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from the Chicago Sun-Times,
Nobody ever mistook professional hockey for anything but the brutal, bloody, fast-paced melee on ice that it is. And perhaps fans of the sport -- or at least what's left of it after that unfortunate year in which the National Hockey League was inactive -- aren't the most civilized. But -- we ask you -- does that mean hockey devotees have to be marketed to as if they were morons? The NHL handed Mother/New York the task and challenge of developing new television commercials to announce the start of the 2006-2007 professional hockey season and presumably whip up some excitement and anticipation among fans. "Game On!" the campaign tag line, certainly, doesn't do much to whet the appetite.read on
from the Chicago Tribune,
Havlat and Handzus have been all the Hawks expected in the first two games. Havlat is tied for the NHL lead in points with six and Handzus is right behind at five. Vrbata has a goal and assist in the first two games. It's unlikely Havlat and Vrbata, both 25, could have imagined playing in the NHL for the same team in their youths. "Lots of things have changed since then," Vrbata said. "But in the preseason you could see we knew about each other on the ice. Hopefully that translates into some goals." Yawney said he was impressed with the poise the three showed on the ice when the Hawks were in trouble. "I like the characteristics the three have," Yawney said. "They settled things down."more
from Mark Spector of the National Post via Canada.com,
It's just not right, what the National Hockey League did to Calgary. But that doesn't justify what the Flames are about to put their fans through again this season. Today, Calgary is just three games and a mere four goals into Year II of the new, more free-wheeling game. They're still pounding that square peg from 2004 into a hole that Gary Bettman re-drilled over a year ago.... Smash-mouth hockey doesn't work anymore, it's that simple. That is what Calgary will play, however, because that's how they've had recent success.more
from Jeff Miller at the OC Register,
Can they be the NHL's first undefeated team, that is, go 82-0? The idea remains inanely legitimate, legitimately inane. Ask a dumb question, get a dumber one in return. "In my first year, I scored 76 goals," winger Teemu Selanne says. "In our first game the next season, I had a hat trick. Afterward, a newspaper guy comes up and asks me if I think I can score three goals every game. He was serious." Now that's just ridiculous. But 82-0? Sorry to hyperventilate at the keyboard, but we aren't used to the Ducks starting any way but sideways. They're 3-0 after never once even being 2-0. If they can maroon the Islanders tonight, why not dream outrageously large?read on
from the Vancouver Sun,
As an owner of a junior team in Slovakia, Pavol Demitra knew he had a special player in Marian Gaborik. A little later, the Minnesota Wild knew it, too. But six seasons into Gaborik's National Hockey League career, no one yet knows how special the winger might become. The Wild drafted the thoroughbred and harnessed him to a plough. Only when Gaborik threatened last spring to leave as a free agent was the yoke removed.continued
from Pat Hickey at the Montreal Gazette,
But Samsonov was quick to defend Kovalev against a suggestion that he was holding on to the puck too long. "From upstairs, it might look like he's hogging the puck, but his puck control is the strength of his game," he said. "When he has the puck, we try to stay out of his way because there's nobody who's better playing one-on-one. What we have to do is find spots where we can get open and give Alex a chance to get the puck to us." Samsonov also said the new NHL makes it difficult to find a rhythm. Kovalev is the only member of the trio to collect a point in the first two games. He has a pair of assists that were earned on the power play.more
from the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
If you want to see a shootout show, check out the Minnesota Wild next time they go to deciding penalty shots. In the shootout, however, it's like watching the Harlem Globetrotters, as Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks found out last night. Four Minnesota shooters - none of them named Marian Gaborik - took a free shot on Luongo, and three of them scored via distinctly different tactics.more
from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
With the clock winding down toward a decision on who will win Pittsburgh's lone slots license, Isle of Capri Casinos has made a comeback. Isle of Capri is the frontrunner for the license, according to Robert Shore, an analyst for Philadelphia-based Susquehanna Financial Group. Shore's report, released Monday, said IOC has a 55 percent chance to win.continued
I will be on the Inside Sports Show tonight on 630/CHED in Edmonton. I should be on around 11:10pm EDT. Hopefully the Detroit Tigers game will be over by then, or the folks may get more baseball talk than hockey talk. Online audio streaming is available... added 12:35am, 10/11/06, If you wish to listen to the interview (will open mp3 file), it is about 18 minutes of hockey talk...
from the Hockey News,
The new NHL season is less than a week old, but the Chicago Blackhawks have shown they have, in fact, solved the problem everyone thought they may have over the summer: offense. Spearheaded by the off-season acquisition of Martin Havlat, the Blackhawks have managed to pot 12 goals in just two games – tops in the league. Havlat’s six points are more than anyone else in the NHL has managed at the two-game mark and Michal Handzus, another summer acquisition, has five points.continued
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