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In The Crease

Team Canada will have to deal with the bad blood that's brewing
between the coaches who will serve as assistants to Pat Quinn at
the World Cup this summer. Last Friday, in the Flyers' 5-3 win
over the Senators, Philadelphia coach Ken Hitchcock and his
assistant Wayne Fleming verbally sparred several times with
Senators coach Jacques Martin during a game that featured 10
fights, 16 ejections and an NHL-record 419 penalty minutes. Those
three men are set to be Quinn's assistants. Says Hitchcock, "When
we get together at the World Cup, we're probably not going to
have a group hug or sing Kumbaya."...Coyotes goalie Brian
Boucher opened eyes around the league with five consecutive
shutouts earlier this season, but that run may have been a
mirage. Since then the 27-year-old netminder has won only three
times, giving up 67 goals in 20 starts through Sunday.... A great
team finds a way to win even when it's not playing at its best.
That's what the Lightning did last Friday in a 3-2 victory over
the Devils. Despite being outshot 30-18, Tampa Bay tied the game
on a Vincent Lecavalier goal with 9.6 seconds left and then won
it with a Dave Andreychuk score in overtime. The following night
the Lightning beat the Panthers 5-3 to take over the NHL points