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Russians Invade Pittsburgh

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Evgeni Mihkeyev and Yaroslav Tretiakov made the long trip from Russia to the United States to watch three Penguins games this week. The two Moscow residents are part of the Penguins Support Crew, which gathers regularly at a sports bar to watch the handful of Penguins games broadcast live on television in Russia every season. “It’s just a sports bar, but our company of people goes there to watch every live Penguins game. There are not so many of them that are broadcast live. There are maybe five, 10 or 15 a year. It depends,” Mihkeyev said. “Right now, we can see a lot of Philadelphia Flyers games, but we don’t like them.”

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Wings Dressing 18 For Tonight

Yzerman, Chelios, Lang, Schneider, Datsyuk and Williams all out with lower or upper body injuries. Cap doesn't allow for any more call-ups so, Wings play with 18 tonight. added 3:35pm, Yzerman and Chelios are more of a resting mode, Williams a few bumps and bruises and Lang and Schneider hope to play on Saturday, maybe Datsyuk too. added 3:45pm, Same information from the Detroit News...

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Disappointed In Atlanta

from Barry Melrose of ESPN,

A few months ago, we thought Thrashers GM Don Waddell was nuts, pulling a Knute Rockne and predicting that Atlanta would make the playoffs. The Thrashers went on to play themselves into a postseason spot, but then, they hit a wall. Now, they have dropped out of the playoff picture. The only way Waddell's prediction will come true is if the team wins its four games and gets a few favors from the teams above them in the standings. I don't know why this happened to the Thrashers. Everyone was competing, players like Marc Savard and Kovalchuk were storming up the scoring list and the team overcame huge goaltending woes. Now, for all intents and purposes, they are out of the playoffs. There's no reason for it. They proved they were a good team. It's one of my big disappointments over the past few weeks.
more...inlcuding the "good" Yzerman & the "ugly" Nashville...

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Playing The Percentages With Foppa

from the Delaware County Times,

Peter Forsberg will play for the Flyers in the playoffs, even if it takes 11 yards of adhesive tape, all-night whirlpools, prescriptions, pills and prayers. If he is 100 percent healthy, he’ll play. If he is 90 percent healthy, he’ll play. Eighty? Seventy? Sixty? Half-and-half? He’ll play. "If he’s 40 percent," Ken Hitchcock bid Wednesday, after an optional Flyers workout at the Skate Zone, "he’ll play." So Flyers fans have 40. Do they hear 39?

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Top Turnarounds

from Sports Illustrated,

The top regular-season turnarounds in NHL history as measured by points. (The list does not include 1995-96, which followed the abbreviated lockout season of '94-95.) 1. 1993-94 San Jose Sharks, 58-point improvement Coach: Kevin Constantine The Sharks moved from the Cow Palace, their temporary home in Daly City, to San Jose and the high-rent district in the form of a lift from 24 points the previous season to 82.
read the other nine...

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Hasek Pushes Back Start

via TSN,

Dominik Hasek practiced with the team again Wedensday, but left practice early on Thursday morning with a sore groin. He said he's worked out too much in the last two weeks and now expects to play his first game Tuesday in New York. Ray Emery, who was bothered by a sore hip, is expected to be in net against Florida

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Risk Comes With Avery

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

There are two indisputable facts to ponder about Sean Avery, the loudmouth super-pest who played for the Los Angeles Kings up until Wednesday, when they told him not to bother showing up for work for the final three games of the National Hockey League season: One, Avery is a monumental pain in the you-know-what, a high-maintenance loose cannon who required so much handling, that eventually, the Kings determined that his presence became counter-productive to what they were trying to accomplish as a group;...
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Bolts Looking Ahead

from the St. Peterburg Times,

Lightning coach John Tortorella did not go home Tuesday night. Instead, he spent the night in his office watching the video of Tampa Bay's 6-2 loss to the Thrashers that has turned the playoff race into a can of sardines. Then, at noon Wednesday, Tortorella held a nothing-off-limits meeting with what he called the "core of the team" - about a dozen players who have been through the rise and current fall of the Lightning. After it was over, Tortorella seemed more optimistic than ever that the Lightning will make the playoffs. "We're going to get it done," he said.

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Who Is It

Anyone want to take a shot and name this current NHLer? image

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This Will Never Work

Is this a sneak peek of a possible new type of jersey? Nah, but Thornton actually played like this for about ten seconds. He was behind his own net, digging for the puck and somehow his jersey ended up over his head. He attempted to get it over his head again, but decided trying to get the puck out of his own zone was more important. His hands were basically useless, so he just became a body until the puck was in the neutral zone. By the way, Joe had four assists in a overtime win against the Canucks, which helped me with my friendly bet with VCOE. image

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