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Bad Goal Of the Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Owen Nolan on Jimmy Howard.

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H2H Complete For Me

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Were you ever in charge of a bachelor or bachelorette and wanted to make sure the soon to be groom or bride had a good time?

Well, everyone of the 19 were in charge tonight.

All had one goal in mind, to make sure Herm had a great time..

Remember, the vast majority of these people had never met, yet it was like a school reunion when we all looked at the name badges being worn by everyone.

Pretty darn tired right now but I can guarantee Herm had a night he will never forget.

Anyone associated with this undertaking deserves a pat on the back for a job well done and somewhere in the range of $5300 was raised for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

added 11:59pm, Channel 7 in Detroit did a feature on Herm.  Read about it and watch the video on the top right.

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LB: The 19 Are Gonna Sing And Dance In Celebration, Herm Is In The Promised Land

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

Herm’s day of celebration is here, and Guilherme is touring the promised land.  19 imaginary friends are gathering in Hockeytown.

19 imaginary friends raised $19 million dollars for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.  That number may not be exact, I’m not a pharmacist.  Herm2Hockeytown is the reason Al Gore invented the internet.  And it is happening.  Can you dig it?

Herm has never seen a live hockey game.  He has never even met another Red Wings fan.  Until today.

19 have united for one purpose:  Bring Herm2Hockeytown and celebrate being the greatest fans of the greatest organ-I-zation in sports, the Detroit Red Wings.

Herm2Hockeytown has already reached epic proportions.  And the celebration has only just begun.

The Red Wings have rolled out the red carpet to ensure Herm gets the ultimate Red Wings experience.


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Off To H2H Night

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I am jumping in the shower and then a 15 minute drive to Hockeytown Cafe to kick-off the H2H festivities.

Hopefully I have figured out how to upload pictures via Twitter and my Droid, so keep an eye on my Twitter account for any updates.

I will be back late tonight, then on a somewhat normal schedule on Saturday.

Saturday night, about 40 of the closest friends I have never met will be my guests as I welcome the many of the 19 into my home to watch Wings/Predators.

Who knows, maybe I can sit back and have the guests do some blogging!

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Afternoon Line

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“I know my life is nearing the end and I accept that.  I probably won’t be here when (the arena) is finished, but I’ll be looking down on it.”

-Pat Burns who attended the announcement of a rink being built with his namee attached to it.  More from the CP at TSN.

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Say Good-Bye To The Flames

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from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

By their body language. In the tone of their voices. Given the time the dressing room door stayed silently shut, like the lid of a coffin.

They’re done.

They know it. They won’t say it. And it ain’t official.

But they know.

Call the coroner. Order the wreath. Donate to a charity of choice.

The unmistakable stench of death is upon them.


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Talking Phoenix Attendance

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from Mike Chen of From The Rink,

If you’ve caught any of their games on Center Ice since the turn of the new year, the sights and sounds are obvious—there’s life in them there stands. Some games are fuller than others, but it’s a far, far cry from October when it looked like the attendance at a AHL practice rink.

There’s no doubt that the early season attendance figure was mucked up a bit for PR purposes. We all know that attendance in pro sports is never accurate. Things get rounded, tickets are given away, and everything is spun to look better than it really is. If the Coyotes had an attendance figure of 7,000 on a weekday in October, the actual in-house number might have even been half of that.

Now? Not so much.


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Badge Of Honor

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from Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post,

While the newspaper industry remains in trouble, one of its enduring charms is the relative lack of facial injuries requiring multiple stitches suffered by its employees. Unless and until they write something about Urban Meyer’s quarterbacks, I suppose.

Not every industry can make such a claim. The hockey-playing industry, for example. Hence, Brooks Laich sitting out two consecutive games, as his face healed from an unexpected collision with a hockey puck during Tuesday’s practice.

“He’s a young buck; he isn’t cut up too much yet,” the asymmetrically-faced Mike Knuble said while discussing Laich’s new facial geometry. “You don’t have a career in the NHL until you break your face once.”


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When Agents Meet

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from the NHLPA,

The Sheraton Centre in downtown Toronto served as the backdrop for the National Hockey League Players’ Association’s annual Certified Player-Agent meetings on Thursday, with more than 140 agents in attendance.

The NHLPA conducted their meeting with senior staff and advisors offering updates and information to the player-agents on a wide range of topics. The itinerary included presentations on HRR & escrow, CBA timelines and legal developments, as well as on the performance bonus cushion. The NHLPA’s medical consultant, Dr. John Rizos, spoke about current issues, while the business department gave an update of their recent affairs.


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Jose Theodore Is A Liability ... Right?

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It is conventional wisdom among most NHL fans that even though the Washington Capitals are first overall in the league, it will be hard for them to win the Stanley Cup because of a lack of top goaltending.  Jose Theodore is the Capitals number one goalie.  He won the Hart and Vezina Trophies in 2002.  Since that time things have not gone so well.  He put up a pathetic .882 saves percentage in 2005/06 and followed it up with .891 the next season.  From that point on, it has been hard to consider Jose Theodore a top goaltender, but he has rebounded.  In fact, Theodore has played extremely well in the last few months.  Since January 13th, 2010, Theodore has not had a regulation loss.  This is a 19 game run where Theodore has gone 17-0-2.  In that time, Theodore put up a .927 saves percentage (the only goalie in the league who played as much as Theodore with a better saves percentage is Tomas Vokoun of Florida).  He has a 2.42 GAA in that time.

If Jose Theodore plays as well as he has been playing for the last several months, Washington does not have a liability in goal.  They have a strength.  When the first place team in the league appears to have solved the problem that was to be their Achilles heel, it is time for the rest of the league to take notice and be worried.

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