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Report- Steve Bernier May Have Suffered A Broken Cheekbone

At the end of the game which Florida won 2-1.

20:00 Minnesota Brent Burns: 5 minutes, fighting
20:00 Minnesota Brent Burns: 10 minutes, game misconduct
20:00 Minnesota Cal Clutterbuck: 2 minutes, roughing
20:00 Florida Bryan Allen: 2 minutes, cross checking

Their are reports Burns also received a five minute major for the butt-end so the penalty log may change.

via George Richards tweet,

Steve Bernier has probable broken left cheekbone, alert and drinking water while loaded into ambulance

via Michael Russo tweet,

Brent Burns: “I didn’t mean to do that. He just came at me, and I think it was my glove that got him.”

added 11/13/10 at 4:29am, watch the video below…

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Evening Line

“All I really want to do is win the Stanley Cup.  Then I would be released. If we won, that’s the last game I’ll ever coach. Honest to God I would have no hesitation. That’s all I’ve ever wanted to do, to have my name on the Cup with my dad and my uncle. That’s honest to God how I feel.

“This is the team I grew up with. Punch Imlach was the last coach who won. That would be just the coolest thing in the world. I’m not about coming back the next year and having everybody pat me on the back, knowing I could be the mayor of Toronto. That doesn’t interest me at all. I could just quietly go away and have all of this satisfaction, knowing that this was something I dreamed about all of my life, this was something I managed to do, and now I can actually breathe.”

-Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson.  Read more from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail, including a man walking by Wilson while he was on the phone telling him this…

“You’re the worst [expletive] coach I’ve ever seen. You’re a [expletive] idiot.”

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Alex Ovechkin:  The Great

The DVD will be released next week, but watch a sneak preview now.

Amazon (affiliate link) has a great pre-order price on the DVD.

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Sutter Will Face Charges For Punching Cab Driver

from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,

Calgary Flames assistant general manager Jay Feaster said Friday that forward Brett Sutter will indeed face assault charges stemming from Thursday morning’s punch-throwing incident outside a Scottsdale, Ariz., nightclub.

“We have been informed that . . . the victim is going to follow through and press charges,” said Feaster, a lawyer by training. “So (Sutter) has been charged with assault-touched to injure. It’s a third-degree misdemeanour in Arizona. The next thing that’ll happen from a legal perspective is that a plea will have to be entered at a hearing on Nov. 30 in Scottsdale. Brett won’t have to be there in person. He can have legal counsel enter a plea for him.

“From an organization perspective, our first reaction is that this is highly out of — totally out of — character for this player. That’s not who or what Brett is. Obviously, it’s unfortunate we’re in this situation and it’s unfortunate for Brett.


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Voting Procedure For The NHL All-Stars

NEW YORK (November 12, 2010) – Starting November 15, fans around the world can vote for their top six All-Stars in the 2011 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting. For the fourth straight NHL® All-Star Game, the balloting process is entirely digital, offering sports’ most tech-savvy fans the ability to vote as often as they like via mobile devices and online at NHL.com/vote. In addition, fans this season can vote on Facebook (facebook.com/NHL), as the NHL All-Star fan voting process comes to the social networking platform for the first time.

Through Jan. 3, NHL fans will be able to select up to six players by position - three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender – without regard to the Conference in which their teams play for in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover in Raleigh, N.C. As part of a new format for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover, the three forwards, two defensemen and goalie with the most votes will be named first NHL All-Stars.

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Thinking Of Making A Coaching Change?

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

One month in, there was talk that Todd Richards (Minnesota), Ruff (Buffalo), Ron Wilson (Toronto) and John MacLean (New Jersey) were all variously on the hot seat. So far, no team has pushed any panic buttons, a stability that may or may not last, depending upon how desperate Devils’ general manager Lou Lamoriello is to get his slumping team turned around.

Sometimes, a coaching change does make a difference - especially when a coach’s voice and his message start to wear thin.

But here’s the flip side to ponder:

That quirky 8-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night notwithstanding, the St. Louis Blues are off to a great start (and had won seven in a row up until that point, four of them by shutout). How much of that had to do with coaching, past and present? Probably lots.

Last year, the Blues made a mid-season coaching change, dumping Andy Murray and replacing him with Davis Payne. Payne got the Blues turned around a little, but not enough to get them in the playoffs.

This year, the Blues are the first month’s surprise team, along with the Tampa Bay Lightning (who also have a new face behind the bench in Guy Boucher). Payne seems intelligent and organized and by the sounds of it, willing to play a more aggressive style than Murray, even if it isn’t evident in the Blues’ offensive production thus far.

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News from the Farm: 11/12/10

Time, once again, for a look at the top minor league affiliates for the NHL’s five Southeast Division franchises. We’ll get right into it today, beginning with last week’s results which, interestingly enough, saw a few of these clubs mix it up with each other:

Click for individual box scores

Friday, 11/05/10: Norfolk Admirals 3, Charlotte Checkers 2 (SO)
Norfolk goal-scorers: Marc-Antoine Pouliot (4), Johan Harju (6)
Charlotte goal-scorers: Drayson Bowman (1), Riley Nash (2)
Norfolk goaltenders (saves/shots): Cedrick Desjardins (26/28)
Charlotte goaltenders (saves/shots): Mike Murphy (27/29)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Drayson Bowman, CHA; 2 – Mike Murphy, CHA; 3 – Cedrick Desjardins, NOR

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Backes Signs Five Year Extension With Blues

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed forward David Backes to a five-year contract extension.

“David could have been an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season and we are excited that he has made the long term commitment to the Blues organization,” said Armstrong. “The way he handles himself on and off the ice represents what the Blues are all about.”

“I am ecstatic to have this deal signed and to be a Blue for many years to come,” said Backes. “My wife and I love this city and these fans have been nothing but great to us. This is a great organization to play for, from top to bottom, and we expect to be a top team in this league.”

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Do We Need More Goals?

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Goals per game through games played Nov. 10 were at 5.50, down slightly from the 5.53 teams scored in games played last season. It’s not the best comparison, looking at the results of 216 games this season against the 1,230 games played last season because trends can modify over the course of the season, but it is interesting to note scoring appears to be on the decline.

It’s not a dramatic dip, but it is an indication that defence is once again ruling the day in the NHL. Not only that, it is alarming how many players expected to be big producers for their teams, are having trouble finding the net.

Rick Nash, who led the NHL in goals in 2003-04 as a 19-year-old, has just six in 14 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Think that’s bad? Well, Michael Cammalleri, Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez have a combined eight goals for the Montreal Canadiens. Ouch!


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Ducks Respond To Wake-Up Call

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, T

he Ducks have won five straight games since their fiery GM spoke out, salvaging what appeared to be a second straight season headed to oblivion.

“Things have been going a little bit better,” star center Ryan Getzlaf told ESPN.com Thursday.

Players will often tell you they don’t read what’s in the media. That’s a lie, of course. And in this case, the Ducks players were fully aware what their GM said in the Orange County Register and Los Angeles Times. In particular, he said the head coach wasn’t going anywhere and it was the players that needed to fix this thing. Or else.

“We were definitely lagging in some areas of our game and not necessarily playing the way we needed to play,” Getzlaf said. “For some guys, maybe that was a wake-up call. But hopefully guys weren’t waiting around for our coach to get fired because that means you’re not doing very well.

“I think we’ve done a great job turning it around so far and responding to those comments.”


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