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Tuesday’s NHL Games

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Late night tonight for hockey fans. Center Ice schedule is Calgary/Anaheim at 10:00pm ET and Predators/Sharks at 10:30pm ET. To save you from searching your TV guide, there is NO OLN-HD game tonight. image

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Flyers Marching Uphill

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from the Buffalo News,

The Flyers might as well come out for Game Three dressed in gray and whistlin' Dixie. They're no match for the team they are up against. Speed is the Sabres hill, their position of superiority, and Philly lacks the artillery to mount a meaningful counter. Granted, it'll be a different game when the action shifts to Philadelphia on Wednesday night. It's readily apparent where this series is headed. Incapable of skating with the Sabres, the Flyers will be dragging the game into the gutter, trying to play the intimidation card.
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NBC Playoff Ratings

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NBC earned a combined 1.3/3 overnight Nielsen rating for regional coverage of Rangers-Devils and Avalanche-Stars on Saturday, the net’s first Stanley Cup Playoff coverage under its new NHL deal, down 18.8% from a 1.6/4 for ABC’s comparable coverage in ’04. NBC drew a 1.5/3 overnight for Rangers-Devils, and a 1.1/3 for Avalanche-Stars. For Sunday’s coverage, NBC earned a 1.5/4 for Game Two of Oilers-Red Wings and Sharks-Predators, down 13.3% from ABC’s comparable coverage on the first Sunday of NHL playoff action in ’04. Oilers-Red Wings earned a 1.6/4 overnight, while Sharks-Predators posted a 1.3/3.

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Flames In Trouble

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Make no mistake, the Calgary Flames are in trouble. Outplayed at home the first two games of the playoffs by an Anaheim squad that force-fed the hosts a heaping helping of their own medicine, the Flames now head to a building where they've won once in the last seven seasons. While the first two games were close enough to go either way, the most casual of observers can see the Flames have been slightly out-chanced and out-skated by a young, feisty bunch that has done the unthinkable -- beat Calgary at its own game.
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Look In The Mirror Time For Flyers

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from Philly Burbs,

“I'm not going to tell you anything that isn't already obvious,” Mike Knuble said. “We were out-everythinged tonight. That's a start (five goals allowed in the first period) I've never been a part of and been run over like that before. We basically handed it to them, sloppy penalties (17 in all for 61 minutes), mistakes. “Five minutes into the game it was basically over. It was a disgrace on our part. Every guy should go home and look in the mirror and figure out how we're going to be better on Wednesday.”
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Theodore Must Step Up

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from the Denver Post,

What turned out to be most remarkable about Colorado's 5-4 overtime victory over the Stars in Game 2 of the first-round series at the American Airlines Center was that even after they were reeling, even after they could reasonably have been planning the "got-a-split" speeches and rationalization, the Avs were resilient. This series isn't over, and that's both figurative and literal.... Now the issues are where they go from here, and whether Theodore is up to being more than along for the ride.
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Playoff “Joke”

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from the News Journal,

"I think it's a joke," Hatcher said before Monday night's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. "It's not how they called it the last 10, 15 games of the season; it's back to how they called it in the preseason. "If that's how they were going to call it, they should have started it 10 games ago. I thought the refereeing was great going down the stretch. They found a pretty good balance. Now, it's back to where it was in the preseason, and to me that's wrong."
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Fischer Travels With Wings

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from the Detroit News,

He couldn't stop grinning. Jiri Fischer was back in the environment he loves … and misses. He was with his teammates, and he was cherishing every second. Fischer, who hasn't played since a heart abnormality nearly took his life on Nov. 21 during a game against Nashville, is traveling with the Red Wings on this trip to Edmonton. He is noticeably thinner. He doesn't know when, or if, he'll play hockey again. But the enthusiasm and appreciation for life is there, more than ever, and he couldn't contain his joy of having an opportunity to be with friends and teammates these next few days.
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Now What Renney

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from Newsday,

Knowing that his star Jaromir Jagr and his best defenseman, Darius Kaspariatis, were already out with injuries, Renney's brainstorm was to bench his healthy rookie goaltending sensation Henrik Lundqvist, too. For backup Kevin Weekes. "You think back to our last good game, it was here against [the Devils] with Kevin in goal," Renney explained after announcing the move at the Rangers' morning skate. But even if Renney's switch had led to a victory last night - and that hope evaporated when the Devils scored twice in the game's first 15 minutes - Renney's decision to bench Lundqvist still would have been hard to defend in this best-of-seven series.
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Carolina Party

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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

I've been in the RBC Centre when it has been half-empty, but there's no denying the excitement in the building when the National Hockey League playoffs come to town. The last two games here have featured overflow crowds - the team was selling standing-room tickets for $95 - and there isn't another rink in the league with a higher percentage of fans wearing home-team jerseys. Not that the jerseys are mandatory. The party-like atmosphere is reflected in some unusual garb. One row was filled with fans in black formal attire, while two other fans were spotted with yellow and powder-blue tuxes with matching top hats.
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