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Kids Coming Through For Sharks

from the San Francisco Chronicle,

San Jose has gone with the same lineup for four games, and six players have made their playoff debuts. The Sharks are the only team to have as many as five rookies appear in four games this postseason. "The kids that are coming up now are willing to learn, they have great energy and a great focus on the game,'' Sharks defenseman Scott Hannan said. "They come in and they're easy to get along with. It's not so much teaching; it's playing and making them feel comfortable and relaxed."
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Rags Get Standing-O From Garden Faithful

from Reuters via Yahoo,

The New York Rangers were saluted with a standing ovation from the Madison Square Garden crowd on Saturday. Unfortunately, it came at the end of a 4-2 home defeat to the New Jersey Devils that swept them out of the Stanley Cup playoffs, four games to none. The 18,000-plus audience rewarded the Rangers for their effort and for their surprisingly strong season that landed a playoff place for the first time in nine years. "I wish I could have gone up into the stands and shaken every single person's hands, " New York coach Tom Renney said about the ovation.
continued added 10:35pm, from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
When the pain of this four-game series loss to the Devils subsides (and it might take awhile), the Rangers will look back on their surprising 2005-06 season as an end and a beginning. The season marked the end of an almost unthinkable nine-year playoff drought.
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Babcock Outcoached

from Mlive,

Not only has Edmonton had the best player in this series, Chris Pronger, it's also had the better coach, Craig MacTavish. So far.... Regardless of any personnel changes or strategical adjustments, it's up to Babcock to light a fire in this team. That's why they hired him, isn't it? He talked all season about work ethic and accountability and so far his team isn't showing a lot of either.
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Legace Not Feeling Well

from the NY Times,

"I don't feel too good, to be honest with you," said Legace, who has allowed 14 goals in the series. "I feel like I'm sick. But that's the way the playoffs are. "We've got to look towards Monday." "I'm not playing to the level of where I have to be to win games and win series for our team right now," said Legace, who is in his first full season as a No. 1 goaltender and has seemed more comfortable as a backup. "I'm just playing average. And average isn't good enough in the playoffs."
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One Down- Fifteen To Go

The Rangers jersey has been removed from the right sidebar of the KK hockey section. Who's next? added 9:55pm, Two down, Bolts can no longer defend the Cup.

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Panic Time

Let's take a tour of some of the Wings forums right after they lost 3-2 to Edmonton today, which puts Edmonton up 3-2 with game 8 in Alberta on Monday.

-3 Cups- should have one 6. The wings are about as disappointing as a three time cup winning franchise can be. They disappoint more than they fulfill. -get rid of datsyuk- he is the worst playoff player i have seen. 2 points in 4 games. and no goals in what 25 games now? -Goal Tending- With the exception of '98, they've always lost when facing superior goaltending. That's the problem again. I hate to say it, but Legace is a mediocre goalie at best. I can't help but wonder why Ken Holland didn't make a deal at the trade deadline for Roloson. Seems like something like that is the story every year. -to all you doughters out there; SHUT UP AND CHEER ON YOUR TEAM, THIS IS NOT OVER YET WINGS WILL WIN THIS SERIES! -it'll almost be a relief to see the wings go down. this heartless play and being manhandled by a hungry and completely worthy team is wreaking havoc on my blood pressure. -BUNCH OF DAMN LAZY LOSERS WITH NO HEART.JUST PATHETIC AND EMBARASSING..TRADE FOR A GOOD GOALIE AND SOME TOUGHNESS AND HEART NEXT SEASON.I HOPE EDMONTON WINS THIS SERIES AS THEY ARE MUCH MORE DESERVING.

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Koivu Released From Hospital

from TSN,

Saku Koivu returned home from the hospital yesterday, but contrary to a published report in a Montreal newspaper today, Koivu is not yet in the clear and most definitely is not scheduled to return to the Carolina-Montreal series. A source close to the Canadiens described as "ludicrous" the report that suggested Koivu is a strong possibility to return to face Carolina in the playoffs.
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JSG Not Athletic Enough

from the Calgary Sun,

But did Anaheim Mighty Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere deserve the pasting he received from the CBC's Kelly Hrudey Thursday night? The usually reserved former NHL netminder picked apart Giguere's simple style on Behind the Mask and, in the nicest way possible, implied the Montreal product wasn't athletic enough -- or perhaps didn't try hard enough -- to be an elite goaltender. Giguere didn't hear the comments but defended his strategy, which is based on covering the bottom of the net and keeping his upper core closed and square to the shooter. "If Kelly Hrudey wants to go that road, I'd love to go and see what kind of game he played when he played, too," said Giguere yesterday, skipping the optional practice at the Saddledome.
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Cole Has Plans

from the Leader-Post,

On Monday, doctors in Raleigh, N.C., will remove the cervical thoracic brace from around the broken neck of Erik Cole. And then the Carolina Hurricanes left-winger will hold a gentle ceremony for the plastic and steel support that's been clamped to him almost every minute since early March. "I'm going to run over it a few times with my Cadillac," Cole said Friday. "And then I'm going to drive at least a few miles down the highway, dragging it behind the car."
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Foppa Fine

from the Reading Eagle, T

he orange-clad crowd of 20,092 roared Friday night whenever Peter Forsberg touched the puck, expecting something magical to happen. Forsberg looked like David Copperfield two nights earlier, scoring two goals without shooting the puck on the net in Philadelphia's 4-2 win over Buffalo. “I know people (in Philadelphia) haven't been around him because he played in the West (with Colorado) so much,” Hitchcock said. “You're looking at him as a special player. Having coached against him for so many years, the way he's playing right now is the way he plays every game in the playoffs. It's not surprising.”
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