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Crackdown Will Continue

from the Edmonton Sun

, A penalty shot in overtime? A two-man advantage with four minutes in the third period of a tie game? A 10-5 difference in power plays in a late March game between two teams fighting for the same playoff spot? What, are they filming a sequel to Youngblood? It's been a long time since we've seen referees outside of cheesy Hollywood hockey movies getting this involved, this late in big games, this late in the season.
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Skin Color Kept Him Out Of The NHL

from the Globe and Mail,

Imagine growing up hockey-crazed, making yourself plenty good enough for a shot at the big leagues, and then learning the NHL is off limits because your skin's the wrong colour. The average Canadian male would be crushed or incurably bitter. But for Herb Carnegie, who lived that scenario, the experience somehow became the motivation for more than a half-century of giving back to Toronto. "There's still a wound," Mr. Carnegie said last week, at his kitchen table in the Donway Place seniors residence. But Mr. Carnegie -- 86, widowed and blind -- is in no hurry to speak of life's injustices.

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Chara’s Injury A Concern

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

While coach Bryan Murray denied a report on RDS’ website yesterday — which was later removed — that Chara will be gone for six weeks, the indications are his right hand may be worse than club officials believed and he will be re-evaluated late next week, which means there is no timetable for his return. The start of the playoffs is only 28 days away. Sources say the swelling in Chara’s hand didn’t go down and there may be damage to one of the bones, which will keep the 6-foot-9 blueliner out of action for an extended period.

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Blues Need To Strike Gold In Entry Draft

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Ideally, what the Blues need now is to select the new face of the franchise with this year's top pick which, based on the current standings, will definitely be in the top five and could be first overall, depending first upon how they finish and then how they make out in the draft lottery. Thankfully for St. Louis, Pittsburgh's primary need is to add depth on defence, meaning they would almost certainly choose the top-rated player in the draft, U.S. world junior star Erik Johnson, if they get to pick first. St. Louis, with Brewer and Jackman already in place, has a greater need for a dynamic offensive threat, someone like Phil Kessel, the University of Minnesota freshman who could be the most dynamic young American in years.
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Sens On The Big Screen

from the Ottawa Senators,

The Ottawa Senators Hockey Club today announced it will show the Thursday, April 6, sold-out game against the Montreal Canadiens at three Cineplex Entertainment cinemas at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for this event are free of charge and are available on a first-come, first-served basis at any Sports Experts location or at the Scotiabank Place box office as of Monday, March 27.
more...and I wonder if the NHLPA will want half of the pocorn concessions...

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We Want Our Pre & Post Game Coverage

Many of us have asked this same question, and I am sure Phil will follow up. from the Ice Age mailbag compiled by Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

Quick question, with all the references to the Center Ice TV package in past columns, why don't they show the pre- and post-game shows? Hi Jenn. Center Ice picks up the individual team feeds and in many cases I don't believe there are pre-and-post game shows. I will look into it further.
read more of the letters from hockey fans all over the world...

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Q & A with Luongo

from ESPN,

In this edition of Facing Off, soon-to-be free agent Roberto Luongo tells us what could keep him in the Sunshine State, why he got special attention at the Olympic Games and who gets his vote for the NHL's rookie of the year. Q: At the trade deadline, Jokinen signed a contract extension to stay in Florida. For you, as a free agent this summer, how could that move impact your future with the Panthers? A: Well, I think it's a big step for the organization. To lock a player of his caliber in for four years is a big commitment, so if the team has success, it will be a big part of my decision. I will consider [it] this summer, but obviously, I would like to stay with the Florida Panthers for a long time.
much more

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More Goals Than Points

Interesting stat that was flashed on the screen last night during the Caps/Bolts game. More goals by one player on a team than any teammate's point total- -Brett Hull in St. Louis had 70 goals, Brendan Shanahan had 69 points -Paul Kariya had 50 goals for the Mighty Ducks, Steve Rucchin had 44 points - Luc Robitaille scored 39 for LA Kings, Donald Audette had 36 points -The Russian Rocket Pavel Bure had 59 goals in Florida, Viktor Kozlov had 37 points. Pretty amazing stat and I think Ovechkin may fall into this category this year. But I had the sound down during the game so I am not so sure. Plus all of these stats were from 1990 forward, so another player may have done this before that time period.

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Phrases You Won’t Hear At The Rink

from Chalie Teljeur of the Hockey News,

The real world and the hockey world really aren't that different. Whereas you'll never hear that gravity wasn't working that day, you'll also never hear that Nik Antropov was. Or to hear a zebra has no backbone, but Todd Bertuzzi does. Some things will just never, ever be said, in the world or at the rink. Herein, 25 phrases you'll never hear uttered in the world of hockey: 10. “It's compliments of Mr. Jacobs.” 18. “It's a third straight Lady Byng for Kasparaitis.”
read on for more..and Charlie is becoming a favorite of mine...

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Top 25 NHL Video Game Performers

from IGN,

It's nearly impossible to find a videogame hockey fan who doesn't look back fondly at the days of EA Sports' early offerings on the Genesis. ...As the games have developed, with new brands emerging as dominant, so too have the players. These days, it's Iginla and St. Louis bullying the pixilated realm. With over 20 years of hockey videogames in the can, we felt it was time to elect the best cyber athletes ever to grace a dorm room or den.
read on...you will be surprised who #1 is- hint think 1994... thanks to Mike Chen for passing this along...

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