kontinental Hockey League
: to prove he belonged in Phoenix with the Coyotes.

“It worked out well,” Tikhonov said.

At the start of the season, Tikhonov had been in the mix for a roster spot with the Coyotes. But the coaching staff noticed a change in his style of play - particularly his skating.

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One More Win Needed

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It took essentially all season for the Rangers to establish an identity, but they have now, they sure have now—better late than never and not too late at all, after all.

These are the Rangers who would not give up on themselves or their season. These are the Rangers who are one win away from the playoffs with one game to go, tomorrow afternoon in Philadelphia. These are the Rangers who are one win away from the greatest stretch drive to the playoffs in franchise history.

One win away. Only one win away. Still one win away.

There are other permutations featuring Boston and Montreal that might apply following the Blueshirts’ electric 4-3 victory over the Flyers last night at the Garden, but it is finally this simple: If the Rangers get their sweep of the home-and-home, they will have come all the way back from a seven-point hole with 10 games remaining to gain a fifth straight playoff berth.


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What Happened Columbus?

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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets were 6-3 on Oct. 24. They were 12-6-2 and holding down sixth place in the Western Conference on Nov. 19. Those numbers taunt and haunt Jackets fans. It was as if the 2009-10 season, which started with such promise, was just another bait-and-switch.

“I wouldn’t trade my roster for the Detroit Red Wings.”

“This kid Joakim Lidstrom is going to be a player.”

“We’ve got a third-line winger (Alexandre Picard) for the next 10-12 years.”

Didn’t this carnival roll out of town three years ago? Wasn’t this the season the Jackets were going to make the Wings bleed? What happened?


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Keith Tkachuk Says Goodbye

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Chicago Season Ticket Holders Hit With Price Increase

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from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

Blackhawks season ticket-holders will feel the impact of the team’s success in their pocketbooks next season.

In a letter sent to those holding season plans, the Hawks — who are battling for the top spot in the Western Conference after setting franchise records for victories and points — announced the average price for seats for next season will increase by an average of 20 percent.

The largest increase will be for the most inexpensive seats (6 percent of the tickets), which will go from $12 to $20 (67 percent). For all other tickets beyond the $20 range, the average increase is less than 12 percent, according to the team. All price levels experienced some increase.


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Ovechkin Reaches 50 Goals

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from NHL.com,

Alex Ovechkin became the NHL’s first 50-goal scorer this season when he got his second of the game at 9:49 of the third period of the Washington Capitals’ home game against the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday night.

Ovechkin got No. 49 when he took a pass from Alexander Semin after a giveaway and one-timed a blast from about 30 feet that beat goaltender Ondrej Pavelec cleanly at 16:04 of the middle period, tying the game 2-2. He reached the 50-goal mark for the fourth time in his five NHL seasons when he took a feed from Semin in the high slot and whipped a wrister past Pavelec, triggering a celebration at the sold-out Verizon Center.


update 9:57pm, Video of #50 added…

added 10:10pm, Better quality vid below from the Atlanta feed…

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Burke Has A Long Way To Go With The Leafs

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from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

With four years remaining on his contract in Toronto, Burke’s well-earned reputation in Vancouver and Anaheim may now be in jeopardy as early as next season, and it rests with an unorthodox plan to fast-track the Leafs’ rebuild, eschew the draft and use his team’s financial advantages whenever possible.

While there have been positive signs the past two months, there’s also a long way to go and a salary-cap crunch this summer as tight as any in the league. The Leafs will again be a work in progress next season and, quite likely, be a long shot to make the postseason.


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Can The Coyotes Continue To Improve?

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from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

There’s something special going on in the desert, so the question now becomes this: How long can it last? The window of opportunity to win in the NHL is a short one because of the salary cap, so there’s pressure on elite teams like San Jose, Washington and Chicago to make things happen this season.

But the situation in Phoenix is different. Uncertainty over ownership means GM Don Maloney might not be able to fully plan for anything beyond this season. There are eight unrestricted free agents and six restricted free agents on the Coyotes.

An agent for one of those players was told that until the ownership situation is settled, Maloney doesn’t have the authorization to engage in any long-term negotiations for anybody and that there’s no budget set for next year.

Key players in the success of the team this season like Lee Stempniak, Adrian Aucoin and Zbynek Michalek all have to wait for a well-deserved payday.

more plus other NHL topics…

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