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Brodeur- Vezina Belongs To Kiprusoff

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from Martin Brodeur special to the Edmonton Sun,

The Vezina Trophy that I had the good fortune of winning in 2003 and 2004 should be awarded this year to Miikka Kiprusoff. In my opinion, the Calgary Flames goalie is the logical choice for getting on the ballot that will be a tightly guarded secret among the general managers of the league. Kiprusoff has had an exceptional season.
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Little Known Record

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via the Mercury News,

Joe Thornton is on the verge of breaking one of the lesser-known NHL scoring records: Most points in one season while playing for two teams. Entering today's game against Dallas, Thornton has posted 111 points (33 with Boston, 78 with the Sharks). The record is 112 points, set by Bernie Nicholls in 1989-90 when he split the season with the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers.
more interesting notes, but most have been discussed previously...

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OLN Playoff Plans

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from Multichannel News (reg. req.),

National Hockey League fans should be prepared to get checked into the boards -- repeatedly -- by OLN's coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. With the start of the playoffs, OLN executives are planning to feature approximately six hours of hockey content each weeknight, encompassing one or two playoff games, as well as a studio wrap-up show. NBC will carry weekend coverage of the playoffs. All told, OLN anticipates that the conference quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will yield 15 -20 games apiece, while conference-finals coverage will span 7-12 games, from May 19-June 2. On the HD front, OLN plans to offer one series in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds in the enhanced format. Both conference-finals series and its Stanley Cup Finals contests June 5 and 7 will be filmed in HD. OLN executives said that throughout the playoffs, the network, when feasible, will simulcast games from Canadian networks and domestic regional sports networks covering the playoffs, giving hockey fans additional access.

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Bad Ice In Calgary

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from the Calgary Sun,

For many years, NHLers considered Calgary's rink to have among the best ice in the league. It was consistently good, not prone to chipping or as susceptible to ruts as nearly every other rink. Playing at the 'Dome was a respite from the slushy and substandard rinks around the NHL. That hasn't been the case this season. "It's not as good as it's been in the past," said Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr. "And it shouldn't be that way. It should be the best in the league."
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Don’t Forget

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Hockey fans in the U.S. (Canada too) that have access to CBC, tonight at 8:00pm, The Canada Russia ‘72 series starts tonight. I am looking forward to watching and should bring back some wonderful memories. image

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Kings Falling Apart

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from the Daily Breeze,

There were perhaps 9,000 (this is a liberal estimate) present at 18,118-seat Staples Center for the start of the Kings-Ducks non-rivalry game Saturday afternoon. This was an indication of the lack of urgency people with tickets felt about getting to the game, won, 4-2, by the playoff-bound Ducks. The lack of urgency mirrored the play of the Kings. And so it is that the Kings sink rapidly into the NHL sunset with a textbook demonstration on how a team can come apart at the seams.
read on

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Hitchcock Loves The Playoffs

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from the Philly Burbs,

Even Scotty Bowman teams occasionally took an early powder. But Hitchcock has been consistent, guiding the Dallas Stars to the Cup finals twice (including a win in 1999), plus a conference finals appearance. He coached the Flyers to the conference finals in '04. In the past six postseasons, Hitchcock has coached an eye-popping 104 games and won 61 of them. Obviously, Hitchcock enjoys the challenge. But what makes him so successful? “I just love the playoffs; I love the strategy for a seven-game series,'' Hitchcock said. “I love the preparation, all the little things you do. I look forward to it.''
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Jagr Should Be Captain

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Now, as they seek to claim a division championship that would give them the home-ice advantage they seem to believe so important, they more often than not appear fatigued; good enough and resourceful enough to win games, but without the crispness, confidence or swagger with which they played preceding the Olympics. If the team received a jolt of incentive from the outside at the start of the regular season, now is the time for Tom Renney to provide a jolt from the inside - or it will when it's time to start the playoffs. When it's time to start the playoffs, it will be time for Renney to name Jaromir Jagr team captain, to give him the letter he has earned. If King Henrik is the face behind the mask, Jagr, who broke the Rangers record for goals in a season yesterday, is the face of the franchise. Giving Jagr the "C" now gives a voice to that face.
read on (reg. req.)

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Win It For The Captain

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Detroit Red Wings have one driving force as they gear up for the playoffs: Win one last Stanley Cup for Steve Yzerman. Every athlete wants to go out on top and that's what the Wings players want for their longtime captain. Nobody picked Detroit to win the Cup this year, but don't discount the role Yzerman factor is playing in Motown.
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No Long Overtimes In Playoffs

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from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

With the playoffs around the corner, shootouts soon will be put on the shelf for a few months. But don't expect a bunch of overtime games stretching into the fifth and sixth periods, as has been the norm in recent seasons. The National Hockey League's on-ice officials have been given the message and they have embraced it. There will be no deterioration of the strict anti-restraint standards that were imposed during the regular season. As a result, once the playoffs start, you'll see the same type of officiating you've been seeing for six months. That means you'll see as many power plays in overtime as you see in regulation time. And when that happens, the goals will come.
read on...Al touches on many subjects and note to Al- some American cities still sing the national anthem in the traditional way...

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