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Can You Believe It, Lemieux Back In The NHL

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Before we continue, crow must be eaten. We promised to run through the press box naked at the Stanley Cup finals if Claude Lemieux’s NHL comeback bid came to fruition. Ahem, media colleagues, you’ve been forewarned. Please make sure to have eaten dinner before we make good on our promise next June.

“That’s why we called him up,” Sharks GM Doug Wilson, joking of course, told us Monday.

We weren’t the only ones to make fun of this comeback bid. The laughter was universal around the hockey world. And Lemieux took notice.

“I got into this with my eyes wide open, knowing that most folks out there would think that I was out of my mind to attempt to do something like this,” Lemieux told a bunch of us media folk on a conference call Monday. “But it’s OK. I’ve had no problem taking criticism along the way. It motivated me even more. It’s been a fun road.”

more and a Rob Blake update plus some Flyers talk…

added 6:42pm, from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

Essentially, Lemieux has a master’s in knowing how to win. That could be very important to the Sharks, given their history of playoff failures.


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Shanny Nervous, Pandolfo Not Happy

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

“I’ve gone through this before—first game with a new team—and sometimes you try to do too much,” he said. “But, again, you try to draw from experience and do my best to approach this in the best way possible and if at the end of the night we come away with a win it’s a success.”

Sutter said he will monitor Shanahan’s minutes. After all, he has not played in a game since May 4 of last season in the playoffs with the Rangers.

“I’m not sure how many minutes it is at the end of the night, but I will make sure we’re doing the right thing for him and I’ll gauge him on how he’s feeling shift to shift,” Sutter said.

Sutter said Shanahan will “possibly"see time on special teams tonight.

more and Shanahan replaces Jay Pandolfo in the lineup tonight and Pandolfo responds.

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Great Comeback By Blues

Blues score two goals in last 80 seconds to tie the game against the Bruins today and win in the shootout.

The tying goal with one second left was a bit controversial.  Can anyone say Franzen?

AP game recap...

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Why Stars May Be Traded

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

So while it is true the salary cap could prevent some contending teams from making the moves they would like to make to give them an edge over their opponents, don’t be surprised if a few big names trade teams before the March 4 trade deadline. And they won’t necessarily be rental players. If Lecavalier, Pronger and/or Briere are dealt, it could be for the long run.


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Trying To Find That ‘Nut”

from M.L. of The Islanders Opimer,

I spent exactly one season in the press box for the Nashville Predators. I sat in the box, talked to the players and coaches after the game and even made a couple of appearances on the local news. Then I realized that most of the guys sitting next to me in the press box are more like Eklund and B.D. Gallof than authentic journalists. Not that “authentic” writers are any better, they just collect a modest salary for their writing. At the end of the day, they are all just squirrels trying to get a nut. Nothing more than common fans, who think they have the capacity to write about sports. They are message forum posters. They are internet savants. They are losers.

read on

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Best Of The Week

Five minutes of the best goals, saves and hits from the NHL.

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These Teams Are Toast For This Season

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Who is cooked as far as the playoffs are concerned?

The bottom line is, if you dig a hole in the first half, the second half looks like a mountain. In the East, you can kiss the postseason goodbye if you’re the Tampa Bay Lightning, Ottawa Senators, Atlanta Thrashers or New York Islanders. The Leafs are barely a bubble team, as they sit nine points behind eighth-place Pittsburgh with two games in hand. Expect the Leafs to join the ranks of the cooked by All-Star weekend or shortly thereafter.

In the West, things are a lot tighter. The ready-for-roasting list is shorter, but we’ll start with Nashville, which just can’t score and is in the process of handing the starting goaltending reins over to rookie Pekka Rinne, given the uneven play of last season’s playoff hero Dan Ellis. Los Angeles and St. Louis are also well done at this point. Dallas remains an interesting team, as it began the week in 12th in the conference, just four points back of eighth place with two games in hand.

more questions and answers…

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Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (Jan. 19, 2009)—Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk, Calgary Flames left wing Mike Cammalleri and Atlanta Thrashers center Rich Peverley have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Jan. 18.

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Canucks Waiting For The Real Sundin & Luongo

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

There are miles and miles to go, and as the team lurches to the all-star break, clinging to the next-to-last mythical playoff spot, though barely past the halfway mark, boundless patience is a big ask.

“Our guys are battling,” said Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault. “[Columbus] scored four goals in a row, our guys could have folded. They didn’t. Mats is playing better, we all know Roberto can play better, and those are key components of our team.”

“I think Sundin’s starting to come, his first three steps are quicker now, and he’s getting into holes to shoot the puck that he wasn’t two weeks ago. Mats is going to be a really dangerous player for teams to defend against,” Hitchcock said, charitably….

And Luongo isn’t close to being the goalie of old, and knows it. Someone asked if he thought he could feel his form returning — after all, he made some fine saves, off Kristian Huselius and Nash and others — and Luongo did everything but laugh.

“I don’t think so. Not when I let in five goals [on the first 17 shots] in a game,” he said. “I tried to do my best out there, but it’s to be expected, I didn’t expect to come in and be where I left off. It’s going to be a process.


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Report- Artyukhin Gets Two Games

via Bolts Report,

Lightning forward Evgeny Artyukhin has been suspended for two games, starting with tonight’s game against Dallas. There has been no word from the league or the team, but Artyukhin said after he came off the ice that he spoke to the league on Sunday about his knee-on-knee hit with Florida’s Ville Peltonen during Saturday’s game.

added 5:04pm,

TORONTO (Jan. 19, 2008) – Tampa Bay Lightning forward Evgeny Artyukhin has been suspended for two games, without pay, for a kneeing incident in NHL Game #667 against the Florida Panthers, the National Hockey League announced today.

            Artyukhin was assessed a minor penalty for tripping Panthers’ forward Ville Peltonen at 19:33 of the second period.

            Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Artyukhin will forfeit $10,215.06.  The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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