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Boston Bruins still seeking an identity

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By: Mark Marino

It was just a month ago where the Bruins were looking decent – playing well enough for second-place in the Northeast Division, and fifth overall in the East. In fact, their 19-11-7 record [43 points] was just five points away from the top team in the Division – the Buffalo Sabres.

Fast forward 14 games, plus a few injuries, and the Black and Gold have tanked to their nethermost point of the 2009-10 season. After stinking up the RBC Center last night – losing 5-1 against the 29th ranked Carolina Hurricanes – the Bruins find themselves down four spots into ninth-place overall in the Eastern Conference [54 points].

The Bruins have now dropped eight of their last nine games [1-7-1] and had recorded a pitiful 4-9-1 record since the “good ‘ol days” just four weeks ago. Over this 14 game span, the B’s have managed to muster just 11-of-28 possible points, as they continue to slip down the proverbial slide. Now 51 games into the season, and the Big Bad Bruins are still searching – a little too late – for an identity to this team.

 

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Sucked Back Into The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Justin Bourne at USA TODAY,

Seven or eight years ago, I started losing interest in the game from a fan’s perspective. Playing at a high level was taking the fun out of watching it – Not only did I know the crappy truths about why some guys made it while others of equal talent didn’t (agents, drafts, birth years and size overriding concepts like “who’s the better player?”), but I started to feel like I could do a lot of what I was watching, and in some cases, better.

I never totally drifted from the game, of course. And, as I trained and grew and improved and developed, I was realizing something. There were still a couple dozen players around the league who made me think “Wow, not with all the training, nutrition, practice and encouragement could I ever do that.” And that’s what’s sucked me back into fanhood, and what keeps me here — isn’t it for you? That awe, the respect for a level of ability you yourself just weren’t blessed with possessing?

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Talking NHL & Social Networking

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jennifer Leggio of ZDNet,

The 29th episode of the Quick’n’Dirty podcast was the most enjoyable one yet, at least for me. Why? I got to talk about one of my top five life obsessions: hockey. Michael DiLorenzo, director of social media marketing & strategy / director of business communications for the NHL joined us to talk about the organization’s social media strategy - and how it’s going about using social media to increase the loyalty of hockey fans across the regions.

Needless to say, I hijacked most of the interview from my poor co-host Aaron Strout, and hammered DiLorenzo with all kinds of questions ranging from the change in his role from traditional corporate communications to social media, what the NHL is doing with social media to make hockey no longer a “secondary” sport in the U.S., as well as how they balance the naysayers of commissioner Gary Bettman while still allowing him to be open online.

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Goals Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Top 10 goals from the past week in the NHL.

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Looking West & East As The Trade Deadline Gets Within Sight

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from Scott Cullen of TSN,

With more than five weeks to go, there are, not surprisingly, a lot of teams still in the Western Conference playoff picture, with eight teams within a nine-point span between sixth and 13th place in the conference.

That leaves Columbus and Edmonton as the most obvious sellers in the group, but there will be others to land in that position in the coming weeks as the playoff picture starts to get clearer.

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Also from Scott Cullen of TSN,

As it stands now, in late January, only the Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes are more than three points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, so that leaves a whole lot of teams vying for a berth in the postseason.

If the top four spots seems securely in hand in some order for Washington, New Jersey, Buffalo and Pittsburgh, that leaves nine teams within seven points trying to get one of the next four spots.

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Kings Practice Delayed While Ron Wilson Talks

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via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

Was there a little gamesmanship in Toronto this morning? The Leafs had the practice ice first this morning, and when they left, the Zamboni came out to resurface. The driver stopped though, and came off the ice before the job was even half finished.

Why? Because Leafs coach Ron Wilson does his daily media session next to the rink, and apparently the noise from the Zamboni is too loud. So as the Kings filed onto the ice, they had to stand around and wait for Wilson to finish, so that the Zamboni could then come back out.

More than a little peeved, the Kings banged their sticks on the ice and glass in order to create as much noise as possible. Finally, Wilson finished, the Zamboni returned and Kings practice started after a 15-minute delay. Only in Canada, eh?

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Willie Mitchell Out With A Concussion

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from Ben Kuzma of The White Towel,

The Vancouver Canucks hoped for the best but confirmed the worst Monday.

Willie Mitchell isn’t expected to join his teammates when the Vancouver Canucks open an eight-game road trip on Saturday in Toronto because the blueliner is suffering from post-concussion syndrome.

“I think we can safely say that Willie has a concussion,” said coach Alain Vigneault. “Right now, he’s close to symptom free and he’s day-to-day.”

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Komisarek May Not Be Ready For The Olympics

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from Jonas Siegel of 640am,

Mike Komisarek’s availability for the upcoming Vancouver Olympics might be in jeopardy.

The 27-year-old defenseman is still sidelined from a mysterious upper-body injury (suspected shoulder) and while he might be ready to return on Saturday, his status for the United States Olympic team in Vancouver isn’t quite clear.

“[Tuesday] is three weeks to our first game,” Ron Wilson said of the American team. “If you take the one week away, he has I’d say a week to feel comfortable. If he’s not we’d have to make other plans for the Olympics.”

“I’m not going to put his career at risk. And we’re not going to risk his future with the Leafs for a two-week Olympic thing either.”

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Kronwall Back Tomorrow Night

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

There was all kinds of good injury news coming out of Monday’s Detroit Red Wings practice:

—Defenseman Niklas Kronwall will return to the lineup Tuesday against Phoenix. He has been out since Nov. 21 with a sprained left MCL.

—Defenseman Andreas Lilja said he has been headache-free for 13 days and that he was told by doctors needs to be symptom-free for 14 days before being cleared. Unless he has a setback in the next day or two, he will meet with team officials this week and could return from a concussion that has kept him out since Feb. 28 of last season.

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (January 25, 2010)—Ottawa Senators goaltender Brian Elliott, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Craig Anderson and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Jan. 24.

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