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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Boston Bruins,

The Boston Bruins announced today that the third period in tonight’s game against the Atlanta Thrashers will be split, with the teams switching ends at the first stoppage in play after the 10-minute mark of the period….

The change in format is occurring due to incorrect markings on the West End (visitors bench side) of the TD Banknorth Garden Ice. In the West End, the two face-off dots are 24 feet from the goal line - four feet longer than NHL specifications.  The corresponding face-off circles are also four feet further away from the goal line.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Maybe it’s a good thing I’m not with Team Canada anymore. Because every time we saw Jarome, he was auditioning (and he’d score three or four). I’ve got the white flag now — tell him I’m not there. Go do it against Detroit.”

-Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky talking about Jarome Iginla.  More on the Flames/Coyotes matchup tonight at Flames Insider.

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So, What Are You Doing Today?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Do you have plans to catch most of the hockey action beginning today (NHL schedule) at 4pm ET?  Will you be surfing different games, or maybe just catching your team in action?

Feel free to comment here with your plans and observations of the day/night!

Update 3:59pm (from Alanah):
Anyone wanting to throw some hockey-talk into their hockey-watching today can also check out Live From Gretzky’s from 4-6pm ET. Among others, they’ll be chatting with Ken Hitchcock, Oren Koules and Claude Lemeiux.  Listen at XM Radio or on these online broadcasters.

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More PP Time For Stamkos

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from Eric Erlendsson of Bolts Report,

Now, as the Lightning get set to take on the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, Stamkos appears set to begin getting the 12-15 minutes of ice time Melrose has said he would like to give the rookie. During practice on Friday at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon, Stamkos was working on the top power play unit with Vinny Lecavalier, Vinny Prospal, Marty St. Louis and Paul Ranger.

Through the first six games, Stamkos has seen an average of 1:08 of ice time per game on the power play, with most of that coming on the second power play unit.

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Canucks Working On It

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from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,

On Friday, for example, Vigneault stepped out to go to the bank and everyone, it seemed, wanted to know what was ailing his team or was offering him advice.

“I had so many people asking what’s going on I was giving it the Reggie Dunlap line in the movie Slapshot,” Vigneault said with a laugh as he launched into his impersonation of Paul Newman’s character.

“‘Yeah, yeah yeah,’” Vigneault told the concerned citizenry at the bank. “‘We’re working on it right now.’”

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Saturday Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The Inside Hockey Radio Show this week features Dustin Penner (Edmonton Oilers), Jeff Hamilton (Chicago Wolves), Hardy Sauter (Spokane Chiefs), Bruce Garrioch (Ottawa Sun) and Brian Daccord (Stop It Goaltending). 

The show broadcasts from 2-4pm on NHL Hockey Ice XM 204, on The Team 990 in Montreal, and 1120 AM WBNW in Boston. It can be heard online at Team 990 or Money Matters Radio.  To chime in you can reach them at 1-877-645-6696 or 1-877-NHL-6696 or email radio@insidehockey.com.

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  Tags: dustin+penner, hardy+sauter, jeff+hamilton, media

Early Season Best Rookie

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Over the past few days, I have been picking the early leaders for the various NHL awards.  Yesterday when I picked Andrei Markov of the Montreal Canadiens as the best defenceman so far, a commenter Kevin from Pittsburgh suggested that Alex Goligoski a defenceman with two points so far should be considered for the best defenceman and is the leading candidate for rookie of the year.  I disagree.

At this point in the season, I pick Kris Versteeg of the Chicago Blackhawks as the rookie of the year.

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Palin’s A Pal, And A Few Other Ramblings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Once again, I’d like to remind you that A2Y formally endorses no one.  We’re not a political device, just a sarcastic hockey blog.  Just a simple hockey blog with no political agenda and very little concern who will lead this nation through some of the most challenging times in American history. 

No opinion on that whatsoever. 

However…

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First Sticks, Now Pucks

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from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

Coyotes left wing Shane Doan got an unexpected result when he attempted to score against the Washington Capitals on Thursday night. His shot broke the puck in two pieces when it hit the glass, something that neither coach Wayne Gretzky nor Doan’s teammates remember ever seeing.

So how did he do it?

He flexed his biceps, then laughed.

The puck broke when it hit the partition in the glass.

And theory the the puck was traveling at 200 mph?

“Oh, it might have been,” he joked.

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The Face Of The NHL

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from Lynn Zinser of the New York Times,

Crosby’s life is full of photo shoots and commercials, slipping through back entrances to avoid crowds, and more news conferences than most political candidates. He has endorsement deals with Reebok and Gatorade, although he is used far more heavily in advertisements in his native Canada.

“We’ve seen television ratings increase in games he has been in, increased attendance where he plays,” said Brian Jennings, who is the league’s executive vice president for licensing and marketing. “He’s a powerful force.”

But the question is whether the N.H.L.’s promotion of Crosby is enough, whether one player in a medium-size market can lift the league.

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