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Jagr & Emery POM

from NHL.com,

New York Rangers right wing Jaromir Jagr, who led all players with 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists) in 16 games, has been named the NHL Offensive Player of the Month for March. Jagr edged Buffalo Sabres center Daniel Briere (8-18--26 in 16 games), Washington Capitals left wing Alexander Ovechkin (11-13--24 in 15 games), Anaheim Mighty Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne (8-16--24 in 15 games) and Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom (3-17--20 in 15 games) for the award.
from the Ottawa Senators,
Rookie Ray Emery has been credited for his great play in the Ottawa Senators net. On Monday, the Hamilton native was named NHL defensive player of the month for March.

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Selanne & Yzerman Sizzle

pointed to by A2Y, from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

What also makes the recent exploits of Selanne and Yzerman all the more amazing is the time of year. This is when games matter most and points are often tougher to come by. The Ducks, particularly, have needed Selanne's sizzle as they continue their surge to the postseason, and are proving that they are a legitimate contender in the Western Conference. Yzerman's Red Wings have been playoff-bound since October, but the Captain's contributions have helped create separation atop the NHL's overall standings in the race for the President's Trophy.
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Lalime Out With Torn ACL

via Sports Ticker,

A rocky season for goaltender Patrick Lalime has come to a painful end The St. Louis Blues announced on Monday that an MRI confirmed that Lalime has a torn left ACL which will require reconstructive surgery. Lalime, 31, suffered the injury after Scott Hartnell of the Nashville Predators fell on him in the third period of Saturday's game

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Chara Unsure Of Return

via Sportsnet,

Ottawa Senators defenceman Zdeno Chara spoke to the media for the first time in over a week Monday and the news was not very positive. Chara now says he's just hopeful to return in time for the playoffs. His return to the lineup during the regular season now appears to be in question as the towering blueliner said he is not sure when he'll be ready for game action. The swelling in Chara's right hand has gone down considerably. However, he is still not comfortable when holding his stick.

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Vokoun Out With Strained Back

via the AP,

Predators goalie Tomas Vokoun will miss tonight’s game against Columbus because of a strained back. Vokoun felt soreness in the back following Saturday’s 2-1 win over St. Louis. Predators Coach Barry Trotz listed Vokoun as day-to-day, saying he was likely to return to the lineup either in one of Nashville’s two mid-week games or this weekend.

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Leafs Goaltender- We’re Not Done Yet

from the CBC,

Surprise goaltending sensation Jean-Sebastien Aubin has a message for all those hockey experts who've written off the Toronto Maple Leafs' playoff hopes. "We're not done yet," proclaimed Aubin, who's last week backstopped Toronto to three straight victories over playoff-bound teams to breath some life into the Leafs' fading Stanley Cup aspirations. "No one has given up. The guys are really going all out, every shift."
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A Yote And A Hab For POW

via NHL.com,

Phoenix Coyotes center Steven Reinprecht, who led the NHL with seven points (five goals, two assists) and tallied two game-winning goals in three victories, has been named the NHLs Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, April 2. Montreal goaltender Cristobal Huet, who led the Canadiens to three victories with a 0.65 goals-against average, .979 save percentage and two shutouts, is the Leagues Defensive Player of the Week.

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Calling The Game In The Playoffs

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

As much as the past six months have been crucial to the NHL's successes this season, the playoffs and how they're going to be called by on-ice officials present an entirely different beast. And the extent to which the NHL is able to replicate in the postseason what they have already accomplished in the regular season will be the final word on whether the league is made of stone or sand. The dilemma is both simple and wildly complex. Simple, in the sense that all officials have to do is maintain what they've done all year. If it's a foul, call it. Hook, hold, interfere, and you go to the box.
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Zherdev Out With Sprained Knee

via the AP,

The Columbus Blue Jackets added forward Dan Fritsche to the roster on emergency recall from the club's American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse on Monday to replace forward Nikolai Zherdev who will be out indefinitely with a sprained knee. Zherdev is leading the Blue Jackets in goals (27) and ranks second on the club in points (54) in 73 games this season. The fourth overall pick in the 2003 draft has 40 goals and 88 points in 130 career NHL games.

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The Future Of Non-Playoff Teams

from the Hockey News,

Shockingly, many teams utilize T.F. (The Future) as their primary marketing tool. And why shouldn’t they; between injuries, un-panned-out prospects, Millburian trades and male pattern baldness treatments, any team’s fortunes could take turn for the fortunate. Nobody knows what T.F. holds, so everybody’s got a right to plant their flag in its foundation. But let’s not kid ourselves -- some of the teams that are in the league’s cellar this season are going to stink similarly next season. Others will improve and make the leap into post-season contender, as the Sabres, Hurricanes and Rangers did this year.
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