Looks as if U.S. will qualify for Worlds next year. They are 2-0 in relegation round, defeating France 4-0 today, with Italy coming up Tuesday. Brandon Dubinsky has eight points (2-6) in last two games.

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               Conference finals start today, not really rooting but like Chicago's makeup. Last two meets with Rangers found their room full of enthusiastic kids, good vets, sound coach (who I thought Isles should have grabbed.)

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               Mrs. Notes and I caught jazz guitarist Gil Parris and quartet at Watercolor Cafe in Larchmont last night. Parris, whose cover of  "Angel Eyes" was superb, sounded fabulous in the small room. Bernie Williams was supposed to sit in, but plans changed....Rangers angle? Well, Parris, 33, resembles a younger Chris Drury.

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