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Grapes Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner tonight basically called out Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau for playing Mike Green and Alexander Ovechkin on the power play last night when they had a big lead.

Don touched on numerous topics but the Boudreau conversation starts at the 3:00 minute mark if you are just interested in that topic.

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Ron MacLean/Colin Campbell Talk Burrows/Auger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

This is a two part video, the 2nd part can be watched below.  The 2nd part also includes a conversation with Mike Murphy regarding the FSN Pittsburgh video issue.

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  Tags: alexandre+burrows, colin+campbell, mike+murphy, stephane+auger

Elias Appears To Be OK

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils forward Patrik Elias left the ice on a stretcher after he took a shoulder to the chin from Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ryan Wilson 38 seconds into the second period of today’s game at Pepsi Center.

Through a team spokesman, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said Elias is “OK” and “has all of his faculties.” Elias is back in the locker room and, apparently, was not taken to the hospital. Lamoriello said Elias will be re-evaluated tomorrow and will travel back to New Jersey with the team after the game.

The Devils lost the game, 3-1.

7:22pm, added video of the hit from Ryan Wilson on Patrik Elias below…

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Steve Ott’s Shootout Goal Controversy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Referee on the goal line calls no-goal, Toronto Situation Room says replay is inconclusive but ref following the play and a linesman watching the play say goal.

The call on the ice is overturned, good goal, Wings miss their next shot in the shootout so Dallas wins in the shootout.

The above information was provided from FSN Detroit after hearing from the situation room.

added 5:11pm, The back ref and the linesman on the right are the officials who overruled the original call.


added 5:20pm, The video of the Ott goal is below….

added 6:39pm, added a 2nd video below, from the Stars broadcasting crew….

added 7:05pm, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News has quotes from bot Mike Babcock and Marc Crawford regarding the goal and the game.

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A Game Night With Rocky Wirtz

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from Melissa Harris of the Chicago Tribune,

He orders a chicken Caesar salad and a glass of red wine. Diners nearby turn and stare, and a few snap photos with their cell phones. Ald. Brendan Reilly stops by, and one brave man steps up to the table, apologizes for the interruption and says, “Rocky, thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”

“That’s so nice,” his daughter, Hillary, says after the man leaves. “People are so nice.”

Rocky Wirtz, 57, having turned the Blackhawks into a winning franchise almost overnight, is quite possibly the most popular businessman in Chicago. But it hasn’t always been that way. He says he hasn’t forgotten the local headline that topped a story about his divorce from his first wife: “For Better or For Wirtz.”

Time: One minute into the game; Brian Campbell scores.

read on

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Fire Up The Possum, It’s A Live Blog Bubba

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

That’s Bubba, Sr. to you.

Here’s a little ditty to remind you of a pretty good rivalry from another century.

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The Rock On Ice

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from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

The Rock is handling the puck.

In his latest film, The Tooth Fairy, which opens Jan. 22, the former WWE champion turned thespian portrays a professional hockey player….

Johnson had never donned a pair of skates and had two weeks to learn how.

“I grew up in Hawaii, which as we all know, is the hotbed of hockey,” joked Johnson, who won an NCAA national football title with Miami and had a tryout with the Calgary Stampeders. “The truth is, I had never ice skated. It was pretty foreign.

“The very first time I got on the ice, probably in the first minute, I took a huge spill, landed on the back of my head and thought I’d separated my head from my spine.

“That was a very sobering moment. I quickly realized that it was going to be next to impossible within a two-week period to go from not ever skating to appear like I’ve been skating since I was five.”


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Twelve Games Today

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NHL actions all day and night today.

Two games begin just after 2:00pm ET today and the final horn should sound around 12:30am in Vancouver.

You can view the complete schedule below…

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Masterton Trophy Leader

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Of the major NHL awards, I think the Masterton Trophy is the one that has the most ambiguous description of who wins it.  It is officially given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverence, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.  In practise, I think the award goes to the player who overcomes the biggest adversity anevertheless contributes the most to his team.  That is how I pick it and it is consistent history.  Despite the fact it is explicitly mentioned in the award description, sportsmanship plays little or no impact in the selection of Masterton winners.

I think the man who best fits this description this season is Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins.  Bergeron essentially lost his 2007/08 season to a concussion.  He only managed to play ten games.  Although he was back last season, he was not the same player he had been in the past.  This year he has been the top scorer on the Boston Bruins and is on the roster for the Canadian Olympic Team.

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Nash Looking For Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch, T

he last time Rick Nash went 11 games without scoring a goal, the Blue Jackets winger was a rookie playing on a line with Mike Sillinger and Grant Marshall.

In the fall of 2002, the baby-faced Nash was making $1.2 million a season for a fledgling franchise while most of central Ohio was enamored of the promise of another 18-year-old, named Maurice Clarett.

Times, fortunes and expectations have changed.

The Blue Jackets enter today’s game against Chicago as an underachieving club searching for goals and wins. During one of their worst stretches, Nash has struggled right alongside his teammates.


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  Tags: rick+nash

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