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Two Can Clinch Tonight

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Sabres and Sharks hope to wrap up the series tonight.

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Sharks Looking For A Victory

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from the Mercury News,

A victory tonight would give the Sharks some much-needed recovery time before the next series. They would not need to play a Game 6 in San Jose on Sunday or (heaven forbid) a Game 7 in Nashville on Tuesday. It is likely that Round 2 of the playoffs won’t begin until next weekend.
You can look it up. The most accurate predictor of a Cup winner is how easily the team makes it through the early playoff rounds. Not since 1992 has a team been stretched to a seven-game series in the first round and then proceeded to win the Stanley Cup. And the team that did so, the Pittsburgh Penguins, had the benefit of Mario Lemieux on its roster.

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Stress Train Has Left, Panic Express…Arriving

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Getting on a plane today to Florida, and I’m not even going to tell you what time my departure flight leaves tomorrow. I’m going to do something today, partly because I’m in a hurry and partly because it’s warranted.  Your boy Khan(!) has a must-read blog entry this morning.  It’s, as the Brits and a few naval officers tend to say when they’re feeling haughty, “spot on.”

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Simply Said

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from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

“There’s nothing to be ashamed of,” Therrien said. “You look at the big picture, it’s a huge step.”

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How true, the Pens are on a huge upswing, look out NHL!

added 8:29am, from the Toronto Star,

Even though they lost in the first round of the playoffs, this was more a beginning than an end for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Nobody understood that – and how the hockey landscape is about to change – better than Ottawa coach Bryan Murray, whose club had just made short work of the Pens, dispatching them in five games.
“They’re going to be a team you’re not going to want to play in the future,” said Murray.

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Everything Is Magnified

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fromm Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Adhering to the rulebook, especially at this time of year, still is a sensitive issue with a lot of players, coaches, fans and media.
“As much as everyone bought in to what we’re trying to do, you get people who say ‘How can you make that call at this time of year?,’” Walkom said last night in an interview. “We continue to work at changing the mind-set. What is a penalty in the first period is still a penalty in the third. I think if people are (scrutinizing officials), it’s because emotions are running really high right now with so much at stake.
“Everything is magnified. But we know that and we expect that.”

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Wild Now Know Ducks

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from the Pioneer Press,

Here’s the upshot of an otherwise disappointing first-round loss: new rivalry, new hero and newfound respect for a couple of Wild players. There also should be the realization that a lot of work remains to be done. The team has to get bigger. The guys were worn to the nub by the end of Game 5.
At least the Wild have found a blood rival for next year. In a season filled with faceless opponents and emotionless games, the Ducks will be an exception.
The Ducks earned the right to become the team Minnesota loves to hate. People will circle their calendars for next season’s quack-ups at the Xcel Energy Center. It will be the biggest thing since Todd Bertuzzi was with the Vancouver Canucks.

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Trading Ward Was Turning Point For Rangers

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Just prior to the deadline, Sather made his move, sending Ward to the Bruins for Paul Mara, in whom the Blueshirts had been interested for weeks.
It was a deal that improved the Rangers on the ice, with Mara providing a second power-play-unit point option Ward did not. Beyond that, it was a trade that purified the atmosphere. And, most critically, it was a trade that solidified Jagr’s status as captain and cemented the mutual bond of trust and commitment between No. 68 and the hierarchy.
It was the fork in the road for the Rangers, who have followed their leader on the path to a sweep of Atlanta and the second round of the playoffs.

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The Panic Series

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Reading the different forums and blogs on the Wings/Flames series, it has been a panic theme after every game.
Just remember what I said after the Wings went up 2-0, it is not a series until a road team wins.  Still hasn’t happened and it may not.
The home ice may actually come in play for this series.

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Win Or Go Home

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from the Tennessean,

“You are a little bit (frustrated) in the fact that you added some pieces that you felt could get over the hump here,” Trotz said. “But for the most part the pieces that we have put in have had a better effect on this team, no question.
“San Jose might not admit it, but it’s a lot harder than they probably expected it would be based on the two teams and based on last year. They are fortunate right now … they have played very well.
“They are a solid hockey club and an elite hockey club, and I feel we are too. So we have to get a positive result, and if we do we will see what happens.”

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Wirtz Worried About NHLPA Direction

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from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

Now, more than 40 years on, Wirtz says he’s poised to sever ties to the NHL charter member. One of the most vilified owners in sports – he’s been nicknamed “Dollar Bill” for his alleged thriftiness when it came to player salaries – Wirtz says he’s worried about who the NHL Players’ Association hires as its next leader.
After losing $31 million (all figures U.S.) this season and $191 million over the past 10 on the beleaguered Blackhawks, Wirtz said if the players union hires someone cut out of the mould of Bob Goodenow as executive director, he’ll hang up a for-sale sign on the Blackhawks.

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