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The Fight For The 8th Spot In The West

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

The intriguing race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference pits two teams that entered the season with completely different approaches and goals. The outcome will surely carry over into their 2010-11 campaigns.

The Calgary Flames made a big splash during the offseason by signing coveted unrestricted free agent defenseman Jay Bouwmeester. With him came lofty hopes for the team and season. The Colorado Avalanche, meanwhile, signed Bouwmeester’s former teammate Craig Anderson, who was unheralded as the Florida Panthers’ backup goaltender. They also elevated AHL coach Joe Sacco to their bench boss and opened the schedule with such a young and unproven lineup that expectations were, shall we say, tempered.

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Good Game But Still A Loss

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Here’s the problem: they didn’t win the game. And another: that wasn’t the real Sharks they played tonight. That was San Jose’s B Team. No Joe Thornton, no Evgeni Nabokov, no Rob Blake. First-line center, starting goalie, arguably the top D-man – not in the lineup.

That’s why I’m not really buying into the “If we play like that down the stretch, we’ll be OK…” company line espoused afterward.

This was another big wasted opportunity tonight. They should have found a way to get something, but kicked it all away. Yes, those third-period goals by San Jose were lucky bounces, but what seemed lost a bit on the players were the things they did before those goals, that allowed them to happen. Both times, the Avs had the puck with good time and space to get it out of the zone, and both times they made soft plays and turned it over. If the puck gets out of the zone, there is no chance for either lucky goal to happen.

read on

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Give Him A Break

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I wasn’t one of those “They’re playing Craig Anderson too much, they need to play Peter Budaj more” people. But after tonight’s 6-2 drubbing at the hands of Wojtek Wolski and the Phoenix Coyotes, I might be inching a little closer to the “Andy is overworked” camp.

Hockey people often say that, when a goalie is struggling, pucks start “going through” them. Andy allowed a couple tonight where, indeed, it seemed as if the puck kind of went right through his body and into the net, as if he was just an apparition.

That said, it’s not all Andy’s fault why things are starting to slide for the Burgundy and Blue. The defense looks old and slow, one of the top two lines – if not both – always seem to have the “off” switch in effect, and the same with the two special teams.

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Enough Of Huet

from Mike Kiley of Blackhawks Confidential,

Here’s the question no one will ask or answer. Did coach Joel Quenneville really need to be told one more time that Cristobal Huet isn’t his goalie for the playoffs or not even his goalie next season or not even his goalie for the rest of this season?

Here’s the question no one will ask or answer. How soon before the Blackhawks are able to buy out Huet’s contract, seconds after they win the Stanley Cup championship or after they lose in the first, second or third rounds?

Here’s the question no one will ask or answer. Is the Hawks stock as a team falling quickly enough that they are no longer one of the favorites to reach the championship round?

continue for more on Chicago’s 8-3 loss to Columbus tonight…

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If The Avs Lose Tonight, Would You Think Of Them As Frauds?

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Tonight’s game against the L.A. Kings at the Pepsi Center is another composition game in my estimation. The Avs are 0-2-1 in their last three, and would be 0-3 if not for a T.J. Galiardi goal in the final 10 seconds of Monday’s game. A loss tonight, and they’re going to start being called chokers around the league. That they can’t handle the real heat of a playoff race. That they were a fraud all along, a team that overachieved for a while but folded when it mattered.

Can the Avs throw that back in their faces? We’ll get an idea tonight. Because, a win tonight puts them back in good shape for a playoff spot.

read on

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Tucker Suspended For A Game

Went for a walk, sorry I am late with this…

TORONTO (March 23, 2010) – Colorado Avalanche forward Darcy Tucker has been suspended for one game, without pay, for making excessive physical contact on an icing play, in NHL game #1079 against the Los Angeles Kings, last night, the National Hockey League announced today.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Tucker will forfeit $11,658.03. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

        Tucker was assessed a minor penalty for tripping Kings player Matt Greene on the play, which occurred at 10:13 of the third period.

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A Look At Adam Deadmarsh

Narrated by James Duthie of TSN.

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Ryan Wilson Out With Head Injury After Fight With Jamal Mayers

You will see Wilson’s legs buckle about the 41 second mark…

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Afternoon Line

There was so many Stanley Cups in both those dressing rooms now looking back and there was just genuine, genuine hatred.  There were no guys meeting up for a beer the night before or winking hello to a guy during warmup.

“There were players on the Colorado team I had played with before and I just grew to hate them and they felt the same way, I’m sure.”

-Brendan Shanahan talking about 3/26/97.  More from Shanahan by Ryan Dixon of The Hockey News.

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Wrong Move To Bench Quincey

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

While I think Joe Sacco is a very good coach and will stay that way for a long time, I just have to respectfully disagree with his decision lately to bench Kyle Quincey.

Sacco said last night Quincey needs to get back to playing an assertive, aggressive game. Was he really that bad though, to warrant being a healthy scratch? Look, I know the Avs have seven healthy D-men right now (eight, when Ruslan Salei comes back, probably some time next week), so somebody has to sit. But count me as one who believes Quincey is one of the team’s top six D-men and should be out there.

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