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Talking Staged Fights And The Instigator Rule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

When the Flyers played the Panthers on Wednesday night, two fights broke out almost instantaneously. One was three seconds after the first puck dropped and the other five seconds into the opening period. Hard to say those fights resulted from the heat of the action or to police some development in the course of the game, which are the excuses often given for their existence.

The last time the NHL addressed the issue, it said that “staged fights,” those preplanned bouts at the opening whistle, had to be eliminated and would carry 10-minute misconduct penalties along with the five-minute majors. So, that’s what happened Wednesday night, right? Of course not. The NHL isn’t serious about it, and the officials know it.

It is the same reason the “instigator” penalty is rarely called, which means the league believes fights sprout like crocus in the spring, and no one particularly starts them. When enforced, the instigator of a fight gets two minutes for that, five for fighting, a 10-minute misconduct and, the best part, another two minutes if he doesn’t remove his face shield before the instigating.

So, the NHL has a rule that penalizes a player if he does not make injury more likely.


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Thrashers To Winnipeg Keeps Growing But Not True

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from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

Thousands of Winnipeggers have heard similar rumours. Most of them say they heard it from more than one good source that David Thomson and Moose owner Mark Chipman would buy the Thrashers and move them to Winnipeg in time for next season.

Many more said they have seen NHL commissioner around Winnipeg the last few days, assuming he was here to make the big announcement. Personally, I’m more inclined to believe the people who call to say they saw Michael Jackson buying a slurpee at 7-Eleven.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news people, but there was no press conference and there isn’t one planned for the near future.

In fact, to this point, there has not been one credible person confirm any rumours surrounding this story. In fact, the credible people — the Moose spokesman, NHL executives, the mayor of Winnipeg — have flatly denied all of them.

Still, the rumour mill keeps on churning. The believers, fuelled by unaccountable bloggers, social media wannabe journalists and other irresponsible, unsourced reports from people who prefer speculation and rumour mongering to the mainstream media, simply won’t give up the ghost.


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Did Milan Lucic Quit During This Fight With Colton Orr?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Don Cherry thinks so.

Watch the fight, then Cherry’s comments follow.

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  Tags: colton+orr, don+cherry, milan+lucic

Just Traded Wolski Goal Beats Avs

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Needless to say, a lot of Avs personnel – management included – were walking around in a bit of a daze well after the game. A day after they trade him to Phoenix, the Avs are burned on a one-time slapper from the left circle to the far post by Wolski with 22.8 seconds left in a 1-1 game at Jobing.com Arena.

Call it the robbing at Jobing.

No matter how the Avs try to spin this, they were made to look like complete fools tonight. But doesn’t that always happen in games against players they had just traded? If there is one thing guaranteed in life, it’s that the Avs will always get burned by a guy they had just traded.

read on and watch the Wolski goal below…

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  Tags: wojtek+wolski

Lapierre Hit On Nichol Questioned

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Sharks took exception to a play in the third period where Maxim Lapierre knocked an off balance Scott Nichol sending him hard into the end boards. A scuffle between the two teams ensued.

Nichol lay on the ice for a time before getting up on his own, but he left the game and did not return.

Lapierre was not assessed a penalty on the play.

After the game Sharks’ head coach Todd McLellan told the Mercury News he thought the hit was “a missed call and a real dangerous play.”

Sharks’ defenceman Dan Boyle had a similar view.

“There was, as far as I’m concerned, a really dirty hit on our guy Scott Nichol.” said Boyle. “Pushing a guy from behind into the boards, I have not seen the reply yet, but you can paralize a guy and there is no place for that in hockey.”

Watch the hit below…

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  Tags: maxim+lapierre, scott+nichol

Artyukhin Goes Coast To Coast Against The Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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  Tags: evgeny+artyukhin

GDT - Game #64: Red Wings host Predators (7:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Panic in Detroit?  With the Wings fighting for their playoff lives Wednesday night against the Canucks, the Red Wings failed in spectacular fashion.  If you won’t take my word for it, this is what Coach Babcock had to say after that disaster: “We were poor. We were poor in goal, we were poor in the back end and we were poor upfront, we were poor in the work ethic department,” “We didn’t look like a team that’s dying to get into the playoffs in any way, shape or form.”  At Thursdays practice, he restated his sentiment: “I just, I didn’t like any of it. “I liked one line; I didn’t like any of the others. We’ll see what happens tomorrow. … I can’t explain it. It’s unacceptable. I said it last night, and it’s still unacceptable today.”

But Coach Babcock isn’t only pointing the finger at the players, he rightly recognizes his responsibility as well:  “For a long time this year we had so many injuries that we just battled to stay alive,” he said. “We don’t now. There’s no reason for us not to be a good hockey club. So will and determination, leadership and coaching, all these things, you look at them and you can’t give them a very good mark.”

The general consensus, out amongst the intertubes, has been that 94 pts is the magic number to make the playoffs in the W.C..  DET have 70 pts, and 19 games left to play.  The issue then, is whether or not the Wings can manage to win 12 of the remaining 19 games (.631 win%).  An objective look at their 63 game sample suggest it may be a very tall task.  DET are 29-22-12 and have a .556 pt % (.460 win %).  Granted, the Wings have been ridiculously shorthanded for the vast majority of the season, so the 63 game sample is skewed.  But that certainly does not explain Wednesday nights embarrassment, and general lack of work ethic. Coach Babcock is spot on - - it is unacceptable, and un-Red Wing like. 

There are games left, and the Wings have time to right the ship; but that time is right the fuch now.  Coach is juggling lines, and banishing non-performers; E-52 is in the pressbox tonight, and Howard will be looking to revert to form.  As a certain Sailor once told me, nothing is ever easy.  Every game counts, especially against teams the Wings might catch, tonight it is Bubba.  L.G.R.W.  No more excuses.

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Ducks In Front Of A Live Studio Audience

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,

This team reaches out to its closest fans and its farthest strangers alike. Here were all these visiting farmers, in town to discuss things like – and we’re just guessing – the merits of manure, now bumping into a bunch of Olympians and their medals.

“This is the easiest part of the job,” Teemu Selanne said, wearing his Finland jersey and bronze medal. “On the ice, that’s a lot harder. I don’t even look at this as being a job. We’re making people happy. It’s good to make people happy.”

So the Ducks, during a stretch when they’re playing 8 of 9 games at home, went on the road Thursday.

They traveled to the Hilton near the Anaheim Convention Center, set up their in-house television show – “The Element” – and taped a 30-minute Olympic special at noon.

Everyone was welcomed, including the bellmen, the people sitting around having lunch and the folks looking back over their shoulders while riding up the escalator.

The whole thing was staged in front of a lighted, fully stocked bar in the lobby. This was the Ducks hosting a happy half-hour.


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The Value Of Crosby’s Gold Medal Goal Stick

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from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

It’s not the Hope Diamond, but the Crosby Reebok could still fetch a handsome reward for the person who has the stick used to score the golden goal for Canada in men’s hockey at the Winter Olympics last Sunday.

The stick Crosby flung in the air is missing, presumably snaffled by someone with access to the ice or dressing rooms at Hockey Canada Place in Vancouver.

While Hockey Canada searches diligently for the historic artifact, private collectors are salivating at the prospect the stick may somehow come into the market. Brian Logie is an historian of sticks who maintains one of the top private stick collections in his London, Ont., home.


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  Tags: sidney+crosby, team+canada

Gretzky Or Chelios, Who Would You Take?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I never heard of SodaHead before, but just taking a quick look, it appears they ask the question and want their readers to respond, sort of like this…

The NHL has seen great moments since it’s inception in 1917. For decades great players have walked on and off the ice, and each have delivered astonishing performances. But there can only be one player that stands out amongst the rest. Wayne Gretsky (or Wayne Gretzkey in the voting poll) comes to mind, who led the L.A. Kings to the Stanley Cup in the 80’s. He also brought the Oilers the Stanley Cup.

Chris Chelios also would be a strong contender. Chelios is a four-time Olympian and holds just as many Stanley Cups. He also made 11 NHL All-Star appearances and still plays strong at the age of 48-years-old. But who do you think deserves the title of the greatest?

if you wish to answer, you can here and the other two candidates are Mario Lemieux and Bobby Orr.

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