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Behind The Bench One More Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Vescey at the New York Times,

A bunch of lucky Islanders are about to play for Arbour tonight in his 1,500th game with the team, after an invitation from Coach Ted Nolan.

This is the kind of homespun event that only hockey could produce, turning the Nassau Coliseum into a town rink somewhere in the true north strong and free.

Arbour signed a one-game contract yesterday in the cramped team quarters under the Coliseum.

He insisted that this was mostly a ceremonial duty, but Nolan said that Arbour was going to do more coaching tonight than he expected. Is there a bonus for winning for the 740th time with this team?

“Trust me,” General Manager Garth Snow said.

“I’ve heard that before,” Arbour said, deadpan.

read on

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  Tags: al+arbour, new+york+islanders

Big Hit By Jack Johnson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

According to this Institute, the hit Jack Johnson put on Milan Michalek last night registered a 5.7!


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  Tags: jack+johnson, los+angeles+kings, san+jose+sharks

Motivating Ticket Sales

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ken Warren at The Ottawa Citizen,

On Thursday night against the Atlanta Thrashers, Ottawa Senators right-winger Chris Neil crossed the fine line he skates as a member of the NHL’s agitator/enforcer class.

It wasn’t the first time, it won’t be the last and, even though Neil was widely criticized for showing off to the crowd while fighting the Thrashers’ Eric Boulton in the second period and for taking a double minor penalty late in the third period, during which Atlanta scored twice—he says he won’t change how he plays the game.

“I’m here, I’m a motivator,” said Neil, taking issue with observers who claimed his WWE-style antics in waving to the crowd during the fight had no place in the game and served to inspire the Thrashers. “I get the fans going and that’s part of my job. That’s a trait I do (during) fights at home games. I don’t do it on the road. It’s for our fans. We don’t sell tickets on the road. We sell them at home.”

continued…

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  Tags: chris+neil, eric+boulton, fighting, ottawa+senators

Playoff Hockey in November

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

You can toss out the form chart. Forget the odds. Pay no attention to the fact the Toronto Maple Leafs lost 3-2 last night in New Jersey, or that the Canadiens are coming off a superb performance against the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday night.

The Leafs also absorbed a 7-1 pounding on home ice against the Capitals Monday. That matters about as much as the price of chai in China.

When the bell rings tonight, the two teams stepping into the ring might as well be fighting a unification bout for a heavyweight title, because when the Canadiens and Leafs hook up on a Saturday night, it’s playoff hockey.

In November.

continued…

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  Tags: montreal+canadiens, toronto+maple+leafs

“The Hammer” Reflects on Philly

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP via Sports Illustrated,

Dave Schultz was known as “The Hammer,’’ a nickname earned with a ready to rumble style of play that satisfied the bloodlust of NHL fans who paid to see an old-fashioned brawl.

He dropped his gloves, busted and bloodied some chops, absorbed his own share of jabs and could have written a mortgage check to the league for all the minutes the Philadelphia Flyer spent in the penalty box. One thing the enforcer of the 1970s-era Broad Street Bullies never did was put another player on a stretcher.

“Oh my God, no. Never,’’ Schultz said. “We didn’t really hurt anybody. The only time you could hurt anybody was with your stick.’‘

continued…

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  Tags: broad+street+bullies, dave+schultz, fighting, philadelphia+flyers

Housley Feels For Modano

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Heika at The Dallas Morning News,

Phil Housley feels for Mike Modano.  He thought his record would be broken earlier in the season, too.

Housley, the owner of the NHL’s all-time scoring record by an American-born player, has been waiting for the phone call telling him that Modano had eclipsed his total.

But Modano’s slow start has allowed the record chase to drag on a bit.

“It’s tough on him, I can tell,” Housley said by phone as he vacationed in Arizona on Friday. “But I know he’s going to get it. It’s just a matter of time.”

continued…

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  Tags: dallas+stars, mike+modano, phil+housley

Are You a Hockey Fan?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Skate2Stick.com,

I don’t have to ask myself if I am a true hockey fan, I know I am. I know when my team is playing, I can almost quote my team player’s stats and I live for the greatest sport on earth. There are many out there that would disagree and well that’s ok too. We all can’t be on board for the same thing after all that’s what makes the western hemisphere the greatest place in the world to live.

Name another sport with more contact, lighter equipment, faster pace and using a lethal hard rubber object as the center of the sport and do all that on ice while standing on a 1/8 inch piece of steel. Well… You can’t. There is none.

continued…

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Custom Fit Mouthguard

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Truro Daily News,

The Pure Power MouthGuard uses neuromuscular dentistry to relax the muscles and place the athlete’s jaw in the optimal position to enhance performance. The mouthguard brings the lower jaw down and forward to align the athlete’s bite. For some it increases balance, breathing or upper body strength.

“This is more than a mouthguard,” said Makkar, who referred to it as a legal performance enhancer.

Now it is being worn by members of NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks, the NHL’s Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens, the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, the NCAA’s Florida Gators basketball and football teams as well as competitors in Ultimate Fighting Challenge.

more and the Pure Power MouthGuard website...

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The Right Man For The Job

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

...When the Red Wings originally hired Mike Babcock away from the Anaheim Ducks to replace Dave Lewis, they did so knowing the inherent risk. Babcock was the antithesis of the low-key Lewis — he didn’t mind rattling a few cages and asserted his authority when necessary. That isn’t always a popular approach on a veteran team. The tendency for the players is to ask, who does this (newcomer) guy think he is anyway? Sometimes, that manifests itself in a player revolt — and a revolving door in the coaching office. Instead, the Red Wings’ players bought into what Babcock was selling. They are grittier than they were two seasons ago; are more dogged and persistent in their fore-checking; and yet they retain a high skill level, a Red Wings’ characteristic for going on 15 years now.

much more NHL talk, a must read for NHL fans…

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  Tags: mike+babcock

Wallin Out 3-4 Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Carolina Hurricanes,

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that defenseman Niclas Wallin will undergo surgery on his right shoulder on Saturday at Rex Hospital. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Marty Isbell of Raleigh Orthopaedic and Wallin is expected to miss three to four weeks.

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