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Sharks Lose Big To Dallas, So They Practice Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

The previously unscheduled practice after last night’s 8-2 drubbing in Dallas was about getting better, the coach said, not about punishment.

At one point McLellan did talk to the players about what went wrong on Brendan Morrow’s first goal, but the general idea was to look ahead to Vancouver rather than re-live the mistakes against the Stars.

So does McLellan think last night’s game was as low as it can go?

“You know, you’d like to think it is, but we have to work ourselves out of this and the key in that is working,” he said. “It’s something that we’d gone through earlier in the year, that we’ve gone through in the past, so there’s no reason we can’t right now.

“As long as we learn from it collectively, we’ll be better,” he added. “But if we don’t work our way out, if we try to short-cut our way out, we’ll stay in it a lot longer than we should.”


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Will Ovechkin Ever Learn A Lesson?

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from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

A few NHLers I spoke with this week about Ovechkin were upset at his actions and offered up comments such as, “He’ll get his,” and, “His day is coming.”

Ovechkin is one of the most skilled players to ever play in the NHL. Let’s hope this is the last time he does anything that might make voters want to knock him off his perch and from here on in, we only talk about his amazing ability to lift people out of their seats with breath-taking plays.

Let’s hope he has finally learned his lesson.


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Devils Finally Get Paul Martin Back

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils defenseman Paul Martin will make his return from a fractured left forearm tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

It will be Martin’s first game since he was injured when he was hit by a Bill Guerin shot on Oct. 24 in Pittsburgh.

Mark Fraser and Anssi Salmela will be the healthy scratches on defense for the Devils tonight.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Martin, who missed 49 games. “It’s just exciting to be around the guys and get back in there and play a game. I’m trying not to get too excited, but I think it will be fun.”


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Penguins/Devils Battle For First Place

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

It almost defies logic, but somehow the Pittsburgh Penguins are first in the Atlantic Division, two points ahead of New Jersey, despite losing all five games to the Devils this season.

The teams’ season series finale is tonight in Newark, and this is a game that has all kinds of meaning for both teams.

The Devils, with a game in hand, can tie the Pens for the division lead and head into the playoffs with the confidence of a 6-0-0 sweep of the reigning Cup champs. (Put that card in the deck and pull it out later in the spring, if you know what I mean.)

The Pens need a win to put a little space between first and second place in the Atlantic, and, perhaps more importantly, know they can finally beat Martin Brodeur and his team this season.


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Who Is This Current NHL Player?

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What games do you play? Fifa and Madden

Bucket list: I’d like to go to the World Cup, not in South Africa, but some day. And I’d like to go to the Superbowl, too, but it’ll have to wait until I’m done playing hockey.

All-time hero: Steve Yzerman and Mario Lemieux are the guys I always looked up to. Mario, I wanted to try to play like him, and Yzerman, just the way he is off the ice and how professional he is.

An NHL player you admire: There’s lots of guys. Someone like Jarome Iginla. He leads by example and plays consistently and has for a really long time.

who is the player…

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Top Irish Names In Hockey Today

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from John Grigg of The Hockey News,

In honor of St. Patty’s, we tip our hats – and our pints – to the Emerald Isle and offer you our Top 10 NHLers with Irish names.

10. Chris Kelly, C, Ottawa
Seventh on the Senators in scoring, Ó Ceallaigh is quietly on pace for one of his best seasons statistically. Kelly is a decidedly Irish last name – the second-most popular in Ireland according to one website – and means ‘bright-headed.’ No wonder, then, that Kelly has turned into one of the Sens’ most dependable penalty-killers.

read on...

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Campbell Managed To Screw Up

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On Monday, I wrote about the pending Alexander Ovechkin suspension and how NHL senior vice president Colin Campbell was likely to embarrass himself with his ruling.  Ovechkin received a two game suspension for his hit (push from behind) on Brian Campbell that wound up breaking Campbell’s collarbone.  Some people are arguing this suspension is too long.  Others argue that it is not long enough.  That is a sign that the length is approximately right.

Despite getting one disciplinary call correct, Colin Campbell managed to embarrass himself on another call.  On Sunday, Steve Downie of the Tampa Bay Lightning slew-footed Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins on the first shift of the game which Pittsburgh won 2-1.  Crosby was not injured and managed to return to complete the game.  Nevertheless, NHL precedent (should that mean anything) shows that slew-footing is worthy of a suspension as long as a superstar isn’t the one to be suspended.

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Flames In An Uphill Battle

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Instead of taking advantage of home ice by moving ahead of the very team they’re chasing, the Flames are now three points back with 13 games to go.

And while that gap is by no means insurmountable, its evident momentum and the schedule are now both conspiring to work very much against Calgary down the stretch.

Not only are nine of their final games against playoff clubs ahead of them in the standings, four are early afternoon road affairs, which the Flames have long struggled with.

Perhaps more importantly, none are against the two teams they’re chasing — Detroit and Nashville — meaning they’re also at the mercy of two teams that control their own fate.


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Are The Thrashers Up For Sale?

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from Jeff Schultz of the Altanta Journal-Constitution,

The Atlanta Spirit ownership group has been disputing reports that it is seeking to sell the Thrashers and that the NHL team might be on the move to another city. Now comes a report that the Hawks also might be on the market.

A New York Times story on sports ownership during the recession references both the Hawks and Thrashers as being among franchises that might be for sale. The paragraph in question reads:

read on and the NYT also mentions the Columbus Blue Jackets potentially could be sold…

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Devils Add Some Green

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via NHL.com,

St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, and the New Jersey Devils will celebrate in style as part of the NHL’s three-game schedule on Wednesday night.

The Devils will wear their retro red, white and green uniforms when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Prudential Center at 7 p.m. ET. The Devils had green as one of their colors from the franchise’s inception in 1982 until they switched to black in 1992.


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