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Sunday Morning Observations

from Brian Costello of The Hockey News,

Here are a few nuggets I found around The Hockey News corporate headquarters in windy North York, Ont., while searching for Easter eggs.

• Was just wondering something. I’ve seen quite a few Calgary Flames games this season and in several of them didn’t notice former standout defenseman Jay Bouwmeester at all. So does that keep his NHL Ironman consecutive games played streak of 400-plus intact or should that be under review?

• I loved the line TSN’s Gord Miller used the other week after a rash of broken composite sticks in a particular game. It went something like this: Would a golfer on the PGA Tour be satisfied with a golf club that snapped once in every 20 or so shots? Why are NHL players OK with these sticks?

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Will The Flyers Complete Their Collapse?

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,

A few years ago, in a story published by the New York Post, former Phillies pitcher Jim Bunning painfully recalled the collapse of the 1964 Phillies, who blew a 6 1/2-game lead over the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals in seven days.

“The one thing we never got in ‘64,” Bunning said, “was the one performance, the one big hit, the one huge pitching performance that could have stopped the bleeding.”

Welcome to the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers, a schizophrenic team on the brink of one of the greatest folds in Philadelphia sports history.

On March 19, after a solid 3-2 win in Dallas, the Flyers were fifth in the Eastern Conference with a 37-28-5 record and 79 points. With a dozen games to play, they held a comfortable eight-point lead on the ninth-place Thrashers and 10th-place Rangers.

Since then, the team The Hockey News predicted would win the Stanley Cup this June, has lost seven of eight games and is flirting with its own immortality.

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Leafs Must Work On Their Compete Level

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

In Viktor Stalberg, Christian Hanson and newly signed Brayden Irwin, the Leafs had some size in the lineup, but none of those players yet have a solid concept of how to use their bulk at the NHL level.

To some degree, that can be taught.

But all those players were U.S. college stars who found their way to the Leafs mostly by being talented offensive players in the NCAA, not by being nasty pieces of work.

It’s fine to be well over 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, but quite another to go into a corner with the likes of Chara, Denis Wideman or Johnny Boychuk and emerge unbruised and/or with the puck.

That’s why the coming summer is so important to the Leafs beyond what the unrestricted free-agent market may offer. Forwards like Bozak, Stalberg, Hanson, Irwin, Luca Caputi and Nazem Kadri will all need to apply themselves to become more thorough professionals and harder players to compete against.

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Stamkos & Pronger Talk

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

• The deal, according to Sather, was struck. The Rangers would be getting Stamkos, who has scored 46 goals thus far this season, tied for second in the NHL with Alex Ovechkin and just one behind Sidney Crosby in the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy….

“How close did we come?” Sather asked rhetorically, repeating the question we posed to him as the Rangers practiced in Tampa on Thursday. “We shook hands on it, that’s how close….

• There is something foul in Philadelphia far beyond the goaltending fiasco that has become the focal point of the NHL’s most disappointing team.

We’re not there on a day-to-day basis, so we can’t claim first-hand knowledge, but when two league GMs were asked what they perceived to be the problem, neither hesitated.

“Pronger,” each said, referring to Chris Pronger, the defenseman who has a reputation for splitting locker rooms as well as heads….

read more on both of the above topics

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  Tags: chris+pronger, steven+stamkos

Evening Line- Part 2

“I don’t think any team in the West would be overmatched by them.  They play the wrong way. They want to be moving all the time. They float around in their zone, looking for breakaways and odd-man rushes.

“A good defensive team is going to beat them (in the playoffs). If you eliminate your turnovers and keep them off the power play, they’re going to get frustrated because they’re in their zone a lot.”

-R.J. Umberger of the Columbus Blue Jackets on the Washington Capitals.  More from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers.

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  Tags: r.j.+umberger

The Maven Talks Rivalries

The 5 best NHL rivalries today.

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Saturday Night Hockey Talk

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• The Dallas Stars aren’t tickled with playmaking centre Mike Ribeiro who was late for an off-day meeting, and got scratched against Anaheim. They would move him because they have Brad Richards in the No. 1 centre hole and Jamie Benn being groomed for the second slot. How about Ribeiro for his old Montreal Canadiens teammate Sheldon Souray?

• Jason Arnott, out with a concussion, has had three in the last three years, which should be a red flag for the Predators.

• (Dan) Cleary’s had an awful run of injuries, several groin tears. “He has to build himself back up this summer,” said Red Wings coach Mike Babcock. Cleary is listening. He’s going back to work with celebrity trainer T.R. Goodman at Venice Beach, where Chris Chelios has done his thing for years.

continued including Eastern Coference talk…

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Score-O- Guy Wins $30,000 Credit Towards New Car

Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy has all the details.

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Osgood Gets First Start In Over Two Months

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Asked what he expects from Osgood, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said, “A win. Stop the puck and win, real simple.

“It’s not like he hasn’t been practicing. He’s going to go in and play well for us, and we’re going to rally around him.”

Babcock said Osgood also will start one of the final three games. Osgood’s last appearance was a 28-minute relief stint in a 6-3 loss to Vancouver on March 3. His last win was Dec. 12 in Nashville.

“I got to get some games, get ready in case I have to go in in the playoffs. You never know what’s going to happen,” Osgood said Friday. “Plus, it could be a big game, it’s pretty close in the standings. I haven’t played for a while, but I feel good.”

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Lightning Assign Asst. Coach To Norfolk

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Continuing its moves to help AHL Norfolk in its critical playoff race, the Tampa Bay Lightning reassigned Jim Johnson back to the Admirals to resume his role as head coach. Johnson on Feb. 24 was elevated to Lightning assistant by GM Brian Lawton to replace the fired Wes Walz. Both moves were opposed by coach Rick Tocchet.

But with Norfolk trying to reach the playoffs for the first time in its three seasons as the Lightning’s affiliate, and with Johnson getting only video and scouting duties from Tocchet, it makes perfect sense Johnson should go back to Norfolk, where he was 13-2-2 after taking over for the fired Darren Rumble.

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