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Leafs Survive Shaky Trip To New York

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Wayne Primeau can almost feel his gut still churning when he thinks about the Maple Leafs horrifying plane ride from Toronto to the New York area in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

“It was one of the scariest flights I’ve ever had, for sure,” Primeau said Monday, still shaking his head in disbelief.

“The turbulence we experienced for about two minutes was unbelievable ... At one point, I was thinking about my family and kids. I was hanging on for dear life.”


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Ducks Are Done

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The Ducks are done and won’t make the playoffs this season. And for a lot of reasons.

Their defense is porous, their injury list too often led by key players like Selanne, Saku Koivu and Joffrey Lupul (out 38 games after back surgery and complications). Selanne, who has missed 26 games, and Getzlaf are day to day and questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Honda Center.

Don’t forget, too, the Ducks started the season at a disadvantage after they traded defenseman Chris Pronger, sacrificing a chance to contend for the Stanley Cup now for future chances.

Pronger, then nearly 35, was still a menacing figure. He wanted a seven-year contract extension and the Ducks refused but knew they couldn’t let him go with no return, as they had lost other players because of salary-cap restraints.

read on

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Morning Line

“I hope there’s guys disappointed in there.  There had better be, because we found ways to lose two games here and we’ve got to find ways to win games.”

-Flames coach Brent Sutter after losing to the Wings last night.  More on the game from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun.

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  Tags: brent+sutter

Blackhawks Will Visit Leno Show

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

The Blackhawks will attend Tuesday’s taping of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as a team after they practice in Anaheim.

A meet and greet with Leno is scheduled following the show for the players and other members of the Hawks’ traveling party.

As of Monday there were no plans to have a member of the Hawks as a guest with Leno, such as Patrick Kane or Jonathan Toews.

“We’re working on that,” a Hawks spokesman said.

continue for more hockey talk…

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NHL Faced With The Ovechkin Conundrum

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In all the discussion about head shots that dominated the NHL agenda last week, one point consistently came up, from both hawks and doves – that only a handful of players are responsible for the vast majority of the questionable (and potentially) suspension-worthy hits that occur in the game; and they fall into the repeat-offender category. The conundrum, for the NHL, is that one of its shining lights also just happens to be one of those players. That will cause a lot of sleepless nights for Colin Campbell as he riffs on the question that first came up in The Sound Of Music: How do you solve a problem like Ovechkin?


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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Modano Out After Appendectomy Surgery

Frisco, Tex.—Dallas Stars center Mike Modano underwent surgery today for an appendectomy and will be out of action indefinitely. He is not expected to play in the Stars’ home game vs. San Jose on Tuesday evening.

Modano, 39, did not practice with the team today. He has appeared in all 68 of Dallas’ games this season (one of three players to do so; also Loui Eriksson and Stephane Robidas), scoring 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points with 20 penalty minutes.

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  Tags: mike+modano

Best Of The Week

Hits, saves and goals that made the highlights from the last week in the NHL.

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Two Games For Ovechkin

via Tarik El-Bashir tweet,

Ovechkin has been suspended two games by the NHL.

added 4:47pm,

TORONTO (March 15, 2010) – The National Hockey League announced today that Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has been suspended for two games, without pay, for a reckless hit on Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell during NHL game #1022, March 14.

The incident occurred at 12:16 of the first period. Ovechkin was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct on the play. Campbell was injured on the play.

added 6:11pm, from the Capitals PR department,

Statement from George McPhee, Washington Capitals vice president and general manager

“We have no problem with the way Alex tried to finish his check. Unfortunately, an injury resulted. We are disappointed with the suspension but do not want to comment further.”


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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Wings Will Take A Mini Spring Break In B.C.

from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,

The Red Wings have three days off this week, smack dab in the middle of their final road swing through western Canada this season.

Instead of staying in Calgary after Monday’s game, or heading to Edmonton early for Friday’s game, the Wings will spend a few days in the picturesque city of Kelowna, British Columbia.

And the welcome mat will certainly be extend to the Wings, especially coach Mike Babcock, who returns to Canada this week for the first time since he coached Team Canada to an Olympic gold medal last month.

“Everybody is excited to see Mike as a gold medal winner, and the Red Wings,” said Bruce Hamilton, the president and general manager of the Western Hockey League’s Kelowna Rockets.


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Not A Good Way To Expose The Game

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

So, you’re the NHL. Your sport just had the most watched hockey game in three decades in the United States.

You follow up that golden Olympic Sunday on Feb. 28 with an opening fortnight in March that would make the world’s best PR person want to run for the hills.

To recap:

March 7: Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke levels Boston star Marc Savard with a devastating hit, reigniting the talk of head shots, etc. The hit just happens to occur on the eve of the NHL’s GM meetings where head shots are the headlining topic.


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