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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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To Make It More Realistic, Wayne Should Play

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA—- The Phoenix Coyotes announced today they are teaming with Mix 96.9 to host “80’s Night” this Saturday when the Coyotes host the Vancouver Canucks at Jobing.com Arena at 7 p.m.

Fans are encouraged to come dressed in 1980’s costumes or hairstyles while music from the decade will be played throughout the night

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Will RFA’s Draw Interest?

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from Spector’s Blog at Fox Sports,

The NHL’s salary cap for next season is expected to flat-line and remaing around $56. 7 million and it is expected to drop substantially in 2010-11.

That’s going to make life interesting for this summer’s crop of restricted free agents both in re-signing lucrative new contracts with their current teams or attracting offer sheets from rivals.

Here’s a list of this summer’s most notable NHL RFAs:

ANAHEIM DUCKS: Erik Christensen, James Wisniewski.

ATLANTA THRASHERS: Colby Armstrong, Kari Lehtonen.

BOSTON BRUINS: Phil Kessel, David Krejci.

continued

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Clouston Has The Senators Playing The Right Way

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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun, Since

Clouston took over from the fired Craig Hartsburg Feb. 3, Ottawa is 11-6-3 and looking like a completely different team. The Senators have won five of their last six games and tonight, facing the desperate Buffalo Sabres, will try to stretch their home winning streak to five.

“He’s made a lot of adjustments,” said forward Mike Fisher. “Some with our forecheck in the neutral zone, a few different things. But he’s really instilled a confidence in our group, and he has confidence in us. We’ve been able to just go out, relax and focus on our game plan, not play uptight.

“We’ve just managed to try and have fun again, and he has helped us do that.”

While he has to like the job Clouston is doing, Murray has not lifted the tag of interim coach, saying again yesterday such a decision will be made at season’s end.

Murray does the like way the team practises under Clouston though, and believes that’s a key factor in the improved results. “We’re playing like we should be playing,” he said..

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  Tags: cory+clouston

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