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This Swede Loves Hockey

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Imagine quitting your job, flying to a foreign city in a far-off country and living there for six months without knowing anyone in the area. Now, you know what Andreas Hall went through – and continues to endure. The 24-year-old quit his job, left his hometown of Ronneby in Sweden and came to Pittsburgh just to watch the Penguins play this season.
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Niinimaa Wasn’t Comfortable In His Defensive Roll

from the AP via Forbes,

"It wasn't a secret that I never felt comfortable there," said Niinimaa, traded to New York by Edmonton in March 2003. "I didn't like the (defensive) role I was put in there. "Things just didn't work out. I wasn't happy there and Mike Milbury knew that. I tried. I played my hardest, but it wasn't a comfortable situation for me."
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Goal Of The Year

AO does it again today, this time from his back (fyi, it is the 32nd goal). update 7:25pm, from the AP via Slam,

Alex Ovechkin scored two goals, the second on an amazing play while rolling on the ice, and the Washington Capitals won consecutive road games for the first time all season, beating the Phoenix Coyotes 6-1 on Monday.
update 9:00pm, Getzky on the goal-
"That was pretty sweet", the Great One said after Alex Ovechkin led the Washington Capitals to a 6-1 rout of Coach Gretzky's Phoenix Coyotes on Monday. "You know, he's a phenomenal player, and he's been a tremendous influence in the game. It's great to see, because he is that good."
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Patrick Roy’s Mother Fighting For Her Life

from CBC,

The mother of former Montreal Canadiens star goalie Patrick Roy is fighting for her life in a Quebec City hospital after contracting flesh-eating disease, according to reports. Barbara Miller-Roy contracted type A streptococcus, and according to Le Journal De Montreal, the bacteria spread so quickly doctors were forced to amputate her arm over the weekend to save her life.
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Ken Daniels Talks Hockey

from Hockey Refs,

Ken Daniels has spent most of his life around the hockey rink - first as a player, then as an official, and now as a television announcer/commentator. He has served as the voice of the Detroit Red Wings on Fox Sports Net Detroit for eight seasons and also does local and regional college hockey broadcasts. Prior to coming to Detroit, Daniels worked in his hometown of Toronto for CBC's Hockey Night in Canada program. HockeyRefs.com: How hard is it, as a broadcaster, not to criticize the officials? Daniels: Having seen what I have gone through now, I do take a step back. I don’t get mad at referees for making the calls, but I do get mad at referees for making the phantom calls when you lift the guy’s stick and take the puck and get called for hooking. Those calls kill me and that’s when we criticize the referees. Let the battle for the puck go and to me, I hope Stephen Walkom is on the referee making the stupid call.
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Chicago And Boston Still Suffering

from The Hockey News,

One can dream of something more terrible than a hell where one suffers,” said the 19th-century-era French poet and novelist Victor Hugo. “It's a hell where one would get bored.” That's why you've got to feel for Blackhawks and Bruins fans - they've suffered so consistently over the last three decades, they've become virtually immune to the pain and now bear the look of a rational person who's just endured a 24-hour Growing Pains marathon.
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Slot Hockey Collector

from the Las Vegas Sun,

Jeff Mancini is the proud owner of what is believed to be the biggest collection of original table hockey games -- and the metal players that are used to play them -- in the United States. There are 20 games, each double-boxed and each manufactured between 1956-71, in the rafters in his garage. Last week, he pulled them all down and set them all up at the Stiga Las Vegas United States Table Hockey Association tour stop at Paris Las Vegas. It took him about the same amount of time -- three hours and a couple of intermissions -- as it does to play a real hockey game.
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POW Goes To Staal & Brodeur

from the CP via TSN,

Super sophomore centre Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes is the NHL's offensive player of the week after tallying three goals and four assists in three games. Veteran New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur, who led the Devils to three victories with a 0.65 goals-against average and .975 save percentage, is the league's defensive player of the week.

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Messier Lifting The Cup

Since the Rangers held the Messier retirement party last Thursday, I have heard at least six radio shows around the country react in a negative way that Messier actually lifted the Stanley Cup over his head. Many say this is reserved for the current NHL champs, no one else and is very disrespectful. My opinion, I thought it was ok, but he should have had his former teammates join him. image

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Lack Of Playing Time Getting To Jamie Allison

from the Tennessean,

Predators defenseman Jamie Allison is frustrated. "It's very frustrating because I've played well every game I've been in there and I've done what I'm supposed to do,'' Allison said. "I've worked my butt off and I've kept a good attitude. But if (the Predators) want to play their young guys, that's their choice.'' Scratched again last night, Allison is wondering if a trade might be in the works. "I have to believe that I'm still playing well enough that there's hopefully room for me somewhere,'' Allison said. "I love it here. This is my team and I have a lot of friends here, so it's a tough, emotional time. "I feel like I've played a part in getting this team to where the team is now, so it's tough to think about leaving. But you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure things out.''
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