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from Steve Keating & Clare Fallon of Reuters,

Hockey’s place in Canadian culture is closer to religion than a simple sporting pastime, a unifying force in a country of 33 million people that is often split by politics and language.

The sport is part of the national identity, a rite of passage between fathers and sons and more recently mothers and daughters as the game has evolved beyond its traditional gender boundaries.

Generations of Canadians grew up listening to Hockey Night In Canada on the radio and decades later the Saturday night tradition continues intact on high-definition television.

Canada hopes to win its first gold medal at a home Olympics this time, after failing at the 1976 Montreal Summer Games and the Calgary Winter Games in 1988. To hockey fans, the only really important thing is the men’s gold which will be decided on the final day, February 28.


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Evening Line

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“The first thing that comes to my mind is our power play was struggling a little bit and we all know what he could do on the power play.  And just with that shot, poise, everything he can make a power play unit better and definitely help us.”

-Anze Kopitar of the LA Kings on how Ilya Kovalchuk could help the Kings.  More on the Kings from Helene Elliott at the Fabulous Forum.

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  Tags: anze+kopitar, ilya+kovalchuk

Ottawa Has No Plans For A Major Move At The Trade Deadline

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from James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen,

Bryan Murray is more than capable of making a splash on trade deadline day, but don’t expect more than a gentle ripple this season.

The Ottawa Senators’ general manager is pleased with his team’s progress and likely won’t be spending much time working the phones, he said Wednesday.

“There’s no chance of acquiring a player that makes any amount of money, so (the media) can have a break on that day—you won’t have to worry about calling my office.”

Is that a promise?

“Maybe somebody will call me ... who knows?” he said. “At this point in time, I’m not anticipating very much.”


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Lidstrom Still At The Top Of His Game

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from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

At 39, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nick Lidstrom simply won’t act his age. In the midst of Detroit’s worst season in many years, the six-time Norris trophy winner is still performing like a player in his prime.

In the past 14 games, he has four goals and 11 assists and he’s been plus-12. On a team that has given up more goals than it has scored, Lidstrom is plus-20.

To put that in perspective, consider that Detroit defenseman Brad Stuart played exceptional for a stretch early in the season and he is still minus-9


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Don’t Trade Carey Price

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from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

For those Nervous Nellies in Montreal who are now yapping for general manager Bob Gainey to trade laconic 22-year-old Carey Price and anoint 24-year-old Jaroslav Halak as the No. 1 goalie, please take a giant step back from the situation. Maybe Price doesn’t blossom into the Second Coming of Ken Dryden, but it is still far too early to tell in a profession rife with late bloomers such as Miikka Kiprusoff, Tim Thomas and others who have had a far skimpier portfolio than a fifth overall draft pick.

more plus additional hockey topics, including a look at the Coyotes…

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Game Of The Night

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

In a season that passes in a blur thanks to the Olympic break, these games pass by all too quickly: a clash of the two best teams in the Western Conference, and arguably—with all due respect to the Washington Capitals—the two best teams in the NHL.

But talk to players from the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks and they’ll tell you Thursday’s game is important on a number of levels, but remains about keeping things in perspective; another day at the office.

With a win, the Sharks could open a four-point lead in the West. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, could pull into a tie in points and jump ahead by two victories if they can steal another game in San Jose in the final of four meetings between the two conference powers.


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Watch Out Washington

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from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

Here is what Washington fans, players and management have to fear as the NHL’s regular season hobbles toward a much-needed Olympic break:

1. Do we have the goaltending and defense corps to compliment The-Best-Player-We’ll Ever-Have come playoff time?

2. Somebody’s always watching Alex Ovechkin to make sure he isn’t risking life and limb in some previously unheard of, frenetic off-ice activity such as Midnight Moguls or Zamboni Racing, right?

That’s it. That’s the sum of the Capitals’ stress.

read on

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Babcock- “We Got To Stop The Snowball From Rolling Downhill”

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Mike Babcock was on the Fan590 about 20 minutes ago.

Talked Wings and very frank in his discussion.  Then talked Team Canada before talking more Wings, including Osgood.

He also mentioned Williams back tomorrow, Homer back Sunday or the next game and Franzen scheduled to play the last three games before the Olympic break.

Listen to the interview....

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  Tags: mike+babcock, team+canada

Talking Protective Equipment

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Ray Thill,Tampa Bay Lightning Equipment Manager, discusses the protective gear players wear.

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Living The Simple Life While In Vancouver

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from Chris Johnston of the CP at CTVOlympics,

Steve Yzerman and Mario Lemieux shared a room on the eve of one of the most important games in Canadian hockey history.

There was no five-star resort for Team Canada at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City and there won’t be at the Vancouver Games either.

Instead, the millionaire hockey players will be staying in the Olympic village alongside speedskaters, snowboarders and other athletes competing in Vancouver. The accommodations aren’t exactly spartan but they’re not quite as fancy as the places NHL teams typically call home on the road.


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