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Another Night To Forget For The Blue Jackets

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from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

“The game was eerily similar to the Detroit game,” coach Ken Hitchcock said of a 9-1 loss Nov. 11. “We were light on the puck. Our top players weren’t very good. You’re just not going to win that way.

“We got beat on loose-puck battles. They were a desperate, hungry team, and we didn’t answer the bell.”

Like first-time tourists to the Big Apple, the Jackets got caught standing around, looking at the sights. The Rangers got behind their defense and outworked them along the wall, especially off the end boards.

Even in the Red Wings debacle, the Blue Jackets didn’t come close to allowing seven straight goals as they did last night in a 21-minute, 18-second stretch. That included allowing a franchise-record three goals within 71 seconds of each other in the second period.

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Wings Could Use More Offense From Bertuzzi

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is pleased with Bertuzzi’s skating and back-checking, but the big winger is committing too many turnovers and isn’t finishing. He has just three goals and nine points in 22 games.

“It’s frustrating not putting up the amount of goals and points I think I can do,’’ Bertuzzi said. “I’ve gotten the opportunity to do it, kind of (had) a handful of bad bounces here and there, could easily have six, seven goals instead of three. Just got to keep grinding and working hard. I know that it comes in bunches.’‘

Bertuzzi’s 60 shots ranks second on the team to Henrik Zetterberg (87), but he has the lowest shooting percentage (5.0) among forwards on the top two lines.

“He wants to score, we’d like him to score, too, but that’s not the measure,’’ Babcock said. “The measure for me is how hard you’re on the puck, how determined you are, how well you play with your linemates.

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Iginla Can Only Watch The Shootout

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from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider,

Jarome Iginla isn’t Wayne Gretzky, Brent Sutter isn’t Marc Crawford, and this wasn’t the 1998 Olympics . . . but how in tarnation do you leave the team’s—heck, the league’s—hottest gunner on the bench for the shootout?

Iginla, thanks to his dramatic draining of a last-minute shot (which forced the extra period and ensuing shootout) has 12 goals in his last 10 games. Not 12 points. But 12 goals. No one has, as they say, been “feeling it” more than No. 12.

And the Flames captain doesn’t merit a spin in the shootout Monday night at the Honda Center?

Curious.

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It’s Becoming A Soap Opera

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Well, I owe Terry Frei a beer. He bet me a beer I wouldn’t go a week in my twitter ban, and I guess he was right.

Terry also said I would use the occasion to go back on twitter as a ruse to pat myself on the back, that it would be “because the fans demanded it”, etc. He was only partially right. Yeah, I did hear from a bunch of you, that I shouldn’t have given up twitter over some silly incident in Calgary (which proved to be all true). But, really in the scope of things, not an overwhelming number of people. Probably about a hundred.

I’ll go back on twitter, I decided, because the whole Calgary thing was ridiculously overblown and while I had a “teachable moment” perhaps, I probably overreacted to the overreaction that ensued to the whole matter. I didn’t like getting lectured on “ethics” or about the hockey “code” from people who wouldn’t know a wrist shot from a wrist watch, so I took my puck and went home for a while.

Some of the bosses I have also said I shouldn’t have been a twitterquitter, that it’s a great new “tool” to build “traffic” in a “new medium.” So, OK, I’ll do the twitterbug again.

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Bobby Ryan Contract Talks Have Stopped

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from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,

Negotiations on a contract extension between the Ducks and winger Bobby Ryan have broken down and won’t resume in the immediate future, Ryan’s agent told the Register today in a phone conversation.

Mark Guy, who represents Ryan, confirmed an ESPN.com report over the weekend that the two sides did talk last month and exchanged proposals but are some distance apart in terms of an agreement.

“We have had some discussions and I think both sides kind of decided that we’re going to let things progress a little bit during the season and get a better picture of where things are going,” Guy said. “We made some proposals that we think were within what Bobby’s looking at but I think it became fairly clear that there were some discrepancies that we weren’t able to get past.”

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Five Games For Laraque

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Darren Dreger via his Twitter reports Laraque received a five game suspension.

added 7:00pm, via TSN,

The National Hockey League handed Montreal Canadiens tough guy Georges Laraque a five game suspension for his knee-on-knee collision with Red Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall on Saturday night.

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added 7:47pm,

“Mr. Laraque’s actions were dangerous and caused a significant injury to his opponent,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.

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DiPietro Getting Closer To Return

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from Katie Strang of Isles Files,

While the full group will not be on the ice at IceWorks in Syosset tomorrow—since the Islanders will arrive in New York late after tonight’s game—DiPietro’s participation tomorrow will be viewed as the next significant step in his rehabilitation.

“Everything has gone according to plan,” Gordon said before Monday’s game against Toronto. “This isn’t anything unexpected. We’d be disappointed if he wasn’t on the ice soon.”...

After DiPietro practices with the team, he will eventually head to Bridgeport for a conditioning stint, during which he’ll likely play 2-5 games before making his 2009-2010 debut.

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Best Of The Week

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Goal, followed by hits and saves of the week.

Hits and saves videos can be viewed below…

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How Do You Rank The Lightning?

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from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Got a call last week from Tampa Bay Lightning owner Oren Koules.

The man who brings you the Saw horror movies as well as Two and a Half Men was a little upset at his team being identified as one of my three disappointing teams through the first quarter of the 2009-10 season. At the time the column was published, the Lighting ranked in the middle of the pack in the overall standings and Koules wondered how disappointing can that be? He had a point.

At the same time, and maybe it’s just me, but I thought this year’s version of the Lightning had a legitimate chance to be a contender. On paper I’d put the Lightning up against the majority of contending teams. Just look at what Tampa Bay has up front: a former Hart and Art Ross Trophy winner in Martin St-Louis, a superstar centre in Vinny Lecavalier and a rising star in Steven Stamkos not to mention top flight depth players such as Ryan Malone, Jeff Halpern and Alex Tanguay….

Still, I worry about the Lightning. I am no longer convinced this is a team that can challenge for the Eastern Conference championship.

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Friedman’s Thoughts

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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

• Dany Heatley comes to Edmonton on Friday. The smartest thing he could do is say, “I’m sorry but I didn’t want to go to a Canadian city. I wanted to go to San Jose from the beginning, because it’s less suffocating for me.” Won’t stop the avalanche of boos, but Oiler fans deserve an honest explanation.

• ...the Ducks are having troubles signing Bobby Ryan. Burke drafted him and Ryan is represented by same agency (Newport) as Phil Kessel. Kessel was a restricted free agent who ended up in Toronto. Could history repeat itself? Just wondering. We’ll see.

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