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Fast Start Is So Important

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Morrison at Sun Media,

Recent history has proven that the teams usually left standing at the end, run, not stumble, out of the gate in the fall. Tampa Bay, winner in 2004, was 6-0-1 in October. Carolina, winner in 2006, was 8-2-1 the first month of the season. Anaheim, winner last season, started 9-0-3. The past 10 champions were a combined 78-17-14 in October. You get the idea.

Let’s examine the six Canadian teams and their starts and chances.

OTTAWA

There certainly isn’t much to complain about, as the Senators contemplate heading to Muskoka for three days of relaxation next week, although they admit there have been nights when they won but still could have played better

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Rangers Searching For Offense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Get this: The Rangers have been shut out in 12 of the season’s 18 periods. They have scored 10 of their 13 total goals in three periods (four in the third period of the opener against the Panthers, three in the first period of last Friday’s victory over the Caps, and three in Thursday’s third period). They have scored seven goals at even strength, two in the five games since the opener.

Jagr, who has scored once, has been on the ice for one even-strength goal since the opener. Chris Drury hasn’t been on the ice for an even-strength goal since opening night.

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  Tags: new+york+rangers

Flyers Built Around Skill & Speed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lynn Zinser of the New York Times,

...But lurking beneath the bad and the ugly, the Flyers have also built a team that might be awfully good. From the rubble of last season, the Flyers have constructed a suddenly scary offense and a team, with a few exceptions, that is less reliant on the thuggery that brings flashbacks to the days of the notorious Broad Street Bullies of the 1970s.

“We like the direction we’re going,” Flyers Coach John Stevens said this week. “Our fans are excited. The crowds at home have been just terrific and people are saying we’re an exciting team to watch, and that means a lot. But if we are going to fly under the radar a little, that’s O.K., too.”

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  Tags: philadelphia+flyers

Hockey Player Bloggers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronton Star,

Time was that when you wanted to learn more about a player or the game itself, you were limited to traditional forms of media. And, unless you wanted to head down the arena to boo, it was one-way communication.

Now, your favourite player might post a blog, he might be reading messages on social networking websites or he might have his own website on which he entertains comments and queries.

“Fans feel free to email me, ask a question or tell me I suck,” said Wade Belak, who started his own website as a way to keep family and friends in western Canada up to speed.

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  Tags: media, toronto+maple+leafs, wade+belak

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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  Tags: ottawa+senators

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

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