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“We don’t have as many points as we should have had after the last 10 games. If we would have had those points, we wouldn’t be talking about Columbus or St. Louis. We’d be talking about challenging Vancouver….”

-Sheldon Souray of the Edmonton Oilers.  More from Souray via JoAnne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal.

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Bruins Will Be Watching

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from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald,

In a quirk of the NHL schedule, the B’s play just twice in 12 days. And while they’re fine-tuning their game in Wilmington, New Jersey and Washington, the teams that have any real chance of catching the first-place B’s in the Eastern Conference, will each play a half-dozen games.

The Devils, six points behind the B’s, play four on the road, including Sunday’s huge matinee against the Bruins, while the Capitals, seven points back, play five straight on the road, beginning with last night’s loss in Atlanta. The Devils have three games in hand on the B’s.

By the time the Bruins resume playing in earnest, they very well could be looking up at one of those two teams.

read on

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Cowbells At A Hockey Game

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from Dan Steinberg at D.C. Sports Bog,

Yes, those were cowbells you heard all over the arena. Several hundred red cowbells reading “Rock the Red” made their debuts at concession stands, retailing for (I think) $8. There were a lot of people who had been drinking St. Patrick’s Day-related beer that day, and many of them wound up with cowbells in their hands.

Good? Bad? Indifferent? I tended to think good, until I heard some of the particularly insistent cowbell shakers, which made me think possibly bad. There are no plans to pass out 18,000 cowbells for the playoffs, in case you were wondering.

read on

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Faith

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from Gare Joyce at Sportsnet,

There’s no storybook ending here. Montreal is on to the QMJHL playoffs this week. Business as usual. Angelo Esposito is out for the season with a blown-out knee, unable to build on success at the world juniors. Sad, but he’ll get another chance. Benjamin Rubin won’t though. He has played his last junior game. If he ever plays another meaningful game, he doesn’t know where it will be.

Some Orthodox Shomer Jews expect Benjamin to see the error of his ways. A friend of the Rubins, a Shomer Jew, even calls Rabbi Baron’s dispensation “bulls—-.” One rabbi says that the door won’t be shut to Benjamin but he must “express remorse and make a sincere verbal commitment not to transgress again.”

Benjamin’s not remorseful, just angry. “If I had played on the Shabbat when I started out in Quebec, I’d be a first-line player there now,” he says. “I was making up for lost time from the start. My little brother David’s going to be a player ... and he’s playing on the Shabbat, so hopefully something good comes out of this.”

much more

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Best Of The Week

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Five minutes of the greatest hits, saves and goals of the past week.

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GDT - Game #71: Red Wings host Flyers (7:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  GDT light today, workload issues.  Your schizophrenic Red Wings appear to be responding to whatever medications Dr. Babcock has prescribed.  Two impressive back-to-back road wins at CBJ and STL have DET leading the League with 101 pts.  DET has become the first team in NHL history to top 100 points in nine straight seasons, and they have clinched a 17th straight postseason berth.  Ozzie has been tapped to start for the third straight game. 

Meanwhile, in the wild, wild E.C.,  PHI is in a dogfight with the PIT, MTL, NYR, CAR and FLA for first round home-ice advantage as well as just securing a playoff spot.  If history is any lesson, PHI might as well mail-in tonights tilt; “the Flyers haven’t won in Detroit since Nov. 4, 1988, going 0-13-0 with two ties in their last 15 trips to Joe Louis Arena - the NHL’s longest active road winless streak by one team against an opponent.”  PHI have split their eight games in March, scoring four or more goals in each of the wins and one or fewer in each defeat.

 

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Stars Health Improving

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from DallasStars.com,

The Stars have managed to keep their head above water through some challenging times. The team has played significant time without the services of Brenden Morrow, Sergei Zubov and Brad Richards. Lately it has been Jere Lehtinen, Toby Petersen, Mark Parrish and Fabian Brunnstrom who have succumbed to the injury bug.

The Stars got some good news on Monday, as Richards, Lehtinen and Brunnstrom each practiced with the team. All have a chance to play on this current road trip, including Richards – who might be available later in the week.

continued

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Fighting For The Spectrum

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from Stan Hochman of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Ed Snider tells people that the Spectrum is his “baby” and that he will be heartsick when they implode it before the end of the year.

In Potomac, Md., Jerry Wolman gnashes his teeth and snarls, “Ed Snider didn’t put a dime into the Spectrum.”

Whose fingerprints are on the blueprints? Whose DNA is in the design? Can we put the Spectrum on the Maury Povich show and have him yelp at the doomed 41-year-old arena, “Who’s your daddy?”

continued and thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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Boston Goalies Talk Broduer

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from Matt Kalman of The Bruins Blog,

To Boston Bruin goaltender Manny Fernandez, New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur’s breaking of Patrick Roy’s all-time wins record — which could occur Tuesday night against Chicago or any time over the next week or so now that Brodeur tied the record Saturday — is about more than just replacing the name of one great goaltender with another on the top of a list.

Fernandez thinks it’ll help Brodeur get his full due.

“He seemed to be a little bit in (Roy’s) shadow. And now he’s come around, he’s actually beating some of his records, people are starting to notice him a little more and talk about him,” Fernandez recently told TheBruinsBlog.net. “He’s a great goalie. He was born to play that sport; you can see that. He’s a guy that doesn’t get overstressed. He could be playing in a Game 7 and still look like it’s practice. That’s what you need.”

continued

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Tough Year For Tucker

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from Adrian Dater of The Denver Post,

It has been one awful season for Darcy Tucker. The hoped-for rejuvenation of his career, with the Rocky Mountains as his scenic backdrop, did not exactly go as planned.

“This year’s been a tough year personally,” said Tucker, signed by the Avalanche last summer to a two-year, $4.5 million free-agent contract. “But all you can do is work every day; just come to the rink and try to have each day get better.”...

Tucker is a no-nonsense man who doesn’t engage in long, philosophical conversations about himself. He knows he hasn’t played well and says so. But one factor that contributed to the worst season of his career — torn knee ligaments suffered in a game at Anaheim on Nov. 24 — is something Tucker could use as a crutch. But he won’t.

“I’m not the type of guy who gets those things and tries to make excuses out of them,” Tucker said. “It’s part of playing hockey, and you’ve got to battle through them. And I haven’t done a good enough job of doing that.”

read on

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