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Caps Visit The Pentagon

from the US Department of Defense,

Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England praised the Washington Capitals ice hockey team for its support of U.S. servicemembers during team and management members' Pentagon visit today.... England also presented the Capitals with his deputy secretary of defense coin and introduced Army Staff Sgt. Joe Bowser, 46, who had his right leg amputated below the knee after being wounded in Iraq in 2004. Today, he walks and ice skates with a prosthetic device. "Joe is one of our heroes, ... one of those guys who gave a lot," England said. "What's terrific (is) Joe can still go out there and skate."
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Heart Of A Lion

Kevin mentioned this yesterday and it seems it was a preview of his column today. from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Gordie Howe is the only basis of comparison for Steve Yzerman in Detroit Red Wings history. These days Yzerman, 40, is performing at a Howe-like level. Instead of being a role player for the Red Wings going into the playoffs, Yzerman now looks like he could be a major contributor. "He's getting scoring chances every night," Holland said. "He's one of our best players." Holland said no one should be surprised, "because Steve has the heart of a lion."
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Sneak Preview

What the "My Stanley" ads will look like. I am sure the pictures will be interchangeable. image

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Forsberg Questionable

via the Philadelphia Flyers,

The Flyers could be without leading (Friday night against Buffalo) scorer Peter Forsberg. Forsberg sat out Thursday’s practice with what he termed a left groin problem. He will travel with the team and see how he feels after Friday’s morning skate. “I’ve had problems with the left groin all year, but it’s not exactly the same spot,” said Forsberg.

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NBC NHL Playoff Schedule For April & Early May

Originally posted on March 23rd SATURDAY, APRIL 22 3 p.m.-6 p.m. NHL ON NBC (Conference Quarterfinals) Site: TBA --Lead game (TBA) available in High Definition SUNDAY, APRIL 23 1 p.m.-4 p.m. NHL ON NBC (Conference Quarterfinals) Site: TBA --Lead game (TBA) available in High Definition SATURDAY, APRIL 29 3 p.m.-6 p.m. NHL ON NBC (Conference Quarterfinals Game) Site: TBA --Lead game (TBA) available in High Definition SUNDAY, APRIL 30 2 p.m.-5 p.m. NHL ON NBC (Conference Quarterfinals) Site: TBA --Lead game (TBA) available in High Definition Updated April 6th SATURDAY, MAY 6 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. NHL ON NBC (Conference Semifinals) (live) Commentators: TBA *Lead Game (TBA) available in High Definition SUNDAY, MAY 7 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. NHL ON NBC (Conference Semifinals) Commentators: TBA *Lead Game (TBA) available in High Definition SATURDAY, MAY 13 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. NHL ON NBC (Conference Semifinals) Commentators: TBA *Lead Game (TBA) available in High Definition SUNDAY, MAY 14 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. NHL ON NBC (Conference Semifinals) Commentators: TBA *Lead Game (TBA) available in High Definition

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Ovechkin On The Calder- I Want To Win It

from the AP via Fox Sports,

After all, this is a player who feels enough at ease with himself to show up for practice wearing red pants, red shoes and a red shirt, much to the chagrin of his teammates. "He's trying to implement some European fashion ideas here that just haven't seemed to hit home yet," said goaltender Olie Kolzig, a native of South Africa who has played for Germany in international competition. "We're trying to get him to tone it down a little bit." To which Ovechkin responded: "Maybe they need to work on their clothes. I like my style. I'm a European guy. I like how I dress."
read on...if you are an AO fan then a must read...

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Emery Should Be The Man

from Fox Sports,

I'm a big believer in the adage that says everything happens for a reason, so maybe it was supposed to be like this in Ottawa. Maybe this is all part of the script carved out by the hockey gods — Dominik Hasek gets injured at the Olympics, gets replaced by a rookie when NHL play resumes and never returns to the Senators' net again. Now that's not the official word out of Ottawa, but in my mind it should be.
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Panthers Are Done

from the Miami Herald,

We are gathered here today to say goodbye to the 2005-06 Florida Panthers. Well, hello and goodbye as the Panthers' March resuscitation drew little attention, what with Daunte, Shaq, Flash, Gator hoops and Tiger (for a week) for South Florida to discuss. But then seven consecutive wins and a run of 12-5 with one shootout loss had them off their deathbed. Alas, the Panthers passed away Wednesday night around 9:10 p.m. when Atlanta's Marian Hossa remembered he used to be Joe's to the Panthers' stone crabs. Hossa outmuscled and outraced two Panthers and roofed a shorthanded goal.
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Jagr Credits Lockout For Turnaround

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

According to Jagr, there was more than one reason for his strong play this season, which puts him in line to win his sixth NHL scoring crown. "First of all, I think the lockout helped me a lot," he said. "I was able to play in Czech Republic, Russia. The same routine for 14 years, I'm not saying it's getting tired, but mentally, it probably is a little bit. When you play in Europe, you can do anything you want. You can relax, but you still play hockey. I think the year off helped me a lot. Plus the whole organization here in New York, it's all about professionalism. They (are) just helping you with everything. They just make sure you play the best hockey you can play."
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Bravo

from the Penn (Indiana University of Pennsylvania),

Though considered by most to be the fourth major sports league in this country (fifth for those of you that consider NASCAR a sport), in my opinion, no playoffs can match the experience that comes about during the NHL playoffs. Hockey is the best sport in the world to watch live. Unfortunately, NHL stadiums only seat around 21,000 fans, which limits the number of people that can experience the NHL playoffs to the full effect in each year. If you check the backs of the seats during the NHL playoffs, you’re likely to find layers of dust — since during the playoffs the only part of the seats fans need is the edge.
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