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Mike Foligno Loved The Leap

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garroch of the Ottawa Sun,

It was 2:30 a.m. yesterday by the time Foligno pulled into the driveway of his Sudbury home after the Wolves made their way back from a game in Brampton and his wife, Janis, had the VCR cued up so the father of Senators winger Nick Foligno could see his son in action.

The former NHLer had already heard Nick paid tribute to him by leaping in the air after scoring his first goal in the club’s 4-3 victory over the Canadiens on Thursday, but the elder Foligno couldn’t wait to see it….

“I really thought the jump was great. You know, I thought it was nice that the Senators allowed him to do that. They are such a class organization because they respect the tradition. I really think whenever somebody scores in the NHL, that’s the one time that you’re allowed to be a kid again.”

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No Panic In Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

“We’ve got confidence in Marc-Andre Fleury,” Therrien said. “He won a lot of games for us last year. We believe in the kid. He just needs to be himself.

“Right now, we’re not panicking. We know that he’s going to get better. It’s a matter of time. There’s nothing wrong with facing adversity for a player or as a team because you know that eventually it’s going to make you better.”

General manager Ray Shero also backs Fleury and denied a report by TSN’s Bob McKenzie that the Penguins are shopping for a veteran goaltender to back up and perhaps challenge Fleury.

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  Tags: goalies, marc-andre+fleury, pittsburgh+penguins

Toews Highlight Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

Toews, the Hawks’ top pick in 2006, took Kane’s feed while speeding through the neutral zone, raced past a forward and burst between defensemen Scott Hannan and Brett Clark before beating Theodore.

“It happened so fast,” Toews said. “I was lucky their D-men were a little flatfooted. I don’t think they expected me to come in with that much speed. I was pretty pumped.”

Chicago coach Denis Savard, who scored dozens of electrifying goals as a Blackhawks center, was impressed.

“We’ve haven’t seen a goal like this in a long time,” Savard said. “It was the highlight tape goal of the week, highlight goal of the year.”

Watch the Toews goal about 33 seconds into the video…

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, jonathan+toews

The Rock Files

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Guest Contributor, Steve Lepore

“It’s ‘The Rock’, and it opens in 10 days” chimed Mike Emrick to open the Devils-Penguins broadcast on Wednesday night.  The reason I mention that quote is because, when I heard the esteemed, multiple-Emmy Winning broadcaster say it…it became real to me, for the first time since all this commotion began!  We will be playing in a new building in a mere week!  Bon Jovi will be there for 10 days starting next Thursday! 

OK, the third one’s not so exciting, but it’s amazing to think that the New Jersey Devils will be playing in a new home in the largest city in the state on October 27th against the Eastern Champion (and the Devils exit sign in the playoffs) Ottawa Senators.  Here is some info that will get you primed and ready for “The Rock” on the corner of Mulberry and Edison.

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  Tags: arena, new+jersey+devils

Dallas Drake Out With Fractured Cheekbone

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Red Wings Corner,

Dallas Drake has a fractured cheekbone—caused by the Kyle McLaren hit early in Thursday’s game in San Jose—and has flown home to Detroit. Drake will be examined by doctors Monday to determine his status. He won’t be with the team for Saturday’s game in Phoenix.

 

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  Tags: dallas+drake, detroit+red+wings

“Rocket Richard Was The Pope”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Yes, he was, so says legendary hockey writer Red Fisher in this highlight reel remembering Richard’s 500th goal.

It is Friday night, you want a little hockey, take 2 minutes to watch this glorious video…

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  Tags: maurice+richard

Luc Has Big Plans For The Kings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from LA Downtown News,

Robitaille foresees a not-too-distant future where the adage “Think King” is just as common as “Think Blue.”

“We are the biggest market. We should be the [NHL] team that everybody wants to copy,” Robitaille said. “It’s a challenge and it’s a lot of fun for me to build this organization that I love so much.”

That’s a line of goods that he’s definitely selling, not renting.

read on about Luc’s plans for the Kings…

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  Tags: los+angeles+kings, luc+robitaille

Phoenix Joins “All You Can Eat Club”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Phoenix Coyotes announced today that they are now offering an “All You Can Eat” ticket package.  Fans purchasing the package receive five (5) premier weekend games plus they can enjoy unlimited hot dogs, soft drinks, popcorn, peanuts and nachos each time they visit Jobing.com Arena.

The package is available in both the upper and lower seating levels.  The “All You Can Eat” upper level package is priced at $150 ($30 per game) and includes an upper level ticket regularly priced at $28. A lower level package is also available at $275 ($55 per game) and includes a lower level ticket regularly priced at $55.

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  Tags: phoenix+coyotes

Marc Crawford Talks Booing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

However, Crawford thought the prevalence of new media — round-the-clock highlights packages, an endless parade of Internet information — has heightened scrutiny everywhere around the NHL. And in places such as Toronto and Montreal, the attention is so great as to become almost suffocating.

“Truthfully, I think it’s compounded, especially in hockey markets, by the volume of information that’s available — with blogs, with all the replays, those things become such a big fabric of hockey life,” said Crawford. “It’s a different environment now than even 10 years ago.”

much more on the “booing” subject and other NHL bits…

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  Tags: los+angeles+kings, marc+crawford

A Conversation with Keith Jones

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Today I had a chance to chat with Keith Jones—“Jonesy”—about his 8 year NHL career with the Washington Capitals, the Colorado Avalanche and Philadelphia Flyers.  Jonesy was good enough to share the story of his unusual journey to the NHL, as well as his media work these days with Versus.

Jonesy has a book out, co-authored with ESPN’s John Buccigross (whom Paul interviewed earlier), titled “Jonesy: Put Your Head Down and Skate: The Improbable Career of Keith Jones.”  The proceeds from this book go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a Philadelphia-area charity which helps the childhood victims of cancer.

The interview can be heard on the flash player below, (or you can download the mp3 audio file here).

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  Tags: interview, keith+jones, media, versus

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