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Khan(!), ya little bastard. He tells us Cheli's tired and headed home to Hockeytown.

Chris Chelios returned home after Saturday's game in Vancouver, as part of a scheduled rest. He'll play Thursday against Columbus. Johan Franzen (upper body injury) might be ready to play Tuesday in Calgary but Dan Cleary (sprained knee) is not ready.
He's also got tidbits on Kopecky re-signing for two more and Bertuzzi's return.

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One Week From Today: The Tenth Anniversary

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Of what you ask?

Of this….

FIRST PERIOD—Scoring: 1, Colorado, Kamensky 24 (Forsberg), 3:29.
Penalties: Young, Col (interference), 1:20; Severyn, Col (fighting major),
4:45; Pushor, Det (fighting major), 4:45; Sakic, Col (interference), 5:12;
Corbet, Col (fighting major), 10:14; Maltby, Det (fighting major), 10:14;
Draper, Det (roughing), 10:14; Forsberg, Col (roughing), 18:22; Roy, Col
(roughing, fighting major), 18:22; Larionov, Det (roughing), 18:22;
Vernon, Det (roughing, fighting major), 18:22; Mccarty, Det ( double
roughing minor), 18:22; Deadmarsh, Col (cross checking, fighting major),
18:37; Konstantinov, Det (fighting major), 18:37.

Stay tuned…

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No Charges Against Simon

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from the AP via TSN,

Chris Simon, the New York Islanders forward suspended for a league-record 25 games for a vicious on-ice hit, will not face criminal charges.
Nassau County district attorney Kathleen Rice says here office conduced a thorough review of the incident and decided not to charge Simon.

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DiPietro Goes Through Full Practice

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from the New York Islanders,

Rick DiPietro took part in his first practice since his injury last Tuesday night in Montreal. He was there from the beginning until the workout ended at 3:15 pm, stopped plenty of pucks and was his usual, energetic self. After practice, he did not rule out the possibility of starting when the Islanders face the Lightning on Tuesday night at 7:30 pm.

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All Walt

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(Tkachuk) talked with atlantathrashers.com about how he likes his newest team (only the third franchise he’s played with in his 14-year career), how the atmosphere at Blueland could pay dividends come the postseason and how he got the nickname, “Walt.”
The Thrashers have won seven straight home games. What do you think of the atmosphere at Blueland?
TKACHUK: I like it. You have to be homers. That’s the bottom line. You have to win your games at home. Home ice is so important. We feel, very comfortable playing here and there’s nothing better than home cooking. This is a big step for the fans to see what playoff hockey is all about. It’s going to grow the game down here, too. There’s a great fan base now but to have them finally see playoff hockey and be a part of it, the place is going to be crazy.

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A Tricky Situation

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from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

Every time a serious problem arises, they first pull the ostrich routine. Then they go into denial mode.
Then they go into containment, as in, “We don’t really see it as a problem.”
Then it goes into commissioner Gary Bettman’s favorite phase — a work in progress. And eventually — maybe — something of substance gets done, but not until serious damage has been inflicted on the game.
We saw it with clutching and grabbing. That took 10 years to elicit a response. We’ve seen it with attendance. And now we’re seeing again with an even more serious problem — head shots.
Granted, this is, as Freddie Mercury used to like to say, “a tricky situation.”

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Three Stars

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NEW YORK (March 19, 2007)—San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton, Colorado Avalanche center Joe Sakic and Dallas Stars center Mike Modano have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending March 18.

Each Monday, the NHL will recognize three players who delivered the League’s top performances over the past week.

FIRST STAR—JOE THORNTON, C, SAN JOSE SHARKS

Thornton led all NHL scorers for the week, posting 10 points (four goals, six assists) in four games as the Sharks gained seven of a possible eight points (3-0-1). He opened the week with one goal and two assists in a 7-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks March 13 and recorded one goal and three assists in a 5-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes March 15. He tallied the game-winning goal in a 3-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets March 16 and finished the week a goal and an assist in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche March 18. Thornton has moved up to third place in overall NHL scoring with 96 points (20 goals, 76 assists). His 76 assists tie him with Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby for the League lead in that category. The Sharks (44-25-4, 92 points) rank second in the Pacific Division.

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Road Trip Diary

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Over at Canucks and Beyond, Alanah asked a Canucks fan to write a piece on her recent visit to the Shark Tank…

It took 17 hours straight by car but me and my hockey buddy made it just in time to watch the Canucks kick Shark butt on Friday March 9. Why a road trip? Why not! Visiting the enemy is always a fun experience.

continue reading at C&B…

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He’s Gone Mad

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from the Maven at The Maven,

Mad Magazine’s Alfred E. Newman had the priceless line, “What, me worry?”
I still love it.
Devils and Islanders fans might want to paraphrase Alfred E.
Come to think of it, with Pittsburgh in Manhattan tonight, Rangers rooters might want to steal Newman’s deathless phrase.
Worry? There’s much to share among the three locals.
For the Blueshirts, whose demolition of the Bruins has thrust them headfirst into the homestretch run, the worry is Sid Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the under-the-radar phenom, Jordan Staal.

read on for more on the Rangers, Islanders and Devils…

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The Ultimate Springtime Cliche

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Yes, dammit. I know there should be one of those little French accents over the “e” in cliche.  You got the point.  And you know what it is already.  Oh yes, it’s time to bring back the daily….“if the playoffs started today” update.

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