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Devils Key On Lecavalier

from the NY Post,

The Devils sought him in 2001, stifled him in 2003, and sweat him now. Shutting down Vincent Lecavalier is their first task in the first round.
“He’s got everything,” Martin Brodeur said. “He has the size and he doesn’t shy away from anything. He has the green light to try anything he wants.
“We’re going to have to play him hard and get him off his game. We can’t give him space or let him skate. We have to make him start and stop all game long, get him as tired as we can. We can’t let them swing, because it plays into their game.”

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Devils Hope To Roll

from David Kolb of MSG Network,

Pitted against the #7 Tampa Bay Lightning, the #2 Devils appear to be the overwhelming favorites.
The Bolts have had serious goaltending issues all year. Season-long toggling between Johan Holmqvist and Marc Denis has yet to yield a true #1 net-minder.
Despite the lopsided edge the Devils own in net, the Lightning could be an extremely dangerous club, and a stiff challenge in the postseason’s first round.

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Denis Demoted

from the Tampa Tribune,

As disappointing as the regular season was for Lightning G Marc Denis, the news that he would be replaced as Johan Holmqvist’s backup by rookie Karri Ramo for Tampa Bay’s first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the New Jersey Devils had to sting even more.
“Yep,” said Denis, who was succinct Tuesday in his responses to every question.
Did he just not want to get into it publicly?
“Pretty much, yeah,” he said.
Had Coach John Tortorella and he discussed the decision?
“We had a talk,” Denis said.

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Lecavalier Remembers

from the Montreal Gazette,

A few months ago, Lecavalier received an email from the organizer of an outdoor recreational league he played in as a youngster on the island off the northwestern tip of Montreal. The league was still using the same sweaters Lecavalier and other players wore 20 years ago.
In no time, a shipment of 36 new Tampa Bay Lightning sweaters, half black and half white, each with the No. 4 and the name “Vincent” emblazoned on the back, arrived in Ile Bizard, to the delight of the children and organizer Ken Acton, who said proudly: “The kids on this island never forget.”

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Beating Brodeur

from the St. Petersburg Times,

They gave Brodeur respect, called him “great” and talked about skills such as his stick-handling, which makes him almost a third defenseman. Still, some seemed as if they would rather be taking a puck off the head.
“We’re not going to sit here and talk about him every day,” center Brad Richards said. “We know he’s great. We know what he brings to the table. With all respect to him in the world, to sit here and wrack our brains over it is counterproductive.”

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Lecavalier Ready For The Playoffs

Vincent Lecavalier took part in an NHL tele-conference today. 

Q Vincent, Pat Burns came out the other day and talked about how he believes you’re the best player in the National Hockey League. He’s a person who because he doesn’t have any affiliation with anyone, his opinion, I think, carries a lot of weight rather than having to listen to somebody who is an employee of the team talk about it. What do you say when somebody like that comes out and says you’ve taken your game to that next level?

VINCENT LECAVALIER: It’s a great honor to hear something like that from Pat Burns, who knows the game and he’s been in hockey for so long. It’s really nice. But there’s great players like Sidney Crosby, 19 years old, who has got 117 points leading the league. That’s pretty impressive. But to come from him, it was a nice thing to read.

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Props To Lecavalier

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Former NHL coach Pat Burns says that while Sidney Crosby may one day be the best player in hockey, that honour currently belongs to Vincent Lecavalier.
“He’s the best hockey player in the National Hockey League by far,” Burns said Wednesday while promoting a prostate cancer fundraiser.
“I saw a game in Tampa when he played against Crosby and he just put on a show. You could see Crosby thinking ‘I’m going to be good like that one day.’ He’s big, strong, he can skate, he can score and I’d say he’s probably the best hockey player in the league.
“And him and Marty St. Louis are probably the best duo in the NHL.”

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Lightning In A Liner Note

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star, buried in a junior hockey round-up:

Tampa Bay Lightning owner Bill Davidson, who also owns the NBA’s Detroit Pistons, has pulled the NHL team off the market after failing to receive sufficient interest in the team, a veteran sports banker told the Star. Davidson had been seeking roughly $200 million (U.S.) for the Lightning.

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Lecavalier Reaches 50

via the CP,

Tampa Bay Lightning Vincent Lecavalier is the first NHL player to hi the 50-goal plateau this season.
Lecavalier scored the fourth goal in Tampa Bay’s 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.
Lecavalier also had two assists on the night. He is third in the league in scoring with 103 points.

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In Torts They Trust

from the St. Petersburg Times,

Lightning defenseman Shane O’Brien said coach John Tortorella showed “a lot of guts” to do what he did.
Captain Tim Taylor said it shows “he’s putting a lot of trust in us.”
And left wing Andre Roy added, “It shows he believes in us, and we’d better believe, too.”
In case you missed it, Tortorella, after Tuesday’s disheartening loss to the Panthers, guaranteed Tampa Bay will make the playoffs. It wasn’t quite Joe Namath guaranteeing the Jets would win the Super Bowl. But Tortorella did put himself out there a bit.

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