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Comparing Bourque and Lidstrom

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There are more than a few blogs with content so superior to ours that I get embarrassed and sad when I read them. So generally, I just avoid them altogether.  Greatest Hockey Legends is one.  Joe Pelletier has decided to compare Nick Lidstrom and Ray Bourque and I’m sure you’ll be pleased with the result.  Dive fans who believe Bourque played his entire 1.23 year career in Denver are rejoicing.

Another pretty telling stat for me is post season All Star awards. In 19 of his 22 seasons Bourque was either on the first or second team, including in each of his first 15 NHL seasons. Lidstrom has “only” been honoured 8 times in 15 complete seasons, with more sure to follow. But it took him 7 years before his first all star nod.

It is the only statistical anomaly between these two great defenders. A case could even be made to suggest Bourque faced stiffer competition for All Star honours. As such, I conclude Ray Bourque’s legacy ranks him ahead of the still growing legacy of Niklas Lidstrom. But only for the time being.

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Bones Were Moving Around

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Sun,

Leafs coach Paul Maurice, obviously frustrated at losing a 27-minute-a-game defenceman until at least the all-star break, snapped during his post-game press conference, accusing Kostitsyn’s hit of being “a cheap shot” and “a bulls—- play.”

Toronto general manager John Ferguson and Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau were far less critical of Kostitsyn, a sentiment echoed by McCabe.

“I don’t even know exactly what happened,” McCabe said. “We just seemed to get tangled up. It was a freak thing, that’s all.

“I knew something was wrong right away. At first I couldn’t move my hand. Then, when I could start moving it, I could feel bones moving around in there. That’s never a good thing.”

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Shutting Down AO

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

When Alexander Ovechkin leaves Joe Louis Arena this evening without a point he shouldn’t fret.  Because it’s almost

Christmas

the holiday season?  No.  Because Pepe Lopez Tequila is sold in the greater DC area?  A good reason, but not what I’m talking about here.

AO, after the Wings shut him down tonite, should feel snuggly and warm in the knowledge that he’s not alone.

Superstars don’t fare well against Nick Lidstrom’s Wings.

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Simon Stomp Will Be Costly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,

Whatever reservoir of support Chris Simon might have had left among his teammates and within the Islanders organization has all but evaporated. His inexcusable attempt to injure Pittsburgh’s Jarkko Ruutu in the Isles’ 3-2 loss Saturday night was mind-boggling for its selfishness on any number of levels….

Even Brendan Witt, Simon’s closest friend on the team, couldn’t alibi for him. “You don’t get any momentum going when you’ve got to kill a five-minute penalty,” Witt said. “That hurt.”

But the one Simon hurt above all is Islanders coach Ted Nolan.

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In case you missed the stomp by Simon, you can see the video here...

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Do You Know Pepe Lopez?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

A word of advice. If ever given the option between a forty dollar bottle of Patron Tequila and, for instance, a twelve dollar bottle of Pepe Lopez…choose the Patron.

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AO On Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Capitals Insider,

I was able to join Alex Ovechkin’s conference call with the Detroit media a few minutes ago. Ovechkin will be playing at Joe Louis Arena for the first time tomorrow night against the league-leading Red Wings, and the local reporters had lots of questions for him.

Q: Can the Caps still make the playoffs?
A: “Last week was very important for us. We play five games and we win four and lose one. We still have a chance. We play better and better.”

Q: How much are you looking forward to playing in Detroit?
A: “Detroit is one of the best teams in the league. It’s a great place to play hockey and I’ve never been here. So I’m really excited. They have great players so it will be big challenge for my team.”

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The Backyard Rink

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Montreal Gazette,

As Dupuis and others can attest, a backyard rink can provide countless hours of fresh-air fun, and building a basic ice sheet is relatively easy and inexpensive.

It requires a few basic materials costing between $300 and $400: wooden planks for boards; wooden or metal stakes to hold the boards in place; a heavy-duty plastic sheet to serve as a liner; and a hose to flood the rink ... and don’t forget the snow shovel.

“The first thing is to put up the boards,” said Dupuis, who uses 10 large planks to construct a rink 25 to 30 feet wide and 60 feet long. Each pine plank is two inches thick, 12 inches high and 10 or 12 feet long.

“I stand them up and use metal brackets to attach them all together and stake them into the ground,” he explained.

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Ottawa Losses Fisher

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The team learned on Sunday that centre Mike Fisher, who suffered an oblique muscle injury Saturday against the Atlanta Thrashers, is out for their two-game road swing through Boston and Atlanta this week.

Fisher, who was on a hot streak going into Saturday with three goals and five points in four games, joins a list of hurting regulars that includes winger Patrick Eaves (separated shoulder) and defenceman Anton Volchenkov (broken finger).

“It’s a substantial loss,” said Senators head coach John Paddock on Sunday.

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LaRose Looking For Upshall

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News & Observer,

After the Hurricanes won the shootout for a 6-5 win Saturday after 65 minutes of rough-and-tumble hockey, Carolina forward Chad LaRose stood in the hallway between the two dressing rooms looking for Flyers forward Scottie Upshall.

LaRose emerged from the Carolina dressing room furious with Upshall for “dirty” and “personal” things he said on the ice.

“I even put someone else’s shoes on so I can kick him in the face,” LaRose said.

Hurricanes defenseman Niclas Wallin and video coach Chris Huffine retrieved LaRose from the hallway and LaRose declined to comment afterward. He was escorted past the Flyers dressing room to the Carolina bus by another team staffer.

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Watching Hockey Online

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Neil Best at Newsday,

Let’s be clear on this: With three local squads on basic cable, and with Versus and NBC also showing games, there is no shortage of hockey action on your TV.

So only passionate fans of a team outside the area or avid fans of the entire league need consider forking over $169 for the season (more than what MLB charges for its online, out-of-market service).

For people in those categories, there are benefits over the comparably priced TV version of Center Ice. They include portability (if you have a good laptop), the ability to see four games at once, real-time stats and archived games.

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