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» Starting Schneider a pragmatic, not sentimental choice Ever since Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault named backup Cory Schneider (Marblehead, Mass.) his starter for the long-anticipated first match between the 2011 Stanley Cup finalists, there has been no shortage of people chalking up the choice to Schneider’s Boston roots. Wrong. Try again.

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» Carlson, Wideman prepared to give Capitals' Power Play a Charge With heightened expectations for the Washington Capitals entering the 2011-12 NHL campaign, the blue line promises to be an area of scrutiny for the prohibitive favorites to lead the Eastern Conference during the regular season.

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