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from the Calgary Sun,
Conspiracy theorists, this is your big day. Those folks always on the lookout for nefarious schemes will have plenty of speculative fodder during tonight's Calgary Flames-Anaheim Mighty Ducks season-ending tilt There's essentially nothing on the line for Calgary. They can't move in the standings, have already claimed the Northwest Division crown and know when the playoffs begin Friday night in the Stampede City, they'll have home-ice advantage over the sixth seed in the Western Conference. What team that will be, however, will likely be decided in the outing at the Arrowhead Pond. As of this morning, Anaheim, currently holding that No. 6 spot in the Western Conference, has a one-point lead on Colorado. The Avalanche, playing in Edmonton tonight, has the tiebreaker if the clubs finish tied in the standings.continued
from the Journal News,
The Rangers were off yesterday, but Lundqvist skated without restrictions both Friday and Saturday and anticipates a hard practice today. "It's going to be a lot of fun to be back on the ice and play and get ready for the playoffs," Lundqvist said. "It's important for me to get a game and get the timing going. Sometimes, it's good to get a break, and I feel very fresh. Hopefully, I get going right away." There's little doubt the Rangers will only go as far in the postseason as Lundqvist will take them, with all due respect to Jaromir Jagr's prodigious scoring ability.more
from the OC Register,
During every Mighty Ducks game at Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, Tim Ryan, wearing his crisp suit and sharp necktie, walks. The Ducks' executive vice president and chief operating officer paces the concourse before the opening puck drops. He roams the arena during intermission. He talks to spectators, shakes hands and listens to the fans. "There used to be questions: Will the fans come back? Will the sport bounce back? How long will people remember the lockout?" Ryan said. His game-time walks answered those questions. Hearing the crowd roar, seeing the seats filled, the concessions busy and the Team Store cash register racing to take in another souvenir purchase, Ryan knows the playoff-charging Ducks have done their part to give CPR to the NHL.read on
from the Contra Costa Times,
While the Sharks have charged into the postseason with a memorable surge, one of their most decorated players has been confined to a largely forgotten role. The Sharks have gone 16-3-2 since the trade deadline March 9, but goalie Evgeni Nabokov has played in just four of the games, going 2-2. "It's been pretty tough the last couple weeks," said Nabokov, who owns virtually every career goaltending mark in franchise history. "I just didn't expect that, to be honest with you. But I'm trying to stay positive, which is really tough. But what can you do? You know the team is playing well. There's nothing you can do about it. Just wait for the chance and be ready. That's about it."more
from the National Post,
Before we start wondering whether or not the National Hockey League officials will make it through the playoffs without allowing the traditional rodeos and water-skiing competitions to break out, we should concede the zebras this much. It hasn't always been perfect, but the NHL's officials did not capitulate this time. The new levels of enforcement not only made it to Christmas, they've lasted -- give or take the odd night -- right through the end of the 2005-06 regular season. History told us it wouldn't happen but it did. So if you, like me, doubted the veracity of the NHL's crackdown on obstruction, then you, like me, were dead wrong.continued
Buffalo beat Toronto today and something I have never withnessed happened. from the CP via TSN,
The game became somewhat chippy in the final period. Leafs' tough guy Tie Domi was ejected for being the aggressor in a fight with Jay McKee. Buffalo's Andrew Peters received a 10-minute misconduct after he made a golf swing-type gesture toward the Leafs bench with five minutes left. "It was disrespectful," Leafs defenceman Wade Belak said. "You don't need to do that. But it was nice to see the referee take action." Peters said he apologized to his teammates and Sabres owner B. Thomas Golisano. "That wasn't something I was very proud of," Peters said. "It was just stupid. I got caught up in the moment."added 7:37am Monday, Want to check out a few videos from this game, wander over to Hockey Fights and take your pick. Remember to download the video by right clicking and then "save as".
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Well, thankfully, no one of any influence is currently peddling that notion, so as we get set to begin the run to the Stanley Cup, we can be relatively secure in the knowledge that one of our game's great traditions - sudden death OT - is alive and well. But, you should know there is some concern about marathon OT sessions in the playoffs and how long they go. The marathon playoff games can be alternatingly exciting and tedious and as dramatically as they end, they can create havoc with everything from network TV schedules to teams' travel schedules and beyond.read on
from the Selma Times-Journal,
Surprise, surprise, surprise! That's exactly what came to my mind this morning when I did my usual trolling for sports information. I consider myself pretty well schooled on everything that's going in the world of sports. But sometimes, even I get sideswiped. And I'll bet there are some things on "The List" this week that you didn't realize, either. For instance, did you know .. the NHL is still in operation? - You know, the guys that have the beefed up figure skates and knock that large piece of flat charcoal around an enclosed frozen pond? Yeah, them. I thought it was great. I mean, ever since Wayne Gretzky retired, who cares? Kinda like Michael Jordan. Except not bald. And not as ummm, tan.
from the Mercury News,
So it's on to Nashville, cats. Everything is set. The Sharks will be in Tennessee next weekend to start the NHL playoffs. But how far can they go from there? Far. Really, really far, maybe. Joe Thornton, the Sharks' grand high exalted mystic centerman, made the understatement of the day following his team's eighth consecutive victory. ``I think we're peaking at the right time.'' Uh, yeah. ``And,'' Thornton added, ``we'd like to keep it up for a couple more months now.''continued
from the Phildadelphia Inquirer via the Mercury News,
On the ice, the Devils made the Flyers look slow and clueless. On the bench and in the locker room, the Flyers made themselves look dysfunctional and panicked. With the playoffs about to begin this weekend, that is a reason for real concern. Peter Forsberg came to North Jersey expecting to play. After pregame warm-ups, he decided his left groin was bothering him too much. This was not a case of the superstar center being overly cautious. Asked if he would have played in a playoff game, Forsberg indicated he would not.read on...including a goalie issue...
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