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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (January 18, 2010) – Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, St. Louis Blues goaltender Chris Mason andMinnesota Wild left wing Guillaume Latendresse have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Jan. 17.

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The State Of Calgary’s Defence

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This summer when the Calgary Flames added Jay Bouwmeester, they were a popular choice to be the top defence in the NHL.  Bouwmeester was joining Robyn Regehr and Dion Phaneuf.  They were to form the best top three on any defence unit in the NHL.  If former Vezina Trophy winning goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff bounced back into form behind that defence, this was a Flames team that could dominate.  They could allow the least goals against in the NHL and be a Stanley Cup contender.

There was a solid chance that Calgary would provide three of the Canadian Olympic Team defencemen.  When the team was actually named, Calgary had zero defencemen on the roster.  What happened?

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Morning Line

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Obviously NBC has a bit of contempt for hockey fans. It would never condescend to explain to casual football fans how the NFL’s overtime works. Nor would it interview Rex Ryan in the middle of a quarter as Pierre McGuire did with Mike Babcock in the second period. Nor would it miss a touchdown because it was running promos for next week’s game, as it did with Patrick Eaves’ game-tying goal in the third period.

-Ryan Lambert of PuckDaddy.  More from Ryan on the NBC broadcast yesterday.

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Goalies Who May Be On The Dallas Radar

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Now, as for the logic of reports that Turco won’t be re-signed, I think we all can speculate that those could very well come true. Turco can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and the Stars decided that they would use this season to help determine whether they wanted to re-sign him. So far, with Turco posting a 14-13-8 record with a 2.84 GAA and a .905 save percentage, the odds are he will not be given an offer.

After nine years in a Stars uniform (including a ton of regular season franchise records), the Stars are probably going to end up looking for a new goalie.

Who is that goalie and when will the Stars find him? It appears they are looking around the NHL right now and trying to get a feel on some of the netminders who are out there. It appears they would like a younger goalie who can grow with the franchise and who can step right in right now and win some games.

The names you’ll hear tossed around a lot are: Jaroslav Halak in Montreal, Cory Schneider in Vancouver and Kari Lehtonen in Atlanta.

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Boudreau Loves Cherry

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from Capitals Outsider,

We had a chance this evening to ask Coach Bruce Boudreau his thoughts about Don Cherry’s comments from the night before.

Boudreau : You know what, I love Don Cherry.

continue for an explanation from Boudreau why he had Ovechkin and Green on the power play late in the game…

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If Only All Overtimes Were Like This

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Chicago against Detroit yesterday, one whistle, end to end action.

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20 Teams Play On A Busy NHL Monday

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It’s Martin Luther King Day here in the States, so we have two early games to kick-off the NHL action today.

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Patrice Cormier Flying Elbow On Mikael Tam

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from RDS (translated)

The stay of Patrice Cormier with the Rouyn-Noranda took an odd tangent Sunday afternoon at the Dave Keon Arena.

Forward originally from Cap-Pelé, New Brunswick, who was playing his third game only with the Huskies, was expelled from the meeting at 3:32 of the overtime period for giving a blow to the head of defender Ramparts Mikael Tam.

The force of the impact was such that the back left the ice in convulsions on a stretcher. However, Tam is out of danger and in stable condition in hospital. He suffered a brain head trauma and lost some teeth. He will remain under observation for at least 48 hours.

added 9:49am, via a Tweet from Bob McKenzie,

This Cormier elbow is sickening on so many levels. I have never been so discouraged about the game of hockey as now.

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Patric Hornqvist- From Last Pick To Top Scorer

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from Mark Zwolinksi of the Toronto Star,

Being the absolute last selection has now become a badge of honour for the 22-year-old, but not one he uses as inspiration to prove the 29 other teams wrong.

“No, I wasn’t discouraged at all, I just said to myself keep working at it, and never lose your dream to play in the NHL,” said (Patric) Hornqvist.

Hornqvist paid his dues, coming over to North America and spending time in the AHL.

With his goal last Friday in a 1-0 win over Calgary, he now has six goals in his last six games. Since Dec. 14 he has 13 goals and six assists in 16 games – the most in the league since that date.

Overall, the Predators are obviously happy with his success, but they also point to the fact the organization prides itself on bringing players up when they are ready, and not simply to search for lightning in a bottle.

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Panthers Don’t Feel Pressure To Make The Playoffs

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from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

The Panthers haven’t been to the playoffs since 2000, a postseason drought that could tie an NHL record if the team fails to advance once more this season.

Some might think that pressure weighs heavily on the players and coaches.

For others?

“Listen, we have nothing to lose here,’’ defenseman Keith Ballard said. “No one expects us to be in the playoffs because we haven’t been in the playoffs in forever. I haven’t been there, a lot of guys in this room haven’t been there. Let’s just leave it out there. We don’t need to be in the playoffs today or tomorrow. We just need to be there after Game 82.”

Coach Pete DeBoer said the current crop of Panthers shouldn’t have to be completely linked to the failures of the past.

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