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Fight Leads To Wild Comeback

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from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Wild down 3-zip. Playing absolutely hideously. Coughing up pucks. Giving up 2-on-1’s and 3-on-2’s and even an astonishing 4-on-1. Getting zero done in the offensive zone.

And then … a couple choice words during the second intermission and a fight, and the first-ever Wild comeback from three goals down in the third for a W.

Yes, I know there are people who hate fights, but tonight, there was an example about what a fight can do to a hockey game.

Kinda like when Stephane Veilleux got goaded into fighting Dion Phaneuf in Calgary once when the Wild was ahead 3-0, George Parros decided to fight John Scott. Well the 6-foot-8 Scott absolutely clocked the experienced fighter with a right uppercut. He went down, and for the first time in the game that wasn’t Carlos Gomez scoring at the Metrodome, the Wild fans had reason to cheer.

And, said Todd Richards, “It stirred up some emotion on the bench.”

more and watch the lengthy highlights of the game below…

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The Cost Of Your NHL Ticket

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from Ken Belson of SlapShot at the NY Times,

Who says you can’t get anything for a nickel anymore?

In what amounts to a break in pro sports these days, National Hockey League teams have raised prices by an average of just five cents this season.

Ticket prices inched up by 0.1 percent compared with last season, to $51.41 a game, according to the Team Marketing Report’s Fan Cost Index.

Eleven of the league’s 30 teams raised prices, led by the Toronto Maple Leafs (10.2 percent), the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins (8 percent) and the New York Rangers (7.1 percent).


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Canada Should Be Thanking Bettman

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from Joe O’Connor of the National Post,

Balsillie may indeed be a patriot, and he may even have a superhero’s cape hanging in his closet. But he is no Captain Canada, and it is Bettman—the cartoon villain in the Arizona bankruptcy court—who deserves to be thanked by the Canadian public.

“All this B.S. about Jim Balsillie, the pied piper of RIM, stirring up all of Ontario and making the NHL out to be against teams in Canada, all of it was B.S.,” said Jim Devellano, a senior executive with the Detroit Red Wings and a voting member of the NHL Board of Governors, which rejected Balsillie’s ownership application by a unanimous vote. “This fight was never about a team in Hamilton. Thank goodness the courts ruled that the league decides who it wants as partners, and where its franchises are going to be located.”

Give Devellano a pen and he would be among the first to sign a thank you card postmarked for the commissioner’s office. He thinks that hockey fans in Edmonton, Calgary, Canada at large—and even Detroit—should consider signing it, too.


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Retribution & Integrity Being Questioned In Ref’s Court Hearing

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from Robert Cribb of the Toronto Star,

The NHL removed senior official Dan Marouelli from playoff duties for the first time in memory last season as retribution for supporting colleague Dean Warren’s wrongful dismissal case against the league, Warren’s lawyer told a hearing on Tuesday.

In an intense exchange, lawyer Tom Curry alleged Stephen Walkom, the league’s director of officiating at the time, iced Marouelli out of playoff action for agreeing to testify in Warren’s Ontario Labour Relations Board hearing.

“When (Marouelli) phoned you and told you he was going to come here and assist Mr. Warren, you put him out of the playoffs,” Curry charged.

Walkom chaffed at the allegation.

“You’re questioning my integrity right now. That had nothing to do with it.”


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The Detroit Red Wings & Their Marketing Plan

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from Tripp Mickle of SportsBusiness Journal via the Sporting News,

When unemployment was 6.9 percent and Detroit’s economy first caught a cold in 2007, the Detroit Red Wings were the first team to sneeze. As the NBA’s Detroit Pistons played to capacity and baseball’s Tigers’ attendance increased, Red Wings attendance slipped to 94.2 percent of capacity and hockey’s perennial winners failed to sell out the playoffs.

“Fans were having to make some tough choices,” said Chris Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings Cos., in May 2008. “It felt like there was a shift in the marketplace from the economy.”

The Red Wings began making changes immediately, offering giveaways for the first time and hiring senior executive Steve Violetta from the Nashville Predators to manage the team’s business operations. Those moves and others have put the team a step ahead of its peers in dealing with the economic devastation in Detroit.

“This didn’t sneak up on anybody,” Violetta said. “This has been going on for three or four years.”


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Pierre-Marc Bouchard Suffering From Headaches

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via Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Wild GM Chuck Fletcher just announced that center/winger Pierre-Marc Bouchard came to coach Todd Richards after this morning’s skate to tell him he’s still not feeling well and had trouble sleeping last night with recurring headaches.

He’s been taken out of the lineup and the Wild will “seek out some medical solutions.”

Bouchard missed much of training camp with what was said to be an illness. He was dropping hints the last week to the media that he wondered if he had a concussion and “was not 100 percent.” He missed the last eight games of last season with a concussion.

Fletcher made clear that he doesn’t think it’s a concussion and that “he had a virus and the bloodwork showed he had a virus” and was telling the team he was feeling better.

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Can’t Watch The Game On Versus Because I Have Directv

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I am sure I am missing out on one of the great, early season regular games, Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers.

Sure there are ways to get the game, but I want to watch it on my HDTV 55 inch Sony!!!

You too, let Versus, Directv and the NHL know how you feel.

Please keep the comments civil in nature.

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Gordie Has High Praise For Ovechkin

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from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

One member of the sold-out Wachovia Center crowd watched Tuesday’s game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals with a bit of extra interest in a certain player.

Gordie Howe, one of the all-time legends of the game, had a prime spot to watch one of the League’s current greats, Alexander Ovechkin.

Howe said that while he hasn’t seen too much of Ovechkin, he’s certainly liked what he’s seen.

“If he got any better he’d be scary,” Howe told NHL.com.

Howe said Ovechkin won him over the first time they met, last season.

“There’s 18 guys sitting down and he’s the only one who jumped up to shake my hand,” Howe said. “He shows respect for the older players.”


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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, gordie+howe

Big Opening Week For The NHL

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League Continues Momentum As Fans Around The World Welcome Arrival Of A New Season

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NYI Point Blank Saved

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from Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank,

Thanks to a very kind offer of support from my employers at FanHouse, Point Blank will be in business for another year. My deepest gratitude goes to my editors at FanHouse, and especially the PB reader/AOL executive who introduced my work to the sports department.

Thanks also go to Chris Dey of the Islanders for creating this venture, Islanders players and coaches for their accessibility and cooperation and, of course, to the readers who keep on coming back to Point Blank.


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