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Is The East Complete

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from Spector,

Until about a week ago, the Eastern Conference playoff race was nearly as exciting as that in the West, with the final three playoff berths up for grabs amongst six teams. But since then, the New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens and the defending Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning have all made considerable progress in solidifying their holds on the final three berths, thanks to a combination of key victories on their parts and the struggles of the clubs chasing them.
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Flyers Concerned About Playoff Goals

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from the Philly Burbs,

“We're getting scoring from other people now,” Hitchcock said. “It's making (the Forsberg line) more effective because you can't just focus on those three guys anymore. When you've got three skilled players who know how to work, they're very effective.” It's one thing for Carter and Umberger and the rest of the Flyers' forwards to stat-pad against the Islanders or an Ottawa team beset with injuries. It's another to expect them to give opponents pause in the playoffs, when every player must pay a high price just to put himself in position to score, let alone to put the puck in the net.
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For Your Reading Pleasure

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AGREEMENT Between National Hockey League and National Hockey League Officials’ Association 2006 - 2010 If you are interested in reading (in .doc or rich text format) the recent agreement between the NHL and the NHL Officials. This one is complete, as opposed to the CBA between the NHL & the NHLPA which is floating around the web.

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Tucker A Marked Man

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from the Buffalo News,

The labels on Darcy Tucker have long ranged from "aggressive" to "pest" to "dirty." The Buffalo Sabres are heavily tilted toward the latter, with a touch of "yellow" thrown in. The Toronto Maple Leafs forward escaped punishment from the NHL for Monday's hit on Jochen Hecht, but the Sabres weren't going to let his reputation off the hook. The verbal darts they threw Tuesday were bull's-eyes, hitting exactly where intended.
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Must See TV

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For U.S. fans, if you are lucky enough to get CBC, set the DVRs... from the Hockey News,

If you are old enough to remember watching the Summit Series in 1972, or at the very least, understand the significance of the first meeting between NHLers and the world's best international team from the Soviet Union, then the CBC's Canada Russia '72 is a must-see. Canada Russia '72 is an insider's peak into the series that left an undeniable stamp on the game. Canada won the series, but was outscored and handed a lesson in skill and preparation that changed the way Canadians train for and play the game.
read on from the Detroit Free Press,
Phil Esposito's us-against-the-world moment comes as Team Canada players gather around Wayne Cashman's hospital bed. "I don't know, boys, we're in a foreign land here, thousands of miles from home, losing the biggest hockey series in the history of the world, and just when we thought it couldn't get any worse, we've been deserted," says Esposito. "So I say here's to us and screw the rest of them. Screw the Swedes and the Russians, and screw the people back home who hate us. Screw the media and the government. And screw the referees, Cash, especially screw the referees. Did I leave anyone out?"
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Bruins Hope To Hit The Lottery

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from the Boston Herald,

Perhaps the one good thing about having such a nightmare of a season is that the Bruins may get a shot at the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. The B’s are currently holding the sixth pick, thanks to having the NHL’s sixth-worst record. And if the Columbus Blue Jackets, who were two points behind the B’s going into last night, catch the Bruins, then the B’s get a shot at the No. 1 pick in the lottery format. That pick, wherever it may be, could fetch a decent veteran in a trade. But B’s interim GM Jeff Gorton said last night he wouldn’t be inclined to move the draft choice
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Hockey Games Bumped On Center Ice

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The Atlanta/Florida and Islanders/Leafs game will not be on Center Ice due to a MLB game. Also, the Sharks/Avs game which starts at 9:00pm EDT, will be joined in progress after the Canes/Capitals game which starts at 7:00pm.

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Congrats To The Rangers

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from the NY Times,

Jaromir Jagr all but guaranteed that the Rangers would make the playoffs on the first day of training camp in September. He might have been the only one who actually believed it. The Rangers finally ended seven seasons of futility last night when they clinched a playoff berth by defeating the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2, in a shootout at Madison Square Garden. "It doesn't matter who believes you," Jagr said before the game. "Even if somebody picks you first, you still have to prove it. They don't give you the Stanley Cup just because somebody picks you to win it." He added: "There probably was no reason to believe that we could make it. But we, as players, it's all a matter of how many guys on your team believe you can do it. It's always been that way. It doesn't matter what the media thinks."
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Red Wings Asst. GM Keeps Busy

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from the Detroit Free Press,

Assistant general manager Jim Nill criss-crossed Europe recently checking out prospects for the upcoming draft, players who'll be draft-eligible in a few seasons and some of the Wings' own prospects. He takes two or three long trips to Europe every year to scout players.... At some tournaments, he'll watch three games in a single day. He takes notes, then enters his observations into a log that other Wings scouts use to record their thoughts on the same player. The fun part of such trips, Nill said, is watching the next big players while they're still a small blip on the radar. For example, Nill first saw Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin, the favorite to win NHL rookie of the year, play as a 14-year-old.
read on...FYI, Jim Nill may be on the last leg with the Wings, his name has been brought up for a few GM jobs that may become open after the season...

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Where Does Kessel Stand

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

But in the latest rankings of the International Scouting Service, an independent organization that evaluates draft-eligible talent on a monthly basis, Kessel finds himself at No. 4 overall, behind No. 1 Johnson, Toews at second and Peterborough Petes forward Jordan Staal at No. 3. A year ago, Kessel at No. 4 would have been unthinkable. Now? Well, it's a possibility. In a small survey of five NHL scouts by TSN, only one of the five had Kessel rated as low as No. 4.
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