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What Is Going On With The Capitals?

from Ryan O’Halloran of CSNwashington,

Before embarking on a season-long, nine-day road trip, the Capitals turned in another listless effort, scoring in the first two minutes but then being silenced in a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

“It’s really disappointing,” Boudreau said after the Capitals’ fifth loss (three in regulation) in seven games. “Hopefully, this is as low as we get. … What we were counting on as a coaching staff [was] to come in and win this game as a springboard for a tough road trip.”

Instead, it was a springboard to a players-only meeting that kept the locker room shut for 11 minutes after a third period in which the Kings broke a 1-all tie on goals by Andrei Loktionov, Michal Handzus and Jarret Stoll.

Boudreau initially wanted to address the team but, “I talked to somebody [who said], ‘Let me go in and say something.’”

The unidentified player was one of many to speak up.

“We talked a little bit, just kind of figuring out what’s going on, what guys are thinking,” right wing Mike Knuble said. “You just talk for a few minutes about things and analyze what happened. … You’re not going to say too much, but there are some things that need to get out.”

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Lightning Players Chime In On Equipment Size

from Damian Cristodero or the St. Petersburg Times,

Specifically, (Ray) Shero said he is curious if players would reduce the size and hardness of their shoulder and elbow pads, both of which can be used as pretty potent battering rams.

Both pieces of equipment have soft caps to lessen their blows. But Shero wants to know if players would reduce sizes further.

“Poll the players,” he said.

So, we did.

Asked if they would be willing to reduce the size and hardness of their pads to perhaps help prevent concussions, 10 of 11 Lightning players surveyed said yes.

There were some caveats.

“As long as the (shoulder pads) still protect you along the boards,” center Steven Stamkos said.

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Stars Sign Jason Williams

Frisco, Tex. – The Dallas Stars announced today that the NHL club has agreed to terms with forward Jason Williams on a free agent contract for the remainder of the season. The deal is a two-way contract ($500,000/$105,000). Williams is expected to practice with the Stars today and be available for Sunday’s home game vs. Columbus.

Williams, 30, is a veteran of 420 NHL games, scoring 91 goals and 129 assists for 220 points. He won a Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2002, and has 27 career playoff games on his record (one goal, two assists). Williams began this season with the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL), playing in 17 games with four goals and five assists for nine points and 10 penalty minutes.

“Jason Williams has won a Stanley Cup and brings veteran experience to our club,” said Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk. “He has the versatility to play any forward position and gives us another right-handed shot. We’re pleased that we could add him to our team.”

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Keane Gets Honored In Manitoba

from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

The Manitoba Moose will retire Mike Keane’s No. 12 jersey tonight in a celebration of his time both with the local pro franchise and his storied NHL career.

Keane, who won three Stanley Cups with three different teams before spending his final five years as a pro with the Moose, will be the first player to receive such an honour from the hockey team.

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16 Teams In Action Today

Kings/Caps drop the puck just after 12:30pm ET, followed by Senators/Oilers at 2:00pm.

Also, Hockey Day in Canada starts at noon on the NHL Network US and of course, CBC in Canada (and US border towns).

See today’s complete schedule below…

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All About The Frenchman

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

What I didn’t expect was that the highly exaggerated assessment of my fluency would find its way to Boston. But yesterday afternoon, Michael Felger, the co-host of the afternoon drive show on 98.1 The Sports Hub, took exception to my column about fighting in the National Hockey League and my dim view of the Wednesday night battles between the Canadiens and the Bruins.

“If this isn’t a Frenchman, I don’t know what is,” said Felger as he proceeded to read my column while co-host Tony Massarotti chimed in regularly with a sarcastic “Pleeeease.”

I have no problem with people disagreeing with the things I write. I’m a columnist, I express opinions and they’re not always popular. ...

While not wanting to paint Bostonians with the same broad brush Felger uses on French-Canadians, his comments reflect a common ignorance about Canada, Quebec and French-Canadians.

For the record, Mike, not everyone in Quebec is French. I’m a proud Canadian citizen who writes in English. There are times when I’m just as proud to be a U.S. citizen. I was born and raised in New York.

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Morning Line

But it was one night, no more. When some people wonder why the NHL can’t always be like this, they should think back to Slap Shot. When people say “old-time hockey” now they associate it with Ogie Ogilthorpe and Dr. Hook and the Hanson brothers, when it was was just the opposite. Reg Dunlop surrendered to the ol’ one-two in the film, but when he said old-time hockey, he meant playing it straight.

And the NHL needs to hew that way, too. That kind of circus isn’t sustainable, even if it’s popular. You could imagine the NHL succumbing to this sort of cartoon hockey, or at least failing to discourage it, because hey, pro wrestling’s pretty popular these days, right? It’s not sustainable in a league where Sidney Crosby gets concussed and Alex Ovechkin has Cooke taking runs at his knees. You let line brawls sort everything out, and people are going to get hurt in the Wild West. And I’d rather watch the Vancouvers of this world than the Bostons, thanks.

-Bruce Arthur of the National Post writing about the Bruins/Canadiens game on Thursday night.  Read more on the game.

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Your Opinion Of The Pegnuins/Islanders Game

351 penalty minutes and 16 fighting majors tells you all you need to know about last night’s Penguins/Islanders game.

Did this game go overboard, will the NHL come down hard with fines and suspensions?

The video below basically is 12 minutes of fights and a post last night on KK has been active with discussion regarding the game.

The Penguins continue today with that old-school feel by practicing in Central Park today at 11:30am.

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A Great Shot Or Bad Goal?

Cam Fowler of the Ducks with the game winner late in OT against the Flames.

I went to bed thinking more of a bad goal than a great shot.  I see a lot of open net to the left of Kiprusoff who may have been thinking forehand instead of backhand.

Goalie experts, what do you think?

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  Tags: cam+fowler, miikka+kiprusoff

Injuries Continue For the Blackhawks

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune at Chicago Breaking Sports,

There was plenty of room on the bench for Blackhawks players to spread out during the third period of their 4-3 shootout defeat to the Dallas Stars on Friday night.

During the second period of a game in which the Hawks blew a three-goal, first-period lead, forwards Fernando Pisani, Ryan Johnson and Viktor Stalberg were injured and did not return.

Afterward, coach Joel Quenneville said all three had suffered upper-body injuries and were considered day-to-day. Quenneville went on to say Pisani, Johnson and Stalberg would be re-evaluated Saturday.

The first injury was to Stalberg, who left the ice holding his right shoulder after a hard check into the boards by the Stars’ Jeff Woywitka.

Pisani’s injury a short time later appeared to be the most serious as he had to be helped into the dressing room after a hard check by Dallas defenseman Mark Fistric that caused Pisani’s head to snap back against the Stars’ bench.

continued and watch the Fistric hit on Pisani below…

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