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Sharks Need To Play A Full Game

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

A team incapable of living with prosperity, coming apart at the seams before our very eyes.
A goaltender committing colossal, series-turning blunders.
If this is the Stanley Cup playoffs, shouldn’t the San Jose Sharks be the club wearing red and white?...
“We seem to keep lapsing,” Sharks centre Joe Thornton said. “You think we’d be over that by now.”

read on

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Candidates For The Phoenix GM Job

via the East Valley Tribune,

A Coyotes spokesman said Saturday that Neil Smith, Craig Patrick and Doug MacLean are among the nine names on the team’s list of possible replacements for Mike Barnett, who was fired following the 2006-2007 season. The team plans to begin interviews this week but didn’t release any other names.

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Right To The Point

Katrina Hancock of WDIV in Detroit, “Pavel, what happened today?”
Pavel Datsyuk, “We won.”


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Game Six Will Be Tough

from Sam McCaig of the Hockey News,

Two straight tough losses for the Sharks is probably too much to overcome, but these guys aren’t the Atlanta Thrashers, either. Expect Game 6 in San Jose Monday to be as hotly-contested as every other showdown between these two teams.

more on the game…

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Mathieu Schneider Out

Schneider left today’s game early in the first period with a left forearm injury.  Looked harmless but will not return.

update 5:07pm, Broken wrist for Schneider, done for the year according to Babcock presser and the comment left in this post.

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Over But Not Yet Out

from The Maven,

Then, it happened.
An unnecessarily bad icing that could have been averted.
A penalty against Dainius Zubrus for fouling Dan Girardi, which never was called.
The scramble; the puck arriving at Chris Drury’s stick; Girardi scrambling to fill the empty net before Drury’s shot sailed goalward.
Too late.
And then the overtime crusher by Slapsy Maxie Afinogenov on a slapper that sailed through Henny Lundqvist’s five-hole.
Over – and out!
Well, not quite.

read on

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Out Of The Blue

from the Edmonton Journal,

Drugstore billionaire Daryl Katz, the reclusive owner of the 1,800-store Katz Group pharmacy empire, has launched a surprise $145-million bid to acquire the Edmonton Oilers.
The all-cash offer by Katz, 45, an Edmonton native and University of Alberta law school grad whom Forbes magazine now ranks among the world’s richest men, was made to the 37-member Edmonton Oilers ownership group earlier this week.
Under terms of the offer, disclosed to The Journal late Friday by a source familiar with information shared at the meeting, the Oilers would remain in Edmonton.


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Drury Comes Through- Again

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

But as each minute expired Friday night, as the clock ticked into the final 10 seconds, there was no avoiding that sinking feeling that the Sabres had no escape. Really, anybody who thought the Sabres would come away unscathed again was drowning in fantasy. It defied the laws of probability, which had been gaining ground.
Don’t worry, it wasn’t a dream.
Buffalo’s hockey god, Chris Drury, answered all prayers, resuscitated the Sabres once again and carried them within one victory of reaching the Eastern Conference finals for the fourth time in nine seasons under Lindy Ruff. Even the eternal optimists and strongest die-hard would agree that this is getting a little ridiculous.

read on

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Good Kingston Boys

from The Kingston Whig-Standard,

Kirk Muller and Doug Gilmour have been Kingston’s poster boys for the NHL for two decades, playing for a combined 13 teams. Last night, at the 12th annual Kingston and District Sports Hall of Fame, the boys came home.
“Who said you can’t come home? Thank you, I appreciate it tremendously,” said Gilmour last night before a sold-out Hall of Fame crowd at the Ambassador Motel.
“To be going into the same hall with a group of people I grew up cherishing is a very special honour,” Muller said.


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Games Today

Do the Sens move on tonight?
Sharks/Wings- I think today the key is PP and PK, whoever is better will win.
Regarding the NBC game, as I stated yesterday, the Detroit NBC affiliate will go to split screen if the game runs into Kentucky Derby time.  I have read other cities will go to the Derby.  Aslo have read NBC may move the game to VERSUS if it runs over the allotted time slot.


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