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Pre-game chatter

Thursday, 03.10.2011 / 2:49 PM

By Bob Condor - NHL.com Editor-in-Chief / NHL on Capitol Hill

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Pre-game chatter
Scoops from the pre-game chatter about Thursday night's third annual Congressional Hockey Challenge at Verizon Center. The game is a rubber match of sorts; the Lawmakers won the inaugural 2009 game and the Lobbyists rallied for a vicory last year.

"We're going to get into the goalie's head (referring to Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-NY)," said Pat LaFontaine, the NHL Hall of Famer who will be coaching the Lobbyists squad. "I will have something to say to him early."

Word is last night's private reception yielded some, ahem, confident words from the lawmakers. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes are coaching the Lawmakers.

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