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- The Prudential Center lights were back on and functioning fine Sunday, but what the Devils really needed was to turn back the clock, writes Tom Gulitti.
- Michael Obernauer of The New York Daily News takes a look at Ranger rookie Matt Gilroy visiting historic Fenway park where he sat in a sellout crowd to watch his alma mater Boston University face Boston College. Must be exciting watching his team just one year after capturing the National Championship.
- Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer feels the Flyers will look back on Thursday’s 7-4 victory in Pittsburgh as the turning point of their tumultuous season.
- Dave Molinari takes a look at the Dr. Jekyl/Mr Hyde that is Ruslan Fedotenko.
- Rick DiPietro returned to the lineup but now GM Garth Snow has his work cut out for him.
- Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun takes a look at the imploding Leafs and how they find new ways to lose. Phil Kessel seems to be the mojo to get this team going.
- For the first time in a long time, the Buffalo Sabres have a few days to exhale. “Guys can heal up their bumps and bruises,” winger Clarke MacArthur said. Days like this prove pivotal going down the stretch.
- The Boston Bruins need breakout efforts and Fluto Shinzawa feels that it needs to come from the back end. The defense must jump up and chip in on offense more for the team to be successful. The inconsistency of Dennis Wideman and injury to Mark Stuart could be too much.
- Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette takes a look at Jaroslav Halak and why he merits more of a starting role for the Canadiens. His numbers also make one wonder his status with the team.
- All the hard work in the world doesn’t mean a thing unless it’s accompanied by talent, writes Allen Panzeri. Pretty difficult to argue talent when five of your top talent players are out with injury as is the case with the Senators.
- Chip Alexander writes on how in the end, Eric Staal just wanted to play, his tally in a 4-1 victory meant more than just an insurance goal. It meant a lot to Staal, a lot to his coaches and a lot to those around him in the locker room.
- It may of taken a while but the Washington Capitals finally fit into the system of coach Bruce Boudreau attempted. You know what they say, better late then never.
- Thrashers d-man Anssi Salmela discusses his recent opportunity with Chris Vivlamore.
- Two-plus years passed since Rostislav Olesz last scored two goals in a game, so Saturday night was special for him. Steve Gorten breaks down the recent Panthers victory and Olesz’s performance.
- The lights came back on at the Prudential Center and the Lightning held on to beat the Devils Sunday night. Steven Stamkos scored two goals, one Friday and a critical one 9:45 into the third period, 69 seconds after Travis Zajac cut New Jersey’s deficit to twos.