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First Place Matters

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

To debunk the misconception that the long and gruelling regular season lacks meaning, one only needs to look at the nine most recent Stanley Cup winners.

Under the current conference configuration, teams that have finished first overall have won the Cup four times while a fifth finished first in its conference. The other four champions were no worse than tied for second in their conference.

The Sharks, while not exactly a surprise given their form in recent seasons and some key upgrades in the summer, have been the most impressive thus far.

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Senators Come Up Flat Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Senators coach Craig Hartsburg couldn’t find the single word to describe his team’s play last night.

We’ll do it for him: Atrocious, brutal, cruddy, deplorable ... you get the point.

The Senators reverted to the uninspired hockey that has haunted them so many times this season and they heard the jeers as they left the ice following a 4-1 loss to the Devils at Scotiabank Place….

“In the third period, we lost every battle. It wasn’t even close,” said Hartsburg. “When we talk about inconsistency in our game, that’s usually where it starts. It’s competing for pucks. We had a four-minute power play and never won a battle, never won a loose puck….”

read on

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Bruins Working On Keeping Chiarelli Long Term

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Chiarelli, the 44-year-old former Harvard captain who was hired as Mike O’Connell’s replacement in June 2006, is in year No. 3 of a four-year deal he signed upon coming to the Hub from the Ottawa Senators.

“He’s my GM right now, and hopefully we can work something out . . . I’d like to see him here long term,” said owner Jeremy Jacobs, at the TD Banknorth Garden last night to see his Bruins defeat the Capitals in overtime, 3-2.

“I’m working on it, but we’re not there yet,” said Charlie Jacobs, the owner’s son and the club’s executive vice president. “We’d like to have something done before he enters the final year of his contract.”

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Rangers Laying Low

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Hermann of Newsday,

This might be the first time in sports history that a team finishes first and then sneaks up on everybody. Who knew that the top of the standings would be such a good hiding place?

That is the spot the Rangers have been finding themselves in, even if most of the hockey world and the world at large has not quite found them yet. They have been at or near the top of the Atlantic Division standings all season—they are one point behind the Devils right now—but it really doesn’t seem that way.

When hockey observers talk about the elite teams in the NHL, they generally don’t mention the Rangers. To be honest, they are not the type of club that takes your breath away. They are not very flamboyant, witnessed again by a 3-2 win over the Hurricanes at the Garden Tuesday night. Still, they are pretty good.

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Diggers Split:  Hank May Sign With St. Louis For All We Know

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Of course, that’s a joke.

Henrik Zetterbeg would never sign with the Blues.  That’s just crazy talk.

But the Diggers?  Someone’s gonna be right. Someone’s gonna be wrong. And the other?  Well, she’s playing it safe.

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Future Hall Of Famer Ed Belfour Is Retired (I Think)

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I like to write final career perspectives for the players I believe are going to the Hockey Hall of Fame when they retire.  The problem is sometimes they don’t clearly announce retirement.  I have not seen any clear announcement of Ed Belfour’s retirement, but I think it is clear that his NHL hockey career is over.

Ed Belfour was born in Carmen, Manitoba on April 21st, 1965.  He grew up playing in the Manitoba junior hockey system.  He first reached some level of prominence in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League while playing for the local Winkler Flyers in 1983/84.  This is a high scoring league and Belfour who had a GAA above four in his first two years (he had a 3.83 GAA in his third year in 85/86).  These numbers did not gather much interest from NHL scouts and he went undrafted.  It was, however, good enough to get a shot playing for the University of North Dakota in the NCAA.

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Ovechkin Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, the leading goal-scorer in the NHL and the league’s reigning MVP, left Tuesday night’s game against the Bruins after awkwardly crashing into the boards following a hook from Boston defenceman Zdeno Chara.

Ovechkin hit the boards behind the Bruins goal with his right shoulder and head, then remained motionless on the ice for about 15 seconds before rolling over and rubbing his face with his glove.

continued

update 8:55pm, The headline now states Ovechkin Returns but the story has not been updated, so it looks like AO is back.

video added below on 1/28/09…

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Boyle Day-To-Day With Upper Body Injury

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from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

This wasn’t part of the plan. Dan Boyle finally got to play in an NHL All-Star game and the competitive defenseman gets hurt.

The injury was serious enough that he’s in San Jose, not here, for tonight’s game against the Avalanche. But one Sharks source, calling it a tweak, said there’s a decent chance that Boyle could be ready to go against Phoenix at home on Thursday.

Coach Todd McLellan only would that it’s an upper-body injury and that No. 22 is day-to-day.

continued and Rob Blake will play tonight…

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Zetterberg Leaves Game Late In The First Period

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

No update yet on Zetterberg who walked down the tunnel late in the first period during tonight’s game against the Blue Jackets.

He is not on the bench for the 2nd period.

update 8:54pm, Lower back spasms, will not return.

update 9:04pm, Wings have called a 2:00pm press conference for tomorrow,.  Speculation is Zetterberg contract extension.

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  Tags: henrik+zetterberg

U Of M Police Investigating On-Ice Conduct & Locker Room Incident

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Art Aisner of the Ann Arbor News,

University of Michigan police will review the on-ice conduct of two Michigan State University hockey players involved in an incident that sent a Wolverines player to the hospital over the weekend, officials said.

Police spokeswoman Diane Brown said Tuesday that the actions of Spartans Andrew Conboy and Corey Tropp during Saturday’s game at Yost Ice Arena may not be criminal but will be examined to determine if further investigation is needed.

Their violent takedown of Michigan defenseman Steve Kampfer is also part of an ongoing investigation into an alleged assault involving Kampfer’s father and at least one of the players inside the visiting team’s locker room in the game’s waning moments.

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