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Blues Got What They Deseved

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues scored 2 minutes, 3 seconds into Thursday’s game against Nashville, but coach Andy Murray bluntly said after the game that he knew his club wasn’t headed for a good outcome….

“It’s very disappointing. I’ve got lots of losses as a coach, obviously when you’ve coached as long as I have. That ranks right up there ... because of the way we played.

“We didn’t play hard enough. We had a goaltender (Mason), who played in Nashville ... (and) was doing everything he could to make sure we had a chance to win. Paul Kariya, another former Nashville player, is battling on every puck and is our best forward. We don’t have enough other guys going.

“We’ve got guys trying to stick-handle, we’ve got guys trying to toe-drag guys, instead of putting the puck to the net. We won against Vancouver because we played a basic, direct-line game. Here tonight, we came in thinking that we could play a different kind of game, fancy, cute kind of game against a team that’s just going to grind on you. And if you’re not prepared to battle and play a direct game, those are the things that happen.”

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DiPietro Preparing To Play

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from Dan Martin of the NY Post,

With the Islanders in Carolina, preparing to play yet another game without their franchise goalie tonight, Rick DiPietro was working out at Iceworks in Syosset yesterday, still likely at least a month away from his return to an NHL game.

The 28-year-old is acutely aware that he has become known more for his propensity for getting injured than the fact that he’s a former All-Star.

“I have to keep telling myself that I have a lot of years left and not to push too much and put myself in jeopardy,” said DiPietro, who is in the fourth year of his 15-year deal and is still recovering from knee surgery after being limited to five games last season. “The one thing that frustrates me is when people say I can’t stay healthy. It’s not like anyone goes out there and tries to get hurt. It would be one thing—and I would accept the criticism—if I came into camp out of shape, fat and lazy, but I consider myself a pretty hard worker and I come into camp in great shape.”

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How’s Your Uncle Now?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Good morning.  Uncle Mike says the doubters can go ahead and suck it. 

Chris McCosky

“We are now 9-3-3 since coming back from our trip (to Sweden),” coach Mike Babcock said. “We aren’t winning games in the same fashion that we used to, that’s pretty obvious. But we are finding ways to grind games out and that’s what we have to do.”

I guess, and I’m no pharmacist, that what Babcock has the Wings doing now…is winning games in playoff-like fashion.  Is that gonna be ok with you, or do we need to whine now about how Babcock is winning?

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Give Kaberle Some Respect

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

There, among the top 10 point producers in the league, is Kaberle, who, as of yesterday, was tied for 10th with 20 points, best among NHL defencemen.

“It’s cool,” admitted the normally understated Kaberle about seeing his name among the Ovechkins and Thorntons.

“Cool” is a very applicable term when it comes to discussing Kaberle.

On one hand, it describes his demeanour on the ice, always seemingly calm in the heat of battle.

Unfortunately, “cool” also describes the reception he sometimes gets from the demanding members of Leafs Nation.

Maybe it’s because they don’t think he shoots enough. Or is tough enough. Or is good enough in his own end. All legitimate gripes.

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Morning Line

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Going back to the turn of the century, no other franchise comes close to matching the Wings’ 82-game consistency, or the frequency with which they followed it up in May and June.

-Jamie Fitzpatrick.  More at Jamie’s Hockey Blog.

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Blackhawks Get It

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The Blackhawks are a Western Conference contender. The Leafs, after a blip of promise last weekend against Carolina and Detroit, descended once more into maddening mediocrity Tuesday in a loss to lowly Minnesota.

Whereas not so long ago Chicago could be mocked as a historic franchise that had lost its way, today it’s the Leafs that can only report excellence in the Forbes standings, not the NHL’s. The Windy City has already been lauded for hosting a superb Winter Classic, while Brian Burke’s promises of doing something similar at BMO Field – no Wrigley, to be sure – ring somewhat hollow.

Nobody would have thought five years ago the Leafs would be sucking the exhaust fumes of the Hawks, but that’s where we are.

One franchise stood still, the other caught the gusts of a new NHL.

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Wilson Trying To Wake-Up Schenn

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from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,

The first thing Ron Wilson wants to do Friday night at the United Center is “pull the plug on the organ,” then get rid of the national anthem singer. Failing that, Wilson would settle for having Luke Schenn plugged in.

Schenn was Wilson’s fair-haired boy last season. That’s not the case any more. In a published report Thursday, the Toronto Maple Leafs head coach was blunt about what awaits Schenn if he doesn’t truck out some truculence.

“Hopefully, it doesn’t come to him sitting out games to get a message across,” Wilson intoned.

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KHL/NHL Looking For Common Ground

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

I’ll believe it when I see it.

But for what’s it’s worth, Bettman, Daly and Medvedev did meet in a quiet room at Verizon Center in Washington before Wednesday night’s Islanders-Capitals game, and they even watched the first period together.

“It was constructive,” Bettman told ESPN.com on the phone from New York on Thursday. “It was good to see Alex again. Last time we had seen each other was in Rome a little over a year ago. We agreed that it would be good if we could find some areas of cooperation where we could work together, and we were going to see if we could begin that process by trying to find some common ground.”

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Sammy Was The Father Of Our Four Winds.  Now He’s Back For A Live Blog.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Gritty, tenacious, never lazy and clutch when we least expected him to be.

Wildly innaccurate.  His pucks bounced off jaws, end boards, glass, unsuspecting customers.

That was our Sammy.  We never knew what to expect.  But he did…and that’s cash.  Plenty of it.

Just not in Detroit.

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Your Latest NHLPA News

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (November 12, 2009) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) today announced that the NHLPA Executive Board has voted to establish two committees.  The first committee will review the NHLPA’s constitution.  The second committee will begin the search process for a new Executive Director.

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