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Protecting The Crease

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from Terry Frei of ESPN,

Rob Blake, in fact, has liked the way the rules and anti-obstruction standards are working. For the most part. He said discussions on conference calls have centered on "the same thing, 'Keep to the mandate on the calls.' The battles in front of the net, the battles going into the corner, that's fine, there's going to be contact. But if you're in the corner, and you're in the lesser position, you can't hook and hold. That's the way we want it played throughout. I think you'll see the refs adjust, and there will be a little more contact in front of the net, because that's where the battle is." Yet so far, the battle is drawing in the goalie. The Canadiens' Jose Theodore and the Devils' Martin Brodeur, among others, have spoken out. It should be pointed out that they haven't been whining, and their position is understandable. But Joseph hasn't been as outspoken.

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Bad Start For Flames

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from the Edmonton Sun via Slam,

Tough couple of weeks for Sports Illustrated. The magazine's consensus pick to finish first overall in the NHL, the Calgary Flames, are struggling to keep their heads above the playoff cutline (they'd be next to last if they didn't own the Oilers). "There can be pre-season polls or whatever, that means nothing to us,'' Steve Reinprecht said of expectations that aren't being met. "It's a long season, you can't get too high and you can't get too low. It's an old cliche but there's no truer saying than that.''

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A New Chapter For Scott Stevens

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from MSG Network,

In his first interview since he announced his retirement, Stevens discussed the reason behind his decision, what he is doing now, and his thoughts on rule changes in the NHL. From 1982 to 2004, Stevens prowled the ice in a manner rarely seen. His baby blue eyes burned with unparalleled passion. He unleashed his 6'2", 215-pound frame with such fury that every player made sure to know when Stevens was on the ice. Yet, especially early in his career, he was among the leagues best offensive defensemen. He was the complete package. He played in 1,635 games, the fourth highest total in league history. He scored 196 goals, played on three Stanley Cup championship teams, and was awarded the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP in 2000.
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Lindros At Home

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Lindros finally has fulfilled what many consider his destiny: becoming a Maple Leaf. And against a backdrop of modest expectations, not to mention a modest salary, he has quickly become a dominant player and a team leader. "No, I'm not surprised at all," said linemate and workout pal Tie Domi, who has known Lindros since both were teens playing in the Ontario Hockey League. "I was pretty confident in him before he even got here, and when he was here, I knew that he would excel under the pressure.

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Over The Boards

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-"The owners can sit there and do giveaways and lower ticket prices to get the fans back to the game knowing that what they are really doing is taking it out of our pockets," Roenick said. "It's important to get people back into the arenas to watch hockey, but it is a lot easier to do when (the owners) know they still get their money back because they are taking it out of our paycheck." -When asked about the NBA's new dress code, Tampa Bay Lightning coach John Tortorella said he was disappointed at how the U.S. team dressed at last spring's world championship when he was an assistant coach. Apparently, USA Hockey sent the players a memo telling them to dress "casual." "And they came in with jeans with holes," Tortorella said. "You say `casual' to an athlete and he's going to push it to the limit. I thought we were dressed like slobs and it's not going to happen here." -"I think I'm competing," he said. "I don't think I have to be angry to score goals. I have to be skating. I have to be shooting. I've got to be better and I will be. I believe that."- Jarome Iginla -During the one week break, the Flyers did get a chance to work on special teams, an aspect of the game that has become more important under the new NHL rules. Going into Friday night's games, the Flyers were ranked 23rd on the power play and 26th in penalty-killing. "It was a matter of sorting things out with the new [dimensions] of the ice surface," Primeau said. "I think we will be on an upward trend now." -Through a scheduling quirk, the Detroit Red Wings will face just two different opponents in their next five games. The Red Wings look to become the first NHL team with eight victories this season Saturday when they play the first of two consecutive contests against the Columbus Blue Jackets. After facing the Blue Jackets again Monday in Columbus, Detroit battles "Original Six" rival Chicago three straight times, beginning Thursday.

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His Beloved Leafs

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from the Toronto Star,

An odyssey that started over "a number of beers in the pub," will conclude with an experience of a lifetime tonight for Maple Leaf fan Nick Harris. Harris, a 35-year-old businessman from Glasgow, flew into Toronto from Scotland last night for the sole purpose of attending tonight's game at the Air Canada Centre against the Philadelphia Flyers. His whirlwind tour will end when he returns home tomorrow. Harris managed to get Leaf tickets through a university friend who is in from Britain visiting his wife's family in Toronto. When he learned about the tickets, Harris immediately went out and spent $1,200 on an airline ticket for a 36-hour trip.

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Hype Game

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from the Globe and Mail,

In its infinite wisdom, the National Hockey League has scheduled the Colorado Avalanche and the Vancouver Canucks, bitter divisional rivals, to play each other six times in the next six weeks, starting tonight at GM Place. It seems a little odd, considering the last time they met, there were five fights and Steve Moore of the Avs suffered a serious head injury, leading to a long, costly suspension for Todd Bertuzzi of the Canucks, a criminal assault charge and likely a civil suit, along with a black eye for the game.

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Another Coach Complains, Another Faces It

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"I don't understand how they called that many power plays against us," he said. "I don't understand how we're that bad. I guess the Detroit Red Wings get those calls in their building."- Randy Carlyle, Anaheim Mighty Ducks coach after losing to the Wings last night. Coach John Tortorella of the Tampa Bay Lightning talking after his team lost to Ottawa yesterday, "You can't find your big guys playing against probably one of the best teams right now, guess what's going to happen?" "We can't have guys lying in the weeds — our best players — in games against the best teams in the league. They need to be front and center, and they're not."

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Boulton Suspended

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via TSN,

Atlanta tough guy Eric Boulton has been suspended indefinitely by the NHL for his elbow to the head of Tampa rookie Paul Ranger, the latest blow to a Thrashers team unravelling early this season. Colin Campbell, the NHL's executive vice-president and the man charged with handing out discipline, will meet Boulton on Monday to determine how many games his suspension will be.

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