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Red Invasion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Balderas of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

When Teemu Selanne sealed his hat trick in Wednesday night’s overtime Ducks victory, the reaction of the 17,174 fans at Honda Center was pathetic.

It took close to 30 seconds before one measly hat went zipping through the air. I didn’t see more than two hats land on the ice.

By night’s end, more octopi had landed on the Honda Center ice than hats. And the Ducks were the winning team!!!

By contrast, it was easy to feel that buzz in the arena that was generated by the Red Wings fans in attendance.

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Two Big, Early Season Games Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Count me in for some NHL viewing tonight. OK, so I do that every night (much to my wife’s chagrin), but seriously, there’s a pair of real compelling matchups tonight with Detroit at San Jose and Montreal at Minnesota….

As expected, the Wings and Sharks already top the Western Conference standings. It’s only late October, but you know these kinds of games are important for a San Jose team trying to finally break through after four seasons of contending.

read on

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Koivu vs Koivu

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC,

Sibling rivalry will be taken to a new level Thursday night when Saku and Mikko Koivu face off against each another in Minnesota.

The game will mark the first time in NHL history that two brothers will clash as captains — Saku is the long-time captain of the Canadiens, while Mikko was given the “C” by the Minnesota Wild before this season.

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  Tags: mikko+koivu, saku+koivu

Fedorov a Unique Talent

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bill Clement at NBCSports.com:

Without a doubt Fedorov is the best all-around Russian forward who has ever played in the NHL. Early in his career I believed I saw greatness in the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder. He was drafted by the Red Wings in the 1989 NHL Entry draft, taken in the fourth round with the 74th overall pick. It wouldn’t take him long to reach a breakout season.

To make his way to the NHL he had to defect from the then Soviet Union. He did so in 1990 while in Seattle to play in the Goodwill Games with CSKA Moscow on a line with two other future NHL stars, Mogilny and Pavel Bure.

read on

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Keep Your Head Up Boys

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from P. J. Stock of Blogs and Columns at CBC,

You know what’s funny? I’ve looked and looked and still can’t find anything in this year’s booklet that says anything has changed. Despite all the complaints, there is still no rule, penalty or HEAD SHOT category.

Why is it now the fault of the hitter and not the fault of the who ... the hitee? (You understand).

What is the first thing you teach a peewee kid when he’s starting to play contact hockey? Keep your head up! Protect yourself!

Why when one of these players gets tattooed in today’s NHL it’s not their fault for not keeping their head up? Why isn’t it their fault for not protecting themselves? Why?

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Time For Bettman To Step Down

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

You see, in Gary Bettman’s NHL, rarely is heard a discouraging word about anything at all. And that’s perhaps the man’s biggest fault; he must genuinely believe fans, employees and media are so dense, they’ll always take what he says as gospel.

The choir is much smarter than that. And Bettman’s preachings fall as flat as that Def Leppard debacle.

At this stage, the sole way Bettman can get into the public’s good graces is by stepping into the shadows for good. And I think I speak for everyone when I say we can stomach one more Pollyanna pontification from him – as long as it’s part of his resignation speech.

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NHL X-Files

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ryan Dixon at The Hockey News,

Try wrapping your brain around some of these absurdities:

• The Toronto Maple Leafs are a firing squad. Overall, the Leafs are averaging 34.1 shots per game, third-best in the league. But in its past five games, Toronto is putting an average of 40 pucks on goal, including a 48-shot effort Tuesday night against New Jersey.

There may be a dearth of talent among the Leafs forward group (hence the low goal total despite all the shots), but to borrow and alter the meaning of a phrase from Jay-Z, you can’t knock the hustle.

read on for more unexpected weirdness this NHL season

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Scary Sharkie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Watch out for S.J. Sharkie!

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Instant Chemistry In Minnesota

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Developing team chemistry always has been a priority for Wild General Manager Doug Risebrough, and his summer additions have fit in perfectly.

Minnesota’s two most important signings were left wing Andrew Brunette and right wing Antti Miettinen. They’ve been placed on a line with center Mikko Koivu, and voila! Instant chemistry.

read on

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Most guys don’t want to fight every night so they won’t take those cheap shots. It’s really like a big playground in middle school. Once you let the bully whose playing pick on one kid, he’s going to run around and keep picking on other kids until somebody stands up to him. Well, at our playground at the United Center, we don’t let bullies play very long….

-Adam Burish of the Chicago Blackhawks in his blog at the Chicago Sun-Times, where you can read more...

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  Tags: adam+burish

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