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Carolina, Detroit Are Teams Of The Month

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

The old adage is it isn't how you start that is important; it's how you finish. Now while that is inherently true, given the circumstances under which the first month of this NHL season was played, the beginning of the 2004-05 campaign holds more interest than usual.

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No Lead Is Safe

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Is it possible the new NHL has managed an almost impossible sporting double-double: improving its product exponentially while maintaining parity? The view from Columbus, Carolina, New York, Edmonton and other long-suffering NHL centers would suggest it is so.

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Customize Your Backyard Rink

How many times have you looked out at your yard after a sub zero cold snap and wished that you could have a quick game of pick up on your frozen pool liner? Or even dreamed of having just ten more feet beside your pool for you and the kids to have the ability to make your own rink. Well now you can stop dreaming!

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Can Thornton Dominate

from the Salem News,

With the officials sticking to the league's new policy of actually calling the game the way the rulebook intended it to be, Thornton should be able to flourish. "The new rules make a guy like Thornton even more dangerous," said Devils' coach Larry Robinson. "He's got more room to operate behind the net and make things happen, and in (the shootout), with the moves he has, he's going to score almost every time." With his four points Saturday night, Thornton moved into third in the league in scoring with 17 points in just 10 games. In the six contests he's played since returning from an early season back injury, Thornton has 13 points.

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Brisebois At Home In Colorado

from the Rocky Mountain News,

Attending hockey games in Montreal is considered a sort of religious experience, where the Canadiens are the objects of reverence. When things are going well, there isn't a better place for an NHL player to be. But when a player isn't performing up to ridiculously high expectations, or if the team isn't winning, the wrath of the media and fans can be unbearable. That was the case for Patrice Brisebois three years ago when the stress became so great from the hometown fans' booing that he developed an irregular heartbeat and needed some time off. It's why, when the Canadiens decided in the summer not to pick up the $3.4 million option on his contract, making him an unrestricted free agent, he couldn't have been more pleased. The 34-year-old defenseman seems to have found a home with the Colorado Avalanche.

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Who Is Dominic Moore

from the NY Daily News,

Jaromir Jagr, who isn't just slaying opposing goaltenders, but also killing like Henny Youngman with locker-room one-liners, had a thought about how Dominic Moore blew by Montreal defenseman Andrei Markov on his way to scoring the Rangers' first goal Saturday night. "Markov saw the 8 on his back and thought it was me," Jagr said, grinning. "He thought he was going against a guy with my speed and then Dominic went right around him."

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An NHL Europe League?

A few days ago, I posted a topic about a new Russian Hockey League. Here are more details what the league may look like. from the Russian Hockey Digest,

A counterweight to the NHL could emerge in Eastern Europe next year. Director of the State Sports Agency of Russia Vyacheslav Fetisov, an Olympic champion, NHL Hall of Famer and a two time Stanley Cup winner, decided to make the difference in the hockey world and came up with a new project that could materialize into a new hockey league that would unite the best teams of the post-Soviet countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia and Kazakhstan. It looks like a huge gamble to many, but Vyacheslav Fetisov is sure it’ll work out and take Russian hockey to the next level. Russian Hockey Digest is offering a review of what’s been happening and how the project has been developing ever since it was mentioned in the media for the first time.

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Legace Doesn’t Want To Sit

from the Toronto Sun,

For a guy who has spent much of his NHL career riding the pines, Manny Legace felt slightly out of place sitting on the bench Saturday night. "I didn't know what to do with myself all day. I was walking around the rink kind of lost," Legace said during a phone interview from Detroit yesterday. "It was weird."

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A Broadway Hit

from the CP via TSN,

In showbiz lingo, Henrik Lundqvist may be called an overnight sensation. The 23-year-old has certainly caused a stir in the National Hockey League with his outstanding play in goal for the New York Rangers in his first month in the National Hockey League. But putting on a show is nothing new to Lundqvist, who plays in a rock band called Power Play in his native Sweden. "We're not good, but we're having fun," he said of his musical group. He's having even more fun in the Rangers' net, where he has posted a 5-1-2 record and is second in the league in both goals-against average (1.60) and save percentage (.943).

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Hockey Night In Toronto

from the Toronto Star,

It was more than a little ironic that on the same day the CBC trumpeted its Canada-wide celebration of hockey it provided some hard evidence for those who insist the regular Saturday affair should be called Hockey Night In Toronto. With the Toronto Maple Leafs hosting the Ottawa Senators, who at last check were still located in Canada, the CBC was presented with a perfect opportunity to highlight one of the best teams in hockey. That's Ottawa, if you were wondering. Instead, what viewers got was the usual Saturday night broadcast that told us far more about the boys in blue than it did about the team that won 8-0. The game started off fine with both teams being given equal notice. Bob Cole even took time to praise the Senators ("These guys are dynamite,") though it sounded more as if he was surprised by their power. The fact that he has seen much more of the Leafs may explain that. If there was any doubt where the CBC stood, Don Cherry put it to rest in the first intermission. After apologizing for calling Toronto "we," the man who has worn Leaf ties on air noted that his favourite team was no longer intimidating the guys from Ottawa. "It's sad to see," he moaned.

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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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