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Tanguay Out 2-4 Weeks

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from the Sports Ticker via TSN,

The Avalanche on Tuesday learned that Tanguay will be sidelined up to four weeks with a sprained right knee. Tanguay, 26, suffered the injury in the first period of Colorado's 6-5 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Sunday. An MRI on Tuesday revealed no serious structural damage.

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Travels With Stan

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from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-In case you’re wondering which are the two most- traveled NHL clubs, the answer is Vancouver (air mileage: 49,081) and Colorado (46,874). The Islanders are on the other end with only 19,994 air miles. -Ted Saskin deserves a chance to establish himself as a capable NHLPA leader. Unfortunately a combination of hate and jealousy directed at TS from a couple of disgruntled agents already has pockmarked his regime.
more from the Maven...

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Wings Surprise Holland

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from the CP via Sportsnet,

Ken Holland isn't going to lie. As he was buying out a trio of veterans last summer and looking for free agents willing to sign for peanuts, he didn't think his Detroit Red Wings would be first overall in the NHL standings this late in the regular season. "No, probably not," says the Wings GM. "I felt if everything went well we'd be a playoff contender. But did I think we'd be sitting with the most points through 67 games? No."
continued

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Showdown Out West

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

For the next five days, Craig MacTavish's Edmonton Oilers will be in the national hockey spotlight, or at least the part of the spotlight that shines on the NHL's Western Conference. It is purely a question of mathematics too. The Oilers play the Vancouver Canucks three games in a row in a mini-playoff series that will go a long way in determining which team actually qualifies for the 2006 NHL playoffs... "Everybody not directly associated with it, is loving it," said MacTavish, "but I think it's a disadvantage right now for both teams. We're both fighting for our playoff lives. The one thing I like to see on the out-of-town scoreboard is when Anaheim's playing San Jose or L.A.'s playing Colorado, so you know you're going to get some help. All the other four teams in this battle are all licking their lips at this, while we cannibalize one another."
read on

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Superstitions

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from Charlie Teljeur of the Hockey News,

NHL players are notoriously superstitious people, often having developed a consistent game-day routine that must be strictly adhered to. Breaking from the pattern was tantamount to blasphemy. Take Arnie Boonheffer, who played for the Maple Leafs from 1949-55. One day on his way to a home game against the Bruins, he unfortunately ran over a stray one-eared cat while driving through a back alley in the west end of Toronto. That night Boonheffer had three goals and four assists
read on...cross your fingers...

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Barret Jackman Suffers Broken Jaw

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via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Jackman was acting in response to a hit by Hordichuk on Christian Backman. After Hordichuk ran Backman, he and Jackman hooked up near center ice for a fight. Hordichuk's second punch in the fight was an uppercut that is believed to be the bad blow. The two continued shoving each other with their off hand, but Jackman's body language made it seem as if he knew something was wrong. And there was. Jackman went to a nearby hospital and learned of the break.

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Bruins Add ‘Ruff’-ness

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image via Dogs in Duds

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AO Rides The Pine

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via the Washington Post (reg req.),

Ovechkin, who skated seven fewer shifts than linemate Dainius Zubrus, remained on the bench for the final three minutes of the middle frame and the first 11 minutes of the third. "He didn't play the first part of the third period," Hanlon said. "It's a decision we made internally that we needed to do. It needs more expanding, but I just feel with respect to everyone involved, it's just better not to." "It was coach's decision," Ovechkin said, wearing a relaxed expression. Asked if he was angry, he said: "No, I'm okay. It's his decision. I don't know [why], ask him."

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Debating The Visor

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from the LA Times, ...

If the league had its way, everyone would wear one, said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly. "Yes, a rule that would mandate the use of visors by players is one that the league supports," he said. "We have had discussions with the players' association about it, and while it was not something they were prepared to do for this season … we're hopeful that might be something we can accomplish by the start of next season." The NHL Players' Assn. and the Professional Hockey Players Assn., which represents minor leaguers, have resisted such a measure for years, arguing that it would infringe on players' rights. Union spokesman Jonathan Weatherdon said the NHLPA discussed the issue with its player representatives and encouraged players to vote in an online survey after the season began. Results were not disclosed, but it is believed a decided majority do not want mandatory visors.
more (reg. req.)...including the recent eye injury to Jordan Smith could have been avoided by wearing a visor...

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Sharks Try To Deal With Shootouts

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from the Mercury News,

Their 1-7 shootout record -- the worst in the NHL after a 4-3 loss to Dallas on Saturday -- is a sensitive subject. Goalie Vesa Toskala politely yet pointedly solicited ideas on how he could improve when the subject came up in a postgame interview. Later, when a reporter asked Coach Ron Wilson about shootout performance, he bristled -- "I could give a . . . about shootouts" -- then added: "We battled. It's one of those things. You roll the dice and put guys out there capable of scoring. Unfortunately for us, it hasn't worked out, but it's not for lack of effort."
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