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Ducks Slumping

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

So, as the terminally dim Fred Willard asked memorably in A Mighty Wind: “Wha’ haaaapened?’‘
Well, a broken foot happened to Pronger.
A pulled groin happened to J.S. Giguere.
A lacerated spleen happened to Francois Beauchemin.
A case of the Cloutiers caught Ilya Bryzgalov, who went from the happy-go-lucky feel-good underdog to Napoleon Dynamite flailing at a tether ball.
And, presto-chango!, from God-like to dog-like. From closers to hosers. The Anaheim Ducks. A case study in recent disintegration.

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Waking Up Zherdev

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets right winger Nikolai Zherdev was a healthy scratch last night against the Detroit Red Wings.
Coach Ken Hitchcock, a night after a closed-door meeting in Nashville, was sending a message to the 22-year-old.
“Accountability is accountability,” Hitchcock said. “I didn’t invent the game, but I know what I know as far as playing the game the right way. The key point here is to play the game the right way.”

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Patrick Roy- Sports Hero

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Montreal Gazette,

The first in a series of Jack Todd’s Top 10 Sports Heroes
PATRICK ROY
For a masked man, his face is as familiar as the CH: With Patrick Roy, we feel that we know every tic, every flick of the mask, every weird little ritual, every controversy.
You know you’re a legend when you are famous, at least in part, for gestures that would be forgotten in lesser mortals.
With Patrick Roy, it’s The Wink, The Tantrum and The Flip. With Roy, the statistics and the achievements are familiar and beyond argument.

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Look To Crosby

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

As Michael Farber writes in the Jan. 22 edition of Sports Illustrated, Crosby isn’t just the Penguins’ franchise player. He’s the league’s franchise player.
There’s no question that next week’s all-star proceedings in Dallas are being conducted with Crosby front-and-centre. Indeed, when pictures of the new NHL uniforms started leaking out earlier this week, they were photos of Crosby in the supposedly “faster” garb.
Two books on the young man are currently in circulation. When NBC began its truncated broadcasting schedule of NHL games, it was with Crosby front-and-centre.
The fact that the pride of Cole Harbour, N.S., grabbed the NHL scoring lead before Christmas and hasn’t let go has elevated his reputation beyond that of talented youngster to dominant player.

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The Right Decision

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Daily Telegraph,

Arsene Wenger was at a business conference one day when somebody asked him to explain what made Cesc Fabregas so good. The Arsenal manager recalled the time some ice hockey coaches studied Wayne Gretzky, the iconic National Hockey League player of the Seventies and Eighties.
The exercise was simple: pause a videotape of Gretzky with the puck at his feet. It could be in any given situation, anywhere on the ice. In an ideal world, what should the Canadian do? Which move would serve the team best?
And what do you know, once the tape was moved on, Gretzky usually did for real what the coaches had chosen. In other words, the secret of his success, what made him great, was basically down to sound decision-making.

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Ready To Hate The Oil Again?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh, just you wait. Just you wait until you read this. Thanks to Jes Golbez for the pointer, and we'll be back to him...oh yes we will. The Oil are retiring Mark Me Messier's number. Glory. Have at it. But, in the process, Oil management has decided to slam the Wings and, by God, The Captain. Via TSN.

"The (pre-game) ceremonies can get long and arduous as they were with Stevie Y (Steve Yzerman)" Oiler president Patrick LaForge told reporters Wednesday. Yzerman's No. 19 jersey was retired Jan. 2 in a 90-minute ceremony prior to the Detroit Red Wings' game against the Anaheim Ducks. "There was no opportunity for fans there to reach out to Stevie, and we want to do that here and we want to do it with Mark. "He's a native son and an Edmonton boy and he wants this."
Eat it Pat. So he's an Edmonton boy and he wants this. Well, I'm a Saginaw boy and here's what I want.

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Lucky Luc’s #20 Heads To Rafters On Saturday

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the CP via TSN:

Luc Robitaille predicts the tears might be flowing come Saturday night when his No. 20 goes up to the rafters at the Staples Center.
But on the eve of his jersey retirement with the Los Angeles Kings, the former all-star winger was all laughs as he fondly recalled 19 years in the NHL, 14 of them in L.A.
He vividly recalled his reaction after the Kings drafted him in 1984.
“I remember looking at a map and seeing how far L.A. was from where I was born,” the Montreal native said Friday.

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All Sid

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sidney Crosby took part in an NHL tele-conference today…

Q. What’s it going to be like playing on a line with Alexander Ovechkin, and there’s been a lot of discussion about the All-Star Game, that there’s too many goals and there’s not a competitive enough game, and whether there should be more young players in the game who might have more competitive fire because they have not been in the game before. Can you answer those questions, please?
SIDNEY CROSBY: Well, playing with Ovechkin is going to be a lot of fun. Obviously to play with a guy who shoots the puck like that, you want to get it to him. I think I’ll be doing my best to try to feed him the puck and let him rip it.
As far as competitiveness in the All-Star Game, I mean, I think it’s fun for everyone to see a lot of nice goals and I think the more goals, the better. So you know, it’s a game that’s full of a lot of skill and as a fan you want to see that. You want to see guys have fun out there and be creative, and I think that’s really the whole point of it.

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NHL Will Stream All-Star Festivities

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Jan. 19, 2007)—In conjunction with the NHL Network in Canada and NHL RADIO, NHL.COM will offer hockey fans live streaming video and audio coverage of the 2007 All-Star Celebration events from Dallas. Additionally, NHL.COM staff will capture behind-the-scenes footage of player interviews as well as other events taking place in and around the city.

STREAMING BROADCAST SCHEDULE:

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Anyone Home? Anyone? Anyone?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

JDunc, frequent A2Y reader and KK forum poster, turned us on to the fact that Zetterberg's been replaced in the all star lineup. Paul posted the NHL news release. The diggers have zip. No stories. No blog entries. No initiative. No worries. Khan(!) does report that Chris Osgood has the flu and won't start tonite.

Chris Osgood missed Friday's morning skate in Columbus because of the flu, but coach Mike Babcock said Osgood is still expected to back-up Dominik Hasek in tonight's game. Osgood was scheduled to start Saturday in Colorado, but if he can't play, Babcock said the club would recall Joey MacDonald from Grand Rapids (the Griffins are in Hamilton tonight and Saturday), where he was assigned last week on a 14-day conditioning stint.
Meanwhile, the team's co-most-valuable Swede is....what? Hurt? Tired? Kidding?

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