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Redden Hurting The Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,

Wade Redden, who either needs to have his attention caught at the end of the bench or simply can’t play in the NHL anymore, probably would be helping the Rangers best from Hartford, but there is no alternative to him in the system and, with five years to go in a depressing, cap-killing, six-year, $39 million deal, surely no takers. So what is a new coach to do besides what the old coach did?...

On Arron Asham’s back-breaking first of two goals, Redden, a defenseman of 12 years NHL experience, mindlessly put his stick blade to the outside, allowing rookie Claude Giroux’s pass out to go inside for a slam dunk.

Redden didn’t lose this game by himself, but do you need a full hand to count one he has helped the Rangers win?

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A Look At Steve Mason

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Elliotte Friedman of HNIC did a great feature on Columbus goalie Steve Mason last night.

I can’t point directly (no youtube either) to the 5 minute video, but start here, then look to the right for Top Stories then scroll to the Inside Hockey: Steve Mason feature.

Note to Steve- time to update the bedroom!

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Capitals Win But…

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from Mike Rucki of On Frozen Pond,

Last night’s win—while exciting, important, and offensively impressive—was an uneven and at times sloppy effort. The team played with heart, but were seemingly disorganized on defense and offensive back-checking. Theo yielded a few juicy rebounds, but also made some stellar saves. A balanced scoring effort managed to offset (barely) a weak defensive one.

Methinks Coach Boudreau will be putting the team through heavy defensive drills as they head back out on the road… because games like this one, while producing an important two points, won’t cut it in the playoffs.

more and perhaps an example of the Caps play is the following goal (thanks to Empty Netters) for the pointer.

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“You Know Who’s Feeling It, Chris Osgood”

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So says Kelley Hrudey during the Coast to Coast segment on HNIC last night.  Osgood talks starts at the 4 minute mark.

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Hottest Team In The League?  The Atlanta Thrashers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ben Wright at Blueland Blog,

Here’s the official game summary fro our PR department, but all you really need to know is that the Thrashers came back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Sabres 4-3 in a shootout, all without Ilya Kovalchuk. If you’re not having fun watching this hockey team right now you may as well give up on watching hockey, because this is flat out fun. And yes, the Thrashers still own the longest active win streak in the NHL.

* It took some last-second heroics, but the Thrashers continued their winning ways tonight in Buffalo by earning a 4-3 shootout victory against the Sabres … Despite trailing 3-1 in the third period, the Thrashers battled back and scored with 3.5 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime … The win marked a franchise-record tying fifth straight victory for the Thrashers and their sixth the last seven games.

* Atlanta is 10-4-1 in its last 15 contests, earning 21 of a possible 30 points … Atlanta wrapped up its current road trip with a perfect 3-0-0 record.

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A Look At Terry Sawchuk

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Martin Brodeur and Terry Sawchuk might be the Kings of the Shutout, but the NHL has rarely seen two more different personalities.

Fire and ice, as they say….

As a young kid, Sawchuk was forced to strap on the pads and go in net for a team in Winnipeg to replace their previous goalie, who had passed away. The boy who died just happened to be Sawchuk’s brother.

When he was 12, Sawchuk remained tight-lipped about hurting his right arm in a game of rugby. Two years later doctors found it had been broken and, subsequently, had healed poorly, leaving it two inches shorter than his left arm.

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Rangers Could Have Had Guerin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Slap Shots has learned from well-placed sources that the Rangers were offered Billy Guerin by the Islanders and could have rented the 38-year-old right winger under the same terms as later were found acceptable to the Penguins - a fifth-round draft choice that would become a third with advancement to the East final.

But Sather wanted something else back with Guerin for the fifth rounder, according to one individual familiar with the scenario. Islanders’ GM Garth Snow, who offered Guerin to the Rangers at the captain’s request, rejected that offer. Sather, we’re told, never made a counter-proposal.

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The MVP Race

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For a good portion of the season, I have been picking Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins as MVP.  He leads the scoring race by a sizable margin (8 points) and the assist race by seven points. He leads his Pittsburgh Penguins with a +19 +/- rating.  This is an MVP season, but most people support Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.

Ovechkin is the goal scoring leader in the NHL with 49 goals.  His 89 points are second to Malkin.  Ovechkin is an MVP contender.  He should be nominated, but I don’t see why he should win it given the fact he has been consistently well behind Malkin in the point race all season.  Of course the MVP race is not decided on points alone, but I fail to see where Ovechkin catches up to Malkin.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“What I take with me from what happened last year is the fear — I never want to go through something like that again.  I use it to motivate. I remember the feelings I had once last season was over. I was devastated. It took me a long, long time to get over it.

“We can’t ever sit back and think it’s over, that we’re in.  There’s still 15 games left and a lot can happen. Things change fast. You lose a few games in a row and, before you know it, you’re battling just for that last spot.”

-Roberto Luongo via Jason Botchord of The White Towel at the Vancouver Province.

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Fighting Has To Remain In Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Jerry Green, a retired sports columnist from the Detroit News, will on occasion submit a column.  Today he writes about the fighting debate and goes old school…

My introduction to hockey in Detroit occurred some 55 years ago, a night when Lindsay took on most of the Maple Leafs. He beat the considerably larger Jim Thomson into a bloody mess—to the agitation of Toronto coach King Clancy, himself a noted pugilist as a player. Lindsay and Clancy almost tangled by the bench, over the boards.

Also near the end of the game, a spectator near me berated the Wings’ Glen Skov. This didn’t sit well with Terry Sawchuk, the Wings’ Hall of Fame goaltender. So Sawchuk attempted to reach the critic by scaling the wire mesh protective barrier—in full goalie regalia.

Sawchuk’s corrugated leg pads became impaled on the wire. So Lindsay took up the battle for his trapped teammate.

“Go ahead and shoot off your (naughty-word) mouth,” Lindsay shouted at the fan. He trod along the wooden rinkside seats in his skates, then beat some guy into a bloody pulp. As I recall, it was the wrong guy, but I had been indoctrinated into the intensity of Detroit hockey.

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