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Big Numbers For Caps/Pens Game Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Bethesda, Md. (Jan. 22, 2010) – Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic posted all-time record ratings for regular-season Washington Capitals coverage – earning a 3.3 household rating and a 6.5 rating in the key Men 25-54 demographic – during last night’s (Jan. 21) road game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The National Hockey League’s premier rivalry attracted an average of 88,000 combined households in the Washington (76,000) and Baltimore (12,000) markets during the Capitals 6-3 win over the Penguins. During the third period, the game earned peak ratings of 4.2 in Washington and 1.5 in Baltimore, which equates to 113,000 combined households.

In the key demographic categories of Adults 25-54 (4.3), Men 18-49 (5.9) and Men 25-54 (6.5), Comcast SportsNet was the highest-rated television network in the Washington market during last night’s game and ranked second among Adults 18-49.

Last night’s record viewership shattered the previous single-game high for a Capitals regular-season game on Comcast SportsNet, set on April 5, 2008 against the Florida Panthers. The overall household rating eclipsed the previous mark by 32% and the 6.5 rating registered in the Men 25-54 demo was an increase of more than 117% over the previous record. Among Men 18-49, last night’s 5.9 rating broke the previous high by 64%.

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Report- Russia Adds Substitute Players To Olympic Roster

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via RussianHockeyFans,

Alexei Kovalev, Alexander Frolov, Sergei Zubov and Nikolai Kulemin are going to the Olympic Games in Vancouver as substitutes for the Russian team.

It is not officially announced yet but according to Russian site infox.ru Kovalev, Frolov, Zubov and Kulemin have received the Olympics equipment as well as other players from the official Team Russia roster. It means they are going to the Olympics in the status of substitute players.

Overall Russia will have 9 substitute players, three from the NHL and six from the KHL.

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  Tags: team+russia

Beliveau Improving

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the CP at TSN,

Hospital officials say hockey legend Jean Beliveau is recovering from a mild stroke and his condition is continuing to improve.

The Montreal General Hospital says Beliveau and his family are appreciative of all the support they have received.

They are also asking that their privacy be respected.

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  Tags: jean+beliveau

San Jose vs Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Milbury of CBC,

As we approach the Olympic break, it is evident that the Western Conference has two teams a cut about the rest.

That’s not to say any one of a number of teams can’t make a push, but there is a reason the San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks have a double-digit lead on the rest of the bunch.

How do they stack up and will either team’s general manger - Doug Wilson in San Jose or Stan Bowman in Chicago -get creative down the stretch to gain the advantage?

Coaching: Todd McLellan in San Jose has done a fine job with the Sharks, but lacks experience. Joel Quenneville has the Hawks hogging the puck on most nights but their goals against is pretty impressive: Edge: Slight tilt to Chicago based on the experience factor.

continued

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Kovalchuk Will Be Traded

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

There is no question in my mind that the Atlanta Thrashers are going to trade Ilya Kovalchuk and I believe that the sweepstakes for the star sniper is unofficially on.

That being said, Thrashers’ general manager Don Waddell is not in a position that he can go out and make a deal for future considerations such as the Toronto Maple Leafs pick that belongs to the Boston Bruins.  He will not be able to go back and sell that idea to his market right now.

continued

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Ryan O’Reilly Part Of The Avs Success

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

As we all know, the Avs are one of the best teams in the Western Conference right now and certainly the biggest surprise of the season. Trotting out a lineup filled with green youngsters such as Matt Duchene, T.J. Galiardi, Brandon Yip and Matt Hendricks, the Avs are rolling thanks to a system employed by rookie coach Joe Sacco that results in constant pressure and speed.

And while we all knew about third overall selection Duchene, Colorado mined prospect gold in the second round of the 2009 draft as well when they tabbed Erie Otters center Ryan O’Reilly (not to be confused with one of the best Oz characters ever) with the 33rd pick.

A two-way center who dazzled with his board work early on in the season, O’Reilly has been an important factor in the team’s rise, something the teenager doesn’t take for granted.

“Every chance I get, I’m giving it everything I have,” O’Reilly said. “We have a really good system that we’re all buying into. Guys are winning battles for each other, backchecking for each other.”

more

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NHL Sweeps Auger/Burrows Under The Rug

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Over a week ago, the Stephane Auger/ Alexandre Burrows incident came to light.  It is alleged that referee Stephane Auger warned Burrows before a game that a Burrows dive in a previous game had made him look bad and then proceeded to make a couple marginal to poor calls against Burrows in the game of that day to “even things up“.  The NHL responded by fining Burrows for speaking to the media about the incident and then closed the books.  More official NHL media have moved on and are trying to help the incident be forgotten.  It is up to independent members of the blogosphere to keep the story alive.

Tom Benjamin wrote a good piece on how this issue should be framed.  The issue is not about putting Burrows character on trial.  The issue is not about how to punish diving.  Those may be separate issues worth thinking about, but the issue that is brought to light is that referees (at least one) make a conscious decision to not be impartial in games.  They plan to “go after” a certain player or players because of a personal vendetta and do not care if that changes the outcome of the game.  This calls into jeopardy the idea that the game is officiated impartially.

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Capitals Have A Great Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Bruce Boudreau talked about it as a measuring-stick week for his Washington Capitals and nobody was arguing with him.

First they had to face the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, and then they played back-to-back games separated by one travel day against the two teams that played in the last two Stanley Cup Finals—Detroit at home on Tuesday and at Pittsburgh on Thursday.

Four points would have been acceptable. Five would have been great. Six? Well, one could only dream, right?

After Thursday’s 6-3 win at Mellon Arena, it’s reality.

continued

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Future In Calgary Not Very Bright

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The future clearly doesn’t look bright, which is why the Sutter clan is trying to make the most of the present – because if you put the focus on what may happen down the road, things look grim indeed. In the present, Calgary has a decent-enough nucleus to play a certain way – all defence, all the time. They have a front-line goaltender in the midst of an excellent season, Miikka Kiprusoff. They have one elite defenceman, Jay Bouwmeester, and two that are mistake-prone, but not bad – Phaneuf and Robyn Regehr. Mark Giordano is young, cheap and decent, but Cory Sarich – signed for big bucks coming out of the lockout – seems to have lost a step and is now playing as the team’s No. 5 defenceman, not high enough on the depth chart to justify a $3.6-million cap charge.

more on the Flames plus other hockey topics…

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Alex The Entertainer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Oklobzija of the Democrat and Chronicle,

In the course of winning 19 of 24 games for the Rochester Americans, (Alexander) Salak has found it appropriate to and/or managed to:

- Kiss a cross bar in the waning minutes of a one-goal victory;

- Flip his mask into the air to celebrate Keaton Ellerby’s hat trick in November;

- Mock a goal judge’s errant call by pretending to wash the Plexiglas;

- Drop-kick the puck some 40 feet down the ice during the All-Star Game;

- Enrage fans in Syracuse with an overzealous victory celebration in November, prompting security personnel to usher him out a side door to the waiting team bus;

- Acknowledge the applause of fans at the All-Star Game by waving to them during play.

“You want to put on a show for people,” Salak said.

read on

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  Tags: alexander+salak, rochester+americans

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