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It’s Not Osgood’s Fault He Plays For A Good Team

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from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding at USA TODAY,

For years I’ve believed that Rogie Vachon has always paid a price for having the misfortune to have played for too many poor to mediocre hockey teams. Arguably he’s the best goalie not in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Now I wonder whether Chris Osgood will always pay a price for having the misfortune of playing for an exceptional hockey franchise.

Osgood has 389 regular-season victories, three Stanley Cup rings, two of them earned as the No. 1 goalie. He has 61 career playoff wins, tying him for 12th on the NHL’s all-time list. Depending upon the Red Wings’ fate, Osgood could climb as high as eighth this spring.

Only three goalies in NHL history—Patrick Roy (23), Marty Brodeur (22) and Curtis Joseph (16)—have more postseason shutouts than Osgood, who earned his 14th Saturday night.

Unquestionably, Osgood has Hall of Fame numbers. Before he retired, he could be fourth on the NHL’s all-time wins list.


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Watching the HD feed of the Devils/Canes game.  In OT, poof!, Directv logo pops-up.  Wait a minute thinking it will come back, nope, switch to the SD feed of the game, it’s over, Devils win.

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  Tags: directv

The Kunitz Hit

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

At the time, Chris Kunitz’s flying hit on Kimmo Timonen early in the game looked like it had the potential to be a controversial part of the day’s proceedings. But by the end of the afternoon, no one seemed all that interested in making a big deal of it.

Kunitz flew into Timonen just behind the Flyers’ net in the first six minutes of the game, and the initial look suggested he had either hit or grazed Timonen’s head with his forearm or elbow….

“Man, it’s a hard hit,” Philadelphia coach John Stevens said. It was kind of an odd game. This Kunitz, he plays hard. Originally, I thought he left his feet. Now, I’m not sure if he left his feet or he just went in the air when he went through the hit.”


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  Tags: chris+kunitz, kimmo+timonen

Flames Motto - “The Time Is Now”

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail (Monday edition),

The mood was, in a word, defiant — probably a good thing for the Calgary Flames.

Down 2-0 in their Western Conference playoff series to the Chicago Blackhawks and facing long statistical odds to get back in the series, the Flames players rhymed off the many reasons for optimism yesterday, some of them even plausible.

The games have been close, the difference between the two teams comparatively small. There were none of the glassy-eyed stares to be found in the Flames’ dressing room, none of the helpless expressions that accompany a team that knows it is hopelessly overmatched in a series.


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Naslund Playing His Game

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from Steve Zipay of Newsday,

“I think he’s just let his game go,” said Rangers coach John Tortorella, who said he’s had some “heart-to-heart” talks with the former Vancouver Canucks captain. “When the staff first started, with him, there was a problem with the tempo, the speed we were trying to go, whether it was just confusion or what, all I know is that he’s skating better and I think he’s much more confident with the puck. And he’s playing well away from the puck, too.”

Asked to explain “let his game go,” Tortorella said: “Just relax and play, he’s a good player, he’s good with the puck, he can score goals, he has talent. I think he feels more comfortable in how we’re playing. I think he just said, ‘To hell with this, I need to play better’ and get some minutes.”


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  Tags: markus+naslund

Boudreau Not Happy With Officiating

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Boudreau tried to bite his lip as best he could, but he was clearly unimpressed with the work of the officiating crew in Saturday’s 1-0 loss, insinuating that all the talk from Rangers coach John Tortorella about the Game 1 officiating had an effect in the next game.

“Well, yeah, I am frustrated with it,” Boudreau said. “They [the Rangers] talk about the refereeing and all of a sudden, you don’t get a power play for 40 minutes. And the call they called on them was sort of like, ‘Better make a call’ because it wasn’t much of a call.”

Boudreau pointed to his team’s five minor penalties.

“Go back and look at them and see how many were deserved,” he said. “Then you’ll find out there wasn’t very much of a disciplinary problem.”

more on the Capitals…

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Beauchemin Returns To Form

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Three games into his return from reconstructive surgery on his left knee, Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin has shaken off any sense of hesitance or rustiness.

“Everyday feels strong. No setback, no pain,” said Beauchemin, who missed 62 games and nearly five months.

His teammates feel even better about having his physicality back in the lineup for the playoffs, when they need it most.

“I’ve been a bit surprised how he’s stepped in and played as well as he has,” Scott Niedermayer said Sunday as the Ducks prepared for Game 2 tonight at HP Pavilion.

“He was down for a long time. He doesn’t look like he’s really missed a beat. It looks like he’s been there all year. It’s been good for us, for sure. He’s played three games, and they’ve all been good.”


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  Tags: francois+beauchemin

Blues Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I understand the excitement for your first home playoff game in a few years, but booing ‘O Canada’ is just not cool.

No reason for it.  End of story!

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No Sundin Tonight

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via TSN,

The Vancouver Canucks will not have forward Mats Sundin for Game 3 of their series with the St. Louis Blues with what the team is a calling a ‘lower-body injury.’

Sundin, who is averaging just over 15 minutes per game in the series appeared to injure himself half-way through the third period of Friday night’s Game 2 victory.  Although he finished the game, he received a great deal of treatment following the win.

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  Tags: mats+sundin

Blues Recall Yan Stastny

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that the club has recalled forward Yan Stastny from the Blues’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.

Stastny, 26, has played in 34 games this season with the Blues, registering seven points (three goals, four assists) along with 20 penalty minutes.  He also recorded 19 points (12 goals, seven assists) and 21 penalty minutes in 30 regular season games with Peoria.  Stastny has four points (two goals, two assists) in three playoff games this season with the Rivermen and is looking to make his NHL postseason debut.

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