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TSN did a Top 10 countdown today…

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Gainey Calls Out Tampa Bay GM Lawton

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

Montreal Canadiens general-manager Bob Gainey has lashed out at Tampa Bay Lightning counterpart Bryan Lawton and the team’s ownership for “disgraceful” behaviour in leaking names they were interested in during trade talks for superstar centre Vincent Lecavalier.

Gainey said the wild speculation over Lecavalier, a Montreal native, was a significant distraction that helped derail his team in the second half of the season.


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Rule 69 Needs More Clarification

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

Normally the rulings on Rule 69 are simple: an attacking player makes incidental contact with the goalkeeper at the time a goal is scored and the goal is allowed. But what exactly is “incidental contact” and doesn’t the goalie have the right to unfettered room in the crease?

An even bigger question is whether or not officials are all on the same page regarding those interpretations and whether or not the people doing video replay have the same understanding of contact, incidental or otherwise, as the people working the game at ice level.

Ice-level views are different from press-box views the same way that real-time action is different than video-replay action.

It gets even more complicated when a goalie moves outside his crease. The rules say he can be hit, but the rules also indicate that there are no rules and certainly no video review regarding a goal scored when the goalie is outside the crease. But what defines outside?

more and other hockey topics too…

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Preppy Fighting

from Billy Witz of the LA Times,

When Ducks forward George Parros extended an invitation to Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray to drop their gloves and begin to brawl in Game 3 of their Western Conference playoff series, it did not come on embossed stationary or in the form of poetry.

“I asked, ‘Do you want to do this?’ ” Parros said. “It wasn’t an intellectual conversation.”

Not what one would expect from a couple of Ivy League graduates….

They have been running into each other on rinks since their high school days in the New York City area.

“We’ve been taking runs at each other for so many years,” said Murray, who came to the U.S. from Sweden at age 17 to live with relatives on Long Island for a year. He liked it so much he stayed.

read on

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Don Cherry On The Antics Of Avery

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Andre Roy Suspended For One Game

TORONTO (April 23, 2009) - Calgary Flames’ forward Andre Roy has been suspended for one game and fined $2,500 (the maximum allowed under the CBA) as a result of an incident in the pregame warm-up last night when he initiated contact with Chicago Blackhawks’ defenseman Aaron Johnson.

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Ducks Motivated By Patton & Picasso

via David Pollak of Working the Corners,

In the Ducks locker room, there’s a board upon which inspirational quotes are written.

“The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.” — General George S. Patton.

“I am always doing things I can’t do. That’s how I get to do them.” — Picasso (famous artist).

The first seemed a little intense. The second? Well, maybe a little cryptic, but at least everybody now knows that Picasso was a famous artist.

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Two Elimination Games Tonight

Both Pittsburgh and Detroit can move on to the conference semi-finals tonight with a win and the Ducks can go up 3-1 if they defeat the Sharks.

Carolina/New Jersey series is tied 2-2 and has the look of a seven game series.


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Proteau Looses A Bet

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

When I arrived in costume for the game at Nationwide Arena, one subtle Jackets fan waiting to get in saw me and yelled “PRRRRROOOOOOTOOOOOHHHHHHHH!” while Red Wings GM Ken Holland had a good giggle at my expense when USA Today writer Kevin Allen told him who just passed them in the bowels of the building. And in the press box during the game’s first intermission, Gary Bettman good-naturedly came up and told me that I should look like I did if I lost a bet.

I couldn’t disagree with the NHL commissioner; that was all part of the fun. And my night was made easier by team employees – including Jackets PR man nonpareil Todd Sharrock and his staff – as well as fans and the players themselves, chiefly because they all were gracious enough to stifle their laughs until I was out of earshot.

more with a photo of Adam in full Cival War dress!

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Bruins Dance Their Way To Victory

Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe has more information on the series of ads the Bruins have been running.

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