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Crosby Invented The Cow-Kick

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Journal,

This new manoeuvre is a precious, contrived cow kick—there’s no other descriptor—you won’t see at any other time of any game.

Just in the shootout.

What’s more, Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby is to blame. At least, he sure seems to be the first one to have tried this tactic. Sid being Sid, there have been imitators. You could check it out on YouTube, if you want.

Can this kind of move possibly fool a goalie, Mathieu Garon?

“It goes with when he fakes a shot,” the unfailingly gentlemanly and shootout-deadly Garon said. “Most of the time, when a guy shoots, he lifts his leg, so ...

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Havlat Expected To Miss Significant Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Daily Herald,

Whether he’s out a week, two weeks or the rest of the season, chalk it up as yet another lost season for injury-prone Blackhawks forward Martin Havlat.

Havlat injured his left shoulder again on his first shift of the second period in Wednesday’s home victory over Phoenix and underwent an MRI on Thursday afternoon. The results won’t be announced until today.

Hopes aren’t high, though, considering it’s the same shoulder Havlat hurt in an opening-night scrum in Minnesota, causing him to miss the next 22 games, and also the same one he had surgery on in Ottawa.

“I don’t think he’ll be back in the next week or two weeks,” Hawks coach Denis Savard said. “It’s pretty much the same type of injury he got in Minnesota.”

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This guy just can’t stay healthy, hopefully next year will be different.

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Bernier Welcomed In Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Bernier quickly learned that Buffalo is a true hockey city, a drastic change from his two-plus seasons in the Silicon Valley. The right winger could have gone a decade in San Jose without anyone greeting him in public. Here he was, a new face in a foreign place, recognizable and enjoying his first taste of Buffalo.

“Oh, my God,” Bernier said Thursday. “I don’t think I could explain it. I was in shock. When I was in the plane, I was nervous. It was a big trade and I knew Buffalo lost a very good player. I didn’t know how the fans were going to respond to that. It made me feel so good when I saw that. It took a lot of weight away from me.”

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  Tags: steve+bernier

Different Directions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

So while Fletcher fumes over the unwillingness of his stars to leave town and vows to use the rest of his tenure to throw more bodies overboard to change the “face” of the team, Maurice is aggressively rewarding the Muskokas with extra work while apparently declining to use the remaining portion of the schedule to play young players or the backup goalie.

Maurice, understandably, is just trying to win hockey games. But there are other organizational priorities here, like getting meaningful experience for Tlusty, Stralman, Earl, Newbury and Williams and perhaps trying to increase Raycroft’s trade value.

Fletcher couldn’t lean on his rich vets to waive their no-trades, however, and apparently has no control over what the coach does with the roster.

The hockey office says “Charge!” in one direction, and the team itself ignores the command and roars off to attack another hill.

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The Russian Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Slap Shot at the NY Times,

Russian hockey teams, fueled by petro dollars, are reversing the flow of Russian players: Increasingly, they are luring NHL players back home, and they have designs on catching and surpassing the N.H.L. as the world’s premiere hockey league.

Alexei Yashin moved back with a $17.63 million buyout from the Islanders. He now plays for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv. “Less and less players are going to the N.H.L. and more and more are coming back here,” Yashin said in an interview in English after a recent game.

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Rangers On Their Way Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

Now it can be told.

The once-unthinkable CAN be thought.

Yes, the Rangers very well could top the Eastern Conference on April 6, closing the regular schedule.

Once-invincible Ottawa is crumbling by the minute.

Sure, the early-season Atlantic-leading Flyers are coming on again but when they visit The Garden on Sunday afternoon, the Blueshirts should take them.

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Five Helpers For Richards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Dallas Morning News,

As debuts go, Brad Richards’ was, well, perfect.

The Dallas Stars’ blockbuster trade deadline acquisition tied the franchise record – and set a personal best – for assists in a game, recording five to help lead the Stars to a 7-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night at a sold-out American Airlines Center.

“Maybe I shouldn’t have done that,” Richards joked when asked about elevated expectations.

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  Tags: brad+richards

Farewell February

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Don’t come back.  You’ve, well, pretty much sucked.  January 30th?  The Wings held a 17 point lead over Dallas.  The entire roster was healthy. They were in the middle of an 8 game winning streak.  The MSM didn’t even mention Detroit anymore because it was so clearly the Wings and everyone else.  Oh, well, there was the occasional, “they need some adversity.” 

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Marian Hossa Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

My understanding he took a knee to knee hit from Glen Murray.

Will be re-evaluated tomorrow according to FSN Pittsburgh.

added 9:59pm, via TSN,

Marian Hossa’s first game as a Pittsburgh Penguin ended pre-maturely as the Slovakian sniper left after suffering a grade 1 strain of his MCL.

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  Tags: marian+hossa

The Playoff Road

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On the Forecheck,

While the web-surfing hockey fan can find reams of analysis as to which teams did or did not help themselves on the NHL’s Trade Deadline Day this week, there’s another question worth answering when one considers how tight the playoff races remain. To what extent has the remaining schedule for various teams gotten tougher or easier, depending on what their upcoming opponents have done to their rosters?

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