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Mornng Line

from the Miami Herald,

(Craig) Anderson hasn’t surrendered a goal in 2 hours, 27 minutes, 46 seconds of game time. Philadelphia’s Daniel Briere was the last to beat him, on Feb. 23. Anderson, Florida’s backup to Tomas Vokoun, has also stopped 105 consecutive shots. Since the new year began, Anderson has won five of six starts.

‘‘This could happen to anyone, I’m just trying to work hard in practice to make sure I’d be ready when I did get the call,’’ said Anderson, who made 40 saves Tuesday after making 53 Sunday against the Islanders. ``It starts by working hard in practice and battling for the guys there. The guys are definitely pulling together. It’s good to see. These last two have just been terrific.’‘

more on the Panthers…

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Forsberg Welcomed

from Woody Paige of the Denver Post,

He was Peter the Very Good.

The Avalanche was great.

Afterward he had a grin that couldn’t have been removed with a hammer and a chisel.

“Every morning since I got to Denver, I wake up smiling and looking out at the sunshine. Definitely, it’s great to be back,” Peter Forsberg said.

“And I played OK.”

It was as if he never left.

continued

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Flyers Lose 5-2, Point To Blown Call

from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

If the Flyers miss the playoffs by two points, they may blame a blown call in last night’s 5-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres at the Wachovia Center….

Buffalo center Tim Connolly had not gotten off the ice when Roy was virtually on top of goalie Marty Biron.

“They had five guys on the ice by 60 feet,” Flyers coach John Stevens said, fuming. “Their fifth guy was the guy at the far blue line. . . . It’s unbelievable. They totally missed the call. . . . I don’t know where Roy came from. I thought it was a missed change . . . just a totally blown call.”

read on

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Are The Conferences “Officiated” Differently

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, “It’s tougher (hockey in the West) and they know that out here and the teams play accordingly,” said (Bryan) Murray. “They seem to, and I may be wrong on this, be able to hold up a little more on the forecheck that we can in the East. I guess they tolerate a little more.”

more from Murray and some Sens talk too…

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Tootoo Refining His Game

from the Edmonton Sun,

This year, Tootoo had nine goals and six assists in 47 games. He scored 11 goals in his first three years.

“I’ve been trying to focus more on making plays rather than looking for that big hit,” Tootoo said. “I still have to be physical because that’s the foundation of my game. I think it really intimidates players knowing they have to be aware of when I’m out there and they have to keep their heads up.

“But I’m looking to do more than that now. I think that comes with maturity. I’m holding on to that puck for that extra-second longer instead of being so nervous with it that you want to get rid of it right away.”

more

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All Peter Karmanos

from Lord Stanley’s Blog at the News & Observer,

ON THE HURRICANES’ TURNAROUND: “It was frustrating, and I can tell you I’ve been very, very pleasantly surprised. I feel really good about the team. If we make the playoffs — if, and that’s true for a lot of teams — we will do very well.”

ON RUTHERFORD AS A POSSIBLE CANDIDATE FOR THE TORONTO VACANCY: “I find that whole thing amusing. I talked to Jimmy yesterday about the whole Leafs situtation. I don’t know what the (heck) they’re going to do…. This whole thing about all the names that are being mentioned, everyone they’ve talked to who has been there, it may be an indication of why they’ve been so poor for so many years now.”

more

thanks to a KK reader fot the pointer…

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Rafalski Activated

The Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday activated defenseman Brian Rafalski from injured reserve.

Rafalski, has missed the last eight games with a groin strain

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Alex Ovechkin Conference Call

The NHL hosted a press conference call this afternoon with Washington Capitals star, Alex Ovechkin.  Ovechkin reached the 50-goal mark for the second time in his three NHL seasons Monday, scoring a hat trick [video] and adding two assists in Washington’s 10-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. Ovechkin reached the milestone in his team’s 67th game of the season, the fastest since the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Jaromir Jagr and Mario Lemieux (59th game) and the Buffalo Sabres’ Alexander Mogilny (63rd game) in 1995-96.

The player below provides the audio of that conference call.  A written transcript will be made available shortly.


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Update 6:28pm ET: Transcript now available below.

 

 

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OHL Goes To Mandatory Neck Guards

via The Record,

The Ontario Hockey League will force all of its players to wear neck protection starting next week.

The league has annouced mandatory neck protection must be worn by all players effective March 10.

Update March 6th, 2008 - 12:23pm ET:
From CTV,

A new group named “Keep neck guards out of the OHL” was created on Facebook early Wednesday morning. By Thursday afternoon, more than 180 people joined the group on the popular social networking website to sound off on the new regulation. 

One group member wrote, “We might as well put the cage on if we have to wear neck guards.”

Another hockey player posted a note saying he simply won’t wear it. “I probably shouldn’t be in this league anyway but I’ll be pumping gas before I will wear a neck guard,” he wrote.

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The Calder Race

fro Pierre LeBrun of the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Toews is still in the thick of it despite missing 16 games with the injury, joining Chicago Blackhawks linemate Patrick Kane among the favourites along with forwards Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals and Peter Mueller of the Phoenix Coyotes.

All four deserving candidates chatted with The Canadian Press over the past few days — two Americans (Kane and Mueller), one Swede (Backstrom) and one Canuck (Toews).

“I think it’s good for the league,” Kane said Tuesday. “Backstrom is doing well in Washington and Mueller’s scoring pretty well in Phoenix, too. In our case, if all went well for us, maybe there would be a tie (for the Calder) between me and Jonathan and that would be great for the Blackhawks. But I don’t think that’s ever been done before.”

read on

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