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Old 09-04-2008, 04:52 PM   #6401
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Crosby among East's best helpers
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There are players in the NHL who haven’t met a pass they didn’t like, however small the opening may be. They are the ones who will find you even when you’re not open. They will deliver the puck to a slab of ice where only you can handle it.

While there are so many players in the NHL who pile up the assists, only a handful do it with such creativity. As we continue to preview the upcoming season, NHL.com has come up with its list of the top five assistmen in the Eastern Conference.

Don’t sleep when these guys are on the ice. The puck may slide right past you.

1. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins -- Among the NHL’s top 100 all-time assist leaders, only Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux retired with more assists than games played. Crosby has a chance to do just that if he just accelerates his current pace, which is already at an otherworldly level.

Crosby will enter the 2008-09 season, his fourth in the NHL, with 195 assists in 213 games. He had 48 assists in 53 games last season after registering 84 in 79 games the year before, when he led the NHL with 125 points and took home the Hart Trophy.

Crosby was slightly better than an assist-per-game player in last season’s Stanley Cup Playoffs (21 in 20 games), when he led the Penguins to the Final while also leading the NHL in assists and points (27).

He lost Marian Hossa from his line, and odds are Evgeni Malkin will center his own line, but that just means Crosby will have to turn someone else – Miroslav Satan? Ruslan Fedotenko? – into a 30-goal scorer.

2. Marc Savard, Boston Bruins -- Savard is one of only two players in the NHL who has more than 200 assists since 2005. Joe Thornton is the leader with 231, but Savard runs second with 206. In fact, last season was the first time since 2005 he didn’t register 70 assists.

He finished with 63 on a team that scored only 206 goals. But when Savard registered 74 assists in 2006-07, he also played to a minus-19 rating. While he was helping the team produce goals, he couldn’t help the Bruins keep the puck out of the net.

His assist total dipped by 11 last season, when his point total dropped by 18 from 96 to 78, but Savard was a plus-3 and the Bruins made the playoffs. He became more defensive-minded under coach Claude Julien, who preaches defense first.

This season, Savard could be centering a line that includes Michael Ryder, who is looking to regain his 30-goal form. He had only 14 goals last season, but Savard may be the antidote Ryder needs to pull out of his scoring slump.

3. Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins -- You all know the story by now: Crosby goes down with a high-ankle sprain in January. Malkin takes over his own line for the first time in his career. Malkin dominates and leads the Penguins surge to the top of the Eastern Conference. Crosby returns to lead the team to the Stanley Cup Final. Malkin continues to center his line.

Malkin finished last season with 59 assists to go along with his 47 goals. He finished second behind Alexander Ovechkin in points with 106 and sixth in the NHL in assists. He is truly one of the game’s most dynamic talents.

Malkin should enter the season centering his own line again. It’s likely that Petr Sykora is back on his right side, but with Ryan Malone in Tampa Bay, coach Michel Therrien could choose to slot Jordan Staal on the left.

Staal was the team’s third-line center last season and one of its best faceoff guys, and he’s big, physical, rangy and fearless. He could be exactly what Malone was last season, when Malkin was getting him the puck and piling up the assists.

4. Jason Spezza, Ottawa Senators --Spezza has the third most assists among Eastern Conference forwards during the last three seasons, trailing Savard and Crosby. He has 182 after helping on 58 goals last season while playing a lot of the time with Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley, who each reached the 40-goal plateau.

If new coach Craig Hartsburg decides to keep that trio together – although it is lumping a lot of offense on one line – Spezza could see another season of 60-70 assists. The only reason he didn’t hit the 70-mark last season was because of injuries.

He missed six games while Alfredsson and Heatley combined to miss 23. Spezza’s 58 assists were seventh in the NHL and his 92 points were a career high.

5. Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals -- It took an unfortunate injury to fellow countrymen Michael Nylander, who was sort of Backstrom’s father figure in North America, for Backstrom to start running his own line with Alexander Ovechkin on his left side.

Ovechkin wound up pumping in 65 goals and Backstrom finished with 55 assists, the most among any rookie last season.

It remains to be seen if Backstrom, Nylander or Sergei Fedorov will center Ovechkin this season, but Backstrom has become one of the leading passers in the game, which is what he was advertised as when Washington took him fourth overall in 2006.

Raw and lacking in confidence at the beginning of the season, Backstrom developed chemistry, both on and off the ice, with Ovechkin last season and he flourished. If he finds it again, he could reach 70 assists or more this season, easily.
they had one for the western conference, im gonna combine them on how i think they should be

1. Joe Thornton- while i truly think crosby is the best playmaker in the NHL, the numbers would argue otherwise. forget that the fact that Thornton has 231 assists since 2005 when u turn some1 like jonathan cheecoo into a 50 goal scorer you def got to throw the guy some props
2. Sidney Crosby- this was hard for to put him here, as I stated above i believe crosby is the best playmaker in the NHL, but numbers dont lie
3. Marc Savard- who has the second most assist since 2005? thats right marc savard. he isnt know much outside of boston and to die-hard hockey fans but Savard continues to put up monster assist numbers without a bonafide scorer.
4. Pavel Datsyuk- A great story, Datsyuk was a sixth round pick turned into selke trophy and stanley cup champion. Datsyuk recorded a career high 66 assists last season. He's gotta love playing with Holmstrom, Zettersberg and Lidstrom
5. Nicklas Lidstrom Det
6. Evgeni Malkin Pit
7. Jason Spezza
8. Mike Ribeiro
9. Patrick Kane
10. Nicklas Backstrom
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Can't argue with that list. I also think Crosby is the best playmaker in the game. I mean, he's played with stiffs like Mark Recchi, Colby Armstrong and Andy Hilbert, and turned them into legitimate threats. Hell, Hilbert had by far the best stretch of his career playing those final 20-something games with Crosby in 05-06, and didn't do shit before or after. I think The Guy Who Stiffed Us would have easily put up 50+ goals, but he decided to walk, so he'll just turn Miro Satan into a 30-goal scorer again. But Thornton's numbers are off the charts, and you're right - anyone who can turn Cheechoo into a Rocket Richard trophy winner deserves all the credit in the world, because he can't skate or handle the puck to save his life. It's nice to see that Malkin made this list, because I don't think a whole lot of fans realize just how good a passer he is. He turned Ryan Malone into a gazillionaire, a guy who had underachieved mightily in his career and much of last season until he was put on Geno's line after Sid got hurt. If the brass does decide to put Staal on his wing, he scores 30, while Geno pots 50 himself. As for Savard, I honestly thought his numbers were inflated from playing with Ilya Kovalchuk and that they'd take a nosedive once he got to Boston, but they haven't. He definitely belongs on this list.
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Arguments abound on East's top goalie
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One of them has won the Vezina Trophy four of the last five seasons and is in line to shatter some pretty significant records this season. Another has been a finalist for the goalie MVP award multiple times.

One of them is a former No. 1 overall pick, and he's the same guy that overcame a serious injury last season to take his team to the Stanley Cup Final. Three others were drafted in the fifth round or later, but have proved so many people ever since.

They are, at least for argument's sake, the top five goalies in the Eastern Conference. Here's who we're talking about, followed by the why:

Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils -- He is the unquestioned king of all goalies in the NHL now and he'll likely have a record-breaking season.

Brodeur, who won his fourth Vezina Trophy in the last five seasons, should take down Patrick Roy's career record for wins. He's just 16 away from tying the record and has had 40 or more wins in each of his last three seasons, and eight of the last 10.

It can be argued that Brodeur is the most important player on any team in the NHL because the Devils are always a contender despite never being a top scoring team. It's all about their defense, namely No. 30.

Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins -- Fleury, the No. 1 overall pick in 2003, solidified himself as a franchise goalie during the Stanley Cup Playoffs by leading the Penguins to the Final.

Fleury finished the postseason with a 14-6 record and a 1.97 GAA. Prior to the postseason he was coming on strong to help the Penguins secure the Atlantic Division title after missing close to three months with a high ankle sprain.

With confidence finally on his side and a long-term contract in his pocket, Fleury is primed for his best season yet.

Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers -- Lundqvist, a former seventh-round pick, has become one of the most revered goalies in the NHL thanks to his dominance over the last three seasons. He is 104-58-27 with a career GAA of 2.27 and a .927 save percentage.

The Rangers, though, still haven't made it out of the Eastern Conference Semifinals with him, but Lundqvist has won 37 games in each of the last two seasons and posted a career-best 2.23 GAA last season while playing in a career-high 72 games.

Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres -- Miller owned 36 of the Sabres' 39 wins from last season and was also credited with 10 ties. He played in 76 games, tied for second most in the League with Miikka Kiprusoff behind Brodeur and Evgeni Nabokov. He posted a 2.64 GAA.

While the Sabres may be struggling to find stability at the other two positions, they are set in net with a guy who can now be called one of the League's most consistent players. Patrick Lalime is now his backup, but figure on Miller playing 70-plus games.

Tomas Vokoun, Florida Panthers -- Despite facing 2,213 shots last season, the most in the League by more than 100, Vokoun still managed 30 wins, a .919 save percentage and 2.68 GAA over 69 games. Those are outstanding numbers considering how the defense played in front of him.

Vokoun will have to be as good or better this season if Florida wants to make the playoffs for the first time since 2000. Of course, it will help if he doesn't again face more than 2,200 shots

Again, jus how i feel how they should be
1. Martin Brodeur
2. Roberto Loungo
3. Evgeni Nabokov
4. Marc-Andre Fleury
5. JS Giguere
6. Henrik Lundqvist
7. Ryan Miller
8. Chris Osgood
9. Tomas Vokoun
10. Marty Turco
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Crosby, Staal A Hit In NYC
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Penguins Sidney Crosby and Jordan Staal were among 14 NHL players who took part in the NHL Player Media Tour this week in New York City.

It was a concerted effort by the NHL’s marketing department to make top players available for pre-season interviews and promotional spots with the league’s television rightsholders as well as the NHL Network, nhl.com, NHL Radio and national media outlets. Versus, TSN and CBC were among the national networks participating.

“Marketing our players in an authentic manner is of critical important to the league,” said Brian Jennings, the NHL’s executive vice president of marketing. “Our aim during this season launch time period is to efficiently use our players’ time to capture key story-lines which create compelling content, and to allow the media to capitalize on that content. Based on this year’s results and feedback, we couldn’t have been more pleased.”

In addition to Crosby and Staal, other players participating were Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils, Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers, Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Patrick Kane and Johnathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks, Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres, Dion Phaneuf of the Calgary Flames, Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings, Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanders, and Staal’s brothers – Eric of the Carolina Hurricanes and Marc of the Rangers.

“It’s a fun thing for the parties involved to get in touch with the players before the season starts,” Brodeur told nhl.com. “Promotion of the game is a big thing right now, especially in the days of the internet and TV and how big of an impact each has on the business part of the game. For the young guys and the old guys like myself to commit to come is a great thing.

“We’re a big family and we’re all playing the game we love and trying to grow it for the next kid that comes in.”
im glad to see that they are promoting the game during the offseason too. now if we could only get the NHL to STOP letting teams play games outside of North America would be a bigger than doing this.
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Arguments abound on East's top goalie
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Again, jus how i feel how they should be
1. Martin Brodeur
2. Roberto Loungo
3. Evgeni Nabokov
4. Marc-Andre Fleury
5. JS Giguere
6. Henrik Lundqvist
7. Ryan Miller
8. Chris Osgood
9. Tomas Vokoun
10. Marty Turco
I'd put Lundqvist ahead of Fleury and Giguere simply because he has been a Vezina finalist 2 years in a row. Fleury, on the other hand, until this year hadn't put up solid numbers in terms of GAA and save pct. - even 2 years ago when he won 40 games, they were average. Giguere, of course, has won a Stanley Cup, but before then he was fairly inconsistent. I'd still rate Fleury ahead of him.

So my list would be:

1. Brodeur
2. Nabokov
3. Luongo
4. Lundqvist
5. Fleury
6. Giguere
7. Osgood
8. Miller
9. Vokoun
10. Turco

How Miikka Kiprusoff was left off this list is beyond me. He's been one of the best goalies in the league the past 5 seasons and led his team to the SCF in 03-04, getting within a game of winning it. He's certainly better than anyone from 6-10.
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yea i guess im a little bias. i had no problem putting crosby second in the playmakers but yet i have MA Fleury that high. i do think Loungo right now is the most dominating goalie. when he is on, he is probably the hardest goalie to beat. if he only had some good skaters in front of him.

and why kipper isnt on here is beyond me, i was just going on who NHL.com had on their list. i think Kipper and Pascal Leclaire are better than him in the west
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Malkin tops at bringing home fans to their feet
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There's no denying the fact Washington's Alex Ovechkin has become the ultimate crowd pleaser.

What's not to like? Those yellow laces, that crooked smile and his ability to leap into the air before crashing against the glass have consistently revved up the hometown faithful. For Ovechkin, playing in front of the home fans is always something special, as it is for all players in the League. This past season, a pair of Russians, including Ovechkin and Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin proved to be stellar in front of the locals.

While Ovechkin led the League in total goals (65) and points (112) in 2007-08, Malkin finished as the NHL leader in points on home ice. Consider it just another stirring chapter in the rivalry between the two, which began as early as the 2004 NHL Entry Draft when Washington tabbed Ovechkin with the first-overall pick before Pittsburgh followed with their selection of Malkin minutes later at No. 2.

Malkin registered a League-high 64 points in 41 games at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh last season. "Ovie" was a close second with 57 points in 41 games at the Verizon Center. Each has not only become a fan favorite, but bona-fide entertainer within the League.

Here's a look at the top point producers who enjoyed a little home cookin' in 2007-08:

1. Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh -- Malkin topped the League with 64 points, including 18 multiple-point games at Mellon Arena. He had a pair of four-point contests against interstate rival Philadelphia. On Feb. 10, he had a goal and three assists in a 4-3 triumph and on March 16, the native of Magnitogorsk had two goals and two assists in a 7-1 dusting of the Flyers. At no time was Malkin's scoring touch more valuable than when Sidney Crosby was sidelined for 28 games with a high ankle sprain he suffered on Jan. 18. Malkin notched 13 goals and 17 assists on home ice while Crosby was on the mend en route to leading the Penguins to their first division title since 1998.

2. Alexander Ovechkin, Washington -- Ovechkin registered a pair of five-point contests and finished the season with 17 multiple-point games for 57 points at Verizon Center. The most memorable of those two big games in Washington occurred Jan. 31 when, after breaking his nose and needing stitches in his lip after getting hit with a puck, he returned to the ice and scored his fourth goal of the game with 1:26 left in overtime to bring the Caps a 5-4 victory over the Canadiens. His fourth career hat trick was his first ever at home.

Said Ovechkin after the game: "Today was a special day. I broke my nose, have stitches (and) score four goals. Everything (went) to my face." He broke his nose after being driven into the boards by Montreal defenseman Francis Bouillon.

"We scored five, and he was in on all five," Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said following the triumph. "How can you say enough about him? He's an amazing person."

"Ovie" also had three goals and two assists on March 3 in a 10-2 victory over Boston.

3. Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay: Lecavalier was rock solid for a team in disarray. He gave fans of the St. Pete Times Forum reason to cheer, scoring 53 of his 92 total points on home ice to finish fourth in the League and third in the Eastern Conference. He registered the fifth three-goal game of his career on Nov. 14 in a 6-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. The 6-foot-4, 219-pound center finished the year with 18 multiple-point games at home, despite the fact his team fashioned an 11-24-6 record in Tampa.

4. Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa: "Alfie" is the first of his three linemates to make the list of the League's top scorers on home ice. The team captain has become the steady two-way force who has guided the group at Scotiabank Place. The crafty right wing amassed 49 of his 89 points at home to finish seventh in the League and fourth among Eastern Conference performers in that category. Alfredsson had 14 multi-point games at home, including a five-point showing (2 goals) in a 6-1 triumph over Montreal on Feb. 9. He'll be asked to continue his productivity this season alongside usual linemates Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza.

5. Eric Staal, Carolina: The 6-foot-4, 209-pound center is the older brother of Marc (Rangers) and Jordan (Penguins), two others starring in the League. His youngest brother, Jared, is on the verge of cracking the Phoenix lineup. Eric Staal scored 49 of his 82 points on home ice at the RBC Center in Carolina, finishing in a tie with Alfredsson in the East while placing eighth overall. Carolina actually led the League with 140 goals scored at home, 22 of which were scored by Staal. He had 15 games with two-or-more points at home.

6. Derek Roy, Buffalo: The Sabres finished fourth in the League last year with nearly 3.1 goals per game and Roy, a 5-foot-9, 186-pound two-way center was a big reason. He finished ninth in the League and sixth in the Eastern Conference with 48 points on home ice, posting 16 multiple-point games at the HSBC Arena. When called upon to fill the void left by the departed Danny Briere (Philadelphia), Roy stepped up, registering a career-high 81 points. His production has increased in each of his last three seasons with the Sabres.

7. Dany Heatley, Ottawa: There are few players in the League as consistent as the 27-year-old left wing. He's scored 80 or more points in five of the last six seasons, including the last four with the Sens. Heatley placed seventh on the Eastern Conference home ice scoring chart, collecting 47 points in 37 games last season. He was named MVP of the World Hockey Championships last May in Quebec City after posting 12 goals and 20 points in nine games for silver medal-winning Team Canada. Heatley posted 15 multi-point contests at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.

8. Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay: So long as St. Louis is healthy, he'll likely be ranked among the League leaders in points, particularly at the St. Pete Times Forum, where he posted 45 points to place eighth in the East on the home ice scoring chart last year. In fact, his 34 assists at home were tops in the Conference. St. Louis, who had 14 multiple-point games at home, scored his lowest goal output (25) since the 2001-02 season when he had 16. With more depth at the forward position in Tampa, including the additions of Steven Stamkos, Ryan Malone and Radim Vrbata, St. Louis will be the beneficiary of more open ice to work his magic.

9. Jason Spezza, Ottawa: If healthy -- Spezza missed six games to injury last season -- there's a good chance the top-line center could lead the Eastern Conference in this category in 2008-09. He finished 10th in the East and 19th in the League on home ice in 2007-08 with 43 points in 36 games. On Feb. 9, Spezza posted a career-high six points at Scotiabank Place, including his first three-goal game, in a 6-1 victory over the Canadiens. He connected for two or more points in 13 home games.

10. Mike Richards, Philadelphia: The Wachovia Center was extremely kind to the 23-year-old center, who scored 42 of his 75 points on home ice, including 29 assists. Richards has transformed himself into the prototypical Philadelphia Flyer. He was second on the team in takeaways (46), hits (110) and plus-minus (plus-14), fourth in penalty minutes (76) and No. 11 in blocked shots (46). He led the team with career-highs in points (75) and assists (47) and is coach John Stevens’ go-to forward in penalty-killing situations. He also finished tied for third in the League with five shorthanded goals.
In the Western Confernece

1. Henrik Zettersberg
2. Marian Gaborik
3. Patrick Kane
4. Joe Thornton
5. Paul Stastny
6. Pavel Datsyuk
7. Henrik Sedin
8. Anze Kopitar
9. Jarome Iglina
10. Ryan Getzlaf

Personally i think Marian Gaborik is the most electrifying player to watch outside of Pittsburgh. All it takes is him easly skating by defenders and then 1,2 deke and then makes the goalies look absolutely ridciouls than your hooked. he is one of my favorite players to watch, anytime the wild play and pens dont thats what ill be watching
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The Pittsburgh Penguins will open their training camp for the 2008-09 season on Tuesday, Sept. 16 for physicals, testing and meetings at the UPMC facility on the South Side. The first on-ice practice session will be Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 9:00am at Mellon Arena.

The Penguins will remain at Mellon Arena through Friday, Sept. 19 for camp sessions. Practices at Mellon Arena, Wednesday-Friday, will be open to the public and free of charge. Players will be on the ice in various groups from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fans may enter through Gate #1 starting at 8:45 a.m. Parking in arena lots will be based on availability and daily rates will apply on weekdays. Concession stands and PenStation, the Penguins official team store, will be open inside Mellon Arena.

The Penguins will open the preseason at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Mellon Arena and will travel to Tampa Bay on Monday, Sept. 22 for the second game of the home-and-home series. The Penguins return home to host the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday, Sept. 24th before facing the Leafs in Toronto on Friday, Sept. 26. The Penguins will complete the preseason with an exhibition game against Finnish Club Jokerit on Oct. 2 in Helsinki, Finland.

The Penguins will open the NHL season against the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 4 and 5 in Stockholm, Sweden, before returning to Mellon Arena for the home opener on Saturday, Oct. 11 vs. the New Jersey Devils.

The players will be available to the media starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at the UPMC facility on the Southside. The 2008-09 preseason and training camp schedules are listed below.

2008-09 PENGUINS PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Saturday, Sept. 20th vs. Tampa Bay 7:30 PM
Monday, Sept. 22nd at Tampa Bay 7:00 PM
Wednesday, Sept. 24th vs. Toronto 7:30 PM
Friday, Sept. 26th at Toronto 7:30 PM
Thursday, Oct. 2nd at Jokerit (Finland) 6:30 PM

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 2008 TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE
MELLON ARENA - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC PRACTICES:

Wednesday, Sept. 17
9:00-10:00am practice group A
10:15-11:15am scrimmage - A vs. B
11:30-12:30pm practice group B

Thursday, Sept. 18
9:00-10:00am practice group B
10:15-11:15am scrimmage - A vs. B
11:30-12:30pm practice group A

Friday, Sept. 19
9:00-10:00am practice group A
10:15-11:15am scrimmage - A vs. B
11:30-12:45pm practice group B
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Default Re: Pens Tidbits

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Originally Posted by pittsburghp8baller View Post
Pens Open Training Camp Sept. 16
http://penguins.nhl.com/team/app/?se...ticleid=381534



Season is getting closer, i cant wait!!
Hmmm...first open practice is Wednesday, AND I'm on vacation. I might just have to take it in!

I'm starting to get pumped about the start of the season!
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