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Morning Line

We aren’t a very good team right now. We have a lot of work to do in practice. We have to heal up as we seem to lose a player in every game to injury that jumbles up the lines.

We are what our record says we are and right now, we are just an average NHL team.

-Ted Leonsis, Owner of the Washington Capitals.  More at Ted’s Take.

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Chatting With Vancouver Fans

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

After spending two hours on a Province Sports live chat with Vancouver Canucks’ fans on Wednesday — thanks Slap Shot and Chitown-HawkeyGirl, are those your real names, by the way? — I learned the following.

• Alain Vigneault should be fired by Friday, if not sooner.

• Roberto Luongo is the worst goalie in the history of hockey.

• Kevin Bieksa is the worst defenceman in the history of hockey.

• The Canucks’ fourth line is the worst fourth line in the history of hockey.

• I’m the worst writer in the history of hockey.

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Hossa Putting Up Big Numbers

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

A healthy knee and some serious bling have given Marian Hossa the chance to feel as relaxed as he’s ever been on the ice.

Chicago is lovin’ it.

“A couple of years ago in Atlanta I had a similar start, but definitely I feel healthy, I feel relaxed and I’m playing with a great centerman and a great wing,” Hossa told NHL.com Thursday. “I feel much lighter on the ice and I’m having more fun on the ice, but I try not to make a big deal out of it. It’s only eight games.”

Yeah, but it’s a League-best 7 goals and 4 assists in those eight games, all with Jonathan Toews in the middle and fellow Slovak Tomas Kopecky on the left. Hossa hasn’t been this prolific at the start of a season since 2006, when with the Thrashers he flew out of the gates, scoring 10 goals and dishing out 5 assists to help Atlanta jump out to a 7-1-1 start.

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Flames Need Points From Top Players

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

Paging Jarome Iginla, Alex Tanguay, Matt Stajan, and Olli Jokinen . . .

“We had opportunities tonight,” Sutter said, shaking his head. The difference too, really at the end of the night was their top players produced for them. We had chances, but we never capitalized on them.

“We need production from our top players, and everyone else has to chip in.”

read on for a recap of the Wings/Flames game…

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/22/10

It’s early, sure, but let’s raise a glass to my three stars of yesterday’s NHL action:

***Cheers to New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur, who blanked Montreal as his Devil teammates notched a goal in each of the game’s three periods en route to a 3-0 win. Brodeur extended his all-time record with the 112th shutout of his brilliant career. Zach Parise, Jason Arnott and Matt Taormina scored for New Jersey.

**Cheers to Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who scored a pair of goals and assisted on teammate Kris Letang’s overtime winner to lift the Pens over the Nashville Predators 4-3. “Sid the Kid” (hard to believe he’s still just 23, no?) appears to be heating up, 6-5-11 in Pittsburgh’s eight games this season but 5-3-8 in his last three – and that’s bad news for Atlantic Division rivals and opponents league wide.

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  Tags: lee+stempniak, martin+brodeur, sidney+crosby

How Long Is Too Long?

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Perhaps you were at the St. Pete Times Forum Thursday night for the Tampa Bay Lightning’s game with the Islanders. Perhaps you were watching on television, and watching, and watching and, oh, yes, waiting, about 10 minutes, for the NHL to finish its video review of what, in overtime, had been ruled on the ice a pretty good behind-the-back, glove flailing save by Lightning goalie Dan Ellis on a fluttering puck shot by Matt Moulson.

The league appeared to get it right when Mike Murphy, vice president of hockey operations, and his crew in the NHL’s offices in Toronto, overruled the on-ice referees and determined the puck, in mid air, was over the goal line before Ellis swatted it away. Even Lightning GM Steve Yzerman admitted it was probably the right call, and his team lost 3-2.

The question is, what took so long? And should there be some kind of time limit on how long video reviews can go on? The NFL, for example, allows its officials 60 seconds to watch video if a play is challenged or reviewed.

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Islanders/Lightning: Goal or No Goal? You Decide

Matt Moulson’s OT winner. Was it a goal? Or not? You make the call in the comments section:

 

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Video- Not Sure If Franzen Called Bank Shot On This Goal

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Does Fighting Really Change The Momentum?

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

And yet, there it was again, Rogers Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos saying exactly that just before the Toronto Maple Leafs-New York Rangers game last week. If New York’s Derek Boogaard takes a quick round out of Toronto’s Colton Orr, he said, then the Rangers might be able “to build off the momentum.”

In other words, these people truly believe that fighting can be a factor in the outcome of a game, although there is no more proof to this contention than those of us who deplore fighting are able to prove the game would not only survive but thrive if hockey acted as all other team sports do and severely penalized fighting.

The reality is that fighting is on the rise in hockey and has been since the end of the lockout. Hockeyfights.com, which tracks NHL fisticuffs, had fights early this season running at a rate of 0.78 a game. That means a fight in nearly half the games (43.9 per cent) and, projected to season end, would amount to 540 fights over the 1,230 regular-season matches.

If such a trend held – and it has dipped somewhat this week – this would result in the most fights in any season of the decade.

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Bill Daly Reacts To Recommendation To Outlaw Head Hits

from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NY Times,

Bill Daly, the N.H.L. deputy commissioner, said Thursday that the league is “comfortable with the steps we have already taken” to reduce concussions and had no plans to modify its new head-checking rule.

His remarks came in response to the Mayo Clinic’s recommendation that the N.H.L. outlaw all contact with the head….

“While we see real value in the study, analysis and dialogue that conferences such as these foster, ultimately we have to make our own decisions about what is best for our League and for our players,” Daly said in an e-mail message.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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