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Ed Olczyk On His Fight Against Cancer

from Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune,

"I think it’s OK to be scared,” Blackhawks TV analyst Eddie Olczyk said of his cancer fight in an interview on Thursday night. “I still am, because I’ll have to deal with cancer the rest of my life.”

Olcczyk began a half-year chemotherapy regimen after an August diagnosis of Stage 3 colon cancer days before his 51st birthday and had surgery to remove a tumor the size of his fist. He told WGN-Ch. 9’s Julie Unruh he views the ordeal in transactional terms.

“I’m trading in, hopefully, six months for 50 more years,” Olczyk said. “That’s my goal. Like, that’s the thing, for as hard as it is and as hard it’s going to be, that’s what I’m doing.”


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Video- NHL Highlights From The Games Played On Thursday

It will take you five minutes to watch the best of last night in the NHL.



Below, watch the plays of the night...

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NHL Short Notes

Home Team in Caps

Edmonton 3, NEW JERSEY 2 (OT)
Minnesota 3, MONTREAL 0
ST. LOUIS 3, Arizona 2 (SO)
CALGARY 6, Detroit 3
ANAHEIM 4, Vancouver 1
Tampa Bay 5, LOS ANGELES 2

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The Hottest Line In Hockey

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Kucherov, Namestnikov and Stamkov – err, Stamkos – is hockey’s top trio. And it isn’t particularly close, except maybe from St. Louis’ threat with Jaden SchwartzBrayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko.

They’ve combined for 29 of Tampa Bay’s 64 goals, nearly as many as the Edmonton Oilers (32) or Carolina Hurricanes (35) have scored all season. Eighteen of those 29 are even-strength strikes, too.

Glancing at the NHL’s scoring race – with No. 2 Kucherov now five points clear of No. 3 Blake Wheeler – Tampa Bay’s top line is also chasing history.

It just might not look like it yet. You have to look big picture.

No line has finished 1-2-3 in NHL scoring since the famed “Production Line” of the 1949-50 Detroit Red Wings, when Ted Lindsay (78 points), Sid Abel (69) and Gordie Howe (68) dominated the Original Six.


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The TSN Insiders Tonight

What would the ramifications be if the KHL doesn't let its players attend the upcoming Olympics? How has the Kings' success to start the year changed their mentality moving forward? Who's still in search of offence after missing out on Matt Duchene? The Insiders discuss these and more.

Watch at TSN...

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Dale Tallon Is Trusting The Process With The Florida Panthers

from Matthew DeFranks of the SunSentinel,

The Panthers head into Friday night’s game against Buffalo with a 4-8-2 record, accumulating 10 points in 14 games and putting them on pace for a 59-point season. Florida’s defense has allowed 4.14 goals per game and a NHL-worst 38.1 shots on goal per game. The Panthers have more points than just one other NHL team (Arizona) and none in the Eastern Conference.

But Tallon looks at the disappointing start with optimism, confident that the Panthers have what they need in the dressing room to turn the season around.

“A couple bounces here, a couple shots here, a couple games there, we turn it around,” Tallon said. “We’re confident we can continue to compete. I just want our players to believe in the process.”

At times, the Panthers have resembled the division championship unit from two years ago, beating Tampa Bay and St. Louis and Washington. Other times, the Panthers have looked like the listless teams that once inhabited the division cellar, losing embarrassingly to Tampa Bay and Columbus.

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Video- Old Time Hockey, The Fighting Kind

I remember these types of games and thinking about them now, I can't imagine what the response would be from fans and media.

Thanks to Jamie Rivers for pointing this out on Twitter.


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Who Said It?

“I hate the cycle, though; moving the puck along the boards, and the refs aren’t blowing the whistle. The game is not as entertaining, not as much flow.”

And this on the Habs...

“They’re not as good a team as their general manager thinks they are.”

Who said it? Hint, former NHL ref.

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Vadim Shipachyov Officially Retires From The Vegas Golden Knights

VEGAS (November 9, 2017) – Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, November 9, that the team and forward Vadim Shipachyov have reached a mutual agreement to place Shipachyov on the NHL voluntary retirement list. With this designation, Shipachyov will be able to return to play in the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia.

Shipachyov appeared in three NHL games for the Golden Knights and recorded one goal to go with two penalty minutes. He was signed by the Golden Knights as a free agent on May 4, 2017.

The 30-year-old forward finished third in the KHL scoring race last season with 76 points on 26 goals and 50 assists in 50 games. The 50 assists were the second most in the league. He also had 19 points on four goals and 15 assists in 17 games during the KHL playoffs, helping SKA Saint Petersburg win the league championship for the second time in his career (2017 and 2015). 

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Afternoon Line- Evander Kane

"I want to prove that I'm an elite player in this league. You can't just do it for one year, you've got to continue to do it year after year."

-Evander Kane of the Buffalo Sabres.  Jourdon LaBarber of Sabres.com has more on Kane.

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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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