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Goal Of The Night

Daniel Sedin between the legs.

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Talking Points

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

All in all, it’s an incredible amount of cooking the books and confusing the fans — the people who matter most in all this — with games that often include four-on-four overtimes, then shootouts, then morphing a 2-point game into a 3-point game and massaging ridiculous bonus points into the “OL’’ column.

And now, get this, some of the Lords believe a win in regulation should be worth more than 2 points, you know, just to confuse the process even more. Hey, once you’ve reached ridiculous, it’s only a short trip to sublime.

Yep, the new NHL. So avant-garde and revolutionary that the standings and playoff permutations can’t be determined without a secret decoder ring. Just my two cents, of course.

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Why Is Ron Wilson Still The Coach In Toronto?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Ron Wilson will return for his third season as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The question is: Why?

Of all that has been questionable about the Leafs in recent years, Wilson’s lack of success has been the most surprising.

He came to Toronto with an impressive resume.

He said it would take time.

He seemed to have a sense about how difficult it would be to turn this team around.

But the truth is, it’s been worse than even Wilson imagined.

continued and other hockey notes…

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Brooks Awards

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Most Surprising Teams: 1. Phoenix; 2. Colorado; 3. New Jersey.

Most Disappointing Teams: 1. NHL Hockey Operations; 2. Calgary; 3. Philadelphia.

Worst Trade: Toronto’s Brian Burke sending a 2010 lottery pick plus a 2011 first-rounder that might be a lottery pick plus a second-round pick this year to Boston for Phil Kessel.

Sorry, that wasn’t ingenious. That was a move worthy of a dunce cap, regardless of how Burke’s enablers might want to spin it.

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Minnesota Wild Pay Tribute To Mike Modano

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Saturday Evening Talk

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Thrashers coaching situation

I’m hearing rumblings Thrashers coach John Anderson might be shown the door in Atlanta. There had been rumors during the season that the team was considering a coaching change.

Kaberle’s future

Star defenseman Tomas Kaberle will be a sought-after commodity when all 30 teams gather in Los Angeles for the NHL draft in June. His no-trade clause will be gone by then and the Maple Leafs will be listening….

more including talk of a second outdoor game in Calgary…

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Eastern Conference Scenarios

via NHL.com,

• Both Rangers and Flyers can’t advance to playoffs as a result of tomorrow’s showdown. Winner goes to the playoffs, loser goes home
• Flyers can’t finish eighth - if they win tomorrow, they get 7th. If they lose, they get 9th
• Canadiens earning a point means Rangers’ best possible finish is eighth. A NYR win would put them equal with Canadiens in points and wins but Canadiens won season series (3-1-0 vs. 1-2-1)
• Bruins clinched 6th seed with their win combined with Canadiens loss
• Devils clinched Atlantic Division by beating Islanders combined with Penguins losing in regulation at Atlanta
• Sabres need to win in regulation at New Jersey tomorrow to pass Devils into 2nd
• Penguins vs. Senators is first confirmed playoff matchup

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Senators Honor Alfredsson

from Rob Brodie of OttawaSenators.com,

One thousand games later, the love affair between Daniel Alfredsson and his adopted home remains as enduring as ever.

With a sellout throng of red clad fans chanting his name with great fervour, the Senators captain was honoured Saturday night during an emotional pre-game ceremony prior to Ottawa’s matchup with the Buffalo Sabres at Scotiabank Place.

It was a tribute to Alfredsson’s 1,000th game in the National Hockey League, a milestone he reached earlier this week against the Florida Panthers. But tonight was the night Alfredsson truly looked forward to — the chance to share it all with his family, friends and “some of the most passionate, enthusiastic fans in the NHL.”

“I thank you for your support through my whole career,” Alfredsson told the cheering fans in a speech that concluded the 11-minute ceremony. “It’s an honour to be the captain of year team.”

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Will The Wild Ever Change?

from Patrick Reusse of the Star Tribune,

The Wild allowed Marian Gaborik, the most productive offensive player in franchise history, to leave as a free agent with nothing in return last summer. The team responded by spending roughly a half-hour of a 190-day season as a long-shot playoff contender.

The schedule finished with the St. Paul lads standing No. 13 in the 15-team Western Conference. This stretched to seven years (and six seasons) the drought since the Wild won a playoff series.

Much attention was brought to new coach Todd Richards’ plan to introduce a high-tempo offensive system. The bold strategy resulted in basically the same number of goals scored as in 2008-09, although there was a new and impressive standard established for 3-on-1s allowed.

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Evander Kane One Punch On Matt Cooke Tonight

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