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Shanny’s Back

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Shanahan played 18 shifts for 13:59 in ice time and fired a team-high six shots on goal. He made it clear that he’s out to prove those who said he was finished wrong and did so for at least one night.

“I think from what I’ve read and what I’ve hard, I genuinely believed I’m better than other people did,” he said, laughing. “It’s just a funny way of saying that in spite of some things I’ve heard, I believe I can still play. But sometimes if you’re not seen for a while, you’re sort of forgotten about. I don’t think you would do what I did - not as far as the signing or tonight or the past week—I don’t think you could do what I did since July until the day Lou (Lamoriello) signed me if you didn’t believe you could contribute because it really (stunk) in a lot of ways. Driving to the rink every night and getting offered jobs in other areas of life and telling people through surprised looks that you’re actually still intending on playing, So, it might be false confidence, but it’s useful.”

more & watch Shanahan’s first goal of the season below…

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The Oilers Top Line

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from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

In the modern Oilers context, Horcoff is the guy who digs out the puck of the Oilers’ zone and gets the play moving in the right direction, while Penner is the guy who charges the oppostion net, creating needed space down low for Hemsky to operate, to work his magic.

When all three are healthy and playing together, the Oilers have a first line that can compare to all but the very best first lines in the NHL, and might even come out on top of the finest opposition in a seven-game playoff series. Hemsky and Horcoff certainly combined with Ryan Smyth to do so in 2006.

This is a first line that can take the Oilers far into the playoffs, so long as the other lines, the defencemen and the goalie are doing their jobs.

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AHL Scoring Race Update

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When I last looked at the AHL scoring race, it was unclear who would lead the way the rest of the season because the top three scorers had all been called up to the NHL.  It turns out Keith Aucoin of the Hershey Bears (Washington affiliate) had the shortest NHL recall of the bunch.  He was up for three NHL games (in which he failed to score).  Thus he has been back in the AHL for a while and been able to build a bit of a scoring lead with 55 points in his 42 games.  His teammate Alexandre Giroux remains second in AHL scoring, but his NHL recall was a much longer one.  Giroux spent 11 games with the Washington Capitals.  He is scoring at a higher per game rate in the AHL with 52 points in only 35 games, but his longer stint in the show has him behind Aucoin in the league scoring race.

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Bouwmeester Issue Will Have To Be Resolved Closer To Trade Deadline

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from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

Caught up with GM Jacques Martin before the game. Here are his thoughts on several issues:...

Martin said he hasn’t spoken with D Jay Bouwmeester’s agent and that “there’s no change in his status.”

“We’ll talk to him in the near future,” Martin said. “The closer we get to the trading deadline, it’s an issue we’ll have to resolve. Right now, he’s playing his best hockey.

more Panthers issues….

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The Swing Man

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from Jim Hughson of Blogs and Colums at CBC,

In a salary cap system, with a 23-man roster and the inevitable injuries during a long season, one of the most valuable players on a hockey team is the swing man, usually a defenceman who can also play up front.

Years ago Scotty Bowman had Jimmy Roberts with the Montreal Canadiens. He’d use him as a forward, but Roberts could also handle a game or two on the blue-line….

The swing man might not be a team’s MVP, but he is becoming an essential player. I’m not sure minor hockey players will ever aspire to that role, but just in case, I’d make sure my young forwards work hard on backward skating.

more with a look at some of he current NHL swing men…

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Hordichuk On Getting To The NHL

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Darcy Hordichuk talks about growing up in the Prairies and his road to get to the NHL.

One of those feel good, truly Canadian success stories.

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Alfredsson Pays Off Bet

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from Rob Brodie of OttawaSenators.com,

Maybe Daniel Alfredsson will never learn.

The Ottawa Senators captain happily paid the price for betting against Team Canada in the gold-medal game of the 2009 IIHF World Jjunior Championship. With his eldest son Hugo in tow, Alfredsson arrived on a snowmobile Monday afternoon to make good on a friendly wager with teammate Shean Donovan.

The two sides put a fun bet on the table for the tournament’s final game at Scotiabank Place. If Canada vanquished Alfredsson’s beloved Sweden, then the Senators captain had to clear off the snow from Donovan’s backyard rink. A victory by the Tre Kronor would have put the shovel in Donovan’s hands.

continued with a picture of Alfie shoveling off the rink…

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Can You Believe It, Lemieux Back In The NHL

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Before we continue, crow must be eaten. We promised to run through the press box naked at the Stanley Cup finals if Claude Lemieux’s NHL comeback bid came to fruition. Ahem, media colleagues, you’ve been forewarned. Please make sure to have eaten dinner before we make good on our promise next June.

“That’s why we called him up,” Sharks GM Doug Wilson, joking of course, told us Monday.

We weren’t the only ones to make fun of this comeback bid. The laughter was universal around the hockey world. And Lemieux took notice.

“I got into this with my eyes wide open, knowing that most folks out there would think that I was out of my mind to attempt to do something like this,” Lemieux told a bunch of us media folk on a conference call Monday. “But it’s OK. I’ve had no problem taking criticism along the way. It motivated me even more. It’s been a fun road.”

more and a Rob Blake update plus some Flyers talk…

added 6:42pm, from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

Essentially, Lemieux has a master’s in knowing how to win. That could be very important to the Sharks, given their history of playoff failures.

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Shanny Nervous, Pandolfo Not Happy

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

“I’ve gone through this before—first game with a new team—and sometimes you try to do too much,” he said. “But, again, you try to draw from experience and do my best to approach this in the best way possible and if at the end of the night we come away with a win it’s a success.”

Sutter said he will monitor Shanahan’s minutes. After all, he has not played in a game since May 4 of last season in the playoffs with the Rangers.

“I’m not sure how many minutes it is at the end of the night, but I will make sure we’re doing the right thing for him and I’ll gauge him on how he’s feeling shift to shift,” Sutter said.

Sutter said Shanahan will “possibly"see time on special teams tonight.

more and Shanahan replaces Jay Pandolfo in the lineup tonight and Pandolfo responds.

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Great Comeback By Blues

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Blues score two goals in last 80 seconds to tie the game against the Bruins today and win in the shootout.

The tying goal with one second left was a bit controversial.  Can anyone say Franzen?

AP game recap...

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