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Gaborik Improving - Not Practicing Yet

from the Pioneer Press,

Marian Gaborik made the biggest leap yet in his long road back from a strained groin Friday when he shot pucks for the first time in more than a month during an hourlong skate before the Wild's 4-0 victory over Phoenix. "I was shooting all over the place, to tell you the truth," he said. More important was his pain-free skating session, which included more stressful stopping and starting drills, turns and pivots. Gaborik said he hopes to resume practicing with the Wild early next week. "I'm going like 70-80 percent, and it felt good. That's what's important right now," Gaborik said. "Hopefully, I can pick it up."
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Only In Hockey

from the CP via Metro News,

Killer Bees are attacking in Texas, Mudbugs are mauling Louisiana and Scorpions are crawling all over New Mexico. Condors and Falcons are flying high in California, and Bombers are taking off in Ohio. Don't worry, it's only hockey, and crazy pro team nicknames abound.
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Honoring Red Fisher

from Jean Beliveau, freelancer, via the Montreal Gazette,

Tonight, the Canadiens will pay tribute to Gazette senior hockey writer Red Fisher by featuring him on season tickets for their Bell Centre game against the Philadelphia Flyers. In the second season of their four-year centennial campaign, to culminate in 2009, the Canadiens are celebrating 10 special categories on these tickets - Hall of Famers, team builders, captains, Stanley Cups, memorable moments, media members, NHL records, retired jerseys, rivalries and season-ticket holders.
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Rivalries Heating Up

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

The NHL wanted bad blood, and it's getting it. Despite numerous, valid complaints about the schedule, there's no disputing the number of disputes that have arisen from eight divisional games a year. Apparently, familiarity really does breed contempt because rivalries are popping up faster than you can drop a glove.
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Iron Will

from the Washington Post Magazine Cover Story, by April Witt,

Alexander Ovechkin, the luminous Russian-born hockey player, sat in a folding seat at RFK Stadium enjoying a great American ritual: ballpark hot dogs. Really enjoying it. He removed a hot dog from a bun with his fingers and fed it directly into the glossy mouth of his voluptuous blond girlfriend. In between bites, the couple giggled and smooched. She wore a black knit dress cut so low that a tiny bright pink bow on the front of her black bra peeked out of her decollete. He wore ripped, $500 Dolce & Gabbana bluejeans and sported a green bruise under one eye.
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When The Lights Went Out

from the CP via the Winnipeg Sun,

And as the 20th anniversary approaches of a game expunged from IIHF record books after the teams were disqualified has been revived in a 342-page book by sportswriter Gare Joyce. When The Lights Went Out: How One Brawl Ended Hockey's Cold War And Changed The Game revisits the match to discover what touched off the violence and what has since become of the sport and those involved.... CBC footage (which can be seen on YouTube) focuses for a stretch on Simpson pounding Soviet goalie Vadim Privalov at centre ice, while future NHL stars like Russell's Theo Fleury, Brendan Shanahan, Sergei Fedorov and Alex Mogilny swing freely in a vast melee.
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Stop The Cheap Shots

from the Edmonton Sun,

Classic NHL: Punish the stuff that looks bad on ESPN, and ignore the stuff that ends careers. We're not talking head shots, trying to ban those is a waste of energy. Puck carriers hunch over when they skate, so heads are always going to be at shoulder level. And if head shots were banned, nobody would be allowed to hit short guys like five-foot-seven Brian Gionta, and six-foot-seven Zdeno Chara wouldn't be allowed to hit anyone at all. If you don't want to get hit in the head, keep it up. But cheap shots, late hits and hits from behind, all the stuff that Campbell seems so reluctant to punish, are another matter.
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Don’t Break The Rules

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

I see where the NHL's eyes in the sky in Toronto have confirmed their referees can do with a tad more work in the classroom following the mother of gaffes during last Saturday's Atlanta Thrashers visit to the Bell Centre. In a few words, they promise (well, sort of) it won't happen again.
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Motivational Theme

from Loose Change of the Hockey News,

Top 12 Inspirational Team Credos (stuff on walls – you know what I mean): •(Florida) Winning Brings Babes. Not Winning Brings All These Seniors •(Calgary) Bull your way to the Top and Steer clear of Trouble. •(Philadelphia) Here’s your $@*#& Inspiration you &%*#@
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Vokoun Out With Torn Thumb Ligament

from the Tennessean,

Predators goalie Tomas Vokoun will undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb on Monday and is expected to miss two to six weeks in recovery. Vokoun suffered the injury about halfway through the second period of Thursday’s 6-0 win over Vancouver. He remained in net for the remainder of the second, but was replaced by goalie Chris Mason in the third. On Friday, Vokoun saw hand specialist Dr. Phil Coogan and team physician Dr. Michael Pagnani, and the decision was made to perform surgery.
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