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Evening Line

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“Near the end of the first period, we started losing territory. We stopped making plays, stopped moving our feet. Then at the beginning of the second period, I think we went 10 minutes without a shot. Then they score two goals, and all of a sudden we get (mad) and get four quality chances. But that’s the point. When you talk about the mental side of building a team, it’s the same old story. You have to respect your opponent, but you can’t fear them. Yeah, they’re still the Red Wings, and they’re a hell of a team, but we’ve got to get over that mental block and start believing in ourselves. I thought we looked up and it’s 1-0 and, `Holy smoke, we’re playing with them,’ and then – like last year – there was a little bit of waiting for something bad to happen. And it did.’

-Kings GM Dean Lombardi on the loss to Detroit yesterday.  More from Lombardi by Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider.

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Let’s Try This Again

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You may remember this article I posted a few weeks ago from Michael-Louis Ingram and Gary Norris Gray of Black Athlete.

Well, today I received an email from them and they asked me to point to their new post up on the NHL…

We want to clarify a few things in our past article opening the season. We at BASN always strive to get the story correct - and our readers and loyal fans appreciate this. We’re pretty much on it here at BASN, but given the human factor, we may miss something.

In our haste to get information before the season’s start, we suffered a couple of mea culpas, so we will Zamboni the ice on those and start the next period fresh…

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Rangers Are The Early Story In The NHL

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from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

There have been plenty of surprises in the early going thus far, but is there a better story than the New York Rangers?

I don’t know how coach John Tortorella is doing it, but he has his Rangers riding a six-game winning streak and their next game in Toronto should be a gimmie. This season’s edition of the Rangers may present Tortorella with his toughest challenge yet as an NHL coach. When he looks down his bench there’s no Vinny Lecavalier to tap on the shoulder to leap over the boards. No Martin St-Louis, or Brad Richards, or Dan Boyle.

continued and other topics discussed are new coaches, the Leafs and Vinny Lecavalier.

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How Should The Game Finish?

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from Stu Hackel of SlapShot at the NY Times,

t has divided fans, some of whom love the spectacle (particularly younger fans and those in newer markets), others who think that a hockey game should be decided by playing hockey. There is always rumbling during the playoffs, especially after long overtime games, that the skills competition be employed to settle Stanley Cup games. That happened last spring. The outcry against that is usually quite loud.

It also messed up lots of statistical categories, producing absurdities (no one is credited with a winning goal, for example, but a game is won nonetheless; a goalie can get both a shutout and a loss, as happened this past week to San Jose’s Evegni Nabokov) which are inevitable with pragmatic ideas not fully thought through.

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Afternoon Line

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“Hey, I’m not happy about the way we’re playing.  You guys got all these questions why this guy’s playing with this guy, and this guy, this guy . . . we’ve lost three games in a row and we haven’t played well in either of those three games. It’s time for a wakeup call. We need a push here — and that’s from every guy in the room.

“Every person in that room is accountable. And we need everyone to play better than they have.”

-Flames Coach Brent Sutter via Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider.

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Friday Hockey Talk

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Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN go split-screen and discuss numerous NHL topics on this Friday afternoon.

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Blues Get A Point Against Phoenix, Look Good Doing It

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from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues took a step Thursday night. It was a small step, for sure, but progress nonetheless.

They got a point at Phoenix, reaching overtime against the Coyotes before losing on Ed Jovanovski’s goal. This was not the desired result, of course, but every point matters in the frantic Western Conference race this season.

Andy Murray’s team looked like its old self through the middle portion of the game. The Blues pressed the action and stayed after the puck.

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Yotes Win - You May Too

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Phoenix Coyotes President and Chief Operating Officer Douglas Moss has announced that the team is launching a new marketing initiative for the 2009-10 hockey season.  The new “Join the Pack” theme is dedicated to strengthening the relationship between the Coyotes organization and its fans.

“For the last few years, we have referred to ourselves as ‘One Pack’ to signify the unity within the Coyotes organization,” said Moss.  “In addition, Head Coach Dave Tippett, in his first meeting with the team, encouraged the players to embrace a ‘Pack’ mentality on the ice. 

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Attendance Talk

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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

But the league is whistling in the dark if it can’t see the trouble spots. The Nashville Predators have had crowds of 12,179 and 13,103 for their past two home games. The Tampa Bay Lightning has about 5,000 empty seats for every game and the league’s most promising team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, had a crowd of just 13,280 for their second home game of the season.

Even in Ottawa, the Senators have failed to sell out three of their four home games this season.

But nothing matches the ugly numbers in Phoenix. Thank goodness the Coyotes are at least competitive this season, but even that might not prevent the numbers from getting even uglier.

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The NHL for years has started slow in attendance in some areas, the question that has yet to be answered is will it pick-up as the season progresses.

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Who To Blame In Toronto

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from Spector at Fox Sports,

The stumbling start of the Toronto Maple Leafs has Toronto fans and media whipped up into a near-panic over the club’s performance and lamenting the few options available for management to improve the situation.

Most pundits appear to have absolved Leafs general manager Brian Burke for his club’s struggles but their apparent willingness to give Burke a pass has drawn criticism from one of their one.

Author and former Toronto Globe and Mail columnist William Houston has in his retirement started up a new blog called “Truth & Rumours”. In his inaugural post Houston not only blames Burke for what he considers poor decisions on the part of the Leafs general manager but also scolds the Toronto sports media for their unwillingness to criticize Burke after spending months praising him.

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