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Kings Activate Justin Williams

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have activated forward Justin Williams off the injured reserve list, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.  The Kings today also recalled defenseman Davis Drewiske from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.

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The Ovechkin Celebration Talk

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from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

And frankly I didn’t see anything wrong with the NHL’s most charismatic player going a little overboard to celebrate his monumental goal, just the way I can still see Theo Fleury racing to centre ice, dropping to his knees and spinning with his arm pumping the air in one of the most enthusiastic goal celebrations in NHL history.

So when my colleague Nick Kypreos went on the air after the Leafs game and ripped Ovechkin, I thought he was just nitpicking, a la Don Cherry who is sure to rip the Russian Saturday night on Coach’s Corner.

After he was off the air, Kyper continued his rant and I continued to disagree with him. Right up until he said to me, “Would you want either of your boys to do that?”

Without hesitation I responded, “nope.”

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Media Reports Motivate Luongo

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from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,

Luongo stopped 30 shots for his sixth shutout of the season and first since early November and Burrows snapped a scoreless tie late in the second as the Canucks won for the 11th straight time on home ice with a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues.

Canuck coach Alain Vigneault credited the media for the win.

“In my mind I think you guys should be first star,” Vigneault joked after the game. “You pissed him (Luongo) off and look how well he played.”

Luongo was not happy about stories earlier in the week that focused on recent soft goals he had surrendered and his shaky play with the puck outside his crease.

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Beware Of The Russians

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from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,

It’s a curious time for Russians to be in positions of such individual dominance in the NHL.

And a dangerous time, at least for those Canadians who dream of winning Olympic gold on home soil next February in Vancouver.

Russia, you see, is supplying fewer and fewer players to the NHL these days, with only 31 skaters and goaltenders having played for the league’s 30 teams this season.

That’s about 3 per cent of the league’s total playing population and about half the number of Russians that were in the NHL a decade ago.

At the same time, however, Mother Russia’s athletes have never soared on North American rinks in quite the style they do now.

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Green Hurting With Undisclosed Injury

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from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

He (Mike Green) seemed to be moving okay. But he definitely is not “fine” as both he and Coach Bruce Boudreau said after the Caps’ 5-2 win. If had to speculate, I would guess that he’s got an abdominal or oblique strain.

The team has not provided an official update on his status.

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Tight Playoff Races Are Here To Stay

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from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

Back to this year’s Western Conference race for a moment. After last night’s late games, 12 points separated fourth-place Vancouver and 12th-place St. Louis. But maybe more to the point, there were only six points separating the sixth-place Blue Jackets and the Blues. Four teams that are currently out of the eight playoff spots are two wins from being in.

Hitchcock said basically said this tight playoff race may be pretty much the status quo from now on.

“This is the wave of the future,” he said. “This is it. When you look at the young teams, the young teams are going to be better next year and they’re right in the race now. So how many of those teams are going to be in the dog pile? I foresee a situation where you could have 15 teams going for eight spots and getting it down to seven or eight games, and all 15 teams are still in the mix. I see a day that’s gonna come.”

more from Hitchcock…

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GDT - Game #72: Red Wings at Thrashers (7:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

The Red Wings begin their last multi-game road trip of this season tonight in Atlanta, followed by a back-to-back Monday at Calgary and Tuesday at Edmonton.  DET has started Osgood the past three games against playoff contenders, and won by a combined score of 12-4 (i.e. GA/A = 1.33).  Osgood will start again tonight.  Since the Wings five game losing streak in January, DET has posted a 16-4-2 record.  DET leads the League in road points at 47, with a record of 21-10-5.

ATL have virtually no chance of making the playoffs, they are 13th in the Eastern Conference, 17 points behind eighth-place Carolina.  That is not to say ATL have not been playing good hockey.  ATL had won a franchise-record six straight before losing 6-2 at Pittsburgh on Tuesday.  ATL recorded two shutouts and outscored opponents 22-9 during their run, and played the last two games without Ilya Kovalchuk.

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Panthers Playoff Promise

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Driving to the glitzy BankAtlantic Center here on the fringe of the Everglades, Peter DeBoer’s mug can be seen plastered on various billboards along the way.

The billboards are part of an ad campaign promoting the “Panthers Promise,” an innovative plan in which fans purchasing the four-game ticket pack will get priority purchasing rights for the post-season.

Of course, there is no guarantee that the Panthers will make the playoffs. If they, in fact, do not, fans who have invested in the Panthers Promise Plan will get free tickets to four games in 2009-10.

Asked if seeing himself on all these larger-than-life signs makes him the so-called “face” of the franchise, DeBoer chuckled.

“For (the fans’ sake), I hope not,” he laughed.

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Boston Struggles Continue

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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

The loss underscored some ugly truths about the Bruins. They’re playing scared. They’re downright polite when they take leads. They think twice about turning in 60-minute efforts. And they’re not committed to being as hungry and desperate as their opponents.

“A couple things have to happen,” said coach Claude Julien, deep into his checklist of items in an attempt to revive his club. “Basically, all I have to say is that we’re going to have to start outworking other teams from start to finish like we were earlier in the season. And your best players have to find their games and give it the best they can for us to get out of it.”

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Ovechkin’s 50th Goal Talk

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from Tarik El-Bashi of Capitals Insider,

Here’s what Alex Ovechkin had to say about his goal celebration tonight: “Me, Jose Theodore, [Nicklas] Backstrom and [Mike Green] said if I score goal, Jose tell me just put the stick on the ice and try act like it’s so hot. Backie stopped and Greenie stopped, so I have to do it myself.”

When I asked him if he expected to be ripped by Don Cherry, he shot back with a big smile: “Oh yeah, he’s going to be [ticked] off for sure. I love it. I can’t wait ‘til he says something about me. Old coaches, old system, you know?”

more inlcuding reaction from Boudreau and Tocchet.

If you missed the goal and celebration, watch it here.

added 8:55am, Damian Critodero of the St. Petersburg Times has more from the Tampa side…

added 10:57am, Locker room video added below…

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