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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

This post is about as A2Y-specific as they come.  So, if you’re reading on the main page and you, you know, aren’t fond of us…you may want to just keep on moving.

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It Looks Like It Is In, It Could Be A Goal, It Is A Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sharks against the Kings last night.

Ryan Smyth knows he scores but play continues and a shot by the Sharks looks like it could have gone in but play continues and the Sharks finally score a goal that everyone sees. 

Play stops, go to review and the Smyth non-goal is reviewed and it is a goal.

Score went from 4-1 Sharks to 3-2 Sharks.

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Carcillo Out At Least Two Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,

The Flyers will anxiously await word today, as they prepare for the Canadiens, about the status of forward Dan Carcillo.

Carcillo, who left Monday’s 5-1 win over Ottawa just a few minutes into the second period, will miss at least two weeks with what appears to be an MCL sprain.

But it could be worse.

The Flyers don’t know exactly what is wrong with Carcillo’s knee, as only so much can be determined without an MRI. He will have that MRI of done today in Philadelphia if there is not too much swelling to try and determine the exact extent of his injury.


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Top Shot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,

As a clinician and a professor of biomechanics who has worked with golfers and baseball players, Dr. Kevin Robinson was eager to apply science to a growing hockey legend. And that interest only grew after watching Shea Weber step into his first few slap shots after a recent practice.

It is a shot that ripped through an Olympic hockey net this year, leaving behind what one news agency described as “scorch marks” on the mesh. It moves with the ferocity that has reportedly broken bones in no fewer than four teammates while elevating Weber, a first-year captain of the Nashville Predators, into an object of childhood wonder.

“With that guy on skates,” Robinson said, “I was a dwarf.”

Robinson, who teaches at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., analyzed Weber’s shot last month with help from a digital camera and a computer program. He asked the 6-foot-4, 234-pound defenceman to take about a dozen shots in open ice, and asked the same of Predators teammates Jordin Tootoo and Cody Franson for the sake of comparison.


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Would Praying Help The Leafs?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

Legendary goaltender Johnny Bower recalls that it was as ugly as anything Toronto fans are suffering through now with the Leafs’ run of losses at eight.

“I was fighting the puck. I depended on my defencemen so much and they had their problems too. And the forwards couldn’t score worth a hoot, just like they way they’re going right now,” Bower said Monday.

But those Leafs eventually won again. In a game against Boston in which Bower was supposed to back up, he was conscripted to start when Bruce Gamble couldn’t go because of a sore shoulder. Bower played the game of his life, stopping 30 of 31 Bruins shots en route to a drought-snapping 2-1 victory.

“I went to church, lit candles and we won,” said Bower with a chuckle. “Maybe our (current) players should do that. Get ’em to go to church and say a little prayer.”


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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I used to think it was a humiliating thing for a guy to lose a fight. That’s the way I thought of things in real life – if you lost a fight, you lost a piece of your manhood. That’s the way I thought of things as a kid watching hockey: if “your guy” lost the fight, so did you. It was gut-wrenching seeing your guy bloodied and knocked down. And it was throw-your-fists-in-the-air, primal-scream-therapy exhilarating when the other guy got his clock cleaned.

But gradually, you learn the wins and losses in a fight don’t really matter. What matters is standing up for yourself and fighting with honor. That’s it. Yeah it feels great if your guy wins, but it almost never really matters in a game. You learn that players just think of fighting as a “you win some, you lose some” thing, and the only thing that really matters is, again, fighting with honor and in the overall spirit of the competition.

-Adrian Dater of All Things Avs.  According to Dater, Matt Duchene snapped last night and got in a fight.  Read all about it.

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There Are Young Defensemen And Then There Is Nick Lidstrom

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The NHL is teeming with talented, young defensemen, including a group in their early to mid-20s that features Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Drew Doughty, Shea Weber, Mike Green, Tyler Myers and Erik Johnson.

It’s an impressive list of players who will compete annually for the Norris Trophy for years to come.

And then there’s the league’s oldest defenseman, 40-year-old Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom, who continues to be one of the best in the business.

Any doubts about his elite status following his slow start last season have been put to rest. Lidstrom, in his 19th season, is off to one of his best starts. He will take a career-best 11-game points streak into Wednesday’s game against the St. Louis Blues at Joe Louis Arena.


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Colin Campbell Needs To Go

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Not an easy act for the Commish. Campbell has been a good foot soldier doing a dreadful job for a long time. Now he has been shown to be a man documented to have an embarrassing bias, doing a job that demands impartiality and fairness. That alone makes his play offsides.

Bettman kept Campbell on the job in March when his dillydallying and foot shuffling left players with heads scrambled, careers in jeopardy. One of them, that “little fake artist’’ Savard, only hopes he gets to resume his livelihood. Best now that Campbell finds work elsewhere.


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A Hat Trick of Ideas to Consider

Blog: KK Members Blog By 11Cups

With the changing format of the All-Star Game, maybe it’s time to consider some other new interesting ideas around the NHL.

First, on the issue of flagrant diving (ala Phil Kessel).  To address diving, which has no place in an honorable, men’s game, provide the league with the ability to suspend a player without pay for an indisputable, flagrant dive.  This will send a strong signal to all the divers out there
that won’t take the risk of fine and suspension.

Second, the issue of awarding three points for an overtime/shootout game. Rather than the current format of awarding one point each in regulation time to both teams and an extra point for an overtime/shootout win for a total of three points, here’s a better potential solution.  Award each team a half point after a regulation tie.  Award a full extra point for the overtime/shootout winner.  Winning team gets 1.5 points The losing team gets a half point (0.5 point).  This would encourage teams to win in regulation and end the frustration of fans/teams with the awarding of three point games.  Three point games are especially frustrating down the playoff stretch as team trying to catch a team in a playoff positions are disadvantaged by the awarding of three points.


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Islanders Fire Coach Scott Gordon

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I recently wrote that the New York Islanders are in trouble having lost their last ten games.  I went on to argue that their problem that their problem comes from poor management and from having the league lowest payroll among the players that they play on the ice.  The three highest salary cap hits this year are Alexei Yashin, who had his contract bought out 3 years ago, Rick DiPietro, who has been injured and ineffective in the short periods between injury and Mark Streit who is injured.  That doesn`t leave much to acquire talent that will help to win games.  The problem is management and ownership.  The best story to show what is wrong in Long Island is the story of how Garth Snow took over as GM.

Instead of addressing these problems, which is hard to do in mid-season, the Islanders decided to fire coach Scott Gordon.

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