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A Fragile Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sportsnet,

Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson admits that a big part of his team’s struggles this season are a result of his team’s inability to overcome adversity and show mental toughness.

“We’re very fragile,” Alfredsson said on Friday afternoon. “When we get a goal against us, we get away from our game plan. We don’t follow through and trust. It’s individual mistakes and when we make them, we can’t overcome them.”

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The Race For The Presidents’ Trophy

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What team do you pick to finish 1at at the end of the regular season?  The standings listed below are as of this afternoon.

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The YoungStars

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from Brad Holland of NHL.com,

Less than a year ago, Milan Lucic, Brandon Dubinsky, Nicklas Backstrom, Marc Staal, and Kris Letang were the rookies, the wide-eyed, first-year skaters heading to the NHL All-Star Game simply to savor a taste of the experience.

Only a year later, and my how things have changed! The peach fuzz may still remain, but the wide-eyed stare has been replaced with the seen-it-all glare of an NHL veteran.

Five of the boys are back in town for their second All-Star Game (six, along with Patrick Kane, named to the Western Conference starting line), in the hockey-mad city of Montreal.

The five veterans of last year’s YoungStars Game returning for the 2009 incarnation will be joined by five more of their contemporaries—Atlanta’s Bryan Little, San Jose’s Devin Setoguchi, Edmonton’s Andrew Cogliano, Vancouver’s Mason Raymond and the Kings’ Erik Ersberg—and the 10 players will take on the “younglings,” the rookies from the 2008-09 season, in a battle of the brightest of the League’s future.

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Panthers Grasping DeBoer System

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from Glenn Odebralski for FloridaPanthers.com,

It took awhile for the Panthers to grasp head coach Peter DeBoer’s attacking, aggressive system, starting out the season 7-11-1, but they seem to be playing it now going 12-5-5 in their last 22 games, including a 4-2 victory over Carolina Thursday night.

“We have to be the hardest working team out there,” said winger David Booth who leads the team with 17 goals. “Getting pucks in the offensive zone and cycling teams and wearing them down. Finishing our hits. Getting pucks to the net, jamming, getting rebounds. I think that would be the identity of our team.”

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Pacioretty And Gorges; a Look at Craig Rivet’s Trade By Bob Gainey Two Years Ago

Blog: KK Members Blog By Slasher98


On February 25 2007, the Montreal Canadiens veteran defenseman Craig Rivet and a 5th round selection in 2008 to the San Jose Sharks for young defenseman Josh Gorges and a 1st round selection in 2007 (Max Pacioretty).

Now a member of the Buffalo Sabres, Rivet helped the Sharks go deep in the playoffs the past two seasons even tough they weren’t able to make it to the finals. In 91 games with the Sharks, Rivet scored six goals and 37 assists for 43 points.

He was later traded this summer along with San Jose’s 7th round selection in 2010 to the Buffalo Sabres for a 2nd round choice in 2009 and a 2nd round choice in 2010.

Meanwhile, Josh Gorges blossomed into a very reliable defenseman over his two years in Montreal. At first, things were not quite easy for Gorges as he was a frequent healthy scratch for most of the 2007 season.

However, last season he finally made it as a regular rearguard and played 62 games, notching nine assists besides his partner Francis Bouillon.

Gorges, 24, has seen an increase of ice-time this season being used in every situation (even on the powerplay) and his statistics have improved accordingly. Gorges already has one goal and seven assists for eight points in 40 games. He has a team-best +18 plus/minus differential good for the tenth rank league-wide.

But the key element of that trade is Max Pacioretty who finally made it to the NHL this season thanks to numerous injuries to key Habs players.

After a great season with Michigan University last season where he registered 15 goals and 24 assists for 39 points in 37 games, Pacioretty signed his first NHL contract, a three-year entry-level pact, this summer with the Canadiens.

Recalled from Hamilton on January 1st, 2009, Pacioretty scored his first NHL-goal on his first shot in a 4-1 loss against New Jersey. Now playing on a line with veterans Alex Kovalev and Tomas Plekanec, Max Pax has tallied two goals and 1 assist for three points after only four games.

Pacioretty is a good power forward with above average skills. A good skater with quick feet. He handles the puck very well, and he has a good wrist shot with quick release. His size and tenacity allow him to drive to the net consistently.

Max Pacioretty will likely be this year’s Sergei Kostitsyn even when Koivu, Higgins and Tanguay come back from their injuries.

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Morning Line

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“I don’t think I’ve played good enough to be an All-Star.  I’m not mad or sad or anything. I just haven’t played good enough.”

-Henrik Zetterberg of the Detroit Red Wings via Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.

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Did You Know?

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from Paul Branecky of CarolinaHurricanes.com,

As Paul Maurice said in his postgame comments, last night’s game in Florida was indeed unusual, but it wasn’t the first. The Canes’ two games there this season, both losses, have been statistically two of the strangest games in team history.

The first one, which Florida won by a 3-2 score, was the franchise’s first penalty-free game on the road since 1980. Last night’s game, a 4-2 win for the Panthers, was the first time Hartford/Carolina didn’t have a power play on the road since 1981. Each of this year’s games had just two total penalties.

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Report- Grabovski Suspended Three Games

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from Sportsnet,

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski has been suspended for three games after shoving an offical Thursday night. Sources tell Hockeycentral the Leafs are contemplating appealing the league decision.
Grabovski received a game misconduct for shoving a linesman late in the third period of Thursday’s 6-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.

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added 11:15am, via TSN,

The three game suspension for abuse of official is automatic, and the Maple Leafs have chosen not to appeal the ban.

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Another Pens Loss

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters,

We’re always slow to call for someone to lose their job in any sort of sporting profession, particularly when they’ve enjoyed recent success, but how does anyone defend Michel Therrien and his staff at this point? We still think Therrien is a viable NHL coach, but he just doesn’t appear to be connecting with this current crop of players. And well, you can’t fire the players.

-If Scotty Bowman can be fired by this franchise, Michel Therrien sure as heck isn’t untouchable.

read on for a recap of the Pens loss to the Predators…

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Hartsburg Calls-Out Top Players

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Craig Hartsburg accused his best players of costing the Senators the game last night.

At this rate, it won’t be long before they cost him his job.

Following a 6-4 loss to the Bruins, Hartsburg took direct aim at his top players after the Senators fought back from a two-goal deficit only to find a way to lose ... again.

The Senators limped home with just three of a possible 16 points on their eight-game road trip (1-6-1) after captain Daniel Alfredsson handed the puck to Boston centre David Krejci to allow a decisive go-ahead goal midway through the third period. Then, four mintues later, Jason Spezza was knocked off the puck by Chuck Kobasew, who set up Marc Savard with what turned out to be the game-winning goal.

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