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April 26, 2010

April 26, 2010

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EVERY DAY, Sheldon Brookbank must prove he can be an everyday NHLer. Brookbank, 29, toiled in the American League for five-plus seasons before getting a shot with Nashville in 2006-07. It lasted just three games. Then Columbus signed him and promptly waived him. Then New Jersey picked him up and he played 59 games as a Devil in a season and a half. But a trade to the Ducks has rejuvenated his career. Brookbank played more than 60 games this season, a career-high, and was one of the team’s most reliable blueliners. “I know that I’m not allowed to make too many mistakes,” he said. “For me, the less I get noticed is usually the better.”…



RYAN WHITE HAS had his taste of the NHL and now the Montreal Canadiens are going to find out its power to motivate a promising prospect with borderline quickness. Guy Boucher, White’s coach with the Western Conference-champion Hamilton Bulldogs, wasn’t painting the second-year center as out of shape and desperate, but suggested that after three recalls worth 16 NHL games this season, the Habs’ third round pick (66th overall) in 2006 has the conditioning ball in his court. “We know Ryan can play up there with the big boys and he’s got the grit to play along the boards and in front of the net – he fights and he fights for the puck – but what we know from over the years is his shape has to get better for the…



ENDING UP deep in the Stanley Cup playoffs might erase that black cloud hovering over well-liked Washington winger Quintin Laing. Laing’s ice time has been limited this season – because of bad luck and the gritty 30-year-old’s fearless style. In October, Laing was diagnosed with swine flu. On Nov. 17, he broke his jaw in two places blocking a shot. It was wired shut for three weeks and he lost 11 pounds, despite consuming 3,500 liquid calories daily. Doctors predicted up to six weeks off. Laing – who tore his spleen in his only game with the Caps last season – was back Dec. 19, sporting a protective cage.…



+ KEITH CALLS IT QUITS One of the premier power forwards of his generation, Keith Tkachuk hangs ’em up after 17-plus seasons in the sun. – TORONTO TUMBLE Maple Leafs miss the playoffs for a franchise record fifth consecutive year and guarantee the Bruins a top-three pick. + …ON THE FLIP SIDE Detroit’s strong second half extends the Wings’ streak of consecutive playoff appearances to 19 seasons. – FLAME OUT Calgary’s offense dries up at crunch time, causing the Flames to miss the playoffs and putting the Sutters’ future there in doubt. + WHY WE WATCH For pure viewing pleasure, nothing tops Round 1 of the playoffs, with double-headers every night and upsets left and right.…