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Battling For A Playoff Spot

from the CP via TSN,

The final five weeks of the NHL's regular season should be a treat for hockey fans, with playoff spots up for grabs in both conferences.
read on...a synopsis of every team fighting for the 8th spot in their conference...

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Rangers In A Slump But Not Quitting

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

As for the bubble bursting on a team that most picked to finish near the bottom of the Eastern Conference, Rucchin seemed nonplussed. "I just don't think that can really happen here. Everyone in this locker room is a hard-worker," he said. "And teams that work hard don't fall off the map." Rucinsky has seen the good and the bad in Gotham and describes this season as the most enjoyable of his professional career. "Now it seems as though the team's stabilized and we've have a nice family here," said Rucinsky, who has 51 points in 49 games.

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NHL POW Announced

from the CP via TSN,

Centre Olli Jokinen of the Florida Panthers is the NHL's offensive player of the week after tallying five goals and four assists in four games while New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro took the defensive honour.
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OLN- Three Games This Week

Tonight we see Canucks vs. Stars at 8:30pm, also broadcast on INHD for the high definition viewers. Tomorrow is a doubleheader, featuring Sabres vs. Capitals at 7:00pm and Coyotes vs. Kings at 10:30pm.

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Leafs Hands Are Tied

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

There's no doubt Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson could have moved Bryan McCabe last Thursday. The fact he didn't do so indicates that he sees McCabe as a part of the Leafs' future.... But this is Gary's Brave New World, and although the Leafs have lots of money, spend a lot of money, and are willing to spend a lot more money, they're not allowed to do so.
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Time For A Change

from the Standard Times,

General manager Mike O'Connell has been an excellent trader in his tenure as architect of the Boston Bruins. But he's been a poor architect, and now that the Bruins' post-Olympics record of 1-6 has taken them out of the playoff chase, it's time for a change.... This can't continue after Jacobs shouted from the rooftops his allegiance to Bruins fans during and after the lockout. He's got luxury-suite holders and a season-ticket base to think about at a time when his hockey operation needs a fresh start.

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What Stinks

from the New York Islanders,

The Islanders had a big 3-1 win in Boston on Saturday. Back home at the old arena in Uniondale, it was a different matter. A sewage pipe burst in the Islanders' dressing room at approximately 7:45 on Saturday night. It is the second time broken pipes have caused damage to the Islanders' room in the Nassau Coliseum in the last year. In August the damage was major. This time, the damage was devastating.
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Tribute To Hockey Moms

from the Chicago Blackhawks,

Blackhawk forwards Mark Bell and Michael Holmqvist and goaltender Craig Anderson are among the more than 200 NHL players who will take part in the first-ever “Tribute To Hockey Moms” at 10:00 a.m. on March 17, 2006 at the United Center. During the Blackhawks morning practice in preparation for that evening’s game against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Anderson, Bell and Holmqvist will use pink hockey sticks carrying the breast cancer research logo. The specially designed TPS sticks will then be autographed and later auctioned off at various local and national fund raising events that support breast cancer research.
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Coach Ruff Asks For Prayers

from the Buffalo News,

The Buffalo Sabres could be without coach Lindy Ruff in the coming weeks while he and his wife tend to their 11-year-old daughter, Madeleine, who has an unidentified mass on her brain. Ruff had been mysteriously absent in recent days while attending to "family matters." He skipped a news conference Thursday night following the Sabres' victory over Tampa Bay and did not show up for practice Friday, which led to speculation as the Sabres prepared for the Philadelphia Flyers. "There's no need to guess," Ruff said Saturday afternoon, before the Sabres took the ice against the Flyers. "It's something a lot of people have dealt with. Really, all we ask is that you say a prayer."

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The Forum

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette via the Star Phoenix,

The Forum was so much more than a building. It was warm. It was caring. It had character, far more than the elephant-sized cold lump of concrete and glass that is the Bell Centre, where loud is good and outrageous ear-shattering music is better - all in the guise of marketing. The reality is that nothing can replace the Forum, because it was much more than a building for so many of us. It was a second home to the people who worked there, to the well-dressed men bobbing up and down under their fedoras and to the women wearing their Sunday best on so many Saturday nights.
read on..long but oh, what history... image via the Montreal Canadiens

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