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Old 02-28-2006, 12:09 PM   #801
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Wow, surprising that a Pens fan actually defends the coward. I don't have a problem with a player lowering the hamer on another player. I do have a problem with a player who repeatedly goes for players kneecaps!

that's a BS call and you know it philly - like your team has had no scumbuckets on skates ever? flyers fans are just retarded.

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Old 02-28-2006, 12:51 PM   #802
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Default Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche 9:00 PM EST

GAME: Minnesota Wild (29-25-5) at Colorado Avalanche (32-21-6).

TIME: Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST.

If the Minnesota Wild are going to make a push for the playoffs, they'll need to start defeating the teams in their own division.

The Wild take on the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center in the teams' sixth meeting of the season.

The Wild are in last place in the Northwest Division, seven points behind the third-place Avalanche and five behind fourth-place Edmonton. The Oilers are holding down the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

With Colorado in sixth place in the conference and Edmonton occupying the final postseason berth, Minnesota will have ample opportunity to make up ground in the race, with seven games left against those Northwest rivals. The Wild face the Avs three more times and have four matchups with the Oilers remaining.
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Minnesota dropped two of three, all against division foes, just before the Olympic break. Following a 2-1 loss to Colorado on Feb. 9, the Wild defeated the Oilers 6-3 on Feb. 10 before falling 3-2 in overtime at Vancouver.

While Minnesota has three more shots at Colorado, the Wild will have to reverse their fortunes against the Avs if they hope to close the gap in the postseason race. Minnesota is 1-4 against Colorado this season, and has gone 1-10 with two ties all-time in Denver.

In the teams' last six meetings at the Pepsi Center, they have played five one-goal games and a tie, including Minnesota's lone victory Dec. 17, 2003.

Forwards Wes Walz, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Pascal Dupuis picked up their offense in the Wild's last five games before the Olympic break. Walz had four goals and five assists during that span after recording just three goals and six assists in his previous 27 contests. Bouchard had three goals and five assists in the five games, while Dupuis scored four goals.

"I can't wait to get going again," Bouchard said.

Defenseman Daniel Tjarnqvist rejoins Minnesota after playing for the gold-medal winning Swedish team.

The Avalanche have gone 13-4-3 in 2006 to move into the sixth spot in the West. Alex Tanguay has powered the Avs during that span, recording 11 goals and 14 assists in the 20 games.

Another key to Colorado's resurgence after a 19-17-3 start has been the play of goaltender David Aebischer, who lost the starting job briefly to Peter Budaj after struggling over the first three months of the season.

Aebischer was 11-9-0 with a 3.59 goals-against average and .883 save percentage through December. He stopped 32 shots in a 3-0 win over Nashville on Jan. 3, sparking a personal 11-4-2 run during which he posted a 2.56 GAA and .913 save percentage.

The Avalanche have done well against division foes this season, going 14-6-2. Aebischer is 13-3-1 within the division, and 3-0 with a 1.67 GAA in three starts against the Wild.

Aebischer stopped 33 shots in the last meeting with Minnesota on Feb. 9, allowing the Avalanche to come away with a 2-1 victory at the Xcel Energy Center.

"I have more confidence and more fun playing the game right now than I had before the season," Aebischer said after the victory.

Aebischer played well for an upstart Swiss Olympic team that reached the quarterfinals before losing to Sweden. He posted a 2.10 GAA in seven games and made 40 saves in a 3-2 upset of the Czech Republic on Feb. 16.

STANDINGS: Wild - 63 points, 5th place, 10 PB, Northwest Division. Avalanche - 70 points, 3rd place, 3 PB, Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Wild - Brian Rolston and Marian Gaborik, 24 goals; Rolston, 37 assists and 61 points; Derek Boogaard, 124 PIM. Avalanche - Marek Svatos, 32 goals; Tanguay, 42 assists and 66 points; Ian Laperriere, 88 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Feb. 26): Wild - Power play: 17.8 percent (60 for 337), 17th in NHL. Penalty killing: 89.4 percent (295 for 330), 1st. Avalanche - Power play: 20.0 percent (73 for 365), 5th. Penalty killing: 85.0 percent (272 for 320), 6th.

GOALTENDERS: Wild - Manny Fernandez (23-9-4, 1 SO, 2.15 GAA); Dwayne Roloson (6-16-1, 1, 3.00). Avalanche - Aebischer (22-13-2, 2, 3.12); Budaj (7-5-4, 2.62).

SEASON SERIES: Avalanche, 4-1.

LAST MEETING: Feb. 9; Avalanche, 2-1. At St. Paul, Minn., Aebischer stopped 33 shots and Joe Sakic scored the winner with 5:44 remaining.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Wild - 12-13-4 on the road; Avalanche - 18-8-5 at home.
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Old 02-28-2006, 12:53 PM   #803
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I'm looking forward to see how my pens suck even more in the second half.


though watching crosby, fluery, oprik, etc is fun.
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Old 02-28-2006, 04:05 PM   #804
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Old 02-28-2006, 04:08 PM   #805
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Beginning tonight pucks fired directly over the glass in the defensive zone are no longer an automatic two minute minor. Also, all sticks will be measured before shooters take part in the shootout.
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the iilya rule!
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Old 02-28-2006, 04:55 PM   #807
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Geez, I've been waiting over 2 weeks to watch my boys again and the game is on fricken OLN!! If I pay for CI, all the damn games should be on it, including the ones televised on that stupid ass outdoor channel.
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Geez, I've been waiting over 2 weeks to watch my boys again and the game is on fricken OLN!! If I pay for CI, all the damn games should be on it, including the ones televised on that stupid ass outdoor channel.

can't, they have a contract with the NHL.

It's different than say comcast who has a contract with the flyers.
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Old 02-28-2006, 05:07 PM   #809
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I know, it just pisses me off.
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Old 02-28-2006, 05:07 PM   #810
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the iilya rule!
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http://www.nhl.com/news/2006/02/261368.html

It's still a judgement call...

It was determined by the General Managers that, regarding Rule 51(a) (NOTE 1), delaying the game for shooting the puck out of play from the defensive zone: a puck shot out of play will now be judged by the route the puck leaves the playing surface, not the final destination. The four on-ice officials can converse to get the correct call on where the puck left the playing surface.

Referees will continue to use discretion under Rule 51(b) where a player anywhere on the ice deliberately bats the puck with his hand or stick outside the playing area.
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Old 02-28-2006, 05:16 PM   #811
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Forward Eric Lindros pronounced himself fit to play against the Capitals after missing more than two months with an injury to his right wrist.

"It's been a long road, but hopefully it's over," said Lindros, who practised with a brace on the wrist and looked reluctant to shoot the puck during drills.

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How long will this stint last? Call it a career, man!
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Forward Eric Lindros pronounced himself fit to play against the Capitals after missing more than two months with an injury to his right wrist.

"It's been a long road, but hopefully it's over," said Lindros, who practised with a brace on the wrist and looked reluctant to shoot the puck during drills.

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How long will this stint last? Call it a career, man!

I fully agree! that dumbarse is going to end up drinking out of a straw the rest of his life.
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i'm glad mario didn't **** around with his heart.
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Forward Eric Lindros pronounced himself fit to play against the Capitals after missing more than two months with an injury to his right wrist.
He can now get back on the ice and start working on his next injury.
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Old 02-28-2006, 05:35 PM   #815
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Forward Eric Lindros pronounced himself fit to play against the Capitals after missing more than two months with an injury to his right wrist.

"It's been a long road, but hopefully it's over," said Lindros, who practised with a brace on the wrist and looked reluctant to shoot the puck during drills.

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How long will this stint last? Call it a career, man!
If AO plays tonight, he'll put Eric right back in the press box.
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He can now get back on the ice and start working on his next injury.

It's a closely guarded secret but eric hinted it has something to do with blood clots this time.
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That is awesome
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Weird seeing a commercial of Jeff Francis pimping Team Canada during a commercial in the Leafs-Caps game
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Off his leg, but a goal is a goal. #37 for AO.
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Punk ass Jason Allison hits Ovechkin from behind into the boards.

Nice to see the Caps take up for their franchise player.
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I am having to watch the bottom line on ESPN to see the progress. I am watching a bit of the Nucks/Flames game and Ruutu is out there being his usual piece of **** self. Just got called for his second charge of the game.

Chris Simon tried to take him on at the end of the last period, but it was broken up. Now that is someone I would love to see get his ass beat, and I think Simon is more than capable of doing it.
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I am having to watch the bottom line on ESPN to see the progress. I am watching a bit of the Nucks/Flames game and Ruutu is out there being his usual piece of **** self. Just got called for his second charge of the game.

Chris Simon tried to take him on at the end of the last period, but it was broken up. Now that is someone I would love to see get his ass beat, and I think Simon is more than capable of doing it.
I would love to see jacko get his a** kicked it's wayyyy over due.
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