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“I don’t think it’s in Joe’s nature to be mean, but when he is mean, he’s unstoppable.  That’s intensity. When you’re intense, you’re a hard person to play against.”

“He can’t pick his spots. For him to be known as one of the greatest players in the world from now on, he’s got to bring that.  He makes a lot of money to bring that intensity. You can’t rely on just his eyes and his know-how all the time.”

-Jeremy Roenick on Joe Thornton.  More from David Pollak at Working the Corners.

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Rangers Could Use A #1 Guy

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from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Assuming Glen Sather is still running the New York Rangers next season, he might want to find a bona fide No. 1-line player or two for his team.

Currently, the Rangers have none; good team, but no star forwards or defencemen.

Outside of goalie Henrik Lundqvist—the only reason New York is even in a Game 7 in the first round against the Washington Capitals—the Rangers do not have a single established player they can claim to be a front-liner.

Not Scott Gomez. Not Chris Drury. Not Markus Naslund.

Two solid second-liners on a good team and a guy who scores on occasion, but rarely stands out in a game that matters.

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Vezina Trophy Finalists

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from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Steve Mason, the brilliant young goalie of the Columbus Blue Jackets, could become only the fifth NHL player to win the Vezina and Calder trophies in the same year.

But he’ll have to beat out the Minnesota Wild’s Niklas Backstrom, and Tim Thomas, whose league-leading goals-against average was a driving force for the Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins this season.

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Is Mike Green On The Carpet Too?

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from Capitals Outsider,

ESPN just retracted on SportsCenter, stating that Mike Green and Donald Brashear have not been suspended, yet. However they both now have a hearing at 1pm today. This is according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

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added 11:16am, via TSN,

Sources tell TSN Betts suffered a broken orbital bone from the Brashear hit and is likely done for the playoffs.

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Two Elimination Games Tonight- One On The Road, One At Home

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Will the Blackhawks and Ducks win tonight to settle the Western Conference Semi-Finals picture?

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We Now Know The Beer Choice Of Mike Comrie

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Sharks Need To Keep Hurting

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from Mark Purday of the Mercury News,

It hurts to do what the Sharks did Saturday night.

But they need to hurt some more tonight.

It hurts to go where the Sharks went Saturday, sending their bodies toward the net where they know sticks and body checks are waiting, or skating to exhaustion on every shift, or taking a painful hit to make a pass that might lead to nothing but also might lead to a goal.

But the Sharks need to go there again tonight for 60 minutes or more.

Otherwise, the Sharks will go straight from hurt to home. The Anaheim Ducks will win the series.

“This next game is going to be the hardest we’ve had all year,” said Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle, who knows hard.

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Arena:  The Art Of Hockey

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Watch part 2 below which goes in-depth on some of the individual pieces of hockey art.

Continue Reading »

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Ducks Could Use A Few Goals From Selanne

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Coaches often talk about the importance of the game within the game. For the Ducks on Sunday, the most significant aspect of their day was the meeting within the meeting.

While players gathered at the Honda Center to discuss strategy for Game 6 of their playoff series against the San Jose Sharks and their second chance to upset the NHL’s top-seeded team, right wing Teemu Selanne and center Andrew Ebbett held their own private chat.

The topic: turning the scoring chances they have produced into goals for Selanne, who has been held to a single assist in the first five games of the series.

“He’s not going to stay scoreless for very long,” Ebbett said.

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Flames Looking At Another Early Round Exit

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Be it tonight at home or Wednesday in Chicago, the Flames appear destined for their fourth-straight, first-round exit.

As easily predicted by their late-season disintegration and injuries woes, the Flames are once again on the brink, having nothing left to show for an otherwise solid NHL regular season.

Credit the Blackhawks for taking it to the Flames in Game 5 with an awesome display of controlled aggression, skill and poise far beyond their years.

Shame on the veteran Flames for coming out flat and failing to come up with an emotional response to the beatdown.

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