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The Future Meet

Phil Coffey of NHL.com prepares us for the young star battle tonight,

"He's a great player," Crosby said of Ovechkin. "Obviously he has had a great start to the season so far. He's got good speed. He can do it all I think. He's got a great shot, too. "He's definitely dangerous when he's out there," Crosby continued. "He's someone I'm sure other teams have to watch." "I don't compare me and Sidney because I think we are different players," Ovechkin echoed. "He's a great passer and he sees the ice real well. I think we are different players."

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Blogging On Fisher

When Jiri Fischer collapsed on the Wings bench, I had a decision to make and quickly. Do I sit and just watch or do I try to inform the hockey surfers of what is going on? The decision was easy, just start describing what I am viewing and try to keep everyone updated as quickly as possible. Others who did the same as me are On The Wings, Back In Blue and as mentioned yesterday, Smug Monkey from 360 VRWC. Along with posts at the numerous hockey forums, the blog and web community should be proud of the work they did. Judging by the numerous emails and hits I received overnite (from European countries), I feel we were able to put people at ease and make their day a little better by providing the information they were seeking. update 12:16pm, The Wings have put out the following release:

If you'd like to send Jiri Fischer a message or a get well card, please send us correspondence to the following address: Jiri Fischer c/o Detroit Red Wings Community Relations 600 Civic Center Drive Detroit, MI 48226 Please do not send correspondence to the hospital. We will see that Jiri receives your messages and well wishes. Thank you for continued support.

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Why Can’t I Do This

via the Mississauga News,

A Mississauga man playing a sports lottery for the first time won $104,382 after he correctly predicted the outcome of 11 National Hockey League games. Mississauga Transit employee Kevin Kilinjian, 43, was inspired to play the Pro*Picks Pools lottery last week after he noticed two other men had won $117,000 with their picks. "I saw the winners and I thought, why can't I do this?," he said. "I asked the store clerk, how do you play this game? He showed me and I made my selections."

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Dental Appointment

Be back in two or so hours, will update when I return.

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Jeremy Jacobs Disappointed In Bruins

from the Boston Globe,

Jeremy Jacobs was in Boston yesterday to have a cortisone injection for his ailing back. But the Bruins owner is feeling a far more acute pain in another area -- over the way his team is crashing and burning in the new-look National Hockey League. ''It's very disappointing -- with the team, with the whole situation," he said. ''There doesn't seem to be the intensity or the desire or the hard work it takes to play this game. We think we've got great talent on the ice and I believe we do by the record [of the players' previous achievements] but they sure aren't producing at that level and it's very, very disappointing. ''A Bruin stands for something on the ice, it always has. It's the win-loss column that's going to make a difference. We should be leading this division, we're not. That's a terrible letdown."

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Will Be Difficult To Reschedule The Game

from the Tennessean,

Predators General Manager David Poile says he expects to talk to the NHL today about trying to reschedule last night's game against Detroit. The contest was stopped with 7:30 left in the first period — with the Predators leading 1-0 on Greg Johnson's goal — after Detroit defenseman Jiri Fischer collapsed on the team bench. It's uncertain whether the game will be replayed in its entirety or resumed from the spot it stopped. Poile fully supported the decision to postpone last night's contest, but said it will be difficult to reschedule the game. "It won't be easy at all,'' Poile said. "Not only is it an Olympic year, which makes the schedule more condensed, but we've played the fewest games in the league. We've already had most of our days off. It's not going to fall into a good situation.''

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The Maven Tour

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-Martin Brodeur tells us that he’s seeking input for his new (goalie) role on the NHL’s Competition Committee. One rule for which many believe Marty will lobby is erasing the trapezoid. (Good idea!) -Is there a more candid coach than John Tortorella? We doubt it. Who else would say this about his goalies? “We’re not thrilled with our goaltending. First of all one, (John Grahame) been playing most. And we can’t get the other guy (Sean Burke) out of the tub to play!” Funny, we like them both. -One of Wayne Gretzky’s teammates from Edmonton, worries about his buddy and the effect of coaching on The Great One. “By the end of the season,” the man says, “I expect Wayne’s blond hair to turn grey!”

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The Kid vs. AO

from the AP via Slam,

They are the new faces of a sport whose stars were bogged down for a decade by talent-negating holding and hooking, of a league that endured a full-season shutdown partly to give them a proper showcase for their talents. When they meet Tuesday night for the first time in what could be the new NHL's version of Gretzky vs. Lemieux, Sidney Crosby of Pittsburgh and Alexander Ovechkin of Washington won't be thinking about ushering in a new era that emphasizes playmaking and goal-scoring, not trapping and goal-stopping.

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Jiri Fischer Update

The Wings will update the media at 1pm today with a status report on the condition of Fisher. As we all know, Fischer's heart had stopped and CPR was performed while he was lying in the bench zone. Most likely the combination of CPR and the use of an auto defibrillator saved his life. Watching the game on TV and seeing a problem near the bench area, my first reaction was someone had fallen from their seat in the area right above the bench area. Even as doctors were about to perform CPR, you could not see a Wings jersey in the area. Then Ken Daniels informed us it was a Red Wings, so immediately my eyes started glancing at the players who were standing, trying to figure out who was missing. Knowing that the end of the bench is for the defensemen, my first thought was Chelios because of his age but I saw his number along with Lidstrom. Then a memory flashed in my head that Fischer had some heart issues earlier in his career and I thought the worst. Again, without quick medical attention, we may be talking about something much more serious than Fischer recovering today. update 7:26am, Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press columnist,

So where were you when it happened? At the Red Wings game? Watching on TV? Or nowhere near it -- buying late-night groceries or helping your kids with homework? It didn't matter. This town spreads sports news faster than warriors used to spread word of oncoming armies. So wherever you were Monday night when Jiri Fischer slumped forward on the Wings' bench, the victim of what they later called a "seizure," and coaches waved frantically for help, and fans held worried hands to their mouths, and the EMS people arrived, and Steve Yzerman and Kris Draper skated a stretcher across the ice -- wherever you were, you were there.
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Fischer Update

Smug Monkey broke down the video of the game and created some screen captures of the Fischer situation. Also, the hospital will be having a briefing to update us on Jiri's condition, will post any information when it becomes available. update 11:26pm, TSN has some video posted. update 11:32pm, Update from the Wings, Fischer has met with his teamates, will remain in hospital for a few more days for testing. Also reported as jovial. To all of the people coming here from seach engines, etc...you can see two other threads that were posted earlier by clicking on the hockey section on the left sidebar. Since you are only seeing this permalink if directed here by a search, you may want to read more about Jiri's brush with death. Thankfully, his condition seems to be improving. update 11:49pm, CP story on Fischer via TSN.

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