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Lightning/Devils Game Suspended

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The lights (half of them) went out in New Jersey with 9:12 left in the 2nd period.

Lightning leading 3-0.

update 10:07pm, Now the Devils announce the game has been postponed and will be re-scheduled at a later date.

update 10:09pm, Confusion remains, do they continue the game where it left off or do they start the game over.  I am sure Tampa Bay wants the game continued but no official word yet.

added 10:18pm, per Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

The lightning-devils rescheduled game will pick up where it left off…says Bettman


update 10:33pm, Lou Lamoriello said a circuit breaker went out and it could not be fixed tonight.  He said no details on when the game will be rescheduled and has no answer if the game will start from the beginning or not.

Lou said he was in contact with Colin Campbell.

added 10:42pm, via NHL.com,

The game will be rescheduled at a later date, and NHL spokesman Frank Brown said play will be resumed from the point at which the game was suspended.

added 10:52pm, The NHL.com link from above has been updated with more information but the bottom line remains, the game will be resumed where it left off tonight.


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Talk About Playing Forever

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

What do fully preserved human bodies playing hockey look like?

Check out the story from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out.

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Souray Would Waive NTC If It Made Sense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

Oilers defenceman Sheldon Souray said Friday he is open to waiving his no-trade clause if the team needs to deal him to improve its fortunes.

He stressed that he is not looking to get out of Edmonton and that any new destination would have to “make sense.”

In other words, it would have to mesh with the fact his children live with their mother in California and regularly fly to Edmonton to see him during the National Hockey League season.


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  Tags: sheldon+souray

Back To The Doghouse Ville; And An Update On Homer

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Nice to see Ville Leino could string together precisely 1 game of not sucking.  Consequently, since two in a row was out of the question, he’s sitting again Saturday.

Oh, and this isn’t even a story anymore.


Jimmy Howard, as expected, will start Saturday in San Jose. It will be his eighth consecutive start and his 24th start in the last 30 games.

Also, according to Khan(!)...everyone skated except Kronwall.  That’s everyone…Lilja, Williams and Franzen included.



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All Jimmy Howard Needed Was One Good Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

It was after the Red Wings got back from Sweden and before Chris Osgood came down with the flu that Jimmy Howard had a talk with his only close friend who follows hockey.

“I said, ‘All I need is one good game and I’m just going to take off,’ ” Howard recalled to NHL.com Friday. “I just needed that one game to realize that I belong up here and I can perform up here.”

It’s amazing how these stories turn out, isn’t it?


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  Tags: jimmy+howard

Hope You Like Applesauce, Herm

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Brent, Tyler and Quang.  Herm, you have no idea what you’re in for.

Money raised to date: $2192.19.


Click to donate.


Or become a fan.


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Andrei Kostitsyn Out Six Weeks After Knee Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Montreal Canadiens forward Andrei Kostitsyn underwent left knee surgery on Friday and will miss six weeks of action.

Kostitsyn, who has missed three games with what was billed as a “lower body injury”, was hit by Keith Ballard during a game against the Florida Panthers on Dec. 31.

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So Far Burke Has Failed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

It’s hard to know how much to blame Wilson or the players for this mess. As (Bill) Watters has said, correctly, the team is woefully short on talent, as well as toughness. And this is where Burke will be held accountable.

  The Kessel trade appears to have been a mistake. The free agents Burke signed over the summer haven’t panned out, although the goalie Jonas Gustavsson may develop. Burke tried to make the team tougher, but hasn’t.

  When a caller pronounced Burke a failure on “every count, period,” Watters replied, “You said it well. Brian Burke’s record to date is nothing short of abysmal. I recommended this guy for the job, and I think there’s more good in him than there is bad. So far, we haven’t seen much good, but I think he deserves another kick at the can.”

    Burke is a likeable, but blustery guy who can also be intimidating. It will be interesting to see who, if anybody in the Toronto print media, takes him on if the Leafs stay buried at third last in the NHL standing.


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Have The Flyers Turned The Corner?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

The Flyers have been mostly a disaster on and off the ice this season, but they finally appear to be turning a corner. Their poor play cost John Stevens his job and his replacement, Peter Laviolette, did not have an immediate positive impact on the team.

Slowly but surely, however, the Flyers are looking like a team that could make some serious noise in the second half. And that’s when it really matters….

Also, the Flyers still take too many undisciplined penalties. They can’t continue to take dumb minor penalties – Scott Hartnell seems to pride himself on the fact he leads the league in minors – and hope to compete for a title.

Finally, I worry about this team’s depth. It is fine to have abrasive players such as Daniel Carcillo, Ian Laperriere and Arron Asham, but does the team need all three of them? Perhaps switching one of them for a player with a little more skill might go a long way in pushing the Flyers over the top.

Clearly the Flyers are a work in progress.


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Watch Your Language

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

It’s fair to say New York Rangers coach John Tortorella is as passionate a coach as you will find, perhaps, in any sport.

It’s also fair to say that Tortorella’s passion gets the better of him every now and again and manifests into an occasional rant with the odd profanity dropped in to emphasize his point.

Whether the salty language comes from Tortorella, another NHL coach, or team personnel, the National Hockey League has had enough and today issued the following memo, acquired by TSN, to remind teams and club representatives there may be consequences.


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