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An Unhappy Vinny?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The more I watch Vincent Lecavalier play this season, the more I start to wonder about his future with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

He doesn’t look happy to me. He’s not firing on all cylinders. His coach doesn’t seem to know how to use him. It’s just a bad fit right now. And the timing, well, let’s just say he’s in the first year of a massive lifetime deal that pays him $70 million over the first seven years.

more and other topics, some which were discussed on the HNIC Hotstove tonight…

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HNIC Hotstove

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ron MacLean, Pierre LeBrun, Glenn Healy and Mike Milbury discuss numerous topics including Savard’s contract, Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin contract talk, changing some of the names of the NHL Trophies and Brendan Shanahan’s job with the NHL

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Wings Need More Production From Their Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Nicklas Lidstrom says he is a little frustrated. Pavel Datsyuk would not confirm as much, but his demeanor indicated that he, too, is confounded.

They are two of the Detroit Red Wings’ star players—two of the best in the NHL—but both are experiencing prolonged offensive slumps.

Lidstrom has not scored in 25 consecutive games and has only one goal and nine points in 27 games. Datsyuk, with six goals and 14 assists, is on pace for 18 goals and 61 points, which would be his lowest output in a full season since his rookie year in 2001-02.

Part of the problem, at least in Datsyuk’s case, has been a lack of productivity from his wingers


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Randy Hahn With His 1000th NHL Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the San Jose Sharks,

Good things come in threes and the Sharks will see their third staff member work their 1,000th National Hockey League game this season. This time it’s not a behind the scenes person as Sharks Television Play-by-Play man Randy Hahn will call his 1,000th NHL game Saturday when the Sharks face the Calgary Flames.

continued and Randy’s favorite call is (Detroit fans, don’t watch)...

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The Best Teams Of The Decade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Tom Van Riper of Forbes ranks the best sports teams (and worst) and has the Red Wings second to the San Anotonia Spurs.

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Caps With A 9 Minute Power Play Thanks To Carcillo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

How is this for a boxscore…  Carcillo decides to act crazy on Matt Bradley of the Capitals.

So far the penalties have cost the Flyers 2 goals.  Caps up 3-1.

14:33 Philadelphia Dan Carcillo: 2 minutes, cross checking
14:33 Philadelphia Dan Carcillo: 5 minutes, fighting
14:33 Philadelphia Dan Carcillo: 10 minutes, misconduct
14:33 Philadelphia Dan Carcillo: 2 minutes, instigator
14:33 Philadelphia Dan Carcillo: 10 minutes, game misconduct

video added 8:10pm,

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  Tags: dan+carcillo

Coyotes Glad Bryzgalov Decided To Stay In The NHL

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from Sarah McLellen of the Arizona Republic,

Many times Bryzgalov contemplated leaving and going back to Russia. The Ducks organization was telling him he needed experience in the AHL and needed to learn how to be a No. 1 goaltender. The team made promises of calling him up, but he never stuck with the team. Bryzgalov thought he was ready and was wasting the best years of his career.

Zjenya and he talked about a move back to Russia. During the NHL lockout for the 2004-05 season, Bryzgalov even went back to Russia to sign a contract with the Kontinental Hockey League.

“But something about it stopped us and we stayed for one more year,” Zjenya said.

In 2005, Bryzgalov joined the Ducks as the backup goaltender and won a Stanley Cup with the team the following season.

“The dream came true,” Zjenya said. “We’re finally in the NHL. The next step is becoming No.1 now in the NHL.”


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NHL Looking At Plekanec High Stick

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via Matt Kalman of ESPNBoston,

Krejci tried to challenge Plekanec after the whistle, but he was rebuffed. In addition to Plekanec’s high-sticking penalty, the two players received unsportsmanlike conduct minors. Krejci says he has no idea what precipitated Plekanec’s hit because there were no words exchanged.

“I don’t care about suspended, but he should stick up for [himself],” Krejci said before Saturday night’s game with Toronto at TD Garden. “But he didn’t do it. He did what he did and he just left. He didn’t respond or anything. So I think it’s a gutless move. And we’ll play them again this year, so we’ll see what happens.”

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed to ESPNBoston.com that he has been in contact with the NHL offices about the hit and the league is reviewing it.

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  Tags: tomas+plekanec

Show A Little Faith Bitches, There’s Magic In A Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh yes I did.  The Wings are in Jersey and there’s a good chance The Boss is too.  We dig songwriters here.  Seger, Lightfoot and Toni Basil for the Dive fans.  Pretty much anyone but Bob Dylan.  There’s panic in Detroit, or at least there is among us.  The torches are lit and vigilante justice is one bad shift away.

What we need is a filthy win, a gritty, grind it out, grab it by the throat and squeeze that mofaux until the eyes pop and a one-goal lead is a sigh of relief instead of a frigging stroke waiting to happen.

Continue Reading »

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Message To Marty:  The Circus Is In Town

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You wanted it, you got it.


Looking for some offensive spark, Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has reunited stars Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg on the same line, at least for the start of tonight’s game against New Jersey.
They’ll be joined by usual linemate Tomas Holmstrom.

For one shift, at least. 

Rafalski’s still out. Eaves is back.  Mayday delayed until tomorrow in NYC.

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