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Williams Admits Mistake

from the London Free Press,

"I knew he (Pronger) was coming down on me and I was trying to protect the puck," said Williams, who had scored in the first period to tie it. "I've got to be stronger there. I've got to make sure I get it out. It's playoff time and the blue-line is key. You've got to get the puck in and get the puck out." Teammate Brendan Shanahan came to Williams' defence. "In past years, maybe he'd be out of the lineup, but he's not," Shanahan said. "He'll be in the lineup and he'll be on his line (with Steve Yzerman and Robert Lang) and he'll be manning the point on the power play and be expected to play a big part in us winning the series. "On most goals in the NHL, a mistake occurs. It's not always malicious. And when you're expected to be a playmaker, like Jason, you can't do that when you're thinking one mistake and I'm in the press box."

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from the Dallas Morning News via Myrtle Beach Online,

The NHL reseeds after the first round, which only makes sense. If an 8 upsets a 1, why should the 4 or 5 seed play the 8 while the 2 plays the 3? That can happen in the NBA. Not in the NHL. TV coverage: NBA moves back into a tie. Charles and Kenny and Ernie in the TNT studio, ESPN's Bill Walton with both his profound and ridiculous utterances? I've got to be honest with you, I still haven't found OLN on my dish. Overtime drama: Yes, the NHL crushes one out of the park and we're all tied at 2. Said it before, will condense it here. No other team sport has to end with such sudden elation for the winner, depression for the loser than playoff overtime hockey. In the NBA, you can watch the clock and see it coming. In the NFL? Please, have another field goal.
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Esche Goaltending A Positive

from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The glass is still half-full. That is the trick of positive perspective the Flyers have to take from Saturday's elongated introduction to the NHL postseason - as if they have another choice. The glass is half-full, but the Cup... well, that's another story. Playoff hockey for the Flyers is now, as it has ever been, about the Cup. Other teams can take heart and solace from decent postseason results, letting the warmth of a round or two of success carry them into a long summer of hope for the future. ...The most important, most calming piece of information that any hockey team can ever receive was bestowed on the Flyers in the 3-2 loss. It is what will lead them through the thicket of tonight's rematch in Buffalo and light their way when the series shifts to the Wachovia Center on Wednesday. They have the hot goaltender.

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Paint On- Ready To Rock

from the Calgary Sun,

Boy, is my face red. Three shades of red. And yellow. And black. And white. Made over by the magnificent Melody Kiellek prior to last night's Flames game against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, my face became a nervous canvas for her sure-handed and skilful artistry. Ten grams of paint and a half-hour later, I have been transformed from Flames-supporting couch potato, into the ultimate Flames fan.

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Ranger Woes

via the NY Post (reg. req.),

The Rangers have little choice but to try to return Jaromir Jagr into action despite his left arm injury, probably a shoulder dislocation, suffered in Game 1. The twists and turns have all gone against the New Yorkers already. The Devils are operating on the assumption Jagr will shrug off his injury and suit up for the Blueshirts at the Meadowlands. The Rangers are already considering dumping folk hero Henrik Lundqvist in favor of 2002 Devils-killer Kevin Weekes in goal
via Larry Brooks of the NY Post (reg. req.),
Jason Ward, a PK specialist who left Saturday's game with what has been diagnosed as an isolated MCL sprain of the right knee will be unavailable for the remainder of the first round, if not longer. Rucinsky, meanwhile, is all but certain to not only miss tonight's match, but Wednesday's Game 3 at the Garden. It's possible he'd be able to return either next Saturday for Game 4 or next Sunday for a hypothetical Game 5. "I'm really limited; I can't really do much," said Rucinsky. "I'd hoped I could do more with a new splint on the finger, but it didn't work out. As anxious as I am to play, it makes no sense to go out there if I'm going to be useless and can't contribute."

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Can Carolina Change Their Game

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun, T

he Carolina Hurricanes thoroughly have enjoyed their season of fun and frolic. But the post-season puts a much greater priority on hard work than on fun, and tonight, the Hurricanes' intention is to make some serious adjustments, to get away from regular-season mode and shift into playoff mode. But can they do it?

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Will Canes Make Net Change

from the AP via the Toronto Star,

Martin Gerber remains confident in his abilities, and the rest of the players in the Carolina Hurricanes' locker room feel the same. His coach? Well, Peter Laviolette certainly has faith in his goaltender, even though he stopped short of committing to start Gerber in Game2 of the Eastern Conference series against Montreal. "I haven't addressed it, and I won't," Laviolette said yesterday, a day after the Canadiens beat Gerber and the Hurricanes 6-1 in the opener.
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St. Louis Leads Bolts

from the Ottawa Sun,

He stood in the middle of the Tampa Bay Lightning dressing room after most of the other players and the media horde had left the room. Forward Martin St. Louis had a white towel hanging over his right shoulder and a drink in his hand, his wet undershirt clinging to his muscular frame. "What time does the bus leave?" he asked to no one in particular. "Whenever you get on it," said Lightning forward Tim Taylor.

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OLN Will Become Versus

via Multichannel News,

From Outdoor Life Network to OLN to … Versus. The new moniker -- to be introduced on-air to consumers at the end of the service’s coverage of the National Hockey League playoffs in early June -- is the culmination of a two-year evolution at the Comcast Corp.-owned channel, once known principally for hunting and fishing fare, then for Tour de France coverage and bull riding and, more recently, for NHL action.

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Buzz Building In San Jose

from the Mercury News,

Gabriel Silva wore his ``In Like Fin'' T-shirt and Sharks logo cap. A replica jersey hung on the back of his chair. But something was missing from his usual game-day look: teal hair. ``Well, it's 10 in the morning,'' the San Jose resident said. So maybe there was a little less hair-dyeing and face-painting than usual for Sunday morning's Sharks game. But the early wake-up call didn't stop Silva and other die-hard hockey fans from heading to sports bars around San Jose to cheer on their team against the Nashville Predators.

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