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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

They’re first in the division, and divisional games are always important. Too bad we gave them a point, but we’re not going to get greedy. We got two, and that’s the most important thing for us. I think we’re right on their heels now, and we’ve got to push.”

-Anze Kopitar of the LA Kings after they defeated the San Jose Sharks in OT last night.  More from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider.

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Preparing Fenway For Hockey

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This was pretty popular on KK last season so I am adding it again, which allows people to check the progress as the NHL prepares Fenway Park in Boston for the Winter Classic 2010.

The webcam is on 15 minute delay and not much happening right now, but when the boards and ice start going in, it is fun to take a look at what is going on.

See the webcam video below…

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A New Idea For UFA Day

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

I suggest we gather all 30 NHL front office staffs, player agents and media in a hotel June 29-July 3 and let the fireworks go off baby. Buzz city!

“I think it’s a great idea,” veteran Don Meehan of Newport Sports told ESPN.com on Wednesday. “Anything to provide exposure for our game is beneficial. It’s progressive. Lord knows we need everything we can to generate interest in our game.”

The start of NHL free agency is July 1, but there is a lot of chatter on June 29-30 as teams try to re-sign players before the market opens.

Somebody please tell me how this is isn’t a great idea?

“I think anything that puts some buzz in our sport, I’m all for it,” Wings GM Ken Holland told ESPN.com on Wednesday when asked about the concept.

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Goal Of The Night

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Dustin Byfuglien with the OT goal last night.

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Rangers Lacking In Many Areas

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

If anyone is searching for a reason why the Rangers have the NHL’s 29th overall record since Oct. 17, their 2-1 overtime loss last night in which they were overwhelmed by the Blackhawks stands as Exhibit A.

Despite getting a point on the strength of Henrik Lundqvist’s brilliance—in the match in which Chicago not only had 41 shots to the Blueshirts’ 18, but an overwhelming 75-32 advantage in attempts—the Rangers lacked the size, strength, speed and commitment to handle one of the NHL’s most powerful teams.

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Encouraging Talk For Quebec City

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from Michel Hebert of QMI Agency at the Toronto Sun,

After a long discussion with National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman last Friday, Quebec premier Jean Charest says he believes the NHL will return to Quebec City.

According to the premier, Bettman is “sincere” and wants to see a franchise return to the former home of the Nordiques. Charest noted that the “planets are aligned” in such a way that the profitability of a new professional team is no longer a question for him

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Spezza & Kovalev Have To Start Producing

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from James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen,

Spezza played through a nagging injury earlier this season and refused to speculate on whether that affected his production.

Kovalev, however, made some cryptic comments Wednesday about being hurt when asked why he isn’t shooting more.

“Well, there’s certain injuries here that have been bothering me, but the last two or three games I’ve been better and getting in positions to start shooting more so, you know, sometimes it’s hard,” he said.

“I mean, I don’t want to blame it on because I got hurt. You know, it’s not the reason. If I’m playing, I’ve got to play the way I can, but sometimes certain things (are) limiting you.”

Kovalev said the fact he hasn’t scored a goal in 15 games isn’t getting to him.

“It doesn’t bother me. You know, what bothers me the most is that we can’t put up the points (in the standings),” he said. “We know we’re good enough. We’re a strong team. We know we can do better and there’s still a lot of games to play, and we should start now to put up some points.”

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Hey Canada, Do You Want Mike Green On Your Olympic Team?

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from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times,

His prowess on offense - and on the power play in particular - could be a big positive for his chances to make the team. Canada struggled to generate offense at the Turin Olympics in 2006, scoring only 15 goals in six games (including three shutout losses) en route to a national panic-inducing seventh-place finish.

The biggest question about Green seems to center on trust. Can Team Canada, with gold-or-bust expectations, trust Green not to have a defensive lapse or a turnover at a critical point in what could be the most pressure-packed tournament in the history of the sport?

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Markov May Join Habs Sooner Than Later

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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Andrei Markov will be back in the lineup sooner rather than later.

That’s the impression you get from talking to the veteran Canadiens defenceman.

Markov suffered torn leg tendons when it was sliced by Carey Price’s skate in a freak accident during the NHL season opener on Oct. 1 in Toronto. The original prognosis said Markov would be out of action until February.

But he has been skating with his teammates for the better part of a week.

“I feel pretty good, I’m skating with the team and I need a little more time,” Markov said.

There’s no pain in the leg but “it feels different.” The main obstacle to his return appears to be conditioning.

“I feel like I’m starting training camp, so I have to take it step by step.” Markov, who said he’s in daily contact with doctors, has a date in mind for his return, but he’s not willing to share it. But nobody should be surprised if Markov is back before the New Year.

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Ready, Set, Vomit: Down Goes Cleary

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So, I guess this statement from Mike Babcock last night…

McCosky

“...it’s very obvious we don’t have a lot of natural goal scorers…”

...goes hand-in-hand with this refreshing ditty from Tick Tock Kenny Holland.

St. James

“He’s probably out awhile,” general manager Ken Holland said, “but I don’t know long awhile is.”

Yep, he’s talking about our boy Charlie Buckets (link to the glossary).

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