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Blast Away Drapes

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Not sure if the statistics back it up or not, but the common word amongst our Diggers is that the Wings have played 5 consecutive strong periods.  Awesome, eh?  100 minutes of good hockey.  105 if you count OT in Jersey.  Neat.  What a monumental turnaround after two months of garbage. 

Apparently, somebody’d had enough.

Perhaps it’s no coincidence the turnaround came after Kris Draper, a team leader and the second-longest serving Red Wing, lit into his teammates during the first intermission in New Jersey.

Howard said Draper “let us have it,’’ and “said enough is enough.’’


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Hit Of The Night Goes To Brad Stuart

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Stuart of the Wings with a big hit on Artem Anisimov of the Rangers.

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Sens Top Players Need To Be Better

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from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen via the National Post,

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has joined the chorus of team officials asking for more from the team’s top players.

“It’s obvious what we need,” Melnyk said Sunday. “The elite players have to start to play their best. Once they do that, I think we can be as competitive as ever. Hopefully that happens fairly quickly and we’re back to where we were at the start of the season.”

Melnyk, who spoke to general manager Bryan Murray Saturday night during the Senators’ 3-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, did not mention forwards Alex Kovalev and Jason Spezza by name, but they are clearly the leaders.

“It’s the whole group,” Melnyk said. “Some show up some nights and some don’t. It’s the elite players, that’s basically it, but I’m really pleased to see guys like [Mike] Fisher step up to the plate as well as he has.”


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The Gales Of November Are Still Frigging Slashing And We’ll Live Blog The Carnage

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Whitefish Bay is a mirage.  Every time we think we can see her lights on the horizon that piss-pot of a town disappears again.  Main hatchway or not, that’s the goal…get us to Whitefish Bay by April.  That’s all we’re asking. 

I’m thinking we should just go ahead and bring up Bertuzzi early tonite, let a few of you get that out of your systems if necessary.

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Four Games For Carcillo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Twitter of Frank Seravalli,

Dan Carcillo was suspended for four games today by the NHL.

added 2:12pm, from Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,

General manager Paul Holmgren issued the following statement on Sunday regarding the suspension:

“Decisions come down from the league…do I agree with them all? No. I certainly do not agree with this one. We do not have a lot of recourse in this situation. Dan will serve his suspension, and we will move on.”


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Boudreau Takes A Few Shots At The Media

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from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times,

Boudreau wasn’t done. When asked about his team’s defensive play being underrated throughout this offensive explosion, it was Boudreau who went on the offensive.

“Just don’t go tell Mike Milbury that or Alan Muir that, because they keep saying we can’t play defensive hockey,” Boudreau said. “We’re good defensively, I believe. Sometimes if you’ve played the game before and you score four or five goals it is really hard to keep that [defensive] pressure on—you are so up for the game it is human nature to relax a little bit. But every week in the power rankings I read Alan Muir saying we can’t play defense, so it is interesting.”

And finally, since Boudreau was on a roll ... why not ask him about SI’s Jim Kelley, who wrote an article criticizing Alex Ovechkin this week?

“I heard about it and I heard it was so ridiculously ridiculous that I was hoping someone would have it or show it to me,” Boudreau said. “I would like to, not attack him but I’d like to at least have a chance at a rebuttal on all the things he said that weren’t true.”

more including Boudreau’s reaction to Carcillo’s action last night…

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Zenon Konopka:  Making Of A Goon

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

There is a new goon sitting atop the NHL penalty minute totals.  It is Zenon Konopka of the Tampa Bay Lightning has 113 penalty minutes so far this season.  That gives him a significant lead over last year’s leader, Daniel Carcillo of the Philadelphia Flyers, who has 87,  Konopka has always been a tough guy, but for a long time he was never pictured as a potential penalty minute leader in the NHL.

Konopka played in junior with the Ottawa 67’s of the OHL.  He was undrafted by the NHL.  He managed to continue his hockey career when he got a job with the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL.  He was an ECHL power forward scoring 70 points and adding 231 PIMs.  He bounced around the AHL and ECHL for a few years.  In the 2005/06 season he had his first NHL shot.  He played 23 games with the Anaheim Ducks.  He attempted to be an NHL power forward.  He scored 7 points in 23 games and posted 48 penalty minutes.

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Miikka Kiprusoff With The Save Of The Night

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The HNIC version can be viewed below with Kevin Weekes providing the color…

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Flyers Got Their Coach Fired

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from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The real question here is whether the Flyers are any closer to winning a championship today than they were before Stevens was dismissed Friday. And the answer sure looks like a great big No.

The Pittsburgh Penguins still have Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Marc-Andre Fleury. The Washington Capitals still have Alexander Ovechkin. The Flyers will be fighting for the right to be the third-best team in their conference until their young, up-and-coming nucleus actually performs according to expectations.

The group, led by Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, had its chance to become an elite team with the coach hand-chosen for their comfort and development. Stevens, one of the truly decent and honorable men you will find in this or any other sport, had worked with a lot of the current Flyers when they were mere Phantoms. He was a sound choice as coach after Hitchcock was deemed too mean and demanding for the sensitive buds and blossoms on the roster.

Well, those players now must cope with the fact that they got their guy fired.

more & watch below as Scott Hartnell and Chris Pronger react to last night’s lopsided loss to the Capitals…

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Chicago Overpaid On Duncan Keith Contract

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Keith, 26, will earn an average of $7.913 million over the first four years, $7.55 million for the next two years, $5.5 million for another two, $4 million for two more, and then slightly more than $2 million for the final three. Total: 13 years/$72 million, for a cap hit of $5.54 million. If you’re still holding on to your calculator, it exceeds the 12-year/$62.8 million deal, in both gross dollars and cap hit, that career marksman Marian Hossa pocketed with the Hawks in July.

OK, it’s a good bet that neither Keith nor Hossa will reach full term on their deals. If Keith retires after 10 years, he’ll have earned just under $66 million. They’ve still paid out huge money for a guy who, though well-conditioned and both a solid citizen and performer, is by no means considered an elite NHL defenseman. OK, they like him, and most teams have a guy like that - someone hauling in A-list money for what most of the world perceives as something less than A-list talent.

But Keith, even if out in the free agent market July 1, 2010, would not have commanded a $72 million commitment from anyone.

more plus other hockey topics…

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