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Rangers Getting Their Points Across

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

More to the point, the Rangers are making good a prediction I made when ninety-percent of you were chortling derisively: Yes, the Rangers WILL soar to the division’s top and have a wonderful opportunity to take the conference title.

Sure, Montreal is formidable—but emphatically beatable—and inconsistent Ottawa should rebound under Bryan Murray. The Devils funk could last a lot longer than many suspect which leaves no major detour on the Rangers Thruway.

Most importantly, New York now has what I call “backup-ability.”

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Toskala The Man In Toronto

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Toskala did not immediately win over the Leafs’ fans, who were certainly clamouring for a new hero in goal after Andrew Raycroft wobbled badly. But Toskala was playing in the Eastern Conference for the first time and he also had to grow accustomed to being the go-to guy every night.

“When I changed teams, it takes a little time to get comfortable, but [playing a lot] makes you mentally stronger,” he said. “I think every time you play it makes you better.”

In that case, he should be Superman pretty soon. There is no end in sight for Toskala’s consecutive starts, not with the Leafs having to win almost all of their final 15 games to have any hope of making the playoffs.

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Injury To Smyth May Be His Shoulder

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via All Things Avs,

Just sitting around here waiting for some official word from the Avs on Smyth’s scary injury from last night. But a person I talked to with some knowledge of the situation says Smyth’s left shoulder - not his head or neck - might be what causes him the most problems.

added 6:48pm, from All Things Avs,

The Avs are going to announce soon that, while Smyth’s head and neck checked out well on CAT scans, the left shoulder is likely separated - but things will be officially known in the coming days.
Translation: he’s got a shoulder separation, at least. I’ve also been hearing about a possible broken collarbone - the most commonly broken bone in the human body.

As for Svatos, the Avs are saying the full extent of his left knee injury will be known in the coming days.

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added 6:51pm, The official word from the Avalanche…

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  Tags: ryan+smyth

Paddock Points At Emery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Paddock admitted he should have kicked Emery off the ice when he wasn’t working in practice to send a message to the team that you have to work hard to be rewarded with playing time.

In fact, Paddock said it’s his No. 1 regret and ultimately what probably cost him his job.

“One of the things I would do over is the (Emery) stuff. Not really the tardiness,” said Paddock in a conference call with reporters.

read on

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  Tags: john+paddock, ray+emery

A Future Force

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NY Daily News,

And though his career has been on an upward slope since the day he was drafted, Dubinsky has really taken off in recent weeks. Since being reunited with Jaromir Jagr six games ago - with Sean Avery completing their strong-on-the-puck trio - Dubinsky has four goals and four assists.

Not only has Dubinsky been the perfect middle man for Avery and Jagr - they’ve combined for 11 goals and 13 assists together going into this afternoon’s Garden game with the Flyers - he also is emerging as the physical complement to fellow Rangers centermen Scott Gomez and Chris Drury. And he’s still two months shy of his 22nd birthday.

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A Future Force

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NY Daily News,

And though his career has been on an upward slope since the day he was drafted, Dubinsky has really taken off in recent weeks. Since being reunited with Jaromir Jagr six games ago - with Sean Avery completing their strong-on-the-puck trio - Dubinsky has four goals and four assists.

Not only has Dubinsky been the perfect middle man for Avery and Jagr - they’ve combined for 11 goals and 13 assists together going into this afternoon’s Garden game with the Flyers - he also is emerging as the physical complement to fellow Rangers centermen Scott Gomez and Chris Drury. And he’s still two months shy of his 22nd birthday.

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Battle In Victoria

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Times-Colonist,

The ECHL has shed the Slap Shot image so completely that you often hear certain fans ruefully commenting on the lack of fighting and rough stuff in games.

With its NHL affiliations and game-day rosters limited to 18 players, these skilled young pros are looking to move up to the AHL, so most nights the games are rough, but clean.

So it is ironic the most controversial incident of the season at the Memorial Centre should happen on an evening with the arena loaded with impressionable youth players among the healthy crowd on Salute to Minor Hockey Night.

It occurred in the second period with Victoria trailing 4-1 and clearly frustrated during a break for a faceoff, Robin Gomez came off the bench on a line change and sucker-punched unsuspecting Wranglers star and former NHLer Chris Ferraro.

read on

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Summer Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Earlier today I pointed to some rumor talk, so let’s see how Spector breaks it all down…

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Jeff Bourne Plays His Hockey Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Kelowna Capital News,

Sledge hockey has offered Jeff Bourne a way to enjoy a sport he loves despite being paralyzed.

Growing up with a father who played in the NHL, Jeff Bourne had hockey in his blood.

But Bourne, whose dad Bob played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League, wasn’t able to strap on a pair of skates and attempt to follow in his dad’s footsteps.

Bourne, now 28, was born with spina bifida, a developmental birth defect that in Bourne’s case meant he was paralyzed from the waist down.

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  Tags: jeff+bourne

An Eddie Haskell Type

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The June draft is chock-a-block full of defencemen apart from centre Steven Stamkos, who’s likely going No. 1 overall, but keep an eye on Kyle Beach, the hothead Everett Silvertips pivot, who’s the second-best forward in the bunch.

Beach, who was hurt and didn’t play in the Top Prospects game here, has big talent but he rubs people the wrong way. Off the ice, he’s polite; on it, he’s probably the most hated player in the WHL.

“He’s like Eddie Haskell,” said one WHL observer.

much more hockey talk…

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