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Sacred Numbers

from the Montreal Gazette,

Canadiens goalie Jose Theodore has used some ancient history this season to modernize his mask: he's had LX, his sweater number 60 in Roman numerals, painted on both sides. He's also got an LX tattooed inside his left bicep. Dickie Moore and Yvan Cournoyer, two Canadiens Hall of Famers, will see their No. 12 retired next month - on the 12th, of course - and hung from the rafters of the Bell Centre. Moore believed the number he wore from 1951-63 brought him so much luck that when he founded his equipment rental business, he wanted 12 to be part of his telephone number.

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Spezza Becoming Special

from the Toronto Star,

If you haven't seen Jason Spezza's overtime goal Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens, turn on your television to one of the all-sports networks, grab a seat and wait a couple of minutes. It will come. Goals such as that get played over and over. And afterwards, you will notice how your jaw is almost in your lap. What the hockey world witnessed two nights ago was not only a spectacular clutch goal by a dazzling young talent, but what could prove a major demarcation point for the Mississauga native and former prodigy. Years from now, we may look back at that goal and point to it as the moment Spezza became an NHL star. "I have goals and I want to be one of the best players in this league," Spezza said. "Hopefully, this year will be a kind of a coming-out party in that sense, that I can show people I can be the player that I've always thought I can be."

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Old-Time Hockey

from the Globe and Mail,

The "new" National Hockey League reminds Jean Béliveau of his old NHL, the game he played and starred in during the 1950s and 1960s. "The last 10 years, it wasn't the type of game I enjoyed watching and certainly not the game I enjoyed playing," Béliveau said yesterday. "For years, I asked the NHL, in an indirect way, to bring the stick back on the ice. I always thought the stick was to make plays, not for use -- in the hands of too many players -- as a weapon."
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Ice Age- Coffey Style

Phil Coffey of NHL.com touches on numerous topic in his weekly Ice Age feature. One topic is the Blackhawks are concerned about their goaltending.

Nikolai Khabibulin came to Chicago as a Stanley Cup champion, so the Blackhawks were understandably excited about the prospects for the team this season. But Khabibulin hasn't had a great start to the season and there is some concern around the club. "I'm getting concerned, I'm not going to lie to you," coach Trent Yawney told Tim Sassone of the Arlington Height Daily Herald. "There's no question he has to be better, and he knows he has to be better. He's a No. 1 guy for a reason and those guys find their way. We need him to find his way.

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No Distractions For Souray

from the CP via TSN,

Sheldon Souray isn't ready to speak publicly about the breakup of his marriage to former Baywatch actress Angelica Bridges. But the Montreal Canadiens defenceman said Friday it has not been a distraction, either to himself or the team, and has nothing to do with his inconsistent performance on the ice this season. "You (reporters) didn't know, but a lot of people knew," Souray said. "The people who needed to know, knew.
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Goalies Should Be Judged By Wins

from Damien Cox, special to ESPN,

In the new NHL, it may be time to simplify again. As in, just wins, baby. Victories are what matter the most, and perhaps should be the decisive issue when it comes to passing on the Vezina legacy. Like save percentage, of course, wins weren't really a big deal for the majority of the NHL's existence. That was a baseball thing, and perhaps it was just generally thought awarding a "win" to a goaltender was giving him just a little too much credit for a team effort.

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Ron MacLean Would Love To Teach

from the Alberta Daily Herald-Tribune,

He's been a Saturday night staple in millions of Canadian homes for the past 17 years but Ron MacLean admits he might be looking beyond a career in broadcasting. As the longtime host of CBC's Hockey Night in Canada - as well as an announcer for Olympics, Commonwealth Games and World Cup hockey events - MacLean is best known for his straight delivery beside outlandish sidekick Don Cherry. However, what most people don't know is broadcasting was never the route he intended to take.

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Save The Instigator

Help save 'The Instigator', a cartoon developed by Charlie Teljeur which parodies hockey (professional, amatuer, international, etc.). 'The Instigator' is (was?) a regular comic that appeared online as part of the Hockey Night in Canada lineup on the CBC.ca website. For more information, click the image.

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Tarnstrom Suffers Torn MCL

via TSN,

One day after their 7-5 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers, the Penguins on Friday placed defenseman Dick Tarnstrom on injured reserve with a torn MCL ligament in his left knee.

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Oiler Issues

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In the modern National Hockey League world, it isn't often that a coach will resort to a tactic from a previous era to motivate his team, but the Edmonton Oilers' Craig MacTavish did that this past week. Following a third-period implosion which led to Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche, the Oilers' seventh straight, MacTavish put the team through a "bag skate" the next morning in Dallas. For 50 minutes, the Oilers skated hard — without water breaks, without a chance to think — until they were ready to drop.

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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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