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from the Boston Bruins,
The Boston Bruins announced today that the third period in tonight’s game against the Atlanta Thrashers will be split, with the teams switching ends at the first stoppage in play after the 10-minute mark of the period….
The change in format is occurring due to incorrect markings on the West End (visitors bench side) of the TD Banknorth Garden Ice. In the West End, the two face-off dots are 24 feet from the goal line - four feet longer than NHL specifications. The corresponding face-off circles are also four feet further away from the goal line.
“Maybe it’s a good thing I’m not with Team Canada anymore. Because every time we saw Jarome, he was auditioning (and he’d score three or four). I’ve got the white flag now — tell him I’m not there. Go do it against Detroit.”
-Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky talking about Jarome Iginla. More on the Flames/Coyotes matchup tonight at Flames Insider.
Do you have plans to catch most of the hockey action beginning today (NHL schedule) at 4pm ET? Will you be surfing different games, or maybe just catching your team in action?
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Update 3:59pm (from Alanah):
Anyone wanting to throw some hockey-talk into their hockey-watching today can also check out Live From Gretzky’s from 4-6pm ET. Among others, they’ll be chatting with Ken Hitchcock, Oren Koules and Claude Lemeiux. Listen at XM Radio or on these online broadcasters.
from Eric Erlendsson of Bolts Report,
Now, as the Lightning get set to take on the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, Stamkos appears set to begin getting the 12-15 minutes of ice time Melrose has said he would like to give the rookie. During practice on Friday at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon, Stamkos was working on the top power play unit with Vinny Lecavalier, Vinny Prospal, Marty St. Louis and Paul Ranger.
Through the first six games, Stamkos has seen an average of 1:08 of ice time per game on the power play, with most of that coming on the second power play unit.
from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
On Friday, for example, Vigneault stepped out to go to the bank and everyone, it seemed, wanted to know what was ailing his team or was offering him advice.
“I had so many people asking what’s going on I was giving it the Reggie Dunlap line in the movie Slapshot,” Vigneault said with a laugh as he launched into his impersonation of Paul Newman’s character.
“‘Yeah, yeah yeah,’” Vigneault told the concerned citizenry at the bank. “‘We’re working on it right now.’”
from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,
Coyotes left wing Shane Doan got an unexpected result when he attempted to score against the Washington Capitals on Thursday night. His shot broke the puck in two pieces when it hit the glass, something that neither coach Wayne Gretzky nor Doan’s teammates remember ever seeing.
So how did he do it?
He flexed his biceps, then laughed.
The puck broke when it hit the partition in the glass.
And theory the the puck was traveling at 200 mph?
“Oh, it might have been,” he joked.
from Lynn Zinser of the New York Times,
Crosby’s life is full of photo shoots and commercials, slipping through back entrances to avoid crowds, and more news conferences than most political candidates. He has endorsement deals with Reebok and Gatorade, although he is used far more heavily in advertisements in his native Canada.
“We’ve seen television ratings increase in games he has been in, increased attendance where he plays,” said Brian Jennings, who is the league’s executive vice president for licensing and marketing. “He’s a powerful force.”
But the question is whether the N.H.L.’s promotion of Crosby is enough, whether one player in a medium-size market can lift the league.
from Joe O’Conner of the National Post,
Some things you get over. You move on, and life goes on, and the what-ifs just seem to melt away with the years. Graeme Townshend wishes he had scored 500 goals and played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League, instead of three goals and 45 NHL games….
Lake Charles is in Louisiana, in the Deep South—the Old South—where a Confederate flag is still often viewed as a symbol of states’ rights and better days….
Townshend did not know this when he moved his family into the house on Comanche Street in the town of Sulphur, a suburb of Lake Charles, in the summer of 1997. He only knew Sulphur was where “the best schools were,” and he wanted the best for Seth. He had no idea he would be the only black man in the neighbourhood. And over the next two years the Townshends would learn an indelible lesson about race relations in the Deep South—the Old South—where simple, plain-as-day facts, such as the colour of a man’s skin, mean everything.
from Jessica Bliss of the Tennessean,
Facing high expectations again this season, (Shea) Weber has rocketed out of the gate with three goals and five assists in Nashville’s first seven games, tying J.P. Dumont for the team lead in points and ranking second among all NHL defensemen in scoring.
The performance has inspired teammate Jason Arnott to slap an all-star label on the 23-year-old Canadian, and experts around the league see the same potential. Although Weber may not rank with elite defensemen such as Nicklas Lidstrom, he doesn’t appear too far from it.
“I don’t think there’s anyone in hockey that doubts his potential anymore,” said Mike Brophy, hockey analyst for Rogers Sportsnet. “He is a force. He has arrived as a bona-fide top-end defenseman.”
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
Goaltending was the Sabres’ vital component this year. Miller was a one-man workhorse last season and wore down after Ruff lost faith in Jocelyn Thibault. But the stellar starts by the new combination have Buffalo enjoying a 6-0-1 record.
“We’ve got two great goaltenders, and they’re both great guys, and they get along great. What more could you ask for?” Ruff said. “It’s healthy competition.”
The netminders are feeding off each other. Lalime sees Miller make 25 saves and follows with 35. Miller has little choice but to respond with a pair of 30-save performances.
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