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What Happened To The Instigator Penalty?

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Before the start of the regular season, the NHL said the instigator penalty would be called more vigilantly this season than in the recent past. So far, that hasn’t been the case.

Heading in to Tuesday’s games, an instigator penalty had been called in 8 of 117 fights. That’s one for every 14 fights or 6.8%. Although slightly higher than last season’s 5.9% rate, the calling of instigator penalties has declined significantly from the first two post-lockout seasons.

NHL officials were sent memos at the beginning of the season, reinforcing the importance of identifying instigators when the occasion calls for it. One of the most blatant circumstances is fights following clean hits. NHL Director of Officiating Terry Gregson says, “if a player seeks to hand out his own form of justice and his actions meet the criteria, it must be called.”

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Time To Move Vinny?

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from Stan Fischler at the HockeyJournal,

* Vin Lecavalier’s so-so season so far has Tampa Bay pundits wondering whether the Lightning brass has waited too long before unloading the captain.

And, if not, is this the time to do so before it’s too late? Compared to buddy, St. Louis, Lecavalier’s game has been uninspiring.

Could be that Vin needs the tough love of Rangers coach John Tortorella (Melrose, Mass.) more than he thinks.

* Which youngster is better that John Tavares on the Islanders? It just happens to be his buddy, Matt Moulson.

Unlike Tavares, Moulson is a college graduate (Cornell), and through the weekend totaled six goals and four assists for 10 points. Discarded by the Kings after two cups of coffee, Moulson was signed as a free agent by GM Garth Snow (Wrentham, Mass.) last summer.

more hockey observations…

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The Flames & Their H1N1 Flu Shots

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Many of you know I listen to Canadian radio stations via the web, and this story is the ‘talk’ today…

from Bill Kaufmann of the Calgary Sun,

The Calgary Flames did nothing underhanded to procure H1N1 vaccinations in the past week ahead of thousands of high-risk Albertans, club president Ken King said yesterday.

But despite that claim from the team, the province has launched an investigation into what officials say shouldn’t have happened.

While King acknowledged a team doctor and the physician’s nurse wife might have been a “point of contact” in seeking the vaccine which is in short supply in the province, King said nothing was done outside Alberta Health Services (AHS) auspices.

“I’m happy to confirm we would not have taken an illicit process,” said King.

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Offensive?

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from Julia Keller of the Chicago Tribune,

We think we’re enlightened. We think we’re evolved. We think we’re past all that nasty old stuff from the bad old days. We think we’re “post-racial,” to use the curious term that popped up in the wake of President Barack Obama’s election.

Then a couple of fun-loving but culturally tone-deaf Blackhawks decided to dress up for Halloween as former Bulls Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen—complete with blackface.

more on this topic…

You can view the picture of Adam Burish dressed as Rodman and Patrick Kane as Pippen at ChicagoNow.

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Bruins Need Scoring

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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

They’re playing well enough to win, but they’re not winning. They’re creating enough opportunities to score, but they’re not scoring.

The Bruins are showing signs of emerging from an uninspiring start, just not enough to consistently win games. And the missed points are starting to pile up.

“If we keep getting content with that we’re not going to be very successful,” a frustrated Claude Julien said after Tuesday’s loss. “Somehow you’re going to have to make it happen if you’re going to turn this thing around.”

Nobody in Boston wants to hear this, but these Bruins sure could use Kessel. Somebody in the Bruins dressing room mentioned Kessel’s stats from the Toronto game and it was met with an ugly look from one of the Boston players. The look was clear. Kessel is gone; nobody here wants to know how he’s helping another team.

Julien said as much on Monday, even before his team turned in another zero.

read on

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Hit Of The Night- Ohlund On Kessel

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Now Playing Goal, Sidney Crosby

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Penguins defeated the Ducks last night 4-3.

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Something Has Clicked With The Islanders

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from Dan Martin of the NY Post,

Injuries limited Andy Sutton to just 23 games last season, and even though this year is only 14 games old, the defenseman already sees a difference in this group of Islanders.

“Something happened partway through this season,” Sutton said after practice yesterday in Syosset. “We figured out our identity, and it’s showing in the way we’re playing.”

And the Isles are getting results, bringing a four-game winning streak into Buffalo tonight.

“We’re making simple, hard, effective plays and being tenacious,” Sutton said. “We’ve been pretty disciplined. I think is a young team that’s getting smarter.”

It’s also a team that might start getting recognition soon.

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Meet Joe Sacco

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

While Sacco’s predecessor, Tony Granato, was well-liked by his players, privately there was some sentiment within the organization that he treated players differently and he wasn’t demanding enough of everybody. One thing Avalanche players say about Sacco is that he has the same standard for everybody.

“He holds guys accountable,” Avs captain Adam Foote said. “There aren’t any gray areas about what he wants from us and expects. But at the same time, he isn’t just screaming at us or maybe being unfair. I’d say what I’ve noticed so far is he’s tough, but fair.”

Sacco, 40, has always demanded a full day’s work, most of all from himself. Sacco, along with brother David, played together at Boston University. Of the two brothers who grew up under the Medford, Mass., roof of Joe Sr. and Maria Sacco, older brother Joe was the “serious” one.

read on

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Kessel Proves His Worth

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Now that the all the hype and hoopla are over, here are 10 things we learned about Phil Kessel last night from his Maple Leafs debut—one for every shot he had on net.

1. In recent weeks there have been suggestions that the deal to bring Kessel to the Maple Leafs for two first-rounders and a second-round pick might be one of the worst in franchise history.

After Phil The Thrill’s electrifying performance last night, can we put a temporary gag order on such talk please? It is far too early to make such claims. And, after watching Kessel oozing his raw offensive skills last night, you can see why general manager Brian Burke paid such a heavy price to land this talented kid, who has yet to reach his 23rd birthday.

If the Leafs finish dead last and the Boston Bruins get the top overall selection in a deep 2010 draft, the criticism will be legit. But let’s at least give Kessel a chance to prove he’s worthy of Burke’s risky gamble.

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