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Video- Halak With The Save Of The Night

Jaroslav Halak first with the pad, then the toe of his skate to keep the game tied late in the 3rd period.

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Kings Not Happy With Goal Call

from Rich Hammond at Kings.com,

Irate after a video review failed to overturn a second-period goal by the Phoenix Coyotes, Kings general manager Dean Lombardi and coach Terry Murray publicly called out the NHL review crew in Toronto after the Kings’ 2-0 loss to the Coyotes.

The disputed play took place 8:48 into the second period of a then-scoreless game. Phoenix’s Martin Hanzal, stationed in front the net, lifted his stick and knocked the puck out of the air and past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.

On-ice officials immediately called it a good goal, and after a video review of more than five minutes, the crew in Toronto, led by Mike Murphy, the NHL’s senior vice president of hockey operations, ruled that the goal would stand.

“When the guy in Toronto making the decisions on the goals, in Ottawa and the one tonight, wanted the G.M.‘s job in L.A. and was not happy about not getting it, you have to assume you are going to get those type of calls,’’ Lombardi said. “However, we have put ourselves in a position where these calls have a monumental effect on our season, and we’re going to have to find a way out of it ourselves.’‘


I saw the goal live and honestly, I felt whatever was ruled on the ice is the way Toronto would see it, it was that close.  You can watch the goal in real-time and slow motion below…

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Tomas Fleischmann Out For The Season With Pulmonary Emboli

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that forward Tomas Fleischmann will miss the remainder of the 2010-11 season due to pulmonary emboli.

“The nature of his condition requires him to be on blood thinners for several months and he will be unable to play hockey during this time,” said Avalanche team physician Dr. David Mellman. “Tomas’ condition was discovered this afternoon when he was evaluated for shortness of breath.”

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All Quiet On The Trade Front

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

“There’s nothing going on,” said one NHL executive who requested anonymity. “Nothing. The CBA was good for our business in a lot of way. This is one area where it’s been bad for business.”


With the Feb. 28 trade deadline now six weeks away, there is an acute lack of activity and trade intel around the league and little reason to think that’s going to change. Oh sure, there are deals, some 19 since the start of the season. But most of those have involved depth players.

The big deals — the trades which can alter the direction of a franchise, the trades which capture the fans’ imaginations — have all but disappeared and the game has lost something has a result.


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Niittymaki Goes On IR

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

While virtually everybody was focused on Kyle Wellwood and Ben Eager this morning, Antero Niittymaki suffered a lower body injury and has been placed on injured reserve.

And because the Sharks could not get one of their own goaltenders in the minors here in time for tonight’s game, Jordan White — a netminder with the University of British Columbia — will be serving as Antti Niemi’s backup.


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Canucks Winning But Is It The Right Way?

from Ben Kuzma of The White Towel,

The Canucks are winning collectively with a conference leading 29-10-7 record, but are losing individually with indifferent play. Jeff Tambellini and Manny Malhotra haven’t scored in 11 games, Raffi Torres has been blanked in 10, Mason Raymond in nine and Jannik Hansen in eight games. All this from a team that’s third in NHL scoring and second on the power play.

“If the playoffs come tomorrow, are we ready for it?,” asked Samuelsson, who has eight goals and is on pace for just 17 compared to a career-high 30 last season. “I don’t know. If you ask guys around the lockerroom if they feel good about themselves, it’s maybe half the team. We have to improve as a team like that. We have to believe in each other and to know what to do in all situations. That’s how I look at. We’ve been winning a lot of games, but have we been improving as a team? That’s what we’ve got to ask ourselves.”


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Glenncross Doesn’t Expect Punishment From The NHL

from John Down of Flames Insider,

Curtis Glencross doesn’t expect any additional punishment from the five-minute major he received for running Minnesota defenceman Clayton Stoner into the end boards early in the second period.

“I don’t think so,” he said. “I think I would have got a call already from the league.”

Glencross felt like he was hung out to dry on the play as he tried to outleg Stoner for a loose puck.

“When you’re going in as hard as you can on a guy on the forecheck and all of a sudden he stops, you put yourself in a tough spot,” he said. “Obviously I didn’t mean too . . . it wasn’t intentional or anything like that. It was just kind of a fresk thing. You hate to see it . . . obviously you don’t mean it to happen, but it happens.”

more on the Flames and if you missed the hit, watch it here...

added 6:27pm, via John Shannon tweet,

Curtis Glencross hit with $2500 fine for Boarding Major against Wild’s Stoner.

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99 Closing In On 50

from Bruce Cheadle of the CP at the Toronto Star,

The tousle-headed kid who turned the hockey world on its ear is hitting 50.

Wayne Gretzky, Canada’s male athlete of the 20th century, trips the half-century odometer on Jan. 26, a memory milestone that may pack as much impact for an aging generation of Canadian baby-boomers as for the retired hockey god himself.

If 50 is the age of introspection and taking stock, Gretzky could serve as a case study of what we’d like to think it means to be Canadian:

Fiercely competitive but humble; self-assured without swagger; instantly recognizable yet somehow chameleon-like; bland but not boring; fabulously wealthy without ostentation; a non-aggressor who punches well above his weight.


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Kings Place Sturm On IR

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have recalled forward Andrei Loktionov from the Ontario Reign (ECHL) and have placed forward Marco Sturm on the injured reserve list (lower body injury – retroactive to January 18), Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. 

Loktionov, 20, started this season with the Kings and played in seven games, recording two points (1-1=2) and two penalty minutes.  He was assigned to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League on November 2 and in 31 games with the Monarchs he has 31 points (8-23=31).  His 31 points are tied for second on the club and his 23 assists are tied for first.  He also leads the Monarchs with a plus-15 rating, he is tied for second with 100 shots and he is tied for first in short-handed goals with one.

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Vinny Lecavalier, 100 Games at a Time

I’ve been stuck in stats mode of late – something not at all uncommon for me when the creative juices are otherwise limited for whatever reason. There’s plenty of material to work with on the horizon, however, as I’ll be traveling to Raleigh next Thursday to cover All-Star Weekend festivities (stay tuned for specific announcements on coverage plans there) and two meetings between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Atlanta Thrashers to capture my attention between now and then.

Before the first of those contests tonight in Atlanta, Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier celebrating his 900th regular season game in Tuesday night’s win over Columbus meant he’d become the focus of my latest number-crunching. The 900-game milestone pushed me to take another look at offensive production throughout his career; this time, in nine 100-game segments.

Of course, Vinny’s been overanalyzed from every angle and by every method imaginable over the course of his career, particularly since signing an enormous, 11-year, $85-million contract extension in the summer of 2008, and these days, the official team stance seems to be that what Lecavalier brings to the Lightning involves far more than just point totals.

To that end, all parties seem pleased this season. Lecavalier certainly seems much happier than in recent years, despite missing 16 games to a hand injury, and the coaching staff and front office has continually lauded his evolution into a more well-rounded player.

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