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A Look At Adam Deadmarsh

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Narrated by James Duthie of TSN.

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The NHL Needs To Come Up With Some Answers

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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Here we are, heading into one of the most anticipated games of this NHL season, for all the wrong reasons. In today’s meeting, Wolf Blitzer’s producers are saying, “Don’t forget to record that hockey thing tonight. Someone might get killed.”

Fact is, you don’t need a grudge match between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins to find a clip of someone getting clobbered. Right now, we’re averaging one spectacularly dirty play per night. The GMs maintain there are only about six hits per year the league must eliminate, but the players appear determined to prove them wrong.

The latest offender is Anaheim’s James Wisniewski, who ran Brent Seabrook late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning.

“He’s one of my really close friends,” Wisniewski told The Orange County Register after the game. As the old saying goes, who needs enemies?

“When did it become legal to hammer guys without the puck?” one player asked, about 10 hours before this incident. It’s a good question, but, then again, there are a lot of good questions going unanswered right now.

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Rangers/Islanders Game In 3D

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via Richard Sandomir of the New York Times,

MSG Network will show next Wednesday’s Islanders-Rangers game in 3D, the first time a hockey game has been carried in the technology, the network said. It will be available to Cablevision subscribers and offered to other providers.

The game will also be shown on a screen at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

For the game, five 3D cameras will be set up on platforms lower down in the arena than for high-definition broadcasts. “You produce 3D games differently,” said Mike Bair, the president of MSG Media. “And you have to hold shots longer and not cut as quickly.” Kenny Albert and Dave Maloney, the Rangers’ radio team, will shift to the 3D broadcast.

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Flyers Now Turn Their Attention To Boucher

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from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Michael Leighton, who has been a waiver-wire wonder, suffered a high sprain of his left ankle early in the Flyers’ 4-3 shoot-out loss to the Predators and is expected to miss at least a few weeks. His MRI won’t be taken until today, when the Flyers will learn the severity of the injury.

That means the Flyers’ drive to the playoffs could be in the hands of Brian Boucher, a capable veteran but someone who hasn’t started since Dec. 21.

Boucher, who will start tonight in Dallas, said he felt bad for Leighton but was “excited for the chance to play at this time of the year.”

If Leighton is sidelined for a considerable amount of time, can Boucher find the rhythm to take the Flyers deep into the playoffs?

That is, if they qualify.

read on

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Senators Hope To Find Their Game On The Road

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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

(Bryan Murray said he’s concerned, just as he is every time his team loses. But he’s also certain the woes won’t last.

“We’ll get back and play (well) again, there’s no question, but we have to get our best players to play to their ability a lot more,” he said. “Things will be fine, but we’ve got to find it on this road trip.”

Unless they go on a tear, the Senators are destined to start the playoffs on the road. If the season ended before Wednesday’s games, they’d be going to New Jersey. Dropping one spot would mean opening against Buffalo. Another spot and they’d face the defending champion Penguins. One more and they’d face the NHL-leading Capitals.

As they embark on a roadie against three teams coming off victories, the Senators are only five points up on the Bruins, who are currently eighth.

“We can all read the standings,” Clouston said when asked if his team fully realizes the situation.

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Morning Line

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“You hit a guy without the puck, you can kill a guy.  It’s the most dangerous hit in the history of the game. And he tried to hurt him. If that’s not intent, that’s as bad a hit that you can ever have in the game.”

-Chicago coach Joel Quenneville talking about the hit on Brent Seabrook.  More at Ducks Blog (pointing to the home page) and also at Between the Circles.

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Bruins Should Target Crosby

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from Ron Borges of the Boston Herald,

What the Bruins should do instead is play their most physical game of the year. Contest every loose puck. Take Sidney Crosby down every chance they get. He, not Cooke, is the Penguins’ heart and soul. Make him bleed for the sins of his teammate.

Take him into the boards. Knock him down every chance you get. Bounce a puck off his nose if you can. If you get a blind side shot at him, put your body through his chest.

Same is true of Evgeni Malkin if he plays. He may not due to - as the insurance companies say - a pre-existing condition (he missed last night’s game against New Jersey). If he does try to skate, put a body on his already injured body every chance you get.

Touch the puck, eat a Bruin. Shoot the puck, eat a Bruin. Think about coming over the boards, eat a Bruin.

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Wisniewski Hit On Seabrook Tonight

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via Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

What a cheap shot by Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski on Brent Seabrook in the second period on Wednesday night.

A high-stick/elbow/charge to Seabrook’s face, and all he got was a minor penalty for charging. Gutless no-call by referees Paul Devorski and Ian Walsh.

Wisniewski’s head shot knocked Seabrook out and he retired to the dressing room. The Hawks later announced that Seabrook wouldn’t be returning to the game.

watch two videos of the hit below… the first from the Ducks crew and the second is a bit raw and from the Chicago crew…

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Turco’s Final Days In Dallas

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Turco will play again for the Stars this season, but it’s probably not his team anymore. That’s a strange feeling. He will turn 35 in August, and my guess is he has plenty of good years left. As an unrestricted free agent in the summer, he could end up on a really good team in Detroit or San Jose or Chicago or Washington, and he could become a wonderful story in the NHL next season.

But it seems pretty clear there’s little chance he will re-sign with the Stars.

So he has to stand by and patiently watch a team that he has poured a lot of his heart and soul into embrace the new kid in town. It can’t be easy, but my guess is he’ll handle it with the class he has shown throughout his career.

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Ryan Wilson Out With Head Injury After Fight With Jamal Mayers

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You will see Wilson’s legs buckle about the 41 second mark…

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