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Video- Carcillo hit on Fedotenko Tonight

Ruslan Fedotenko was OK after staying on the ice for a bit.  Not penalty to Carcillo.

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All Tim Thomas

from James Duthie of TSN,

James Duthie: You gave up two goals Wednesday night. That must be pretty embarrassing for a guy who had a .50 goals-against average going in. I’m frankly surprised Claude Julien didn’t pull you after the second one.

Tim Thomas: (laughs) I think the coach didn’t know what to do. I’d hadn’t put him in that situation this year.

JD: Be honest. Did it actually cross your mind when they scored that giving up two goals was going to balloon your save percentage and GAA?

TT: It did for a second, but that’s a terrible way to think. You start the season just thinking about the wins, but when you have the kind of streak I had, you can’t help but think about the numbers a little bit. So for a split second, yeah. But then reality set in. It was 4-2 with more than 10 minutes left, and I had to get my head straight and remember the priority, to get the win.

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Evening Line

It’s not a big hockey town, and for hockey to grab fans and ratings, this team needs to win and win big. After missing the playoffs for two seasons, changing GM and coaches and waiting for a new owner, they are not in the best place to draw fans. But, the leadership group in management believes they are moving in the right direction and that this is a problem that won’t be solved overnight. Their numbers are going up, and they hope that the crowds will get bigger as the season goes on. You can’t force people to talk about hockey, you have to make them want to talk about hockey.

-Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News responding the the question of what can be done to attract new fans in Dallas.  Read more Stars Q & A from Heika.

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Will Columbus Carry The Momentum Forward?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Hands up all you hockey fans who had the Columbus Blue Jackets winning seven of their first 11 games this season and, on the morning of Nov. 5, sitting with as many wins as the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks.

Yeah, didn’t think so. I know I certainly didn’t see it coming, either.

But before we all coronate the Jackets as this year’s version of the 2009-10 Phoenix Coyotes, a club that stunned the hockey world, understand that the Columbus GM himself isn’t sold just yet.

“We’re still a work in progress,” Howson told ESPN.com Wednesday. “We started strong last year, too, record-wise. So we’re not thinking we’re one of the better teams now. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us and the players know that. We’ve got a lot to prove. That’s our mindset.”

A closer look at the numbers reveals the basis for Howson’s hesitation.

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Pacioretty ruffles some feathers, Habs gear up for Buffalo

Interesting day on the farm in Habsland. Max Pacioretty, in a radio interview with Tony Marinaro of the Team 990, expanded on an RDS article that noted he’d rather stay in the AHL for the season than be called up to Montreal. Many interpret his comments as a slight against Jacques Martin, as he noted that former coach Guy Carbonneau gave him lots of confidence by reassuring him and working with him, yet under Martin every time he made a mistake he ended up on the fourth line.

Pacioretty commented that it is better for his development to play second line in Hamilton, even if he stays for the full year, than it is to play fourth line in Montreal. And you know what? That’s refreshing. Too often guys think they deserve to be in the NHL from the start, but as we know most need seasoning. For the record, Pacioretty and former college roommate Aaron Palushaj are tearing up Hamilton in the early going, with 12 points in ten games and nine points in five games respectively.

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Ryan Smyth Plays With Net Presence

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The area behind the net was Wayne Gretzky’s office, but the combat zone in front of opposing goaltenders has long been Smyth’s home. The Kings left wing routinely absorbs slashes across the hands and whacks on his back while chasing rebounds and deflections, and every scar is a badge of honor.

“That’s the way I’ve made a living. The puck’s got to end up toward the net so you might as well get your body there too,” he said. “And sometimes you have to pay a price. And in this case, I have over the years.”

After so many payments he’s approaching a great reward. Smyth will play the 999th game of his NHL career Thursday, and if all goes well, on Saturday will become the 256th NHL player to reach the 1,000-game milestone.

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Ruff Has Run Out of Buttons to Push

Buffalo isn’t a city known for feeling a lot of heat in November, but don’t tell that to coach Lindy Ruff and his 30th place hockey team.

The longest tenured bench boss in the NHL is getting desperate, and his solutions for pulling his befuddled group of underachievers out of the ditch aren’t working.  But it certainly hasn’t been for lack of trying.

He showed the captain a seat in the press box.  He benched one of his leading scorers for almost an entire 3rd period with his team down one goal.  He leapfrogged over his veteran backup goalie for a critical home game, with Ryan Miller injured, and started an AHL netminder with 1 game of NHL experience.

But the magic touch isn’t there.  Buffalo is in danger of missing the playoffs for the third time in four years, and things are now seriously starting to unravel a bit. 

Sabres fans that were booing Zdeno Chara and Daniel Alfredsson every time they touched the puck are now doing the same to Tim Connolly.  Ruff’s post-game press conferences are getting testy to the point where you’re waiting for him to go Tortorella on someone.

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Claude Giroux Beconing An All-Purpose Player

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Instead of fading into the background as so often happens to young players who have a spasm of success, Giroux has become the Flyers’ go-to guy when they need a big goal.

“He’s picked up where he’s left off. I just think he’s going to become better and better,” Laviolette said. “He’s become one of those guys who won’t really take a backseat to anyone now. He sees the ice as well as anyone on our team.”

Here’s an indication of how valuable Giroux is to a team that has all the tools to make another long playoff run next spring. When they are healthy, the Flyers are loaded with talented centers, yet Laviolette generally leaves Giroux at center and moves someone like Carter to the wing. That’s not to say Giroux cannot play the wing; he has, at times, moved up to play with Richards when Laviolette thinks the team needs a spark.

But Laviolette’s trust in Giroux to win a key faceoff and play smart defensive hockey to get things done at the most important of forward positions is a reflection of the young man’s growing maturity.

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The View From Van Hellemond

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

Andy Van Hellemond hasn’t worked for the NHL for more than six years. And although he doesn’t follow the pro game nearly as closely as he did as an on-ice referee or the director of NHL officiating, he doesn’t lack forceful opinions about the direction of the sport at its highest levels.

“I wouldn’t say that it’s (better),” Van Hellemond said when asked about today’s NHL product compared to the game in the 1970s and ’80s. “We had a lot of goals scored in our time. They changed the game to get more goals and (yet) we have these 1-0 and 2-0 and 2-1 games…and if they don’t change the goalie equipment, the game will always be like this.”

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Afternoon Line

“Fans, for the most part, aren’t very patient.  But I think they can see the development we’ve got going on here. A lot of these guys have been drafted by us, and we’re still waiting for other players to come up.”

-New York Rangers GM Glen Sather.  Much more from Sather by Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

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