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from the New York Times,
“You have to break the fear,” Rangers defenseman Michal Rozsival said. “You try it once, it hits your shin pads and you say, O.K. We all played the game for so long. Nobody really thinks about it anymore. It’s like natural. I don’t think there’s any guy in the locker room who would be thinking, Oh, should I block it or not?”
The N.H.L. did not start keeping statistics for blocked shots until 1998. Since then, blocking shots has become an increasingly important — if still hard to fathom — part of the game. Coaches preach of them as a way to cut down scoring chances, to keep life easier for the goalies, and to turn defense into something practiced by the whole team, not just the defensemen.
From the Minnesota Wild,
Fans of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild are encouraged to tune into ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” this Sunday, Nov. 25, at 6 p.m. CST. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” can be found locally on Eyewitness News Channel 5 (KSTP). The special will air for two hours.
The episode will feature the Swenson-Lee Family of suburban Minneapolis. The Wild played an important part in the makeover.
The show airs tonight, November 25th, on ABC.
from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
There is no aspect of the Penguins’ performance to date with which management should be particularly pleased.
Consequently, aside from the nucleus of players who are either elite young talents or have the potential to be there should be no untouchables when Shero is discussing potential trades.
That doesn’t mean a roster-wide purge is in order but sticking with the status quo will become more of a high-risk strategy with every point the Penguins surrender if they don’t start to string together some victories.
from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,
This shameless cheering from the media stems from a story our U.S. college correspondent Andy Baggot wrote for The Hockey News in January, 2005. Dowell was in his sophomore season with the University of Wisconsin Badgers and was having to come to grips with devastating news that affected his father, his family and his future.
Jake’s father John, a former small college offensive linesman and a fitness buff, was diagnosed in 2003 with Huntington’s disease, an incurable genetic brain disorder that leads to a steady regression in mental and physical capabilities….
If that grim news wasn’t enough to deal with, Jake was confronted with another terrible reality. Children of a person with the disease have a 50 percent chance of inheriting the gene.
from Sean McCormick of Sportsnet,
But this young, impressionable Oiler ship needs a rudder right now, and Moreau’s leg is still in a cast. His return is still weeks, if not months away, and it’s time the Oilers considered appointing a deserving veteran to the post of interim team captain. That veteran is Shawn Horcoff, who, in all likelihood was the second best candidate for the job when the vacant C went to Moreau at the conclusion of training camp.
The concept of an interim captain is not unheard of around the NHL, nor is it unheard of on the Edmonton Oilers, who are lacking many things right now, not the least of which is a healthy leader in chief.
from Erin Nicks at the Ottawa Sun,
I can’t choose between the NFL and NHL.
I know you’re thinking that any sports fan would never be pressured to decide. Honestly, I thought it was a non-issue as well, until I had to deal with the Denver Broncos and Senators playing simultaneously on Monday night. The two teams I follow the most with respective opponents of their own (Tennessee and Montreal), yet I was forced to pit them against each other—eyeglasses perched on the tip of my nose as I feebly attempted to magnify the television’s picture-in-picture
NHL hockey kicks-off at 1pm today.
Settle in with the last of the leftovers and enjoy!
TV coverage can be found at NHL.com.
from Ice Chips at the Arizona Republic,
Now more than 75 years after its inception on radio, Hockey Night in Canada continues to be a special event.
The Coyotes and Toronto Maple Leafs played the opening game of the Saturday doubleheader. Across Canada, it is always a must-see event.
“It’s pretty exciting,” said Coyotes rookie Craig Weller. “Growing up (in Alberta) as a kid, we didn’t have cable. We only had three channels, but it was always on one of the three.
“It’s definitely a thrill to play and have all of Canada watching. I guess every kid dreams that growing up.”
from the Edmonton Sun,
On Friday they went to dinner, four friends swapping stories and comparing notes on living out a childhood dream.
Then last night, Sam Gagner, Andrew Cogliano, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews faced each other in a battle showcasing the future stars of the NHL.
Gagner and Cogliano with the Edmonton Oilers, Kane and Toews with the Chicago Blackhawks.
“It’s obviously great getting a chance to play against him after playing with him all of last year,” Gagner said of facing Kane. “It’s exciting.”
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock boiled the game down thusly: “There is such a fine line in this league now. If you don’t have your whole team show up you’re not going to win. I never ever say this, but tonight was the first night in a long time that we didn’t have enough people to compete, and that’s unacceptable.”
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