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Rahmani and Datsyuk:  Famous Tandem Hits SI

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In a story that hits newstands tomorrow, Sports Illustrated’s Michael Farber introduces our favorite Optome, Optomo, Optimal…eye doctor…to the rest of the world.

The Third Russian

Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin may be the MVP favorites this season, but countryman Pavel Datsyuk of the Red Wings is the best all-around forward in the NHL

By Michael Farber

“I trust my eyes to Dr. Rahmani. You should too.”

—Pavel Datsyuk, in a TV commercial for a Detroit-area vision correction business

Full story is below. Link to follow shortly.


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Datsyuk’s One Point Closer

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The influence of the 19 continues to boggle the mind.


Is it just me or Datsyuk got robbed of the secondary assist on the empty-netter? From what I could see he was the one who dished the puck to Ericsson.
Posted by T from T on 04/07/09 at 11:36 AM ET

Concur, and so does the league.


Following last night’s 4-1 victory over Buffalo (and after stat sheets were delivered to the dressing rooms), the Red Wings’ Henrik Zetterberg pointed out that it was Pavel Datsyuk, not Hank, who had the second assist on Nick Lidstrom’s empty-net goal.

The Red Wings confirmed it on video and asked the NHL to look at the play this morning.

97 and counting.

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Awww….Cute.  We’ll Just Go Ahead And Save That One.  K?

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It was just last summer that many of us were pointing to the Blackhawks as a potential threat, the team to fear in the Central.  They played the Wings well last year, spent some bucks in the offseason.  A few of their little thuperstars grew up a bit and all was well in Chicago.  But then bad things happened.  Just when the young Hawks thought they could keep up with the adults, one loss followed another.

Capped off, of course, by an ass kicking at Wrigley.

But that was months ago and it seems a few folks in the Hawk organ-I-zation have forgotten who Daddy is.

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Best Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Six and a half minutes of the best saves, goals and hit from the past week in the NHL.

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Goal Of The Season

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from Brad Holland of NHL.com,

Alex Ovechkin, Blake Wheeler, T.J. Oshie, Niklas Hagman and Johan Franzen have combined to score 143 goals this season. But, one of those goals will stand out among the rest.

That goal, decided by your votes, will be the Fans’ Choice Goal of the Season. So get ready to cast your ballots.

continued and a link is available there to watch and vote on the Goal of the Season.

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Weight Signs One Year Extension

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from the New York Islanders,

The Islanders have signed center Doug Weight to a one-year contract extension. In his first season with the Islanders, Weight is third on the team in scoring with nine goals and 26 assists for 35 points despite missing 29 games due to injury.

Weight originally signed with the Islanders as an unrestricted free agent on July 2, 2008. The contract runs through the 2009-10 season.

“Long Island has been a wonderful place for me and my family,” Weight said. “It was an easy decision to come back for another season. The Islanders have been a first-class organization and I’m looking forward to helping our team continue its development into a contender.”


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April 14th- Draft Lottery Drawing

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from NHL.com,

The National Hockey League Draft Drawing, to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the first round of the 2009 Entry Draft, will take place on Tuesday, April 14th. The result of the Draft Drawing, and the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2009 Entry Draft, will be announced at 8:00 pm, Eastern Time on on TSN (Canada) and Versus (U.S.) as part of a 30-minute live Draft special from TSN’s studios in Toronto, which will also be streamed live on NHL.com.


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Luongo Needs To Improve His Play

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from Bruce Dowbiggin at the Calgary Herald,

To the consternation of Vancouver management and fans, their best player simply hasn’t stepped up as advertised. Luongo’s erratic play largely escaped criticism while the Canucks’ forwards and defenceman were red-hot in their 20-5-1 streak. The whiffs and bobbles were written off to rust from the extended six-week stay Luongo spent on the injury list. Give ‘im time, they said.

Well, time has passed, but with the club slumping to three straight losses as they head into tonight’s showdown with Calgary at GM Place, followers of the Canucks are coming to the uncomfortable conclusion that Vancouver may have to win in spite of their highly paid goalie. Holy Stan Smyl, could it happen at a worse time for fans of the Orcas? (Or a better time for Flames’ fans?)

Radio talk shows in this city are buzzing with complaints about their one-time hero. Luongo is being roasted for not committing to the Canucks past the end of his contract in 2010 and getting too big for his hockey britches for taking the captaincy. A loss against the Flames and he’ll likely be pilloried for starting the subprime mortgage mess.


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Key Games Tonight

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

We’ve made our way down to Naples, Fla., to spend a few days with wife Stacy and baby girl Melanie before the two-month playoff road trip begins. Can’t wait.

But first, the playoff before the playoffs continues Tuesday night with a busy slate that includes five games that have our eye. In those games, we bring your attention to five players:

Jay Bouwmeester
Panthers at Flyers, 7 p.m. ET
The star Florida defenseman has five points (1-4) and an even-rating in his last five games while playing over 27 minutes a night, which has helped key four wins during that stretch. No doubt GM Jacques Martin is feeling a little better.

continued and tonight’s full schedule can be viewed below…

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All About The NHL Awards Show In Las Vegas

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