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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (March 15, 2010)—Vancouver Canucks right wing Mikael Samuelsson, Phoenix Coyotes right wing Lee Stempniak and Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Mar. 14.

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Let’s Get Back To The Game On The Ice - Wings vs. Flames Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Herald,

After a sub-par first period that ended up costing Calgary the game on Sunday, the Flames try to rebound tonight against the visiting Detroit Red Wings. Check in with our game-day experts and have your say on tonight’s contest.

Vicki Hall, hockey writer, Calgary Herald

Bank on seeing: The Flames roar out of the tunnel with fire after such a dismal opening period Sunday night in Vancouver….A glimpse of offensive magic from the likes of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg….Robyn Regehr take on the heavy lifting of removing the carcass of one Tomas Holmstrom from the Calgary crease.

The score: Calgary 3 Detroit 2

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Good And Bad Acquisitions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Here are 10 players who joined new teams last summer that are paying dividends, and a few who have missed the mark.

THE GOOD:

Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers.

Many wondered if the Rangers made a mistake signing a player with a history of injuries to a long, rich contract, but Gaborik has been gold for the Blueshirts….

THE BAD:

Martin Havlat, Minnesota Wild

Brought in to replace Gaborik, Havlat has been a disappointment with just 15 goals in 61 games. This guy can be a human highlight film when he is on his game, but that has not been the case very often this season.

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Russian Guy Grabs A Hockey Stick, Hits Goalie In The Head

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

RussianHockeyFans has a full explanation.

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  Tags: khl, vitaly+kolesnik

Should Ovechkin Be Suspended?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am not going to put up a yes or no poll but rather ask you to comment and tell me if Alexander Ovechkin should/should not be suspended for his boarding call on Brian Campbell yesterday.

This from a Darren Dreger tweet this morning,

NHL is defining “boarding” now and in light of the severity of B.Campbell’s injury, Ovechkin may face suspension.

Also, Tarik El-Bashir tweeted earlier this morning,

I’m hearing the Caps have/are going to ask the NHL to rescind the major penalty assessed to Alex Ovechkin yesterday for his hit/shove.

If you want to review the hit, you can watch it here.

added 11:16am, via Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

I don’t think Alex should have received a game misconduct for that play. I don’t think he should miss our next game either. Matt Cooke didn’t get suspended or a penalty called on his hit last week, but Alex Ovechkin the league’s MVP did on that play? I don’t get it. But it is what it is. We will move on, play hard and we won’t “explain or complain”.

added 11:20am, Damien Cox tweets,

NHL had no plans to suspend Ovechkin on Sunday. If they’ve changed their minds now, Caps should appeal.

added 11:26am, from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Since Alexander Ovechkin’s previous boarding major (Patrick Kaleta) happened more than 41 games ago, there is no automatic suspension. (Crazy coincidence: Chicago was game number 42.) But, he admitted post-game that he pushed Brian Campbell - and pushing guys from behind into the boards doesn’t go over well, especially now that Campbell may be out for the rest of the regular season.

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added 11:30am, Bob McKenzie tweets,

I will be surprised if Ovechkin is not suspended for a couple of games. Campbell’s injury is the big factor now.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, brian+campbell

Colin Campbell Has Another Chance To Embarrass Himself

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The NHL has had a poor suspension policy for years.  One of its key problems has been that star players get treated much more leniently than fringe players for the same offence.  The NHL hesitates to suspend players who drive ticket sales, while sometimes throwing the book at players who are of lesser importance.

The most recent embarrassment has been the lack of suspension the Matt Cooke for a headshot on Marc Savard, in the same week the NHL general managers agreed to a potential rule change to make headshots more suspendable.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Olympic hangover?.  Excuses are for losers. You knew the level of play was going to be higher coming out of the Olympics than it was going in. That’s just the way our game is. You have to want it bad. Bottom line, we don’t have enough guys wanting it bad.”

-Ducks GM Bob Murray on the play of his team.  More from Randy Youngman of the OC Register.

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GDT - Game #69: Red Wings at Flames (9:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Three straight wins, the impossible dream, right?  The Wings have not won 3 straight in almost 3 months, since Dec. 11-17.  Ironically, the last time DET was in position to win three straight was on March 9th, when they hosted CGY, and played well early, before ending in an ugly, heartless 4-2 loss.  But, the Wings are heating up lately, winners of four of their last five and six of eight. The team claim they are looking for redemption this evening. 

Meanwhile, CGY lost on the road at VAN last night 3-1.  Kiprusoff was in net last night, but got the hook after the 1st - - more out of mercy because his team was flat early on.  He faced 20 SOG and surrendered all 3 VAN goals in the 1st period.  CGY played inspired the remainder of the game, they outshot VAN 27-8 over the final 40 minutes, including 11-0 in the third period.  By virtue of their loss, CGY have slipped to 9th.

The Wings now hold the 8 spot entering the game tonight, it would be nice if they could keep it for more than 1 day.  Another huge game tonight.

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You Dirty Rat

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Top Five Intimidators in the game today according to Stan Fischler.

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Ducks Beat Sharks But Lose Selanne And Getzlaf

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Robyn Norwood of the LA Times,

It was a feel-good game until the third period, when two of the Ducks’ best players — Teemu Selanne and Ryan Getzlaf — left the ice with injuries within minutes of each other and didn’t return.

Selanne, who scored his 599th NHL goal earlier in the game and kept buzzing around the net for No. 600, slid hard into the boards after tripping on a stick on a scoring attempt with 18:16 left. After getting up very slowly — first to his hands and knees, then to one knee — he skated off unassisted and did not return.

A team official said Selanne was “shaken up” and suffered an upper-body injury.

Soon after Selanne was hurt, Getzlaf reinjured his left ankle, which he sprained before the Olympics. He later left the arena wearing a walking boot and is considered to be day-to-day.

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  Tags: ryan+getzlaf, teemu+selanne

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