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It sure seemed a lot longer than 2 days without NHL Hockey.
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from the Globe and Mail,
KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN—Pity poor Major Eric Cottenoir of the Vandoos.
A brand new hockey sweater arrived in the mail for him yesterday. But when he put it on at the hockey rink, all his friends laughed at him.
Instead of sending him the red, white and blue of the Montreal Canadiens, a big Canadian clothing chain had instead mailed the blue and white sweater of the hated Toronto Maple Leafs.
All the other players favoured les Canadiens. Nobody wanted to wear the Toronto sweater. Major Cottenoir was booed by his fellow hockey players the moment he put it on.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The Oilers, however, are still in a dire situation. They likely need to garner at least 60 points in their last 45 games in order to make the playoffs in the Western Conference.
But they seem incapable of getting over the .500 mark, which they absolutely must do, and very soon, in order to finish in the top eight. There’s only six points separating sixth place from 13th in the West.
“There are more teams in it this year for the playoffs, which really brings focus to each and every game,” admitted Oilers defenceman Steve Staios.
Almost every game, in every city, seems like a one-goal game or an empty-netter to win by two goals.
Faith, hope and parity—for sure.
more on the Oilers…
from the Chicago Daily Herald,
You see it every hockey season, when teams suddenly find a strong chemistry within the dressing room that helps carry them to great things. The Hawks have that look.
“We’re just finding ways and gutting things out,” Savard said. “They’re giving their bodies and sacrificing and getting good results.
“There’s a good atmosphere. They’re playing for each other, playing for the guy next to them. They don’t care what it’s going to take, they’re going to keep bringing it.”
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
We would change the names to protect the innocent, but when it comes to scoring this season, especially the past two weeks, the Bruins’ roster has guilt written all over it.
Marc Savard - No goals, and only two assists, in the last five games.
Phil Kessel - Nothing but zeroes for the last six games, and a meager 3-6 -9 in his last 25.
Peter Schaefer - Only two assists in the last six games.
Marco Sturm - Two goals, and only 9 points, over the last 17 games.
Chuck Kobasew - One goal, two assists, in the last eight games.
from the Pioneer Press,
Aaron Voros is no Mike Modano.
If the light’s just right, though, Voros could almost pass for him.
Modano, the highest-scoring American-born player in National Hockey League history and a popular North Stars player during his early days in the NHL, is expected to be a focal point tonight when the Minnesota Wild play the Stars in Dallas….
The uncanny physical resemblance between the two was first given a name by journeyman defenseman Dan McGillis, who started calling Voros “Modo” when the two played in the New Jersey Devils’ system at Albany, N.Y., in 2005-06 and in Lowell, Mass., in 2006-07 before Voros was acquired by the Wild on March 1.
Maybe it will happen on the Sharks’ four-game trip that begins today in Los Angeles. Maybe that’s when Evgeni Nabokov will lose his standing as the only NHL goalie to start every game this season.
“We’ll be coming off the Christmas break and then we’ve got to play four games in six nights with really only one practice in there and a couple pregame skates,” Sharks coach Ron Wilson said earlier this week. “That’s going to be difficult and I’m going to really have to monitor that.”
More than likely, Wilson added, backup goalie Dimitri Patzold gets his first start on the road.
Or maybe not.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
...it is believed the Blueshirts’ recent concentrated scouting of the Blue Jackets has been focused on putting together a deal to pry either veteran Adam Foote or top-four defenseman Rostislav Klesla out of Columbus.
The 36-year-old Foote, a physical presence the Rangers so obviously lack on the blue line, is on the final year of a three-year contract at $4.6M per that contains a no-trade clause he would have to waive in order to come to New York.
read on, more names mentioned…
The youth of the world open their gifts today, just like these two brothers did in 1960.
You have to love the high pants and the gloves up to the elbows.
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