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Praising Sather

from Spector's blog at Fox Sports,

Here we are in April, and the Rangers, for the first time in 9 years, are not only heading to the Stanley Cup playoffs, they're among the top teams in the East. There are plenty of reasons why, from Tom Renney’s coaching to the rebirth of Jaromir Jagr to the play of rookie sensation Henrik Lundqvist. But credit must go where it’s due, and that’s to GM Glen Sather. Prior to this season, Slats was lambasted by his critics (myself included) for the lousy job he’d done since taking over as the Blueshirts GM back in 2000.
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Ottawa Health Picture

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

While he was engaged in a long chat with Bryan Murray, Chara was motioning to show the coach how hard a time he's having gripping his stick and shooting the puck. And while he has made some progress since injuring his hand in a fight with Pittsburgh's Eric Cairns on March 21, Chara isn't ready to return to the lineup any time soon. The Senators remain confident G Dominik Hasek, troubled by an adductor muscle injury he suffered in the Olympics seven weeks ago, will return in time for the playoffs. Asked if he was going to keep riding Emery -- who started his 20th straight game against the Habs -- Murray indicated Hasek might not be far away.
more added 8:50am, from the Ottawa Sun via Slam,
The 5-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens was bad enough, but a small cloud may have also formed around goalie Ray Emery. "I had some funny stuff going on with my hip," said Emery, who had trouble getting up after a scramble in the second period and spent the rest of the night favouring his right leg. "Ray looked like he was hurting a bit. He was stretching after every whistle," said Senators coach Bryan Murray. "We'll give him (today) off and see how he is after that."

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Modano Injures Knee

via the AP,

Dallas Stars captain and leading scorer Mike Modano left Thursday night's game against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the second period with an injured left knee. Modano got tangled up with Anaheim forward Jonathan Hedstrom near the Dallas bench while trying to play the puck and crumpled to the ice, grimacing in pain with 7:12 left in the period and the Stars leading 4-2.
I am watching the game with about 2 1/2 minutes to go in the game, Dallas up 4-3 and Center Ice cuts out with the good night screen. Good night??? update 1:01am, Dallas wins 5-3 according to NHL.com, but no update on Modano yet. update 8:03am, from the Dallas Stars,
Head Coach Dave Tippett said after the game that the injury was not as serious as it looked. "Mike tweaked an old injury and it looked worse than it was," said Tippett. "He plans on skating tomorrow so he should be fine. When any player goes down, you get scared but he looked fine walking out of here and seemed fine. I spoke to him afterwards and there's not much to evaluate. We won't take any chances with him."

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Canucks Stars Shoulder The Blame

from the CP via TSN,

The Canucks have managed just two wins in their last five games. During that stretch Naslund, Bertuzzi and centre Brendan Morrison have mustered two goals and seven assists. Not what you want from a combined salary of over $14 million US. Naslund, who will earn $6 million US this season, didn't dodge the issue when asked if the criticism directed at the three is fair. ''It is,'' he said Thursday. ''We're here to perform. Bertuzzi snorted when asked about the criticism aimed at Naslund and the line. ''Same shit every day,'' said the right-winger who is being paid $5.2 million US. ''It's been happening this whole season. ''Is there anything really different today than other days?''

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Caps Visit The Pentagon

from the US Department of Defense,

Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England praised the Washington Capitals ice hockey team for its support of U.S. servicemembers during team and management members' Pentagon visit today.... England also presented the Capitals with his deputy secretary of defense coin and introduced Army Staff Sgt. Joe Bowser, 46, who had his right leg amputated below the knee after being wounded in Iraq in 2004. Today, he walks and ice skates with a prosthetic device. "Joe is one of our heroes, ... one of those guys who gave a lot," England said. "What's terrific (is) Joe can still go out there and skate."
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Heart Of A Lion

Kevin mentioned this yesterday and it seems it was a preview of his column today. from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Gordie Howe is the only basis of comparison for Steve Yzerman in Detroit Red Wings history. These days Yzerman, 40, is performing at a Howe-like level. Instead of being a role player for the Red Wings going into the playoffs, Yzerman now looks like he could be a major contributor. "He's getting scoring chances every night," Holland said. "He's one of our best players." Holland said no one should be surprised, "because Steve has the heart of a lion."

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Sneak Preview

What the "My Stanley" ads will look like. I am sure the pictures will be interchangeable. image

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Forsberg Questionable

via the Philadelphia Flyers,

The Flyers could be without leading (Friday night against Buffalo) scorer Peter Forsberg. Forsberg sat out Thursday’s practice with what he termed a left groin problem. He will travel with the team and see how he feels after Friday’s morning skate. “I’ve had problems with the left groin all year, but it’s not exactly the same spot,” said Forsberg.

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NBC NHL Playoff Schedule For April & Early May

Originally posted on March 23rd SATURDAY, APRIL 22 3 p.m.-6 p.m. NHL ON NBC (Conference Quarterfinals) Site: TBA --Lead game (TBA) available in High Definition SUNDAY, APRIL 23 1 p.m.-4 p.m. NHL ON NBC (Conference Quarterfinals) Site: TBA --Lead game (TBA) available in High Definition SATURDAY, APRIL 29 3 p.m.-6 p.m. NHL ON NBC (Conference Quarterfinals Game) Site: TBA --Lead game (TBA) available in High Definition SUNDAY, APRIL 30 2 p.m.-5 p.m. NHL ON NBC (Conference Quarterfinals) Site: TBA --Lead game (TBA) available in High Definition Updated April 6th SATURDAY, MAY 6 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. NHL ON NBC (Conference Semifinals) (live) Commentators: TBA *Lead Game (TBA) available in High Definition SUNDAY, MAY 7 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. NHL ON NBC (Conference Semifinals) Commentators: TBA *Lead Game (TBA) available in High Definition SATURDAY, MAY 13 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. NHL ON NBC (Conference Semifinals) Commentators: TBA *Lead Game (TBA) available in High Definition SUNDAY, MAY 14 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. NHL ON NBC (Conference Semifinals) Commentators: TBA *Lead Game (TBA) available in High Definition

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Ovechkin On The Calder- I Want To Win It

from the AP via Fox Sports,

After all, this is a player who feels enough at ease with himself to show up for practice wearing red pants, red shoes and a red shirt, much to the chagrin of his teammates. "He's trying to implement some European fashion ideas here that just haven't seemed to hit home yet," said goaltender Olie Kolzig, a native of South Africa who has played for Germany in international competition. "We're trying to get him to tone it down a little bit." To which Ovechkin responded: "Maybe they need to work on their clothes. I like my style. I'm a European guy. I like how I dress."
read on...if you are an AO fan then a must read...

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