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Breaking Down The Shootout

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PJ at Sharkspage must have all of his Christmas shopping done. He has put together some very interesting shootout stats. Shootouts - 55 Games - 521 % - 10.56 Goals - 122 Attempts - 371 % - 32.88 # of shots needed to decide shootout 4 - 10 5 - 17 6 - 14 8 - 8 10 - 2 14 - 1 16 - 1 18 - 1 30 - 1 more

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WJC For USA Fans

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Sharkspage has some information for USA WJC fans on how we can watch some of the games.

Hockey fans in the United States will have multiple ways to keep track of the happenings surrounding Team USA as it competes at the upcoming 2006 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship
update Tuesday 9:48am, The first two games are taped delayed, the Canada-USA game will be live. image

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Refs Should Let Us Play

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The Chicago Blackhawks held a 2-0 lead against the Wings with 39 seconds to play. They lost the game when Pavel Datsyuk scored with a 1/10 of a second left in OT. Marty Lapointe was not happy with the way the game was called, especially in overtime. I wonder if he will face a league reprimand for his comments. via the AP,

"The overtime calls hurt the game," Lapointe said. "It's a big game, a big rivalry. the refs should let us play. I guess this is the new NHL. To lose a game on a cheap penalty is not the way to play hockey."
update 9:00am, from the Daily Herald,
“They (referees Eric Furlatt and Shane Heyer) can’t figure it out for themselves, so they’ve got to call Toronto,” Hawks captain Adrian Aucoin said. “They should start doing that every play because there seems to be too many question marks.”

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A Different Kind Of Game In Russia

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Rick Mrozik, a former Calgary Flames' farmhand who spent the lockout playing for the Edmonton Roadrunners, the Oilers' No. 1 farm team, decided he would try Russia last summer. Russia seemed like the land of opportunity, a chance to earn a major-league salary for the first time in his life. Russia wasn't the most attractive destination, but he was going to Moscow, which is better than playing in the hinterland, and he was going with goaltender Tyler Moss, a former minor-league teammate... ..."He must have hit me on just the right spot on the head because it knocked me out," said Mrozik. "From what I was told, I helicoptered in the air and landed face-first on the ice. They brought me to the locker room and lay me on the floor.
read on plus an update on Owen Nolan...

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One Game Suspensions For Kovalchuk & Lecavalier

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from TSN,

Atlanta Thrashers forward Ilya Kovalchuk has been suspended one game for throwing his broken stick into the stands during Thursday night's game against the Washington Capitals.
from TSN,
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vincent Lecavalier has been suspended for one game, without pay, as a result of a highsticking incident against New York Rangers' forward Dominic Moore in a game played on Dec. 22. The incident occurred at 19:25 of the second period and Lecavalier was assessed a minor penalty.

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The All-Snubbed Team

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from Shawn P. Roarke of Fox Sports,

Today, meanwhile, marks the beginning of the second-guessing, especially in those countries with a strong hockey base and a legitimate shot to take home a medal. And, as always, there was plenty to second guess as the dozen rosters were digested by hockey-mad fans across the globe. Great players were left off of the rosters of every traditional hockey power, angering not only the players left behind but various factions of each team's fan base.
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The Heart Of The Game

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from Brent Severyn of HockeyFights.com,

Remember way back to 2003-04 with the trap that led to the clutching and grabbing making end-to-end rushes scarce? Goal scoring became as tough as pulling teeth. While true, isn’t that gritty, hard nose attitude an aspect of our sport which makes it unique? Getting to the goal, losing a couple of teeth in the process, then having blood streaming down your face as you raise your hands after a goal – now that’s hockey!
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Hockey Wives- AHL Style

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from the AHL,

They say behind every good man is a good woman. Hockey wives are more than good women. They are superwomen. A hockey player will be the first to admit that being a player’s wife is a full time job and quite possibly the most demanding job in the hockey industry. Their career is their husband.
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A Goalie Mess

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from the Longmont Daily Times,

There’s no other way to say it. The Colorado Avalanche’s goalie situation is a mess. The Avs are 35 games into the season and they’re like a marginal baseball team thinking it can get by with a closer-by-committee approach. Go with the hot hand and ride him until he falters. Except it doesn’t work. Somewhere along the line, someone has to emerge as the go-to guy, or it’s an early vacation. That’s what the Avs have on their hands, and head coach Joel Quenneville has a bad situation to fix.
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My Holiday Wishes

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To Gary Bettman: A bottle of Crown Royal- to help you relax and relate to the NHL fans. To Bob Goodenow: A $1,000,000 advance on the book I hope you are working on. To Brett Hull: A trip to Turin, all expenses paid- The Karaoke Bars are waiting for you. To the Hockey Bloggers: Your work is much appreciated and your dedication to the game does not go unoticed. To Steve Yzerman: One more Stanley Cup run. To Alex Ovechkin: An appearance on Saturday Night Live. To Phil Coffey: An Italian to English Dictionary. To Stan Fischler: Dinner with Jean Beliveau, Mark Messier and Gordie Howe. To anyone with the NHL: Do a story on the 'secret' room where all goals are reviewed. Is this room in Toronto, NYC, or someone's basement? To Andrei Zyuzin: A new spelling of your last name, so you are not listed as the last NHL player. To NHL Goalies: Agreeing to decrease the goalie equioment even a little more. To Elisha Cuthbert: Why Sean Avery?

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