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Sore Hip For Golden Boy

via the NY Post (reg. req.), Golden-boy goalie Henrik Lundqvist, suffering from a sore hip flexor, will not start tonight's Atlantic Division showdown against the rival Flyers. Lundqvist, who will not be in uniform tonight, doesn't know exactly when he got injured - either in Thursday's loss to Ottawa or during Friday's practice. He did not say anything about it to coaches or the training staff until practice yesterday.

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Shootouts Hurt Sharks

from the San Francisco Chronicle,

The big question when the NHL added the shootout to decide tie games this season -- guaranteeing a winner in every game -- was how it would affect the standings. Would teams earn "cheap" points and would others possibly get aced out because they didn't take enough advantage of the new rule? ...Only one team has been hurt by the new rule: If you guessed that one team is the Sharks, you are correct. If shootouts had not come into being, and teams earned one point each for a tie after regulation and five minutes of sudden death, the Sharks would have 84 points, good for eighth place in the West and three points ahead of Edmonton.
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Knee On Knee Night

Marchment tried to take out Zetterberg tonight and just missed. Tucker had a knee hit on Hecht and Lindy Ruff is not a happy coach (will open wmp audio). Babcock was asked about the Marchmant move and said the game was very agressive, which is fine, but you have to keep the hits clean. image

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Ref To Celebrate Milestone

from Hockey Refs,

NHL referee Don Koharski will join a select group later this week when he officiates his 1,500th regular season game. The 50-year-old will achieve the mark Saturday when Tampa Bay plays host to Pittsburgh.
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The Maven On The NHL

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-Toronto’s resurgence should guarantee Pat Quinn’s return behind the bench. If we were making the choice, John Ferguson will be back as well; Toronto media vultures notwithstanding. -Andy Murray may be history in Tinseltown, but the deposed Kings coach looms as candidate for any one of the three teams – the Islanders being one – depending on the next g.m -Jim Devellano justified naming Steve Yzerman Red Wings’ captain at age 40 on the grounds that Stevie Y was the best player on the team. The “C” sure didn’t hurt SY nor the Wings. With that it mind, the Penguins should get it over with and give the captaincy to its best player, Sid (Der Bingle) Crosby.
I think Stan might be a bit confused about captain Yzerman. more of Stan...

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Sea Wolves Forced To Suspend Operations

via the AP,

The Mississippi Sea Wolves will suspend hockey operations for the 2006-07 season, operating owner Mike Rogers said Monday afternoon. The deadline was supposed to be at 8 a.m. Monday, but the ECHL extended it until the end of the business day. But with the money to repair the Mississippi Coast Coliseum unavailable by the ECHL's deadline, the Sea Wolves now are forced to wait until 2007 before taking the ice again on the Coast.

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Stats Report For March 2006

March stats report and a breakdown of what each report means. image A 'Session' is defined as a series of clicks on your site by an individual visitor during a specific period of time. A Session is initiated when the visitor arrives at your site, and it ends when the browser is closed or there is a period of inactivity. image A 'Pageview' is defined as a request from a visitor's browser for a displayable web page, generally an HTML file. Urchin's configuration controls which file extensions are treated as Pageviews. In general, images and other embedded content, such as style sheets and javascript, are not considered to be Pageviews. image A 'Hit' is simply a successful request to your web server from a visitor's browser for any type of file, whether an image, HTML page, an MP3 file, or any other type. A single web page can cause many Hits -- one for each image included on the page, etc. image * Session: A series of Hits to your site over a specific period of time by one visitor. * Pageview: A request to the web server by a visitor's browser for any web page; this excludes images, javascript, and other generally embedded file types. * Hit: Any successful request to a webserver from a visitor's browser. * Bytes: The quantity of network bandwidth used by the files requested during the selected Date Range.

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Start Disclosing Injuries

from the Delaware County Times,

..."Why not disclose injuries as the playoffs near?" The answer most commonly given around the league? Targeting. That’s right, targeting. As in, a player with a bum shoulder will be checked into the boards harder and with more regularity if the opposition knows about the player’s malady. "When you start talking about injuries in a series and injuries against an opponent, people pay attention," said Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock. "Why give another team more fuel for the playoffs to focus on your players?" It’s a fair question, but one that shouldn’t have to be broached in a professional sports league.
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Jiri Fischer Update

from Trevor Thompson of Fox Sports Detroit,

Jiri Fischer is alive...he can't fly aboard an airplane, can't drive a car, can't do anything that might elevate his heart rate. But Jiri Fischer is ALIVE! To him that 's all that matters. I've had a couple of opportunities to see Jiri and speak with him at "The Joe" as this season has rolled on. He attends most home games and whenever I've seen him up close and personal I couldn't get over just how "normal" he appeared to be. By normal I mean you'd never know a brush with death had, at least temporarily, robbed him of his passion - hockey.
read on added Tuesday April 4th at 8:52am, from the Detroit News,
Fischer, who collapsed and nearly died after a shift during a game Nov. 21, 2005, said in a televised interview on FSN Detroit Monday night that his goal is to return to the highest level of competition.
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Publicity Campaign For MVP

from the Mercury News,

And here we didn't think players needed to formally file for MVP candidacy. Shows what we know about the NHL. Tuesday, the Sharks distributed an e-mail flier to media members that read, JOE THORNTON, HART MEMORIAL TROPHY CANDIDATE. It was in color, so naturally it was persuasive. Now if they go the Heisman campaign route and Buzz gets a beer-can holder that says ``Joe Cool,'' well, he has our vote.
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