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from the New York Times,
Thanks in large measure to Lerg, a 5-foot-6 sophomore, the Spartans (25-13-3) have advanced to their first N.C.A.A. Division I hockey championship game since 1987. They play Boston College (29-11-1) on Saturday in the Frozen Four final at the Scottrade Center.
But Lerg has, as he describes it, “a ton of allergies,” most seriously to nuts. That resulted in a scary situation last year at the N.C.A.A. East Regionals. Two bites into a dish of pasta with marinara sauce, Lerg began to feel his breathing constrict. He hurriedly left the restaurant and returned to the hotel to give himself an injection to counteract the reaction.
With Anaheim losing in a shootout tonight, the Wings are guaranteed the #1 seed in the West.
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
The big center’s desire to finish out his career in Toronto is well known, and the team has made all the appropriate noises about keeping Sundin in the fold. But if the Leafs repeat their desultory performance of Thursday evening on Long Island and miss the playoffs for the second straight season, days of reckoning are at hand for many in the blue and white.
And unless the team is content to remain mired in mediocrity with little hope of getting better (aside from being hit with the lucky stick), severing ties with the amiable Swede provides one of the only real clear paths to improvement.
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
The best thing that can happen to the Avalanche now? (And this tunes out the whining from the comptroller and the ownership, the Stan Kroenke empire that also includes the Nuggets, the Pepsi Center, a new soccer stadium and soccer and lacrosse teams.) The best scenario is Colorado wins its final two, finishes on a 16-1-2 run, but barely misses the postseason.
Then, it ends with a “wait-‘til-next-year” flourish, not a loss to the Red Wings in the first round. And there is hope for the future. Considerable cap room will open up after the departure of, at the very least, Brisebois and Turgeon, plus there’s the elimination of $4.6 million in bonus payments to Sakic and Rob Blake that came due this season and counted against the Avalanche cap figure.
The Alchemist Foundry of Kalamazoo, MI have finished working on Lou Cella’s sculpture of Gordie Howe. Visitors to Saturdays tilt agains the Blackhawks will see a treat right inside the Gordie Howe Entrance.
continued... great pics too!!!
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Nobody hands out more post-season hardware than the National Hockey League; its historic silverware collection — housed mostly in the Hockey Hall Of Fame — is one of the rare departments in which it holds a tangible edge over its professional basketball, football and baseball counterparts.
The problem is that some of its most venerable and long-standing NHL awards have fallen into — if not disfavour exactly - then some sort of mild disrepute.
continued & numerous NHL bits…
Easter Sunday I will be in Augusta, Georgia for the final round of The Masters!!!
A lifelong dream of mine, I will be walking the same course that so many golfing greats have battled throughout the years.
What a birthday gift- We jet in on Sunday morning, stay for the final round and then jet back home Sunday evening.
All access passes and so looking forward to a little break!
In my absence, the rest of the Krew (will open wmp video) will be handling the Sunday update!
I do hope those of you who celebrate the Easter Season, have a safe and peaceful day with family and friends.
Hello, Dallas Stars, can I help you?
Yes, I would like to speak to Brett Hull please.
One minute please…
Brett, Paul from Kukla’s Korner. Any comment on the Datsyuk signing today?
Gotta go Paul, my flight to the Big Apple is waiting for me!
from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
The Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday announced season ticket prices for the 2007-08 season.
Full season prices will range from $20 per game in the Upper E and F balconies to $70 per game for center ice in the A level. Half season prices will range from $25-$75 per game
The prices reflect the first across-the-board increase in Penguins tickets since 2002.
from the LA Kings,
Join the LA Kings and National Hockey League fans from around the world as the Kings open up the 2007-08 season against their cross town rivals Anaheim Ducks across the big pond in London, England.
The Los Angeles Kings Royal Journey Package Includes:
* Airfare - Roundtrip from Los Angeles International Airport to London Heathrow (Optional)
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
The Avalanche have missed him. The fans have missed him.
The feeling is mutual.
“There were some great times in Denver, and, of course, you miss those times and the fans,” Forsberg said recently. “My first year in the NHL was in Quebec, but it feels like it was Colorado to me. It seems like that’s when everything started. Not to say anything bad about Quebec, because it was great there, too. But it’ll always be special for me with Colorado.”
read on and no tear shedding please…
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