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Scotty & Prongs

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Niedermayer is gifted offensively, skates effortlessly and is as steady as a defenseman can be. Pronger is a physical monster with a blistering shot. "We're really not stepping on each other's toes," Niedermayer said, laughing. "We are different players. We accomplish the same things, but just in different ways. It's worked out fine so far." Added kid brother Rob, "I don't think you can really convey exactly how much more confidence it gives everybody from the goalie out to have Scotty and Prongs back there."
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Brophy Still Has The Fire

from the New York Times,

He has come out of retirement this season to coach the Richmond Renegades, a new team in the Southern Professional Hockey League, three rungs below the National Hockey League. Competitive coals still smolder within. “Am I driven?” Brophy said. “Very much so. Driven to win. To me nothing, nothing, replaces winning. Nothing.” At practice, his players are mindful of the stories, the “Slap Shot” legend, his demand of 100 percent effort 100 percent of the time. They understand his penchant for high-tempo drills, for conditioning and skating, for skating and more skating.
more Another story on Brophy from late June...

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B’s Fans Trash The Ice

via the AP,

Andrei Markov scored the tiebreaking goal with 1.2 seconds left on Thursday night, giving Montreal a 3-2 victory over Boston and prompting a shower of garbage from the Bruins fans that convinced the officials to wave off the final two ticks of the clock. Markov took advantage of a power play that came when Matt Lashoff, the Bruins' first overall pick in the 2005 draft who was making his NHL debut, was called for holding with 45 seconds left. The Canadiens defenseman got the puck to the left of Tim Thomas and put it between his legs for the game-winner. While Montreal players - and some of their vocal fans in the Boston crowd - celebrated, others in the stands began throwing cups and other trash onto the ice. After about a minute, and a futile announcement from the public address announcer, the clock started and the buzzer blew while both teams were still at their benches and the ice crew was cleaning up.
added 10:52pm, from the Wicked Bruins Fan,
Okay… I just can’t put into words losing a game with 1.2 seconds on the clock… so I will come back to it. But Thomas?! He had all the time in the world to make a save on Markov. Just unbelievable. Bruins lose 3-2. Axelsson got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and ten minute misconduct after the game-losing goal.
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Malkin Driven To Be The Best

from Bill Clement at MSNBC,

Malkin has the hands of an artist, the vision of a high-definition camera, he's extremely fast, has an excellent shot, and he knows when to use it. He is a precision passer with a computer-like understanding of the game, and as a result he is superb decision maker. In other words, he has great hockey sense. The NHL's No. 2 overall pick in the 2005 draft is highly competitive, and he is driven to be the best. Add to all this that Malkin has the temper of a combatant who hates to lose, and you see why his star shines so brightly even at 20 years old.
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Without A Salary Cap - The NHL Would Be A 15 Team League

Jimmy Devellano was just on Detroit radio and mentioned the NHL is in much better shape now than it was in the last two years. He said 15 teams would not be in the NHL now if there were not a hard salary cap with the new CBA. He mentioned some U.S. based teams are still trying to establish themselves, but they are in much better shape now than two years ago. On the Wings, Jimmy D. said the Wings are in transation without a doubt. Winning will not come as easy, team has been turned over to Datsyuk and Zetterbeg. They still will be a competitve teams, and hope the season improves as it goes on. Jimmy D. said the Wings expected Shanahan to finish his career in Detroit. They just could not go out and sign someone to replace Brendan and it may take a year or two to recover from this transition period.

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McGuire Likes Hockey

Mark McGuire took in a little hockey action last night at the Oilers/Ducks game. image

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Wig Night

via the Philadelphia Flyers,

The Philadelphia Flyers invite their fans to be a part of history and help the team break the Guinness World Record for “most people wearing wigs at a single sporting event” when the team takes the ice at Wachovia Center against the Chicago Blackhawks. All fans will be given a FREE orange wig and prompted to wear them during the game to “orange crush” the current record (6,213 fans) set by the Detroit Pistons on March 19, 2004 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
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The Hunting Goalie

from Marcie Garcia at NHL.com,

(Tim) Thomas, 32, grew up in Flint, Mich. and though he didn't hail from a particularly large family, he found his immediate family was a tight-knit bunch. He remembers he and his brother used to shoot bows in the backyard of his family home. His grandfather, Guinther, was the first to take 12-year-old Thomas hunting. It was just a natural part of growing up. "It's pretty common for men in Michigan to go hunting," he said. The main challenge in the sport is to attain a "perfect shot" in order to make a clean kill.
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Moose In An Angry Mood

from TBM at NBC Sports,

Each week, we take one player and exile them to the outer reaches of the game for a poor performance. This week's winner: Derian Hatcher of the Philadelphia Flyers. Signed as a free agent last summer, the plodding Hatcher seemed an odd fit for the new NHL. In fact, he was a horrible fit, often resembling a man trying to flag a cab on the freeway. When coach Ken Hitchcock was fired, Hatcher was an NHL worst -10 on the season, and the Flyers were left to ponder the fact that he is signed through 2009.
much more on the Yotes, Flyers, and the overrated...

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The West Losses Out

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

Honest, this wasn't, and still isn't, intended to be another rant about the schedule format that the NHL will stick with, at least through next season. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt and the e-mails. But the point is, this is one of the reasons the system stinks. After playing in Denver, the Caps move on to Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary, and then, as incredible as this seems, don't have another game outside of the Eastern Time Zone the rest of the 2006-07 season. They never have to change their watches, but the NHL's fans, and especially the season-ticket holders who pay the freight in this league, are being short-changed.
more...AO included...

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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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