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Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (November 1, 2010)—Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas, San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Oct. 31.

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Briere Suspended Three Games

via Philadelphia Flyers tweet,

GM Paul Holmgren confirms that Danny Briere has received a 3 game suspension from the NHL

Miss the cross-check?  Watch it here.

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 11/01/10 - Plus Thoughts on Tampa’s Continued Hot Start and Stamkos Contract Talk

Perhaps you enjoyed a day of rest from NHL hockey yesterday. Or, more likely, you were angered, annoyed or even lost at some point last night, with not a shot on goal to be had anywhere. (Or maybe, even, you were like me: Incensed at an awful showing in your weekly football picks – and I mean awful – and left without the catharsis of switching to a different sport at day’s end, left only to the comfort of Dexter and his serial-killing ways… Whatever the case may be, we (or I, that is) have some catching up to do with JJ’s Three Cheers overdue from Friday and Saturday.

Now then, quickly, from Friday first:

***Cheers to Atlanta’s Dustin Byfuglien, whose transition back to defense has gone quite well in his new home. On Friday night, Byfuglien netted the O.T. winner in fantastic fashion for Atlanta, on an end-to-end rush reminiscent of legendary offensive defensemen of years gone by, to top Buffalo 4-3. (I’ll link it twice, actually, because you need to make sure you’ve seen this play.)

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Markov returns, second line sputters, questions linger

The Montreal Canadiens wrapped up the weekend with a 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday night. The Habs were playing their third game in four nights and looked the part, wearing down fairly early and fading as the third period went on.

However, more important than the outcome for most Habs fans was the return of Andrei Markov. The best defenceman in Montreal returned Saturday to record five shots but was unable to get on the scoresheet as he was eased back into the lineup. Markov was paired with PK Subban, playing an impressive 23:03 in his return.

Second line blues

Montreal has had a good start to the year, but their major challenge continues to be a lack of secondary scoring. Namely, second line scoring, in that Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta have been virtually invisible when it comes to offence. Gionta is perhaps the most snake bitten player in the NHL this year, having scored only once on forty-four shots.

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All-Time Power Forwards

from The Hockey News,

While players from years gone by – from Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull to Terry O’Reilly and Clark Gillies – have displayed the hard-nosed style that typifies the power forward position, this list is reserved for the men who skated during or after the label entered hockey’s vernacular:

And the definition of a power forward was born with Boston Bruins brawler-sniper Cam Neely. In the late 1980s and early ‘90s, the right winger ruled the NHL as a physical force who was a devastating bodychecker, feared fighter and skilled scorer. One of only nine NHLers to score 50 goals in 50 games – needing only 44 injury-plagued games in 1993-94 – Neely was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.

10. Tim Kerr
Hard to believe this four-time 50-goal man went undrafted.

9. John LeClair
‘Legion of Doom’ member had back-to-back-to-back 50-goal campaigns.

read on

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Flyers Returning To Form

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

So far, the positives outweigh the negatives. Consider:

The rebuilt defense has been solid, as advertised.

Rookie Sergei “Bob” Bobrovsky, demonstrating great lateral quickness, is blossoming into the Flyers’ goalie of the future - and perhaps present. Bobrovsky, who is 5-2 with a 2.45 goals-against average and .917 save percentage, has gotten a chance because of an injury to starter Michael Leighton. He has made the most of that opportunity.

The penalty kill, with Blair Betts and Darroll Powe doing a lot of the dirty work, has been among the league’s best (seventh in the NHL, with an 87.9 success rate).

The line of Danny Briere centering Scott Hartnell and Ville Leino has been the team’s best unit - just as it was in the 2010 postseason.

Center Claude Giroux, who leads the NHL with three shorthanded goals, is establishing himself as one of the league’s elite young players.


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Hitchcock In the Shadows

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The NHL season stretches for 1,230 games over six months, and the landscape of the league is constantly shifting in fits and starts, sometimes dramatically. Upon this first day of a new month, here is a look at the initial time-lapse photographs of 2010-11. The first snapshot includes Ken Hitchcock.

Hitchcock has been wending through western Canada, putting his eyeballs on assorted NHL and major- and minor-junior teams. He has also been catching up on his reading, focusing on the game and its place in Canadian culture and poring through the work of hockey/cultural writers such as Ken Dryden, James Duthie and Roy MacGregor.

“I’ve spent so much time in the U.S. over the past two decades,” Hitchcock said, “I needed to catch up on being Canadian.”

On one hand, the Blue Jackets’ deposed coach and erstwhile scout appears only on the periphery of the first snapshots of the season. But he is edging toward front and center. A number of teams - New Jersey, Ottawa, Anaheim and Buffalo, among others - broke slowly in October. There are rumblings of coaches who might have to worry about job security. As soon as something opens, Hitchcock will be mentioned as a potential candidate. Already, his name has floated over Minnesota.


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The Best NHL Combo

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood, who grew up an Edmonton Oilers fan, wonders how much more impressive Datsyuk and Zetterberg’s point totals would have been during the NHL’s wide-open offensive era of the 1980s and early ‘90s.

“I grew up watching (Wayne) Gretzky and (Jari) Kurri, those two can both pass, so I compare Pav and Z to them,’’ Osgood said. “Different era, but kind of the same combination. Obviously, (Gretzky and Kurri) are going to get more points. The game was a lot more wide open, not as good defensively back in the ‘80s.

“But if you handicap that, those two (Datsyuk and Zetterberg) would have just as many points in the ‘80s as those two (Gretzky and Kurri), for sure.’‘

Datsyuk and Zetterberg formed the most potent one-two punch in the league in 2007-08, with 97 and 92 points, respectively. Osgood believes there is no better duo in the game.

“You can say (Pittsburgh’s Evgeni) Malkin and (Sidney) Crosby, you say a lot of other guys, but (Datsyuk and Zetterberg) are the best combination there is in the league,’’ Osgood said.

more Wings talk…

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Don’t Blame The Goalie

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

There’s a peculiar ethic in the world of professional hockey that I’ve never fully understood relating to NHL goaltenders and their responsibility for a given win or a loss.

No matter how badly a goalie plays, no matter how much of a factor they are in any given defeat, no coach will ever say ‘tonight’s loss is our goalie’s fault.’ They might say something to the effect that “our netminder might have liked a couple of those back” but that is almost as far any coach, even the most critical of coaches, will go.

In a roundabout way, this brings us to the mini-tempest in a teapot that has revolved around the Calgary Flames these past few days. On Thursday night, the Flames held a series of leads over the Colorado Avalanche, but couldn’t hold them and ultimately lost a 6-5 decision. Afterwards, coach Brent Sutter was steaming about players not buying into the system and saying things like ‘our best players weren’t very good’ – essentially laying the blame for the defeat on everybody but the culprit that night, rookie goaltender Henrik Karlsson.

Now Karlsson is an interesting case study.


Although this is Calgary specific, I am sure you could put just about any NHL team in this position.

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Bolts Stay Fresh

from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

A day after putting together their best defensive effort of the season in a 3-0 victory over the Coyotes, players were the beneficiary of one of Guy Boucher’s basic coaching rules:

Keep your players fresh — “If you ask guys to play a very high-paced game, they have to have the juice to do it,” he said — and keep them wanting more.

“When you go to the rink every day, you’re not hungry to get there,” he added. “It’s a routine, and I hate routines. Sometimes you are a slave to a routine, and I don’t want that for our team.”

So, Boucher is diligent about giving players down time. In five of the past 15 days, they did not have to report to the rink. Against the Thrashers on Oct. 22, the second of back-to-back games, there was no morning workout, nor was there one before Wednesday’s game with the Penguins.


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