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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Detroit Red Wings have one driving force as they gear up for the playoffs: Win one last Stanley Cup for Steve Yzerman. Every athlete wants to go out on top and that's what the Wings players want for their longtime captain. Nobody picked Detroit to win the Cup this year, but don't discount the role Yzerman factor is playing in Motown.read on
from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,
With the playoffs around the corner, shootouts soon will be put on the shelf for a few months. But don't expect a bunch of overtime games stretching into the fifth and sixth periods, as has been the norm in recent seasons. The National Hockey League's on-ice officials have been given the message and they have embraced it. There will be no deterioration of the strict anti-restraint standards that were imposed during the regular season. As a result, once the playoffs start, you'll see the same type of officiating you've been seeing for six months. That means you'll see as many power plays in overtime as you see in regulation time. And when that happens, the goals will come.read on...Al touches on many subjects and note to Al- some American cities still sing the national anthem in the traditional way...
from the Globe and Mail,
"I'm going to try and get through it and do whatever I need to do," he said. "I think it's pretty hard to say right now if it will affect anything [the rest of the season]. "It's the kind of thing that the doctors said will probably feel worse the next day." It's a strange one, because no one saw anything happen to him during the game. He appeared to be walking normally, said he wasn't in pain and was in good spirits, teasing us about how mysterious he had to be about the injury. Crosby said that the injury wasn't caused by another player and didn't involve a collision of any sort, but that he knew immediately when it happened it was serious.more
from the Columbus Dispatch,
Blue Jackets president and general manager Doug MacLean has said that a new contract for coach Gerard Gallant is not an issue. MacLean has said such decisions are being saved for after the season. Yesterday, Mac-Lean put it differently. For the first time, MacLean stated with certitude that Gallant and the rest of the coaches will have their contracts extended. "He’s going to get a contract, and so are the rest of the coaches," Mac-Lean said before the Jackets’ 4-2 loss last night to the Red Wings in Nationwide Arena.continued added 7:32am, from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Kings coach Andy Murray could land behind the Columbus Blue Jackets bench next season. Many are mystified GM Doug MacLean has been able to keep his job, but there's plenty of talk coach Gerard Gallant won't survivemore rumors from Bruce...
from the NY Times (Sunday edition),
After the lockout that resulted in the cancellation of the 2004-5 season, Modano was refreshed — and an unrestricted free agent. He nearly left Dallas before re-signing with the Stars. "It was Chicago or Boston," Modano said of his choices. "And look at those two organizations now." The Blackhawks and the Bruins are not going to make the playoffs this season. In Modano's case, the best move was to stay put.read on...plus a nice mention on the play of Huet...
from CBS Sportsline,
But Phaneuf's greatest reward this season might not be the Calder consideration or the respect he has earned from people inside the game. It's corny, but his protégé/mentor relationship with Bryan Marchment is straight out of those MasterCard commercials: priceless. Marchment seems an unlikely candidate, but Phaneuf said Marchment was one of his favorite players growing up. Like Marchment, Phaneuf delivers bone-rattling hits. "He was a very feared guy when he was on the ice, and he still is," Phaneuf said. "He is a guy that when he's on the ice, there's a presence felt. The other team knows he's on there."read on
from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins is the youngest player in National Hockey League history to score 90 points, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. By scoring four points at Florida Friday night, Crosby improved his season totals to 36 goals and 55 assists for 91 points. He reached the 90-point mark at the age of 18 years, 243 days. The previous standard was set by Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk, who scored his 90th point at the age of 18 years, 343 days.
Nashville fans win silent auction- they get to travel with the team. To wet your appetite...
...we have a great group of guys. some strange eggs, but a great group of guys ...take paul kariya for example. he doesn't like to walk. anywhere. he's probably the most superstitious guy on the team, when he rides to a game with his fiance, she has to ride in the seat behind him where he cann't see her. his sticks have to have thirteen turns of tape on them. the tape has to end exactly the same place on both the toe and heel.read on
from the Buffalo News,
Here's an interesting little statistical line Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff can chew on while his team gets ready for the postseason: Over his past 12 games, goaltender Ryan Miller has a 4-6 record with an overtime loss and a got-pulled no-decision, a 4.02 goals-against average and an .875 save percentage. In less than two weeks, Ruff will need to make a decision regarding his postseason goaltender. The Sabres have given Miller every opportunity to get his game back in order, but he didn't look much better Friday night than he had over his previous 11 games. It's becoming a serious issue with this team as it closes the regular season.continued
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