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Ovechkin Visits Buffalo

from the Washington Post,

Alex Ovechkin says he has put the controversy behind him.
Tonight at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, the Washington Capitals star will find out whether Daniel Briere and the Sabres have done the same….
“If I hit him hard like I can, it’s much worse,” Ovechkin said, referring to the fact that he outweighs Briere by 41 pounds. “It was just a situation where I didn’t want to hit him. I didn’t hit him hard, if you saw this replay. I’m glad he’s okay and not much happened to him.”

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added 9:10am, from the Buffalo News,

Briere believes him. He thinks the play was just part of Ovechkin’s aggressive nature. That doesn’t mean he likes the hit . . . or the player.
“Before the hit I had always been a big fan of Ovechkin,” Briere said. “And, for the most part, he plays the game hard. I like his enthusiasm, and I’ve never seen him do any cheap shots to anybody else.
“But obviously, with what happened, I think people understand that I’ve lost some respect for him for the way he hit me on that play.”

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The Boys Must Play

We can all dream on this Christmas Day…

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Merry Christmas - Anyway You Say It

“Teach the children that it was the angels that announced the glorious news of the Savior’s birth. The angels sang ‘Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace and good will toward men.”

How “Merry Christmas” is said .....

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WJC

TSN is doing some streaming of the World Junior Championship. Canucks and Beyond has all of the information...

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Evolution Of Equipment

from Randy Zarnke, special to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner,

Change in equipment is part of this evolutionary process, as well. For the sport of hockey, improvements in gear worn by goaltenders may be the most noticeable change over the past few decades. These improvements in the equipment follow changes in playing style and allow changes in playing style.

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Take The Risk

from the News & Observer,

Las Vegas.
An NHL team in Vegas would not only be a financial bonanza but bolster the ever-eroding position of hockey in the pantheon of American sports. The NBA landed the first blow when it figured out a way to bring its All-Star Game to Vegas this February, but it’s the NHL that is best equipped to capitalize on the untouched market. Here are the top five reasons why:
1. IT MAKES TOO MUCH SENSE. Like Nixon and China, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has the chance to open the great unlocked potential of Las Vegas—and profit handsomely in the process.

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The Puck

from Neil Tarpey of the Times-Standard,

It has not been slapped, kicked, knocked down or back-handed in over 30 years.
In fact, for most of those years the black hockey puck, hard evidence of my youth, has been entrusted to the safety of a small shelf at home alongside three baseball and softball trophies.
For a sports relic that is comparatively small, one inch thick by two and three-quarter inches in diameter, it brings back big geographic, historic and personal memories.

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Form Fitting Has Flaws

from Canada.com,

Imagine being a National Hockey League forward. Imagine that a significant chunk of your workload involves hustling into corners and standing in front of nets.
Now imagine that everyone in the rink can see where your padding is—or, more to the point, where your padding isn’t.
That’s what scares San Jose Sharks sniper Jonathan Cheechoo about the league’s push for form-fitting jerseys—the telling exposure.
“It’s a bird’s-eye view of where your equipment stops,” says last year’s Maurice Richard Trophy winner for the league’s top scorer.

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Merry Christmas From Strachan

A few months ago, the talk was Al Strachan would no longer be with the Toronto Sun come January.
In his column about the Leafs game yesterday, this was his last line…

Merry Christmas. And goodbye.

Love or hate Al, he will be missed if indeed this is his last Sun column.

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Fitzpatrick Campaign A Joke

from Sun Wire Services via the Ottawa Sun,

“The big thing Rory, if you’re watching, they’re not laughing with you, they’re laughing at you,” said Cherry.
Cherry’s co-host Ron MacLean defended the campaign, saying it made for a cute story. He said fans are simply voicing their appreciation for Fitzpatrick, a concept Cherry strongly refuted.
“They never saw him play, how could they say he’s an all-star?” asked Cherry.

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added 1:17pm, from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

The NHL needs to step in here. It needs to find away to allow Fitzpatrick out of a dilemma he didn’t create and it needs to restore some sanity to its voting process.
Anything less and Commissioner Gary Bettman will be viewed as presiding over a farce.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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