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Kara Hands Out Her Awards

from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,

Jack Adams Award (coach of the year): Peter Laviolette, Hurricanes. The Sabres' Lindy Ruff, the Kings' Andy Murray and the Rangers' Tom Renney have done outstanding jobs, but no one has gotten more out of a team-especially one that entered the season with such low expectations-than Laviolette.
read on for the rest of the awards...

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Axelsson Signs Three Year Extension

via the CP,

The Boston Bruins signed P. J. Axelsson to a three-year contract extension on Thursday, locking up one of their top forwards before he became an unrestricted free agent this summer.
No terms disclosed.

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Cairns Suspended

via the NHL,

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Eric Cairns has been suspended for three games, without pay, as a result of being assessed a game misconduct during NHL game #1022 against the Ottawa Senators on March 21. Cairns was assessed a game misconduct for an incident that occurred at the end of the second period. Cairns will miss Friday's game against the New York Islanders; March 26 against Montreal and March 29 against Florida. He will be eligible to return March 31 in New York against the Islanders.

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What Happened To Vancouver

from George Johnson, special to ESPN,

What's happening out in Vancouver is difficult to believe, if not explain. Enough, in fact, to make Marc Crawford's hair stand on end (oh, wait, it already was, by design). A team that, only a few short months ago, many still stubbornly believed was only a front-line goaltender away from Stanley Cup contention woke up Wednesday morning in a seventh-place tie with Anaheim in the Western Conference, just a point ahead of both Edmonton and L.A.

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Ovechkin Must Think Team First

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Philosophically, getting Ovechkin to think team thoughts is the same issue that the Atlanta Thrashers are facing with their brilliant young Russian forward, Ilya Kovalchuk and it's also the same issue that super prospect Evgeni Malkin's Russian Superleague team, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, faces at home as well. The only downside to the wonderfully talented group of Russian players suddenly emerging on the international scene is this: That after a lifetime of learning they can win one-on-one confrontations, they want to play as individuals more than they do within the context of a team game.

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Belfour Advised To End Season

via Sportsnet,

On the eve of the important match up, Sportsnet has learned Belfour's season is over after doctors advised the veteran goaltender to shut it down. The news got worse for Belfour, as doctors informed him additional surgery might be needed on his ailing back; which might signal the end of his career

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Chara Out With Injured Hand

via TSN,

The Eastern Conference leading Ottawa Senators will be without one of their top defenseman when they take to the ice this weekend. Zdeno Chara hurt his hand in a fight with Eric Cairns on Tuesday and will not make the Senators road trip to Buffalo for Friday's game, or Philadelphia for Saturday's contest vs. the Flyers.

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Trading Punches

Eric at Off Wing Opinion got his hands on a doozy of a hockey fight! Anyone care to count the number of punches thrown? image

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Traveling During The Playoffs

If you are on the road during the playoffs and worried about missing your team in action, this may help you out. via Yahoo,

LodgeNet Entertainment Corporation, the world's largest provider of interactive television and broadband solutions to hotels, and the National Hockey League (NHL) have announced that NHL Center Ice, the League's out of market television package, will be made available in hotels equipped with Hotel SportsNet, LodgeNet's industry first daily subscription sports service. Guests having access to the Hotel SportsNet service will be able to view on a pay-per-view basis an entire day's schedule of NHL Center Ice programming (subject to local blackout restrictions). This will be available for the remainder of the NHL Center Ice 2005-06 schedule which carries through the April 18 season finale, plus select 1st and 2nd round Stanley Cup® Playoff matchups.
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Kings CEO Rips Everyone

from Helene Elliot of the LA Times,

Tim Leiweke, the Kings' chief executive, on Tuesday issued a message they cannot ignore. Play hard. Play with pride. Make the playoffs, or be gone. And that applies as much to General Manager Dave Taylor as to any player. "It's probably the right decision, but in part, shame on the players," Leiweke said by telephone from New York, where he was tending to business involving another tentacle of the AEG empire. "Shame on Jeremy Roenick for not sticking his nose in every night. Shame on the players who laid Andy out to dry. They'd better perform now.
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