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Modano Injures Knee

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via the AP,

Dallas Stars captain and leading scorer Mike Modano left Thursday night's game against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the second period with an injured left knee. Modano got tangled up with Anaheim forward Jonathan Hedstrom near the Dallas bench while trying to play the puck and crumpled to the ice, grimacing in pain with 7:12 left in the period and the Stars leading 4-2.
I am watching the game with about 2 1/2 minutes to go in the game, Dallas up 4-3 and Center Ice cuts out with the good night screen. Good night??? update 1:01am, Dallas wins 5-3 according to NHL.com, but no update on Modano yet. update 8:03am, from the Dallas Stars,
Head Coach Dave Tippett said after the game that the injury was not as serious as it looked. "Mike tweaked an old injury and it looked worse than it was," said Tippett. "He plans on skating tomorrow so he should be fine. When any player goes down, you get scared but he looked fine walking out of here and seemed fine. I spoke to him afterwards and there's not much to evaluate. We won't take any chances with him."

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Canucks Stars Shoulder The Blame

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from the CP via TSN,

The Canucks have managed just two wins in their last five games. During that stretch Naslund, Bertuzzi and centre Brendan Morrison have mustered two goals and seven assists. Not what you want from a combined salary of over $14 million US. Naslund, who will earn $6 million US this season, didn't dodge the issue when asked if the criticism directed at the three is fair. ''It is,'' he said Thursday. ''We're here to perform. Bertuzzi snorted when asked about the criticism aimed at Naslund and the line. ''Same shit every day,'' said the right-winger who is being paid $5.2 million US. ''It's been happening this whole season. ''Is there anything really different today than other days?''
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Caps Visit The Pentagon

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from the US Department of Defense,

Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England praised the Washington Capitals ice hockey team for its support of U.S. servicemembers during team and management members' Pentagon visit today.... England also presented the Capitals with his deputy secretary of defense coin and introduced Army Staff Sgt. Joe Bowser, 46, who had his right leg amputated below the knee after being wounded in Iraq in 2004. Today, he walks and ice skates with a prosthetic device. "Joe is one of our heroes, ... one of those guys who gave a lot," England said. "What's terrific (is) Joe can still go out there and skate."
read on (a little slow loading for me, maybe they were checking for clearance...)

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Heart Of A Lion

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Kevin mentioned this yesterday and it seems it was a preview of his column today. from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Gordie Howe is the only basis of comparison for Steve Yzerman in Detroit Red Wings history. These days Yzerman, 40, is performing at a Howe-like level. Instead of being a role player for the Red Wings going into the playoffs, Yzerman now looks like he could be a major contributor. "He's getting scoring chances every night," Holland said. "He's one of our best players." Holland said no one should be surprised, "because Steve has the heart of a lion."
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Sneak Preview

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What the "My Stanley" ads will look like. I am sure the pictures will be interchangeable. image

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Forsberg Questionable

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via the Philadelphia Flyers,

The Flyers could be without leading (Friday night against Buffalo) scorer Peter Forsberg. Forsberg sat out Thursday’s practice with what he termed a left groin problem. He will travel with the team and see how he feels after Friday’s morning skate. “I’ve had problems with the left groin all year, but it’s not exactly the same spot,” said Forsberg.

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NBC NHL Playoff Schedule For April & Early May

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Originally posted on March 23rd SATURDAY, APRIL 22 3 p.m.-6 p.m. NHL ON NBC (Conference Quarterfinals) Site: TBA --Lead game (TBA) available in High Definition SUNDAY, APRIL 23 1 p.m.-4 p.m. NHL ON NBC (Conference Quarterfinals) Site: TBA --Lead game (TBA) available in High Definition SATURDAY, APRIL 29 3 p.m.-6 p.m. NHL ON NBC (Conference Quarterfinals Game) Site: TBA --Lead game (TBA) available in High Definition SUNDAY, APRIL 30 2 p.m.-5 p.m. NHL ON NBC (Conference Quarterfinals) Site: TBA --Lead game (TBA) available in High Definition Updated April 6th SATURDAY, MAY 6 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. NHL ON NBC (Conference Semifinals) (live) Commentators: TBA *Lead Game (TBA) available in High Definition SUNDAY, MAY 7 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. NHL ON NBC (Conference Semifinals) Commentators: TBA *Lead Game (TBA) available in High Definition SATURDAY, MAY 13 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. NHL ON NBC (Conference Semifinals) Commentators: TBA *Lead Game (TBA) available in High Definition SUNDAY, MAY 14 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. NHL ON NBC (Conference Semifinals) Commentators: TBA *Lead Game (TBA) available in High Definition

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Ovechkin On The Calder- I Want To Win It

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from the AP via Fox Sports,

After all, this is a player who feels enough at ease with himself to show up for practice wearing red pants, red shoes and a red shirt, much to the chagrin of his teammates. "He's trying to implement some European fashion ideas here that just haven't seemed to hit home yet," said goaltender Olie Kolzig, a native of South Africa who has played for Germany in international competition. "We're trying to get him to tone it down a little bit." To which Ovechkin responded: "Maybe they need to work on their clothes. I like my style. I'm a European guy. I like how I dress."
read on...if you are an AO fan then a must read...

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Emery Should Be The Man

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from Fox Sports,

I'm a big believer in the adage that says everything happens for a reason, so maybe it was supposed to be like this in Ottawa. Maybe this is all part of the script carved out by the hockey gods — Dominik Hasek gets injured at the Olympics, gets replaced by a rookie when NHL play resumes and never returns to the Senators' net again. Now that's not the official word out of Ottawa, but in my mind it should be.
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Panthers Are Done

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from the Miami Herald,

We are gathered here today to say goodbye to the 2005-06 Florida Panthers. Well, hello and goodbye as the Panthers' March resuscitation drew little attention, what with Daunte, Shaq, Flash, Gator hoops and Tiger (for a week) for South Florida to discuss. But then seven consecutive wins and a run of 12-5 with one shootout loss had them off their deathbed. Alas, the Panthers passed away Wednesday night around 9:10 p.m. when Atlanta's Marian Hossa remembered he used to be Joe's to the Panthers' stone crabs. Hossa outmuscled and outraced two Panthers and roofed a shorthanded goal.
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