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Scoring Woes in Los Angeles

From The Sports Nework,

LA lost a home-and-home set by scores of 4-3 and 6-3 before the lights went out on the offense. The Kings were then shutout by Phoenix, 1-0, and Dallas, 3-0, in consecutive games and didn’t score in their 4-1 loss against the Coyotes on Wednesday until there was 4:53 left on the clock in the first period.

Matt Moulson’s goal, his third of the year, halted Los Angeles’ scoring drought at 138 minutes and 26 seconds.

“We’re having a tough time scoring and it’s very frustrating,” said goaltender Jason LaBarbera. “We’re not playing that bad, but not playing that well, either.”

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At the LA Times, it’s noted that Kyle Calder might be back tonight, which may add a spark to the Kings’ powerplay, which has struck for zero goals in its last 14 tries.

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Business Is Business

from the Chicago Tribune (Sunday edition),

“After Dad’s passing, I realized the Hawks have lost money, but I was surprised they had lost as much as they had,” Wirtz said. “I knew we had to start doing something right away.”

If his philosophy could be boiled down to one cliché, it is this: You have to spend money to make money. But as clear as Wirtz is about this basic theory, it is at the perplexing crux of how he differs from his father.

“Dad believed that in our other businesses, and then the money we make, we put right back into the organization,” Wirtz said. “He just didn’t execute it [with the Hawks], and I don’t know why.”

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The Judge Loves Hockey

from KearneyHub.com (Nebraska),

Whether he’s on the bench or sitting on the ice, Gerry Jorgensen’s jobs are a lot alike.

As one of two Buffalo County Court judges, Jorgensen can be found presiding over cases during the day, but by night he’s a Storm hockey off-ice official or fan….

In his spare time, he also collects hockey jerseys and maintains a message board tracking every former Storm player’s games, statistics, injuries and season-to-date totals, whether they’re playing college or professional hockey. But it wasn’t until November 2000 when the Storm came to Kearney that Jorgensen’s jersey collection went full strength.

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Love-Hate Relationship

from Nathan Vardi of Forbes,

To the most rabid hockey fans in toronto, Richard Peddie, chief executive of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, is a bum….

But in the eyes of the owners, Peddie is a hero. In nine years running the parent corporation of the Maple Leafs, Peddie, 60, has created quite a silk purse, tripling the enterprise value of the privately held company to $1.5 billion through clever marketing and shrewd dealmaking.

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The Improved Khabibulin

from the Chicago Sun-Times,

‘‘He looked so comfortable, so confident,’’ goaltender coach Stephane Waite said of Khabibulin’s last two outings. ‘‘He’s found his comfort zone.’‘

Khabibulin hasn’t been able to explain why, because he has paid the price for both of those hard-earned victories. He experienced dehydration in both and had long intravenous treatments immediately after leaving the ice.

‘‘He lost 12 pounds against Detroit and probably about nine [at Calgary],’’ Savard said. ‘‘Khabby takes a lot of fluids. He has this purple drink he takes between shifts. He’s always been like that. It’s not unusual.’‘

Something is different about Khabibulin’s play, though.

Savard lauded Waite’s work after the Calgary win.

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In The Booth With DeBrusk

from the Arizona Republic,

When Coyotes radio analyst Louie DeBrusk talks about a fight, it’s likely that he imagines himself back on the ice pounding on somebody.

DeBrusk’s 11-year NHL career, including three with the Coyotes, encompassed only 401 games, but he made his presence felt with 1,161 penalty minutes. From the time he had his first fight as a 14-year-old in juniors, the adrenalin rush is something that has never left him. He always knew his role in the league.

“I wouldn’t want to rate myself (as a player) because I’d definitely rake myself over the coals,” he said. “I think I was just a hard-working guy, went up and down, banged bodies, dropped the gloves on a fairly regular basis throughout my career….”

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The Old Naslund

from the Vancouver Sun,

“In a way, I never doubted that I’d lost my scoring touch or something,” Naslund said. “I was just used to playing a certain way and playing with certain players. Maybe I’m more dependent on other players. I can only control my work ethic. I feel I’ve done my best. I haven’t scored lots, but I think the effort has been there all along.”...

His offensive renaissance has come since Vigneault consolidated the offence and moved Naslund on to the top unit, at even strength and on the power play, alongside Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

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Hockey By Horcoff

from the Edmonton Sun,

“I like to think that every one of my teammates has that heart and the drive and that desire to do it,” said Horcoff. “A lot of times it’s just realizing you have to change your game a little bit, get a little more gritty.

“I think every player in here has it in them. Whether they bring it every night or not is a different story. Sometimes you just have to get to the front of the net and get a crappy goal. And win your battles in the corner. If you lose a puck in the corner, win a battle to get it back.

“That’s how hockey’s played.”

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“Noodles” In Japan

from James Duthie at the Ottawa Citzen,

“I was going to retire,” McLennan continues. “But my best buddy from Lethbridge, Joel Dyck, has played in Japan for 14 years, and he said, ‘Why don’t you come play with me and finish your career here?’ So I figured, what the heck? It has been awesome so far. The people. The culture. It’s amazing.”

McLennan brought another former NHL pal, tough-guy Tyson Nash, with him. They are Nippon’s two allowed imports. The rest of the team consists of transplanted Canadians and native Japanese players, who already knew all about their goalie’s infamous antics.

“They had all seen the bit with me running over Luongo on YouTube. They know I like to have fun,” McLennan said with a chuckle.

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Sabres Need Afinogenov

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

He spent the first 19 games this year floating around the perimeter, drawing his linemates offside, giving away the puck and generally wasting space. Edmonton’s Jarret Stoll was the only forward in the league who had a worse plus-minus than Afinogenov’s minus-9 going into the game Friday night.

Afinogenov has three goals and eight points, putting him on pace for 12 goals and 32 points. How does a man blessed with so much give so little? It’s a question the Sabres need to ask in the coming months. Opposing defenses have effectively negated their speed this season, taking away his effectiveness.

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