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Lightning Fall on Long Island as Roloson Shines (Plus, Holiday Greetings from JJ)

The Tampa Bay Lightning came into Wednesday night’s meeting with the New York Islanders with a chance to move into sole possession of first place in the NHL’s Southeast Division.

They left with an overtime loss to the league’s worst team, spoiling a second consecutive solid performance from goaltender Dan Ellis, who stopped 26 saves in defeat.

Dwayne Roloson stood out in goal for New York, turning aside 34 of 35 Lightning shots, John Tavares posted the game-winner and the Islander penalty killers were excellent, neutralizing Tampa Bay with the extra man on five of six opportunities.

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  Tags: dan+ellis, dwayne+roloson, john+tavares, ryan+malone

Datsyuk Out With Hand/Wrist Injury UPDATE Broken Hand For Datsyuk

via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk appeared to injure his right hand or wrist after tripping over former teammate Mikael Samuelsson in front of the Vancouver net with about 1:30 to play in the first period.

He landed awkwardly on his hand.

The team said he will not return to the game and gave no further details. Datsyuk likely was taken for X-rays.

added 10:25pm, via Elliotte Friedman tweet,

Babcock says Datsyuk broken hand 4 weeks

added 10:31pm, video of the Datsyuk injury below…

added 10:53pm, from Bill Roose of RedWings.com,

“He’s got a broken hand or wrist, or something like that,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “He’ll be out about four weeks.”


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  Tags: pavel+datsyuk

Ownership Issue Settled In Atlanta

Atlanta, GA, December 22, 2010—The lawsuit among the owners of the Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Thrashers has been settled.  Terms of the settlement are confidential.  Going forward, Michael Gearon and Bruce Levenson will serve as managing partners of the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Thrashers and Philips Arena.

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Christmas Presents

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Have you all been good little boys and girls this year?

I know I have, so I expect lots of good stuff under the tree Christmas day. As for the rest of the hockey world, well, some have been good and some have been, uh, not so good. With that in mind, here are a few gift suggestions:

To the Atlanta Thrashers: A new home; someplace where people actually like hockey and will acknowledge the great improvement in the team.

To the San Jose Sharks: A leader.

To John Tavares: A fresh start with a real NHL team.

To Zack Parise: A home, in New Jersey or elsewhere, where he can be happy, expressive and appreciated.


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Scored On Brodeur

Martin Brodeur has given up 2,401 NHL goals.  How many were the first NHL goal for a player?

Any guesses before you find out the answer?

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Will The Franchise Goalie Please Stand Up

from Ryan Dixon of The Hockey News,

You’d be tempted to throw that designation on a few goalies today, perhaps somebody like Buffalo’s Ryan Miller or Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff or even Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury. But the problem with bestowing that kind of praise on a goalie who’s still strapping on the pads two to three times a week is, if you’re watching close enough, you’re going to see the warts. Hindsight has a way of distorting reality and the simple fact is, even though we tend to romanticize how bulletproof some of hockey’s power puckstoppers are or were, it really is one volatile position.

Miller looked about as good as a goalie can look last year, but this season his win total is tied for 14th in the league, his goals-against average is 18th and his save percentage ranks tied for 19th.


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Wang & Snow On The NHL Hour Tomorrow

NEW YORK (December 22, 2010) – New York Islanders owner Charles Wang and general manager Garth Snow will be tomorrow’s guests on NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman on NHL.com and SIRIUS XM Radio at 6 p.m. ET.

    Wang, who became the Club’s majority owner in 2004 and Snow, who is in his fifth season as the team’s general manager, will talk all things Islanders including the numerous players representing the Club at the World Junior tournament and some of the Islanders’ charitable initiatives over the holiday season.

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Brodeur Wants To Remain A Devil

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

It’s all been pure speculation and guessing from the outside so far, but, for the first time in his 20-plus years in the Devils’ organization the speculation and guessing has brought up goaltender Martin Brodeur’s name.

Brodeur made it clear today that he has no interest in jumping ship as the Devils head toward the most disappointing season in team history.

“I want to stay,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate to play on some great teams here. I’‘m not going to quit now. It might be the right way to think about it, but at the end of the day it could be out of my hands. But, personally, I don’t think I’ll be going anywhere this season or next season. I’d love to finish my career here.”


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Burke Wants To Make Player Personnel Changes

from Vinay Menon of the Toronto Star,

Burke is not sleeping these days, something I’ve heard from a few people. His team is not performing the way he expected. It’s been a season full of, well, equine excrement.

And so on behalf of Leaf fans everywhere, your humble emissary starts asking questions.

What has gone wrong? What are the objectives of management at this point? What can we expect in the new year? Can this team turn things around without an intervention? Or to paraphrase Chris Martin, why should we not panic?

“I think this group has established to my satisfaction that we’re not going to come out of this without some outside help,” concedes Burke. “We’re not looking at a coaching change. So we have to see if we can make a player personnel change.

“We’re at a critical point of the schedule where most of the games are against Eastern conference teams. We need some regulation wins if we’re going to get back in there. And we haven’t seen the progress that we’d like to see. So we’re looking to be active again as soon as we come out of the trade freeze.”


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Talking Calgary

Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun debate whether it’s time to blow up the current plan in Calgary and move into “rebuild” mode.

Burnside: When do the roosters come home to roost? This is a poorly constructed team with little in the way of young talent in the pipeline, but they do have assets that would generate significant interest from other teams, most notably Jarome Iginla, even though he has two more years at $7 million a pop. Is it time to start thinking big picture and asking players like Iginla if they’d like a ticket off the sinking ship?

LeBrun: If I were the Flames, I would blow this thing up, putting both Iginla and goalie Miikka Kiprusoff on the market. Those are the two fan favorites, I know, but you need to restock your system with assets and that’s the way to start it. The Los Angeles Kings would be interested in Iginla and they wouldn’t be alone. He’d look great in Montreal, as well.

The question is whether Iggy, who has a no-movement clause, would want to leave. His play really picked up earlier this season when Flames management told him he wasn’t going to be moved. Does that suggest he wants to stay put? Perhaps he believes he will outlast the Sutter brothers? The other thing to remember with Iginla is, he has those two years left at $7 million per. That’s a big consideration if you’re another NHL team looking at him.


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