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“Olympic hangover?.  Excuses are for losers. You knew the level of play was going to be higher coming out of the Olympics than it was going in. That’s just the way our game is. You have to want it bad. Bottom line, we don’t have enough guys wanting it bad.”

-Ducks GM Bob Murray on the play of his team.  More from Randy Youngman of the OC Register.

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GDT - Game #69: Red Wings at Flames (9:30)

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Three straight wins, the impossible dream, right?  The Wings have not won 3 straight in almost 3 months, since Dec. 11-17.  Ironically, the last time DET was in position to win three straight was on March 9th, when they hosted CGY, and played well early, before ending in an ugly, heartless 4-2 loss.  But, the Wings are heating up lately, winners of four of their last five and six of eight. The team claim they are looking for redemption this evening. 

Meanwhile, CGY lost on the road at VAN last night 3-1.  Kiprusoff was in net last night, but got the hook after the 1st - - more out of mercy because his team was flat early on.  He faced 20 SOG and surrendered all 3 VAN goals in the 1st period.  CGY played inspired the remainder of the game, they outshot VAN 27-8 over the final 40 minutes, including 11-0 in the third period.  By virtue of their loss, CGY have slipped to 9th.

The Wings now hold the 8 spot entering the game tonight, it would be nice if they could keep it for more than 1 day.  Another huge game tonight.

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You Dirty Rat

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The Top Five Intimidators in the game today according to Stan Fischler.

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Ducks Beat Sharks But Lose Selanne And Getzlaf

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from Robyn Norwood of the LA Times,

It was a feel-good game until the third period, when two of the Ducks’ best players — Teemu Selanne and Ryan Getzlaf — left the ice with injuries within minutes of each other and didn’t return.

Selanne, who scored his 599th NHL goal earlier in the game and kept buzzing around the net for No. 600, slid hard into the boards after tripping on a stick on a scoring attempt with 18:16 left. After getting up very slowly — first to his hands and knees, then to one knee — he skated off unassisted and did not return.

A team official said Selanne was “shaken up” and suffered an upper-body injury.

Soon after Selanne was hurt, Getzlaf reinjured his left ankle, which he sprained before the Olympics. He later left the arena wearing a walking boot and is considered to be day-to-day.

read on for a game recap…

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Paul Martin Close To Returning To Devils, At Least This Year

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from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Martin’s sole focus is on returning to action, but inquiring minds want to know his thinking about July 1, when he can become an unrestricted free agent. So many Devils, once they reach this stage of their walk year, end up walking, complaining that they did not really receive early offers from New Jersey, even discounted ones.

“I’ve seen it go both ways. I’ve seen guys leave and be successful and I’ve seen guys leave and wish they’d stayed,” Martin said. “That’s just the way it works. You make the best decision you can with the knowledge you have.

“I’ve liked it here, with all the good experiences I’ve had. This season hasn’t been a good experience, but I’ve learned from it. I’ll put it behind me. In general, I’ve enjoyed it here, the guys are great, the team has had success and that helps.

“For me, I haven’t hoisted the Cup yet, so there are already teams that I wouldn’t even consider just for that fact that I want to win it. The team wins every year. It’s a comfortable thing—I’m here, I know the area.

“I like it here and that has a lot to do with it, but I’m sure there are other places I could play.”


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Can The Head Shot Rule Be Implemented Quickly?

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

...there are clearly forces within the league and union advocating urgency to get this new rule on the books fast. The league is obviously worried about optics and the gap of vulnerability that now exists between now and next fall, with so many important and intense matches to be played.

Last week, the Bettman administration was arguing that due process wouldn’t allow the rule to be implemented before this season ended. Today, they’re looking at ways to make just that happen.

But they need the players, specifically the five on the competition committee – Ryan Miller, Jeff Halpern, Jason Spezza, Mathieu Schneider and Brian Campbell – to agree to the new regulation. The committee isn’t set to convene again until June, by which time the league will have replaced two members from the management side, Kevin Lowe and Bob Gainey.

If the competition committee were somehow able to gather and give its thumbs up to the new legislation, the league’s board of governors would then have to give its final stamp of approval.

You’d think that in an era of email and video conference calls, this could all be done in a matter of days, and maybe it can be.

Then again, the union has no leadership at the moment, having decapitated itself in a spectacular episode of internal bloodletting last fall.


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Blackhawks Must Fix Their Issues

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from David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune,

As Jonathan Toews embraced the elephant in the dressing room following the Blackhawks’ 4-3 overtime loss Sunday to the Capitals, only two other teammates were within earshot of their captain.

What a shame. Every Hawk who has been coasting since the Olympic break needed to hear what Toews had to say. If the game was any indication though, they would have stopped listening two-thirds of the way through his statement.

“We’ve only got ourselves to blame,” Toews said after Nicklas Backstrom’s unassisted goal with 1 minute 50 seconds left in overtime slipped past Antti Niemi. “We have to take responsibility for it and somehow be better for the experience. … We’ve got the most skill in the league and there’s no reason when we’re up 3-0 not to finish the job.”...

Good leaders face adversity the way Toews did. But Chicago has reached the stage in the Blackhawks’ growth where actions must weigh heavier than words.

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Samuelsson Enjoying A Career Year In Vancouver

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from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

A career season, and making good on a giant middle finger.

For Mikael Samuelsson, life doesn’t get better than this.

The Vancouver Canucks forward is skating with countrymen Daniel and Henrik Sedin on the NHL team’s top line and showing Sweden’s hockey establishment what it was missing at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Samuelsson was perhaps the most glaring Olympic snub – in his home city, no less – yet has responded with 20 of his career-high 30 goals since being bypassed for the likes of Mattias Weinhandl and Fredrik Modin when Sweden’s team was selected in late December.


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Evening Line

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It will also be interesting to see how many playoff tickets will be sold at Jobing.com Arena, and at what price. Also, if the Coyotes win the Cup, and the league still owns the team, will Bill (Daly) and Gary (Bettman) get Stanley Cup rings, and their names on the Cup? Just curious.

-John Shannon of Sportsnet.  More hockey talk from John.

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Don’t Expect An Ovechkin Suspension

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun at the London Free Press,

...At the same time, don’t expect a suspension to be handed out in this matter, according to a league source.

While Ovechkin deservedly was slapped with a boarding major and game misconduct for his brain cramp, league officials know it did not contain the same type of intent or viciousness as the incident one week earlier in which the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Matt Cooke blindsided Boston’s Marc Savard, leaving the Bruins forward likely out for the season with a concussion.

By not suspending Cooke for a far more malicious act, how could the NHL justify any supplemental discipline for Ovechkin in this matter?

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