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Crashing The Goalie Continues

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from the Ottawa Citizen via the StarPhoenix,

The NHL appears to have a major problem on its hands. While Emery has acknowledged he went too far in smacking Lapierre - the incident came after several run-ins with Canadiens players earlier in that game - it was thought the episode might have inadvertently served to help protect goaltenders around the league by drawing attention to crease-crashing.
Instead, it appears players have been running goaltenders even more in the 12 days since. Last Saturday, Jim Slater of the Atlanta Thrashers responded to a mild hook from Senators defenceman Wade Redden by cross-checking Senators goaltender Martin Gerber in the face, knocking him to the ice inside the net. It was the third consecutive game in which a Thrashers skater had knocked down a goaltender.

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Update 12:30pm ET: title typo fixed

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Sabres Have To Make A Move

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from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

Regier has to do something dramatic by Tuesday’s trade deadline. In the current hockey parlance, he should go “out of character” and make some uncharacteristically bold moves to fortify the roster for an all-out run at the Stanley Cup.
The Sabres have the NHL’s best record. They’ll be one of the favorites, regardless of what Regier does in the next six days. But there’s a fragile quality about them right now. They’ve lost a player to injury in five straight games. They’re winning, but the margin of error seems smaller than it did in the fall.
Injuries are no longer a fluke, but an expectation. They’re even more likely in the playoffs, when the games are more physical and played every other day.

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Doan Had His Reasons

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

But he admits, though, he did think about leaving.
“It’s something that crossed my mind,” Doan said after yesterday’s practice. “I look at Langks and Jarome (Flames forwards and buddies Daymond Langkow and Jarome Iginla), how they’re doing and how much fun they’re having, or some other good friends like Brendan Morrison and Roberto Luongo and it was very tempting to see if I could go to one of those kind of teams.
“But, I feel I owe Phoenix a bit of loyalty. They’ve kept me here this long and made me their captain. As much as we’ve been losing, I’m on the ice for that and have to take responsibility too for that.
“I want to see if I can win here.”

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12,000 Screaming Kids

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from the OC Register,

Based on the ear-piercing, high-pitched screams and shrieks emanating from Honda Center, one might have thought a Justin Timberlake concert was under way.
Instead, the Ducks were trying to bring fun back, to 12,000 screaming kids on a field trip and to a season stuck in neutral.
The team dressed in game uniforms and put on an All-Star-like skills competition and educational exercise for an annual event for area middle schoolers, “First Flight.”

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Scouting Columbus

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

Scouts from five clubs, representing both conferences, agreed to give their opinions regarding the Blue Jackets’ strengths and weaknesses, what has gone well and what has gone wrong, what the future might hold.
To encourage frankness and clarity, the scouts were promised anonymity.
• Scout 2: “I like this club, and I like where Hitch (coach Ken Hitchcock) is taking them. They’re sort of like the Arizona Cardinals. You keep thinking next year is going to be their year, but it never quite happens. Sooner or later, these guys are going to blossom.
“I’ll take Fritsche on my team any day. Of all the guys on this club, he’s the one who shows up every night. And he’s figured out the kind of goals he’s going to score in this league. He’s only going to get better, too. Smarter.

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Zetterberg Gets Noticed In Sweden

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The Afton Bladet sent a reporter to Detroit to talk with Zetterberg, the hottest player in the NHL today (he had two goals last night).
A rough translateion follows…

The boozing era chain the whole NHL chatters about
The chemistry is fantastic - Zäta dominates in the gang’s hotest chain
Detroit.
The has done 50 points together on the ten last games.
The is the hottest chain in the whole NHL.
Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Holmström and Pavel Datsyuk.
The dignified ice hockey’s noble pinch in chemistry.
Yesterday, I stood eye against eye with them in Detroit’s omklädningsrum before the night’s game against Chicago.

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Pay The Price For Guerin

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Wings beat writer Ansar Khan answers some mail,

“Would the high price for Guerin really be worth it for the Wings? I don’t want to be doom & gloom, but are they capable of getting past an Anaheim, Nashville or San Jose in the west? I know anything can happen, but I just don’t see it, so I don’t think it’s worth it to further mortgage their future.’’—John.
It’s a delicate balancing act, for sure. But when you have Dominik Hasek you better seize the opportunity to win it all now because you might not get this good a chance in the next few years. I think Guerin would be ideal for this team and I think they’d give up a first-rounder and a medium prospect (they’re not trading Valtteri Filppula, Jakub Kindl, Jimmy Howard or Cory Emmerton), but the Blues might want a second-rounder as well.

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Attention Center Ice

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The Ice Block points out some issues that need to be corrected…

Center Ice refers to the channels as NH01 to NH14. NH11 to NH14 are the “new” channels.
Unfortunately it doesn’t seem like the online schedule was ever updated. When there’s been a game recently on channel NH11 or higher it was simply left off the list. The only way to know about the broadcast was to turn to one of the NHxx channels on a day you want the schedule for.

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Maybe May

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Of course, if the Senators GM really wants to make a big deal before the deadline, he could ignore the naysayers and make a trade for Panthers winger Gary Roberts.
However, a source told the Sun late yesterday another interesting name has surfaced on Muckler’s radar screen: Colorado winger Brad May, who played for Muckler with the Sabres, is a UFA on July 1 and doesn’t come with a list of demands.

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No To The Rangers

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from the NY Post,

“We don’t want the Rangers in the playoffs,” Jersey Jimmy Dowd declared yesterday, prepping for the Devils’ return match at the Garden tonight.
It’s a distinctly uncharitable sentiment toward a team that is threatening to miss the playoffs for the eighth season in nine. The Rangers need help, and the Devils are only willing to help them miss again. Seven other teams will make the Eastern playoffs. Dowd prefers anyone else, just not the Rangers.
“That team’s a scary team. If they get on a roll, you don’t want to play them,” Dowd said.

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