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Lidstrom And His Bad Night

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from Michael Rosenbeg of the Detroit Free Press,

In June 2002, after the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in Scotty Bowman’s final game as coach, Bowman delivered the ultimate compliment to Nicklas Lidstrom.

Lidstrom, Bowman said, “is just about the perfect player on the ice.”

Years from now, that is how hockey people will talk about Lidstrom. He is Joe DiMaggio on skates, on the far end of the spectrum of both skill and intelligence. It’s not just that he is great. It is that he has been just about perfect—in the right place at the right time for almost two decades….

And yet ... well, he had a bad game Sunday. There is no getting around it. Lidstrom was on the ice for three Coyotes goals, and since Lidstrom himself said the Wings hung goalie Jimmy Howard “out to dry” at times, it is fair to say he did some of the hanging.

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Devils Need A Win

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from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Foul vibes surround the Devils and the meek manner in which they fell behind again in their first-round series as they try to avoid a third straight year of immediate ousters. Yet they are back in business, home-ice advantage and all, if they simply beat the Flyers tonight.

“The best remedy is to just win,” Martin Brodeur said, his team trailing the Flyers 2-1 after losing 3-2 in overtime on Sunday. “[Game 3] was definitely a disappointing game, the outcome, but we’re looking forward to get back and play a hard game. We’ve played decent hockey, but we haven’t peaked yet in the way we like to play. If we do that, we’ll be fine.

“[Tonight] is a big game for us to turn the tide in our favor.”

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Capitals Take Control

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from Tracee Hamilton of the Washington Post,

This is how you break a team’s back—you get some breaks at home [Game 2], you get a strong performance from your goalie, you get everyone involved in the offense, you swarm the net and create opportunities, and you deliver a spanking to your opponents—on their ice.

You keep your skate blade firmly planted in their necks. And you turn their own weapon—a loud and boisterous crowd—against them. By the end of the game, Ovechkin and “TAY-OH” were largely forgotten; the boos were directed at Le Tricolore.

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Mark Recchi Wins The Battle

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

No league for old men, huh? No one is telling that to the 42-year-old Recchi, whose spirited play and boundless guile have helped the Bruins to a 2-1 series lead. Three games into the postseason, the sure-shot Hall of Famer has a pair of goals and last night’s winning assist, the latter a textbook example in sheer hockey know-how and chutzpah. Kennedy looked like a freshman spending his first day at Recchi University and Lesson 1 was a tough one.

“It’s just my fault there,’’ said Kennedy, who has a family name that rarely gets so leveled in this part of the country. “I’ve just got to win that battle. You can’t let that play happen.’’

more and watch the video of Recchi winning the battle for the puck…

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NHL vs. NBA

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

The NHL has now officially surpassed the NBA as the better league when playoff time rolls around. You can sense people around the country are starting to pick up on this too. It’s starting to get a little bit of a buzz comparable to the NCAA men’s hoops tourney, in some ways. Just a little. Nobody watches college basketball during the regular season, but everyone watches the NCAAs because the teams care so much and the games are usually close. Nobody watches the NHL’s regular season, either, but the playoffs have become a flag-waving, everybody-comes-dressed-the-same, must-see roar-fest, with games between teams that aren’t separated by much. While the NHL constantly gets chumped on by pundits for their low TV ratings, the fact is they are pretty well comparable to the NBA in these playoffs so far, and were last year as well.

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The Vancouver No-Goal Controversy

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from Jason Botchford of The White Towel at the Vancouver Province,

Henrik Sedin called it one of the worst calls he’s ever seen, and when a Sedin feels the need to speak out, you tend to listen.  “It was a very, extremely bad call,” he added.

To make it, National Hockey League vice-president Mike Murphy seemed to alter the rulebook and when that happens you can’t help but take notice.

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HNIC had Mike Murphy on after the game to discuss the no-goal call.

Watch below…

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Yzerman Ready For A GM Position

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from Dana Wakiji at FoxSports Detroit,

Wings general manager Ken Holland addressed that topic among others at a meeting of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association Monday at Hockeytown Cafe in Detroit.

“I think, at some point in time, Steve wants to run his own team,” Holland said. “Certainly, he’s ready. He retired in 2006 and he’s been in our front office four years. He’s run Canada’s World Championship two years. He managed Canada’s Olympic team to gold. He’s ready to go.”...

“At some point in time, the Beatles broke up. Some people are going to go in different directions.”

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Matt Ellis - Keep Your Head Up

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Jonny Boychuk with the big time hit tonight.

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Wings Face A Must-Win Game

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

“We just have to bring more to the table,” said veteran Wings forward Daniel Cleary. “We have to be better. Tomorrow is a must-win for us.”

A “must-win.” It seems a little early in the spring for that in this neck of the woods; that’s usually reserved for June hockey. But Detroit’s season could be in jeopardy in a hurry unless it corrects things immediately.

“The biggest issue in my mind for our team is you got to look at the guy right across from you [on the ice] and say, ‘I’m going to outwork you,’” Babcock said. “I mean, it doesn’t matter how much skill you have. You got to compete harder than the other guy. They won that in the second half of [Sunday] night’s game.”

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Stats Which Tell Us Little

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

A few days ago Scott Cullen of TSN published win loss records for individual players who missed considerable numbers of games this season.  For the most part this is not a very good method to learn anything statistically.  To show this, here are the ten players who had the biggest improvement to their team’s win/loss percentage from Cullen’s stats.

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