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The Los Angeles Kings today announced a special 36-hour Holiday Ticket Sale.
All tickets – including available tickets in the lower bowl—currently unsold for the six Kings games at STAPLES Center in January will be available for purchase for $11.50 in a unique RUSH Sale Presented by Sports Chalet and Kings flagship radio station KTLK 1150….
We are excited about our young team and the more we can expose this team to the fans and to our city the better,” said Kings President, Business Operations Luc Robitaille….
In January, the Kings play the following six games: Saturday, Jan. 3, against Philadelphia; Thursday, Jan. 8, against the Ducks; Saturday, Jan. 10, against New Jersey; Monday, Jan. 12, against Tampa Bay; Thursday, Jan. 15, against the Stanley Cup Champion Red Wings; and Thursday, Jan. 29, against Chicago.
from Damian Cristodero of the Stt. Peterburg Times,
The shootout must go. It is an argument that will fall on deaf ears. The fans love it, and if the fans love it, the league loves it, too. But after what happened Thursday in the Lightning’s shootout loss to the Avalanche, it should be clear the shootout is evil.
Start with this: It is a gimmick, and a gimmick should never determine who wins and loses a game. Earlier this season, the Lightning and Senators needed eight rounds to decide a winner. That is not a test of skill; it is a coin flip and a disservice to players who knocked themselves out for the previous 65 minutes.
from Sam Weinman of Rangers Report,
It is not unusual for your loyal correspondent to skip a road game (which I suppose makes me not-so-loyal, after all), but tonight’s game in San Jose marks a rare occasion: a regular season Rangers game in which not a single New York paper will be represented.
Both the Daily News and the Record have traveled regularly with the Rangers this season but skipped the week-long West Coast trip. And while the New York Post and Newsday were present for the back-to-back games in Anaheim and L.A., both papers decided to have their reporters return home rather than wait around an extra three days for tonight’s game against the league-leading Sharks….
According to people in the Rangers organization who have been with the team for years, it’s the first time they can remember that at least one beat writer hasn’t been at a game.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of Bruins Blog,
Frightening sight at 8:37 of the second period when Patrice Bergeron ran straight into an onrushing Dennis Seidenberg and took the blow directly to the left side of his face, leaving the Boston center facedown on the ice for some three minutes.
Bergeron, who missed most of last season with a Grade 3 concussion suffered Oct. 27, 2007, did not appear to lose consciousness. However, he was obviously stunned by the hit and lay motionless on the ice for about a minute before finally moving his legs.
After some three minutes on the ice, Bergeron was helped to his feet by teammates Chuck Kobasew and Marc Savard, who also then aided him toward the Boston bench. Some 15 feet from the bench, Bergeron skated on his own toward the bench door and exited under his own power down the runway toward the dressing room.
from Jeff Z. Klein and Stu Hackel of Slap Shot at the NYT,
“Whatever you could do on a breakaway, if you had the skill to do it, you should be allowed to do that on a penalty shot,” Walkom said. “You can’t cross the goal line” — the basis for the rule prohibiting players from circling the net on a penalty shot — “and the puck can’t come to a stop.”
If a player did those things on a breakaway, he said, the other team would catch up and the breakaway would be gone.
What does concern Walkom during the spin-o-rama play is whether the shooter interferes with the goaltender as he is turning, preventing him from making the save. In Blake’s case, it was close, Walkom said, “but I don’t believe he interfered with him in making the save.”
As for the puck going backward, Walkom said officials did not adhere to a rigid definition of the puck moving from the goal. If they did, many penalty shots or shootout goals would be against the rules because “every time you stick handle, the puck goes backward,” Walkom said.
from Rob Brodie of OttawaSenators.com,
The ultimate example, some might suggest, will reside on the home-teach bench at the Prudential Center tonight.
While Senators head coach Craig Hartsburg doesn’t want to turn his team into a mirror image of the New Jersey Devils, he’ll look across the ice tonight and see the kind of single-minded approach that he insists is necessary for Ottawa to make a quantum leap in its performance level….
“Do I want to play like them? No,” a passionate Hartsburg said after the Senators’ pre-game skate earlier today. “But I would like our team to have a mindset that they’re all going to play like a group and that’s what (the Devils) do. They’re good because of it.
“I think the team-first mindset has always been a part of that organization and they’ve had great players. They’ve got great players right now ... but they all play a certain type of game that allows the team to have success as well as individual success and that’s what we’ve struggled with.”
from Bolts Report,
Jussi Jokinen has cleared waivers this afternoon and will play tonight against Atlanta. Tampa Bay general manager Brian Lawton said that as of now there is no intention of sending down to AHL Norfolk and possibly putting him on recall waivers.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Fighting is up in the NHL, and the man who made a significant contribution to the trend, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke, is not apologizing for it.
“I believe fighting has always been an important part of our game,” Burke said. “Only hockey, boxing and martial arts have no out-of-bounds contact — an essential component of the game. We were in danger of losing our roots to the game.”...
For all the talk about the pros and cons of fighting, there is no disputing the fact that it tends to bring fans out of their seats.
When the suggestion that fans like fighting was made to commissioner Gary Bettman during his Western Canada swing last week, he answered simply, “They seem to.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
But if and when Sather stops attempting to be Mr. Nice Guy and is willing to place under-performing athletes on waivers even if that all but ends their NHL careers, the Rangers will seek to improve a defense that’s not just suspect, but also indictable.
“Had we been able to pull it off, Mats would have been a big help in a variety of ways, but I think we have a greater need anyway,” coach Tom Renney said by phone before yesterday’s practice in Los Angeles that preceded the charter to San Jose. “To me, I think we have to take a hard look at improving our depth on the back end….”
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