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KK normally doesn’t do game recaps, but this one is special…
from the AP via Yahoo,
Marian Gaborik posted the NHL’s first five-goal game in a decade, lifting the Minnesota Wild to a 6-3 win over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.
Gaborik’s outburst was the biggest in the league since Sergei Fedorov scored five for Detroit on Dec. 26, 1996, in an overtime game against Washington. Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux was the last to net five in regulation, pulling off the feat on March 26, 1996 versus St. Louis.
added 11:22pm, Check out the video highlights of the game…
Here’s the footage of Sidney Crosby’s fight with Andrew Ference tonight. It’s a Gordie Howe Hat Trick for the illustrious Penguin. From HockeyFights.com:
via the News & Observer,
Negotiations are expected to go into next year as the Carolina Hurricanes try to hash out a deal with their landlord at the RBC Center.
The 2006 Stanley Cup winners have asked for more than two years for a break in rent, from the $3 million they currently pay to $2 million.
The Centennial Authority, the quasi-governmental board, has yet to respond to the Hurricanes’ request but has asked the team to add five years to their lease.
The Hurricanes are currently committed through 2019.
Both sides hope to meet on middle ground soon.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
The Delusion: The Sens still need the services of Gary Roberts to put them over the top in their chase for a championship.
Reality Check: Roberts will always be seen as one of the greatest dressing room leaders in recent years, but he’s got one goal so far in Pittsburgh. Words without follow-through will not win you a Stanley Cup.
Adam completes his delusions for all NHL teams…
via CNW Group,
OTTAWA, Dec. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine said NHL Vice-President Colin Campbell should personally apologize to suspended New York Islanders player Chris Simon for telling reporters yesterday that he would be meeting with “drug and alcohol doctors” in order to deal with his behavourial issues.
“I agree with the NHL, and the vast majority of hockey fans, that Mr. Simon must be punished for this unfortunate incident with a Pittsburgh player during last Saturday’s game,” said National Chief Fontaine. “However, it was extremely hurtful to Mr. Simon, and his many fans, including those in our First Nations communities, to hear from Mr. Campbell that such behaviour is related to drug and or alcohol abuse.”
fromm Terry Frei at ESPN,
When NBC broadcasts the NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day from Ralph Wilson Stadium, the network and the league will be hoping to draw in both the sport’s fans and others intrigued by the outdoor setting—those who, a day earlier, would have had a 50-50 shot of identifying whether Sidney Crosby plays for Buffalo or Pittsburgh.
Whether they have tired of college football and decided to turn their backs on Michigan-Florida in the Capital One Bowl, or have any other reason, perhaps they’ll be fascinated and willing to give the game (and the sport) a shot.
From Doug Mittler via Yahoo! Sports,
Does hockey translate to a Chinese audience? The New York Islanders want to find out.
The job of expanding the hockey vocabulary belongs to Alex Peng and Justin Chang, a pair of New York-based broadcasters who are calling Islander home games in Mandarin. They currently can be heard by flipping the SAP button on Fox Sports Net and the MSG Network in New York. The ultimate goal is to spread it to an untapped Asian market. [...]
Islanders owner Charles Wang, who was born in Shanghai, knows an untapped market when he sees it. The founder of Computer Associates has put a broadcasting structure in place as part of a long-range plan to sell hockey to a Chinese audience.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The original premise of these games – going back to hockey’s outdoor roots – was dubious at best. How playing in a football stadium in front of 70,000 fans is going back to the days of pickup hockey on a pond is beyond me.
Yes, I will be at the outdoor game in Buffalo on Jan. 1, but only because I was ordered to attend.
And now they propose to have one of these things under the dome where the NFL’s Detroit Lions play. How in the name of Bill Spunska is that supposed to be a celebration of the game’s roots?
more & David, you are missing the point. Detroit fans just want to see a home team win at Ford Field!
from The Local,
The NHL season will begin with two matches between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators at Stockholm’s Globe Arena, according Eurosport’s Swedish website.
The matches will be played next autumn, the reports say. In addition to the Globe matches, the Ottawa team will mean Swedish team Frölunda at Gothenburg’s Scandinavium.
Globe Arena manager Maj-Britt Gustafsson Wallin did not deny the reports when contacted by Eurosport.
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Slump-busters? The Detroit Red Wings?
With 53 points in 32 games, Detroit has 11 more points than any team in the Western Conference and has won 10 of its past 11 games.
That’s a tough assignment for the Blues, who have lost a season-high four games, including three at home.
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