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Ovechkin Reaches 50 Again

AO celebrates his 50th goal after scoring early in the first period against Boston.  AO scores again, even before I can post this…

added 7:39pm, How about three for Alex, with more than 5 minutes to go in the first.  Caps up 5-0.

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video added 3/4/08...

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Evgeni Malkin Conference Call Transcript

The NHL provided a media conference call with Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin today. To interpret for Evgeni,  Sergei Gonchar joined in on the call. 

Earlier today, Evgeni was named First Star for the month of February after leading the league in scoring with 9 goals and 17 assists for 26 points in 14 games. He currently sits first in overall NHL scoring with 88 points on 37 goals and 51 assists.  The Penguins are tied atop the Eastern Conference standings with Montréal, each with 81 points.

Q. Evgeni, can you tell me if you’re seeing different players checking you than before when Sidney Crosby was playing in terms of like different defensemen against you and different centers playing against you?

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  Tags: conference+call, evgeni+malkin, interview, media, sergei+gonchar

Having Fun in Boston

The Boston Bruins’ own Milan Lucic in The Hockey News,

My place is just outside the city in Charlestown – or ‘Chucktown’ as it is called here. I live close to three of my teammates; Marc Savard, Jeremy Reich and Mark Stuart. Because of our close proximity, we always carpool to practice in the morning (our practice rink is about 25 minutes north of Boston).

Every morning we’ll discuss what’s going on around the league, who won games the night before and what our schedule looks like coming up.

more… on being in Boston and hanging with the ‘Chucktown Crew’

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  Tags: jeremy+reich, marc+savard, mark+stuart, milan+lucic

Avery’s Future Uncertain

From Arthur Staple at Newsday,

Sean Avery broke his three-week media blackout Monday, long enough to tell reporters after Rangers practice that he had broken off contract talks with the Rangers and that he seemed resigned to the fact that he’ll be playing elsewhere next season.

“I don’t think the value of what I’m worth has changed from the start of the season to right now,” Avery said. “I certainly love playing for the Rangers, no question about it. I’d say that window (of signing a long-term deal with the team) is probably not as open as it has been in the past.”

Avery, who is believed to be seeking a multi-year deal worth more than $2.5-million a season, said he’s been playing his best hockey “probably since I’ve been in the league” over the last 11 games, during which time he has seven goals and three assists.

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Update 5:44pm ET: Some analysis on the Avery situation from Steve Zipay, also at Newsday

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  Tags: contracts, sean+avery

Just Wait

from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

So, right now in Pittsburgh there is satisfaction in the season thus far, and rightly so. But that mood pales in comparison to the anticipation of what might yet be. Everyone wants to see what this team looks like fully assembled. Shero smiled broadly when I put that premise to him and he offered a sly, “We’ll see.”

Penguins’ fans who have been waiting patiently will see all the pieces in place during the first week of March. No doubt, the organization envisions this group together during the first week of June, perhaps with the Stanley Cup in hand.

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Hockey’s Cathedrals

From The Pensblog,

If you’re attached to the game of hockey, your team’s arena isn’t just another building. It’s a place where dreams are born, dreams are dashed. Your darkest moments, your best times. All captured in crammed rows of seats, sometimes with friends or family. Other times with virtual strangers flanking you in every direction.

In the end, every arena has a story.

We will never understand the way people felt about the “Winnipeg Arena,” just as people can never understand how we feel about the Mellon arena.  But we wanted to try and find some things out…

continued… *a great collection of photos and facts, looking at the arenas of the NHL

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  Tags: nhl+arenas

Talking to Teemu

Joe O’Connor at the National Post interviews Teemu Selanne:

NP Who is your favourite Disney character?
TS Donald Duck.

NP Why Donald?
TS Something funny always happens to him, and in a funny way. He’s unlucky.

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  Tags: teemu+selanne

Stars of the Week

NEW YORK – Toronto Maple Leafs center Mats Sundin, Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas and Philadelphia Flyers right wing Mike Knuble have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending March 2.

More on each player below, plus video available at this link.

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  Tags: mats+sundin, mike+knuble, tim+thomas

Question Has To Be Asked

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

OK, we’ve never been asked to coach an NHL team. But it was a bit mystifying to see Olaf Kolzig in net Saturday for Washington a day after newcomer Cristobal Huet shut out the New Jersey Devils 4-0 in his inaugural start for the Caps. It’s not like Huet was too worn out. He faced just 18 shots against New Jersey and his last start was Feb. 21. But this may be function of coach Bruce Boudreau trying to appease too many folks now that he has three netminders following the Huet trade.

much more NHL talk…

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Faith In Price

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

The move Gainey made on trade deadline day to trade Cristobal Huet to the Washington Capitals indicates that while he can’t predict Price or backup Jaroslav Halak will have any playoff success, he believes unequivocally Huet will falter in the post-season.

Gainey may very well be wrong and the move might turn out to be a disastrous one, but you have to admire the conviction and kahunas he showed in making the trade in the first place.

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  Tags: carey+price

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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