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2 Minutes For: Even Series & Sir Charles

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
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So it’s back to even in the west.

Credit goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and forwards Martin Havlat and Andrew Ladd for helping the Blackhawks even their series Thursday against the Canucks with a 2-1 overtime victory.

Not only did Ladd make a neat assist on Havlat’s tying goal at 17:16 of the third period, but he scored the game-winner just 2:52 into overtime. Meanwhile, just seconds before Ladd’s game-winner, Khabibulin came up with two huge stops on Alex Burrows and  Henrik Sedin.

Meanwhile, the Wings new line of Johan Franzen, Marian Hossa and Valtteri Filppula combined for four goals in their 6-3 win over the Ducks. It was a breakout game for the Wings, who scored just seven times in the first three games.

Tonight games: Boston at Carolina (B’s need a big game from Zdeno Chara) and Caps at Penguins.


So while we debate who the better player is in the NHL – Alex Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby – Charles Barkley takes it to a whole new level.

While debating with colleagues during TNT’s NBA playoffs the other night who the best athlete in the world was – Tiger Woods or LeBron James – Sir Charles stunned  the panel by announcing Ovechkin was the best.

The reaction? Total silence…for several seconds. No one knows what to say. But no one argues with him, either.


By the way the death threat to Ovechkin on a fan message board was made by a 17-year-old. Police said Ovechkin was never in any real danger. The kid is another story.


Goalie Jonas Gustavsson, the top goalkeeper in the Swedish Elite League and the man they call ‘The Monster,’ told reporters at the World Championships he’s coming to play in the NHL. And how will the 24-year-old decide which city to play?

“I googled some cities, and I’m going to go on a short trip in a few weeks to really see how the teams are and the organization and everything around them,” he said.

You can check out Gustavsson against Canada in today’s semifinals.
  The U.S. Men’s National Team, with Panthers defenseman Keith Ballard, will take on Russia today in the other semifinal. The U.S. goes into the semifinals for the first time since 2004.

If you’re interested in watching today’s action, Universal Sports will provide live streaming coverage at

Passing thoughts:

Chris Pronger, Steve Ott and Jarkko Ruutu are the dirtiest players in the NHL, according to an SI poll of 324 players.

I always liked the song ‘Fins’ by Jimmy Buffett. Comes off arguebly his best album, ‘Volcano.’ So maybe today’s deal between Buffett and the Dolphins was always meant to be.

Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro and now Manny Ramirez. And to think Major League Baseball’s biggest problem a few years back was Pete Rose going to the racetrack? Oh, how they wish they could turn back time.

The difference between good players and great players? When the pressure is on, Evgeni Malkin becomes the best player on the ice.

Song of the day: Friday I’m in Love, by The Cure.

Thinking about former Flyers goalie Doug Favell.
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