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Losing The Edge

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from the Denver Post,

Words that never should be whispered on Avalanche home ice were shouted. It was a sad sound. "Let's go Red Wings!" a disturbingly large contingent of red-clad fans chanted during the third period of Detroit's 4-3 victory against Colorado. Say what? Let's go Red Wings? Cheering for Detroit should be blasphemy in Denver. Let's go Red Wings? I never thought we'd hear the day.
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Nash Is Go To Guy

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from the NY Times (Sunday Edition),

"If Rick Nash was healthy and we didn't have some of the major injuries we had during the season, there's no doubt in my mind we'd be battling for a playoff spot right now," Columbus Coach Gerard Gallant said last week. Fedorov, 36, said that Nash had impressed him, but that he would like to teach him how to work a simple give-and-go, a skill that a dominating player like the Rangers' Jaromir Jagr perfected long ago. "I've mentioned a few times to Rick if you do that, you'll be unstoppable," Fedorov said.
a little more...

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Malkin Dominates RSL

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from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

It’s been more than two decades since Dave King has coached a talent like Penguins prospect Evgeni Malkin. Malkin, Pittsburgh’s second-overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, is dominating the Russian Super League for his hometown team Metallurg Magnitogorsk under King’s direction. “Mally is a great player. He has skill and energy. He is not a peripheral player. He will dish out as much contact as he takes. He has great enthusiasm for the game,” said King, a native Canadian in his first year at Magnitogorsk. “I am lucky. I get to see him when reporters or scouts don’t and in situations people normally don’t see him; I get to watch him practice and dryland train off the ice. He’s a real throwback. He’s like a country boy who eats, sleeps and dreams hockey.
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High Definition Problem With NBC Game Today

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It appears Pittsburgh fans watching the Flyers/Penguins game today were not receiving the HD feed via WPXI. If you are not familiar with high-definition, each station receiving the HD feed from the network must "throw a HD switch on" to allow the game to be processed in HD. You can blame the station for this problem, blame NBC for not notifying affiliates of an HD feed, but mistakes like this need to be avoided at all cost. You can follow this topic at the AVSforum.

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The Beer Bottle Breakout

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Sitting by the pool in Florida one night in 1994, former Senators coach Rick Bowness decided the reporters covering the Senators didn't know what they were talking about. He demanded somebody draw him a breakout and when nobody could, Bowness used beer bottles as hockey players to show us how to take the puck out of the zone. From that point forward, Bowness was known as the designer of "The Beer Bottle Breakout."
The Ottawa Senators will play the 1000th game in the teams history tonight. Enjoy more highlights from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.

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Good & Bad

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-Ratings for the Buffalo Sabres continue to soar compared to the 2003-2004 season. The Sabres are averaging a 4.9 rating on MSG this season, up 69 percent from a 2.9 on Empire the last time the team played. That shows what winning can do for ratings in a hockey town. NBC's NHL opener on Channel 2 last weekend had a 2.3 rating, well above the national average of 1.5.- Buffalo News -"The one thing is, I was pretty surprised that I didn't get a heads-up on it, because I did get a heads-up phone call when I wasn't invited to the Olympic summer camp. When I didn't hear anything or get a call beforehand, I thought that I had made the team. "To find out that I hadn't by watching on television when the roster was announced, that was pretty disappointing."- Brian Leetch, via the NY Post

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If I Lived In Texas

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While reviewing the NBC coverage map (will open pdf file) of today's NHL games, I noticed hockey fans in the state of Texas will be receiving the Flyers/Penguins feed instead of the Avs/Wings game. You would think fans in Texas would have more interest in a western conference game which directly impacts the Stars, instead they get to watch two eastern teams battle.

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Remember Salo

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from the Toronto Sun,

Henrik Lundqvist, make yourself comfortable. Like it or not, you are on the Olympic hotseat. The New York Rangers rookie is expected to be the starting goaltender for Team Sweden next month in Turin, a job that carries significant historical baggage with it. From Stockholm to Gothenburg, millions of Swedes will look to Lundqvist and the Maple Leafs' Mikael Tellqvist to wipe out the memories of the goaltending catastrophe in Salt Lake City four years ago, one that left an entire nation in mourning.
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Sundin MIA

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from the Toronto Star,

The NHL lockout, upon further review, apparently robbed the Maple Leafs of their franchise player. As the eighth-place Leafs attempt to fight through a significant January slump by going north to face their tormentors in Ottawa for two games over the next three days, the evidence suggests Mats Sundin is but a shadow of the consistent points producer and elite attacker who was part of the 2004 Leaf playoff team that lost in the second round. While New Jersey has used the return to health of winger Patrik Elias to power past the Leafs in the Eastern Conference standings and the Atlanta Thrashers have also been riding the hot stick of ex-holdout Ilya Kovalchuk to pass Pat Quinn's club, the Leafs have received nothing of similar impact from their highest-paid forward this season.
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No More Roaming Goalies

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from the Montreal Gazette,

Beyond the trapezoid-shaped zone behind the net of a National Hockey League rink is an icy Bermuda Triangle. It's where goaltenders vanish into thin air, then reappear for two minutes or less on the penalty sheet. No longer can a goalie race into the corner on a dump-in and fire the puck up ice to foil a forechecker. If he's outside his crease and touches the puck behind this line with even a skate out of the zone, Section Four, Rule 31 (j) will tag him with a minor penalty for delay of game.
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