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Talking Rookies In Latvia

from Reuters,

Even in the ancient cobblestone streets and squares of Latvia's capital, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin cannot escape being compared and discussed. What happens here at the ice hockey world championships over the next two weeks will carry no weight in deciding whether Crosby, the Pittsburgh Penguins wizard playmaker, or Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals fiery goal scorer, will be crowned National Hockey League (NHL) rookie of the year. Nonetheless, everyone has an opinion in this tiny, hockey-mad Baltic republic.
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Oilers Depending On Home Ice

from the CP via Slam,

MacTavish, stepping off the jet on to the tarmac on a grey day at the Edmonton International Airport, said any report of his team's demise is premature now that the second-round NHL series has moved north. "I really feel like home ice advantage is going to be a big advantage in a series like this, one that has been as physical as this one's been," he said. "The home town fans get behind (the players) and provide a lot of energy and a lot of adrenalin for the players to finish their checks. There's no doubt in my mind we'll bounce back tomorrow."
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All Crosby

from the Chronicle Herald,

He’s the most interviewed player in the NHL and there aren’t many days that go by when his exploits aren’t documented in excruciating detail by most major media outlets. And if we all had to be honest, we’d probably admit it would be nice if more reporters got him to talk about things that were a little less ordinary sometimes — Lord knows he must be tired of answering the same boring questions every day. So when I got the chance to catch up with him on the phone on Monday, I tried to ask a few questions that were a little less run-of-the-mill. Here’s what he had to say from Latvia, where he is representing Canada at the World Hockey Championship: What would you say was your favourite NHL city that you went to this year? SC: There were a few that stood out. Obviously playing in Montreal was cool just because I grew up watching them. And any Canadian city, there was a lot of energy going into all of those. New York is cool and Boston was fun, too. I wouldn’t say there was one that sticks out the most but I’d say Boston, Montreal and New York were all great. They’re all big cities and big stages so those were fun to play in.
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Nolan Headed Towards Arbitrator

from the Toronto Sun,

The Owen Nolan case appears to be set to go before an arbitrator. It's expected the Maple Leafs and Nolan's representatives will begin to argue their sides in New York on May 16 or 17. The Leafs and Nolan have been at odds since Nolan suffered a knee injury, which required surgery. The injury led to a series of grievances. The Nolan camp contends the injury occurred while he was playing for Toronto late in the 2003-04 season. The Leafs contend Nolan was deemed healthy by the start of the lockout year and that he is owed nothing.
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How To Kill A 5 On 3 Or 2 or 1 1/2

The video (will open wmp video) says it all. Notice two Shark players lost their stick and basically it was 5 on three players, but with only one stick. image Sharkspage I am sure will have more on this series once blogger is back to normal.

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Stop Marleau

from Fox Sports,

Marleau bas been the man as far as the Sharks' offense goes in the 2006 postseason, and you already hear his name mentioned as a Conn Smythe Trophy candidate. It was Marleau who sparked the Sharks to a 2-1 win in the opening game of the best-of-seven series against the Oilers with a goal and an assist. That's two more points than Thornton had in the game, and for those keeping track, Marleau has a playoff-leading eight goals while the world is waiting for Thornton to score his first.
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Hey Mike- Was The Slapshot Music Playing In The Background

Many of you know a few of the Philadelphia Flyers attended the Kentucky Derby last weekend. Mike Knuble recaps the trip and my favorite part is-

We left Thursday night around 8:00 p.m. The drive was long, and we split it up the first night. We drove about six hours and then stopped in a parking lot behind a Bob Evans restaurant. We slept there and got up before we drove another six hours. Rathje fit well in his new RV, since he is all certified as a trucker. He owns an oilrig transport company up in Alberta, and that’s what he did during the lockout. It got to be late on Friday afternoon so we tracked down a hotel that had a spare room because we needed showers and a place to get out of the trailer and stretch our legs.
Can you imagine any athletes from the NBA or MLB taking a road trip like that? No private jet, we are not going!!!

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Still Blacked Out

from the Star-Ledger,

It's NHL playoff time, which can mean only one thing for Devils fans -- a certain amount of frustration with television coverage of their favorite team. Today, it's Cablevision and Patriot Media subscribers who have yet to switch over to digital cable. Without digital cable, they can't get OLN, which has the exclusive broadcast rights to two games in the conference semifinal round of the playoffs. "I'm not going to pay extra just so I can get hockey games," said Doug Leonard, a Devils fan and Patriot Media subscriber in Branchburg. "I wish we could get the games back on ESPN."
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The Paths To Success

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

"I studied the Indianapolis Colts operation for the last couple of years," said Burke, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks' general manager, "and Bill Polian, the president and GM there, is a genius. So, when he's looking at their board and he says, 'these four guys, that are all starters, are unrestricted next fall.' And I'm like, 'well what are you going to do?' And he says, 'let 'em go.' "Managing a team these days is still about asset management, but the premium now is going to be on drafting well and keeping those draft choices until they get to unrestricted free agency, even if you have to take them to arbitration. "But no matter what, you're going to end up driving guys to the airport, saying thank you very much, far more often than you did in the past."
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Be Like Sheed

The NHL playoffs have been great, but as you can tell today, the stories are not flowing in. We need someone to make a Rasheed Wallace type guarantee. "We will not lost game 3" would do nicely from any player right now. Pick up the action boys, get the blood flowing. Someone step and and tell us your team will not lose their next game! Please!!!

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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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