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OK, I’ll say it. Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson is the whiniest player in the NHL. Every game, an issue. Yes, Jared Boll bumped him a few times and he could have been called for goaltender interference early in the game. But Roloson acts a little girl who had her pigtails yanked. Not very flattering, really.

-Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers.

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Iginla Shooting For Records

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Jacques Lemaire winced at the notion.

The Minnesota Wild head coach had just put his team through the paces at the Saddledome yesterday before being told how close Jarome Iginla is to two key milestones.

As the captain and the Flames head into tonight’s clash against Minny, Iginla needs two goals to reach 400 for his career and three points to become’s the franchise’s all-time points leader, surpassing Theo Fleury.

Lemaire mockingly flinched and then replied with a wry grin: “Tell him to take his time. He’s gonna get it. There’s no rush. He’ll get it. There’s lots of games left.”

continued

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Pulling For Stapleton

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from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

From the ‘A’ to Zug, everyone was pulling for Tim Stapleton last night.

The Maple Leafs. The Marlies. His family in suburban Chicago. An aunt and uncle from New York who drove to Uniondale.

The Leafs farm team’s leading scorer received his big break Wednesday when an upper body injury shelved centre John Mitchell. And one night later, Stapleton delivered the 5-4 shootout winner against the Islanders.

“To have that kind of finish in my first NHL game is definitely something I’ll remember,” said Stapleton, who was moved from centre to right wing on a line with Dominic Moore and Jason Blake. “A lot of good things happened playing with those guys , but I was a minus-2 and that’s the part of my game I’m trying to work on.”

continued and watch his shootout goal below…

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GDT - Game # 62:  Red Wings host Kings (7:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Red Wings hosting the Kings tonight, who currently sit 13th in the W.C (but only 4 pts behind 8th).  This is a game which you would think the Wings should win comfortably.  But not this game, not tonight, in the words of Lee Corso:  “Not so fast my friend(s).”  Ozzie is in tonight.  You can look at his numbers below, just so long as you haven’t eaten yet.  UGLY.

I have a question, Conk has won like 12 straight at home, and he puts up ridiculous numbers at home (he likes playing at the JLA).  You’d think then, the Wings would want to win as many remaining games as possible so that they have the home-ice advantage for as many rounds as possible; right?  So why doesn’t Ozzie get the call tomorrow when DET goes to NSH?

Kirk Maltby plays in his 1000th career game tonight, congratulations to the 4 time Stanley Cup winner!

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More Pronger To Boston Talk

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from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,

If you believe what you hear from various NHL sources, you can bet the Bruins [team stats] had many sets of eyes trained last night on Anaheim Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger….

Last night, Pronger played 25:42 and, as usual, was a classy all-round blueliner: Graceful and poised, using his long reach to good effect, moving the puck well, jumping up with the attack from time to time….

“The chatter is increasing,” said B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli, “but I’m not getting any closer to doing anything. I don’t want to subtract anything from our team. I like our team and I like the chemistry.”

Notice he said he doesn’t want to subtract players. He didn’t say he wouldn’t do it. Chiarelli is understandably loath to part with a young talent like Kessel, a 21-year-old with the potential to be a 50-goal superstar.

read on

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Brodeur’s Dream Comes True

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Brodeur admitted this shutout was a little different, though.

“It’s special,” he said. “I had a couple of good shutouts in my career in different areas and different games, but this one was pretty special to come back after that long. I didn’t get tested much. I had 24 shots, but there were still a couple of shots (that were tough) and they hit a post. I got a little lucky. It was kind of nice.”

When asked when he first started thinking about a shutout, he replied, “Last night, when I was dreaming.”

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High Tension Alert In Rangerland

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from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,

New coach John Tortorella says the problem is not lack of offensive talent, but tension created by the four-month slide necessitating a change behind the bench. But if the new coach thinks Chris Drury is tense, wait until the meeting when Glen Sather - who, much to the disappointment of the chanting fans, will not be fired any time soon - explains how tight the Rangers will be this summer against the salary cap.

Meantime, Tortorella sees his responsibility to pat enough backs to get the New York Pitty Pats into the playoffs, quite a task for a coach wrapped so tightly himself he has barred players and media from stepping on the big Ranger logo on the practice locker-room carpet.

In his mind, that might score some intangible points of pride. But the Rangers, hanging on to a playoff spot by one point, need tangible scores as soon as Naslund predicts they are coming.

“It is [a lack of] confidence,” said the winger. “That being said, we now are willing to take chances at the right times.

“We are putting more pressure on teams. It’s just a matter of time until they start going in, and it’s not a matter of weeks.”

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Another Paper Goes Down

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

The Rocky Mountain News said it won’t publish anymore after Friday’s editions. After nearly 150 years, through the Civil War and two other World Wars, the News couldn’t survive a geek named Craig Newmark….

Rick Sadowski has been my primary competitor the last 14 years on the Avalanche beat. I wanted nothing more than to make Rick’s life miserable, and he wanted nothing more than to make mine miserable. We both succeeded on more than one occasion I think it’s fair to say.

But like anybody in a competition, while I wanted to “win”, I don’t think I wanted it to come to this. Rick has a family, whom I have met and even socialized with on several occasions. So, I feel for him and them tonight.

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Rich Sadowski at Colorado Avalanche 24/7,

Covering the Avalanche/Devils game now, probably the final one of my career.

No bailout for the newspaper industry.

Enjoy the rest of the season.

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Guerin Would Accept The Right Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Sources tell TSN New York Islanders veteran Bill Guerin is willing to waive his no-move clause to accept a trade if the right opportunity is presented.

Guerin hasn’t asked for a trade, but it’s believed he has discussed his trade potential with Islanders’ general manager Garth Snow and has acknowledged a willingness to consent.

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Battling In Boston

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Lucic, in perhaps his angriest bout as a pro, took a right hand to the left side of his jaw at the start of his scrap with Brown at 14:49 of the second period. It initially appeared that Lucic would fight Sheldon Brookbank, but Brown stepped in for a surprise swipe at the hulking second-year left winger.

“We were asking on the bench what happened, what initiated that,” said Julien. “But from what I heard, they got a cheap shot to start off, and I guess that’s what set [Lucic off].”

Breaking the game’s supposed code (fine print available nowhere), Lucic continued to punch after Brown went to the ice. No telling if his anger was based on Brown landing his punch before Lucic could get his gloves off, or whether Lucic was simply incensed by the pain inflicted by the punch. We’ll know more today.

more on the fight-filled night as Boston beat Anaheim 6-0.  Watch the Lucic/Brown scrap below…

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