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Blackhawks Enjoy Their Vegas Stay

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Silver of the Las Vegas Sun,

Monday morning at the Orleans Arena was business as usual as the Las Vegas Wranglers and Bakersfield Condors prepared for tonight’s game – until the Chicago Blackhawks strolled in to practice.

Yes, those Chicago Blackhawks, one of the NHL’s “Original Six” franchises and the current fourth-place team in the Western Conference with a 27-13-8 record….

After dropping the San Jose Sharks 4-2 on Saturday night, the Blackhawks headed to the Bellagio for their hockey retreat.

The team watched the Super Bowl together on Sunday then practiced at the Orleans Arena Monday prior to boarding a flight to Edmonton for a showdown with the Oilers on Tuesday night.

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And It Was Manny Who Saved Us

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

There will be no song tonite. No catchy post titles.  Little humor.  Only nerves.

Because if the Wings, wallowing in a 5-game slide of death, can’t beat Manny Legace when they really need to?

Then they will lose every game the rest of the year.  Of that I am certain.

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Gauthier Gets Five Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (February 2, 2009) —Los Angeles Kings defenseman Denis Gauthier has been suspended for five games, without pay, as a result of a blow to the head delivered during NHL Game #732, Jan. 31 against the Montreal Canadiens, the National Hockey League announced.

        Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Gauthier will forfeit $56,451.61. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

        Gauthier was assessed a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct for hitting Canadiens’ defenseman Josh Gorges at 3:50 of the second period.

Gauthier will miss games at Ottawa on Feb. 3, at Washington on Feb. 5, at New Jersey on Feb. 7, at New York Islanders on Feb. 10 and against Calgary on Feb. 12. He will be eligible to return on Feb. 14 against Edmonton.

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Bolts Goalie Smith Not Traveling With Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Lightning Strikes,

The last we saw of Lightning goalie Mike Smith he was smashing a water bottle and overturning carts in the hallway leading to the locker room after he was pulled from Friday’s loss to the Flyers. It is unknown if that had any affect on Monday’s announcement Smith will not fly with the team for Tuesday’s game against the Islanders. Mike McKenna, signed Monday to an NHL contract, and Karri Ramo will be the goaltending duo.

added 6:35pm, via Bolts Report,

The team did not reveal until well after practice today that Mike Smith was injured and is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. I tried to cram that information into the previous post.

Smith did not travel with the team today as he went to seek either some medical testing or a therapy of some type, according to general manager Brian Lawton, who did not rule out Smith joining the team in New York before tomorrow’s game and Rick Tocchet has not ruled anything out at this point.

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Penguins’ Kennedy Suspended One Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

Penguins centre Tyler Kennedy has been suspended one game by the NHL for initiating a fight with the Maple Leafs’ Luke Schenn on Saturday night.

The Leafs had asked the league to review the incident, saying that Kennedy had come off to the Pens’ bench to start an altercation with the young defenceman.

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  Tags: luke+schenn, suspension, tyler+kennedy

Cure For The Five-Gamer?  Of Course!!! Legace.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ve been racking my foggy brain all day, trying to determine a solution, a way out of this smelly pit of sorrow the Wings have mired us in.  Line combinations, recommended fiery speeches I could text to Uncle Mike in hopes he’s not blocked me like he did last year during the playoffs.  Restraining orders and all that. Whatever.

I’ve got solutions, if they’d only listen.  PK problems?  Got it.  Call me.  Stagnant secondary scoring?  Understand.  I’ll courier my ideas to you post haste.  Defensive issues?  Hell yes.  Epic problems in our own end…sounds almost Dive-like, eh?

But I’ve got answers for those too. Somebody just needs to reach out.  I’m right here, ready to help.

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Lang Undergoes Successful Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

MONTREAL  – The Montreal Canadiens announced Monday that forward Robert Lang underwent successful surgery to repair a severed Achilles tendon on his left leg. The 38-year old forward is presently recovering from surgery and will be out indefinitely.

Lang suffered the injury during the third period of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Boston Bruins, at the Bell Centre. He was transferred to the Montreal General Hospital where surgery was performed on Sunday night.

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Will Sens Learn Their Lesson?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

The move was less than a shock, considering Ottawa has been languishing at the bottom of the NHL standings for months. But it doesn’t speak to the real problem with the Sens – namely, the holy trinity of salary cap killers that is Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson.

Much like the Tampa Bay Lightning painfully learned, the Sens need to understand teams simply can’t devote the bulk of their cap room to three elite forwards and have enough left over to address the other needs of their team.

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Flyers Send Sbisa Back To WHL

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have reassigned defenseman Luca Sbisa to the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League, according to club General Manager Paul Holmgren.

“We feel that it is in the best interest of Luca and the Flyers organization that he gets back to playing on a regular basis,” said Holmgren in making the announcement. “Luca will join Lethbridge for its game in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday.”

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These Mascots Need Some Bite

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sarah Miller of the National Post,

We decided to take a look at some of the NHL’s mascots. If the meanness of the mascot is an indication as to how far the team will go, perhaps that is why the Toronto Maple Leafs have not won a Stanley Cup in 42 years: Carlton the Bear looks more like Beenie Baby than a menacing carnivore. The same rationale can be applied to the Detroit Red Wings’ win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in last year’s Stanley Cup final (Al the Octopus looks evil, while Iceburgh looks like he came strolling into Mellon Arena from Sesame Street).

Here are five teams that, despite having a menacing mascot, have not fulfilled their championship potential (all records as of the completion of Sunday’s games):

5. Stinger, Columbus Blue Jackets
Stinger is a, um, green, uh, thing. He’s an insect of some sort. Anyway, his eyes are big and red and his mouth makes him look pretty angry, so he gets a spot on our list as one of the mean mascots in the NHL.

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