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Ducks Could Use A Few Goals From Selanne

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Coaches often talk about the importance of the game within the game. For the Ducks on Sunday, the most significant aspect of their day was the meeting within the meeting.

While players gathered at the Honda Center to discuss strategy for Game 6 of their playoff series against the San Jose Sharks and their second chance to upset the NHL’s top-seeded team, right wing Teemu Selanne and center Andrew Ebbett held their own private chat.

The topic: turning the scoring chances they have produced into goals for Selanne, who has been held to a single assist in the first five games of the series.

“He’s not going to stay scoreless for very long,” Ebbett said.


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Flames Looking At Another Early Round Exit

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Be it tonight at home or Wednesday in Chicago, the Flames appear destined for their fourth-straight, first-round exit.

As easily predicted by their late-season disintegration and injuries woes, the Flames are once again on the brink, having nothing left to show for an otherwise solid NHL regular season.

Credit the Blackhawks for taking it to the Flames in Game 5 with an awesome display of controlled aggression, skill and poise far beyond their years.

Shame on the veteran Flames for coming out flat and failing to come up with an emotional response to the beatdown.


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Don’t Forget About Cam Ward

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from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

In this series, there has been one goaltender at the center of just about everything.

From his complaints before the first game was ever played to his histrionics after Game 4 to his preposterously good performance in Game 5, Martin Brodeur has gotten all the attention.

After Cam Ward stopped 28 shots for the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday in a 4-0 win over the New Jersey Devils to stave off elimination and force Game 7 on Tuesday in Newark, the winningest goalie in NHL history may have to share the spotlight.

“Quite honestly, it doesn’t matter to me, as long as we win hockey games,” Ward said.


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A Fight Can’t Change Momentum

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from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,

First, we had the case of Pittsburgh’s Maxime Talbot starting a fight with Philadelphia goon Daniel Carcillo on Saturday afternoon.

According to almost everybody at Hockey Night In Canada, the fact that Talbot started a fight knowing he was going to be clobbered somehow inspired his teammates to overcome a 3-0 deficit and win the series.

Though analyst Gary Galley first said the fistic defeat would probably spell the end for Pittsburgh, he later agreed with his colleagues that Talbot’s impression of a punching bag had indeed changed the course of the game….

But here’s where the confusion comes in. That evening, the Blackhawks jumped out to a 5-1 second-period lead over the Flames.

They were dominating the Flames the way the Flyers had dominated the Penguins in the early going. Amazingly, Calgary defenceman Adam Pardy went on a Talbot-like suicide mission and attacked Chicago tough guy Ben Eager. The results were the same as Talbot’s strategic gem, a one-sided defeat – with one exception. The Flames didn’t score another goal and are now on the verge of elimination.


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Martin Brodeur- Travel Advisor

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from Kelly Carter at USA TODAY,

Brodeur shares his travel tips and highlights with USA TODAY.

Q: What’s the most surprising/unexpected place you’re ever visited?

A: Warsaw. I played a game there during a hockey tour in 2004, and I didn’t expect anything of it. But the food, the people, everything was really nice. We stayed in Warsaw for a day and a half, not that long. I didn’t expect Poland to be a special stop for us. We went to Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Czech Republic. I visited 10 countries in 17 days during that tour. The people just appreciated us.

Former NHLer Mariusz Czerkawski was the host and he took care of us as well as any other host that we had.


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Rangers Whining

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from Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post,

The New York Rangers can’t hope to consistently out-skate or outscore the Washington Capitals, so their strategy is to outfight and out-argue them. Throughout the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, they’ve counted on belligerence as a neutralizer, but it’s an approach born of inferiority, and they don’t seem to have a Plan B. You know they’re desperate when they’re reduced to whining about foul language.


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Panthers Could Be Going ‘Public’

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from Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal,

The Florida Panthers are in negotiations to merge the team, its arena management company and rights to the real estate surrounding BankAtlantic Center with Sports Properties Acquisition Corp., a public-stock company formed last year, sources said.

The potential deal values the assets at $230 million, including debt, with the plum in the talks a planned mixed-use development around the south Florida arena, the sources said. The negotiations have been taking place over the last several weeks, the sources said….

As part of the prospective deal, the sources said, the Panthers’ owners would receive stock in Sports Properties, making the hockey team a unit of the public company. Ironically, the team under former owner Wayne Huizenga was also publicly held before he sold it in 2001 to current general partner Alan Cohen for $101 million.

Other than the quasi-public Green Bay Packers, no team among the big four sports leagues is public, though some are part of larger public companies.


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Will The Flames Be Ready Tonight?

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

After the debacle and with the memory of his most stinging playoff defeat yet still fresh in his memory, Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla assessed the game this way.

“As a group, we were terrible,” he said, “and there’s no excuse for it.”

Iginla then put himself atop the list of players who failed to produce in Saturday’s 5-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, a game he suggested would be a “great eye-opener” for the Flames.

“We didn’t come out ready,” Iginla said. “We’ll be ready [tonight].”


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Pittsburgh’s “Key” Player This Season

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are defending Stanley Cup finalists.  Despite that they had a slow start this season that had them out of the playoff race.  The slow start even led to them firing their coach.  These problems occurred despite having Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby in their line-up.  Malkin was leading the NHL in points and Crosby was not too far behind him.  The problems were largely tied to a lack of an elite defenceman and poor goal prevention.  They were solved when Sergei Gonchar returned from a shoulder injury.

Gonchar only played 25 games for the Penguins this season, but it was in those games that Pittsburgh climbed back up to serious contention.  Gonchar continued his top play into the playoffs scoring five points in six games.  He scored the series winning goal against the Philadelphia Flyers,

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Dater Dreaming

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Constructed in my dozing off for eight hours (thanks Ambien) were vivid scenes that included Michel Goulet being named the new Avalanche general manager. A foretelling of the future? Could be. Obviously, something in me is trying to spur along the decision-making process of Pierre Lacroix, who will hit the two-week mark tomorrow without a GM.

Somehow, the dream began with me getting off a flight into some warm weather city, and then getting out of a car and walking into some big hotel-type of conference room, where a “Goulet named Avalanche GM” press release was put in front of me….

Somehow, the dream evolved into Mike Babcock getting fired from the Red Wings, and me commiserating with him in another fancy hotel ballroom area.


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