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Stars Of The Month

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NEW YORK (Jan. 2, 2009) —Boston Bruins goaltenders Manny Fernandez and Tim Thomas, who combined to post a 12-1-0 record, 2.00 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in 13 games, have been named co-recipients of the NHL ‘First Star’ award for December. Philadelphia Flyers center Jeff Carter was named Second Star and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin earned Third Star honors.

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Rookie Of The Month

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NEW YORK (Jan. 2, 2009)—Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason, who posted a 7-5-0 record with a 1.41 goals-against average, .950 save percentage and three shutouts in 12 games, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for December. It marks the second consecutive month that Mason has earned top rookie honors and the third consecutive month a Blue Jackets player has done so, following Derick Brassard in October.

Mason edged St. Louis Blues center Patrik Berglund (6-7—13 in 15 games), Anaheim Ducks right wing Bobby Ryan (4-8—12 in 13 games), Boston Bruins left wing Blake Wheeler (5-6—11 in 13 games), Florida Panthers center Michael Frolik (4-7—11 in 14 games) and Chicago Blackhawks right wing Kris Versteeg (3-6—9 in 11 games) for the award.

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Winter Classic Ratings

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from Gene Laverty of Bloomberg,

The Detroit Red Wings’ 6-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks yesterday at Wrigley Field topped last year’s National Hockey League outdoor game by 12 percent in preliminary television ratings.

The game at the home of baseball’s Chicago Cubs was the third annual outdoor contest and had an overnight rating of 2.9, according to Nielsen Media Research. That tops the 2.6 rating for last year’s match in snowy Buffalo, New York, between the Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins, which had the biggest television audience for an NHL game since 1996.

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The Odds Of Changes

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from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

What the National Hockey League should do and what the National Hockey league does are not always the same thing. So we’ll offer up these suggestions along with the likelihood of their being implemented.

Change the point structure (33% possibility): Some games, three points are awarded. Some games, it’s two. The NHL should say: “Look guys, we’re putting three points on the line in every game. If you want all three, you have to win in regulation time. If not, the points are awarded on a 2-1 basis with the eventual winner getting two.”...

Get a new commissioner (10%): Gary Bettman shut down the league for a year with the promise to the owners that his solution would end their economic woes. That clearly has not been the case, and many of the owners are unhappy with him….

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The Bruins Are #1

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from Tony Massarotti of the Boston Globe,

The Bruins are for real. The Bruins are loaded. The Bruins are deep, talented and extremely well-coached, and they are a legitimate threat to win—deep breath here—Le Coupe.

The Cup.

Right?

I mean, aren’t they?

Admit it: If you are like most Bostonians, the Bruins have had their place for a long time. They are No. 4. (This is the only similarity to Robert Gordon Orr.) Yet the simple, indisputable truth today is that Bruins are indeed No. 1, in more ways than one, meaning it is time for some of us to learn, once and for all, the true difference between a hockey puck and a Ring Ding.

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Something Needs To Be Done

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from Damien Cox of The Spin,

No, the late Don Sanderson should not be turned into a martyr for the anti-fighting crowd.

On the basis of what we know, he might well have been the first guy to say that fighting was part of the game, and that he knew what he was getting into that fateful Dec. 12 night while playing for the Whitby Dunlops. He died earlier today, and his family, one imagines, wouldn’t want to see his memory manipulated for the purposes of anyone’s political agenda.

At the same time, however, it would be equally wrong to pretend for the sake of the pro-fighting constituency out there that this was somehow just an accident that was unavoidable and could happen to anyone who laces up a pair of skates.

We cannot simply ignore the terrible truth that a young man has been killed in a hockey fight, that hockey violence has claimed a life.

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Santa Surprise

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I hope the NHL doesn’t pick-up on this marketing idea.  It sort of spooks me out.

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Bruins Still Hot

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from John Bishop of BostonBruins.com,

The 10-game run of victories is the Bruins longest such streak since a 10-game win streak from March 9-28, 1973. It is the longest such streak in the league this season and is tied for the fourth longest in team history behind streaks of 14, 13 and 11 games.

The Bruins also extended their home win streak to 14 games. It is their longest such streak since a 16-game home win streak from Jan. 10-Mar. 25, 1976.  It is the longest such streak in the league this season and is the fifth longest in team history behind streaks of 20, 19, 16 and 15 games.

Not bad, but just don’t expect the Bruins to be talking about the victory on Friday.

“After every game…we’ve really turned the page,” said Julien. “[Friday], we’re going to start talking about Buffalo – we’re not going to be talking about Pittsburgh….”

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Is This The End For Warrener?

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from Jean Lefebvre of the Calgary Herald,

Rhett Warrener isn’t quite ready to call it a career.

“Until that bridge is burned and there’s no coming back,” said the ailing Flames blueliner, “you still think in the back of your head, ‘maybe I’ll end up playing.’ “

Still, there are moments the 32-year-old cowpoke from Saskatchewan—who hasn’t played a real game since March—can’t help but wonder if it’s time to ride off into the sunset. It’s an overused term, but “warrior” is an apt description for a rearguard who’s battled his entire career. But when doctors hint at drastic measures like shoulder replacement surgery, you can’t help but wonder about the value of fighting against the dying of the light.

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Tootoo Gets His Revenge

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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Just 22 seconds into Thursday’s 2-1 loss to Vancouver, Tootoo dropped the gloves with Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows, who’d infuriated the Predators last month by leveling Nashville’s J.P. Dumont with a flying check.

“I was just sticking up for my teammates,’’ said Tootoo, who missed the previous Vancouver game. “The last game we didn’t have that physical play there. We wanted to set the tone and we did that.’‘

Tootoo had to do some talking to Burrows before the Canucks forward was willing to fight, but Tootoo made short work of him.

“Obviously he knows what kind of fighter I am and he was a little intimidated,’’ Tootoo said. “But if you’re going to be able to dish it out, you’re going to have to be able to handle it. He knew it was coming.’‘

more on the Predators and watch the fight below…

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