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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
The Ducks, whose Anaheim home at the newly renamed Honda Center is only 40 minutes away, have the best record in the National Hockey League.
But there are no flags. No giant portraits. And their games might not even be on the TV at the local sports bar — Lakers, Clippers, Bruins and Trojans often take precedence. And in the spring, add Dodgers and Angels to the list.
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from the Star-Tribune:
Tom Reid tells the story with some relish. Thirty-five years takes away memory of the pain, allowing Reid to smile as he tells the tale. It’s a full, bright smile, too. But all those teeth aren’t his own. Which ones? Only his dentist knows. Which is the point of his story, and of this one, too: A lot about hockey and missing teeth has changed in the past three decades.
Reid is playing defense for the North Stars against Vancouver at the old Met Center. Someone takes a shot, which deflects off John Arbour’s stick and winds up hitting Reid in the mouth, destroying a tooth.
“The nerve is hanging down,” said Reid, now the Wild’s radio analyst. “Well, I had to finish the game. We used to chew gum, so I packed the gum around the nerve so the cold air wouldn’t hit it.”
from the Bakersfield Californian via the ECHL,
When Josh Liebenow first heard about the Asia League, one of his first thoughts was: “There’s hockey in Asia?”
Then he went through a tryout in Calgary. Then he got a passport. Then, suddenly, he landed in Seoul, South Korea to play for Kangwonland.
“It was different,” the Condors right wing said. “It was definitely a life-changing experience.”
from the AP via Yahoo,
Japanese goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji says he had trouble keeping his emotions in check as he took the ice for the warmup prior to the
Los Angeles Kings’ National Hockey League game against the Dallas Stars.
Fukufuji, who is seeking to become the first Japanese to play in an NHL game, didn’t see any live game action against the Stars but he did get his first taste of what it is like to be part of an NHL club.
update 7:08pm, via the LA Kings,
The Los Angeles Kings have assigned goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji to the Long Beach Ice Dogs of the ECHL, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
According to a report in the Ottawa Citizen, Steelback Brewery owner Frank D’Angelo wants to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins.
D’Angelo, who failed in an attempt to become an owner of a new CFL franchise in Ottawa, thinks he would be a perfect fit to take over the Penguins.
‘‘Steelback beer in Steeltown, what an incredible fit,’’ D’Angelo said told the Ottawa Citizen.
from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
The Generation Gap sat in the front row yesterday watching Pittsburgh’s morning skate.
A father wearing a Mario Lemieux jersey flanked by three boys and a girl in Crosby jerseys.
Even the kids, it seems, are with The Kid. A few dozen atom players attended the skate with their coaches and parents and the chants echoed from all over the building: “CROS-by! CROS-by! CROS-by!”
from the Buffalo News,
Nobody knows for sure because expert opinions vary, but it’s possible Buffalo Sabres center Tim Connolly for months has been suffering from lingering neck problems and not necessarily post-concussion syndrome.
Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said Saturday that doctors diagnosed Connolly with having a disc that was aggravating a nerve in his neck, which could be the source of persistent headaches that have sidelined the center all season. Connolly recently received an injection in hopes of relieving the neck problem and the headaches.
from the Edmonton Sun,
The Edmonton-Minnesota showdown last Thursday for first in the division looked very much like most Edmonton-Minnesota games - awful - until a three-goal third period outburst made everyone forget the emotionless drudgery of the previous 50 minutes.
If the NHL’s goal in creating an unbalanced schedule with 32 of 82 games against divisional opponents was to foster true, blood-boiling rivalries, well, it’s not working. At least not in the Northwest….
Familiarity has not bred contempt. Teams hate playing each other more than they hate each other.
“It’s almost like overkill,’’ said Liles, the diminutive, and likeable Avs defenceman. “The schedule is just goofy. I don’t know if there’s any other way to describe it.
from the Miami Herald,
The thought of fans waiting outside the arena for hours would have been considered a pipe dream a few years ago, when the team played in front of a sea of empty seats as it tried to claw its way out of bankruptcy court.
Today, the Sabres are rock stars, flush with cash and short on tickets and merchandise.
Every home game to date this season has been sold out, and the team has the hottest-selling gear in the game.
And how is this for a sign of the times: The Bills, Buffalo’s most beloved band of athletes, can’t sell out their stadium for a game today against the hated Dolphins.
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