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Can You Caption A Video?

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Roberto Luongo and Alexander Semin meet face-to-face last night.


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It’s Starting To Look A Lot Like Linden

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Couple reasons for that.  Alliteration makes me happy, especially when Wild bloggers attempt to ridicule it only to prove they have no idea what it is and that their “Journalism degree…seriously…I have one” may be a bit of a stretch. Was that a threat? Should I apologize now?

And also?  I dig Linden, MI.  I’ve got friends there who introduced me to the genius of Ronnie Van Zant and when I hear something like “Whiskey Rock and Roller”, you guys come to mind.

Why is it looking like Linden here in DC? Because the adorable 8 pounder dumped about a foot on us last night.

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Another Bad Night For Toskala

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from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

The Maple Leafs netminder offered little resistance as four goals flowed past him in a span of 11 minutes, 16 seconds in the second period, giving the Buffalo Sabres all they required for a 5-2 win over Toronto at the HSBC Arena.

The outburst came on just six shots, drowned a 1-0 Leafs lead thanks to Viktor Stalberg’s first NHL goal and led to the yanking of Toskala in favour of Jonas Gustavsson, who made his first appearance since leaving a game on Dec. 1 with heart problems.

“We’re not getting any saves, everybody gets shaky and you suffer breakdowns trying to run around,” Leafs coach Ron Wilson said. “If you make mistakes, you have to buckle down and get the job done. Unfortunately, (Toskala) did not and I had to get him out of there.”

Remember the embarrassing goal Toskala allowed to New York Islanders defenceman Rob Davison in March 2008? Davison’s shot from 197 feet skipped past Toskala one night on Long Island, making the goalie the butt of jokes and giving him a spot on highlight reels.

Well, Toskala came close to outdoing himself.

read on and watch a goal Toskala wish he had back during the Leafs loss to the Sabres Friday night.

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Demitra Goes Home To Consult With Another Doctor

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from Jason Botchford of The White Towel,

When Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault cryptically said Thursday Pavol Demitra was “on his own program,” he wasn’t kidding.

Demitra, still rehabbing a surgically repaired shoulder, has returned home to Slovakia to see a specialist he feels comfortable with.

TC Carling, the Canucks director of media relations, delivered news via his Twitter account — @TC_Carling — less than 24 hours after Vigneault chose not to disclose any information on Demitra’s whereabouts.

The Canucks claim there’s nothing to see here. Everything is on the up-and-up. It was Demitra’s decision to leave and it does not mean there has been a setback in his recovery.


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The 2000’s

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Scott Burnside, Pierre LeBrun and E.J. Hradek of ESPN look at the top players, #1 picks, late round sleepers, upsets, playoff series and trades during this decade.  Even more coming next week too.


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Wild Equipment Bus Burns

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via the Twitter of Bob McKenzie,

Minnesota Wild equipment van was in an accident, caught fire and much of the Wild players’ equipment has been burned so badly it’s toast.

No injuries in the accident, apparently, but if u know anything about NHL players and equipment, especially skates, players are apoplectic.

The Wild play tomorrow in Ottawa.

added 4:33pm, Follow Michael Russo’s Twitter too,

They opened up and everything was on fire. Nobody knows why. But team is in scramble mode as it tries to determine what was destroyed.

added 5:05pm, Pics of the burned equipment via Dean Molberg.

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Afternoon Line

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“I never imagined I’d be standing out here no, never. This is kind of surreal. You look around and you’re in a baseball park, Fenway Park! Then you look down and you’re on ice. Really unique, that’s for sure.”

-Bobby Orr after skating on the ice at Fenway Park today.  More from James Murphy at NHL.com.

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Helm Looks Good For Tomorrow, Protecting The Perfect Human And Getting Herm To Hockeytown

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

A bit of good news in the midst of a whole lot of suck.

Detroit News

“You kind of knew last night when he left here and drove himself (to get the MRI),” Babcock said. “As soon as we found out it was a shoulder, it wasn’t as big a deal. Obviously, we’d like to have him playing tomorrow but he’s not available. Looks like (Darren) Helm will go tomorrow so we won’t have to call anyone up.”

Helm has missed the last two games with a strained tendon in his left wrist. He practiced Friday and pronounced himself ready to play.

“I knew when I was going to feel good enough I was going to go and today felt good enough to go,” Helm said. “I was holding onto the puck a little bit, stickhandling, passing. I took a little bit off the shot today, didn’t really put everything I had as it still hurt a little bit. It’s gonna hurt a little bit but it’s still good enough to go.”

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Tortorella Sends Out Notices

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from Dan Martin of the NY Post, J

ohn Tortorella benched a pair of Rangers veterans last night, and don’t expect them to be the last moves he makes. Today, the coach blasted the “entitlement” that surrounded the team.

“There’s gonna be no entitlement around here,” Tortorella said. “And I think that’s what kind of stinks… around here.”

He put just about everyone on notice, especially “underachieving veterans.”

“To me it just doesn’t matter how long you’ve played, how much money you make, what draft pick you were,” Tortorella said after a short practice. “We need to shift a little bit and we’re going to.”


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Markov Makes Early Return

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from Canadiens.com,

The holidays are finally here! The Habs’ bags are packed and they’re ready to go, set to take off on Friday for a seven game road stint. Defenseman Andrei Markov will be boarding the flight with his teammates – and not just as a passenger.

On the shelf since the first game of the season with a lacerated tendon in his foot, the veteran blue-liner is poised to make his highly anticipated return this Saturday on Long Island. The original prognosis had Markov slated to come back only at the end of January, but the shifty rearguard will join new D partner Ryan O’Byrne on the Habs’ blue line this week and Marc-Andre Bergeron will move up to forward.


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