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Hitchcock Sorry For Outburst

via the Philadelphia Daily News,

"I guess I need to apologize," Hitchcock said yesterday after the Flyers had a short skatearound to get ready for tonight's Game 3 at the Wachovia Center. "I know better than that. I kind of lost discipline the way our team did in the game." Reacting to Ruff's saying the Flyers acted like "idiots," Hitchcock ended his postgame news conference by saying Ruff could "[bleep] off." "To use a word like that on television or on radio or in print is not who I am," Hitchcock said. "That's not what I'm about, so saying it was the wrong thing.
Watch the outburst from Hitchcock... Is Hitchock's job on the line? from Sportsnet,
Will Ken Hitchcock, the hard-nosed head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, be the next to get the axe? You can't help but wonder, considering the way the Flyers are playing in the playoffs.
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Too Many Penalties

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Lightning coach John Tortorella is getting tired of all the penalties being called -- and his club has only played three games in the first round of the playoffs. While Tortorella claimed he was speaking, with respect for the job officials have to do, he doesn't like the fact there are so many power plays. "I say just let the players decide the outcome. I know they want to keep the standard that was established during the regular season and I understand that," said Tortorella. "But I want the players to decide the outcome because in the end, that's the way it should be..."
read on...including Redden dealing with his mother's death, Hasek update and even more from Tortorella...

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Advice To Wings Fans

The dark cloud floating over Wings fans today (even on a cloudless morning in Michigan) can still disappear. Panic has officially set in- numerous online forums are full of despair. Maybe fans can take some advice from ex-Wing Darren McCarty whee talking about the Tigers yesterday- via the Calgary Sun, "What do you do? You can't have a favourite team and bail on them," he said. "I was lucky because I was around when they won in '84 with Gibby (Kirk Gibson), Trams (Alan Trammell), Lance Parrish, Jack Morris, all those guys. That was the heyday and you have to stick with them through thick and thin."

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Here And There

Sharks coach Ron Wilson said Tuesday before Game 3 of the Western Conference first-round series against Nashville at HP Pavilion that the story line on penalties in the playoffs has been overdone. "It seems to be a fixation on the part of the media," he said. "It's not the fault of the referees. It's the fault of the players committing the fouls. I don't have a problem with it." - Mercury News The New York Rangers' Jaromir Jagr, when asked to name three people he'd like to invite to dinner: "Shakira. And if I invite her, forget the other guys, because they would just bother me." -Toronto Sun CBC Television has approached the National Hockey League about extending its contract and keeping Hockey Night in Canada on the network well past the current 2008 expiration date, according to sources. Nancy Lee, the head of CBC Sports, confirmed yesterday that the network is interested in extending the contract. "But there's nothing pending at this point and time," she said. -Globe and Mail

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Everything Going Wrong For Rangers

from the NY Times,

Just before the playoffs, Jaromir Jagr received a shipment of hockey sticks that he should have immediately tossed into the trash. The name "Jarg," next to the No. 88, was painted on all the sticks. Jagr, as he is known to most of the world, wears 68. At the time, Jagr laughed at the errors. But when he walked into the Rangers' locker room Tuesday afternoon, he said, "See what happens when I play with that stick?" For Jagr and the Rangers, the playoffs have been one gigantic misprint. The Rangers have been blown out twice by the Devils and they cannot count on their superstar to save them in Game 3. Enough time has passed since Jagr injured his left arm in Game 1 that he is able to talk about it, but he does not feel comfortable playing with it.
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Quinn Got Shafted

from the Toronto Sun,

Bobby Clarke feels Pat Quinn was screwed over by the Maple Leafs. Okay, so he didn't use those exact words. His language was far more colourful and to the point. "He got f----- in Toronto," the animated Philadelphia Flyers general manager said yesterday. "That was really wrong."
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Will NHL Improvements Matter

from the AP via Sports Illustrated,

After expanding too much and looking after the product too little, Bettman finally got it right. The NHL has cost certainty and a solid foundation, but perhaps more important, the league has a product that is fast and dramatic enough to translate to the still-small-but-growing TV screen without the excitement cut off at the edges. An increasing number of high-definition telecasts will help. But unless the league's marketing department comes up with new and better ways to connect with viewers who aren't fans already, all those improvements combined won't make enough of a difference to matter.
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Crawford Pays The Price

With no hockey on ESPN, Barry Melrose must have been following the Crawford story since it broke earlier today. He files this story 1/2 hour after Crawford got the boot. from Barry Melrose of ESPN,

I think coaches are fired way too quickly in the NHL, I've always thought that. It's way to easy to blame one guy, but that's the way the league is. When you don't win and you're not where you're supposed to be as a team, someone has to pay the price, and it's usually the coach. Pat Quinn lost his job a week ago, and now, it's Marc Crawford.
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Shark Spy

from the Mercury News,

The Sharks were busted Monday when they tried to get an early look at what Nashville might have in store tonight as the series between the teams moves to HP Pavilion for Game 3. "Rob Zettler was hiding up in the suites today. We caught him 007-ing us,'' Nashville Coach Barry Trotz said Monday with a smile of the Sharks assistant coach. "But that's part of it.'' General Manager Doug Wilson denied there was anything improper going on and noted that the Predators' staff had access to Sharks practices in Nashville. Also with a smile, he added that he had no problem with that. Trotz acknowledged his team did plan changes for tonight's game, but declined to spell any out.
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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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