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Leafs Lose So Time To Talk Trades

from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,

The Leafs performance in Thursday’s 3-2 loss to Columbus was disturbing enough to prompt serious talk among observers that it’s time for GM Brian Burke to make a trade to help his troubled team.

Burke, of course, does not listen to media rants and won’t be swayed by them. But Thursday’s disappointment certainly carried the point home in large part because it further deflated an almost flat hope that this roster can do very much to rescue a playoff berth.

So, with 46 games left on the schedule, and little belief outside the dressing room that this roster can salvage at least a drive for the playoffs, the focus turns to what can be done to bolster that belief.


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Desjardins Leads Lightning Past Canadiens in NHL Debut

A little pre-game surprise added to the excitement and anticipation for tonight’s game between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning as goaltender Cedrick Desjardins was announced late as the Lightning’s starter, making his NHL debut against the organization with which he spent parts of four seasons before coming to Tampa Bay in an off-season trade.

Lightning head coach Guy Boucher insisted, however, that his decision on a goaltender for tonight’s game had nothing to do with a Desjardins vs. Montreal scenario. Rather, it was quite the opposite.

“That was the right time because our streak was over,” Boucher said of a Lightning run of six wins in seven games and points in eight straight prior to Tuesday’s loss to Boston. “I almost didn’t start him because it was the Canadiens.”

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  Tags: cedrick+desjardins, guy+boucher, steven+stamkos

Video- The Stamkos Spin Penalty Shot

Stamkos with the spin to score on Carey Price tonight.

added 10:17pm, a more complete video can be watched below…

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Video- Is This What You Call A Southern Wedding?

During the 1st intermission of tonight’s Boston/Atlanta game.

added 10:23pm, if you really want to watch the full wedding ceremony, check it out below…

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At Least The Puck Didn’t Hit Her In The Head

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

The wife of winger Ryan Shannon — who was in a lower-bowl seat at a sold-out Scotiabank Place watching a 4-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes — went home with a special souvenir from the “four or five” posts the Senators hit.

Against all odds, the gift was from her husband.

“When I hit the crossbar, the puck went over the netting and landed on my wife’s lap,” Shannon said Thursday of the third-period scoring chance. “She’s got a bruise on her left thigh. She was pissed off. She’s like, ‘I’ve got a bone to pick with you.’

“Out of 20,000 people, it hit my wife.”


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Evening Line

“If I have to say anything to the players on New Year’s Eve, they’re in the wrong business.  Then you’ll know right away what kind of character you’ll have on the team. Of course young guys want to go out, but this is a one o’clock game the next day and it’s the most important game for hockey this side of the playoffs. If they’re out, I would be extremely disappointed.”

-Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau on his team partying on New Year’s Eve, via Capitals Insider.

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Rolston Was Hoping For A New Start

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Feeling unwanted and like “a sacrificial lamb”, yet still undeterred, Brian Rolston is ready to return to the Devils and do whatever is asked of him.

Rolston, 37, does not hide the was hoping to be claimed off re-entry waivers by another team, but knows his contract, which has an additional season left on it after this season – actual salary of $5 million and cap hit of $5,062,500 – was too big an obstacle, even at half price.

“It’s disappointing I didn’t get picked up for sure,” Rolston told me. “The fact of the matter is my second year was the sticking point at $2.5 (million). You saw in free agency this summer that teams aren’t really willing. I think they ask about the money before they ask about who the player is. It’s the economic times. It’s disappointing for sure. I was hoping to get a new start somewhere, but I’m just going to continue on here.

“I’m in no different position than I was at the beginning. I’m not sure if this is all necessary, but it’s the business.”


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Media Members Test the Ice at Heinz Field

See? Now here’s exactly why next year I may opt to cover the Winter Classic instead of the All-Star Game: For the chance to exhibit my skating prowess alongside my fellow media types, of course!

From ESPN.com:

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Getzlaf Placed on IR With Multiple Sinus Fractures

Via TSN:

Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf has been placed on injured reserve after a CT scan showed multiple nasal sinus fractures in his face.

Getzlaf took a puck to the forehead during Anaheim’s 3-1 win in Phoenix on Tuesday night.

He will undergo additional tests with a specialist on Friday to determind further treatment and to estimate how long Getzlaf might be out of the Ducks’ lineup.



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NHL Expects Winter Classic to Go On as Scheduled

From CBC Sports:

The NHL expects the Winter Classic to be held as scheduled at 1 p.m. ET on New Year’s Day.

NHL chief operating officer John Collins says the outdoor game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals (airing live on CBC and CBCSports.ca) will go ahead as planned at Heinz Field.

Saturday’s weather forecast is calling for rain showers and warm temperatures.

However, Collins says the league remains optimistic that it will be played.


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