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“I don’t know what happened there.  Kind of one of those games where you black out and then next thing you know, people are patting you on the back.

“A great effort by a few of my linemates, setting me up on goals, and a great team effort there at the end to clamp down against a team that never gave up against us.”

-David Backes of the St. Louis Blues after his 4 goal performance last night.  More on the Blues win from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Flames Look At Bigger ‘Goals’

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

No champagne was uncorked.

No high fives. No celebrations.

The Calgary Flames clinched a playoff spot with last night’s 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars, but to say the jubilation was subdued would be an understatement….

Considering how much disappointment has surrounded the team lately thanks to the blown double-digit lead on the Vancouver Canucks in the standings and a horrible March performance, you’d think they would enjoy having something to celebrate.

“Oh, we’re pleased about it,” said Flames head coach Mike Keenan. “Going into the game, it wasn’t our focus. Our focus was to continue to get better.

“We have bigger goals ahead of us. With five games remaining, it’s still within our grasp—we’ll continue to work at it—the division title, and we’ll see how it all unfolds.”


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Rangers Falling

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

There is essentially no remaining margin for error. The eighth-place Rangers have frittered it away. Every team within proximity is streaking and the Blueshirts are faltering.

The finish could be ugly for the Blueshirts, who have four games remaining following last night’s 4-2 defeat here to the surging Hurricanes and just a two-point lead on the Panthers, who will make up their game in hand tonight at home against the Thrashers.

The Hurricanes are 10-1-2 in their last 13. The Penguins are 13-1-2 in their last 16. The Canadiens, who leapfrogged the Blueshirts by defeating the Islanders, are 4-0-1 in their last five. The Panthers have won three in a row. The Rangers, meanwhile, are 2-3-1 in their last six.

continued and watch Tortorella’s post game press conference below…

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AO Meets King James

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from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog,

I was getting ready to go into the Wizards locker room when I was told Alex Ovechkin would meet LeBron James in the other direction, and so I switched directions too. Because the Wizards will win more games and have more feel-good moments, but it’s a pretty rare thing to watch two of the greatest athletes in the world meet for the first time.

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added 12:21pm, Watch video of the meeting below…

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Tampa’s 4th Round Pick

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

There are two CBA related controversies which the NHL has merged into one that are creating some odd precedents for the league.  Both involve the Tampa Bay Lightning’s fourth round pick in 2009.  Last summer, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Jonas Frogren.  Frogren’s signing created a bit of a CBA mess.  The CBA problems a bit complex, but the biggest thing that bothered the NHL is that Frogren was paying a buyout to his previous Swedish team (Farjestads BK Karlstad) with an increased first year salary.  The NHL had forbidden teams to negotiate transfers of players individually (it would drive up transfer costs).  Technically, the Leafs did not negotiate Frogren’s transfer.  Jonas Frogren did it himself.  The Leafs paid him enough money to do it himself.  It was a creative solution to a problem that probably should not have existed in the first place.

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Johan Franzen Highlight Goal

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Johan Franzen with a great goal tonight against the Blues.

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‘The China Clipper’

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from Roger Knox of the Vernon Morning Star,

Playing hockey was his job, and he took his skills east to play with the New York Rangers’ farm team, the New York Rovers, of the Eastern Hockey League in 1946-47. He played in 47 games, scoring 19 goals and 37 points.

The following year, (Larry) Kwong would make hockey history, becoming the first Asian-Canadian to play in the NHL, when the Rangers suited him up for a game in Montreal against Rocket Richard and the Canadiens at the old Forum.

Kwong, a left winger, waited for two periods before Rangers coach Frank Boucher finally tapped him on the shoulder in the third period.

On March 13, 1948, Kwong hopped over the Forum boards, along with the Rangers’ top two scorers, Buddy O’Connor and Edgar Laprade, and into the record books.

His shift lasted one minute. He didn’t score and it was back to the bench, never again to play in the NHL.

more & his page at Legends of Hockey...

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Chris Chelios & His Long Career

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Chris reflects on his career, mentions some of the great players he has played with and will remember the respect other players have given him.

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Keith Primeau Talks Brain Donation

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TORONTO (April 2, 2009) – After a career cut short by concussions, former NHLer Keith Primeau speaks exclusively to Rogers Sportsnet about his decision to donate his brain to science after he dies.

Hockeycentral Leafs Edition will air the riveting interview between Connected reporter Arash Madani and the 37-year-old Primeau Friday, April 3rd at 6:30 p.m. (ET).  Primeau discusses his decision to donate his brain to the Sports Legacy Institute in Massachusetts and how he got to this point.

“I think the beginning of my demise goes back to the playoff situation back in 2000,” said Primeau, who was with the Philadelphia Flyers at the time. “I got laid out at centre ice and got carried off on a stretcher. I stayed overnight in a Pittsburgh hospital, only to return two nights later against New Jersey. And that was ultimately the beginning of my demise.”

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Game 76 Is Against The Blues…Oh, The Drama

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Just when you thought Blues fans at Game Time couldn’t get anymore Rikki Lake-like?  Just when you thought the drama had to end sometime soon?  Well, there’s this....

I’m sick and tired of hearin’ about what a great hockey team the Red Wings have. I don’t want to hear another damned thing about Zetterberg or Datsyuk or any of their other players or them winning the Cup last season.

Screw ‘em!

This is your time!!

Now go out there and take it!

If that’s not enough to get you laughing, don’t fret…there are literally three more posts all devoted to the Wings over there.  Outstanding.


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