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from the Selma Times-Journal,

Yes, I like hockey. Shocking, isn't it? In the process, I had a thought: What would the best NBA players be like as hockey players? At first I shrugged the notion off. But then my mind did what my mind usually does. Find out which hoopsters make the grade on skates when we go down "The List." -Ben Wallace - Think of him as the prototype defenseman. Anyone disagree? I didn't think so. -haquille O'Neal - Ask yourself this: If a guy that size put on a goalie mask covered in war paint, would you be prone to go near his end of the ice?
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No Panic Yet In Detroit

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from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press (Monday edition),

First of all, no more 1 o'clock games on Sunday, OK? Both teams looked half asleep when it started. There's a reason they call it "Hockey Night" in Canada, not "Hockey Brunch." You don't play the game with a bagel and a Sunday paper. Secondly, no more talk about the "new" NHL. So far in this Red Wings-Oilers series, it's the NHL playoffs as it always has been the NHL playoffs: funny-looking goals, trap defenses and a goalie you barely heard of suddenly becoming the story.
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Pronger Leading Oilers

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from the CP via TSN,

Chris Pronger has been a tower of strength for the Edmonton Oilers in their NHL playoff series with the Detroit Red Wings. ''I've played against these guys long enough to know what they're all about,'' he said of the Wings.
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Do You Think The Wings Could Have Caught A Break

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via Hockey Refs,

The Detroit Red Wings loaned NHL linesman Derek Amell a pair of skates Sunday after the blades on his own pair broke. Amell, 37, was officiating the Red Wings’ playoff game against the Edmonton Oilers when the blades reportedly broke during the second period.

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How Bad Are They Hurt

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

When it comes to injuries - especially in the playoffs - you are never sure of a player's status. In the case of Jaromir Jagr - as far as I can ascertain - it seems he definitely won't be playing in Game 2 against the New Jersey Devils. But we should not jump to the conclusion that Jaromir Jagr is finished for the playoffs. ...Speaking of pain, Flyers forward R.J. Umberger spoke to the media Sunday and said he bears no ill will toward Sabres defenceman Brian Campbell for the open-ice hit in the first overtime of Game 1. He said it was a clean hit and didn't expect a player like Campbell to lay one out of that magnitude. Having said that, he was suffering some short-term memory loss and didn't feel he was knocked unconscious.
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It’s The Playoffs- You Live For This

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

There was some question as to whether McCarty would play the opener, after a six-goal regular season and the fact that he is also bothered by a lower-body injury that he had wrapped in ice and a tensor bandage, post-game Friday. "Not in my mind," said McCarty. "It's playoffs. You live for this. The regular season is a sort of exhibition for this time of year. I've been fortunate to be part of a lot of good teams and play a lot of playoff games. When I was brought here, it was pretty much for my experience at this time of year, so. I've been trying to get as healthy as I can and get myself back and able to play. Obviously, I'm happy with the way it worked out."
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Redden Leaves Sens

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via TSN,

Ottawa Senators defenceman Wade Redden returned home to Lloydminster, Saskatchewan Sunday morning after his mother, Pat, passed away Saturday from a lengthy battle with cancer. It is not known when Redden will rejoin the team for the postseason.

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Worth The Money Or Not

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from the Toronto Star,

With the NHL employing a salary cap for the first time in its history, it's more important than ever for teams to find overachieving players who don't consume too much cap room. his season's top defensive pairing — as far as bargains go — would be Ottawa's Brian Pothier and Carolina's Mike Commodore, while Montreal goalie Cristobal Huet ranked best when comparing his salary and statistics to other NHL netminders. The biggest regular-season busts this season included Los Angeles centre Jeremy Roenick, Edmonton right winger Georges Laraque and Anaheim left winger Jeff Friesen.
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Dom Needs To Find Another Place To Stand

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Unless Dominik Hasek is in uniform, he won't be watching any more games from the Senators' bench area. Coach Bryan Murray was surprised to learn yesterday the club's injured goalie watched the first two periods of Game 1 from just behind the Ottawa bench. "I just heard about that. He won't be there again," said Murray. "The players shouldn't be there." Murray said the NHL has rules about players who are not dressed standing on or near the bench.
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If You Trap, You Better Win

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from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

To some, Edmonton playing a playoff game using the trap is a sad day for hockey. Edmontonians have taken an immense amount of pride over the years when coaches were killing the game around the league that their team religiously refused. When the lockout ended, much was made of the new NHL rules bringing back 'Oilers Hockey,' as it came to be known. But to most fans, I suspect, this is a right now sort of thing. The negative right now is that they lost 3-2 in double overtime and are down 1-0 in the series. They trapped. They gave up 57 shots and blocked 35 more. They lost. If you are going to trap in Edmonton, you damn sure better win. They didn't.
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