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from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

The Phoenix goalie was Brian Boucher. He volunteered his role in the play when we were talking after this morning’s skate and I brought up Ovechkin’s name in the context of Saturday night’s game.

“What are you going to do? It was a one in a million play? He was on his back and he just whacked at the puck,” Boucher said. “At the time I didn’t realize how unreal the goal was.”

“I couldn’t believe how far I had to keep moving and I still didn’t get,” Boucher said.

more and Boucher will be facing Ovechkin again tonight, this time as a member of the San Jose Sharks.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, brian+boucher

Message Not Sent

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from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,

No one would have been surprised if Gordon threw the 6-8 Fritz on the ice at that point even though he had played just one second-period shift and a total of 2:30 in the game. But Gordon didn’t light the fuse to Fritz’s cannon then, and even after the Devils put the game out of reach at 5-2 with a five-on-three power play goal, the Islanders’ coach refused to fire his big gun in what he apparently regarded as a vain attempt for payback….

Why not use him when the game was out of hand to send a message to the Devils? “No, I don’t think that’s the right thing to do,” Gordon said. “You jeopardize your own players’ safety if you put a player out like that. It kind of gives the impression that you’re trying to create or do something. I didn’t want to put Mitch in that situation or the rest of the players on the team in that situation where the other team thinks this is what we’re going to do.

more with expanded comments from Bill Guerin regarding the league must get tougher when dealing with cheap shots…

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Another High Hit

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Islanders captain Bill Guerin called for Devils defenseman Mike Mottau to be suspended for his high hit on Frans Neilsen 3:22 into the third period of the Devils’ 5-2 victory over the Islanders tonight.

Neilson injured his right knee on the play and the Islanders are also worried that he has a head injury.

Guerin compared it to a hit that the Islanders Thomas Pock had on Ottawa’s Ryan Shannon earlier this season. Pock received a five-game suspension for that one.

“Mike Mottau’s not a dirty player, but that was a dirty hit,” Guerin said.

Given the league’s recent statement that it would like to cut back on hits to the head, it would not be surprising if Mottau received some supplementary discipline.

continued and watch the hit and subsequent fight below (thanks to hockeyfights.com)...

added 3:10pm, via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils defenseman Mike Mottau was suspended for two games by the NHL today for his hit on the Islanders Frans Neilsen in the third period of Friday night’s game.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: frans+neilsen, mike+mottau

Kronwall In. Homer? Not So Much

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Via Deep Digger captain Ansar Khan(!),

Tomas Holmstrom did not practice, still bothered by back spasms, and coach Mike Babcock said he will not play Saturday against the Flames. Tomas Kopecky takes his place on the top line. Defenseman Niklas Kronwall practiced and said his twisted right ankle feels much better. He will return to the lineup.

Also…Derek Meech moves up to a forward position, on the fourth line with Draper and McCarty.

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Look Like Wendel

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Prior to tomorrow night’s Maple Leafs-Chicago Blackhawks tilt at the Air Canada Centre, a banner sporting Wendel Clark’s familiar No. 17 will be hoisted to the rafters in honour of the contributions the rugged forward made to the Original Six team over the years.

In celebration of Wendel Clark Night, all fans attending the game will receive a special Wendel Clark moustache in recognition of No. 17’s trademark facial hair. The crowd will be encouraged to wear them, with organizers hoping to turn the capactity throng into 20,0000 Wendel lookalikes.

The fans might not be the only ones sporting those moustaches either.

“Maybe we’ll all wear them out for the pre-game skate,” goalie Curtis Joseph said, referring to his teammates.

read on

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Looking At The Goalie Pads

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Watch and learn about the tweaks made to the goalie pads…

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Forget The Turkey Leftovers

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GLENDALE, Ariz.—- The Phoenix Coyotes have announced that they will offer an all-you-can-eat ticket package for the 2 p.m. Coyotes home game on Friday, Nov. 28 against the Colorado Avalanche at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale.

The all-you-can-eat package includes an upper-level game ticket and unlimited hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, peanuts and fountain sodas.

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Morrow Out With Torn ACL

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FRISCO, Tex. – The Dallas Stars announced today that the left wing Brenden Morrow is out indefinitely with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that will require surgery. He is expected to miss up to six months. The club also recalled right wing Landon Wilson from Grand Rapids (AHL).

“We are obviously very disappointed to hear the news about Brenden’s knee,” said Co-General Manager Les Jackson. “As our captain, he will obviously be missed, but we have every assurance that he can and will come back from this injury at 100 percent. There is a lot of hockey left to be played this season, and we are confident our team will rally together and keep pushing.”

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  Tags: brenden+morrow

UFAs Paying-Off

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from Scott Cullen of TSN,

As the quarter point of the season approaches, it’s a reasonable time to take a look back at the moves of the summer to get an indication which transactions helped and which ones hurt their respective teams.

We’re not going to look at the guys that re-signed with their current teams, maintaining the status quo.  Rather, the focus will be on the transactions that saw players change teams….

Red Wings sign LW Marian Hossa to a one-year, $7.45-million contract (10-13-23, plus-8 in 18 GP)
Leaving the Cup finalists to join the defending Cup champions, Hossa hasn’t disappointed at all, playing on the league’s best line with Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom.
TSN.ca Rating: 91.26

read on

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Have You Seen This Man

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from BayNet.com,

imageThe Charles County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help identifying the suspect in an armed robbery that occurred on Nov. 16, at Subway in the 2100 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf.

At 9:38 p.m., the suspect entered the shop, displayed a knife and demanded money. The victim complied and the suspect fled. A surveillance camera recorded the robbery as it occurred.  The best lead in the case is the jacket the suspect wore; it has a distinct logo of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks NHL team.

continued…

 

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