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Iginla Takes The Blame

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

On the eve of their biggest game of the season, Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla delivered an extraordinary mea culpa Tuesday, putting the blame largely on himself for the position the team find themselves in, hanging onto their playoff lives by a thread.

“I’m going to be around 70 points,” said Iginla. “It’s not enough. If you compare it to the other top teams, there are probably one or two in each conference that get in producing like that.”


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Goals, Hite And Saves Of The Week

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First the goals of the week in the NHL, followed by hits and saves below.

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Panther Shows Emotion In Practice

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from TSN,

With a disappointing season winding down, tempers boiled over Tuesday at the Florida Panthers’ pre-game skate when forward Nathan Horton got into a heated exchange with assistant coach Mike Kitchen.

The two sides had to be separated by head coach Peter DeBoer.  Horton then smashed his stick against the boards before leaving the ice.

The incident occurred after Horton was attempting to interfere with a drill that Kitchen was working on in the neutral zone with the team’s defencemen.


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  Tags: mike+kitchen, nathan+horton

They Know How To Win

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from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

There’s a simple reason why another Penguins vs. Red Wings final wouldn’t surprise me.

It’s Saturday afternoon and I’m watching two games at once: Nashville at Detroit and Atlanta at Pittsburgh.

Both the Penguins and Wings score late in the third period to force overtime, gaining points. Then it occurred to me that’s what championship teams do, they find ways to win. Oh sure, they have great players, but I think it has more to do with their innate ability to play under pressure, and actually work harder than the opposition.

I was reminded of the stories told by the Edmonton Oilers after losing to the Islanders in 1983.

After losing in Game 4 on Long Island, the Oilers players walked by the Islanders locker room expecting to hear champagne bottles popping and laughter. Instead, they heard very little, except tape being removed and players quietly congratulating each other.

Peeking inside, they saw wounded warriors, bandages and braces strewing all over the room, and the scars of battle all over the players’ bodies. Winning had come with a price, and the Islanders were prepared to pay that price.

continued with more hockey topics…

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Babcock Talks Wings

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Detroit Red Wings Coach Mike Babcock took part in a media conference call today,

Q. Obviously now moving on to your next season, was there a transition for you moving from the international stage at the Olympics back to the regular season grind of the NHL and trying to get into a playoff spot?

        COACH BABCOCK: None. No. I mean, we played the next night in Colorado. We needed the win. We talked about it. We found a way to win. We’ve been real fortunate in the fact that we were able to get on a great run.

        I really thought probably after the Olympic break that if we could ? we’d be playing Chicago on Sunday for hopes of getting in the playoffs. So our run’s been fantastic. It’s great to be in.

        Now we can make prudent decisions with our players. If guys needed to be ? need to take a day off because they’ve got a pull or their shoulder’s bad, we can give them that. We couldn’t over this stretch. We just had to find a way to get points.

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Holmstrom will Never Have A Chance To Win An Award Except This One

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Tomas Holmstrom was delighted, and somewhat touched, to learn Tuesday that he is the Detroit Red Wings’ nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about,’’ Holmstrom said. “I never heard about the award.’‘

It’s given to the player who best demonstrates sportsmanship, perseverance and dedication to hockey. He was selected by the Detroit chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

“Oh, I’m honored,’’ Holmstrom said.


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What’s The Problem With Langenbrunner?

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

With a little more than a week to go before the playoffs open, the Devils appear to have an unhappy captain.

Something clearly is bothering Jamie Langenbrunner, but he won’t say what it is.

Langenbrunner, who will be back in the lineup tonight in Atlanta after resting Saturday night in Carolina, would not speak to the media for the second day in a row.

“I have no comment,” he said after today’s morning skate when approached by the beat writers that cover the Devils.


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Chara Will Play With Broken Nose

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from Brendan Hall of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

Bruins head coach Claude Julien confirmed that Zdeno Chara suffered a broken nose in last night’s 3-2 overtime loss at Washington, but should not be out of the lineup for Thursday’s home game against Buffalo.

Chara was not in the building for this afternoon’s brief optional practice at Ristuccia Arena.

“He’s getting it fixed, but it should be no issue, though,” Julien said.

Chara injured his nose in the second period last night, when Alexander Semin clipped the 6-foot-9 defenseman and captain with his stick, drawing blood. Chara returned to the bench later in the period. There was no penalty given to Semin.

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Thrashers GM Could See Kovalchuk Signing With Devils

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Atlanta Thrashers general manager Don Waddell wasn’t able to re-sign Ilya Kovalchuk, so he traded him to the Devils on Feb. 4.

He doesn’t see a reason why Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello won’t be able to re-sign him, though.

“There is no reason why (not),” Waddell said this morning. “New Jersey is a good franchise. They’re very professionally run. Lou does a tremendous job and they have chance to win every year. So, I don’t see why it couldn’t happen.”


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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Washington & Pittsburgh Meet Again

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The regular-season finale for the NHL’s best rivalry takes place tonight in what is hopefully just the appetizer and not the dessert this season.

Please, please, give us more of this when it really counts. In the meantime, we’ll settle for the fourth and final regular-season meeting between NHL-leading Washington and reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh.

“The Washington games always seem to bring out the best in both teams,” Penguins GM Ray Shero told ESPN.com on Monday evening. “There’s a lot more intensity, emotion and urgency in everyone’s game. You have to be real good against a team like Washington just to have a chance to win.”

The Penguins, despite solid efforts in their past two encounters against the Caps, are looking to break that ugly goose egg in the win column against their rivals.


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