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Pierre McGuire's In the Crease
Michael Farber
December 25, 2006
The Penguins have something that all teams need: a solid energy line. Coach Michel Therrien was smart to put Maxime Talbot in between superpest Jarkko Ruutu and grinding Chris Thorburn. This line can skate, hit and deliver the message that opponents won't get away with ganging up on Sidney Crosby.... Thanks to elite goaltending, excellent special teams and the strong leadership of Saku Koivu (above), the Canadiens are off to a hot start (19-8-5 through Sunday). Koivu (14 goals) is one of the most under-appreciated captains in the league.... The Flyers will most likely finish near the bottom in the East, but one positive is the intelligence and composure of new coach John Stevens. Philadelphia is going to have to use a lot of young players, and Stevens knows how to help them mature without crushing their confidence.
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December 25, 2006

Pierre Mcguire's In The Crease

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The Penguins have something that all teams need: a solid energy line. Coach Michel Therrien was smart to put Maxime Talbot in between superpest Jarkko Ruutu and grinding Chris Thorburn. This line can skate, hit and deliver the message that opponents won't get away with ganging up on Sidney Crosby.... Thanks to elite goaltending, excellent special teams and the strong leadership of Saku Koivu (above), the Canadiens are off to a hot start (19-8-5 through Sunday). Koivu (14 goals) is one of the most under-appreciated captains in the league.... The Flyers will most likely finish near the bottom in the East, but one positive is the intelligence and composure of new coach John Stevens. Philadelphia is going to have to use a lot of young players, and Stevens knows how to help them mature without crushing their confidence.

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