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from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
Zherdev is older now than Kovalev was then. Wiser, too, one hopes, after four seasons of futility in Columbus. His plus/minus is a league- best +9, which says a little about his attention to detail in his own zone.
There’s another plus: He’s got teammates now who prefer to lead by example. Jaromir Jagr and Brendan Shanahan, who made his departure official Wednesday, were too far beyond their prime to be that kind of leader. Shanahan always knew the right thing to say, and Jagr played class clown well to Shanahan’s class president, but neither had the skills left to be the good example for a player like Zherdev.
from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog,
So, the wise-guy reporter suggested, perhaps Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf should have visited a dentist sooner.
“Seriously, eh?” Getzlaf responded after matching club single-game records for assists and points with five helpers in Wednesday night’s 5-4, overtime victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings at Honda Center.
In four games since he underwent unplanned dental treatment Oct. 21 in Toronto, Getzlaf has put up 10 points, including three goals. In six games before having a virus removed from his gum and missing a 3-2, shootout triumph over the Maple Leafs later that night,
continue for more on the Wings/Ducks game..
I know most KK readers know their hockey, but on occasion new hockey fans do read KK and this is for you.
A nice primer on how to prepare and watch a hockey game and it is Blackhawks specific, but you will get the idea.
from Eric Gwinn of the Chicago Tribune,
What just happened?
Every now and then, the crowd boos or cheers, or an official’s whistle stops everything.
“So much happens away from the puck,” Hurley said. “Football is the best sport to watch on TV, but hockey is the best sport to watch in person; you see the whole ice, who’s doing what to whom.”
Where to sit
The higher you sit at a hockey game, the more you can see. Sitting with the goal directly in front of you lets you see how hard players have to work to shoot at the goal.
from Scott Morrison at Sun Media,
The problem remains, though, that the easy answer isn’t the answer that is easy to sell at the pro level, meaning not everyone is convinced that an automatic penalty for a hit to the head, regardless of the intent, as they do in Ontario junior hockey, is the way to go.
Fact is, a year ago, the NHL’s general managers decided it wasn’t the way to go. When they debated the situation last winter, when there were several more injuries, all agreed they didn’t like to see players getting hurt, but that hockey is also a physical game.
The question was asked, because the league has taken away low hits. If it eliminated hits to the upper body, what would be left?
So, it was decided that as long as the hits to the head are accidental and not a head hunt, then it’s part of the game and players best keep their’s up.
added 8:50am, from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,
In simpler times, Darryl (Sutter), 50, figures Weight would have held up for fear of the inevitable retribution coming his way.
Maybe not on the same shift. Maybe not in the same period. But, at some point, retribution would arrive.
“The game has changed a little bit,” he said. “That’s a legal hit. The player had his head down and he got hit. But would it have happened when we were all playing? Probably not.
“Because that player knew if he was going to do that, it was going to be a long night for him. That’s the difference.”
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
Now, Year 8, and what’s up with the Blue Jackets? They’re 3-6. Pascal Leclaire is hurt. They can’t get the puck out of their own end, even with three new defensemen. Fifth-line center Manny Malhotra is in the middle of the No. 1 line. No, wait, Rick Nash is now centering the No. 1 line….
The scene in Nationwide Arena has deteriorated. The Blue Jackets need to win more, of course. But it’s not as much fun in the building as it used to be. The scoreboard gags are tired and stupid. The organ playing “smooth jazz” during a TV timeout in the third period is embarrassing. Who’s in charge of this?
The players must play better, but the life needs to be breathed back into Nationwide Arena again. It used to be a great place to see a game.
from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
• The following story requires no punch line. It stands alone. A nugget of information so glorious, so satisfying, the joy of it may just get me through the entire winter.
On November 6th, the country of Albania will bestow its highest honour on two native sons: Tie Domi and Jim Belushi. It was previously given to Mother Theresa. Domi…Belush…Theresa.
• This from a Dallas Stars player on the surprisingly bad start: “We are very thankful right now that we play in Texas.” Yes, always good to go unnoticed when you are sucking. (The Stars did hand Minnesota its first regulation loss on Wednesday.)
more hockey bits…
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
The Devils earned their first post-game stationary bike ride of the season with tonight’s 6-5 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Niklas Hagman scored the deciding goal in the shootout, but the damage had been done in regulation, in which the Devils gave up a season-high 48 shots and three power-play goals in blowing leads of 2-0 and 4-3.
So, after briefly speaking with the media after the game, the players had to do a 15-minute ride on the stationary bicycle.
“A lot of players in there have to play better than they have the past three games,” Devils coach Brent Sutter said afer his team’s third consecutive loss. “That’s just basics, getting back to what they’re supposed to do. Certain guys have certain roles and they’re getting away from our game plan and what each individual has to do. Saturday (home game against Atlanta) can’t get here quick enough.”
from Craig Simpson of Blogs and Colums at CBC,
This season’s early success seems to justify the eight-year rebuilding process that general manager Glen Sather has endured.
At times it was painful, and after the first four years without playoffs, Sather’s team is now looking for its fourth straight playoff run.
For years the Rangers had hung on to veteran players and brought in big-name personalities that at times had more ego than they had game. Breaking the ties with Ranger heroes like Mark Messier, Mike Richter and Brian Leetch were difficult moves given their years of quality service and Stanley Cup history, but were necessary in order to move on and turn the page as a franchise.
Francois Beauchemin scored the OT winner last night in a pretty exciting game between the Red Wings and Ducks. In your opinion, was it a ‘good’ goal?
added a different video at 4:41pm below with multiple angles…
From Rebecca Bollwitt at NowPublic:
A few weeks ago the streets and Skytrain stations of Vancouver were plastered with posters to advertise the new Canucks season. The theme, “We are All Canucks”, and the unique twist is that they used photos of players in plain-clothes, fans on the concourse, and snapshots of hockey bloggers and podcasters.
Given how much negative attention has been brought to the issue of NHL teams and fan-media in recent weeks, I just wanted to point out that there are some teams working hard to find a balance on this issue. In my experience, the Canucks themselves (you can check out their FanZone) have come a long way in recent years.
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