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April 12, 2010

April 12, 2010

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

PROSPECTS UNLIMITED

HOWSE BUILDING

RYAN HOWSE was introduced to hockey on the roads of his native Prince George, B.C. “Playing road hockey, you’d always want to be the person who scored in overtime,” said Howse, an 18-year-old left winger with the Chilliwack Bruins. “Growing up loving hockey so much and seeing all the good players (on television) made you want to score goals and be the hero.” Back then, Howse was a fan of Detroit superstar Steve Yzerman while aspiring to play in Prince George, though not necessarily with the WHL’s Cougars. Howse’s father, Jason, was a goaltender with the B.C. Jr. League’s Prince George Spruce Kings. Although Ryan was able to emulate his father by playing with the Spruce Kings, the comparison extended only so far. “I wanted to be a goalie, but my mom said no,”…

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THE YEAR OF THE CAP

FOR THE WASHINGTON CAPITALS, the 2009 playoffs represent something of a real-life Lord Voldemort. You know, the one whose name we must not speak. So they never talk about it, not even in hushed tones. But they know they blew it. Big time. A legitimate opportunity to win the first Stanley Cup in a franchise history marked largely by playoff mediocrity was there for the taking. But they were too young, too inexperienced, too nervous and far too respectful of their opponent to seize it. For the record, the Capitals were officially ousted from the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs when they turned in one of the most ill-timed choke jobs in NHL history, going down 5-0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins before Game 7 of their second-round series was barely half over. But…

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NHL Team Reports What Happened?

Anaheim BAD LOSSES on home ice early meant playing catch-up all year. Losing Chris Pronger and Francois Beauchemin created big holes that Steve Eminger and the since-traded Ryan Whitney and Nick Boynton couldn’t fill. Young stars Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan put up solid numbers, but didn’t handle the heavy lifting all that well, especially in tough times. Injuries contributed to secondliners Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne not finding chemistry. Play was spotty all season, from special teams to sheer effort. – ERIC STEPHENS Carolina JUST ABOUT everything that could go wrong did for the Hurricanes – injuries, falloffs from career years, bad luck. A 14-game losing streak (0-10-4) early put Carolina in an impossible position. Then, just when it looked like they would collect a top-three draft pick, the Canes rallied to get within…

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BRANKO’S BREAKOUT

MOSCOW DYNAMO PRESIDENTMikhail Golovkov was furious about his club’s elimination in the first round of the KHL playoffs. “After the match I went to the locker room and told the players it was a shame,” he said. “They must come up to our fans and apologize”. One of the engineers of the upset by cross-town rival Spartak, which finished nine points behind Dynamo in the standings, was former NHLer Branko Radivojevic, a Slovak who arrived in the Russian capital via the NHL. The disappointment of failing to win a bronze medal with Slovakia at the Olympics in Vancouver quickly turned to ecstasy for the 29-year-old right winger, who had a photo of him running down the arena corridor jumping for joy featured on the KHL website after Spartak ousted Dynamo. Radivojevic led Spartak in…