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Lecavalier Update

from Bolts Report,

The Lightning just released this statement regarding Lecavalier’s surgery:

Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier underwent successful surgery today to repair the Glenoid Labrum in his right shoulder. The surgery was performed by noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama.

Lecavalier dislocated the shoulder in the Lightning’s game on April 3 at Washington. A detailed rehabilitation protocol will be established by Dr. Andrews’ personal physical therapist and will be conducted under the supervision of the Lightning medical staff.

a little more...

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Evening Line

via the CBC 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog,

Thornton, San Jose’s leading goal scorer and point producer in the regular season, has only three assists and the questions were whether the Flames have done anything special to defend him.

“No, they’re just tight checking,” Thornton said after the morning skate. “They take away your time and space, so you have to make your space. They’re tight on you, they make sure you have no room.

“That’s how you play hockey.”

Curiously, Thornton is coming off a two-assist performance, but knows his play will be closely compared to Jarome Iginla’s.

“When you’re down 2-1, everybody can do more and I have to do more to help this team win,” Thornton said. “I have to have a big game tonight.”

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  Tags: joe+thornton

NHL Talk From Stan

from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

• John Muckler must be chuckling over the disaster scene in Ottawa, caused – in large part – by owner Eugene Melnyk’s hasty, unnecessary canning of JM last spring. …

• Pleasant Surprise Dept’ Mike Ribiero has impressed beyond anyone’s expectations. Even linemates such as Brendan Morrow are amazed. “He’s surprised me so many times this year. I should be used to it,” says Morrow. “To see how small he is and the type of stuff he can do. And when gets hit, he gets up and finishes the game.”

more from the Maven…

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Martin Returning

from the Miami Herald,

Jacques Martin told the South Florida media Tuesday afternoon he would return to the Florida Panthers as its general manager.

Martin spoke publicly for the first time since owner Alan Cohen revealed that Martin would not be serving as Panthers coach in 2008-09. Martin had been the Panthers’ coach the past three seasons and had served as both general manager and coach for the past two.

‘‘My intentions are to remain as general manager of the Panthers,’’ he said. ``It’s important to let you know that today. I’m excited to continue my work with the organization.’‘

continued

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Part Of The Game

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

From smashing players face first into the glass to ramming their heads into the stanchions at the end of the benches, we see players “doing whatever it takes to win” on a regular basis. It happens when we see players rammed from behind with six or seven crosschecks to the back in an effort to “clear the crease”. We see it when during the endless scrums in front of the net whenever the goalie makes a save in close quarters. We see it when players deliver a leather “face wash” to an opponent after the play is whistled dead or when others take exception to “clean hits” whenever a teammate is knocked down but then defended with a quick slash or a shoulder pad to the mouth in close quarters. All part of the game, eh?

So what’s the rue and cry about what Avery did?

more

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Storylines of the Playoffs

From Paul Kukla’s NHL.com blog,

In less than a week, we have witnessed some great playoff hockey. Let’s look at some of the story lines that are being created early in the second season:

Pittsburgh seems to have it all right now, and the play of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has been a bit of a surprise. Fleury is playing at a very high level and he is giving his team the type of goaltending it needs to go on a very long playoff run.

The Ottawa Senators need a miracle to survive now - winning four games in a row is the only option and it can be done. But will they do it?

continued with a glance at each series

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Today in Playoffs History—April 15

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April 15, 1937 • In Game Five of the 1937 Stanley Cup series, referee Mickey Ion awarded Rangers right winger Alex Shibicky the first penalty shot in Final history. Red Wings rookie goaltender Earl Robertson stopped Shibicky’s shot and posted his second straight shutout, 3-0 against New York, as Detroit became the first American team to repeat as Cup champions.

April 15, 1952 • In his fourth shutout in eight postseason games, Detroit Red Wings goalie Terry Sawchuk blanked the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 to complete a four-game sweep of the 1952 Final. The Wings, who had also swept the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Semifinal, distinguished themselves as the first NHL team to win every playoff game in one year.
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*information courtesy of NHL media
*photo found at the Hockey Hall of Fame

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  Tags: nhl+history, playoffs

Bowman Talks Playoffs

from the Fan590,

The legendary NHL coach joined Don Landry & Gord Stellick to review last night’s playoff action, discuss the new ‘Sean Avery’ rule, and on the firing of Dave Nonis as GM in Vancouver.

listen here...

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Denver Post Writer Doesn’t Know Hockey

from Russo’s Rants,

First of all, I can’t believe you’re letting that Denver Post column get to you.

When an article is so absurd and based on such little facts, to me, it’s almost comical, so calm down. Obviously the writer doesn’t know hockey. Obviously the writer doesn’t watch playoff hockey. Obviously the writer hasn’t watched the Calgary-San Jose series. Obviously the writer has never heard of the Broad Street Bullies. Obviously the writer doesn’t know the Wild’s makeup. Obviously the writer doesn’t know the Wild has actually been unbelievably tame this series and should get more physical. And obviously the writer has never talked to or met Jacques Lemaire in his life.

read on for more on the Wild…  Also, if you missed the article from the Denver Post, you can start here...

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Following Ovechkin In Russia

from Risto Pakarinen at NHL.com,

The Russians aren’t used to hearing good news coming out of Washington, D.C.

Back in the days of the Iron Curtain, the two countries were the world’s two polar opposites, each skeptical about the intentions of the other.

But that’s ancient history. After all, back then there were only a handful of European players in the NHL, and no Russians at all.

Today, the League is flooded with European-born players and Russians are among the biggest stars in the NHL. That shift is reflected in today’s Moscow.

continued

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