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Looks Like No Action Will Be Taken On The Ovechkin Hit

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via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Alex Ovechkin won’t be suspended or receive an additional fine by the NHL for his hit on Buffalo’s Patrick Kaleta on Wednesday night, I’m told.

After the Caps’ 2-0 victory over the Sabres, Ovechkin said he won’t let the ejection - the second of his four plus seasons in the NHL - affect the aggressive manner in which he plays the game.

“I can’t do nothing about it,” he said. “I just play my game. I’m not going to change. It’s me.”

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A Very Improved Power Play

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I have never fully understood power play numbers.  My line of logic is that a team that has a very good group of talented offensive players (including a power play point man) should have a very good power play and teams that do not have the appropriate talent do not.  The situation is complicated when some teams may have better special teams coaching and be better able to play successful systems.  Following that line of logic, one might expect Calgary, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Jose and Washington to be among the best power plays in the league.  That logic does not hold up well in reality.  Calgary is 16th, Chicago 11th, Detroit 7th, Philadelphia 1st, Pittsburgh 27th, San Jose 3rd and Washington 6th. Aside from Pittsburgh (who had injury to Sergei Gonchar and Evgeni Malkin this season), those teams are among the top half of the league and tend to be among the top, but it is not a method that is overly successful in finding top power plays. 

One team that has had success this year that I cannot easily explain is the Columbus Blue Jackets.  They have the second best power play in the league; with a 26.1% success rate (they were first in the league until last night when the Flyers passed them going 1 for 2 on the power play versus the New York Islanders).  The main reason I cannot account for the Columbus success so far this year is they had the worst power play in the league last year with a 12.1% success rate.  What has changed?

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Talking Sweater Colors

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from Edward Fraser of The Hockey News,

There was a time, not too long ago, when black became all the rage in the NHL.

After The Great One was traded to Los Angeles in 1988 and the Kings took on their new optical identity, ‘The Darkness’ became the shade of choice and slowly swept across the landscape:

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With this post I am done for the day unless something major breaks in the NHL world.  Again, have a great Thanksgiving.

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Sherry Ross With The Call

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via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils radio color analyst Sherry Ross became the first woman broadcaster to provide play-by-play for a full 60-minute NHL game in English during tonight’s 3-1 Devils’ win over Ottawa on WFAN-660 AM.

Ross filled in for Matt Loughlin, who missed the game because the death of his father in law. She did the play-by-play for one period during a 1993-94 game in Washington. Gary Thorne, the Devils’ TV play-by-play announcer at the time, was late arriving because of travel problems so Chris Moore shifted from radio to TV and Ross did the play-by-play on the radio for the first period.

This was the first time she did the full game as the play-by-play announcer, though. Former Devil Rob Skrlac filled in as the color analyst.

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  Tags: sherry+ross

It Started 92 Years Ago

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from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Here’s another reason to give thanks this Thanksgiving: The National Hockey League was founded 92 years ago today.

Its predecessor, the National Hockey Association, was on its last legs due to players joining the Canadian Forces in World War I, decreased attendance and warring owners. One of the teams, the Toronto 228th Battalion, had been inducted en masse.

A group that included S.E. Lichtenhein of the Montreal Wanderers, G.W. Kendall of the Montreal Canadiens, T.P. Gorman of the Ottawa Senators and M.J. Quinn of the Quebec Bulldogs, along with NHA secretary-treasurer Frank Calder, met at Montreal’s Windsor Hotel. The NHA owners had had repeated problems with Eddie Livingstone the owner of the Toronto Blueshirts, and decided to exclude him from the NHL.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Is the turkey in the oven yet?

Did you fill the propane tank if you are deep-frying the bird?

No matter which route you choose to cook your dinner, the most important part is sitting down with family and friends.  Please enjoy the day, we all have a lot to be thankful for.

Oh yes, there is hockey tonight too…

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Another Knee On Knee Hit Debate

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from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators’ injury-riddled lineup took another heavy hit with Devils tough guy Andrew Peters responsible for the latest calamity. He knocked winger Chris Neil out of the game with a knee-on-knee hit with six minutes to go in the first period. Neil had gone back to get the puck when Peters came flying in and smashed him, Peters’ knee making contact with Neil’s left knee.

Neil hobbled off the ice, went straight to the dressing room and did not return.

Senators GM Bryan Murray thought the hit was dirty. There was no penalty called.

“(Peters) led with his knee,” he said.

Neil blamed himself.

“I didn’t see anything wrong with it,” said Neil. “I put myself in a vulnerable spot and opened myself up. I got there late and he came barrelling in there. You give your lumps and you take your lumps.”

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  Tags: andrew+peters, chris+neil

Game Of The Night Turns Into A Dud

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from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

The Marian Hossa era has officially begun. And by the looks of things, it could be something special for the Blackhawks.

The veteran winger made his debut with the Hawks on Wednesday night and helped them thoroughly dismantle the San Jose Sharks 7-2 in front of a crowd of 17,562 at HP Pavilion….

“It was a bonus to score two goals,” said Hossa, who played his first game after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery. “I was looking to try to get into game shape and try to make good plays, keep it simple. Who would say we’d beat them 7-2? We played a great game overall. It’s huge.”

more on the game…

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Burke Knows He Paid Heavy Price For Kessel

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from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

Brian Burke knew the potential consequences when he shipped a generous bunch of draft picks to the Boston Bruins to get a bonafide sniper for his team.

But you can talk all you want about Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin—the consensus top two picks for next spring’s entry draft—Burke did as well before he pulled the trigger to land Phil Kessel.

“We discussed it internally,” Burke said yesterday. “We said: ‘what if the pick turns out to be Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin?’ and I was fine with that….

As for the current state of the trade market, Burke says his hands have been tied because of the salary cap. There has been some tire-kicking but little more.

“There’s no panic for a couple of reasons,” Burke said. “One, the team is working its ass off and two, with any luck at all, we could have six or seven more wins in the last 10 games.”

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Oveckin Gets A Game Misconduct

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from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times,

Ovechkin was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding Buffalo’s Patrick Kaleta 3:38 into the third period.

According to the league rulebook, Ovechkin was hit with the major penalty at the official’s discretion, but an injury to the head or face on a major infraction is grounds for an automatic ejection. Kaleta left the ice holding his nose, and Ovechkin tossed his glove in the air in frustration as he went to the dressing room.

This is the second game misconduct in Ovechkin’s career, and both have come against the Sabres. He was ejected from a game Dec. 2, 2006 during his second NHL season for checking then-Buffalo forward Danny Briere into the boards from behind. Ovechkin was also fined earlier this season after slew-footing Atlanta’s Rich Peverley with 30 seconds left Oct. 22 at Philips Arena.

more on the Caps win…

The video is not the best quality, but here is the Ovechkin hit…

Note:  Replaced the video with a better quality one on 11/26/09 around 8:45am.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, patrick+kaleta

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