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“Ovechkin just doesn’t sit on the outside and take one-timers, he’s in front of the net, he goes behind. He does a lot of wraps. He’s a special player because he’s an aggressive player. That’s why I think he’s the best player, because he’s an aggressive player. He’s not just a pure sniper who sits on the outside all day.”

-Lightning coach Rick Tocchet on Alexander Ovechkin.  More from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes as the Bolts prepare for the Capitals tonight.

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+/- From The Winter Classic

from Mark Hermann of Newsday,

MINUS: What’s with those Indiana Jones hats for Detroit coach Mike Babcock and his staff?

PLUS: The Cup champion Red Wings are still the class of the league. Outstanding team.

MINUS: Sad to say, but it’s hard to imagine if the casual sports fan—the person who flipped over from the Nebraska-Clemson game on CBS—could name even one player on the Red Wings.

PLUS: Excellent point by Bob Costas in the closing segment, pointing out that Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls kept getting thwarted by the Detroit Pistons on their way up, the way it looks like the Blackhawks will have to do.

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Tanguay Out With Shoulder Injury

via TSN,

The injury bug continues to bite at the Montreal Canadiens, as the club learned on Thursday that winger Alex Tanguay is out at least six weeks with what is described as a left “shoulder problem.”

Tanguay wouldn’t specify whether it was a separation, dislocation or strain, but was cradling his forearm as he left the press room at the team’s practice facility in Brossard.

Tanguay, who is third in team scoring with 10 goals and 26 points, suffered the injury in Tuesday’s game against the Lightning after a hit by Tampa’s Evgeni Artyukhin.

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2009 Talk, Atlanta Style

from The Iceman BLOGGETH,

• The Thrashers will finish low enough in the standings to own a lottery pick, (DUH5), and they will actually win the lottery to pick first in the draft. However, Don Waddell will pass up the opportunity to draft John Tavares, instead opting for Sven Sfadittlehoffen…the little-known 18-year old Swedish goalkeeper who has a 17-39-14 record with a 4.56 GAA and .841 SV% in Sweden’s Semi-Juniors. He’ll be eligible to play in the NHL after his 4-year stint in the Swedish Military. Waddell will refer to Sven as…the diamond in the rough that has gone under the conventional radar.

• We will enjoy watching all of these former Thrashers in the playoffs this spring… Marian Hossa, Pascal Dupuis, Braydon Coburn, Glen Metropolit, Marc Savard, Shane Hnidy, Eric Belanger, Andrew Brunette, Frantisek Kaberle and Bobby Holik. But not Dany Heatley. Ken Klee’s Coyotes will just miss out on the fun.

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Winter Classic Jerseys

I am getting emails and hits from search engines looking for the Winter Classic jerseys so I thought this would help you out.

If you are looking for a jersey with a name on the back, IceJerseys.com does a great job.  I have personally seen their work with these jerseys and you will be getting the authentic lettering, meaning stitched on or as they refer to it, Pro Customization.

Shop.NHL.com also is selling the Winter Classic jerseys.

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Original Six Comeback

from Ryan Dixon of the Hockey News,

When I look around the league, I’m excited by much of what’s new, but thrilled to see teams we knew enjoying success again.

The Original Six are back. Not since the early 1990s have all six clubs looked this strong, headlined by the incredible renaissance of the Chicago Blawkhawks and the Boston Bruins’ shocking rise to power.

How far have these teams come? A few short seasons ago, a lot of time at THN was devoted to coming up with clever cover sells to depict the atrocious state of these two old-time clubs. Chicago was ‘Original Sick’ and New England home to the ‘Boston Ruins.’

But look at you now, baby.

Not only are the Bruins and Hawks back on the scene, the good times don’t figure to stop rolling any time soon. These squads are built for sustainable success by competent, knowledgeable management teams – just like the Detroit Red Wings, the current Cup champs and model franchise for every team, young and old.

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Updates From The Winter Classic

from Eric McErlain of AOL Fanhouse,

Well, the big day is finally here, and FanHouse is ready and on the ground in Chicago for the 2009 NHL Winter Classic. The twittering will start early and often on gameday, so be sure to check back frequently for updates all the way through the game and the postgame interview sessions.

continue for some pics and video from yesterday.

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Blackhawks Plan- Play Physical Against The Wings

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

The Red Wings ran at Patrick Kane every chance they could on Tuesday with a Dan Cleary hit knocking the Hawks’ leading scorer out for most of the first period with a twisted right ankle….

“He’s the biggest spoke in their wheel,” Cleary said Wednesday. “Everything they do offensively goes through him, so you’ve got to hit him and not let him wheel and deal because he’s such an exceptional talent.”

Perhaps the game plan Wisniewski referred to consists of the Hawks making Detroit’s best players, Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Marian Hossa, targets for physical play.

“They were throwing their weight around a little bit, and we have to go out there and respond,” Hawks rookie winger Troy Brouwer said. “We can’t get pushed around.

“At the same time you’ve got to try and push around their guys a little bit, too.”

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Sabres Trying To Stay Close

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

The Sabres say they are trying to hold each other accountable. They also are hinting their friends are taking it personal.

“We’ve got to demand out of each other more,” Sabres center Jochen Hecht said Wednesday. “We’ve got to be able to give the other guy a hard time when he’s not playing well, be able to tell him. It’s something that’s hard when you’re good friends, but usually you think if you’re good friends you would take whatever he says seriously. That’s what we’ve got to do, hold each other accountable.”

Hecht’s words about accepting advice came 14 hours after goaltender Ryan Miller made a similar statement.

“We’ve got to maintain a close team, and a team that we have to [be able to] offer constructive criticism,” Miller said after Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to Washington. “Guys have to be able to be able to take it. Guys can’t be immune to it.”

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Steve Mason With Another Shutout

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Less than an hour before 2008 turned to 2009 in the Eastern time zone, Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason played his way into the club’s record books during a 2-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks in the Honda Center.

Mason made 27 saves for his third straight shutout, giving him 181 minutes, 59 seconds—and counting—without allowing a goal.

“I’ve never even had two shutouts in a row (before this),” Mason said. “It was a tight game. Very tight. The guys played great in front of me. I didn’t really have to make too many really good saves. It was a pretty routine game.”

read on for a game recap….

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