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Flames Get A Point, Sutter Happy

from Vicki Hall of Flames Insider,

Regardless of what happens from here on in, Sutter liked what he saw in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Ducks.

“It’s about playing and playing hard,” he said, breaking into a rare smile. “Play hard. Go after it. There’s going to be mistakes . That’s OK, because they’re honest mistakes.

“We made some mistakes tonight, but when you’re doing that and you’re going – they’re covered up because the other guys are in a position to help you out. It’s a trust factor. It’s supporting each other. And that’s huge.

“Hey, we were a good team here tonight.”

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Ease Up On The Leafs

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

You pay good money at a pro sports event, you have the right to boo.

No one disputes that, especially when the cash goes in a widening hole in the ice that’s been 43 non-Cup years in the making. You can even fling the occasional waffle at the end of the game to underline your disgust as one fed-up and obviously well-fed fan did on Thursday.

But disgruntled Maple Leafs supporters could be unwittingly hurting the players who one day will have the biggest say in turning the ship around. For all the managerial and coaching decisions that have so far backfired and the poor returns from some name players, this is still the youngest team in the NHL. Some kind of learning curve is to be expected and even tolerated. And didn’t people urge Brian Burke to clear the dead wood contracts and build from the bottom up?

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Linus Omark On Mark

Am I the only one who thought the Linus Omark shootout goal was not jaw-dropping, spectacular, fabulous, etc.  Spin move at center ice?  What’s next, a back flip?  Anything is possible when you have the ice to yourself!

added 9:19am, from Gerry Moddejonge of the Edmonton Sun,

“I didn’t think it showed a lot of respect in this game,” said Stamkos, who missed his shootout attempt in Round 2.

“I mean, you don’t see Crosby or Ovechkin doing that and they’re the two best players in the game.

“(Omark’s) a creative player, he’s got good skill. I’m not taking that away from him, but it didn’t really have any implication on his moves, so I don’t know why he did that.”

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Devils Thought They Had The Game Tied-Up Late In The 3rd

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Clarkson followed up the rebound of Mattias Tedenby’s shot and fanned on his initial attempt. The puck then went off his left skate. Clarkson took one more swipe at it before it crossed the goal line.

“We ruled the puck was propelled into the net with a distinct kicking motion,” NHL senior VP of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy told me via e-mail: “We also looked to see if the puck was touched by Clarkson’s stick which it was not.”

The Devils disagreed.

“I didn’t think it was a kicking motion,” Devils coach John MacLean said. “It’s frustrating. I thought it would have been a big goal there to get another one on the power play an tie it up, but unfortunately it didn’t happen.”

more and watch the play below, altought it is a short video…

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Evening Line

“I am sure that everything will be OK with Ilya Kovalchuk. The problem is with the team. Either the New Jersey coach isn’t implementing the right policies, or there’s a bad atmosphere inside the team.”

-Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals who was quoted in SovSport and translated via a tweet from Dmitry Chesnokov.

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Video- Datsyuk With The Bullseye Backhand

I just returned from the JLA and it was a great game.  The crowd was into the action and Habs fans were sprinkled throughout the rink.

Some of the hockey people I talked to during the game stated Datsyuk made this goal look easy, but in full speed, they marveled at what they witnessed.

added 10:57pm, Same goal, but with Jim Hughson and Craig Simpson of HNIC can be watched below…

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Adding An ‘Y’ Or ‘IE’ Is Too Easy

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Ron Hainsey, fine stay-at-home defenceman with the Atlanta Thrashers, has a problem with today’s NHL – he can’t get a nickname.

He cannot because, under current hockey nickname protocol, he already comes with one, there being no known diminutive for Hainsey and the tacking on of the de rigueur “y” or “ie” on Hainsey sounding, well, just a bit goofy….

“There’s no creativity,” moans Steve (Stumpy) Thomas, one of the last of the truly great hockey nicknames….

The lack of creativity Thomas mentions is endemic to hockey circles. Sidney Crosby remains “Sid the Kid” even as he enters veteran status. Alexander Ovechkin is “Ovie.” Patrick Kane is “Kaner.”

Here, the modern Ottawa Senators are “Alfie” and “Spez” and “Kovie,” a far, far cry from the Sens of old: “One-Eyed” Frank McGee, Frank (The Pembroke Peach) Nighbor, “Fearless” Frank Finnigan (also known as “The Shawville Express”), Fred (Cyclone) Taylor, Reginald (Hooley) Smith. …

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Big tilt tonight in the Motor City

This is a big one for the Habs. They shutout Vancouver. They beat San Jose. They beat Philadelphia. They’ve taken the Bruins. They dominated Phoenix.

Can they defeat the Red Wings?

I’ll admit it, the Wings are THE team to beat. Each and every year. Sure, the Penguins are good, Philadelphia is good, San Jose is often great until April, but the Wings are the pinnacle. They are in a class of their own.

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  Tags: alexei+kovalev, pk+subban, pk+subban

Lightning’s St. Louis Keeps Plugging Along

I have my own plans for a special feature on the beginnings of Martin St. Louis’ NHL career later in the year but today, The Globe and Mail‘s Eric Duhatschek marvels at the longevity and sustained production that is only a small part of his story:

It is difficult to quantify exactly what is the most unique part of Martin St. Louis’s ongoing and thoroughly heartening success story.

The Tampa Bay Lightning winger, who played his 800th NHL game this past week against the team that originally brought him to the league, the Calgary Flames, is currently fourth overall in the NHL scoring race.

St. Louis is 35, but doesn’t look old. He is 5 foot 9, 177 pounds, but doesn’t play small. Ten years ago, he was the last NHL player paid in Canadian dollars, or before his contract was bought out by the Flames in the aftermath of the 2000 expansion draft. St. Louis lingered on the unemployment line all summer, or until the Tampa Bay Lightning took a flyer on him in late August, signing him for $250,000, which was about as low as you could go in those days without breaching the CBA’s minimum salary floor.

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Report: Sabres, Tourism Group At Odds Over WJHC Fan Services

From WGRZ-TV:

BUFFALO, N.Y.—The World Junior’s Hockey Tournament will bring thousands of fans to Western New York from all over the world but it seems the local tourist organization will not be offering services to fans, as they have in the past.

The Buffalo Niagara Conventions and Visitors Bureau was at the forefront of the NCAA Tournament held in March here in Western New York, offering informative maps of local hot spots, Twitter updates about transportation delays and volunteers on each corner downtown to point fans where they needed to go. 2 On Your Side is told that because the World Junior’s is an event bid on by the Buffalo Sabres, the CVB will not have an active role in the 11 day hockey tournament.

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  Tags: 2010+world+junior+ice+hockey+championships, buffalo+niagara+conventions+and+visitors+bureau, buffalo+sabres, wgrz

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