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Wanted- Killer Instinct

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Well, if the Leafs are to win their last two games and squeeze into the National Hockey League playoffs, they had better find it quickly.
It is killer instinct, something the Leafs have not shown a lot of lately, be it starting quickly to put a weaker opponent down by the end of the first period, or closing the deal in the third when they have a stronger one on the ropes.
Maurice, the Leafs’ head coach, argues that too much is made of this. Only the Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators or Buffalo Sabres have enough talent to say they have a killer instinct.

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All Robitaille

from David Amber at ESPN,

In this week’s Facing Off, Luc compares Sid the Kid to Super Mario and The Great One, discusses a shootout experience he will never forget, hands out advice on Barry Melrose’s mullet and picks his Stanley Cup winner.
Q: Who was the best coach you ever had?
A: Scotty Bowman, and probably Barry Melrose.
Q: Wow. Melrose is going to love to hear that.
A: He was great. He was the best communicator I ever had and he was a real player’s coach.
Q: Now, why didn’t you and the rest of the guys pin Barry down and cut off that mullet?
A: We should have, but you guys at ESPN should do it now [laughs]. In those days, in the early 1990s, it wasn’t bad. But now, the mullet is totally over with.

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Props To Lecavalier

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Former NHL coach Pat Burns says that while Sidney Crosby may one day be the best player in hockey, that honour currently belongs to Vincent Lecavalier.
“He’s the best hockey player in the National Hockey League by far,” Burns said Wednesday while promoting a prostate cancer fundraiser.
“I saw a game in Tampa when he played against Crosby and he just put on a show. You could see Crosby thinking ‘I’m going to be good like that one day.’ He’s big, strong, he can skate, he can score and I’d say he’s probably the best hockey player in the league.
“And him and Marty St. Louis are probably the best duo in the NHL.”

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Late Night Live Blogging

Battle of California will be live blogging during the Sharks/Ducks game tonight.
I may have to take a nap to catch up with that one.

Note to Alanah- stay away, you have work to do…

added 10:19pm, Link to the live blog post…

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Don’t Upset A Navy Man

When attempting to talk Wings, Dwayne needs to be very careful these days. A2Y is bang on!!!

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Sabres Getting Healthy

via the Buffalo News,

Buffalo Sabres winger Maxim Afinogenov might return to the lineup Thursday night.
Sabres coach Lindy Ruff revealed after Wednesday’s practice Afinogenov could be available to play all three of the team’s remaining regular-season games. They play the Boston Bruins on Thursday night in HSBC Arena and then finish up with afternoon road games against the Washington Capitals on Saturday and the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.
The status of center Tim Connolly remains in question. Connolly said he is ready to play after rehabbing from post-concussion symptoms and a leg stress fracture. Ruff said Connolly is at 80 percent and the team doesn’t want to rush him back too soon.

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What They Make

from the Excalibur, York University’s newspaper,

Minor league teams and big leagues generally do not publicly divulge players’ salaries, but their rules pertaining to minimum wage and salary caps are made public. How much do these guys earn? Let’s have a look.
In professional hockey, the top-level minor league in North America (unofficially called “AAA level”) is the American Hockey League (AHL). Some of you may know that the Toronto Maple Leafs rookies, the Marlies and two more Canadian AHL teams (the Bulldogs and the Manitoba Moose) have homes in Hamilton and Winnipeg.
Several players in this league are on two-way contracts, which mean that their salary depends on whether they play in the NHL or the AHL. For players who sign such contracts, whose terms are often publicly disclosed by the NHL parent club, their AHL salary is usually between $50,000 and $75,000.
For those who are on an AHL-only contract, the league’s minimum salary for the 2006-07 season was $44,000 ($35,000 US), and $27,000 US for players on loan from lesser leagues, in addition to the per diem allowances to cover certain expenses while on the road.
The average salary in the league is said to be around $50,000 to $55,000; not bad compared to any other job, but still a far cry from what a typical NHL star earns.

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Top Goals For March

Some great goals during the month of March.  About 8 minutes long…

700K

300K

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Pointing At Chris Simon

from Wallace Matthews at Newsday,

It is obvious Simon’s hit flattened his own team and elevated their bitterest rival. Rangers fans, who were outraged by Simon’s hit last month, have to be overjoyed with it today. While Hollweg hardly missed a shift, the Islanders lost more than just a forward that night. They also lost a spark that they haven’t been able to get back.
Poetic justice? A fair punishment for a play that was uncalled for? Or simply the final straw in a season that, it now seems clear, was a lot more tenuous than it had appeared to that point?

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Hoping For The Best

from Stan Fischler at his blog, The Maven,

I’m driving down to Philadelphia tonight (Wednesday) in the hopes of seeing Martin Brodeur break Bernie Parent’s record for wins in a season.
More important - to me and Marty - is the fact that I’m looking forward to a Devils’ victory. That would put them over the top in terms of clinching first place and the home ice advantage that goes with it.
Even more important than that, I’m hoping that the news on Brian Gionta is more encouraging than it appeared on Tuesday night when he was spirited away from Continental Airlines Arena in an ambulance.
The Patrik Elias shot which Gionta took on the foot could devastate the Devils’ postseason, assuming the wound is as serious as it first appeared.

continued,,,and a bit about the NYI…

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