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Sabres Still Hot

NEW YORK (April 3, 2007) – Fueled by a dramatic race to the playoffs, sales of NHL-licensed product on Shop.NHL.com for the month of March increased 51% compared to the same period last year, the National Hockey League (NHL) today announced. The most searched term last month on Shop.NHL.com that yielded results was “Stanley Cup.”

For the seventh consecutive month, the Buffalo Sabres remain the top-selling team on Shop.NHL.com. The Sabres’ March 2007 sales increased 657% compared to last year. Other teams that more than doubled merchandise sales for March were the Pittsburgh Penguins (205%), New York Islanders (155%), Minnesota Wild (154%), Anaheim Ducks (119%) and Nashville Predators (100%). Twenty-four of 30 teams increased their sales for the month of March on Shop.NHL.com.

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AHL’s Men of the Year

From OurSports Central,

The American Hockey League announced today the individual team winners of the American Specialty/AHL Man of the Year awards, given to one player from each AHL member team for his outstanding contributions to his local community and charitable organizations during the 2006-07 season.
From this list of 27 finalists, representatives from American Specialty and the AHL will choose the winner of the 2006-07 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award.
The AHL’s annual Man of the Year award is named after the late Yanick Dupre, who died in August 1997 at the age of 24, following a 16-month battle with leukemia. Dupre, an AHL All-Star in 1995, played four seasons with the Hershey Bears, registering 169 points in 207 AHL games. He also skated in 35 NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers.

continued… a list of the best of the best of the AHL’s good guys

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Snorkel On

from the McKight Journal,

Some local hockey fans were holding their breath because of the unstable situation of the Pittsburgh Penguins, while others were doing so to get a hearty workout.
Every Tuesday night, some extreme hockey fans gather at the Pine-Richland pool to partake in a friendly, yet exhilarating game of underwater hockey.
The premise of the game is much like its on ice counterpart. Teams of three to six players try to hit a puck made of brass and teflon across the bottom of the deep end (12 feet) of the pool into one of the two of the 1.5 foot goals on either end of the deep part. The goals are made of weighted angle iron, but sometimes get jostled around during the action according to long-time player Deb Rammage.

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If & Or Night

NEW YORK—The National Hockey League’s exciting countdown to the Stanley Cup Playoffs continues tonight with 13 games featuring 16 of the 20 playoff-eligible clubs. Among the honors still to be determined with just six days remaining in the regular season: all six division titles, both conference titles, the Presidents’ Trophy as the League’s top regular-season club, all 16 playoff seeds and four playoff berths.
Six clubs could clinch division titles and/or playoff berths tonight:

Buffalo can clinch the Northeast Division and Eastern Conference tonight:
* If they beat Pittsburgh.

NY Rangers can clinch an Eastern Conference playoff berth tonight:
* If they beat the Islanders
or
* They get one point and Carolina gets one or no points against Tampa Bay and Toronto gets no points against Philadelphia.

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Time To Shine

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

If misery loves company, Turco runs with a fast crowd. With the playoffs starting next week, several elite players are at a juncture at which another inconsequential postseason might define their careers. Those on the hot seat are hardly ingenues. They are old enough (in their late 20s or 30s), playoff-tested enough and significant enough that they should be able to carry a team for a week, a series, maybe even two months. “Expectations are so high,” Turco says, referring to himself and the other top players under scrutiny, “but obviously there’s a reason people expect a lot.”

read on for more on Turco and other players who must elevate their game…

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Kyle Wellwood Understands

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The albums do not hint at Rick’s battles with mental illness, battles that have tested the family’s mettle and helped define the paths each family member has and will follow.
The images, static and one-dimensional, certainly cannot begin to suggest how one set of circumstances might have led to the other, and how they might continue to coexist long into the future.
“He’s probably been the best he’s been now,” Kyle Wellwood said of his father in a recent interview. “There were always times when he’d be doing good and he’d have a relapse or something would happen. The bad times are rare and don’t last too long, a couple of days.”

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All Eyes On The East

from the CBC,

Tuesday could be a crucial day in determining the playoff picture as all six teams chasing a post-season berth are in action.
All eyes will be on Montreal (home to the Boston Bruins) and Toronto (hosting the Philadelphia Flyers) to see who, if anyone, blinks first in the ultimate high-stakes game of chicken.
Also on Tuesday, the Rangers and Islanders clash in Long Island while the Hurricanes pay a visit to the Lightning in Tampa Bay.

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Good News For Zamboni Drivers

from the AP via MSNBC,

It’s not drunken driving in New Jersey if it involves a Zamboni.
A judge ruled the four-ton ice rink-grooming machines aren’t motor vehicles because they aren’t useable on highways and can’t carry passengers.

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Baseball Can Wait

I learned a valuable lesson yesterday while at the Detroit Tigers ballgame.
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Avs/Flames Meet Up

from the Calgary Sun,

“This is the game we’ve been waiting for all year,” said Tony Amonte yesterday after a spirited practice full of laughs.
“It’s nice to hold your own destiny in your hand.”
Since the foes last met in mid-March, the Avalanche have gone 6-0-1 to keep the pressure on the eighth seed.
The Flames have strung together six straight wins to go 6-2 in response.
Although this will be their first head-to-head battle in three weeks, it seems their names have been linked the entire time.
“We haven’t been playing against them a lot but it feels like we’ve been playing against them, fighting to get in playoff position,” said Amonte.

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