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Jiri Fischer Update

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from Trevor Thompson of Fox Sports Detroit,

Jiri Fischer is alive...he can't fly aboard an airplane, can't drive a car, can't do anything that might elevate his heart rate. But Jiri Fischer is ALIVE! To him that 's all that matters. I've had a couple of opportunities to see Jiri and speak with him at "The Joe" as this season has rolled on. He attends most home games and whenever I've seen him up close and personal I couldn't get over just how "normal" he appeared to be. By normal I mean you'd never know a brush with death had, at least temporarily, robbed him of his passion - hockey.
read on added Tuesday April 4th at 8:52am, from the Detroit News,
Fischer, who collapsed and nearly died after a shift during a game Nov. 21, 2005, said in a televised interview on FSN Detroit Monday night that his goal is to return to the highest level of competition.
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Publicity Campaign For MVP

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from the Mercury News,

And here we didn't think players needed to formally file for MVP candidacy. Shows what we know about the NHL. Tuesday, the Sharks distributed an e-mail flier to media members that read, JOE THORNTON, HART MEMORIAL TROPHY CANDIDATE. It was in color, so naturally it was persuasive. Now if they go the Heisman campaign route and Buzz gets a beer-can holder that says ``Joe Cool,'' well, he has our vote.
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Q & A With Souray

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from ESPN,

In this edition of Facing Off, the bruising defenseman discusses which team is the biggest Cup threat come June, why his marriage to a Baywatch babe didn't have a Hollywood ending and how the Canadiens dealt with Jose Theodore's failed drug test. Q: Did you have to deal with any racism growing up as a minority in hockey? A: I did. I never felt sorry for myself about it. I always just thought the people were ignorant. I had an assistant coach in junior A call me a "dumb Indian" and tell me I would never make it anywhere. That's the one thing that stuck out in my mind, and if I see that guy today, I would still like to crack him over the head.
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Ted Talks Gordie

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from Ted Montgomery of USA TODAY,

It's difficult to fathom the impact Gordie Howe has had on the game of hockey. More than any player from his era (since Howe played in five decades, it's problematic deciding exactly when his era was), Howe was a completely unique player. The young boy from Floral, Saskatchewan, entered the NHL in the post-World War II era, when the NHL was still in its nascent period in terms of its popularity in the United States.
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Wings Ready To Compete

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The Red Wings go into the playoffs with a new man behind the bench, Mike Babcock, and a new No. 1 goaltender in Manny Legace, but otherwise, it's pretty much the same old crew as before. ...How are the Red Wings better equipped to handling the playoff pressures this time as opposed to last time? Babcock, who coached the Mighty Ducks to the 2003 Stanley Cup final (upsetting the Red Wings in the opening round), talked about the "professionalism" of his group and noted: "We compete hard most nights. I read the articles about Calgary and how good they are defensively. Well, we've given up two fewer goals. We're a committed group and we've got good depth throughout our line-up."
read on...if you are a Wings fan, a must read and compliments to Yzerman, who is in the lineup tonight against Calgary... added 5:13pm, Chris Chelios on Yzerman from another Eric Duhatschek article,
"It's great to see him contributing offensively like he has," said Chelios. "He's playing with Langer (Robert Lang), who is probably a pretty good player for him to be playing with — a playmaker and a goalscorer. Yzy's been scoring some big goals for us and it's great to see. I know everybody's pulling for him. It might just get in his head and keep him interested for next year too. That's what I hope anyway."

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Jagr & Emery POM

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from NHL.com,

New York Rangers right wing Jaromir Jagr, who led all players with 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists) in 16 games, has been named the NHL Offensive Player of the Month for March. Jagr edged Buffalo Sabres center Daniel Briere (8-18--26 in 16 games), Washington Capitals left wing Alexander Ovechkin (11-13--24 in 15 games), Anaheim Mighty Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne (8-16--24 in 15 games) and Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom (3-17--20 in 15 games) for the award.
from the Ottawa Senators,
Rookie Ray Emery has been credited for his great play in the Ottawa Senators net. On Monday, the Hamilton native was named NHL defensive player of the month for March.

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Selanne & Yzerman Sizzle

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pointed to by A2Y, from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

What also makes the recent exploits of Selanne and Yzerman all the more amazing is the time of year. This is when games matter most and points are often tougher to come by. The Ducks, particularly, have needed Selanne's sizzle as they continue their surge to the postseason, and are proving that they are a legitimate contender in the Western Conference. Yzerman's Red Wings have been playoff-bound since October, but the Captain's contributions have helped create separation atop the NHL's overall standings in the race for the President's Trophy.
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Lalime Out With Torn ACL

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via Sports Ticker,

A rocky season for goaltender Patrick Lalime has come to a painful end The St. Louis Blues announced on Monday that an MRI confirmed that Lalime has a torn left ACL which will require reconstructive surgery. Lalime, 31, suffered the injury after Scott Hartnell of the Nashville Predators fell on him in the third period of Saturday's game

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Chara Unsure Of Return

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via Sportsnet,

Ottawa Senators defenceman Zdeno Chara spoke to the media for the first time in over a week Monday and the news was not very positive. Chara now says he's just hopeful to return in time for the playoffs. His return to the lineup during the regular season now appears to be in question as the towering blueliner said he is not sure when he'll be ready for game action. The swelling in Chara's right hand has gone down considerably. However, he is still not comfortable when holding his stick.

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Vokoun Out With Strained Back

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via the AP,

Predators goalie Tomas Vokoun will miss tonight’s game against Columbus because of a strained back. Vokoun felt soreness in the back following Saturday’s 2-1 win over St. Louis. Predators Coach Barry Trotz listed Vokoun as day-to-day, saying he was likely to return to the lineup either in one of Nashville’s two mid-week games or this weekend.

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