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Talking Secondary Scoring In Vancouver

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

More to the point, we’d like to look at their third and fourth lines and that can be tricky because there are nights you need the Hubble telescope to find them.

“We need more from those lines,” was Alain Vigneault’s generous assessment before last night’s tilt with the Los Angeles Kings.

“Secondary scoring from the third and fourth lines and from the defence is one thing we need more consistently. If we get that, it will let us win on a more consistent basis.

“Those are two lines that are supposed to bring a physical aspect but they have to find a way to contribute not just physically but on the scoresheet.”


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Flames Look For Home Wins

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

For the Flames, the rest of December will be a working staycation….

After a road-heavy schedule since the start of November, the Flames finally have an extended spell at home.

They’ll play seven of their next eight games at the Saddledome.

It’s a golden chance to pull out of their losing skid—one win in five outings—provided they remember the task at hand.

“We have to have our focus where it needs to be,” Sutter said.

“We can’t have distractions. We need points, first and foremost, ahead of anything else going on outside. It’s a tough time of year with Christmas and you can get distracted, especially when we’re at home.

“It’s important with a lot of home games, and that’s the responsibility of the individuals to making sure we are focused and playing up to our standards.”

read on

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Blogging About Bloggers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

IwoCPO, The Chief, Bill, I   think he is a male, whatever you want to call him, gave me a little heads-up about a post he put up this morning

My two cents on this topic is- If you want media credentials, go for it, but surely don’t knock another blogger for his writing style.

Every blogger has their own style and that is what makes the hockey blogging community unique.  Different strokes for different folks.

It doesn’t matter to me if Abel to Yzerman has only 19 followers or 1900.  What matters is what he writes and the style he uses. 

If the Sailor did game recaps, was on me to get him media credentials for every game and sent in an expense report every two weeks, he’d still be blogging under the KK umbrella, but then again, would you be reading?

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AO The Villain

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

What hockey really needs is a great villain. Enter the Caveman.

“They call me Caveman because I don’t care what others think of me,” said Ovechkin, as quoted by Sovetsky Sport. “I couldn’t care less about anyone or anything.”

Ovechkin is exactly what has been missing in hockey, whose appeal has long been built on a case of Kokanee beer, head-bangin’ guitar riffs and the Gordie Howe hat trick.

You can have Sid the Kid Crosby as hockey’s savior, all you plain vanilla ice cream lovers.

Ovechkin is as subtle as a shot of vodka. He blows across the blue line faster than a bone-chilling breeze from Siberia. His passes, like the one that set up Washington’s second goal against the Avalanche, cut through a defenseman’s ego like a stiletto.


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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“The solution is simple.  Win. If we had consistently won, the situation would be different.

“It can work there. Without a doubt. I’ve said it over and over again. I mean, previous to the last couple of years we were averaging 14,000 per game, even more.

“But we haven’t been to the playoffs in seven years. This franchise hasn’t even been out of the first round for something like more than two decades. Even in Canada, if you had struggled that long with droughts like that, your team would struggle for support too.”

-Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes talking about the situation in Phoenix.  More from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronton Sun.

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  Tags: shane+doan

Hull & Shanahan Talk Keenan

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from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,

Perhaps it was only fitting that on a night when former St. Louis Blues star Brett Hull was honored, ex-Blues coach Mike Keenan found a way into the ceremony.

During a pause in Hull’s speech with the arena quiet, a fan in the lower bowl screamed “I hate Mike Keenan!”

That not only brought a smile to Hull’s face, it sparked an impromptu ovation from fans who remembered Keenan trading away fan favorites Brendan Shanahan and Curtis Joseph and feuding constantly with the Golden Brett.

“I saw Mike this summer and we have made amends,” Hull said. “I’m way too old, I’m too old to hold grudges. We had a great talk.

“I always said this—I hated him as a coach but he’s a really good human being. We had a great talk.”

continued and Brendan Shanahan comments on Keenan too…

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Koci Hit On Green

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from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

The game was marred by a major boarding penalty by Avs enforcer David Koci to star Washington defenseman Mike Green in the second period, a hit from behind that left Green down for a few minutes, bleeding from the head. Koci almost surely will face a suspension from the NHL over the hit, and Washington coach Bruce Boudreau was livid over it.

“Please, the guy’s got one goal in six years. He couldn’t play in the American League,” Boudreau said. “I’ve faced David Koci an awful lot, he might be a nice guy, I have no idea. I’m glad he’s making a living, but if this is any game, he gets on the ice for the first three minutes, he gets into his fight with the guy and then he sits at the end of the bench, so what good is he?


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  Tags: david+koci, mike+green

Awww….SBN Gave Me A Birthday Present

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Well, well.  Lookee here.  It would appear that the subject of blogger access is a touchy one in Minnesota.  Why do I care about that?  I don’t.  I don’t care if a single blogger in Minneapolis or Duluth or Fargo or wherever the Wild play ever gets to go into a locker room and pretend they’re Michael Russo.  But a little fella up north seems to believe that I’m personally keeping him out of the Wild room. 

Buddha at Hockey Wilderness

“Writers” like IwoCPO (see what I did there, with the quotes?) are the example NHL teams point to when they refuse to credential bloggers. Bloggers such as him (her?) serve as the antithesis of what most bloggers are, which is fans who have some semblance of objectivity.

It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas.



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Coming Soon…Somebody Doesn’t Like Us Very Much

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Today is going to be interesting.  Not a game night.  As of 0426 no one’s been injured yet.  But I just read a ditty that is going to…well, it’s a gift to us all.


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It Doesn’t Feel Like April

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gary Peterson of the Contra Costa Times,

Less than two weeks ago, the skies were clear in San Jose, the weather was mild and the view was spectacular. Especially from where the Sharks sat. With a 19-6-4 record, they had the most points and best winning percentage in the NHL.

Thirteen days later, welcome to April in December.

The Sharks have lost five games in a row, the longest stretch of futility in the short tenure of coach Todd McLellan. But before we crank the air raid sirens, we’d like to concede it can be spun any number of ways.

One, it’s only December, four months removed from the adrenal rush and slushy ice of games that really matter.


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