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Rangers (Should) Win!

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

The curious thing about the Canucks is that their beat writers believe they are a better team than they showed on the ice in Uniondale. On Game Day, both Vancouver papers treated the Islanders game as a virtual exhibition in preparation for the real test at MSG. And for a short while, they appeared to know something that The Maven didn’t know. But Scott Gordon’s Isles, if nothing else, compete. They overcame an early (MacDonald’s fault) goal, scraped together a tying counter and extended the Canucks to the shootout where Luongo faltered and MacDonald did not.

Playing once again without Scott Gomez – it’s futile to guess how long he’ll be sidelined, so why not figure another week and get it over with? – the Renney-gades still should be able to handle Vancouver, Sedin Twins or not.

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Top Attraction In Anaheim

from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,

“At times we stood around and were in awe of him,” Coach Randy Carlyle said that night.

The line of witnesses now spans two continents. On Saturday night Ovechkin got 12 shots on goal against New Jersey and tied the score with a second left in regulation.

“But before that he was so excited when Nicklas Backstrom scored, he nearly took him out,” Coach Bruce Boudreau said Tuesday. “And then when he scored the last one he did the same thing. It’s just fun to watch him. At no time am I surprised by something he does.”

Ovechkin’s mad, post-goal rushes into the glass — Lambeau Leaps, with a ricochet — have become his trademark. “Just something I like to do,” he said with a shrug. “I love hockey.”

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Hey, It’s A Russian Party

The Washington Capitals are taking on the LA Kings Thursday night in LA and the Kings are having a Russian Heritage Night to celebrate.

Heidi Androl catches up with Sergei Fedorov, Alexander Ovechkin and Viktor Kozlov as they prepare to face the Kings on Russian Heritage night!

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Stop Booing Rozsival

from Brett Cyrgaus of The Blue Seats at the NY Post,

This is a plea to all Rangers fans. It’s a plea to realize how much impact you have on the game and how much impact a gang-up mentality within a fan base can affect the players.

Specifically, this is a plea to stop mercilessly booing Michal Rozsival.

The defenseman, who in the off-season signed a lucrative 4-year $20 million contract, has been playing sub-par so far this season and has been hearing it from the fans. Let’s not turn him into this year’s Marek Malik.

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  Tags: michal+rozsival

A Look At Daniel & Henrik

from Matt Higgins of the New York Times,

One wears No. 22, the other No. 33. One has 394 career points, the other 393. The similarities can seem endless between the identical twins and Vancouver Canucks linemates Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

Even their contracts have been the same during their eight-year N.H.L. careers, a trend that Vancouver’s first-year general manager, Mike Gillis, would like to continue by re-signing them before they become unrestricted free agents in July.

“That is clearly a completely different dynamic than an individual player,” Gillis said about dealing with hockey’s most enduring one-two combination as a single entity. “However, because they are so highly thought of, it does not present any issue whatsoever.”

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  Tags: daniel+sedin, henrik+sedin

All Over The Place

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

• OK, here are Bucci’s top four power rankings for each conference. Keep in mind, my rankings are not so much based on performance thus far; they are based on who I see are the toughest teams to beat in a best-of-seven series come playoff time.

Eastern Conference: 1. Pittsburgh; 2. Washington; 3. Montreal; 4. New York Rangers

Western Conference: 1. Detroit; 2. San Jose; 3. Minnesota; 4. Anaheim

• From a strategical standpoint, I still believe that a player should skate to the bench, and another player should hop on, when he breaks his stick. This saves time from a stick handoff scenario and saves me the frustration of watching a forward on the ice without a stick.

much, much more...

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No Issues With ASG Voting

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

No one has been able to make the NHL All-Star Game a meaningful exercise for going on two decades now, no matter how much they tweaked and adjusted and tried to convince you that the light-hearted shinny they play bears even a reasonable facsimile to the way the game is played, night-after-night, through a gruelling 1,230-game regular season.

Given how that is not going to change this year either, even though the All-Star Game is being played in the cradle of hockey – Montreal – in January, I have little issue with the fact that Canadiens’ fans are doing such a good job of guaranteeing that all six of their candidates for the All-Star team may crack the starting line-up.

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  Tags: asg

Wings Waive McCarty

via TSN,

The Detroit Red Wings placed forward Darren McCarty on waivers on Tuesday.

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Gaborik Watch

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

There is a rumor out there that the Minnesota Wild are on the verge of trading Gaborik. As in any hour or day now, it’s that close.

Under normal circumstances, this wouldn’t be a reach.

Gaborik, after all, is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.

Gaborik, thus far, has rejected all contract offers from the Wild and it doesn’t look like he’s about to put pen to paper in the Twin Cities any time soon.

read on

added 1:36pm, via Russo’s Rants,

Risebrough, by the way according to multiple sources, was at last night’s Ottawa-Rangers game — two teams I said weeks ago made sense for a potential Marian Gaborik trade. Bryan Murray, Ottawa’s GM, loves making blockbusters, and Rangers GM Glen Sather is buddy buddy with Risebrough

Clarification: Doug Risebrough was on the Ottawa-Rangers press box seating chart, but he never made it to the game. He planned to scout the game, but flight problems forced him to detour to Pittsburgh. He was in Pittsburgh by 4:45 yesterday..

added 2:24pm, Mark Hermann of Newsday wonders if the Rangers could fit Gaborik into the lineup…

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  Tags: marian+gaborik

Koules Talks About Melrose Firing

from Erik Erlendssen of Bolts Report,

I had the opportunity earlier today to submit some questions to Lightning co-owner Oren Koules to get some of his thoughts about the direction of the team since Barry Melrose was let go on Friday….

Q: What can you say to fans who may be soured by the start of the team on the ice and the issues off the ice? Do you still believe you have a good hockey team or do more changes need to be made?

OK: In talking to many players coaches and general managers around the league, most feel we have a very good hockey team. And as I said above, I still very much believe we will make the playoffs. In fact, with 65 games left to play, we are three points out of the playoffs. So I feel pretty good about things the way they are now.

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  Tags: oren+koules

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