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From the CP via TSN,
A freezer bag in a safe in the picturesque Kawartha Lakes region holds a puck that may or not have won hockey’s 1972 Summit Series for Canada.
Ken Vivian thinks it might be the real thing. Ron Ellis, who played in the Summit Series, calls the story far-fetched.
Decide for yourself.
continued… (*a rather strange and interesting story)
Ottawa Senators star Jason Spezza missed practice Wednesday, and might miss Thursday night’s game against the Atlanta Thrashers because of a slight groin pull.
He sat out practice after suffering the injury during Tuesday’s skate. He has one goal and 12 assists in 10 games, the second-highest points total on the team.
“It happened yesterday [Tuesday] and right now it doesn’t feel that good,” Spezza told reporters Wednesday. “We’re just going to kind of take it day by day.”
Meanwhile, veteran forward Dean McAmmond declared himself fit to play. He has missed all 10 games this season while recovering from a concussion and shoulder injury suffered when Philadelphia Flyers forward Steve Downie ran into him in pre-season.
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,
“For me, I’m scared coming to the rink every day,” said Wings general manager Ken Holland. “I’m already worried about Thursday night in Calgary. I’ve been living like that for three years.”
Scared? Worried? But Ken, the Wings are leading the Western Conference and riding a six-game win streak.
“We’ve found a lot of ways to win by a goal,” he told The Canadian Press on Wednesday.
Holland may not want the attention, but the way in which the Red Wings continue to win merits a closer look.
At approximately 7:10 p.m. on Nov. 1, 1959, ‘just another game’ turned into one of the landmark moments in NHL history.
The streaking, first-place Montreal Canadiens (8-2-3) were playing the struggling New York Rangers (2-7-2) at Madison Square Garden. All-Star Jacques Plante, in goal for the Canadiens, was struck in the face with a shot by Rangers forward Andy Bathgate at 3:06 of the first period.
Stan Fischler, who was covering the contest for The Hockey News and The New York Journal-American vividly remembers the play:
continued with two great, old-time pictures…
from the AP via Yahoo,
Flyers defenseman Derian Hatcher will undergo surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee and will miss two to four weeks.
The 35-year-old Hatcher, who had his streak of 107 consecutive games recently snapped because the knee was bothering him, said he aggravated the injury lifting weights.
Two guys from two.one.five Magazine get together to discuss what is wrong with the NHL…
Piers: Still, my question remains: What happened to all the fans the NHL used to have? At one time, it was right up there with hoops—remember the ‘80s?—below MLB and the NFL, but not by terribly much. Now, the only TV contract they can get is with an obscure cable channel known for showcasing outdoor fringe sports. Where’s the disconnect? Was this just from the strike?
Scott: The Strike, sure. And the evolution of the competition, the NBA in particular.
read on if you wish, but geez guys, the strike? HA!
from Lyle Richardson at the Hockey News,
Only one month into the 2007-08 season and already the trade rumor mill is churning furiously.
But while much of what’s flying around makes for good discussion, it’s had little basis in reality.
As the old line goes, “Denial ain’t a river in Egypt,” and it was the word of the month for some general managers, coaches and players forced to respond to media-and internet-generated speculation.
continued ( Good luck Lyle!)
from The National Post,
An unlikely name popped up Tuesday at provincial public hearings looking into reasonable accommodation for religious minorities in Quebec: Saku Koivu.
Lawyer Guy Bertrand, a separatist-turned-federalist-turned-separatist-again, dropped the gloves about the Montreal Canadiens’ captain’s lack of fluency in French.
Bertrand was critical of the Finnish-born Koivu’s failure “to respect the right of Quebecers to be served in French.”
Updated 6:46pm ET:
From TSN, a response from Koivu,
“I’m not perfect,” he told a scrum of reporters at the Bell Centre. “There’s nothing we can do when politicians have opinions on the team or on me Sometimes you can’t control what’s being said out there.”
How about some Smashing Pumpkins to celebrate Halloween…
from E.J. Hradek at ESPN,
Halloween is a time for masks, right?
That being the case, I guess I should talk about the two masked men who’ll likely face one another Wednesday night in Hollywood.
Those two goaltenders are the Kings’ Jason LaBarbera and the Blue Jackets’ Pascal Leclaire. The Kings bring a four-game winning streak into their meeting with the Jackets, who are on their own three-game roll.
I’ll start with the 24-year-old Leclaire, who might be living up to the billing that led the Jackets to select him with the eighth overall pick in the 2001 draft.
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