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from the Palm Beach-Post,
It’s not like these guys are a bunch of losers. Jokinen and linemate Ville Peltonen won silver medals with Finland at the 2006 Olympics. Mike Van Ryn won a national championship at the University of Michigan. Ruslan Salei, Radek Dvorak and Steve Montador have all come within one win of a Stanley Cup. Nathan Horton won gold with Canada in the World Under-18 championships.
But collectively, there’s some mental bridge that has been impossible to cross. Not that there’s any shortage of thoughts on the subject.
“We just have to have the mental preparation and focus, even if it needs to be 30 seconds at a time,” Peltonen said. “Create that as a habit, do it as well as you can every time out there, and the result will come.”
from On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,
Captain Bill Guerin did not accompany the Islanders to Philadelphia for their game against the Atlantic Division-leading Flyers tonight at Wachovia Center. Guerin was hit in the eye by a puck in Saturday’s home win over the Devils and is suffering from a condition known as hyphema, which is bleeding in the anterior chamber of the eye.
When Guerin was hit by the puck, it caused a blood vessel to burst and essentially turned the eye red and made it difficult to see when he took two brief shifts at the start of the third period. The Islanders described Guerin’s condition as day-to-day while he waits for the swelling around the eye to subside and for his vision to clear.
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
Can Elias recover the skills that once elevated him to the upper echelon of forwards? One would like to think so; for his and the Devils’ sake. However, if he doesn’t emerge from his slough of scoring despond, Sutter’s fail-safe hope has to be Langenbrunner, champing at the bit to return.
Now wouldn’t it be something if Elias and Langenbrunner simultaneously began flashing the red light, along with Gionta, Zubrus, et. al.
Or is that as dreamy as a white Christmas?
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vincent Lecavalier, Phoenix Coyotes forward Steven Reinprecht and San Jose Sharks forward Jeremy Roenick have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending November 11.
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
As much as the lazy Sunday away from the horror house known as the Saddledome was a chance for the beleaguered players to clear their minds, rest assured there was plenty of introspection going on.
Certainly, there are plenty of reasons for the Flames, with their under-achieving 6-8-3 record, to consider.
They’ve frittered away a home-heavy schedule that had 11 of those 17 games at the ‘Dome, in which they’ve won only four times. They’ve frittered away half of an eight-game intra-division run.
They’re floundering like Brittany Spears’ career.
Numerous stories on all of the HHOF inductees are on the web today.
I will point to a few and as always, feel free to link to a story in the comments that you feel would be of interest to KK readers
The Hockey Hall of Fame has the complete story on all of the inductees.
NHL.com has more, plus a look at the recent classes of the past…
The New York Times has a look at Mark Messier.
The National Hockey League (NHL) and XM Satellite Radio today announced a new weekly live satellite radio show titled NHL Hour which will be hosted by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and a rotation of League executives. The show will debut Tuesday, November 27 at 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST on NHL Home Ice (XM Channel 204) and NHL.com. On December 6, NHL Hour will begin airing every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST.
from Joe Pelletier’s Greatest Hockey Legends,
Meanwhile, last week I issued a Greatest Hockey Legends.com Challenge around the blogosphere. In an attempt to spread hockey history around the blogs, I challenged hockey bloggers to post memories of their favorite retired NHLers…
read on plus all the information you need to know about the HHOF inductions…
from the Chicago Tribune,
Comcast SportsNet analyst Ed Olczyk repeatedly called the game “a three-hour commercial.” From the top, with the crowd cheering during the singing of the national anthem, the Hawks could showcase the scene inside the United Center.
The vibe was completely different from a CSN telecast of a Hawks road game. A home game telecast carries a much higher energy level, especially one against their biggest rival.
The CSN crew definitely was pumped up. Play-by-play man Dan Kelly kept setting up Olczyk. The former Hawk was in top form, not only with his analysis but in capturing the significance of the evening.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
It goes back to the year Wayne Gretzky went into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He suggested they add an event where the players could connect with the fans.
Thus the ‘Fan Forum’ was born. And, to me, it’s become the best part of the entire induction weekend.
It’s not a media event. Only one or two members of the media attend and there’s no special seating or access for them. But to me it beats the beejeebers out of the Legends game which follows over at Air Canada Centre, where the new Hall of Famers are presented with their blazers and play a couple of periods of oldtimers hockey.
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