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Home Sweet Home in Denver

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Chambers at the Denver Post,

Joe Sakic, the only remaining player to have competed for the Avalanche franchise when it was in Quebec, was a Nordique the last time the franchise began 5-0 at home.

That would be 13 years ago, and that’s where the Avs stand after riding Sakic’s two assists and Peter Budaj’s 21 saves in a 3-1 victory Sunday over the Minnesota Wild at the Pepsi Center.

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Hazards of Hitting From Behind

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Spector’s Blog at FoxSports,

Hitting - good clean body-checking - is every bit as vital to the game of hockey as a wrist shot and a glove save. Nobody wants to see it removed from the game.

Even no-nonsense hockey commentator Don Cherry, a well-known champion of physical hockey, has been an advocate for years against hitting players from behind into the boards.

Part of the problem is that players nowadays are being coached on turning their backs to their opponents when the puck is along the boards to “protect the puck”, the thinking being an opponent won’t hit them from behind and therefore making it more difficult for them to strip away the puck. It does work to an extent, but it still leaves a player in a vulnerable position.

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‘Live Every Shift’

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From NHL.com,

The National Hockey League (NHL) debuts two TV spots featuring the new NHL tagline “Live Every Shift,” today on NHL.com.  The spots will air for the first time tonight during the VERSUS broadcast of the San Jose Sharks - Dallas Stars game, and will re-air later this week on TSN, CBC, HDNet and NHL Network.  The ads were written and produced by top advertising agency Young & Rubicam in collaboration with NHL Productions.  This is the first creative work done by Y&R since being hired as the NHL’s Agency of Record in September.

continued…  *You can see the new advertisements at that link as well

Update 3:37pm ET:
More on the TV spots with Dan Rosen at NHL.com.

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  Tags: marketing

Paul Kelly Not “Progressive”

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Damien Cox’s The Spin,

The early guess is that Paul Kelly is about honesty, not about change. Indeed, the new NHL Players Association boss probably just needs not to open other people’s emails and he’ll do fine.

A progressive thinker, however, he apparently is not.

In fact, with respect to the game itself, it turns out Kelly is a bit of closet Neanderthal, something he revealed Saturday night in an intriguing interview with Ron MacLean on Hockey Night in Canada.

Kelly said that not only does he believe fighting is part of hockey, he strongly believes in the necessity of enforcers to “self-police” the game.

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  Tags: nhlpa, paul+kelly

No Excuses in New York

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Larry Brook at the NY Post,

“There are background story-lines for each one of us,” Shanahan said yesterday following a round of lengthy team meetings and a brief practice session. “With me, it’s age. With Jaromir, it’s not having Mike (Nylander). With Scott and Dru, it’s their contracts and coming into a new environment.

“Except there are no excuses for anyone. I think our situation is magnified because it’s the first 10 games of the season, but that’s on us. We’re not playing bad hockey, but we’re just making it very tough on ourselves.

“I think we’ve become consumed with scoring when our focus should be on winning. We’re putting the cart before the horse. When we get our minds off of goals, wins will come, I’m sure of that.”

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  Tags: brendan+shanahan, new+york+rangers

Peter Bondra Retires

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP via Globe & Mail,

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — NHL veteran and Slovakian star Peter Bondra retired from professional hockey Monday to become general manager of his country’s national team.

“I kept it a secret for a long time. They will know overseas only after this press conference,” Bondra said, according to the Slovak national hockey association. “I hope I can help Slovakia win another medal at the world championship.”

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Interesting…The Central Doesn’t Suck

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Feeling refreshed today. Thanks Gary.  That’s the extent of my whining on that subject, though.  As DJ pointed out in the comments of last night’s live blog, I have little room to complain watching the game in the comforts of my living room when Wing fans like him are lucky to catch (maybe) four or five games per year on the Armed Forces Network.

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Tucker Positive After Workout

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

From the Toronto Sun,

Wearing a navy blue nylon training suit and a determined look on his face, Darcy Tucker glided around the Lakeshore Lions Arena ice with relative ease yesterday.

Not bad for a guy who, according to some reports, had little more than mush inside his right knee.

“I was pleasantly surprised at how well it went,” Tucker said. “I just wanted to see how it felt.”

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  Tags: darcy+tucker, injuries, toronto+maple+leafs

Savard Not Taking Hawk Skid Lightly

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

From the Chicago Sun Times,

Finally, on Sunday, Savard conducted a practice when the rest of the organization was anticipating a day off. Only Tuomo Ruutu, Robert Lang and Jason Williams—nursing minor ailments—didn’t skate.

Signs of premature panic perhaps? The 5-6 Hawks already have won more games in October than all but three of their predecessors since the United Center became home ice in 1995, and there’s still one game left in the month—on Wednesday at Dallas.

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Hitchcock Work Ethic Taking Hold

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

From the Columbus Dispatch,

In crafting a franchise-best 6-3-1 start, the Blue Jackets have shown three traits—three strengths they can count on when the puck drops every night.

1. Playing hard
2. Playing stifling team defense
3. Killing penalties

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