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Nabokov Tries To Stay Positive

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."

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Crackdown Will Continue In Playoffs

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.

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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."
image 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".

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OT In The Playoffs

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

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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.

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Sharks Plan Long Ride

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.''

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Flyers Have Problems

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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What Lottery?

Fans camp out for 16 hours waiting for Nashville playoff tickets, not aware of ticket lottery plans. Tired fans get bumped to 80th in line. read the Tennessean for more... image

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Do You Believe

We believe in hockey. We believe we can score on the opening faceoff. We believe in the unbelievable. We believe in AHH! [awesome goal scored] and OHH! [awesome save made] We believe in the Great One, the Next One, And that we’re all part of one big hockey family. Unless you have the puck. That’s different. We believe in hockey! more at VCOE...

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NHL Shopping Time

You may have noticed the addition of 16 NHL authentic jersey links on the right sidebar of the KK hockey section. The jerseys are Reebok authentic, and most are available in the home, away or alternate style. You can also add any "pro cut" name to the jersey, along with a "C" or "A" if you so desire. Gear up for the Playoffs at IceJerseys.com You can also get 15% off any single item at Shop.NHL.com, a very nice savings and some very good bargains are available there. Interested in NHL Playoff tickets? Then StubHub.com is the place for a great selection of tickets for all eight NHL playoff series. They will also buy your tickets if for some reason you cannot use them. All of the affiliates on Kukla's Korner are hand picked by me, they are not just "network" ads that happen to appear out of the clear blue. Most are geared towards the sports enthusiast and by using the affiliates, it helps me keep KK up and running. I also depend on the commission earned- A full time blogger has to eat, pay for gas, etc... too. KK will of course cover the NHL playoffs beginning the end of this week. Some late nights are in the future, but I will have all summer to recover.

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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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