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It’s The Playoffs- You Live For This

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

There was some question as to whether McCarty would play the opener, after a six-goal regular season and the fact that he is also bothered by a lower-body injury that he had wrapped in ice and a tensor bandage, post-game Friday. "Not in my mind," said McCarty. "It's playoffs. You live for this. The regular season is a sort of exhibition for this time of year. I've been fortunate to be part of a lot of good teams and play a lot of playoff games. When I was brought here, it was pretty much for my experience at this time of year, so. I've been trying to get as healthy as I can and get myself back and able to play. Obviously, I'm happy with the way it worked out."
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Redden Leaves Sens

via TSN,

Ottawa Senators defenceman Wade Redden returned home to Lloydminster, Saskatchewan Sunday morning after his mother, Pat, passed away Saturday from a lengthy battle with cancer. It is not known when Redden will rejoin the team for the postseason.

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Worth The Money Or Not

from the Toronto Star,

With the NHL employing a salary cap for the first time in its history, it's more important than ever for teams to find overachieving players who don't consume too much cap room. his season's top defensive pairing — as far as bargains go — would be Ottawa's Brian Pothier and Carolina's Mike Commodore, while Montreal goalie Cristobal Huet ranked best when comparing his salary and statistics to other NHL netminders. The biggest regular-season busts this season included Los Angeles centre Jeremy Roenick, Edmonton right winger Georges Laraque and Anaheim left winger Jeff Friesen.
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Dom Needs To Find Another Place To Stand

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Unless Dominik Hasek is in uniform, he won't be watching any more games from the Senators' bench area. Coach Bryan Murray was surprised to learn yesterday the club's injured goalie watched the first two periods of Game 1 from just behind the Ottawa bench. "I just heard about that. He won't be there again," said Murray. "The players shouldn't be there." Murray said the NHL has rules about players who are not dressed standing on or near the bench.
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If You Trap, You Better Win

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

To some, Edmonton playing a playoff game using the trap is a sad day for hockey. Edmontonians have taken an immense amount of pride over the years when coaches were killing the game around the league that their team religiously refused. When the lockout ended, much was made of the new NHL rules bringing back 'Oilers Hockey,' as it came to be known. But to most fans, I suspect, this is a right now sort of thing. The negative right now is that they lost 3-2 in double overtime and are down 1-0 in the series. They trapped. They gave up 57 shots and blocked 35 more. They lost. If you are going to trap in Edmonton, you damn sure better win. They didn't.
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Today’s Games

Wings/Oilers (HD) and Sharks/Predators are the NBC games today. No coverage map yet (added 9:27am, here is the coverage map for today). Whatever game your local NBC station is covering, the other game will be available on Center Ice. Also note, there is no OLN-HD broadcast available today. image

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Pulford Monitoring Playoffs

from Bob Verdi of the Chicago Tribune,

And thanks to the Blackhawks, who have been rebuilding since 1961, there will be no playoff hockey this month, or this year, but it's a long century. The last one certainly was. While franchises from Detroit, Dallas and New Jersey could win championships in both the NBA and NHL, the United Center will house no such possibility because our icemen goeth quietly to the first tee again, suspecting they are in the wrong sport. When it comes to playing hockey, the Hawks might be a better golf team.
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Ducks Meet Phaneuf

from the OC Register,

Dion Phaneuf is the reason they should expand the rinks. Dion Phaneuf is also the reason there should be a trap door. He is a tornado without a warning siren, the best thing for Canadian dentists since frozen Oreo sandwiches. "He isn't trying to hit you," said Brent Sutter, his coach in junior hockey, "he's trying to hurt you."
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“Junior” Jacobs Wants To Be More Involved

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

(Craig) Patrick is likely to become a GM candidate in Boston, but we're told the likelihood is growing that the job will be given to interim GM Jeff Gorton, the former assistant GM who ascended to the position upon Mike O'Connell's late-season dismissal. We're hearing that executive VP Charlie Jacobs, the son of owner Jeremy Jacobs, is interested in assuming more responsibility within the organization, and that includes the hockey department. An accomplished GM, therefore, might not make for the best mix.
more (reg. req.)...Larry touches on f rew other topics too...

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Stars Looking For Solution

from the Dallas Morning News via the Mercury News,

It's a tad bit ironic - or maybe even terrifying - that the Stars built this team on the philosophy that solid puck-moving defensemen will be the key to winning in the "new NHL." Poor puck play by the defense was probably the No. 1 reason for a 5-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday in Game 1 of the best-of-7, first-round playoff series. But is the solution to hold the puck less or hold it more?
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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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