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Bryzgalov Preparing For The Playoffs

from Dave Vest of The Desert Blog at PhoenixCoyotes.com,

Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov knows what it takes to win games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In two postseason runs with Anaheim (in 2005-06 and 2006-07), Bryzgalov posted a 9-5 record, three shutouts and a 1.68 goals-against average.

That’s why Bryzgalov is excited to have a few more regular-season games to hone his craft before this year’s playoffs start.

“I need to fix something in my game because I start to make some mistakes (in) a couple games, and this can cost a game in the playoffs,” Bryzgalov said. “That’s why I think it’s a good week to work hard and fix my game a little bit and prepare myself for the playoffs.”


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Any Team But Detroit For The Sharks

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

The Sharks will say they don’t care which team they face in the opening round of the playoffs and that’s fine. They have to say that. They probably even have to think that.  The rest of us, though, can try to be a little more analytical.

Right now, it has to be ABD — Anybody But Detroit.

Even without the history between the teams or the Sharks’ recent record of playoff wipeouts, nobody wants to face the hottest team in the NHL as the season ends and that happens to be the Red Wings.

Factor in everything else — the Sharks are a team that has to go to re-education camp to learn how to feel confident in the post-season — and that standard line about beating the best to be the best just doesn’t seem to apply. Beat anybody now. Beat the best later. Heck, let someone else beat the best.


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Ducks- What Went Wrong?

Scott Niedermayer, Corey Perry and Randy Carlyle talk about not making the playoffs this season.  Plus Kings coach Terry Murray and Kings defenseman Sean O’ Donnell discuss the topic too.

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Kuba Out At Least Four Weeks After Back Surgery

from NHL.com,

The Ottawa Senators are being forced to move forward without one of their top blueliners.

Filip Kuba underwent surgery in Los Angeles on Tuesday night to repair a herniated disc in his back and Senators general manager Bryan Murray confirmed earlier today that the veteran defenceman will be sidelined for the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

“We suspect he’s out for the next four weeks, at least,” said Murray. “(It looks like) we certainly have to get into the second round, at this point in time, for him to be available to us at all. But let’s hope that’s the case and somewhere down the line, it would be a nice addition to have if we go deep into the playoffs.”


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The Awards According To LeBrun

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Best ongoing feud of the year
New York Rangers coach John Tortorella and veteran hockey columnist Larry Brooks of the New York Post. I mean, this stuff has been priceless. The highlight was the postgame scrum from Jan. 21, when Torts asked Brooks if he had ever been in a fight.

Most Honest Quote of the Year
Ryan Kesler, Team USA. On the eve of a preliminary-round win over Team Canada, the Vancouver Canucks center couldn’t help himself. The truth had to be told.

“I hate them,” Kesler said when asked about Team Canada.

He later back-tracked when he realized the PR faux-pas, but I laud Kesler for speaking from the heart. He should hate Team Canada. They win a lot.


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Jeff Carter Will Practice, May Be Available To Play

via Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,

The Philadelphia Flyers could be getting their leading goal scorer back for the final two games of the regular season.

Jeff Carter, who suffered a fracture in his left foot on March 21 against Atlanta, has been cleared to return to practice following an MRI in Philadelphia on Wednesday morning. Carter, who leads the team in goals (33) and is tied with Mike Richards for the most points (60), could be available to play in the Flyers’ home-and-home with the New York Rangers. Philadelphia is at Madison Square Garden on Friday night and hosts its division rival on Sunday afternoon at the Wachovia Center..

“Jeff had his MRI this morning and he is healing up nicely,” said general manager Paul Holmgren. “He completed his off-ice rehab and conditioning today and will practice with the team [Thursday].”

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Crosby Has The Most Scoring Potential According To Shanahan

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Provided Sidney Crosby continues to go to the net to score his goals, former NHL goal-scoring great Brendan Shanahan believes over time the Pittsburgh captain could eventually surpass Alex Ovechkin as this generation’s greatest goal scorer.

After Tuesday’s showdown at Pittsburgh, Ovechkin has scored 267 goals in 394 games, while Crosby has 180 in 368 games.

“To me, Sid shows the most potential to keep scoring like this throughout his career because he gets more of his around the net,” Shanahan told NHL.com. “Just like any coach will tell you, if you want to score goals (the area around the net) is the area to go to. It’s great to have the ability to score from the perimeter, but if you want to do it for 20 years you have to get down there. It’s like the little black dress; it never goes out of style.”


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Bettman Will Make All-Star Game Announcement In Raleigh Tomorrow

via Javier Serna of the News & Observer,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will host a press conference regarding future NHL All-Star Games in Raleigh on Thursday, Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said in a phone interview Wednesday.

Rutherford would not confirm that the Hurricanes had actually been awarded the 2011 All-Star Game, and noted that the league had opened up the application process for the next three All-Star Games.

But the Hurricanes had bid for the 2011 All-Star Game in January

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No Time To Relax In Vancouver

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

...there also remains something disturbing about the play of the Canucks’ leaders as they prepare for the playoffs. Other teams — i.e. those who’ve won something — might be able to relax down the stretch without their fans going into a panic.

The Canucks, sadly, just haven’t earned that right.

Prior to Daniel’s goal, for example, the Sedins’ contributions had been uneven. Daniel got a gift when Salo’s shot from the point took a bizarre ricochet off the boards and right to the Canucks winger in the Avs’ crease. But, until the tying goal, they were largely ineffectual. Just prior to Daniel’s game-tying goal, the twins were booed off the ice after a series of turnovers during the man-advantage.

OK, they came back when it counted. But Henrik now has three assists in his last four games while he’s been battling Alex Ovechkin for the NHL scoring lead. The plain fact is Hank is now judged by a different standard — the standard which is applied to the game’s very best. And right now he isn’t measuring up.


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Biron Would Be A Good Fit In Montreal

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette at Faceoff.com,

If the Canadiens decide to shed one of their young goaltenders during the offseason, there’s a veteran goaltender who just might jump at the idea of serving as a backup/mentor to whichever goaltender remains with the team.

We’re talking about the Islanders’ Marty Biron, who is making the most of a discouraging season with a strong finish. He is 7-1-2 in his last nine starts after posting a 4-3 shootout win over the Canadiens last night.

There’s a certain amount of self-interest when media folks talk about having Biron in your home city. That’s because the 32-year-old native of Lac St. Charles is one of the best interviews in the league in either of Canada’s official languages.


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