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Tuesday, 06 May 2008 22:33
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 SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, May 7
No games scheduled. The Western Conference finals begin on Thursday.

WORLD HOCKEY
Ottawa's Dany Heatley scored the winning goal with 46.8 seconds remaining to lift Canada to a 5-4 victory Tuesday over the United States at the world hockey championships. Washington teammates Alex Ovechkin and Sergei Fedorov each scored a goal, helping Russia defeat Denmark 4-1. In other games, the Czech Republic beat Italy 7-2 and Latvia blanked Slovenia 3-0.

STREAKING
Philadelphia and Pittsburgh come in to the Eastern Conference finals in good shape. The Flyers won four straight to oust top-seeded Montreal in five games, while the second-seeded Penguins have gone 8-1 through the first two rounds of the playoffs.

DISADVANTAGE
Dallas' Marty Turco is 0-7-2 with a 3.17 goals-against average at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit heading into the Western Conference finals against the Red Wings starting Thursday night. Turco isn't much better against the Red Wings in Dallas, going 2-3-3, for a career record of 2-10-5 against Detroit. He's 205-93-21 against everyone else.

ONE-SIDED
Philadelphia center R.J. Umberger scored eight of his nine goals this postseason against Montreal.

ENERGIZER BUNNY
Goalie Evgeni Nabokov will join the Russian team at the world hockey championships this weekend after his Sharks were eliminated from the playoffs. Nabokov played in a team-record 77 games during the NHL regular season, leading the league with 46 wins and finishing second with nearly 4,561 minutes of ice time. He then played in each of his team's 13 playoff games, including the four-overtime, 129-minute loss to Dallas on Sunday night that eliminated San Jose.

SIGNING
Forward Nathan Gerbe signed a three-year deal potentially worth $2.55 million with Buffalo on Tuesday, electing to forgo his senior season at Boston College. A fifth-round pick in the 2005 NHL draft, the 5-foot-5 Gerbe overcame questions about his lack of size by leading the nation with 68 points (35 goals and 33 assists) in 43 games for the national champion Eagles last season.

SPEAKING
``I really could care less if I was 0-and-100 against these guys or had never lost a game and never got scored on. It is totally all irrelevant at this time of year. It's something that, to be honest, isn't entering my mind at all. ... So there's a lot to think about, and that's not one of them.'' - Dallas goalie Marty Turco, who is winless in nine career decisions at Joe Louis Arena heading into the Western Conference finals at Detroit beginning Thursday night.
 

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