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Dmen Experience A Great Asset For Sharks

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from Phil Coffey of NHL.com .

Never overlook the value of experience when it comes to winning the Stanley Cup.

History has proven that point time and again, so it’s an important element in the construction of the San Jose Sharks, who have been nearly unbeatable this season.

General Manager Doug Wilson acquired three players who have won the Stanley Cup, adding that tried-and-tested experience to a talent-laden roster.

And the fact all three are defensemen doesn’t hurt either. Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich were members of the 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning, and Rob Blake won the 2001 Cup in Colorado. That’s an awful lot of experience on the Sharks’ blue line.

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Saturday Hockey Talk

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Inside Hockey

The Inside Hockey Radio Show this week features hosts James Murphy and Todd Carroll

They’ll be joined by guests including me, Alanah McGinley (Kukla’s Korner/ Canucks & Beyond), Dave Pagnotta (The Fourth Period),  Tim Rosenthal (Inside Hockey.com), Bob Snow (NHL.com), Jack Capuano (Bridgeport Sound Tigers Head Coach) and Conor McKenna (TEAM 990).

The show is on the air from 2-4pm ET on NHL Hockey Ice XM 204 and on TEAM 990.  You can call in at 1-877-645-6696 or email radio@insidehockey.com.

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Live from Wayne Gretzky’s

After Inside Hockey, at 4pm ET you can tune into Live From Wayne Gretzky’s.  This week, hosts Rod Black and Bob McGill talk to Brett Leonhardt (the Caps surprise backup goalie last night), Doug Wilson, John Shannon and Phil Esposito.

The show can be heard online or by local radio via these stations:  XM 204 NHL Home Ice, Team 990 and others.

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Games Start At 1:00pm Today

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Get the fireplace lit early today, sparks should be flying when Pittsburgh takes on Philadelphia at 1pm today.

More great games on today’s schedule, check below for your favorite matchup.

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Malkin At The Top When Down

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from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

But, when it comes to stellar performances in the face of a daunting deficit, the real comeback kid is Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin.

In this, the year of the comeback in the NHL, no one has been better at chipping away at a lead when the chips are down.

Three times the Penguins have bounced back to win games in which they trailed by at least two goals and Malkin had seven points in those three games. While such prowess might seem run-of-the mill for the league’s leading scorer, Malkin’s production is higher in those games when all seems lost (2.33 points per game) than in the rest of his outings (1.58 points per game).

“He’s one of those guys who, when you’re down by a goal, two goals or even four goals, they’re not cashing it in. He has a great will to win,” said Pittsburgh general manager Ray Shero.

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Panthers In The Playoff Hunt

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from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Last time Florida won four straight on the road prior to this season: Last year at this time; 1997, ‘96 and ‘95.

—Panthers pull into a tie with Buffalo for eighth in the East. From last in the NHL to Top Eight in the east, second in the division. Not too shabby.

Says Pete DeBoer:

“It wasn’t that long ago we were sitting at the bottom of the league. They’ve picked themselves up and it hasn’t been easy with the injuries we’ve faced. It would have been easy at that point to pack the season in, lose three or four in a row and be totally out of it in December.

‘‘Instead, they’ve kind of beaten the odds here. We’ve used different guys and they’ve clawed back into it. We have a long way to go. As I said a few games ago, we’re not throwing any parades around here.’‘

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Chicago Poised To Make A Run At The Wings

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from Hawkey Challenge,

Winners of three straight and four of their last five games, the Hawks are at last an NHL team to be reckoned with.

Chicago’s success has largely been due to the aggressive philosophy of General Manager Dale Tallon to land hockey talent in the Windy City, as well as Joel Quenneville’s success since taking over the job behind the bench….

Detroit lost tonight, 3-1 to Dallas, so the Hawks are just seven points back of the Red Wings now with a game in hand….

The excitement continues, as the Hawks not only remain poised to finally return to the playoffs, but also look to give Detroit a serious push for the top spot in the Central Division.

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Now What Rangers?

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from Stan Fischler at Game On,

Tom Renney has his hands full as he lays out strategy for tonight’s game at The Garden against Carolina. After the roller coaster — also humiliating in the end — 8-5 loss to New Jersey on Friday night in Newark, the Blueshirts coach has much on his mind. To wit:

GOALTENDING: Does he start Henny Lundqvist who relinquished an unprecedented eight goals to the Devils against the ‘Canes? Or does Tom go back to Steve Valiquette who starred on Wednesday night in the overtime win at Atlanta?...

DEFENSE: While Lundqvist played the sieve, his defense — is THAT the word? — was less effective than cleansing tissue. After the Blueshirts valiantly rallied from a 1-5 deficit in the second period to tie the count at 5-5 in the third, the backline simply disappeared from view.

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added 10:34am, from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Redden and Rozsival were dreadful in last night’s 8-5 defeat to the Devils at the Rock. They were not the only ones on a night that the Rangers barely competed without the puck, but it seemed that every time you looked up, there was Redden or Rozsival being beaten to the puck, or to a spot, or by a Devil. It seemed that every time you looked up, there was Redden or Rozsival shying away from taking the body.

Believe me, last night wasn’t the first time this year that these two who eat up chunks of cap space and equally as importantly, chunks of critical ice time, seemed to be watching the parade pass them by.

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Win Over Detroit Gives Stars A Blueprint For Success

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from Five For Fighting,

Mike Modano mentioned after this one that this was a good tape for the Stars to hold onto, to remind them that they can do this and this is how they’re going to have to play for a while. I admit, that was a fun game to watch. Great performance by Marty Turco, solid defense in front of him, and you could tell that Fabian Brunnstrom and Tom Wandell were thrilled to score against their Swedish idols.

Said Brunnstrom: “Of course I know all the players on Detroit so it was fun.” Same from Wandell: “I can’t really describe the feeling right now. I have to wake up first.”

Said Turco: “Personally, I felt great tonight. A team that does shoot the puck as often as they do, you have to be on your toes at all times. It certainly does feel good to get this one.”

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The Backup Speaks

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Caps website producer Brett Leonhardt speaks to the media about getting the call to back up tonight.

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Avs Run Into Some ‘Bad Luck’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Total cave job by the mediocre, middlin’, muddlin’ Colorado Avalanche tonight, folks.

Had the night off, but I still watched the contest on the House Channel. Rest assured, Avs fans, it was just all “bad luck” tonight for the local according to the House Men (and I really do think Mike Haynes and Peter McNab are top-notch at what they do. I just wish they could speak their minds more. A shame, really. The real villains in this are the overly sensitive, we-can’t-take-any-criticism-so-we-self-produce-our-own-propaganda-on-house-channel sports team owners).

This is what mediocre teams do in big home games, games that could pivot a season toward the playoffs: they get out to a little lead early on, then have chances to build on it, but don’t do it. Then the mediocre team starts to tighten up a little, and, boom, the game is tied. Then the medidcre team starts to tighten up a little more, then gets a call go against them. Finally, the mediocre team has the BIG PLAY happen against it and falls behind.

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