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Report- NHL Refs All The Way

from Hockey Refs,

Many have suggested that the IIHF will want the best implying that NHLers Dan Marouelli (Canada), Dennis LaRue (United States), Don Van Massenhoven (Canada), and Paul Devorski (Canada) will officiate the remaining games, which started today.

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Increase In Muscle Injuries

from the Pittsbugh Penguins,

“Talking to the different trainers around the league, they have seen the exact same thing – an increase in muscular injuries and an increase in muscular injuries with the older players,” Mortland said. Indeed. Another common theme seems to be an increase in injuries with veterans as opposed to younger players.
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Following The Games Today

If you don't have access to a TV today to watch the games, this is probably the best website to follow the action. Or at the scoreboard at NHL.com. It is my understanding many radio stations will be streaming the semi and finals live so I will keep you updated with that information. image Semi-final games will be played at 10:30am & 3:00pm on Friday, bronze game is Saturday at 2:30pm and the gold medal game is Sunday at 8:00am. All times are EST.

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Did You Believe

Twenty six years ago today, we heard this (will open as mp3 audio). For a quick review of what happened in Lake Placid on that great afternoon for Team USA.

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Go On Or Go Home

from the Edmonton Sun,

-- It's a very scary game - more scary than it has ever been for Team Canada at the Olympics. It's the go-on-or-go-home-in-shame game. Certainly, in the three Olympics with NHL players and arguably in the entire history of Canadian teams playing in the five-ring tournament, what we're dealing with here is the most scary sudden-death quarter-final elimination game of them all.

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NHL & ESPN Together Again?

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-Although the NHL still has another year to go on its Outdoor Life Network pact, there’s already talk of a switch. One broadcast source tells us that ESPN is already eyeing a return to big-league hockey. -he six-story Canadian Hockey villa at Olympic Village can’t be missed. It has a giant maple leaf flag draped over the balcony. The men’s team re-labeled a seat outside its villa “Pat’s Bench,” for Pat Quinn, who became a mentor to many Canadian athletes at the Salt Lake City Games.
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Report- Datsyuk Has A Broken Finger

from the Gazeta Russian newspaper (translated),

In the first five during the inclusion instead of Pavel [Datsyuk] several times became Aleksey Kovalev. With which this is connected? - In pasha is broken finger. It it was necessary compulsory to keep for the game with Canada.
Looks like Datsyuk has a broken finger but will play tomorrow against Canada. Not sure when it happened, butif anyone can translate, please post in comments.

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The Mask Painter

from the NY Times,

Every time the Americans take the ice, their goalies bring an entourage. Robert Esche is flanked by musicians. Rick DiPietro is buttressed by famous warriors. John Grahame is trailed by a couple of buxom brunettes, along with a muscle-bound soldier who carries a traditional Scottish knife and bears a startling resemblance to Mel Gibson in "Braveheart." These eclectic casts can be spotted on the masks of the American goalies. The characters, painted with an airbrush, travel everywhere the team does.
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What The Wings Are Looking For

Ken Holland was just on Detroit radio and said he is looking to add depth to the defensive corp before the trade deadline. Also mentioned he thinks a few forwards (Maltby & Draper maybe?) can improve over their first half performance but he is quite happy with the performance of the team overall. Stated both Zetterberg and Datsyuk have made great strides since the last NHL season and the Wings look forward to even more improvement from them.

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And The Winner Is…

The Canadian Press via Sportsnet breaks down tomorrow's quarterfinal games and predicts the winner of the three games not involving Canada.

Prediction: Czechs 5, Slovakia 4. Prediction: In an upset, U.S. 3, Finland 2 Prediction: Sweden 4, Switzerland 0
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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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