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Defending Sid

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Pierre McGuire, from “between the benches” in DC.

“The lip service going toward Crosby has been over the top here this afternoon.”

Wow.  Hope Gary’s Baby Boy will be ok.  If Pierre can email a transcript of the language the big bad Caps are using on the ice to the league office? Maybe some suspensions will be in order.  For cursing.

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Sponsoring The Jack, Drapes, Howie and Your First Round Matchups

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In the midst of our lively discussion yesterday regarding the difference between blogging for cash and blogging for the hell of it…I decided to open up A2Y to sponsorship.  Not the blog itself.  But an aspect of it created by you, the 19. 

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Hey, How About This Guy For The Norris?

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via Faceoff.com,

I’m not sure why people are writing off Detroit’s Nick Lidstrom for his seventh Norris Trophy. Don’t you have to knock off the champ?

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is getting lots of play in Boston, but he’s got 34 points and is plus-24. Lidstrom has 43 points and is also plus-24. Capitals defenceman Mike Green might actually be the biggest challenger. Green has 51 points and he’s plus-26 in Washington, but Lidstrom has played all year with tendinitis in his elbow, which has cut down his effectiveness.

Here’s everything you should know about him, though. He’s plus-404 in his NHL career. He’s never had a season where he was a minus player. Here’s the top five in history, with most playing in the ‘70s and ‘80s, when there were lots of patsies to beat up on: Larry Robinson (plus-730), Bobby Orr (597), Ray Bourque (528), Wayne Gretzky (518) and Bobby Clarke (506). Orr was plus-124 in 1970-71.

more hockey topics…

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29 Years Ago Today

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Fantasmagoric Stop

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Will The Kings Ever Get ‘It’?

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

What’s most grievously missing from the Kings’ makeup and lineup goes beyond the obvious.

It’s more telling than their lack of a true first-line center, more damaging than the wearing down of their defense.

The Kings don’t have a commanding presence, someone who should have reamed them out Saturday for letting a second-period lead at home slip through their collective five-hole.

Their previous coach, Marc Crawford, yelled too much. Their current coach, Terry Murray, could not have yelled enough after their 6-3 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes in front of a disgruntled crowd at Staples Center that had seen this too often.

continue for more on the Kings loss to the Coyotes…

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Sunday Is Hockey Notes Day

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The Montreal Canadiens’ new motto: 100 years, 100 controversies.

So who goes first, Randy Carlyle or Chris Pronger in Anaheim? Word is, the two can’t live together anymore.

more hockey notes…

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Sutter Not Happy With Play Of Devils

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Less than a week after completing an impressive sweep of the NHL’s top two teams in points, the Devils were shut out by the league’s last-place team, the Islanders, 4-0, tonight at Nassau Coliseum.

Yann Danis made 40 saves to post the Islanders’ first shutout of the season. The Devils were also victims of the Atlanta Thrashers’ only shutout this season—a 4-0 loss on Jan. 8. Devils coach Brent Suttrer said the shutout losses to the leagues’ two worst teams in points were not a coincidence….

“This road trip should be a good wake-up call for these guys,” Sutter said. “I certainly hope it is because I haven’t been overly pleased all week on this trip. We got away with two points in Tampa Bay. We were very fortunate. But we didn’t get away with it in the other two games and we didn’t play well enough on this trip. To get two out of six points, you can’t be happy at this time of the year.”

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A Night Sundin Will Not Forget

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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Sundin was tapped on the shoulder to take the third and final shot of the shootout and didn’t disappoint his teammates. He lifted a backhand over the right shoulder of Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Vesa Toskala to ice a 3-2 victory for the Canucks, their eighth in their past nine games.

It was a nice ending for the former Leafs captain, who tussled with his emotions in his first game in Toronto since he decided to continue his NHL career with the Canucks two months ago.

A few hours before his game-winning heroics, Sundin was feted with video tribute on his days with the Leafs that was shown on the scoreboard during the first television timeout. As the capacity crowd of 19,504 rose to their feet to applaud Sundin for at least 90 seconds, it became evident his eyes were watering as his emotions rose to the surface.

read on and below is an interview Elliotte Friedman of HNIC did with Sundin after the game.

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Ryan Miller Hurt, Ruff Not Happy

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from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Miller is out of the lineup indefinitely after suffering a left ankle sprain during the Sabres’ 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday.

“It’s stiff and it’s tender,” Miller said after limping to his locker stall in HSBC Arena. “These are things you have to kind of feel out. There’s no timetable, really. It’s your comfort level….

The injury happened 1:54 into the third period. Miller went behind the net to retrieve a New York dump-in, and Scott Gomez chased the puck. As Miller played it around the boards, Gomez crashed into the netminder’s right leg, simultaneously twisting the opposite ankle….

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff didn’t hide his anger for Gomez.

“I don’t think there’s any secret it was deliberate,” Ruff said. “He knew what he was doing.”

more and watch the video of the play below…

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