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Special Treatment?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

How, by the way, would the Protector of Children (a previous refereence to Gary Bettman) explain Sidney Crosby’s behavior on Thursday night in Atlanta when the Chosen One first sucker-punched Boris Valabik across the side of the head before continuing to rein blows on his nether regions while the Thrashers’ defenseman was wrestling with Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang and unable to defend himself or fight back?

Crosby should be facing a disciplinary hearing with NHL vice president Colin Campbell. He should have gotten a game-misconduct penalty as third-man-in. Instead, the wimpy Chris Rooney-Don VanMassenhoven referee tandem got into the spirit of the Christmas season by assessing Crosby a mere two minutes for roughing. Ho! Ho! Ho!

more NHL topics from Brooks and if youi missed the Crosby incident, watch the video below…

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Selanne Out 4-6 Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via a press release from the Anaheim Ducks,

Teemu Selanne underwent an MRI this evening that revealed a cut in his left quad muscle (injury occurred last night @ EDM). It did not damage any tendons or other connective tissue, and no surgery will be required. He is expected to return to the Ducks lineup in 4-6 weeks.

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What’s Your Line?

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from Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald,

For years, sportscasters have tried to coin catchy signature phrases to punctuate and celebrate baskets, goals, touchdowns and home runs.

Now the Panthers and Randy Moller are allowing fans to do it for him.

When 790 The Ticket’s Dan Le Batard suggested early this season that listeners call in with phrases that Moller could spew after goals, Moller felt apprehensive: ‘I thought, `Oh, my God! What are they going to suggest?’ ‘’

But listeners have delivered—and so has Moller, who has spiced his call with more than a dozen fan-suggested lines from movies and music. Sure, it’s gimmicky, but it’s also a clever and bold idea for a team that could use the extra publicity.

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Kings Offer $11.50 Ticket Prices For All Seats In January

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from LAKings.com,

The Los Angeles Kings today announced a special 36-hour Holiday Ticket Sale.

All tickets – including available tickets in the lower bowl—currently unsold for the six Kings games at STAPLES Center in January will be available for purchase for $11.50 in a unique RUSH Sale Presented by Sports Chalet and Kings flagship radio station KTLK 1150….

We are excited about our young team and the more we can expose this team to the fans and to our city the better,” said Kings President, Business Operations Luc Robitaille….

In January, the Kings play the following six games: Saturday, Jan. 3, against Philadelphia; Thursday, Jan. 8, against the Ducks; Saturday, Jan. 10, against New Jersey; Monday, Jan. 12, against Tampa Bay; Thursday, Jan. 15, against the Stanley Cup Champion Red Wings; and Thursday, Jan. 29, against Chicago.

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Time To Dump The Shootout

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from Damian Cristodero of the Stt. Peterburg Times,

The shootout must go. It is an argument that will fall on deaf ears. The fans love it, and if the fans love it, the league loves it, too. But after what happened Thursday in the Lightning’s shootout loss to the Avalanche, it should be clear the shootout is evil.

Start with this: It is a gimmick, and a gimmick should never determine who wins and loses a game. Earlier this season, the Lightning and Senators needed eight rounds to decide a winner. That is not a test of skill; it is a coin flip and a disservice to players who knocked themselves out for the previous 65 minutes.

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Rangers Without A Beat Writer In San Jose

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from Sam Weinman of Rangers Report,

It is not unusual for your loyal correspondent to skip a road game (which I suppose makes me not-so-loyal, after all), but tonight’s game in San Jose marks a rare occasion: a regular season Rangers game in which not a single New York paper will be represented.

Both the Daily News and the Record have traveled regularly with the Rangers this season but skipped the week-long West Coast trip. And while the New York Post and Newsday were present for the back-to-back games in Anaheim and L.A., both papers decided to have their reporters return home rather than wait around an extra three days for tonight’s game against the league-leading Sharks….

According to people in the Rangers organization who have been with the team for years, it’s the first time they can remember that at least one beat writer hasn’t been at a game.

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How’s The Weather Up There?  Nice Enough For A Live Blog?

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The interns are staggering back with reports that weather up in the motherland is less than ideal.

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Coach Primeau

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Bruins Place Sturm On LTR

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced Saturday that the club has recalled center Martin St. Pierre from the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League) and placed forward Marco Sturm on long-term injured reserve. St. Pierre will join the team after the Bruins’ Saturday matinee against the Hurricanes and travel with the club on their upcoming road trip to St. Louis and New Jersey. Sturm, meanwhile, is out indefinitely due to injury.

The leading scorer for the P-Bruins this season and second leading scorer in the AHL, St. Pierre has recorded a 10-25=35 line in 30 games. His 25 assists lead the team and his 10 goals rank tied for second. This is St. Pierre’s first recall to Boston this season.

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Bergeron Out After Hit To The Side Of His Head

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of Bruins Blog,

Frightening sight at 8:37 of the second period when Patrice Bergeron ran straight into an onrushing Dennis Seidenberg and took the blow directly to the left side of his face, leaving the Boston center facedown on the ice for some three minutes.

Bergeron, who missed most of last season with a Grade 3 concussion suffered Oct. 27, 2007, did not appear to lose consciousness. However, he was obviously stunned by the hit and lay motionless on the ice for about a minute before finally moving his legs.

After some three minutes on the ice, Bergeron was helped to his feet by teammates Chuck Kobasew and Marc Savard, who also then aided him toward the Boston bench. Some 15 feet from the bench, Bergeron skated on his own toward the bench door and exited under his own power down the runway toward the dressing room.

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