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We’ve Seen This Before

Pavel Datsyuk with with a shootout goal tonight against Josh Harding of the Wild.

Watch below the breakaway goal Datsyuk scored against Turco a few years ago and the one agains Vokoun too, plus another video of tonight’s goal.

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Canada Comeback

from TSN,

The Drive For Five is alive and well.

Jordan Eberle scored two goals and the shootout winner to end another classic showdown as Canada edged Russia 6-5 in their semifinal game at the World Junior Hockey Championship.

With the win, Canada advances to Monday’s gold medal final and faces Sweden for the second year in a row.

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Corey Perry Suspended Four Games

NEW YORK (Jan. 3, 2009)—Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry has been suspended for four games, without pay, for elbowing Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux during the third period of NHL Game #564 Friday night, the National Hockey League announced.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Perry will forfeit $114,516.12. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Perry will miss Anaheim’s game against Phoenix Jan. 4, the home-and-home series against Los Angeles Jan. 6 and 8, and versus Tampa Bay Jan. 9. He will be eligible to return Jan. 11 against New Jersey.

added 7:10pm, via Ducks Blog,

“I didn’t know what to expect,” Perry said. “That’s what the league came down with and you have to live with it. I came up with the elbow. I didn’t mean to hurt him … It’s a tough situation. The league is trying to crack down on hits (like that).”


I happened to see the elbox on the NHL Network today, and it was one of those useless elbows.  Perry caught Giroux by surprise, met him just inside the blueline away from the play, and delivered the elbow.  The camera from behind the net caught it since it was not near the play going on.

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Evening Line

“It’s not right that the best player in the game is not a starter. We want to get the fans involved and they have the right to vote for ever they want. There’s 21,000 fans at every home game in Montreal, and everyone in Montreal is a hockey fan. Everybody who knows hockey, knows that Alex would be in the starting lineup if it went on merit. But he’s not.”

-Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau on Alexander Ovechkin not making the starting lineup of the All-Star roster.  A little more from Bruce at Capitals Insider and I agree 100% with Bruce, it makes me question this process going forward.

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Tocchet Establishing Order In Tampa

from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune,

Meet the man out to stop the bleeding on Channelside Drive.

Barry Melrose is gone. Was he ever here? We’re still not sure about the new owners. But Lightning players, even if they haven’t turned it into wins, can feel a change. The circus has left down.

“It’s feels gone,” Lightning winger Mark Recchi said.

“The dust has started to settle,” Marty St. Louis said.

They feel they’re moving in one direction, just like Rick Tocchet once did as he charged the net or threw his fists.

“He’s a straight-up guy, the same guy he was on the ice,” said Recchi, who was once traded for Tocchet and later played with him. “He helped stabilize things. We’re well prepared. We know where we stand. There’s no gray area.”

“We’re finding our way,” Tocchet said.

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Panthers Talk Crosby

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Here’s what happened: Moments after Campbell and Maxime Talbot fought a good fight, Crosby and McLean lined up in the faceoff circle. The puck was dropped,

Crosby grabbed McLean and took him down, shaking and pulling him around the ice – without throwing a punch.

McLean cut the bridge of his nose when he hit the ice, and Crosby was sent away with four penalties – including instigating and unsportsmanlike conduct. Crosby’s fighting style has been criticized lately, especially after he repeatedly took below-the-belt shots at Atlanta’s Boris Valabik last month.

After the game, coach Pete DeBoer and McLean didn’t have much to say on the subject, but Nick Tarnasky and Nick Boynton sure did. Tarnasky’s comments to me should be construed as off the record since we were just chatting during the second break, but Boynton went off as he finished getting dressed.

We’re you hoping he’d get back on the ice? ‘‘Oh yeah,’’ Boynton said.

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more and watch the video below..

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Russia Looking For Revenge

from Matthew Sekeres of the Glob and Mail,

Because it took place during the NHL playoffs in a remote part of Russia, not a lot of North American fans saw Canada’s 8-0 demolition of the host country in the gold medal game of the world under-18 hockey championships last April.

But the Russians haven’t forgotten the humiliation.

His equipment had not yet been shed after a 5-1 victory over the Czech Republic in a world junior championship semi-final on Friday when centre Evgeni Grachev mentioned the Creaming in Kazan and said that Mother Russia owed Canada some payback.

Meanwhile, five players on Canada’s world junior team, and head coach Pat Quinn, helped author the annihilation, and most admit that it was one of those games where the stars aligned and where everything turned up maple leafs.

continued and you can catch the Canada/Russia game on the NHL Network in the US or TSN in Canada at 7:30pm ET tonight.  The other semi-final game begins at 3:30pm today with Sweden taking on Slovakia.

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Kane Out With Sore Ankle

via Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

Patrick Kane won’t be in the lineup Sunday against Calgary after aggravating his right ankle injury in the Winter Classic.

Kane and coach Joel Quenneville called it a day-to-day situation with Quenneville saying the Hawks’ leading scorer would accompany the team on its three-game road trip to Phoenix, Colorado and Nashville.  “It’s nothing long term,” Quenneville said.

 

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Your All-Star Game Starters

from Adam Kimmelman of NHL.com,

The 2009 All-Star Game will be a celebration of the great history of the Montreal Canadiens during their centennial season.

While fans think fondly of the club’s great history, there also will be a lot to cheer for in the present, as the Eastern Conference starting lineup for the 2009 All-Star Game will be tinged in bleu, blanc et rouge.

Four Canadiens were voted to start the game—forward Alexei Kovalev, defensemen Andrei Markov and Mike Komisarek, and goaltender Carey Price.

Joining the Montreal faction will be a pair of players from the Pittsburgh Penguins, the defending Eastern Conference champs.

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Afternoon Line

I can only hope for the day when a kid in Texas can strap on a pair of blades in June and skate on an outdoor surface that simulates real ice. Only then does hockey have a chance to crack the national consciousness more often than when a Winter Classic game or Stanley Cup final is played.

But I don’t care today.

I am still fondly remembering Thursday’s Classic. It was a day to celebrate the sport for those who know it best and a chance to showcase it to the non-believers, and it was pulled off superbly.

If the rest of the U.S. wants to watch fly fishing, well, that’s their problem.

-Mike Milbury of Blogs and Columns at CBC.

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