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Thornton Unstoppable

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from the CP via Yahoo,

Stopping NHL scoring leader Joe Thornton is mission impossible, says San Jose Sharks coach Ron Wilson. "How do you stop a guy who has control of the puck? How do you take the puck from him legally, how do you pin him to the boards? The answer is you can't. You take penalties. You have to grab him, hook him or trip him." Wilson also sent a message to the referees to keep an eye on Edmonton winger Ryan Smyth. "A lot of times he hides behind the net or is sneaking in behind the goalie," said Wilson. "Probably more than any player in our league he interferes with goaltenders.
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Meet Stanley Cup

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from the NY Times,

Before the start of the 2000-1 National Hockey League playoffs, a Detroit radio station attempting to rev up the Red Wings and their fans invited the Stanley Cup to the Motor City. That invitation was graciously declined — by Stanley Cup himself. "They wanted me to visit the city and be their lucky charm," said Cup, 57, a steel mill worker who lives in Saltsburg, Pa. "But I told them that I was just a quiet, redneck country boy, and that city life is a little too wild and crazy for me."
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Hinote Closing In On Suspension

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from the Rocky Mountain News,

Colorado Avalanche forward Dan Hinote is halfway to a suspension. Frustrated during a 5-0 playoff loss Friday night, Hinote flattened Anaheim Mighty Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf as the game ended. The hit drew a 5-minute major charging penalty, a 10-minute misconduct and a game-misconduct. NHL rules call for an automatic one-game suspension for any player who receives two game-misconduct penalties during the playoffs. Hinote also will be fined $200 for the game misconduct, and $100 for the 10-minute misconduct.
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Carolina Starts Strong

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from the blog of Ron Francis,

When I said I liked the match up, even I didn't like it(6-0) that much. The Canes did exactly what they had to. They played their best game defensively in the playoffs and also showed that relentless pursuit of the puck that made them so successful during the regular season. They also shut down NJ's PP and obviously were very successful on their PP
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The Official Tracker

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Let's see how many games the officials have worked during the playoffs (games last night not included). A few refs have worked 6 games while a few have worked only 3. Is it too early to start eliminating some of the refs and linesmen? A few more games into the 2nd round should paint a more clear picture for us.

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Filling In The Gap

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Just how good was the crop of NHL rookies this season? Well, New York Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist was named Thursday as a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie, but he couldn't crack even the final three in the voting for rookie of the year. In other seasons, Phaneuf and Crosby would have been clear-cut Calder winners. But in this "year of the rookie," being a finalist is a mark of honor in itself given the performances of other first-year players Jussi Jokinen, Ryan Miller, Ray Emery, Petr Prucha and Brad Boyes. In a time that saw the end of the line for Scott Stevens, Mark Messier, Luc Robitaille, Brett Hull, Dave Andreychuk and, in all likelihood, Steve Yzerman, there is something to marvel at what might lie ahead for the next generation that appears more than capable of filling that void.
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Nothing Better To Do

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from the Philadelphia Daily News,

The Stanley Cup won't be coming to Philadelphia this year, but a bunch of the Flyers and the Cup are coming to Churchill Downs this weekend. Chris Therien owns a small chunk of Derby longshot Flashy Bull. He drove from his home yesterday morning and arrived in Louisville yesterday afternoon. Several of his teammates, including Robert Esche, Turner Stevenson, Mike Rathje and Derian Hatcher, were coming later in an RV. The Cup is coming late this morning. And if Flashy Bull wins, "the Cup is going to the winner's circle," Horan promised.

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The Playoff Look

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If the Ducks continue to win, I wonder if goaltender Ilja Bryzgalov will end up on the most wanted list? image image image

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A Different Type Of Recap

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from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,

Wonder how Ottawa’s Anton Volchenkov slept last night. It was his horrible giveaway in the Senators zone that led to Chris Drury scoring the winning goal for the Sabres. File this one under Dumb and Dumber. With his team trailing 1-0 on an early goal, defenseman Zdeno Chara took a dumb penalty bumping a Sabre well after the whistle sounds to stop play. Fortunately for him, Buffalo’s Maxim Afinogenov took his dumb-dumb pill before the game and was sent off at the same time after knocking Chara down in retaliation.
read on...observations from the games last night...

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I’ll Take My Puck And Go Home

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from Reuters via MSNBC,

Malkin, however, warned his prospective employees that he was not prepared to play second fiddle to Crosby, Pittsburgh's number one pick in the 2005 draft. "I'm not afraid of being compared to Crosby or anyone else for that matter," said the soft-spoken Russian, who has already been compared with Pittsburgh owner, the great Mario Lemieux, because of his size, talent and scoring ability. "Hopefully, next year in Pittsburgh we will both have an equal opportunity to show our skills," Malkin said of Crosby. "If he is better than me, then he deserves all the credit. But if I feel that he gets preferential treatment in any way, then I'll just rip up my contract with Penguins and go home."
more...I hope some of Malkin's words got lost in translation...

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