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Bad Ice- In One End

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from the Globe and Mail,

Not only are the hockey gods conspiring against the Toronto Maple Leafs these days, but so are the Zamboni drivers. According to Leafs coach Paul Maurice, his club was at a disadvantage after the Zambonis scraped the Bell Centre ice prior to the shootout in the Montreal Canadiens' 4-3 victory on Saturday evening.... "The ice wasn't great and it was nice of them to leave a little bit more on our shooting end than on their shooting end in the shootout — for the second time," said Maurice, meaning that the scrape in the Toronto zone was wider and better for the Montreal shooters.
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BOG Discussion

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Sources told the Sun not only will the schedule be a major topic of discussion during the two-day board of governors meeting, NHL owners are also considering a major change to the playoff format. While NHL GMs decided to put off any discussion about the schedule a couple of weeks ago , it's believed more than 15 owners called commissioner Gary Bettman and demanded he put it on the agenda.... And, for the playoffs, the NHL is looking at a bracketed format -- using the NBA and the NCAA March Madness tournament as examples.
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Ovechkin Gets A “Gamer”

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from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,

Ovechkin, a player as likable as he is talented, was sent off 4 minutes 52 seconds into the second period after he checked Daniel Briere, the Sabres' high-scoring captain, into the side boards from behind. Briere, who had dumped the puck and was heading for the bench for a line change, hit the boards headfirst, sending his helmet flying. "He just turn around, and I don't have time to stop," said Ovechkin, who scored the Capitals' third goal of the opening eight minutes. "I'm not trying to give not clean kind of hit. It's a game; that happens." Ovechkin received five minutes for fighting, five for boarding and a game misconduct. Briere, meantime, returned for his next shift.
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ESPN Won’t Air NHL Spots

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from Larry Brooks at the NY Post,

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHL Enterprises president Ed Horne each told Slap Shots this week that ESPN has refused to accept commercial advertising from the league. It's always interesting when bullies - we're not referring to individuals, but rather entities - collide, isn't it?
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Shocker- Cherry Supports Fighting

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from the CP via the CBC,

Hockey commentator Don Cherry says fighting is a part of hockey and has a place in today's NHL. "(Fighting) has been going on for 50 years . . . 100 years," Cherry said on CBC's Coaches Corner segment during Saturday's Hockey Night in Canada broadcast. Cherry was supporting comments made last week by Phoenix Coyotes tough guy Georges Laraque, who said that the post-lockout NHL's emphasis on speed is phasing out the role of the traditional enforcer.
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Ryan Smyth Fractures Thumb

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via TSN,

Edmonton Oilers winger Ryan Smyth fractured his right thumb in the first period of Saturday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Smyth's thumb was fractured when he was chasing after a loose puck and crashed into the boards. He plzayed just two shifts before the injury. It is unknown how much tim

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The Travels Of Tim Thomas

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from the New York Times,

Goalies who have starred at the top level of Finnish hockey, the SM-liiga, are the soup du jour in the N.H.L. One who belongs in that category but has largely escaped notice is Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins.... “When I first went over,” Thomas, 32, said from Boston, “what helped was my experience with USA Hockey — I’d been on three tours during the summers, so I was used to the bigger ice. It wasn’t as big an adjustment as it might’ve been. They’re all good passing the puck, and there was no hook-and-hold. But I’d already seen it.”
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Wings Get Their Man

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The goal scoring forward the Wings have been looking for all year has arrived. image

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Andre Roy Claimed By Bolts

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via TSN,

Andre Roy is returning to Tampa Bay. The Lightning claimed the 31-year old left winger from the Pittsburgh Penguins on re-entry waivers today. The Penguins are responsible for half of Roy's salary which will count against their salary cap.

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Old School- Mickey Redmond Remembers “Toe” Blake

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from Doug Ward at NHL.com,

To gain a greater appreciation for the game Mickey Redmond will never forget, it helps to understand the dynamic of the player-coach relationship that existed in the "Original Six" era of the NHL. In addition to having respect for Toe Blake, his Hall of Fame coach as a rookie with the Montreal Canadiens in 1967-68, Redmond says he had another sentiment. “I was deathly afraid of him,” Redmond, now a television analyst for the Detroit Red Wings, says with a chuckle.
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