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Giguere has no regrets

DENVER -- Jean-Sebastien Giguere doesn't regret boiling over and bristling about the lacklustre play of his Colorado Avalanche teammates.

The veteran goaltender was simply speaking from the heart, he said, pointing to his chest as he sat in front of his locker Monday after a morning skate.

And something definitely needed to be vented to spark the underachieving Avs, who reside in last place in the Western Conference.

Giguere's ire helped the team catch a little bit of fire, but it was too late as over the weekend the Avs were officially eliminated from the post-season for a third straight season.

"It's too easy to look back and say, 'I regret it and I'm sorry,' " said Giguere, who was starting in goal Monday night against a Columbus team that's still in the thick of the playoff chase. "Too many people do that. Once you said it, you have to assume it. ...The overall message that I wanted to throw out there I'm not disappointed with."

 

Bruins game postponed

BOSTON -- The NHL postponed Monday night's Boston Bruins game against the Ottawa Senatrors at TD Garden because of the Boston Marathon bombings.

No makeup date has been scheduled, and no other games around the country were immediately called off.

The NHL said it "wishes to express its sympathy to all affected by the tragic events."

Bruins president Cam Neely, a longtime former Boston player, said the postponement was made in consultation with city, state and league officials. He said authorities are still gathering information and "it is vital they have all resources available for their investigation."

 

Flyers' Voracek on fire

MONTREAL -- While the Philadelphia Flyers struggle through a season to forget, at least right-winger Jakub Voracek is doing something to remember.

The 23-year-old leads the Flyers in goal-scoring with 17 after only 41 games, one short of the career-high he set in 78 games last season.

"It would be much better if I had 10 less points and we were sitting in sixth or seventh place in the conference, but it is what it is this year," Voracek said Monday as the 12th-place Flyers prepared to face the Montreal Canadiens.

It has helped that he is playing on a line with star centre Claude Giroux, lately with veteran Simon Gagne on the left side. His production at least has helped the Flyers maintain optimism for the future.

Voracek joined the team along with a first-round draft pick that became gifted centre Sean Couturier in a 2011 trade that sent Jeff Carter to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The 6-2, 215-pound Voracek was drafted seventh overall by Columbus from the Halifax Mooseheads in 2007 and had seasons of 38, 50 and 46 points with the Blue Jackets before he was dealt to Philadelphia.

 

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 16, 2013 D4

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