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Crosby Gains Confidence With New Stick

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

With nine goals in 12 games, Crosby is off to the best start of his five-year career. He has 24 goals in his past 36 games, including the playoffs. He is on pace to score 62 this season, though it’s a bit early for projections.

Some people want to attribute Crosby’s hot start solely to his new, one-piece stick. Crosby is not one of them, although he acknowledges that the stick, at the very least, is symbolic of his budding scorer’s mentality….

Crosby favored the wood, among other reaasons, because he could feel the puck better on his stick. He finally made the switch this past summer, partly because the wooden blades he favored went out of production two years ago (he kept a stash for last season and still has plenty left, just in case).

“If anything, I think (the new stick) has probably given me more confidence to use my shot a little more,” Crosby said Wednesday, after scoring a hat trick against Montreal. “I definitely feel like I’m more likely to shoot from a little farther out than normal. In my mind, I’m not afraid to take a shot in a one-on-one now. That’s important. I can’t be too predictable.”

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Bergeron Finding His Game Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald,

After watching Patrice Bergeron score a first-period goal in the Bruins 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils last night at the Garden, an NHL scout in attendance began taking down notes.

“He’s skating . . . he’s strong on the puck,” wrote Tom Fitzgerald, a former teammate of Bergeron’s and now an assistant general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins. “He’s hunting down the puck . . . he gets physical . . . he scores goals.”

And then, sounding more like the former teammate and less like the scout, Fitzgerald smiled and said, “He’s the old Bergie.”


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  Tags: patrice+bergeron

Leafs Observations

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gary Loewen of the Toronto Sun,

Vesa Toskala: Don’t you get the feeling this guy would be really good at dodgeball?

Lee Stempniak: A capable point man on the power play ... who knew?

The Frat Pack: A sharp-looking line during pre-season, Viktor Stalberg, Tyler Bozak and Christian Hanson have been reunited ... with the Marlies. For now they’re the Drat Pack, but they’re in the right spot.

Tomas Kaberle: Say what you like about his teeter-totter play from one game to the next, but don’t you just want to pinch those rosy cheeks?

Mikhail Grabovski: Has the tremendous ability to go 100 m.p.h. without actually getting anywhere.


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Filppula Out With Broken Wrist

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Red Wings have lost center Valtteri Filppula for 6-8 weeks with a broken right wrist.

Filppula was hurt in the second period of Thursday’s 6-5 shootout loss at Edmonton when he was hit by Gilbert Brule.

“I feel terrible, but nothing I can do now,” Filppula said.

“It’s not good,” Henrik Zetterberg added. “It’s tough to lose a player and especially Fil, he plays a lot of minutes and plays in all situations, so it’s a tough break for us.”

General manager Ken Holland said the team would not be recalling anyone from the minors, as they have enough forwards to go around.


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Complaining About Holmstrom

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Province,

On Tuesday when Niklas Kronwall scored to make it 2-2 early in the second, Holmstrom not once, not twice, but three times pushed Alex Edler out of the way while at the same time bumping against Roberto Luongo.

Then on Pavel Datsyuk’s go-ahead goal that made it 4-3 on the power play, Holmstrom was partially tying up Willie Mitchell in front of Luongo. You could argue that had it been Mitchell doing the same thing he’d be called for interference.

In football it’s called offensive interference; in the NHL it’s called when and if the refs feel like it.


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  Tags: tomas+holmstrom

Every One Of You Bitches Knew, And The Captain Did Too, That All We Needed Was Jobu

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Proving once again that my role in this organization is administrative at best.

It’s a Live Blog.  Spearheaded by Lightfoot, again.

But with a whole new sponsor.

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KK- Lite Nite

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If you have followed my blogs on NHL.com, you know I have added two women as tenants under my roof and one them turned the big 21 today.

So off we go to do a little celebration but I did make sure the watering-hole has Center Ice.

I probably won’t be updating until I get home later tonight and wish me luck!

added 10/30/09,

The two tenants pictured below before the partying really began..

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One Big Happy Social Family

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy,

The NHL believes that bringing fans together socially online, and bringing fans closer to their favorite teams and players, is a fundamental way to grow the game in a changing media culture. But will these “fan experiences” happen organically enough to not feel like a corporate marketing campaign; and will the ongoing debate about how teams and players use Twitter result in too much control over their messages to fans?

DiLorenzo is the man behind the NHL Fans microsite, a massive collection of social media that ties together blogs, videos, tweets, user pages and message boards—which have always been the leading attraction for many hockey fans using the NHL’s official team sites.


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Wild Coach Motivating Sykora

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Regarding scratching Petr Sykora last night, Richards said he was trying to put the best team on the ice. Still, he benched Sykora for Derek Boogaard, who only got five shifts.

On Sykora: “He is a proven scorer, but there’s so much more that goes to playing the game of hockey than just finishing.”

He said the coaches went over those areas with Sykora. But Sykora told us after the coaches haven’t told him anything. Richards said he expects Sykora “to be a professional” since this isn’t the first time he’s been scratched (a lot last second half with Pittsburgh) and “have the attitude of sticking it to the coach.” But Richards said the coaches haven’t made up their mind if Sykora will play tomorrow against the Rangers.

more on the Wild…

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  Tags: petr+sykora

Gaborik Still Sore

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes,

Personally, I believe the Slovakian right winger isn’t playing until Sunday afternoon against Boston in the Garden, but there’s a chance he’ll dress in Minnesota, where he played eight years, on Friday night.

        Standing in the locker room with reporters after another practice in which he did not participate—-he was receiving treatment on his right leg, possibly thigh or hamstring, the club is not disclosing—-he called himself “day-to-day.”

          Not playing would be disappointing, Gaborik said. “We don’t play them that often. Definitely it would be something special.”

        He confirmed that he was still sore from a front of the net collision late in the third period against Phoenix on Monday, but would be on the plane to Minneapolis this afternoon.  The team’s top scorer, with 18 points, said he initially thought the injury was more severe.


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  Tags: marian+gaborik

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