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Who Would Have Thought…

from Deb Kaufman at MSG Network,

In the words of the first (of now many) beauty queens to lose her title thanks to racy pictures, ‘Sometimes the very thing you’re looking for, is the one thing you can’t see.’
Nolan saw something no one else did, and the result has been Yashin’s best play as an Islander and Blake with 20 goals before Christmas.
Hope you all had a Happy Holiday! Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year!
The Islanders are already having one - thanks to Garth Snow and Ted Nolan.

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Morrow Out

from the CP via TSN,

Dallas Stars captain Brendan Morrow will be out indefinitely after having surgery to repair tendons in his right wrist.
Morrow suffered the injury when he was stepped on in Dallas’ 2-1 loss to Chicago on Tuesday night.
He was discharged from a Chicago hospital on Wednesday morning and returned to Dallas, where he will be monitored and re-evaluated by the team’s medical staff.

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All Chelios

Q & A with Chris Chelios and David Amber of ESPN,

Q: In the two decades you’ve been in the NHL, give me your All-Chelios Team (three forwards, two defenseman and a goalie).
A: OK. In net, I’ll give you three goalies, if you don’t mind. Patrick Roy, Eddie Belfour and Dominik Hasek. On defense: Ray Bourque and Larry Robinson. At forward, there are four guys: Mark Messier, Wayne Gretzky, Steve Yzerman and Mario Lemieux. I had to pick a few extras, but when you’re great, you’re great. I had a chance to play with or against all of those guys, and it is incredible to be able to say that.

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Old School- Ted Lindsay

from the Toronto Star,

Nothing’s stopping Lindsay at 81. His face may be a roadmap for the hockey battles waged, but he’s in fighting trim and still working five days a week as an automotive parts rep in Michigan. His wit and tongue are still sharp, too.
Lindsay sat down with Unplugged to talk, among other things, about trouble with Gordie, who’s coming to dinner – Mother Teresa, for starters – and his lack of appetite for the new NHL.

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Check Out The Bloggers

Canucks & Beyond presents this week's "On the Hockey Blogs". Go a little left of mainstream and check it out.

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Smyth Return Close

from the Edmonton Sun,

Ryan Smyth has been medically cleared to play.
Whether or not he’ll suit up tomorrow when the Edmonton Oilers host the Los Angeles Kings, however, has yet to be determined.
“You feel hungry, you want to be out there and you want to be a part of it and contribute badly,” Smyth said.
“But you don’t want to get out there and set yourself back, and that’s what I fear probably the most.
“I know if it was a desperate situation I’d probably play through it. But I don’t want to be hampering the team or getting hit again and knocking myself out for a couple or three weeks again.”

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Buffalo Greets AO

from the Buffalo News,

Ovechkin and Briere angrily went face-to-face during a stoppage in play late in the first period, but it was broken up before it escalated. Ovechkin reiterated during the morning that the boarding penalty was accidental.
“Everybody knows I’m not a dirty player, and it’s just one hit in people’s career. It was just an accident,” he said.

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Some folks are claiming Briere speard Ovechkin last night, you be the judge...

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A Beautiful Thing

from the Tennessean,

St. Louis goalie Manny Legace said he was glad to see the Blues stand up for their teammates, even if it meant spending time in the penalty box.
“We’ve got each other’s back,’’ Legace said. “No one is just going to run around (against us). I don’t care who it is.
“We have a donkey (Tootoo) out there running around, just trying to kill our guys, not even playing hockey. Guys sticking up for each other is a beautiful thing.’‘

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Giguere Not Happy With Schedule

from the LA Times,

Jean-Sebastien Giguere left the ice after injuring his groin during the second period against San Jose on Tuesday night. Giguere then lashed out at the NHL for scheduling games immediately after a league-wide two-day break for the Christmas holiday.
“I wish the NHL would stop doing that, where you have to travel in the morning and then hurry up and get to practice and then play that game,” Giguere said. “It’s just a tough way to play a game.

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Flyers Need Points

from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

They trail the eighth seed - Washington - by 19 points, and the season has not reached the halfway mark.
“We have 20 points; we have to get 70 more to have any kind of chance,” Knuble said. “We have to start doing something. I think 90 is what we will need to get in.
“There is an old saying: You have to beat teams above you to gain ground. For us right now, that is everybody.”

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