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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (February 15, 2010) – Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos, Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton and Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Feb. 14.

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Capitals Review At The Olympic Break

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from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

We are first in the East up 13 points over NJ. We are first in our division over second place Tampa by 27 points.

We lead the NHL in goals scored with 247. San Jose is second with 204 goals scored.

We lead the NHL in power play efficiency.

We have the best home record at 23-3-3 and have played the least amount of games at home of the best teams. We have sold out every game. We spend at the cap max in payroll. Our ticket prices continue to be in lowest third of the NHL….

The bad: We are a tired team and a team with some injuries.

We know we have to get back to playing better systems oriented hockey.


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Different Styles For Ovechkin And Crosby

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from Lucas Aykroyd at IIHF.com,

It is, of course, unfair to label 2010 the “Ovechkin versus Crosby Olympics”, because hockey is a team sport. But these are both players that have the ability, not just to make a play that changes a game, but to go ahead and impose their will on the game.

However, the captain of the Washington Capitals and his Pittsburgh Penguins counterpart achieve their goals in such different ways.

It’s hard to pin down intangible qualities that make a star what he is. But if I had to try, I’d say that Ovechkin’s success stemly mostly from passion, whereas Crosby’s mostly reflects his drive. (Their skill sets both go without saying, and they have both diversified their games to the point where the old “Ovechkin shoots, Crosby makes plays” label is no longer adequate.)

One dictionary defines passion as “a powerful emotion, such as love, joy, hatred, or anger”. And that’s what you see every time Ovechkin steps on the ice. He’s blowing kisses and throwing himself into the boards when he scores goals. He gets angry when his team falls behind and spurs himself to play better. A classic example occurred in Washington’s come-from-behind 5-4 OT victory over Pittsburgh on February 7, where Ovechkin led the way with a hat trick.

The same dictionary defines drive as “the trait of being highly motivated”. To that, you might add “focused” in Crosby’s case.


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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, sidney+crosby, team+canada, team+russia

Getzlaf OK To Play

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via a Bob McKenzie tweet,

Jeff Carter has been told his services are not required. Getzlaf on the team

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  Tags: ryan+getzlaf, team+canada

Olympic Hockey Predictions

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I would love to be able to publish an informed ranking of the twelve teams in the Olympics from first to twelfth, but the weaker teams in the tournament have far too many players on their roster that I either have never seen play or have seen play so rarely that it is hard to make a meaningful assessment of them.  I cannot realistically tell you if Latvia is better than Belarus or vice versa.  As a result, I will list the teams I think are the top five, with a blurb about each.  In a short tournament like the Olympics, upsets will happen.  With a small number of games played, those upsets may be significant and it is unlikely that the teams actually finish with strongest on top, second strongest in second.  There will be variability in the standings.

Here are my top five predictions:

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Stralman Hit On Kane

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via Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

What did you think of the hit?

Did you like what Troy Brouwer did, stepping up and fighting Stralman and earning 19 minutes in penalties? Hawks coach Joel Quenneville did.

“I thought he did exactly what we’d want him to do,” Quenneville said.

Watch the hit below…

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  Tags: anton+stralman, patrick+kane

The Top Brothers In The NHL Today

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Stan Fischler tells you who they are.

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Watching Olympic Hockey

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The mens preliminary round starts tomorrow with three games being played Tuesday through Sunday (game times are consistent all week, 3pm, 7:30pm & 11:55pm ET).

See the complete preliminary schedule below or if you have trouble locating USA Network, CNBC and MSNBC on your TV, click here and the channel number will be displayed for your location.

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  Tags: winter+oiympics

NHL & Olympic Talk

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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

• Really, really curious to watch Ryan Miller. Aside from last year, his late-season numbers aren’t great. Is he starting to burn out from carrying the Sabres on his back, again?

• Thought Marc Crawford made a really interesting point about the team with the most fluid skaters being in best position to win. His theory: as the players get exhausted in the later rounds, those who expend less energy while striding will have an advantage. He pointed out two Canadians in particular: Scott Niedermayer and Patrice Bergeron.


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  Tags: winter+olympics

Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“It’s really amazing to me when people talk about all the pressure the hockey team has.

“I’m watching skiing (and) they fall, and that’s it. All that hard work for a 30-second race.

“Hockey is talked about more, and it’s a sport so many Canadians have a passion for, but I think it’s safe to say that every Olympic athlete has to deal with pressure.

“We’re in Canada, we’ve got the whole country behind us. That’s a pretty great opportunity.”

-Sidney Crosby of Team Canada.  More on Crosby from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star.

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  Tags: sidney+crosby, team+canada

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