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USA Today article

Playoff teams have plenty to prove

The playoffs are this close and every team has its issues and questions. That's what makes the guessing game about the outcome both fun and uncertain.

Philadelphia has a goaltender in Roman Cechmanek who has magnificent regular-season numbers. Yet, even among the Flyer faithful, the wait is on to see if the numbers hold up in the playoffs.

Cechmanek is a free spirt who loves to complain. Philly coach Ken Hitchcock says of his netminder's physical complaints at this point, "So long as he doesn't say any more than he is, he's fine." Cechmanek says he is finishing out the season less than 100% with a groin that is bothering him.

Hitchcock just shrugs off such talk and puts him back in net.

Ottawa labors under the "good until the playoffs" banner. They have never gone beyond the second round and only twice have they reached that level. Now they vie for the best in the league regular season mark. GM John Muckler is keeping the pedal to the medal. He wants the Presidents Trophy, not just for being number 1, but as a confidence builder for his players.

"Having the best record matters," Muckler says, even as some in Ottawa wonder if the Senators should back some of their stars off in preparation for the second season. Perhaps if the Senators had a better playoff history, that would be happening. They don't. So, Muckler wants the drive to continue and the stars to play.

Edmonton fights a feeling and accusations that just reaching the playoffs is enough for the low salary operation. That is an understandable mindset for both players and fans of a small-market Canadian team that battles each year to be in the bottom of the top eight in the West.

They have shown in recent years that that does not negate the toughness they bring to the first round

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Best part of the article:

Hitchcock and Clarke will vent if Toronto is allowed to get away with uncalled PIMs and Quinn knows his Leafs have never committed a penalty this year. It should be a delightful series for the fans.

Bahahahahahahahahahahahaha :lol::lol::lol:

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Thorne's a much better writer than he is an announcer. :)

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Predictions? Colorado and New Jersey in the finals.

Ah yessss.

That would be sublime.

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but the road out of the East requires you exit at 16W in New Jersey and survive to get back on the highway.

Love that line. :evil:

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If this was by Barry Melrose, I'd be freaking out right now....because if Melrose wrote this, then you'd know the Devils would magically somehow not even MAKE the playoffs...

However, since it's Thorne, I'm not worried.

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Word out of ESPN studios is that the Mullet plans on making the same prediction on NHL2Nite.

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Ugh, please don't let that mullet sporting motor mouth jump on the Devils bandwagon and drive it off a cliff like he has done to so many other countless teams.

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The Devils can be beat, but the road out of the East requires you exit at 16W in New Jersey and survive to get back on the highway.

YOU DAMN RIGHT!!!! :burn::burn::burn:

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Predictions? Colorado and New Jersey in the finals.

Ah yessss.

That would be sublime.

And the wrongs of many moons ago can be righted as David slays Goliath teach.gif

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would be a series for the ages.

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it would b ea victory for the ages!

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Id rather see Forsberg leave for Finland now...

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Born July 20, 1973 Ornskoldsvik, SWEDEN

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There are many other players who should be booted out of this league before Forsberg.

Oh yeah and Chico, I miss that Scott Stevens picture, it was a great shot of him ;)

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Melrose! LOL!

Last week he was all over how the Stars were the team to beat, and *the very next night* he was saying the same thing about Detroit! It's whoever is being shown on ESPN that night

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