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Ryan Miller Can Be Better

from John Vogl of Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News,

Lindy Ruff doesn’t need to look at the stats any more than anyone else to know one thing: Ryan Miller hasn’t been as dominant as last season.

Miller will enter tonight’s game against San Jose ranked 28th in goals-against average (2.77) and 27th in save percentage (.907). Those numbers are a long way from last year’s Vezina Trophy-winning career bests of 2.22 and .929.

“I think just OK,” was how Ruff assessed the season for the Sabres goaltender. “He’s been a victim sometimes of some pretty tough breaks with deflections and pucks off of people’s skates on the backside. At the same time, he’s had a tough time grabbing that one big save for us at a key time in the game. There’s nobody that wants it more than he does. Short-term, if we can get his goals-against down, it’ll help us win games.”

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2010 Top Lines

John Grigg of The Hockey News put together his Top 10 quotes from 2010.

“Nick is going to be a Red Wing ‘til the day he hangs them up. I may try to draft one of his sons one day.” – New Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman when asked if he would try and bring Nicklas Lidstrom to the Lightning.

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With WJC Over, Pegula Watch Begins

Joyous Russian hockey fans weren’t the only ones enthusiastically counting down the final seconds of the World Juniors gold medal game last night.

No sooner had an ecstatic group of Russian teenagers on HSBC Arena ice started celebrating and screaming stuff that we couldn’t understand than Sabres fans at home began holding their breath in anticipation of “The Announcement”.

It was as if they were glued to the television waiting for Managing Partner Larry Quinn to walk out onto the ice right after the Russian anthem, grab the microphone, look into the TSN cameras and spill the beans. “Igor, Yevgeni, great job tonight.  Now, for those of you Buffalo Sabres fans who may be watching, I have some exciting news…”

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, chris+parker, larry+quinn, terry+pegula, tom+golisano

Pounded in Pittsburgh, Bolts Will “Bypass” This One

Following Dwayne Roloson’s stellar 34-save shutout debut in Tuesday night’s win in Washington, yours truly joined a host of other media types in pondering aloud just how far stable goaltending might propel the Tampa Bay Lightning.

After all, you can’t ask for a much better start with a new team than the one Roloson enjoyed against the Capitals.

That win elevated the Lightning into sole possession of first place in the Southeast Division and into a tie for the top point total in the Eastern Conference with Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

Enter the Penguins…

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  Tags: dan+ellis, dwayne+roloson, guy+boucher, steven+stamkos

Being A Leafs Fan

from Moe Green at the Toronto Star,

I am a Leafs fan.  I can’t really explain it other than to say that I have been one since I started watching hockey as a kid in the seventies and will likely be one until I draw my final breath.

I am, like an addict, a victim of something beyond my control.

But why the Leafs?  I grew up in Ontario, but so did most of my friends. Many of them had the good sense to be fans of the Bruins, Flyers, Rangers, and even the dreaded, evil, but very “Cup-winny” Montreal Canadiens.

My friends had ups and downs – but they had ups. Boy, did they have ups.

Still, as far as I was concerned, they could have all the fancy-schmancy skating and slick-scoring the Canadiens and Bruins offered. They could keep their Broad Street Bullies and their big city, flashy-haired New Yorkers. They could have all the Cups and trinkets and first-place finishes.

I preferred my Leafs.

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What’s On Darren Dreger’s Mind?

Dreger was on NHL On The Fly last night with numerous topics discussed.

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Morning Line

“When we did see the puck in the net on the last replay we immediately contacted the video goal judge but play had already resumed and our window of opportunity to review the play was gone.

“As an aside, this play would have been a very difficult play to award a goal on because we never know when the puck goes in the net relative to the
referee blowing his whistle.

“But we still should have reviewed the play. That was my error.’‘

-Mike Murphy of the NHL on a possible goal by the Florida Panthers last night.  More from George Richards of On Frozen Pond.

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Video- Go Curling With The Wings

While on a Western Canada road trip, the Wings decided to try their hand at curling.

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Video- Was The Puck In The Net?

I didn’t see the game, but some of the internet talk was a Bryan McCabe shot went in the net but no review.

Will try to get a better video and yes, the Panthers lost by 1 goal.

added 10:33pm, via On Frozen Pond Facebook,

Bryan McCabe on refs blowing tying goal w/ no review: “I don’t know if they could have dropped the puck any quicker. .-.-. They dropped the puck in about four seconds. What can you do? His pad was in the net, the puck was in the net.’‘

added 10:51pm, from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

“It looks like a goal to me and I’m baffled why the referees can make certain to make sure everyone goes to the box but why no one took a second look at it,’’ DeBoer said. “They look at everything else. I got no explanation why. They said if it was close, Toronto would have buzzed them. They never got that.’‘

added 11:03pm, Just added a 2nd video below.  It shows the shot and then Pavelec scrambling.  If you piece both videos together, you may get a better picture of what happened.

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Islanders Extend Jurcina

UNIONDALE, NY, January 5, 2010 – The New York Islanders announced today that defenseman Milan Jurcina has agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension.

Jurcina, 27, has four points (two goals, two assists) in 19 games with the Islanders this season, while leading the team with a +1 rating.  This season, the Islanders are 11-5-3 with Jurcina in the lineup. 

“Milan has brought solid defensive play and size to our defense this season,” Islanders General Manager, Garth Snow said.  “We’re excited to have him return to our lineup next year to help solidify our defense unit.”

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