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Big Comeback For Blackhawks

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I normally do not do game recaps, but sometimes…

from NHL.com,

A comeback of historic proportions took place at the United Center on Monday night.

After allowing five goals in a span of 5:29 during the first period, the Chicago Blackhawks roared back with six unanswered tallies—capped by Brent Seabrook’s winner 26 seconds into overtime—for a wild 6-5 victory against the Calgary Flames.

It was the biggest comeback in the history of the “Original Six” franchise and came against the team the Blackhawks eliminated in the opening round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs. And, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, it tied the NHL record for the biggest deficit overcome.

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After Two Weeks

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from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,

Only two weeks? The NHL season is only two weeks old?

So much, it seems, has happened already. And the next round of NHL Players’ Association bloodletting is just around the corner.

So, after two weeks, here’s some of what we know:

• It’s too early to count the Red Wings out, even after two losses in Europe to start the season and the loss of super-scorer Johan Franzen. As long as they have the combination of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg up front, and a fellow named Lidstrom on the blue line, they’re not going to turn into an also-ran any time soon.

• Funny how the Boston Bruins are a little slow out of the gate, huh? Losing Phil Kessel from their attack doesn’t seem to have helped the B’s.

• Somebody named Davis Drewiske is yet another promising blue-line face on a Kings defence that already boasts Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson.


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All Ted Leonsis

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from Helene Elliott of the Fabulous Forum at the LA Times,

Here’s the rest of my chat with Leonsis before the Capitals 3-2 shootout loss to New Jersey on Monday.

Q: You’re so willing to interact with fans. Is that something you did to build a fan base or something that’s just part of your nature?
A: I grew up on the Internet and I don’t think you can use the medium at your convenience. And so what I decided to do from day one is I published my e-mail address. And I do owners’ corners, and then I started my blog and I’m walking around with the fans at games.

Then I turned my blog into Facebook. I’m already at 5,000 fans on Facebook. And I send all my blog posts out automatically as tweets on Twitter, so I try to pride myself on being transparent and honest, both good and bad. And so at least you’ll know that what you’re hearing and seeing from me you can believe. And sometimes people don’t like what I say.

A couple weeks ago I had this big press event at the Washington Times. There was, like, 20 editors and reporters and I showed up and this one managing editor said, ‘Are we waiting for somebody else?’ I said no. He said, ‘It’s just you?’ And I said, ‘What do you mean?’

They said, ‘No PR people, no entourage?’ I said no. Why do I need those?


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Wild Hurting With Injuries, What Can They Do?

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from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

After GM Chuck Fletcher informed the media that Cal Clutterbuck will be out a matter of “weeks” with a sprained ankle, that Pierre-Marc Bouchard is still out indefinitely with a concussion and that Petr Sykora is doubtful Wednesday against Anaheim with a sore groin, I sat down and watched practice.

In a 5-minute span, Martin Havlat crashed into the boards, Mikko Koivu crashed into the goal and Benoit Poiliot crashed into a teammate. At the end, Jaime Sifers’ skate hit a rut and he crashed backwards onto the ice.

All four are OK, but the scenes were pretty much par for the course for what’s been going on with the Wild since the start of training camp…

So while Fletcher can probably trade draft picks for players, how do you justify that when you need to somehow use those picks to hopefully add skill to this organization. In other words, if you trade your draft picks like yesteryear’s Wild, how do you ever catch up?

Fletcher just doesn’t have a lot of options that I see. I know I’ve harped on this before during some very critical columns last season of the previous regime, but I’ve watched a lot of hockey in the last few weeks. The Wild are so far behind other organizations right now in terms of bright young talent on the roster and in the system, it is downright frightening.


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HD Alert- Is This Something New?

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I noticed the Leafs/Rangers game on CI, with the Sportsnet feed is in HD on Directv.

I can’t recall this happing before with a Canadian feed. 

Is my memory going bad?

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Gagne Still Feeling Tightness In Groin Area

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from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,

Just got back from the Flyers’ practice, where Simon Gagne declined to speak to me – a rarity for him — because he said he was “going to the doctor” with Flyers athletic trainer Jim McCrossin.

Gagne has no goals and three assists in five games this season and has lacked the jump he showed most of last season when he finished with 34 goals.


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Best Of The Week

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Best goals, hits and saves from the past week in the NHL.

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Off To A Rough Start

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from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Five players who’ve struggled early:

Olli Jokinen—Lost in the Calgary Flames’ fast start has been the fact that Jokinen has not scored this season. After a fast start in his first couple of games as a Flame last March, he has gone 18 games, going back to last season, since his last goal.

Ryane Clowe—While San Jose’s first line has been going great, the second line hasn’t. Clowe, who’s being counted on for 20-plus goals this season, hasn’t produced a point in the Sharks’ five games.

Chuck Kobasew—The Bruins are off to a shaky start, and one reason is the lack of production from players like Kobasew. He hasn’t put up a point in Boston’s first four games and is minus-3.

Tomas Vokoun—The hero (52 saves) of Florida’s season-opening win against Chicago has had a tough time since then. He’s lost his next three starts, including two this past weekend in which he allowed eight goals in five periods.

Milan Michalek—One of the two players who came to Ottawa in the deal that sent Heatley to San Jose, Michalek hasn’t done anything for his new team yet. He’s scoreless in four games and is minus-3.

many more topics as John takes a look at the NHL this week…

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Hockey Fan?  You’ll Enjoy Hockey Dad

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I normally don’t do book reviews for this simple reason- I don’t have the free time to actually read books.

But when Bob McKenzie personally sends you his book, Hockey Dad: True Confessions of a (Crazy?) Hockey Parent, well, you read it.

Now, I am not a hockey dad, but as a fan of hockey, I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

Perhaps the most straightforward way to review the book is to use Bob’s own words…

from the prologue of Hockey Dad,

Hockey Insider is what I do, not necessarily who I am….

Yes, Hockey Dad is what I am.  As passionate as I am about my job, as passionate I am about hockey, I am even more passionate about my family….

Enough said, get the book if you are a hockey fan, hockey mom or hockey dad.

Hockey Dad can be purchased at Amazon (affiliate link).



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Semenov Felt He Was Worth More Money

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from Jeff Z. Klein of SlapShot at the NY Times, I

n an interview published over the weekend in the Russian daily Sport Den za Dnem, defenseman Alexei Semenov made his first public statement on his sudden departure from the Rangers before the season opener on Oct. 1.

Semenov said he declined to sign with the Rangers after being invited to try out for the club in training camp not because of his wife’s objections, as Rangers General Manager Glen Sather had told reporters, but because he did not think the contract would pay him enough.

“The story is somewhat different than what was presented,” said Semenov, who is now playing for Dinamo Moscow in the K.H.L. “I love my wife; I take her advice on family matters, but never on hockey! On that I have my own views, or I confer with my agent.”


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