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Foligno called his OT game-winner

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07:54 AM ET 04.24 | Nick Foligno had a few choice words for his teammates on Wednesday night, and he made them count. With the crowd of 18,970 at Nationwide Arena still buzzing after his Columbus Blue Jackets teammate Brandon Dubinsky scored in the final minute of the third period in Game 4 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, sending the game to overtime, Foligno looked around the dressing room and said what was on his mind. He told his teammates he was going to score the winning goal. "I didn't actually think it would work," the bearded Foligno said after the game with a huge grin. "So I'm thanking my lucky stars that it ended up working. I am just happy to get that win for the guys. It feels great. We're really happy to push this into Saturday (for Game 5 in Pittsburgh) and we have a huge test."

Toronto Sun

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Lemieux stopped to comfort Fleury

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07:54 AM ET 04.24 | Of Nick Foligno's 55-foot heartbreaker, Marc-Andre Fleury said it simply afterward: "The puck just dropped." Fleury blew it. He blew it big-time. He had no business straying from his net or conceding Foligno's shot from somewhere south of Cincinnati. He let the team down when it needed him most. But sorry, this just doesn't come with the same feel of the Fleury we've seen flop in years past. ... Sure, Fleury had to be rattled. Anyone would be. At one point, he sat at his stall with both hands over his face. But it didn't last. Mario Lemieux rarely enters the Penguins locker room after games, preferring to wait outside. Not this time. He walked up to Fleury's stall, gave him a tap on the leg pad and spoke a few words in their native French. It wasn't much, but one can only imagine what it meant.

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Intrigue builds around Zetterberg

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07:53 AM ET 04.24 | Will he go? Henrik Zetterberg took off his skates after practice -- yes, he practiced for the first time in two months -- but he stayed elusive, making quick cuts, moving back and forth, showing impressive agility and deft maneuvering, while talking to the media. If he was able to practice Wednesday, would he play tonight when the Red Wings face the Boston Bruins in Game 4? Could he play? Would he play later in this series? He didn't say yes. And, here is the part that excites fans, he didn't say no. "It was a good morning skate," he said. "It was the first real practice with the team in a while, and it felt good." Zetterberg, whose recovery is ahead of schedule after back surgery Feb. 21, is exactly what the Wings need. He can score goals. And this team desperately needs somebody to score goals against Boston.

Detroit Free Press

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Scratched Selanne's son jabs at Boudreau

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07:52 AM ET 04.24 | Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne took a seat, and his son took a shot. Apparently not impressed with news his 43-year-old father -- a soon-to-be-retired right-winger -- would be a healthy scratch for Wednesday's clash with the Dallas Stars in the Big D, Eemil Selanne suggested the Ducks should send their head coach to their minor-league affiliate in Virginia. "ROSTER MOVE: Bruce Boudreau has been reassigned to Norfolk Admirals (AHL)," he wrote on Twitter. Eemil Selanne later deleted the tweet and apologized, saying: "Alright guys, it was just a joke. You guys can all calm down now. Have some humor. Sorry to those who felt offended." Teemu Selanne has been mostly a non-factor in this first-round playoff series with just one assist to show for three appearances so far.

Calgary Sun

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Flyers captain guarantees Game 4 win

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07:52 AM ET 04.24 | Flyers captain Claude Giroux took a small bit of momentum and ran with it. [Giroux] finally got his first shot on goal of the series on Tuesday night, and after the 4-1 Game 3 loss to the Rangers at the Wells Fargo Center, he decided to try his hand at predicting the future. "We're going to be ready for Game 4," Giroux said, his team now down 2-1 in this best-of-seven contest. "We're going to tie up the series and go back to New York." It was 6:23 into the second period when Giroux finally got a puck through on Rangers' goalie Henrik Lundqvist, the first such time the third-leading scorer in the league was able to do so. He did attempt six shots, and notched his second assist of the series, but his top line with Jakub Voracek and Scott Hartnell still didn't impress coach Craig Berube.

New York Post

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