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Murray Challenges Team Leaders

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from the Ottawa Sun,

Murray issued a challenge to his own stars ahead of Tuesday’s night’s pivotal third game of the best-of-seven series, urging them to match the performance of the Lightning’s diminutive star and his teammates. “There’s no question — our best players have to match their best players. That’s what happens on hockey teams,” Murray said Monday before the Senators left for Tampa Bay. “Certain guys get priority roles, get opportunity and ice time and all the rest of it and they have to play accordingly.”
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Is Campbell A Target

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from the Vancouver Province,

Brian Campbell's mother is scared for her son. So is his head coach. And most of the New York state area. The Sabres defenceman, who became a minor celebrity on Saturday when he delivered the biggest hit of the playoffs, is well aware his notoriety might not be good for his health in a seven-game series against the Philadelphia Flyers. "I'm sure they'll be gunning for me now," Campbell said yesterday. "My mom's a bit paranoid -- she worries."
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Let’s Play Four On Four

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from the CP via CJAD,

Four skaters aside is the way the NHL should evolve, says Mark Moore. The insightful look by the former pro from Thornhill, Ont., at how pro hockey is played, and how it might be structured in the future, is outlined in his recently-published book, Saving The Game. Having fewer players on the ice is the most sensible way to render useless most boring checking schemes - he calls them squeezes - and reinvigorate the sport at the highest levels, Moore contends. "After a great deal of thought and evolution of my ideas over the course of my time in hockey, it is now clear to me that the best solution to free all the game's excitement up, and indeed the only practicable way out of the squeeze, is to switch to four-on-four," he writes.
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My Stanley Cap

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The National Hockey League's marketing, licensing, retail and broadcast partners are offering fans trips to the Stanley Cup Final, a new car, community rink renovations and a new line of official Stanley Cup Playoff apparel through sweepstakes and promotions as part of the NHL's 'My Stanley Cup' initiative. This is the first year the 'My Stanley Cup' tagline has accompanied the Stanley Cup Playoffs. 'My Stanley Cup' is a multi-faceted marketing, advertising, promotional and charitable platform that uses the Playoffs as its central theme. 'My Stanley Cup' activities launched with the start of the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs and will continue to intensify with each successive playoff series. Latest Stanley Cup Ad The third Stanley Cup Playoffs broadcast promo, featuring voiceover narration from actor Howie Mandel, host of NBC's "Deal or No Deal," made its debut during the April 22 NHL on NBC broadcast. The 'My Stanley Cup' promo features Jaromir Jagr of the New York Rangers; Peter Forsberg of the Philadelphia Flyers; Rod Brind'Amour, Doug Weight and Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes; Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings; Daniel Briere and Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres; and Craig Rivet and Sheldon Souray of the Montreal Canadiens. The spot will air on NBC, OLN, CBC, TSN and local affiliates. The TV ad also is available for viewing on NHL.com. The first two broadcast ads premiered earlier this month and featured the voices of actors Kiefer Sutherland and Denis Leary and several players from the 16 playoff teams. Locker Room Merchandise New Era will produce the official Stanley Cup Championship locker room hat. Reebok will produce the official locker room hat of the Conference Champions. NHL Retail Partners More than 700 retail partners across North America will blanket their stores with 'My Stanley Cup' signage and NHL merchandise, including 'My Stanley Cup' banners, die cut Stanley Cup replicas and 'My Stanley Cup' window clings and bracket boards. image

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Pick On Someone Your Own Size

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from the Edmonton Journal,

You see Red Wings defenceman Chris Chelios's open-ice hit attempt on the Oilers' Sergei Samsonov on Sunday? He missed the full frontal demolition job by that much, a function of advancing years, no doubt. That he went after the Oilers' smallest forward in the first place may say more about where Chelios is in his illustrious career. It's amazing, of course, that the 44-year-old Chelios remains effective as the big five-oh looms, but lining up Samsonov? As a young and fearless warrior, Chelios would not have bothered with such small fry.
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Weekes In- Jagr Out

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from the Globe and Mail,

The New York Rangers will go into tonight's game against the New Jersey Devils without their two most important players from the regular season. Right winger Jaromir Jagr will be out with an injury to his left arm, which was expected, but Rangers head coach Tom Renney pulled a surprise Monday morning by naming Kevin Weekes to start in goal ahead of rookie Henrik Lundqvist. Renney defended his move as borne not from panic but Weekes' playoff history against the Devils. However, the goaltender's moment of glory came four years ago when he played for the Carolina Hurricanes.
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KK Slow Today

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Within the last half hour or so, I have noticed slow loading times on KK. From my hosting service...

We are seeing certain routes to servers in our Fremont, CA data center responding much slower than usual. Routing from the Los Angeles, CA and London, UK monitoring locations are showing “typical” performance levels, but testing from our Minneapolis, MN data center, and farther south in Rochester, MN are showing bad routing on the private network owned by the data center in Fremont, CA. While from this area we are normally routed from Chicago to Fremont, CA directly, we are seeing routing from Chicago to New York to Virginia and then out to the west coast, along with very, very long response times. We are in communications with the data center in Fremont, CA currently to find out an ETA to corrections to this issue.
Sorry for the problem, hopefully it will be fixed soon. update 2:30pm, from my hosting service,
[UPDATE - 12:15pm Central US Time] The answer from the Fremont, CA data center so far is that “certain fiber routes from XO Communications are having issues and they are working with XO to address these issues.” Its impossible to know exactly which clients and from where, are affected by the speed issues on these routes. We are not seeing a fairly small drop in typical bandwidth usage, and again our monitoring stations in Los Angeles, CA and London, UK are not seeing speed issues so the effects maybe limited to sections of the mid-west US. More details as we get them.
added 7:54pm, Looks like everything is back to normal. Your understanding is appreciated.

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Umberger Ready To Play

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via TSN,

Flyers forward R.J. Umberger was skating Monday morning and is 'expected' to play. Coach Ken Hitchcock says Umberger has yet to receive medical clearance to play, even though Unberger says he's ready to go.

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Can’t Stop Watching

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from the blog of Nancy Koenig at NHL.com,

Like any addict, I found ways to bypass my intentions of limitation. I manipulated my way into "one more period," until I discovered I no longer needed to. By the time the Sabres had beaten the Flyers in double OT on Saturday night, my mom was as into the playoffs as my grandma, recruited the night before. I'm still wondering where Grandma learned about no-touch icing. I think my family may be secretly Canadian. And who knew OLN could be so tolerable, well, minus the occasional loss of coverage and volume issues. "I pinch!" Don't you just love those Element ads? At least they kept me entertained through the technical difficulties. I won't be viewing quite as many of them now that we've ordered Center Ice at my mom's. Hey, it's only $49 for the playoffs! Sure, I could have just gone back to my apartment but it's much more fun to watch these games with my tribe.
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Dandenault Assigned To Stop Canes Top Line

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from the Globe and Mail,

But this was this kind of Stanley Cup education that impelled Canadiens general manager/head coach Bob Gainey to approach Dandenault and defence partner Francis Bouillon before the Habs' Eastern Conference series-opening 6-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, and assign the tandem the thorny task of checking speedy Eric Staal and his dangerous line. "It was a pleasant surprise," Dandenault said. "Throughout the season, we didn't play necessarily play against the other team's top guys. "But when he told us we'd being going up against [the Staal line], it was a great challenge that we were excited about.
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