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If Players Don’t Like The Hard Hits, Maybe They Should Look For Another Job

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

So, I suspect readers may be surprised that I have no problem with the controversial hit by Penguins winger Matt Cooke on Boston center Marc Savard last Sunday at Mellon Arena - even though Savard was left with a Grade 2 concussion.

Cooke’s hit was legal by current NHL rules, a league with a thematic rule of accepted violence. These literal and thematic rules are understood when players sign an NHL contract, as is the cold reality that every player’s next shift could be his last.

I do more than feel for Savard. I fear for him because I suspect his life has been forever changed by this serious concussion. I also am thrilled that league general managers have taken a big step toward eliminating blind-side hits by drafting a proposed rule change for next season.

Those hits should be prevented as much as possible, but they cannot be taken out of this game as long as it is played in a confined space at a fast pace by elite athletes trained to be aggressive.

If players aren’t comfortable with the possibility of serious head injuries, if they don’t like it that violence has been and will be a part of the NHL, they should consider switching professions.

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note 8:58pm, note sure what happened, but clicking the link now ask for a password so I went to the site, and the story is no longer there.  Maybe later?

note:  link now working again.

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Brashear Getting His Ice Time In Hartford

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Remillard of the Republican at MassLive,

It’s been 15 years since Donald Brashear lived the life of a minor league hockey player, chartering buses instead of jets to get from game to game.

Usually players making $1.4 million per year don’t take too kindly to going back to the American Hockey League. Brashear is not one of those players. The 38-year-old was sent down to the Hartford Wolf Pack by the parent New York Rangers on Feb. 12 and has infused the Hartford locker room with veteran leadership.

“I’m just coming to play my game,” Brashear said after the Wolf Pack defeated the Springfield Falcons 4-2 on Friday at the MassMutual Center. “I’m a physical player. Sometimes you need to get physical, sometimes you don’t.”

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Only Two Weeks Left To Get Your Pimp Hats

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

Two weeks left until the 19 are responsible for smuggling an international fugitive, Guilherme, into Joe Louis Arena.

Donations can still be made here.  If you are able, please help support the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.  Every five dollar donation gets you a ballot for some very cool prizes.

Feel free to browse the H2H merchandise store and grab some cool swag.  As much as we all love posting in the nude at A2Y, the security at JLA frown upon a birthday suit with Cheetos stains.

All you pimps here at A2Y, don’t forget to find a cool pimp hat to wear by H2H.  Let’s show Pinky the back of our pimp hands as we bitch slap him with our fashion sense.  Plus, the 19 don’t drink urine like Pinky does.

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AHL MVP Called Up

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The probable AHL MVP played his first game of the NHL season last night.  Jonathan Bernier of the Manchester Monarchs played with the Los Angeles Kings.  He was the winning goaltending in Los Angeles’s 2-1 victory over Dallas.  Bernier made 29 saves on thirty shots. 

Bernier is the AHL leader in saves percentage with .937.  This is a significant lead over the rest of the league (as Mike McKenna of the Lowell Devils is second at .929).  Bernier has been the second most heavily played goaltender in the AHL.  He has 50 games played (behind Alex Stalock of the Worcester Sharks who has 52).

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GDT - Game #68: Red Wings host Sabres (7:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

The Red Wings appear to be heating up.  They have scored a power-play goal in eight straight games, the longest active streak in the league. Johan Franzen has six goals in eight games since returning from a four-month injury absence, including two goals in Thursday’s 5-1 defeat of the Wild.  TPH has recorded seven power-play assists in his last eight games, after registering only five power-play assists in his first 59 games this season.  DET will try to win consecutive games for the second time since the Olympic break and regain the 8th spot in the W.C. CGY are idle tonight, they play at VAN tomorrow. 

This is DET’s last home game before a three-game western swing that takes them to CGY, EDM, and VAN.  I fully expect Ryan Miller to receive much love from his home town fans at the Joe before the game.  I also expect the Wings to abuse his sterling 2.15 GAA (2), and 0.931 save % (1). 

Pressure packed game tonight.

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Coyotes Recall Viktor Tikhonov From KHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled forward Viktor Tikhonov from Cherepovets of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), where he had been on loan from the Coyotes since Nov. 28. 

Tikhonov, 21, appeared in 25 games with Cherepovets and recorded 14-1-15 and 12 penalty minutes (PIM).  He led the team in plus/minus with a +11 rating while his 14 goals ranked T-2nd on the team.  Prior to joining Cherepovets, Tikhonov played in 18 games for the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League (AHL) and registered 2-6-8 and 12 PIM. 

In 2008-09. the native of Riga, Latvia played in 61 games for the Coyotes as a rookie and collected 8-8-16 and 20 PIM. He ranked T-2nd among Coyotes rookies in goals and 3rd in points.  The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Tikhonov was selected by the Coyotes in the first round (28th overall) of the 2008 Entry Draft.

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Nine Games On The NHL Schedule Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Two early games kick-off the NHL schedule today, then six games with a 7:00pm ET start and we finish with only one late game.

See the complete schedule below…

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Now That’s A Raffle I Would Enter

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Harold Carmichael of the Sudbury Star,

A Lively man will get to see six big-league teams in action after being selected the winner of a provincial draw involving the National Hockey League alumni and minor hockey associations across the country.

Mark Popowich, along with NHL Alumni Hockey Dream Draw ticket seller Cindy Mousseau of the Walden Minor Hockey Association, will be going with one guest each on a week-long hockey vacation.

The four will go on an NHL alumni-escorted road trip beginning in Toronto on Saturday and wraping up in Buffalo on March 26. The trip includes flights, ground transportation, eight nights in hotels, game tickets, practice passes (when available) and Hockey Hall of Fame passes. A total of three NHL games are included in the package.

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Capitals Lose To Lightning But Don’t Blame The Goalie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gene Wang of the Washington Post,

Just because he [faced] 20-some shots, it’s not fair to look at the goalie and say, ‘Hey listen, it was his fault,’ ” Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We didn’t do the job as forwards and defensemen. We stayed out too long. We got outworked, and we didn’t’ play the way we’re capable of playing, and that’s the reason we lost. It had nothing to do with the goaltending.”

more on the game last night…

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Playing the Real Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

When Viktor Stalberg first started taking on the superstars of the NHL, it was an easy game.

He would fly down the wing or cut to the inside. Shoot high, shoot low and generally be a dominant force in every game he played.

And then he turned off the video game.

When the self-confessed gaming junkie — “I play ever(y) day,” he said Friday — tried that act on the ice against the best professionals in the world, suddenly it wasn’t so simple.

“There’s no question I was (intimidated) at first,” Stalberg said at the MasterCard Centre following the first two-goal game of his career the previous night. “Most of the guys I was playing against in video games for the last four years then you go out there and you are a little star struck. I was like ‘Wow, I’m playing against these guys and have to snap out of it.’ ”

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