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“It’s just a dirty hit.  Dirty player. He’s got no respect.”

“I mean, he’s killing a penalty, and he’s coming like that.  His only intent was to hurt me with his hands high like that, and I hope they (the NHL) review it.”

“They’re up 5-0, and he cowers away from all our guys. I mean, every guy on our team tried to fight him.”

-Keith Yandle of the Phoenix Coyotes on Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  A bit more from Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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Blues Need To Play Pressure Game

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

By scoring just one goal in back-to-back losses at home, the Blues slipped off the pace in the Western Conference race. They have a tough game tonight at Atlanta and lots of back-to-back challenges on the horizon.

“It’s a lot tougher to climb up in the standings than it is to fall down,” Backes said.

Without injured forward Perron, T.J. Oshie and Andy McDonald, the Blues couldn’t match the skill level of the Sharks and Canucks. Even with defensemen Erik Johnson, Roman Polak and Alex Pietrangelo back in action, this team is at a disadvantage against the elite teams.

“Maybe we have a little bit of work to do to get their level,” Backes observed.

To scrape out victories, the Blues must play hard and smart. They must play fast and tenaciously, pressuring opponents into mistakes and creating havoc around the net.


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The Bolts Beat, 12/21/10: More on Lightning Goalies, Smith Injury, Thompson/Boulton and Xmas Gifts!

On this week’s episode, Jon, Mike and Mark entertain the ongoing discussion about Tampa Bay’s goaltending, including the latest on Mike Smith’s injury, cover the war of words (and knees) between Nate Thompson and Atlanta’s Eric Boulton and wrap the show with a special Christmas gift exchange for one and all..


Listen in after the jump…


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  Tags: cedrick+desjardins, dan+ellis, eric+boulton, evgeni+nabokov, mike+smith, nate+thompson

Frustration In Toronto

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

Let’s just say it wasn’t the kind of effort to encourage the purchase of any last-minute stocking stuffers with a blue Maple Leaf on it.

The Toronto fans, restless as ever, let the Leafs hear it throughout a 6-3 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers last night at the ACC that was as good as over three minutes into the first.

There was booing, but that has been a regular part of the show for a team that has now just won one more home game than it has lost.

And there was a loud chant of “Fire Wilson” aimed at Leafs coach Ron Wilson.

“That’s getting sickening,” Leafs forward Clarke MacArthur said. “(The coaches) aren’t the ones out there not skating in the first five minutes. It’s about the guys in the room.”

“It’s not very pleasant to hear that chant or to be booed in your own building,” Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf said. “It’s tough to hear and tough to take.”

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Moving Broduer

Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey responds to the ‘maybe Devils should move Brodeur’ talk…

This isn’t the first time it’s been suggested the Devils put Brodeur on the market, but that of course depends upon two factors: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello actually deciding to shop Brodeur, and the latter’s willingness to waive his “no-trade” clause. Right now, I don’t see either happening.

more plus other trade topics…

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Burke Keeps Saying Yes

from Mary Rogan of GQ,

Still, Burke desperately wishes he didn’t have to do any of this. He doesn’t want to cry in front of teenage boys. He doesn’t want to stare at the overflowing basket of unopened sympathy cards sitting on his desk. He doesn’t want to tell Brendan’s story to strangers. All he really wants to do is something he’s the best at in the NHL: managing a professional hockey team and winning a fistful of games along the way.

Mostly, though, he doesn’t want to believe he’s the worst possible person for the job that Brendan started, but he knows it’s true. He’s built a career on not blowing sunshine up his own ass and pretending he’s good at something he’s not. He knows that everything he needs now, to carry this water for Brendan, he doesn’t have. Brendan had it, the poise and natural charm, the easy passage between two worlds. Brendan was perfect for the job. Brendan went first. Now he has to go second.

more, a long read but recommended….

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Garon Ready To Play

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets are treading lightly, wending their way day by day through a tricky situation with goaltenders Steve Mason and Mathieu Garon.

Garon will be the starter when the Blue Jackets play host to the Calgary Flames tonight in Nationwide Arena, and he’s expected to remain in that role for as long as it takes Mason to rediscover his confidence.

But nobody knows how long that might take.

The process of stripping Mason’s game down to the foundation and building it back up again - along with his misplaced confidence - is just under way. The 22-year-old stayed on the ice long after practice yesterday with goaltending coach Dave Rook and others….

“I think I’ve proven that I can play 20-25 games in a row and it doesn’t bother me,” Garon said. “I know in a long stretch that I can do it. I don’t have a problem with it.”

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Turnovers A Problem Fo the Wings

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“We had some costly turnovers at the wrong moments,’’ Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom said following Sunday’s 4-3 overtime loss to Dallas. “Today, we had one in our own zone (by Brian Rafalski, leading to the tying goal with 3:14 to play) and then (in overtime), we had a (defenseman) down low in the offensive zone and had a turnover and they had a three-on-one against us. Those are the kind of turnovers that have been costing us games.’’

Goaltender Chris Osgood said turnovers have forced the team to spend more time in its own zone. The Red Wings are allowing 29 shots per game. That’s about the same as last season, but they said it’s more than they should surrender.

“We’re turning it over too much,’’ Osgood said. “It’s not that we’re bad defensively, it’s that we’re spending too much time in our own zone. When you turn it over, you’re always behind the play.

“We did it in Chicago (in Friday’s 4-1 loss), we did it (Sunday), but we were doing that prior to this. When we were winning games we were doing it.’’

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News from the Farm, 12/21/10

The holiday season’s got us all in shambles…

Thus, a (slightly) abbreviated version of our weekly look at the Southeast Division’s AHL affiliates:

Click for individual box scores

Tuesday, 12/14/10: Abbotsford Heat 1, Rochester Americans 0
Rochester goal-scorers: none
Rochester goaltenders (saves/shots): Jacob Markstrom (26/27)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Leland Irving, ABB; 2 – Ryan Stone, ABB; 3 – T.J. Brodie, ABB

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Video- Life Is OK For Jeff Skinner

He fans on a shot and draws an assist on a goal.

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