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For some reason, we’ve attached ourselves to Saturday’s win. 


The dedication from every last player on every shift the last 30 minutes of the game was remarkable.  No team can play that way all game all season.  This determination was finally rewarded, albeit culminated in a truly bizarre Bertuzzi shootout goal.

Great heart, Wings, and you really can’t underplay what a huge win this was, one of the biggest regular season wins in recent Wings history.

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Yzerman Sent A Message

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Best story I’ve heard in a long time: With Vancouver holding a 2-0 lead over Detroit in the 2002 Stanley Cup playoffs, Brendan Morrison lined up for a faceoff against Steve Yzerman. Morrison said Yzerman smiled and told him, “We’ve got you right where we want you.” The Red Wings would win four straight, eliminate the Canucks and take the Cup.

read on for 29 more hockey bits from Elliotte…

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The ‘Stache Gear Is A Success

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

George Parros is far removed from the runways in Paris, but let’s give the Anaheim Ducks tough guy credit for having the gumption to throw himself into the fashion world.

OK, fashion might be a stretch, but last week the 29-year-old winger launched the ‘Stache Gear apparel line of T-shirts and hats with his personalized mustache as the trademark insignia. The ‘Stache Gear went on sale at the Ducks’ team store this past Friday after Anaheim’s 3-0 win over visiting Chicago, and much to his relief, the items were a hit.

Parros’ biggest fear was showing up at the launch and not selling anything. He put in a lot of hours—and some of his own dime—setting up the charitable clothing line. The time leading up to the launch was nerve-racking.



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SWAT Training With The Coyotes

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Can You Score When It Counts?  Re-capping An Epic Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Today, and tonite for some, we’re talking about scoring.  Unless, of course, you decide to write something that even hints that Ken Holland would willingly let Marian Hossa walk and then “replace” him with the likes of Todd Bertuzzi and Jason Williams.  If you are going to even suggest that Tick Tock considered those two a viable “replacement” for Hossa?  Well, heck.  You’re just a dumbass…and scoring is just not likely.  Well, maybe the faux kind.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Last season was fine, with the Hawks surprise participants in the Western Conference finals, but there’s no reason to think this couldn’t be one of those altogether too-rare dream seasons.

-Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times.  More from Len on the Blackhawks.

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Samuelsson On His Game In Vancouver

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from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,

Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo is encouraged by the Samuelsson signing—and not just because he is one of only two members of the team to have a Stanley Cup ring.

“Sammy and I played together in Florida and I’ve always thought he was kind of an under-the-radar player with the skills he has and the way he shoots the puck,” Luongo said. “In Detroit, he learned how to play the right way—effective both offensively and defensively. And ... he’s still got those skills, which is good for us.”

Samuelsson smiled when he heard what Luongo said and agreed.

“I’ve always thought I could do some damage in this league, and I still think I can,” he said. “I came into Detroit four years ago ready to play a lot. It was an easy team to play for, especially for me as what you would call a late bloomer. I got more and more confidence each year I was with the Wings.

“That’s the confidence I have right now. I believe in myself, I know what I can do out there. The records may show I’m 32, but I’m physically fit and have played only 400-some games in the NHL. Today I feel like I’m about 20.”


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Trade Early Or Wait Until The Deadline?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Things always get a little crazy around trade deadline time, but imagine the bind GMs will be in this year when they are faced with a roster freeze that extends over the Olympic break. The freeze begins Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. ET and ends Sunday, Feb. 28, just days before the 3 p.m. ET March 3 deadline.

A number of GMs told ESPN.com it will make for a frenzy once the roster freeze is lifted after the gold-medal game that Sunday in Vancouver. GMs who like to do their shopping early, like Peter Chiarelli of Boston, will find life a little more difficult this year.

“For me, if I can do a deal before the deadline, I try and do it,” he said. “Now I’ve got a two-week gap where I can’t do it.”

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Now This Is A Dynasty- 15 Cups In 23 Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via NHL.com,

Longtime fans of the Montreal Canadiens, who mark their 100th anniversary on Dec. 4, can remember when winning the Stanley Cup was more of an expectation than a hope.

The Habs won 15 NHL championships in 23 seasons between 1956 and 1979, with dynasties as bookends. It was a level of success that, given how the hockey business has changed, will never be repeated.

So, how did they do it?

Picking the right people to manage and coach had a lot to do with it.

Go back to the days of the Original Six.


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Thrashers May Have Too Many Goalies

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from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

It must be nice to have the problem the Atlanta Thrashers are facing right now – too many NHL goaltenders. It’s a much better quandary than ‘failed power play’ or ‘no team chemistry.’

Nevertheless, the fact the Dirty Birds have two shutouts over NHL royalty (Detroit and Philadelphia) in their past three games with two different netminders posting the goose eggs is something that will need to be addressed once Kari Lehtonen returns from injury.


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