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Kings Winning With Plan B

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

They’re winning because Jonathan Quick arrived at camp in better shape, ready to fight off the talented Jonathan Bernier as the Kings’ starting goalie. So far, Quick is 3-0-0, with a 0.97 goals-against average and .963 save percentage.

They’re also winning because Plan B in the post-Kovalchuk recruitment might be better than Plan A.

They’ve played strong defense, allowing six goals in four games. The penalty kill has been outstanding, killing off 18-of-20 power plays.

Mitchell is paired with Drew Doughty, and last year’s free-agent addition Rob Scuderi is paired with Jack Johnson. It gives Murray a poised veteran with each of his developing franchise defensemen.

The balance is paying off.

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Not Sure What Malhotra Saw

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

“I just think the fan got a little bit too involved,” Malhotra said. “There’s just no place for that in our game.

“There’s boundaries that should never be crossed. We’re in our area of work. We are all for the hootin’ and hollerin’ and supporting your team and saying whatever is tasteful out there. But as soon as you cross that line and want to become physical with a player, we have to make sure we take care of ourselves and we’re protected.”

Initial replays do not back up Malhotra. The video shows Rypien lunging from the bench area into the stands and at the fan who was just clapping, and maybe jawing at Malhotra.

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  Tags: manny+malhotra, rick+rypien

Video- Rick Rypien May Be Facing A Suspension

The Canucks Rick Rypien grabbed a fan after leaving the bench.

added 11:16pm, What happened just prior to the incident?  Rypien was involved in a fight with Brad Staubitz which can be seen below.

I just turned the channel and missed the action, but I think Rypien was being lead to the dressing room when the incident above broke out.

added 11:21pm, The fight video below was from earlier in the game.  You can actually see what happened by watching the second video below…

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  Tags: rick+rypien

Ryan Suter Leaves Game With Lower Body Injury

A hard check was delivered to Suter by the Flames Cory Sarich.  It was a shoulder to shoulder type of hit, but you can see it was almost a knee on knee hit too.

added 11:11pm, via Joshua Cooper tweet,

Trotz on Suter’s lower-body injury: “No, not too serious, he may miss a little bit of time here, but nothing major.”

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  Tags: cory+sarich, ryan+suter

NHL Moving Slowly When It Comes To Brain Injuries

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Pro football and hockey have never been that honest about it. They’ve hidden behind tradition and testosterone, portrayed ugly moments as isolated incidents.

Now, that approach has backed up on both sports in such a way that neither can ignore the problem of blows to the head and brain injuries.

The best they can do is continue to attempt to drag their feet and preach “caution.”

Brain injuries are not only widely prevalent, it’s clear there are players in both of these great team sports who are trained to create physical contact in a way that optimizes the possibility that an opponent will suffer from brain trauma.

They don’t even think it’s wrong.

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A Little Early To Mention Leafs & Playoffs

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

After five games, the Leafs have nine of them now, a nice jump out of the starting gate that, if the effort and attitude that has led to it continue, will be huge when the playoff math starts to get interesting.

That’s right, just five games into the season, we are going to use Maple Leafs and playoffs in the same sentence.

Ridiculous? Perhaps, given the sample size is still a little light at just five games and the book on the new, improved (and fast) Maple Leafs is rapidly circulating around the NHL.

Relevant? You can make a case for it.

Again, with a caveat that it is only five games, you can make the argument that the Leafs need only to play .500 hockey the rest of the season to make the Eastern Conference playoffs for the first time in what then would be six seasons.

We will round down and say, for example, that Ron Wilson’s crew wins 38 of their remaining 77 games. With the nine points they have right now, that gets them to 85, plus whatever they accumulate in overtime or shootout losses.

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Quiet week in Montreal

It’s a pretty quiet week in Montreal, given that the Canadiens don’t play until Thursday night. The most notable move today in practice was the insertion of Tom Pyatt on the wing with Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta, as Jacques Martin searches for reliable scoring from his second line. As you may recall, the Habs have already had Benoit Pouliot and Travis Moen in that spot over the Canadiens first five games. While the line hasn’t been particularly effective, as a fan I question Martin’s line juggling this early in the year - and one thing in particular concerns me. More than anything, I am worried by Martin’s use of Benoit Pouliot.

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Afternoon Line

“I accept the decision of the NHL…but I disagree with it. I was pretty shocked at the fact I got suspended, let alone for 3 games.”

“They want to send a message and obviously they did… I really don’t understand it but I have to accept it, I guess.”

-Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes on his 3 game suspension.  The quote is via a Dave Vest tweet.

added 3:51pm, More is coming in from Doan via Dave’s tweets, so make sure to visit his Twitter feed.

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Keeping The Goalies Happy On Long Island

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

How Gordon handles this goalie tandem will be a situation that bears watching all season long. Anyone who has been around Roloson, for example, knows that he wants the net every night. Its his makeup. Gordon will need dexterity in handling that.

“It’s one of those things I can’t control, I can’t control who’s playing and who’s not playing,” Roloson said Monday. “For me to focus on that and mentally worry about it, it’s only going to affect my play. So I can’t focus on that. Everyone wants to play, of course. You want to be in there. But it’s one guy in net and there’s two guys on the team. You can’t control that.”

DiPietro played in 13 games over the past two seasons. He sounded Monday like he was ready to roll with the punches no matter what coach Gordon’s decisions would be.

“Listen man, one percent of the entire world gets to be a professional athlete and I’m one of them,” DiPietro said. “I feel truly blessed [and] lucky. As far as taking positives out of what’s happened, I can’t tell you how much of the little stuff you take for granted when you’re here. When you’re away from the game, you get a chance to see how truly lucky you are.

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Are There More Challenges Ahead Regarding The Coyotes Purchase?

from Rebekah L. Sanders of the Arizona Republic,

On Saturday, Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer, who began talks for the team in late summer, flew in for the game, a sign that talks were going well.

Speaking for the first time publicly to The Republic from a private suite at the game, Hulsizer explained why he had agreed to the NHL’s purchase price, expected to be $165 million or more, including team losses from last season.

“Buying a hockey team is like buying a piece of art,” he said. “You don’t do it to make a lot of money. You do it because you love it.”...

Anthony LeBlanc, whose Ice Edge Holdings group of partners could become a minority owner, chimed in Monday.

There “appears to be real light at the end of the tunnel,” he said….

The NHL and Glendale say their preliminary agreements with Hulsizer are oral. Setting words to paper could present more challenges.

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