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In the Crease

People are already speculating that when Cliff Fletcher's term as interim general manager ends in Toronto, he will be succeeded by Anaheim G.M. Brian Burke. Not so fast. Burke and Ducks owner Henry Samueli are set to talk about a contract extension after the season.... If the Capitals complete their amazing run to the playoffs—they have risen to 10th in the East after a slow start—it's because new coach Bruce Boudreau has allowed his team to be aggressive, Mike Green (right) leads the NHL in goals by a defenseman and Alex Ovechkin is thriving on a line with veteran Viktor Kozlov and rookie sensation Nicklas Backstrom.... Montreal defenseman Mike Komisarek is probably the league's most improved player. He has given the Canadiens a consistent physical presence and helped partner Andrei Markov become an All-Star.