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7 On 5 Hockey

from Jason Botchford of The White Towel,

To be fair, it couldn’t have been an easy game to officiate. There was the high altitude and the 16 penalties the refs felt they had to call. But it’s the one they appeared to miss which was getting all the post-game attention. The Colorado Avalanche appear to play with seven men on the ice for quite some time after pulling goalie Craig Anderson.

continued with video evidence…

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That’s A Wrap

from Chris Johnston of the CP at The Hockey News,

Now that the cameras have stopped rolling, the real test begins for the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins.

The teams wrapped up a month unlike any other with Saturday’s Winter Classic outdoor game at Heinz Field. From having their every move documented by HBO’s all-access “24/7” show to participating in the NHL’s biggest regular-season showcase, there have been plenty of distractions for organizations with Stanley Cup aspirations.

They’ll start readjusting to a more recognizable routine just as the regular season shifts to its toughest stretch—January and February are often considered the dog days of a long 82-game schedule.


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Winter Classic Ratings

from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

According to Sports Media Watch, the 2011 NHL Winter Classic delivered a ratings win for NBC in the coveted adults 18-49 demographic for the Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins in the soggy Steel City, which was rescheduled from the afternoon to 8 p.m. due to weather conditions.

From SMW:

  NBC averaged a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.56 million viewers in primetime Saturday night (8-11 PM), according to preliminary fast-affiliate data. The network won the night among the Big Four broadcast networks in the demo, edging second-place FOX (1.6). The network finished third for the night in viewership, behind CBS (6.14 mil), and FOX (4.77 mil).


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  Tags: nbc, winter+classic

Happy Drew Year Buffalo

It was a memorable hat trick on a late night that likely caused panic among writers trying to meet deadline.  Could there have been a more fitting evening to honor Alexander Mogilny and Jim Kelley?

Following the pregame ceremony inducting the former Sabres sniper and the late legendary hockey writer into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame, Drew Stafford had a night that was typical of so many by Mogilny during his heyday. 

And as if the tying goal with 27 seconds left in regulation to get him the hat trick wasn’t enough, he set the tone for the shootout with a 15-foot wrister that beat Tim Thomas, and the Sabres won a 7-6 thriller over the Boston Bruins.

The irony of the evening wasn’t lost on Sabres beat writer Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News in his game night blog as regulation was winding down:

Here come the hats on Mogilny’s Hall of Fame night. Somehow appropriate. And it’s 6-6. And our man Kelley is laughing from above at his buddies in the press box sweating out deadline now.

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  Tags: alexander+mogilny, boston+bruins, buffalo+sabres, drew+stafford, jim+kelley

How Bad Were The Wings?

from Bill Dow of the Detroit Free Press,

Forty years ago today, on Jan. 2, 1971, the Red Wings sustained the second-biggest loss in NHL history when they were hammered and humiliated by the Toronto Maple Leafs, 13-0, at Maple Leaf Gardens in front of a “Hockey Night in Canada” television audience.

With their 10th loss in 13 games, the Wings were mired in sixth place with an 11-21-4 record.

What transpired within a week of the shellacking was an extraordinary, behind-the-scenes soap opera that helped set in motion the worst period in Wings history….

Center Garry Unger can’t forget what Harkness said in the locker room just before the third period, when the Leafs poured in a franchise-record seven goals.

“In the first part of his talk, he was yelling at me for using hairspray, and at the end of his speech he was down on his knees nearly in tears, pleading to the team, ‘Why won’t you play for me?’ ” said Unger, who the previous year scored a team-high 42 goals in leading the Wings to the playoffs with an impressive 40-21-15 record.

read on

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Bobrovsky Needs To Play

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Bobrovsky, 22, got just his third start in nine games Friday in a 5-2 loss to Anaheim. He has a 15-6-3 record, a 2.57 goals-against average, and .915 save percentage.

From here, the Flyers are treading dangerous territory. If they continue to play Bobrovsky sparingly, you wonder if he will stop believing in himself.

“It’s always a concern,” goalie coach Jeff Reese said. “. . . He’s a young goalie who is finding himself, and there will be bumps in the road. It’s a learning process, and that’s what he’s going through now. Everybody goes through it.”

They do, but for Bobrovsky, who is alone in a new country, not playing much has to be extra difficult. The rink is his sanctuary. The kid is so focused, so diligent about working longer than anyone.

In short, he needs to be playing. A lot.


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  Tags: sergei+bobrovsky

Sunday Points

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• Wonder if Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray got his knuckles rapped when he fired back at the league, wondering if there were different sets of rules for the superstars and the rank-and-file on suspensions after Kris Letang’s wallop on Spezza got no supplemental discipline. It was a hockey play, the NHL head office said. When somebody wondered if it had been Crosby and not Spezza hurt, then what? “They would have closed down the league, wouldn’t they?” said Murray.

• The Toronto Maple Leafs want to move Francois Beauchemin, but his $3.6-million contract next year makes that problematic, not as much as the $12.5 million (three years) left on Mike Komisarek’s blue-line deal; however. I still think Beauchemin, a complementary player not a big gun, will wind up in San Jose. Doug Wilson saw lots of him with the Ducks. As for Komisarek, he’s untradeable at that salary. He’s one of the nicest guys in the league but like so many defensive D-men, about $2 million a year overpriced.

• They keep saying Kevin Bieksa is out the door when Sami Salo returns because of major salary-cap worries, but shouldn’t the Vancouver Canucks be thinking of shopping Keith Ballard instead? Bieksa has had a bounce-back year. He’s got his bite back and he’s cut down on his defensive mistakes. Ballard is in their third pairing at $4 million a year. Heck, maybe they have to find a way to keep everybody on the back end because Salo, as good as he is, is an accident waiting to happen.

more points and here too, plus some young goalie talk...

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Too Much Tim Thomas?

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

Thomas and more Thomas on a 24-hour loop through the first three-game stretch in four days. It appears that the Bruins are having a hard time winning hockey games unless their goalie is stopping 95 percent of the shots faced through a game.

It’s always unfortunate to watch a young goalie struggle, and it couldn’t be plainer Rask’s natural confidence is in the dumpster. It’s also fact – not opinion – that Boston’s 36-year Black and Golden goose has now played in eight consecutive games dating back to Dec. 16.

Did we mention the 36-year-old is coming off major hip surgery last summer and has shown a propensity to wear down when ridden into the ground over the course of an NHL season?

All the hue and cry is over Rask getting pulled after the first period in Buffalo when he allowed three goals on a whopping 16 shots in the first period, and mishandled a puck behind his net that led to Buffalo’s first goal. The Bruins were leading 4-3 when Rask hit the bench, and the Bruins were outscored 3-2 the rest of the way before dropping a 7-6 shootout decision to the Sabres at HSBC Arena.


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Your Winter Classic Thoughts

It is what it is, a very hyped game that brings attention to our sport.

For the teams involved, it is a great thing, spotlight on them and the talk is never ending.

For the other teams, well, the season moves on.

What were your thoughts?

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Lightning Land Roloson from Islanders

As NYI Point Blank‘s Chris Botta first reported, the Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Dwayne Roloson from the New York Islanders in exchange for defenseman Ty Wishart.

The Tampa Tribune‘s Erik Erlendsson and others have since confirmed.

Roloson joins Dan Ellis, the injured Mike Smith and upstart rookie Cedrick Desjardins (1st star in tonight’s win over the Rangers and 2-0-0 with two goals against in two starts) in Tampa’s goaltending ranks.

Four’s a crowd.

[UPDATE: According to ESPN 1040’s Mike Corcoran, Desjardins will be returned to AHL Norfolk.]

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  Tags: cedrick+desjardins, dan+ellis, dwayne+roloson, mike+smith, ty+wishart

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