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Early All-Star Game Voting Results Are In

from NHL.com,

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith are the leaders in the first week of voting in the 2011 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, presented by XM with 118,755 and 82,968 votes, respectively. Rounding out the top five in votes are team captains Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings with 80,723 votes, Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals with 80,169 votes and Jonathan Toews of the Blackhawks with 79,953 votes. More than 3.62 million votes have been cast to date.


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Wild Claim Patrick O’Sullivan

RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that forward Patrick O’Sullivan has been claimed on waivers by the Minnesota Wild.

“We’re happy that Patrick is getting an opportunity, which didn’t arise here because of the play of Sergei, Jussi and Jeff,” said Rutherford. “For him to be successful, he has to play in the top nine, and that spot did not open up for him here.”

O’Sullivan, 25, has scored one goal in 10 games with the Hurricanes this season. He has two penalty minutes and is minus-1 in those games, averaging 8:51 in ice time per game. Signed by the Hurricanes as a free agent on the opening day of training camp, O’Sullivan has totaled 55 goals and 95 assists (150 points) in 290 career NHL games with Los Angeles, Edmonton and Carolina.

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Video- Top Goals At The Quarter Pole

Three minutes of the top goals from the start of the season.

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Not The Ovechkin We Know

from Stu Hackel of the Red Light at Sports Illustrated,

What’s wrong with Alex Ovechkin?

Ovie has been Novie more often than not lately. Last night in New Jersey was the fourth game in his last six in which he didn’t register a point. Perhaps not coincidentally, three of those four games were on the road. Overall in those six games, he’s produced a goal and two assists and is a minus-3.

continued plus other hockey topics…

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Say Goodbye To The Wood Stick

from Ian Walker of the Vancouver Sun,

There is no longer a single NHL player wielding the true meaning of the word twig. Like zero. Zilch. Zip.

Even more upsetting is there probably will never be again.

“It’s the end of an era,” said Phoenix Coyotes defenceman Adrian Aucoin, one of the last holdouts, who switched last season. “In my case, Reebok changed factories with their shaft and the wood stick they produce now is a completely different stick. It was just not close to what I used to. I wasn’t so thrilled about it, but times change and you have to move on.”

The same thing happened to Ottawa Senators centre Jason Spezza when his brand of choice, Sherwood-Drolet, decided to farm out the mass production of wooden sticks to such far-flung places as Estonia and China in order to concentrate on the production of composite models.

Same goes for 24-year-old Paul Stastny, the last of the Luddites. The Colorado Avalanche centre switched from a Sherwood wooden to a Sherwood one-piece at the start of this season.


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The Bolts Beat, 11/23/10:

On the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, JJ makes a cameo, live from Epcot and the gang discusses the week gone by for the Tampa Bay Lightning and touches on several leaguewide issues as well, including the credentialing mess between the New York Islanders and Chris Botta and much more.


Have a listen…

Continue Reading »

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Uh-Oh AO

from Corey Masisak of the CSNWashington,

A group of media members were waiting for Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau outside the Washington dressing room for his post-game press conference. Majority owner Ted Leonsis and general manager George McPhee were about 20 feet away toward where the Capitals’ team bus awaited. Ovechkin and Kovalchuk were conversing in the hallway between the two locker rooms about 10 feet from where Boudreau would be speaking.

Both players appeared to be in good spirits, laughing and smiling with each other. It was a stark contrast to how somber Ovechkin was when he addressed reporters a few minutes earlier. Other players were leaving the dressing room for the bus having already showered and in their suits as Ovechkin—in a T-shirt and shorts—talked to Kovalchuk.

Alexander Semin came out of the room and turned right toward the bus when Ovechkin yelled for him. Semin gave him a disgruntled look, but capitulated and joined them in the discussion.

A minute or so later, Boudreau walked out to assume his place in front of the media. Already upset, he glanced to where Ovechkin, Semin and Kovalchuk were standing and he looked displeased.

more and PuckDaddy weighs in too…

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, alexander+semin

No Goalie Controversy For The Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Martin Biron got the start in nets for the second straight game when the Rangers faced the Flames last night at the Garden, but head coach John Tortorella made it abundantly clear that Henrik Lundqvist remains the club’s unchallenged No. 1 goaltender.

No controversy here.

“This is not a two-goalie system; it isn’t a 1 and 1A, it’s not that Marty is playing well so we’re going to rotate; that is not going to happen,” Tortorella said during the club’s morning skate. “Hank is our No. 1 goaltender, no question, and we’re going to ride him.

“He has to be the backbone of this team for us to get where we want to go.”


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Discussing the Staal Hit On Stajan

The hockey guys of Hockey Central at Sportsnet debate the Staal hit on Stajan.  Blindside hit or not?

Watch the hit here if you missed it earlier.

Also, Vicki Hall of Flames Insider turned to Twitter to take a small sampling of what some hockey people thought of the hit.

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  Tags: marc+staal, matt+stajan

Big Buff Or The Perfect Human?

Each week hockey columnist Scott Morrison and his protegé, senior hockey writer Tim Wharnsby, exchange (mostly) friendly banter on the latest storylines in the NHL.

1. Who would you rather have on your team, Dustin Byfuglien or Nicklas Lidstrom? Both defencemen are off to terrific starts to the season that is nearing the first-quarter pole.

WHARNSBY: In the short-term, of course, I would rather have the future Hockey Hall of Famer in 40-year-old Lidstrom in the lineup. He has been rejuvenated by the Detroit Red Wings early playoff exit last spring. But if my team was not a contender and I was rebuilding a roster, the 25-year-old Byfuglien would be my guy. It’s hard to ignore his league-leading four game-winning goals, and his seven goals in 21 games is tops among defencemen.

MORRISON: How do you say no to Lidstrom? He is still going strong and may win another Norris this season. And he looks like he could play a few more seasons. He is so fit and so smart on the ice.

continue plus Morrison and Wharnsby respond to more questions…

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  Tags: dustin+byfuglien, nick+lidstrom

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