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Ovechkin Must Think Team First

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Philosophically, getting Ovechkin to think team thoughts is the same issue that the Atlanta Thrashers are facing with their brilliant young Russian forward, Ilya Kovalchuk and it's also the same issue that super prospect Evgeni Malkin's Russian Superleague team, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, faces at home as well. The only downside to the wonderfully talented group of Russian players suddenly emerging on the international scene is this: That after a lifetime of learning they can win one-on-one confrontations, they want to play as individuals more than they do within the context of a team game.
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Belfour Advised To End Season

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via Sportsnet,

On the eve of the important match up, Sportsnet has learned Belfour's season is over after doctors advised the veteran goaltender to shut it down. The news got worse for Belfour, as doctors informed him additional surgery might be needed on his ailing back; which might signal the end of his career

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Chara Out With Injured Hand

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via TSN,

The Eastern Conference leading Ottawa Senators will be without one of their top defenseman when they take to the ice this weekend. Zdeno Chara hurt his hand in a fight with Eric Cairns on Tuesday and will not make the Senators road trip to Buffalo for Friday's game, or Philadelphia for Saturday's contest vs. the Flyers.

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Trading Punches

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Eric at Off Wing Opinion got his hands on a doozy of a hockey fight! Anyone care to count the number of punches thrown? image

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Traveling During The Playoffs

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If you are on the road during the playoffs and worried about missing your team in action, this may help you out. via Yahoo,

LodgeNet Entertainment Corporation, the world's largest provider of interactive television and broadband solutions to hotels, and the National Hockey League (NHL) have announced that NHL Center Ice, the League's out of market television package, will be made available in hotels equipped with Hotel SportsNet, LodgeNet's industry first daily subscription sports service. Guests having access to the Hotel SportsNet service will be able to view on a pay-per-view basis an entire day's schedule of NHL Center Ice programming (subject to local blackout restrictions). This will be available for the remainder of the NHL Center Ice 2005-06 schedule which carries through the April 18 season finale, plus select 1st and 2nd round Stanley CupĀ® Playoff matchups.
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Kings CEO Rips Everyone

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from Helene Elliot of the LA Times,

Tim Leiweke, the Kings' chief executive, on Tuesday issued a message they cannot ignore. Play hard. Play with pride. Make the playoffs, or be gone. And that applies as much to General Manager Dave Taylor as to any player. "It's probably the right decision, but in part, shame on the players," Leiweke said by telephone from New York, where he was tending to business involving another tentacle of the AEG empire. "Shame on Jeremy Roenick for not sticking his nose in every night. Shame on the players who laid Andy out to dry. They'd better perform now.
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Wallin Brothers Turned To Hockey

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from the National Post,

The script doesn't change much across Canada, whether it's six Sutters growing up in Viking, Alta., the Gretzky boys in Brantford, Ont., or the three Wallin brothers of North Battleford, Sask. ...And the script? Well, the Wallins woke up one morning in April of 1994 and learned in a hurry that things don't always go the way you thought they might. "My dad's death was ruled a suicide," Jesse, 28, said yesterday from Red Deer. "But ... he died of a mental illness. He was a victim no different than anyone with cancer. It's hard for people to understand that, but it wasn't like my dad woke up one day and decided he'd had enough."
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Trades Just Don’t Workout

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from the Vancouver Province,

While most Edmonton Oilers' fans started planning the parade route when they acquired Sergei Samsonov and Dwayne Roloson at the NHL trade deadline, head coach Craig MacTavish was experiencing a slightly different reaction; a reaction shared by the coaches of every other team that made significant moves at the deadline. MacTavish, for starters, wondered how forwards like Jarret Stoll and Raffi Torres, who'd bled for him all season, would react when their ice time was affected by Samsonov.
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May The Least Bad Team Win

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from the Montreal Gazette,

Both teams are thoroughly mediocre. The stakes - a bottom-feeder's berth in the playoffs and a probable quick exit at the hands of Ottawa or Carolina or Buffalo - are hardly worth fighting for. One team is captained by a Swede, one by a Finn. Four weeks ago, Mats Sundin and Saku Koivu filled the same two positions in a game that really mattered, for Olympic gold.
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Kings Made The Right Decision

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from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

The Kings were a very unhappy team. That hardly makes them unique but, in this case, they want to prove they were right and that Murray was the cause of their problems. One veteran player will insist off the record that Murray is the worst coach he has played for. Another, who is never reticent to go over the coach's head, has been complaining for much of the season about Murray's tactics. The complaints have had one common thread: Murray doesn't use his players properly. It must be said that players often make this type of evaluation, and they're not always right. It must also be said that players and coaches often assess attributes differently. But to be specific, the players felt Murray coached to keep the game close. They want to pull all the stops to win, even if the more open games occasionally caused them to lose by a large margin.
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