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Stars Get Noticed On P.E.I

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC,

The move of Murray Harbour hockey star Brad Richards from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Dallas Stars has led to a surge in sales for Stars merchandise at sports stores on P.E.I.

Many store managers have had to order in extra supplies.

“It makes a pretty big impact on the merchandise,” Mike Morrison of Source for Sports in Charlottetown told CBC News Tuesday.

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Pencil Him In For Sunday

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Nick Lidstrom reported little pain after the morning skate today.  He’s ready.  Chris Chelios? Not so much.

St. James

Lidstrom, who suffered a sprained right knee Feb. 18 at Colorado, skated again today and reported improvement.

“I’m hoping for Sunday,’” he said. “I’m feeling a little bit sluggish because I’ve only skated for two days, and I just want to get a few more practices under my belt.”

Chris Chelios, who suffered a chipped right fibula Feb. 22 at Calgary, also skated, but isn’t improving.

“Actually, not at all, to be honest with you,” Chelios said.

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Breaking The Tie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

This question is bound to come up, so here is the answer…

TIE-BREAKING PROCEDURE

If two or more clubs are tied in points at the end of the regular season, the standing of the clubs in each Conference will be determined in the following order:

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Have A Happy And A Healthy

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Well, well, well.  Happy learned how to putt.  My second favorite line in that movie, only behind…

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Show Some Passion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

Kalinin coasted lap after lap around the Wachovia Center ice Tuesday during the morning warm-up, and Ruff was right with him. He skated next to Kalinin, yelling in his ear. He skated backward, nearly nose-to-nose with the defenseman, firing profanities in Kalinin’s face.

“Play with some passion!” screamed Ruff, who benched the veteran for Tuesday night’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers. “Play with some [expletive] passion! You’re better than that!”

It was no coincidence Ruff conducted his session in front of the other players

read on

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Mornng Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Miami Herald,

(Craig) Anderson hasn’t surrendered a goal in 2 hours, 27 minutes, 46 seconds of game time. Philadelphia’s Daniel Briere was the last to beat him, on Feb. 23. Anderson, Florida’s backup to Tomas Vokoun, has also stopped 105 consecutive shots. Since the new year began, Anderson has won five of six starts.

‘‘This could happen to anyone, I’m just trying to work hard in practice to make sure I’d be ready when I did get the call,’’ said Anderson, who made 40 saves Tuesday after making 53 Sunday against the Islanders. ``It starts by working hard in practice and battling for the guys there. The guys are definitely pulling together. It’s good to see. These last two have just been terrific.’‘

more on the Panthers…

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Forsberg Welcomed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Woody Paige of the Denver Post,

He was Peter the Very Good.

The Avalanche was great.

Afterward he had a grin that couldn’t have been removed with a hammer and a chisel.

“Every morning since I got to Denver, I wake up smiling and looking out at the sunshine. Definitely, it’s great to be back,” Peter Forsberg said.

“And I played OK.”

It was as if he never left.

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Flyers Lose 5-2, Point To Blown Call

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

If the Flyers miss the playoffs by two points, they may blame a blown call in last night’s 5-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres at the Wachovia Center….

Buffalo center Tim Connolly had not gotten off the ice when Roy was virtually on top of goalie Marty Biron.

“They had five guys on the ice by 60 feet,” Flyers coach John Stevens said, fuming. “Their fifth guy was the guy at the far blue line. . . . It’s unbelievable. They totally missed the call. . . . I don’t know where Roy came from. I thought it was a missed change . . . just a totally blown call.”

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Are The Conferences “Officiated” Differently

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, “It’s tougher (hockey in the West) and they know that out here and the teams play accordingly,” said (Bryan) Murray. “They seem to, and I may be wrong on this, be able to hold up a little more on the forecheck that we can in the East. I guess they tolerate a little more.”

more from Murray and some Sens talk too…

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Tootoo Refining His Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Sun,

This year, Tootoo had nine goals and six assists in 47 games. He scored 11 goals in his first three years.

“I’ve been trying to focus more on making plays rather than looking for that big hit,” Tootoo said. “I still have to be physical because that’s the foundation of my game. I think it really intimidates players knowing they have to be aware of when I’m out there and they have to keep their heads up.

“But I’m looking to do more than that now. I think that comes with maturity. I’m holding on to that puck for that extra-second longer instead of being so nervous with it that you want to get rid of it right away.”

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