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For Hertl, beating L.A. is personal


07:57 AM ET 04.15 | Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl may have missed games this season, but his attitude is more than ready for the second season. For Hertl, whose season was derailed by Dustin Brown's knee on Dec. 19, "It's personal. It's L.A." Through his improving English, Hertl said he was ready for his first taste of playoff hockey after suiting up for the final two regular season games against Colorado and Phoenix over the weekend. "Oh yeah. For me, it's more motivation because [it's] L.A. ... I want to beat L.A." The 20-year-old is aware that the intensity of an NHL playoff game is ratcheted up a few notches from the regular season. "More physical, more speed. For me, it's the first time. It's playoff time, and I hope it's good and I am ready."

CSN Bay Area

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Bruins can't count on shut-down D


07:56 AM ET 04.15 | On the upside, Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg did skate Monday at TD Garden, and he remains ahead of schedule in his recovery from ACL and MCL surgery. [But] Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli cautioned against expecting Seidenberg to return at some point during the playoffs. The B's have not ruled out a postseason return for Seidenberg, however, after initially declaring him out for the season at the time of his injury in late December. "We're not counting on Dennis to be back," Chiarelli said Monday. "We're going to be very cautious with his injury. He has been skating and that's pretty much all I can say on it." Adam McQuaid also skated Monday in his comeback from a quad strain that limited to 30 games this season.

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Trotz firing puts a dozen coaches on alert


07:55 AM ET 04.15 | In an emotional farewell, Barry Trotz bid goodbye to Nashville on Monday. As for Trotz, weep not. He'll land on his feet -- soon. He says he doesn't want to take a sabbatical. He's ready for the next challenge. "I know I'm a coach," he said. "I've got a lot of juice." Because of that drive and his reputation around the NHL, he'll land a job in short order. Trotz's availability on the open market just put a dozen or so coaches -- including some in the playoffs -- on alert. "I love you all. I love Nashville," he said at a tearful press conference. "But now I'm going to have to beat you." Prediction: Unless there is some serious repair work internally -- top to bottom -- Barry Trotz will be coaching in the Stanley Cup final before the Predators play in the Stanley Cup final.

The Tennessean

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A surprise return for Zetterberg?


07:56 AM ET 04.14 | Dare to dream, Detroit. [The Red Wings] are hoping to get Henrik Zetterberg from back surgery back by late in Round 1 of the playoffs or, more realistically, the start of Round 2 if they get that far. "He'll be cleared for contact April 24 but what does that mean -- Bumping into (wife) Emma in the kitchen?" Red Wings GM Ken Holland said jokingly. "Does it mean practice or games?" If it were regular-season, they could rough the captain up a bit in practice but teams hardly ever practise in the post-season. Could he step in and play a playoff game with no games since early in the Olympics? Defenceman Jonathan Ericsson should be ready the same time as Zetterberg. "He had cartilage detached in his finger," Holland said of his second- or third-best D-man after Niklas Kronwall and Danny DeKeyser.

Edmonton Journal

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Tortorella hammers away at fellow NHL coach


07:56 AM ET 04.14 | This time, there was no hallway confrontation, but John Tortorella and Bob Hartley had reason to clash again Sunday, courtesy Paul Byron's hit on Daniel Sedin. Sedin, whose head cracked against the glass on impact, stayed down for a worrisome few minutes as the building went quiet. An emergency medical crew finally got him stabilized on a stretcher and off the ice. ... "I did see the hit," said [Tortorella]. "I don't want to comment on the hit. It's not about the [darn] game. It's about the kid. It's embarrassing to coach against guy (Hartley) across from me. Some of the stuff that was going on when Danny was down ... Maybe I shouldn't say that after the season we've had but that kind of stuff [ticks] me off. I don't like the way he does business. I don't like him."

Calgary Herald

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