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Brent Sutter Reflects On Another Flames Loss

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider,

“Um, we lost the game,” steamed Sutter after his lads’ 3-1 loss Thursday to the visiting Chicago Blackhawks. “When you sit there and say, ‘We had a good effort.’ We’re supposed to have a good effort every night. Obviously, we made mistakes tonight that cost us the game.”

But that slow start against the Hawks—at one point, the guests were doing the outshooting, 18-7—are the Flames so stressed out by their freefall that they’re playing tentatively? That they’re pressing?

“Why is it? Why do you play that way?” countered Sutter. “It’s not a time to play tentative, to press. It doesn’t help the cause. When you’re a team that’s having a tough time getting contributions offensively from everyone, you’ve got to be rock solid in other areas. Being tentative and if you’re pressing . . . I didn’t really sense that from the group.

“At times, we were fine. At times, we made soft plays.”


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  Tags: brent+sutter

Jack Johnson Is A Michigan Man

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott at the Fabulous Forum,

Kings defenseman Jack Johnson reacted angrily Thursday to comments made by General Manager Dean Lombardi in an interview posted on the blog frozenroyalty.net in which Lombardi said Michigan—where Johnson played college hockey—is “the worst” in terms of coaching players and called Johnson “awful as a hockey player” when he played for the Wolverines.

He also criticized Michigan Coach Red Berenson and said Johnson was unable to accept criticism after playing at Michigan and for the U.S. national team development program.

The interview, part of a series, can be found here.

“I’m a Michigan man. I’m very proud of it. I wouldn’t want to have it any other way,” Johnson said after the Kings’ 4-3 shootout victory over the Buffalo Sabres at Staples Center.

continued and Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider has more too....

Filed in: NHL Teams, Los Angeles Kings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: dean+lombardi, jack+johnson

Alex Auld With A Bad Marty Turco Impression

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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  Tags: alex+auld

Tough Way To Lose At Least One Point

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,

The Bruins [team stats] last night committed one of the cardinal sins of team sports: They let a team they should have been put away much earlier hang around and hang around - allowing a dreadful officiating call to decide the game at the end.

The word “dreadful” isn’t really sufficiently descriptive of the call by one or both referees, Tom Kowal or Dean Morton, that led to Columbus’ power-play goal with 1:31 left last night at the Garden, giving the Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory.

It was such a bad call, NHL officiating supervisor Mick McGeogh hurried down to Claude Julien’s office after the game and apologized to the B’s coach.

“The supervisor came in and apologized to us,” said Bruin general manager Peter Chiarelli. “He said it was a mistake. At least that was good of them to admit it.”

continue for more on the game…

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Tortorello To Larry Brooks- “Just Go Stand Somewhere Else”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It’s not the best video, turn up your speakers and scroll to the 2 minute mark.

I’ll try to replace the video if I find a better one.

added 11:27pm, Found a better copy of the post game presser.

added 11:33pm, If you missed the Carcillo/Gaborik fight, watch it here.

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: john+tortorella, larry+brooks

Lecavalier Still Slumping

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Romano of the St. Petersburg Times,

...here we are, 50 games into a season, and this is a Lecavalier we barely know. The player who led the entire NHL in goals less than three years ago is now third on his own team. A player who once scored 52 goals in a season is now on pace for 21.

He has gone from being the face of a franchise to being another face in the crowd. When his name comes up in trade rumors, no one around here is screaming that Lightning ownership is out of its mind.

So how did it get to this point, Vinny?

And, furthermore, what are you going to do about it?

Everyone around the Lightning seems to be waiting for Lecavalier to break out. For that game when he skates onto the ice and, once again, looks as if he owns it. For the moment when he realizes, at age 29, he is frittering away one of the prime years of his career.


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  Tags: vinny+lecavalier

Carcillo Takes On Gaborik

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I guess Carcillo doesn’t care who he fights.

added 11:05pm, Chris Drury, Marc Staal and Vinny Prospal talk about the fight after the game, watch below.

added 01/22/10 at 9:47am, The Flyers talk about the game, watch the video below…


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  Tags: daniel+carcillo, marian+gaborik

LB: And The Iron Boats Go As The Mariners All Know With Our Thoughts Of The Chief On The High Seas

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

You knew it had to be Lightfoot leading us through this LB, bitches.  The Chief is underway as his family and the 19 await his return.

Lightfoot on making the playoffs:

As big challenges go it is bigger than most
With a crew and the Captain well seasoned.

Gordon knew and so do the 19, we have rough seas ahead of us until the playoffs.  We need a steady hand at the helm (settle down Herm).  That hand is Uncle Mike.  Any doubts?  Check this out:


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Not Talking In Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,

The relative calm and quiet recently surrounding the Tampa Bay Lightning ownership situation could get noisy again.

Lightning officials declined comment on a report Thursday by the Sports Business Journal that the National Hockey League advanced the team revenue-sharing money for the 2009-10 season to cover January payroll expenses.

For months, sparring Tampa Bay co-owners Len Barrie and Oren Koules have been working to bring in additional investors in order to part ways. Beginning in August, each was given a 60-day window to buy out the other. Those deadlines have long passed with no resolution to the situation.


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If The Wings Ever Get Healthy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“We did the math last night. The coaching staff all picked their teams, knock on wood, if we ever get healthy, and I can’t share that with you,’’ coach Mike Babcock said after today’s morning skate at the Xcel Energy Center. “It’s a lot different looking team, obviously.’‘

Tomas Holmstrom (broken foot) and Niklas Kronwall (sprained MCL) could be back next week, followed by Jason Williams (fractured fibula) in 10-14 days. Johan Franzen (torn ACL) said he will see the doctor next week, when he hopes to have a better idea of when he’ll return. He said he is skating at full strength and still hopes to be back before the Olympic break (Feb. 15-28).

Here’s my projection of what the lines might look like when everyone is healthy:

read on

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