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“We’ve weathered the storm and now we can get right in the mix.  We’re in good shape. They’ve worked hard to get themselves to this place. But now they’ve got to make sure to take advantage of it.”

-Bob Murray, Anaheim Ducks GM on the team’s 6th position in the conference.  More from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog.

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Video- Best Of December

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Enjoy the best goals, saves and hits from the month of December in the NHL.

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Team Russia Having Fun In Buffalo

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from Martin Merk of IIHF.com,

Bragin let them practise what they enjoy most: varying rushes to the net and shots that keep goalkeeper Dmitri Shikin hot, who has become Russia’s number-one netminder after the opening game, a 6-3 defeat to Canada.

In between, the players were kidding around with their teammates and cheering each other after each penalty shot. Of course Bragin let them practise the shootout, essential work given that it was needed in the semi-finals game against Sweden.

“The good atmosphere is easy to explain,” Bragin said. “We reached the final after two hard games and for the first time in several years. The players really enjoy it. They could also recover a bit after two games in two days. The main goal before each tournament is to reach the gold medal game, so now we put pressure away for us and in the final it’s a 50-50 chance for each team.”

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Video- Let’s Summarize The Kind Of Year The Devils Have Had

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Game winning goal tonight…

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It’s a Way, Way, Way Western Live Blog

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Dwayne Roloson scares me and always has. Way back to 2006 when the snaggle-toothed bitch hurt me in ways I still don’t like to talk about. 

Luckily, he’s not an Oiler anymore and he’s already kicked our ass once this week so we don’t have to worry about that anymore this year…unless the Greatest Captain in History somehow secures a reservation at the SCF table.  Ours was made back in October, just FYI.

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Osgood Is One Of A Fading Breed

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Detroit Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood has 744 NHL games on his resume, but if he was playing junior hockey today many scouts would think twice about drafting him because of his small stature.

“I don’t think I’d be playing ... I have a friend, Neil Little, who scouts for Philly and he says they won’t even look at a goalie under six feet,” said Osgood, who is listed at five-foot-10, 180 pounds, on the Red Wings team website.

“I’m playing at the perfect time for me on a great team. Vernie (Mike Vernon) always said he was the perfect size and I thought I was when we were together in Detroit and neither would be that way today.

“It’s crazy, but that’s the way it is. Dom (Hasek) would be considered small today. But it’s the evolution of hockey, time changes. Now scouts want you to be six-foot-two. Believe me, I’m very happy to have played when I did and happy to still be playing at 38.”

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A Surprise Visit To The Dressing Room

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from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,

When Haddonfield’s Steven Kemp showed up at the Flyers’ practice rink on Tuesday wearing his dress blues from the United States Naval Academy, he hoped that maybe a player would toss him a puck.

Flyers enforcer Jody Shelley did something more, inviting him into the Flyers’ dressing room.

“He was wearing his uniform, so I thought I’d invite him in to meet the guys,” Shelley said with a gap-toothed smile.

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Minor Anaheim/Columbus Trade

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired defenseman Nate Guenin from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for center Trevor Smith.

Guenin, 28 (12/10/82), appeared in three games for Columbus this season, going scoreless with two penalty minutes (PIM) while averaging 14:47 time-on-ice (TOI). The 6-2, 210-pound defenseman was recalled from Springfield of the American Hockey League (AHL) on Oct. 16 and reassigned back to the AHL on Oct. 26. He has also appeared in 30 AHL games in 2010-11, collecting 0-5=5 points with 21 PIM with Springfield.

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Breakout Players For The 2nd Half

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from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

Tomas Vokoun, Panthers – His five shutouts are tied with Henrik Lundqvist and Tim Thomas for most in the league and he has one of the league’s best save percentages (.926). If general manager Dale Tallon ultimately decides to trade Vokoun to a Stanley Cup contender, it’s easy to see him becoming a playoff star.

Semyon Varlamov, Capitals – The second half will determine which Capitals goalie is poised to lead Washington on a playoff run. Varlamov has the playoff experience edge over Michal Neuvirth and has an opportunity to seize the job now. “It doesn’t have to happen anytime soon,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “I think they’re both really competitive guys having a friendly competition of who wants to be No. 1. But it will happen in the last quarter of the season.”

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Bergeron Set To Sign With Tampa

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via Pierre LeBrun tweet,

Marc-Andre Bergeron has agreed to one-year deal with Tampa Bay Lightning. Going through his medical as we speak I’m told

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