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Flames In Trouble

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Make no mistake, the Calgary Flames are in trouble. Outplayed at home the first two games of the playoffs by an Anaheim squad that force-fed the hosts a heaping helping of their own medicine, the Flames now head to a building where they've won once in the last seven seasons. While the first two games were close enough to go either way, the most casual of observers can see the Flames have been slightly out-chanced and out-skated by a young, feisty bunch that has done the unthinkable -- beat Calgary at its own game.
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Look In The Mirror Time For Flyers

from Philly Burbs,

“I'm not going to tell you anything that isn't already obvious,” Mike Knuble said. “We were out-everythinged tonight. That's a start (five goals allowed in the first period) I've never been a part of and been run over like that before. We basically handed it to them, sloppy penalties (17 in all for 61 minutes), mistakes. “Five minutes into the game it was basically over. It was a disgrace on our part. Every guy should go home and look in the mirror and figure out how we're going to be better on Wednesday.”
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Theodore Must Step Up

from the Denver Post,

What turned out to be most remarkable about Colorado's 5-4 overtime victory over the Stars in Game 2 of the first-round series at the American Airlines Center was that even after they were reeling, even after they could reasonably have been planning the "got-a-split" speeches and rationalization, the Avs were resilient. This series isn't over, and that's both figurative and literal.... Now the issues are where they go from here, and whether Theodore is up to being more than along for the ride.
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Playoff “Joke”

from the News Journal,

"I think it's a joke," Hatcher said before Monday night's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. "It's not how they called it the last 10, 15 games of the season; it's back to how they called it in the preseason. "If that's how they were going to call it, they should have started it 10 games ago. I thought the refereeing was great going down the stretch. They found a pretty good balance. Now, it's back to where it was in the preseason, and to me that's wrong."
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Fischer Travels With Wings

from the Detroit News,

He couldn't stop grinning. Jiri Fischer was back in the environment he loves … and misses. He was with his teammates, and he was cherishing every second. Fischer, who hasn't played since a heart abnormality nearly took his life on Nov. 21 during a game against Nashville, is traveling with the Red Wings on this trip to Edmonton. He is noticeably thinner. He doesn't know when, or if, he'll play hockey again. But the enthusiasm and appreciation for life is there, more than ever, and he couldn't contain his joy of having an opportunity to be with friends and teammates these next few days.
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Now What Renney

from Newsday,

Knowing that his star Jaromir Jagr and his best defenseman, Darius Kaspariatis, were already out with injuries, Renney's brainstorm was to bench his healthy rookie goaltending sensation Henrik Lundqvist, too. For backup Kevin Weekes. "You think back to our last good game, it was here against [the Devils] with Kevin in goal," Renney explained after announcing the move at the Rangers' morning skate. But even if Renney's switch had led to a victory last night - and that hope evaporated when the Devils scored twice in the game's first 15 minutes - Renney's decision to bench Lundqvist still would have been hard to defend in this best-of-seven series.
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Carolina Party

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

I've been in the RBC Centre when it has been half-empty, but there's no denying the excitement in the building when the National Hockey League playoffs come to town. The last two games here have featured overflow crowds - the team was selling standing-room tickets for $95 - and there isn't another rink in the league with a higher percentage of fans wearing home-team jerseys. Not that the jerseys are mandatory. The party-like atmosphere is reflected in some unusual garb. One row was filled with fans in black formal attire, while two other fans were spotted with yellow and powder-blue tuxes with matching top hats.
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How Loud Will It Get

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

It's still to be determined if the Oilers can beat the Red Wings. But there's no question Edmonton is going to annihilate Detroit. "It's nothing in Detroit (compared) to what it is in Edmonton. It's loud in Detroit but it's nothing compared to Edmonton. Coming home with the series tied, it's going to be amazing,'' said Ryan Smyth. Shawn Horcoff goes even further. "As much as they call Detroit Hockeytown, it's 10 times louder in Edmonton in the playoffs,'' said the Michigan State grad.
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Turco Struggles Again

from the Star-Telegram,

Turco melted faster than the AAC ice on a July afternoon, coughing up the tying goal in the fading moments of regulation and the game-winner in overtime. The Avs' 5-4 victory ripped the heart out of a Stars' team that was finally beginning to look like itself again. Instead, they trail this series 0-2 with the next two games on tap in Denver. The loss should force coach Dave Tippett and the Stars to seriously consider whether they can continue to start Turco in goal Wednesday night in Denver.
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Tretyak New President Of RIHF

from MOSNEWS,

Legendary goaltender Vladislav Tretyak was unanimously elected president of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation (RIHF) on Tuesday, the Reuters news agency reported. Tretyak, who turned 54 on Tuesday, succeeds Alexander Steblin, who was sacked last month following allegations of drunkenness and violent behavior.
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