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No More Excuses

from Terry Frei of ESPN,

There are no more excuses, and that goes for myself," Turco said after Game 2. Bill Guerin is one of the highest-paid players in the league, at $6.7 million, but he isn't even getting on the ice on the power play and -- to make matters worse -- has a boot-camp haircut because he lost a bet when his beloved Boston College Golden Eagles lost to Wisconsin at the Frozen Four. He has to step up, and coach Dave Tippett needs to show more faith in him for that to happen.
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Does Anyone Care

from the Miami Herald,

Another Panthers season has faded into the night, and while it is something of a victory that there was a season at all, I cup my hand to an ear and listen for the clamor. I want to hear talk pressuring goalie Roberto Luongo to sign a multiyear deal and remain with the team. I want to hear talk pressuring the Panthers to sign Luongo because he is the franchise's face and one of the NHL's best at his position. But you know what I hear? Crickets breaking a troubling silence.
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Wings Ready To Collapse- HA!

Never upset a Wing fan with a blog. We have been there before, gone through all of the emotions and know what to expect. Oiler fans on the other hand, are acting like they have never been to the playoffs before.

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Report- Crawford Fired

via TSN,

The Vancouver Canucks have called a news conference for 6:30pm et/3:30pm pt where they are expected to announce the firing of head coach Marc Crawford, according to Mojo Radio in Vancouver.

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The Pros & Cons

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

For the first time since coaches and players started pushing the slash-and-grab envelope to the extreme, the NHL is proactively taking on the role as spring steward. It's too early to tell how this standard of enforcement will play out for the rest of the postseason, but there are some early pros and cons. PRO When the game is played at equal strength, it is unquestionably faster. Players are entering the offensive zones with speed and putting the defense on its heels. CON Power plays slow the game down. Players become stationary. The up-and-down action is stifled and that stops the hitting. I know the NHL's response is that if the players follow the rules, everything will be fine, but I think the stripes can let a little more go in terms of the physical play down low.
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The Maven Tour

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-The increased flow to this season’s games was corroborated by Gary Bettman who reveals that there were 13,000 less stoppages of play than last season. The Commish also reiterated that officials who don’t call penalties that are merited, will not find themselves working deep into the playoffs. -When asked if he regretted signing with the Flyers this season, Peter Forsberg’s response: “No! Absolutely not. Just look at the alternatives I had – Boston. Toronto and Los Angeles. None of them made the playoffs."
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Back In Business

from Sports Illustrated,

Any time something more distasteful than usual goes down, some fans walk away for good, but there are plenty more in the pipeline. For the rest of us, it's like having a nasty spat with a loved one. You eventually kiss and make up. There will always be cycles in every sport where attendance falls and franchises struggle. And I wouldn't advise anyone to start a major league of any kind unless they're keen on flushing bales of greenbacks and watching it go the way of the XFL and WUSA, but the major established sports are suicide-proof. The NHL's TV ratings are still under the dumpster, but the league will be just ducky as long as it nurtures its considerable niche and doesn't entertain any delusions of grandeur. So I've learned my lesson. The next time millionaires and billionaires start gouging eyes over a roll of quarters, or a noxious scandal consumes a sport, I'm just going to kick back and crack my knuckles until it all blows over and we get back to business as usual.
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Jagr And Ranger Update

Sam Rosen was just on Leafs Lunch, said Jagr met with press today and mentioned it will take a miracle for him to play. Jagr said even if he can play a little, he will. Rosen felt Kasparaitis has a better chance to play tomorrow than Jagr and Renney is leaning towards Lundqvist in goal.

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No Suspension For Gauthier

via TSN,

The National Hockey League will not be suspending Flyers defenceman Denis Gauthier for his hit from behind on Buffalo Sabres forward Thomas Vanek in the second period of Philadelphia's 8-2 loss to Buffalo on Monday.

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StrangleHold About To Be Applied

from the Edmonton Oilers,

Despite outplaying the Oilers by a wide margin in Game 1 on Friday, the Red Wings got through by the skin of their teeth with a 3-2 double-overtime win.... Now the scene shifts to Rexall Place where, with a pair of home wins, the Oilers could take a stranglehold on the series.
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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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