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The Game Is Better

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Metro News,

The NHL now has two Octobers under its belt since the lockout ended and the game is better even if fewer fans are watching. Through Monday night's games, 166 in total, compared to the same period last season, the NHL has had slightly fewer goals, power plays and fans - and a few more fights. "I think the game is much better to watch than it was last year at the beginning," Buffalo Sabres centre Daniel Briere said Tuesday. Players, coaches and referees alike were feeling their way through a crash course in the NHL's new rules last October, the biggest change being the league's crackdown on obstruction and interference. This season's opening month wasn't so confusing.
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Who Would You Take

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from the CP via TSN,

Rock star or rocket launcher? If you had to choose between flashy Washington Capitals winger Alexander Ovechkin and the hard-driving Calgary Flames defenceman Dion Phaneuf, who would you pick? Flames winger Jeff Friesen, who was a teammate of Ovechkin's last season, sidesteps the question. "I would take them both," he declared. "You could flip a coin with either one if you had to pick one." Ovechkin and Phaneuf, along with Pittsburgh forward Sidney Crosby, were the NHL's best freshmen last season in the most competitive rookie class in years.
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It Can’t Be

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Is this really Alanah of VCOE? She claims it is! image

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Early Surprises

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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News via ESPN,

The NHL is chock-full of surprises already this season. Here are my top five: 5. Alexander Semin, goal machine. Most prognosticators expected a Russian-born sophomore NHLer to lead the Washington Capitals in scoring all season. But it wasn't Semin, whose best goal output came in 2004-05 with Lada Togliatti.
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One Issue At A Time

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from Damien Cox at ESPN,

It just seemed like everything about the Penguins' future had to be decided this week when, in reality, only one issue was at stake: Staal's immediate future as an NHLer. And given how well Staal has played, how hard a decision was it really? "I mean, the kid has three shorthanded goals," one NHL general manager said. "And they don't even have a rink." The point the GM was making, of course, was that in these ever-changing times, the present matters most and the future is too tough to contemplate because it may be drastically different. Particularly when it comes to the NHL, a league that has turned itself inside out and upside down over the past 15 years.
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Questioning Ovechkin

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Ask AO... give it your best shot. Remember the more unique the better. Think outside the box!!!

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Nonis Correct & Wrong

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Funny how it goes. Vancouver Canucks' general manager David Nonis was both right and wrong on Monday, in comments he made to a British Columbia Chamber of Commerce luncheon that made everyone in the National Hockey League sit up and take notice. Nonis was right to criticize the unbalanced schedule on two levels: How unfair it is, in terms of travel to Western Conference teams; and how the schedule isn't as fan friendly as it should be, in an era when the league still needs to make marketing inroads in some of its fringe markets. But Nonis was wrong to dump all over the new system of free agency, adopted by the NHL as part of the last collective bargaining agreement.
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Quoting The Hockey Blogs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

By Alanah Downie Two weeks in a row now, I think it's safe to say that the regular “On the Hockey Blogs” feature has been renamed and will continue in this format. A collection of quotes by bloggers from this past week, with links to their stories. Check out these blogs and others that show up every Tuesday. This week's collection features 10 quotes and story links. Please enjoy.

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"How bad are the Coyotes? They can even drag down the reputation of the Great One. Indeed, it's like everything that touches this franchise turns to crap." Hockey Nation relives the nightmare that is the Phoenix Coyotes while rejoicing in the fact that at least fans of the Winnipeg Jets, while still missing their old team, at least don't have to endure the current horror.

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The Belfour Incident

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

For a real goaltender controversy look south to Florida, where the Panthers are trying to slam the door shut on an incident in which one of their goaltenders, former Leaf Ed Belfour, was admittedly responsible for having their other goaltender, Alexander Auld, taken to the hospital for several stitches over his right eye in the wee hours last Friday. Belfour is no stranger to wacky incidents involving late nights, early mornings, bars and the police, all of which were present when a night out for a group of Panthers at their hotel on Long Island, N.Y., turned sour. Nor is it unknown for him to have a prickly relationship with the other goaltender on his team.
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The Goalie Mask

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from John Bishop at BostonBruins.com,

Halloween is the perfect time to talk about masks -- specifically goalie masks. Starting in goal for your Goulish Gremlins, Jason Vorhees. It might be a little sad to the noble wearers of such equipment that perhaps the most famous goal mask of all time belongs to the fictional malicious malcontent of the Friday the 13th movie series, Jason Voorhees. And it's his modified facial protection that has scared more moviegoers than just about any accoutrement, that is probably the most recognizable piece of hockey equipment of all-time.
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