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Just Dumb

via the Columbus Dispatch, Columbus goaltender Marc Denis after a bad 3rd period in a loss to Tampa Bay.

"I think we just gave that game away," Denis said. "I don’t remember us playing a dumber third period than we played in the third." "You can’t sell the farm and open it up against one of the best offensive teams in the league. That’s what we did, and it was very dumb." "If we go back and forth with (Tampa Bay), we don’t have a chance," he said. "I don’t know what happened." I don’t know how a switch in our brain went off at that point. This was just the wrong way to play this game."

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Needs Practice

Poor guy.... Red Wing fans may have a flashback to Primeau in his early years- if only the jersey was red. image

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Gainey Takes Over Coaching Duties

from the Montreal Canadiens,

Montreal Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced Saturday major changes to the team's coaching staff. Gainey himself will take over as head coach by interim and Guy Carbonneau will join the team as an associate coach; Doug Jarvis (associate coach) and Roland Melanson (assistant coach) will remain with the club. Claude Julien and Rick Green were relieved of their duties.
more update 1:16pm, more on the Habs move via TSN,
'The coach is our boss and he makes everyone accountable and if it doesn't happen, like in any job, the guy in charge pays the price,'' said team captain Saku Koivu. ''But it's always unfortunate when it happens.''

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Mogilny Will Help The Kids

from the National Post,

The rookie stared, wide-eyed through the gap in the curtain, as though visible beyond it was some kind of supernatural apparition. In reality, it was an unassuming, greying 37-year-old wearing a black wool greatcoat over his sweater and slacks. "I can't believe he's here," said first-year pro Mark Mancari, a right-winger with the American Hockey League's Rochester Americans.

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Sharks Need More Points

from the San Francisco Chronicle,

The night the Sharks acquired Joe Thornton they also lost their 10th straight game and were a season-low four games under .500, nine points out of the final playoff spot and 13 points off the division lead. By going 12-4-1 since and earning 25 out of a possible 34 points, the Sharks sit four games over .500 for the first time, but are eight points out of eighth and 15 off the division lead.

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Forsberg Takes On Avs

from the Denver Post,

Forsberg is Philadelphia's favorite son at the moment, and he has taken a shine to one of America's most historic cities. Denver hockey fans still may be grieving the loss of the player many regard as the best in the world, but Forsberg has moved on. "I like the city," said Forsberg, who is scheduled to play his first career game against the Avalanche on Saturday for the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center. "I mean, I think I got to a great situation. I came to a good team with a lot of good players. I've been lucky."

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Neil Smith Interested In Islanders Job

from the NY Daily News, If the Islanders are looking for someone with ties to their glory days and experience winning the Stanley Cup as a general manager elsewhere as outgoing GM Mike Milbury's replacement, then Neil Smith certainly is enthusiastic about talking to them if the feeling is mutual. "Saying I'm interested in this one would be hard for me to duck," Smith said yesterday by telephone. "It would be a great opportunity, clearly." read on

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Czeching In

from the Edmonton Sun,

The collapse was going to be spectacular. The New York Rangers, a laughingstock when they had $65 million to spend, had to suddenly get by on half that. The pinned their hopes on flighty and temperamental Jaromir Jagr, whose two-and-a-half year stretch in Washington turned the Capitals into a hapless bottom feeder. They loaded up on Europeans and still had Glen Sather, 14 years removed from his last winning season, as the primary architect. We had the New York headlines all ready to go: Start Spreading The News, They're Heavin' Today.

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This & That

-New York Ranger goalie Henrik Lundqvist practiced yesterday wearing a mask fitted with a camera at the tip for use in today's game, the first on NBC as part of their national television deal with the NHL. However, he found the mask uncomfortable and will not wear it until the padding is adjusted (hopefully in time for the game today).- New York Post -Along with his first career hat trick, Ovechkin had a nice hit (will open wmp video) last night. AO beat the Ducks 3-2, with the winning goal coming in OT. -Not sure what NHL game you will see on NBC today, check the USA Coverage map (will open as PDF).

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Luongo Will Wait To Sign Contract

from the Sun-Sentinel,

The Panthers have made a substantial offer to keep Roberto Luongo, but the star goaltender says that money alone is not enough. Luongo said Friday he will not sign a five-year, $30 million contract from the Panthers -- $5 million more than he left on the table last summer -- until the team proves to him it is serious about contending for a Stanley Cup.

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