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Kovalev Hits 1000 Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Habs Inside/Out,

Congratulations to Canadiens forward Alex Kovalev, who last night scored the 800th point of his NHL career – in his 1,000th game.

*view some pictures of Kovalev in action during his 1,000th game…

(sorry. link no longer available)

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24 Teams In Action

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Two earlier than normal games today…

Check out the schedule at NHL.com for the broadcast network for all the games today.

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Flames Have Issues With Ref

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from the Calgary Sun,

The stats will show Jose Theodore stole a victory from the Calgary Flames.

The feelings in the club’s dressing room are the real thief was referee Mick McGeough.

A 3-2 overtime loss to the Flames is how last night’s clash with the Colorado Avalanche will go in the books, but the hosts can’t be blamed for feeling ripped off because of McGeough’s early whistle in the middle portion of the third period.

continued

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Hey, What About Us!

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from the Ottawa Sun,

“It’s funny, you don’t play for a week, and you watch a couple of games, on TSN, and how they love Detroit ... and Detroit has the best line in the league right now,” Paddock said, a reference to the Red Wings’ combination of Henrik Zetterberg-Tomas Holstrom-Pavel Datsyuk and comments apparently made by hockey analyst Pierre McGuire. “That’s what everybody’s saying and it’s only because, well not only because ... they’re good players ... but we haven’t played in a week. Everybody has forgotten about (Jason Spezza-Daniel Alfredsson-Dany Heatley) because you’re out of sight, you’re out of mind. We haven’t played. Now Detroit has the best line in the league….”

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Sutter Looking For Consistent Elias

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from the NY Post,

Nine road games into his NHL coaching career, Sutter yesterday ripped the performance of the team’s leading scorer for six of the past seven seasons.

“At some point, Patty’s got to figure it out, what he wants to do, what level of player does he want to be?” Sutter said before tonight’s first home game against the Ottawa Senators. “I thought he was working himself out of it in the two games there where he played very well, and now his play has dropped off some. It’s not because he doesn’t care. He does care. He has to find a way to want to compete at his highest level every shift of every game….”

read on

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Money-Making Leafs

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from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

Internal financial statements show MLSE generated profit of $83 million on revenue of $383 million in the year ended June 30. The internal documents also show the company forecasts a profit of $105 million by 2011 on revenue of $477 million. Over the same period, ticket revenue is expected to increase 30 per cent, to $166 million.

The documents also reveal that, for every dollar Maple Leaf Sports generated in fiscal 2007, 21.8 cents was profit. (By contrast, Royal Bank of Canada, the country’s largest bank, reportedly had a profit margin of 13.3 per cent for its last fiscal year.)

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Hockey Dumb In Denver

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update below: there is a poll at the bottom of this post, and the results are shocking. 

This is about a week old. You may have seen it.  I had not.  It made me happy and hopefully it has the same effect on you.

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  Tags: genius+a2y+readers, transvestite+avalanche+fans

Start Counting Shootout Goals

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from Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated,

After proving through two full seasons to be arguably the most compelling part of the regular season, it’s time to talk about taking the training wheels off the shootout. Old-schoolers arguments to the contrary, it’s not just a skills exhibition. And it’s not a sideshow. This puppy ain’t going back to the pound. It’s time to start treating it like part of the family.

And that means recognizing the shootout winner as a legitimate goal in the stat column.

read on

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Proof Positive

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Stu Nahan, in the second round of the second Balboa/Creed fight, said, “...and I thought Balboa took a beating the first time these two fought but this is a butchering.  That’s what it is, plain old butchering.” Rocky, of course, eventually wore the Master of Disaster down, waited until the 13th to break a few more of his ribs, then miraculously rose to his feet as the Spectrum crowd sobbed in joy.  It was, as Rocky would tell you, the greatest moment of his life—with the exception of his kid being born.

Last night was, as Stu would tell you, a butchering from start to finish.  Every facet. Every shift. San Jose can go 65 and 5 the rest of the way, but they’re not beating Detroit in a playoff series.  Not after last May and not after last night.

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Grigorenko:  Back to Russia

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Not sure if his dirtbag agent Mark Lapush is headed with him, but Igor Grigorenko’s days in the United States—and as a member of the Organ-I-zation—have drawn to a disappointing close.  According to the anti-digger, Bruce MacLeod, it was eventually the Hasek hip “irritation” that forced the decision.  When the Wings brought up Howard, someone had to go and Uncle Mike’s too pleased with Ellis or Downey to send them down. 

What an ironic lesson for Grigorenko, if you think about it.  Two gritty scrappers work their tails off to stay on the team and you’re headed home because you don’t have the ethic to compete on a consistent basis.

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