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MacTavish Rips Team

from the Edmonton Sun,

How do you explain zero shots in the first period? How do you explain being outshot 28-3 through the first 33 minutes and 45-16 through three periods of a disgraceful 3-0 loss? "I can't,'' said Oilers coach Craig MacTavish, who used up the last of his patience watching the Oilers hang Dwayne Roloson out to dry while giving Detroit's Dominik Hasek most of the night off. "It was an absolutely humiliating experience.'' While the Oilers - after a long hold-up at Montreal customs Tuesday night, didn't arrive in Detroit until 3:30 - MacTavish says it doesn't give them a free pass to mail it in. "You can't continually make excuses for this group the last little while,'' he said. "You have to put a better effort forward than we did in the first period. It is an advantage for Detroit, absolutely. Is it a substantial advantage? Probably. But in no way shape or form does it explain the type of performance we had, virtually from everyone with the exception of our goaltender.''

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Malkin Court Hearing Not A Slam Dunk

Fans can now email Bob McKenzie and Darren Drager of TSN. One fan wanted to know about Malkin's court hearing. McKenzie responded...

Dustin, the NHL is reasonably confident it will win its court case on Malkin, but I don't think anyone should think it's going to be a slam dunk.... It's going to be an interesting court case and my instincts tell me the NHL will win, but there's some nagging doubt there on my part that this could still blow up to be an issue
more letters from fans...

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Watching The Devils

from NorthJersey.com,

Through their first seven home games, the Devils are averaging just 12,277 fans. That's only 64.5 percent of Continental Arena's 19,040 capacity and a drop of 1,392 or 10.2 percent from what they averaged through their first seven home dates last season. Compared to the same point in 2003-04 – the last season before the NHL lockout – attendance is down 2,450 or 16.6 percent. "I'm certainly disappointed in the attendance and quite frankly embarrassed for our players," Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek said. "Last I checked we were in first place."
read on

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Sens President Confident In Management Team

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Senators president Roy Mlakar told the Sun yesterday that he and Muckler had a telephone conversation with Melnyk before Monday's 4-3 OT loss to the Capitals in Washington and everybody is confident things will get turned around.... Asked about the futures of Muckler and Murray, Mlakar wouldn't get into specifics, but maintained it will be up to the club's management team to find the answers to the Senators' skid. "It's never been -- in my almost 11 years here -- a topic that I have ever commented on publicly," said Mlakar. "We have a very strong relationship and like to work out from within rather than react to comments of talk shows and public comments which, of course, people are entitled to have...."

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McGuire Back Between The Benches

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail:

TSN's Gord Miller and Pierre McGuire separated again this week. Miller got the broadcast booth and McGuire moved into the bench area at ice level. A divorce isn't planned, but who knows? Miller and McGuire are the first hockey play-by-play team to work apart. They tried it a few weeks ago for the Buffalo Sabres-Detroit Red Wings game at the Joe Louis Arena. They did it again Wednesday night for Edmonton Oilers-Red Wings and they will set up separately Friday for the Nashville Predators-Red Wings game at the Joe.

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Fewer Goals Reflect Conservative Coaching

from Kevin Allen of USA Today:

NHL goal scoring is down 6% as players seemingly have adjusted to the crackdown on restraining fouls that began last season. Even-strength goals are up by about 3%, but a 15% reduction in power-play chances means man-advantage goals are down by 102 from last season.
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson agrees players have adjusted, "but I think coaches have really adjusted." "I think we are seeing a lot being more cautious than they have ever been," Davidson says. "The sticks are down and there is much less hooking and holding, so the game has been much better in that regard. But coaches won't play run and gun. They are playing more conservatively. The coaches probably slow the game more than anyone else in my opinion."

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If The Skate Doesn’t Fit…

from the Trentonian:

The surgery Peter Forsberg had on his right foot last summer was supposed to permanently correct any and all problems he had that were hockey-related. Uh, not the case. See, Forsberg is having problems with the foot again, refusing to say it is 100 percent, and struggling to find a hockey skate that fits him properly. So, it was off to North Carolina again for the Flyers captain Wednesday, for a routine follow-up visit with Dr. Robert Anderson, the specialist who performed the surgery back in June.

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Jason Williams Stretchered Off Ice In Detroit

Jason Williams was just carted off the Joe Louis Arena Ice after a massive shoulder-to-jaw hit from Rafi Torres. Definitely a clean hit. Williams was talking as the medical team took him off, but his head was restrained...most likely as a precautionary measure. Update: John Hahn, Wing Director of Communications, just said Williams' condition is not serious. No loss of consciousness and he's under observation. image update 7:06am Thursday, David from the Ice Block gave me the heads up- video of the hit now on YouTube...

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Attention Michigan Comcast Subscribers With HD

Ken Daniels announced right before the drop of the puck tonight that Fox Sports Detroit wanted to welcome their newest HD viewers from Comcast throughout the state of Michigan. I did a quick hunt for the HD channel, no luck so far.

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Burn! 19-year old Puts Roy in Place

This is a weird story, probably best understood by Habs fans and maybe no one else. Patrick Roy, of French heritage, is claiming Canadien rookie Guillaume Latendresse is only with the big club because he's, well, French. Via TSN,

Roy has recently said that he thinks the only reason 19-year-old rookie Latendresse remains with the Canadiens is because he's a francophone, suggesting if he was named Smith or Brown he'd be back in the Quebec junior league. Latendresse scored his first NHL goal on Tuesday and was asked about what Roy has been saying about him. ''It's me who's supposed to be 19, not him,'' said Latendresse.
More Even more interesting is that Roy is focusing on nitpicking a teenager's reason for success rather than on the biggest weekend of his career. He'll be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.

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