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Something’s Got to Give in Washington

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Tarik El-Bashir at the Washington Post,

Something’s got to give. Seriously.  Here are some basic (but key) stats you need to know:

*Despite the addition of three power play specialists, the unit ranks 27th (4 for 35). That’s a measly 11.4 percent effectiveness rate. Forget about Motzko for a moment, 11.4 percent still isn’t acceptable with players named Ovechkin, Nylander, Kozlov and Poti out there. (The return of Alexander Semin this week should help a ton. But can one player single-handedly turn around the Caps’ pp woes? They had better hope so.)

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  Tags: washington+capitals

Roenick Surprises

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From David Pollack at the Mercury News,

The Sharks surprised the hockey world in September when they signed veteran forward Jeremy Roenick as a free agent. After all, the guy is 37 and had all but announced his retirement after a couple of subpar seasons in Los Angeles and Phoenix.

Lately, Roenick has been the one doing the surprising. Brought in as a strong locker room presence, Roenick has been getting it done on the ice as well. Saturday night, his second-period power play goal held up as the winner as San Jose defeated Nashville 3-0 for the Sharks’ first home victory in three tries.

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There’s an audio slideshow of the game available as well, with some commentary by the players. A nice feature by the Mercury News.

 

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  Tags: jeremy+roenick, nashville+predators, san+jose+sharks

Drury Sees Old Friend in Boston

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Lynn Zinser at the NYT [reg. required],

The Bruins held Travis Roy Day to help Roy’s foundation raise money to help victims of spinal cord injuries. Roy was paralyzed in his first shift as a freshman at Boston University in 1995. One of his teammates was Rangers center Chris Drury, who has stayed close to Roy. Before the game, Drury met Roy outside the Rangers’ locker room and leaned down to give him a hug and hugged him again when Roy dropped the ceremonial first puck. “Chris is such a great guy,” Roy said. “He’s always been there, supporting me. It’s so fun to watch him succeed.”

The Bruins donated $100,000 to Roy’s foundation yesterday.  More about Travis Roy fundraiser available at Boston Bruins.com or on the foundation’s website.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: boston+bruins, chris+drury, new+york+rangers

NHL, NHLPA and NFL Sponsoring Concussion Study

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Medical News Today,

The National Football League, National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Player’s Association have agreed to sponsor an educational program on sports concussions developed by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Consisting of a series of educational DVDs, this program is targeted to amateur and professional players, parents, physicians and coaches, and will provide information on how to recognize concussive injuries, seek proper evaluation, and follow appropriate return to play guidelines.

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*Related: the National Athletic Trainer’s Association has a list of 10 Tips to reduce the severity of sports-related concussions, plus a study titled “How Many Concussions is too Many?”  [PDF]

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  Tags: injuries, nhlpa

Hockey Tunes on a 300,000 Watt Organ

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Ladewski at Daily Southtown,

At a time when live organ music has been drowned out by computer-programmed rock-‘n’-roll in most sports arenas, Blackhawks organist Frank Pellico is a survivor.

About half of the 30 NHL teams employ keyboard players, but Pellico is among the few who play an actual organ at the games.

What’s more, Pellico said, “to my knowledge, the Blackhawks are the only team that has an organ of this size and capacity. I mean, a real pipe organ.”

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  Tags: arenas, chicago+blackhawks

Some Rangers Want A “Home” Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NY Daily News,

Having opened this season in London with a two-game series between Anaheim and Los Angeles, the NHL is close to awarding the opener for next season to a more avid hockey country - the Czech Republic. As you might imagine, there are several prominent Rangers who are dying to be a part of such a venture.

“I would love it,” winger Martin Straka said. “The Rangers are the team in the Czech Republic, because of Jags (Jaromir Jagr), of course. I think it would only make sense for us to go.”

read on

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  Tags: new+york+rangers, prague

Plan In Place In Phoenix

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune,

Let’s be honest. The Coyotes are more irrelevant now than they’ve ever been. You could ask a philosophical question of the franchise: If a hockey team starts a season and nobody cares, does it count?

There’s little doubt Phoenix will miss the playoffs for the fifth straight season. The Coyotes may wind up with the worst record in the NHL.

But you know what?  That’s OK.

Because for the first time since they arrived in the Valley, the Coyotes are losing the right way: With young players that should get better and provide the franchise some stability — and success — down the road.

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  Tags: phoenix+coyotes

Blue Jackets Thinking About Luongo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

The puck drops for the Blue Jackets against the Canucks today in Nationwide Arena.

But will it ever get past Luongo?

“I’ve played against him a lot of nights when it’s … well, it’s never impossible, but it seems like it,” said Blue Jackets left winger Fredrik Modin, who saw a lot of Luongo—too much, he might say—when Modin played for Tampa Bay and Luongo played for Florida two seasons ago.

“Guys get frustrated. What would be goals against other goalies, Luongo saves. So you feel like you have to be perfect to beat him, and it gets into your head.”

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, goalies, roberto+luongo, vancouver+canucks

Dinner On “Boots”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Mercury News,

The Nashville Predators spent the night before their game with the Sharks in a getting-to-know-you session with one of their prospective new owners, San Jose banker William “Boots” Del Biaggio.

Del Biaggio, who will no longer be a member of the Sharks ownership group if his new group’s bid to purchase the Predators is approved, treated the entire team and its road entourage to dinner at Sino, a Santana Row restaurant Friday.

“They haven’t had much of a sense of direction in the last year,” Del Biaggio said, referring to questions of ownership and the team’s future in Nashville. “I thought I’d give them a face of the new ownership group.”

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  Tags: nashville+predators

Save Of The Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Henrik Lundqvist robs Marc Savard with a fantastic save yesterday. 

Savard thought so too- Notice the tap on the pads Marc gives Lundqvist at the end of the video.

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  Tags: boston+bruins, goalies, henrik+lundqvist, new+york+rangers

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