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Addressing The Issues Of The Day

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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Two completely unrelated incidents. Two major migraines for the NHL.

In Vancouver, Alexandre Burrows alleges Stephane Auger influences the outcome of a game to get back at him. In Pittsburgh, the Penguins’ television producer hides a replay that would have given Philadelphia a goal.

Let’s do the Canucks story first:

Vancouver fans will hate to hear this, but the best thing Alex Burrows could do for himself and the organization is apologize


One question I have about the Burrows claims.  I wonder if he would have said anything if the Canucks would have won the game?

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Is The Red Wings Playoff Run Over?

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from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

Could we really be heading towards a post-season sans Wings? This is the 20th anniversary of the last time it happened, but certainly no one predicted it in 2009-10.

Injuries, of course, doomed Detroit in the first half of the campaign and continue to hurt, with Jonathan Ericsson, Niklas Kronwall, Tomas Holmstrom, Jason Williams and Johan Franzen still on the shelf. Henrik Zetterberg, Valtteri Filppula and Dan Cleary have also missed games.

Goaltending was also shaky early on, though with the exception of Tuesday night’s debacle, Jimmy Howard has taken the reins in net.

But you know who doesn’t care about those excuses? The cold, unfeeling standings box: The one that shows Detroit in ninth place in the Western Conference right now. With 37 games to go and an Olympic break that will see a cadre of Wings playing through it in Vancouver, there is no rest for the wicked.

read on

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The Backes Plan - Taking On Team Canada

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from Michael of The Common Room,

David Backes is an American professional hockey player currently playing for the St. Louis Blues. On New Years, David had the privilege to be named to the USA Olympic Hockey Team.

Since then, he has shown what it means to be a true American hero.

The night after he was named to the Olympic Roster, Backes and the Blues took on the Chicago Blackhawks. During that game, David fought Canadian Olympian Jonathan Toews.


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  Tags: david+backes, team+usa

NHL Officiating On Trial

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In order for the NHL to be a credible sports league, the impression must exist that teams decide who wins the games on the ice.  There cannot be an impression that officials (either on or off ice) can decide these things.  Reality is that decisions by officials often impact NHL games.  As long as any influence is random and cancels out in the longterm, it is an acceptable situation for the NHL, but this is not an acceptable position for the NHL public.  Many members of the public must believe that teams are the only factor in deciding who wins games in order for the league to maintain credibility.

That is why the allegations that referee Stephane Auger was out to get Alexandre Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks in Monday night’s game versus Nashville (which Nashville won 3-2) are serious.  It opens the door to fans who had previously believed that the players decide games to the idea that officials play a much bigger role in the outcomes.

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Just Winning In Nashville

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Just win, baby.

That’s the motto in the Western Conference, where the Nashville Predators have 59 points and are only seven points above ninth in the dog-pile for playoff position.

It’s nuts, said Predators’ all-world defenceman Shea Weber, who had the game’s first goal and an assist on the second by Marcel Goc. Nashville jumped to a 4-0 lead, took their foot off the gas, and coasted to a 5-3 finish for their 10th win in the last 13 games on the road.

All this after getting to their local hotel about 2 a.m. after a gutsy win over the Canucks in Vancouver on Monday night.


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Senators Schedule Central Park Skate

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via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Coming off an ugly 6-1 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers last night, the Senators will be on the ice in Central Park today for a one-hour skate at 11 a.m.

The Senators will scrap the sticks and pads. All they’ll wear is helmets, their practice jerseys and skates for what shapes up as a light workout. With the team mired in a five-game losing streak, the throwback-style workout might be just what’s needed to lighten the mood around the team these days.

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96 Saves Combined- Brodeur (51) & Lundqvist (45) Battle It Out

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Devils win 1-0 over the Rangers in a shootout.

In case you missed the game (Versus/Directv, you need to get this settled).

Game story by Dave Lozo of NHL.com.

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  Tags: henrik+lundqvist, martin+brodeur

Shorhanded Bruins Start Crucial West Coast Trip

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Now is the time for Chiarelli to drop that cool-handed Harvard thing and make something happen. The game tonight is the first of 16 his club will play prior to the Olympic break. It’s a good bet that Bergeron will miss about half those games and Savard will miss upward of a dozen. Trouble.

Without those two top playmakers in uniform, this is a team virtually absent an attack, and that’s precisely what the coach means when he’s talking about the need to be perfect. All of which makes Julien, a defense-anchored coach, preach even more defense to a team that many nights looks too much like that bunch of Trappist Wonks Jacques Lemaire coached for years in St. Paul.

With Julien’s current lineup, it makes sense, but it doesn’t make much of a case for putting pucks in the net at the other end of the ice. Translation: Either the Bruins are going to win by allowing a goal or two, or they aren’t going to win.


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Matt Bradley Steps In

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Did Bradley do the right thing by interrupting the Alexander Ovechkin/Steve Downie fight?


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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, matt+bradley, steve+downie

Selective Complaining

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from Damien Cox of The Spin,

Funny how people are so ready to believe Alex Burrows, and so ready to assume Stephane Auger essentially cheated the Vancouver Canucks.

Come to think of it, funny how it’s always the Canucks screaming outrage about something. Unless, of course, its a Vancouver fan shining a laser into the face of an opposing goalie. Then, in the words of Alain Vigneault, they’re just “great fans.”

They sure get unhinged in a hurry over hockey in Vancouver. Geez, years later, you can still get folks all up in a lather over the Bertuzzi-Moore incident, claiming Steve Moore deserved what he got and how he faked his injuries, etc.

Never much moderation out of B.C. when it comes to these things.


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