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The Best Russian Hockey Player

from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,

The best Russian in the NHL today, clearly, is Datsyuk.

Datsyuk beat out Joe Thornton on THN’s all-decade team at the center position – and Thornton had scored the most points of anyone in that 10-year span. It’s not always about points when you’re talking best player, not that Datsyuk lacks in that department. He has been remarkably consistent with seasons of 87, 87, 97 and 97 points in the first four post-lockout seasons. Yes, he did dip to 26th in scoring with 70 points last season (which still ain’t bad), but he led the league in takeaways by an astounding 49 en route to his third straight Selke Trophy. The only other player to win three Selkes in a row is Bob Gainey, who won the first four, and he never scored more than 45 points.

While the argument can certainly be made Datsyuk has better support players than his counterparts, it should be noted the Red Wings have been through a bit of a transitional period themselves. In the past six years, with stars aging and new players coming along, the Wings haven’t missed a step thanks largely to the consistency of players such as Datsyuk.


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More Bad News For The Islanders

via Islanders.com,

The New York Islanders announced today that goaltender Rick DiPietro and defenseman Mike Mottau have been placed on injured reserve.  Mottau will miss the remainder of the 2010-11 season, requiring surgery to his right hip.

DiPietro was out of the lineup for the first time this season on Saturday, Dec. 18 due to swelling in his right knee. The former first overall pick in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft shows a 4-6-4 record this season with a 3.68 GAA and a .880 save percentage.

Mottau has sat out the past 10 games with an eye injury suffered on Nov. 21. He was cleared for physical activity last week, but has now been placed on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the 2010-11 season with a torn labrum in his right hip.  The defenseman had three assists in 20 games this season.

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Hanging by a Thread

You’ll have to forgive us in Buffalo for playing the “must win” card before every game for the next 3 ½ months, but that’s what happens when your team is practically staring into the face of a double-digit point deficit behind a playoff spot before Christmas.

Two weeks ago, the Sabres got a much needed home win against a San Jose Sharks team that had just scored an impressive win in Philadelphia the night before and was nearing the end of a grueling Eastern road trip.

A similar situation presents itself tonight, and the stakes are high again.  The Anaheim Ducks won 3-0 in Boston last night, and 24 hours later the Sabres desperately need to prevent them from playing a successful encore.  This game will be Anaheim’s fifth road gig in seven nights.

Aside from its own play, part of Buffalo’s problem in its playoff chase is the behavior of teams they have targeted ahead of them.  If Atlanta, Tampa Bay and the New York Rangers aren’t for real then they all have a funny way of showing it.  Those teams just refuse to come back to earth and Buffalo has lost ground to all of them, with a mediocre 5-4-1 record in its last 10 games.

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The Monster Smash

from Mark Masters of the National Post,

Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonas Gustavsson was asked on Monday why, on occasion, he feels compelled to smash his stick on the net after allowing a goal.

“It’s always been part of my game,” said Gustavsson. “I think I do it less now than I did a couple years ago. Even my last year in Sweden I think I broke a couple sticks there, because I always want to compete, I always want to win and I don’t think it’s a frustrations [thing], I think it’s more that I compete.”

It was suggested to Gustavsson by a reporter that his net abuse may be setting a bad example for young players.


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Swearing OK On “The Ultimate Reality Show”

via the CP at The Hockey News,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman disagrees with Bruce Boudreau’s mom: He doesn’t mind the Washington Capitals coach’s cursing.

Boudreau’s expletive-filled rant at his team during the first episode of HBO’s “24/7” series about Washington and the Pittsburgh Penguins has drawn plenty of buzz—and admonishment from his mother.

But Bettman calls it a natural part of “the ultimate reality show.”

At a media breakfast Tuesday to promote the Winter Classic between the two teams, Bettman said: “No one in this room is prudish enough to think that locker room language isn’t coarse.”

The commissioner says “both teams have handled themselves beautifully.”

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Bruins Release Their Frustrations

from Matt Kulman of The Bruins Blog,

Most notably, Shawn Thornton twice lost his temper. Once when he was ridden into the boards hard during a forecheck drill by Dennis Seidenberg. Thornton banged his ribs against the dasher, and in response spiked his stick over at the bench.

Later during a 2-on-2, he responded to a Johnny Boychuk blow to the face with a slash to the defenseman’s back.

Marc Savard and Patrice Bergeron even let their tempers flare at one another at one point. If ever a team needed a Festivus “airing of grivances” it was this Bruins squad, and that’s exactly what those at Ristuccia Arena were greeted by.

After the near-hour-long throwdown, during which every drills was high-intensity and full of rancor, Thornton tried to chalk up his show of emotions to having a bad day. But obviously the way the Bruins have played over some stretches of recent games is wearing on him as much as anyone. In particular, Boston’s lifeless loss to Anaheim had everyone ready to go at it as though this practice could be their last.

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Florida Mixing The Young With The Old

from Harvey Fialkov of the SunSentinel,

Marty Reasoner has gone from centering one of the oldest lines in the league with Radek Dvorak and Cory Stillman to playing between two players who have less than two years of NHL experience combined.

And Reasoner’s newfound trio hasn’t skipped a beat as he, rookie Evgeny Dadonov and Shawn Matthias have accounted for five goals and 13 points in the last three games, including two goals in Monday’s stunning 5-0 rout of the NHL-leading Flyers.

“Marty’s the perfect guy to put between two young wingers because he sees the game so well, is always in position and so reliable,’’ Panthers coach Pete DeBoer said. “They’ve been very good these last three games. Dadonov is playing with a lot of confidence and has speed in his game.

“Shawn is really competing and battling hard, and is a tough guy to play against when he’s got that edge.’’


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Finding That Goaltender In The Draft

from Jamie Cameron of HabsWatch,

You could make a strong argument that no single person or position is more important to an NHL team’s success and organizational stability than the goaltender. Not only is it the most difficult position to scout, project & draft - consider that only 16.7% of goalies drafted today make an impact in the NHL - it’s also the one position that highlights fundamental philosophical differences between how NHL teams believe they should be built.

Without question, some organizations are clearly better than others at drafting NHL calibre goaltenders. Others have managed to remain competitive by identifying and acquiring prospects drafted by other organizations while a few have managed to sign goaltenders that went over-looked in the draft, signing them as free agents.


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Afternoon Line

“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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