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All Wade Belak

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from the Florida Panthers (reader submitted questions),

Beside yourself, who are some of the toughest fighters in the league?

Belak: “Probably (Derek) Boogaard, (Georges) Laraque, and (Donald) Brashear. Top three.”

Since you fight on skates, does it really help hockey players to take boxing lessons?

Belak: “I think so. It teaches you to take a punch and protect yourself. For balance you have to turn your skates sideways. You don’t want to come in straight on because they’ll easily knock you off balance…In the past guys would go in toe to toe, blow for blow. But guys are bigger and stronger.

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Are The Leafs Better

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from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,

The improved Leafs.

Well, actually, they’re not. Paul Maurice had the team 4-2-2 out of the gate last season, good enough for 10 points.

...Against a slumping Ottawa team on Saturday, the Leafs were first to the puck all night and outskated a Senators team that used to outskate the Leafs with ease.

But was that more of a measure of the Sens or the Leafs?

The Boston victory was impressive because it was a comeback win, and in three games last week, the Leafs allowed just six goals, certainly evidence of enhanced defensive play.

But two games in an 82-game slate don’t prove much, and Wilson’s dilemma, just as it was for Pat Quinn and Paul Maurice and those that came before, is that the city is as easily satisfied as the players.

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Catering To The Hawks

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Windy City is right.

I’ve never given a great deal of thought to Chicago’s longstanding nickname. 

But today it’s really ringing true.  Why?

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Best Of The Bunch

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from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

A popular question for hockey fans in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s was who was a better player: Wayne Gretzky or Mario Lemieux?

There were viable arguments to either side of that debate. Gretzky had all the records. Lemieux had lesser teammates to work with. Etc.

Either way, it was a simple argument that only had two choices.

Things are a little bit more complex in this day and age. There are three potential choices to that argument.

Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin or Alex Ovechkin.

continued with a statistical argument…

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No Panic In Edmonton

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from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

“We’re not happy about losing three in a row,” said netminder Mathieu Garon. “But we’re not at a panic point right now.”

Sam Gagner agrees.

“We can’t be too negative,” he said. “We can’t worry about it too much, but at the time we need to learn from the mistakes we made in the last few games.

“The energy in here seems to be positive, guys are upbeat, guys are working hard in practice. That’s what we need to go forward. I don’t think any negativity or guys feeling bad for themselves is going to help us.”

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Empty Feeling

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from Gary Loewen of Sun Media,

Empty-net goals are for wimps - at least they are when they come in the waning seconds with the outcome of the game no longer in doubt….

The goal against isn’t charged to the goalie, it’s charged against the team. So why credit goals and assists for scoring into open nets? Simply award a team goal.

On the other hand, the NHL could use a fresh gimmick now that we’ve all become accustomed to the shootout. To challenge the shooter, put a cardboard cutout into the net after the real goalie vacates.

Or hang a cow bell from the crossbar. Ring it off the bell and collect a goal!

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Stars Call On Moog For Help

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Andy Moog was back on the ice again Sunday – and that could be a good sign for the Stars’ goaltending situation….

“He looks at it through a goaltender’s perspective,” Stars coach Dave Tippett said. “He knows the movements, he knows the idiosyncrasies of the goaltender’s position. He’s lived them, he’s studied them, he knows them.”

Moog worked before practice with Turco.

“I think we need to get back to the hard work part of the goalie business,” Moog said.

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All George Parros

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from A.J. Perez of USA TODAY,

Q: We’re one month into the season and you’ve already reached your career high in goals. Did you find your scoring touch in the offseason?

Parros: I don’t know. I’ve been able to get some good shots on net. Some years they go in for you, some years they don’t. I usually don’t get too many shots, but I’ve gotten myself into some good position. I don’t think there’s any way to explain it. They’ve just gone in. Thank God for that and I hope they keep coming.

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Grinder for Grinder…And One In The Wings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Think there may be a little friction in the room right now?  Darren McCarty essentially replaced Kirk Maltby in the lineup against Chicago Saturday.

Khan(!)

Babcock said he needs more from his third and fourth lines, one of the reasons why he sat Maltby for Darren McCarty.

It was the first time in recent memory Maltby was a healthy scratch. He was upset about it and declined comment.

 

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Taking The 19 To Staples

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Ticketmaster just informed me I have seats in the lower section at Staples Center for Monday’s game against the Kings.  I’ll do my best to represent you all in the most mature, non-juvenilistic way possible.

My track record in opposing arenas betrays that noble goal.

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