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Staying in the Pros

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mark Herrmann at Newsday,

Keeping a pro hockey career going in the minors when you’re 35 is a roll of the dice anyway. So if you’re going to do it, why not skate straight to Las Vegas? That would be the natural explanation for why Chris and Peter Ferraro, the twins from Sound Beach and former Rangers, are on The Strip. [...]

It has been a fascinating odyssey for the two brothers. They were on the 1994 U.S. Olympic team, or at least Peter was after Chris was the final cut and went to Lillehammer as an alternate. They were teammates on a college national championship team at Maine. Both were drafted by the Rangers, played here and there in the NHL, spent time in the Islanders system, played together in Sweden and Germany. But theirs is less a hockey story than it is a family story. It always has been.

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Komisarek Out For 3 Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens received some bad news Saturday when they learned that defenceman Mike Komisarek will miss the next three weeks with a lower-body injury.

The injury will keep the 26-year old blueliner out of the Habs lineup for the remainder of the regular season and possibly the beginning of the playoffs.

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The Leaders For The Hart

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

So it’s Lidstrom-Brodeur, 1-2, or perhaps 1 and 1A on this ballot, with Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin third for the way in which he has lifted that club during Sidney Crosby’s injury absences.

But what about the brilliant Alex Ovechkin?

Well, he’s still got two weeks to get the young, talented Capitals into the playoffs, and if he can do that, this ballot will need revision.

Otherwise, picking an MVP off a non-playoff team just doesn’t pass the smell test.

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The New Kovalev

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

He tore himself apart and rebuilt from scratch. He began working out almost fanatically. He lost weight and added muscle. He tracked down and found old game tapes of how he had played in his prime with the New York Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins and he studied the tapes, took notes and then set out to put what he had learned into practice.

If one of his sporting idols, Woods, could take apart his swing and rebuild it, then Kovalev would do the same in hockey.

Not only would he adjust the way he played and fix the shape he was in, he would recast his attitude. Sullen and angry the season before — partially blaming himself for the disastrous addition of another Russian, Sergei Samsonov, to the Montreal lineup — he came into this season determined to serve as a mentor to the younger Russians in the organization

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Gomez Hurt In Rangers Shootout Loss

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers and Gomez were saying, “upper body injury,” following the play at 9:48 of the first on which No. 19 went crashing into the rear-boards after losing his edge in becoming entangled with Lasse Kukkonen on a left-wing rush.

Gomez, who was kicking his skates in pain as he lay on the ice, skated to the bench. He remained there briefly. Though he had X-rays taken, he will be re-examined and re-evaluated today at the club’s practice rink.

If Gomez, who leads the sixth-place Rangers in points (67) and assists (51), suffered broken ribs, he’ll probably be sidelined for the final seven games. If the injury is more complex than that, the playmaking pivot may be out an even more extended time, into the playoffs.

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added 2:14pm, via Slap Shot at the NY Times,

The team said Gomez’ unspecified upper body injury turned out to include no broken ribs and should not keep him out for an extended period. He is listed as day to day and could even play in Tuesday’s rematch with the Flyers at Madison Square Garden, although that is probably optimistic.

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Bruins Control Their Playoff Destiny

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Boston Herald,

“The bottom line is if we want to be in the playoffs, it’s ours to lose,” said coach Claude Julien. “We’re in right now; it’s ours to lose.”

Assuming that 90 points would earn the final playoff spot, the Bruins would need seven more in their final eight games.

That’s hardly an insurmountable task. But for a team that has scored only 14 goals in the last 10 games, even three or four more wins could be hard to come by - especially with all the remaining games vs. teams still fighting for a playoff berth or an improved seed

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Pronger Hopes To Come Back In Better Shape

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the LA Times,

Pronger has been a regular participant in the workouts and morning skates to stay sharp until his suspension ends April 6 in the regular-season finale against Phoenix.

“Nobody’s perfect out there,” Pronger said Friday. “We all have to work on our weak points out there and make sure we continue to improve. I can use this time to make sure I’m staying as close to the top of my game as I can and also work on the things that are lacking.

“Hopefully I’ll be able to come back from this and be in better shape than I was when I left.”

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Ovechkin Hits 60

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Alexander Ovechkin scored his 60th goal of the season at the 11:30 mark of the 3rd period tonight.

It looks as if KK member blueleafss is the unofficial winner of the Ovechkin jersey.  He predicted AO would score his 60th goal at the 13:53 mark in the 3rd period.

I will re-check all the entries and post the official winner on Monday.

added 10:43pm, Watch Ovechkin’s 60th goal…

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Report- Rangers vs. Islanders On Jan. 1st

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Newsday,

Citing “as good a source as I can tell you,” MSG Network’s Al Trautwig reported on MSG’s “Hockey Night Live” Friday that the Rangers and Islanders will indeed play an outdoor game at Yankee Stadium on Jan. 1.

added 9:25pm, from the NY Daily News,

Newsday briefly posted a note saying that Al Trautwig called Rangers-Islanders at Yankee Stadium on Jan. 1 “a done deal.”

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly was as shocked by anyone by that news. In an e-mail he just told me: “At this point, we’re not even close to concluding arrangements on a game at Yankee Stadium. But it’s something we continue to be interested in.”

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My question is this… Why remove the story?  Just put up an updated post, story, etc.  You have been caught with your mistake, just come out and admit it!

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Homer, Filppula, Mac Slated For Friday Return

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Little Gary and Verizon have exactly one week to get their act together and have the NHL Network piped into my house.  I really don’t care about the other subscribers, just my house.  The Wings host the Bitter Blues next Friday with a lineup that could very well feature a return of one Darren McCarty, as well as the rest of our injured corps of forwards.

St. James

Kris Draper (groin) skated Friday and feels good, Holland said, adding that Draper will decide after tomorrow’s morning skate whether he’ll play that night. Tomas Holmstrom (groin) also skated Friday, feels good, and “is getting closer to where we can expect him back soon,” Holland said.

Valtteri Filppula, whom Holland said is bothered by both a tender groin and sore knee, won’t play before Friday. Darren McCarty (ribs) is also expected to be cleared to play by next weekend.

Dan Cleary, given the option of trying to play tomorrow with his jaw still chock full of bionic stuff, has decided to wait until the wires are removed.  So it’s looking like early next week for him.  In any event, next Friday we may get a glimpse (minus Stuart) at the lineup the Wings will ice for the first round.

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