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Central Division Blues

from TSN,

The Central Division blues may be coming home to roost for the Detroit Red Wings and the Nashville Predators. While nothing is over, both teams are struggling in their respective series against Edmonton and San Jose. Great regular season stats padded by playing the weaker sisters in the Central haven't helped put a playoff edge on either teams' play. There's still a long way to go, but those late season games against the division's weaker sisters haven't helped.
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3-1 or 2-2

Every game tonight has one team up 2-1 in their series. Center Ice games are Flames/Ducks at 10:00pm & Predators/Sharks at 10:30pm. There is no OLN-HD game tonight, but does that really matter? Last night's Rangers/Devils game was broadcast in HD, but not many if any at all saw it. INHD did not show the game and I have yet to find anyone who did see the broadcast. Emails to OLN have not been answered. image

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Just The Right Spot

from the Buffalo News,

Gauthier speared Dumont right where the Sabres forward had surgery to correct a sports hernia. He missed 28 games while recovering. "I was just driving the net and his stick just hit me in a good spot, right where I had the surgery," Dumont said. "I just felt burning and cramps and everything at the same time. I felt a lot of pain there. But it went away after about five, 10 minutes. "I was more scared than anything else. I was in a lot of pain before I had the surgery, and I think [the spear] was even worse." "I don't believe it was inadvertent," Ruff said. "But he definitely got him with his stick." Dumont wasn't so sure Gauthier's jab was intentional. "He's got a reputation, but I don't think he would use a stick like that," Dumont said. "It's part of hockey. We go on the ice and play hard."
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Havlat Energizes Sens

from the Ottawa Citizen,

However, what makes Havlat perhaps the most fearsome player in the playoffs -- outside of a healthy Jaromir Jagr -- is the psychological threat he represents every time he steps on the ice. He is such a mercurial, explosive player that the other team knows he can score every time he touches the puck. With two goals and one assist, he was one of the main catalysts on Tuesday, when the Senators won 8-4 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
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Much Better

Ron Francis is doing a blog for the playoffs, backed by TV station WRAL.

That was just what the doctor ordered! In a game the Canes could not afford to lose, they showed a lot of heart and character in finding a way to win a game that was not easy to win. The Canadiens did not make it easy for the Canes, but the Canes never quit and in the end were rewarded for perserveering. What can you say about the performance turned in by Cam Ward?
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Is Elisha A Flames Fan

Since dumping Sean Avery, Elisha Cuthbert needs a team to root for. Maybe this is a sign she is now a Flames fan. 2nd pic added at 1:31pm. image image

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We Feel Your Pain

from the NAtional Post,

Guys shared your pain, Sheldon. Oh, how we shared your pain. Every one of us who saw you absorb that slapshot during Game 2 against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday. That includes every man on the Hurricanes, especially the three who your triple-vision suggested shot the puck. Even in the heat of the Stanley Cup playoffs, there are no enemies in this regard. All men care for the south-of-the-belt health of their fellow athlete. In fact, playoff widows might say that all guys are athletic supporters. Of course, a woman won't ever understand this pain. But since a man will never understand her bliss during childbirth, let's call it even.
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Early Vacation Ahead

from the Star-Telegram,

Doesn't anyone know how to close out a game anymore? If it's not Choke-O Cordero coughing up a lead, it's Marty Tur-Choke. And all their gagging is making me gag. In fact, they're making the whole Metroplex sick. Fifty-six-point-four seconds. That's how close Turco and the Stars were to a breakthrough 3-2 victory in their opening-round playoff series with Colorado on Wednesday night. Fifty-six-point-four.
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Koivu Status Uncertain

from the Toronto Star,

If the Montreal Canadiens are going to regain control of their first-round playoff series tomorrow night, they'll likely have to do it without their undisputed leader. Nobody with the Canadiens was willing to speculate on how serious Saku Koivu's left eye injury was, but the fact that he was taken immediately to hospital during his team's 2-1 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 3 was an indication of how severe it was. Had it simply been a cut around his eye, Koivu undoubtedly would have been back in the game shortly after it happened, but instead he was rushed to a local hospital and was examined by Canadiens ophthalmologist, Dr. John Little.
continued What really bothered me was seeing Koivu squinting and reaching out to a ref to help guide him off the ice. I am hoping there is no eye damage. added 8:30am, via the Montreal Gazette,
The Canadiens would only say that Koivu suffered a "facial injury" and was taken to hospital for further examination, but an educated guess is that the injury is a serious one and Koivu will be on the sidelines for a while. The same should be true for Williams, who should be suspended once the National Hockey League head office folks go to the tape and see the flagrant infraction referees Dennis LaRue and Dan Marouelli missed the first time around.

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Hail Bettman

from the Leader-Post,

WARNING: The computer on which this column is so thoughtfully composed may reject the following sentence. Well done, Gary Bettman! (Sputter . . . gasp . . . cough . . . burp . . . gfrmq8bv5% hb7@zzzzzztttt!) It was touch and go for a few seconds, but the valued iBook G4 has survived a near-meltdown. The same can be said of the Bettman-run NHL, which is finally icing an entertaining product after somehow weathering the dead-puck era and a season-killing lockout.
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