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Why Not Let Iginla Fight?

via Vicki Hall of Flames Insider,

Jarome Iginla still can’t figure out why the linesmen refused to let him fight it out last night with Justin Abdelkader.

In a sight familiar to Calgary Flames fans, the captain doffed his helmet and gloves late in the third period and readied himself to due battle with the six-foot-one, 215 pounder.

His goal? To exact revenge for an earlier shoulder check to the head of the recently-concussed Rene Bourque.

“I’m not sure,” Iginla said. “I really didn’t like the hit on Bourquey. That’s what I was thinking.”

With the linesmen escorting both players to the penalty box, Abdelkader could be seen shouting: “I’m not f-ing scared of you. I’m not f-ing scared of you.”

If you missed the hit last night, watch it below…

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Minority Owner In Minnesota May Be In Some Trouble

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

One of the facets of Gary Bettman’s job as NHL commissioner that doesn’t get near enough attention is his constant behind-the-scenes work putting out ownership fires.

Well, Bettman may have to put his fire retardant suit on once again when it comes to Minnesota Wild minority owner Philip Falcone.

Falcone is a Minnesota native, former collegiate hockey player at Harvard and a Wall Street maverick who made billions of dollars essentially gambling on the real estate crisis in the United States.

Falcone, who owns 40 percent of the Wild and is the team’s alternate governor, appears to be in a fair amount of hot water with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC and the district attorney’s office in New York are investigating, among other things, a $113-million loan Falcone took out from his hedge fund, Harbinger Capital Partners of New York, to pay a tax bill.

But the authorities are also investigating every one of Falcone’s business transactions during the past five years, including his minority purchase of the Wild and his financial dealings with Wild majority owner, Craig Leipold.


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Frustrated In Dallas

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Brad Richards is as frustrated as you are.

He’d love it if Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk and Richards’ Toronto-based agent Pat Morris could sit down today and tomorrow and hammer out a contract extension while the Stars are on this road trip. He’d love to stay in Dallas and help the team build for the long-term. But because of the ownership issue, it just isn’t going to happen.

“I’m not going to lie to you, the situation is what it is,’’ Richards said when talking to the media in Toronto this morning. ``It’s not something that isn’t talked about, and it’s not something that Joe and I haven’t talked about. We know a trade’s not ideal for this time being ... but obviously, we’re open and talking about it and giving the chance for ownership to come in. But I’m a Dallas Star, and that’s where my focus is right now”

It was a bit of a confusing answer, but what Richards was saying is that he knows there could be trade talk, he knows that the ownership situation is unsettled, and he’s just trying to deal with it day to day. Nieuwendyk said it’s just as frustrating for him.


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Semin Becoming An All-Around Player

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Regardless of just how many goals he scores and how many points he puts up, there has always been a temptation to be dismissive of Washington Capitals winger Alexander Semin. In general he was considered a strictly one-dimensional player that, while wildly gifted, couldn’t be counted on in the crunch.

Quietly, that notion is changing, at least internally, as head coach Bruce Boudreau turns to Semin more and more in key situations, including using him more frequently on the penalty kill even as he continues to pile up the points.

“It was a work in progress last year,” Boudreau said this week. Sometimes Semin would cheat while killing penalties, worried more about creating a scoring chance.

“Now he’s a lot better at it,” said Boudreau, who recalled that GM George McPhee watched Semin in a more complete role for Russia at the World Championships two years ago and that sparked the idea that he could take on a bigger role with the Caps.

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Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (November 22, 2010)—Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Rick Nash, Colorado Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles and Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Nov. 21.


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Video- Puck Finds The Camera Hole

Theo Peckham of the Edmonton Oilers shot the puck through the hole in the glass designed for photographers who shoot the game.

All four on-ice officials missed the call since Peckham was given two minutes for delay of game.

Another reason for a coach challenge?

Watch the play, scroll to the 40 second mark.

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Mike Mottau Takes A Puck To The Face

Reports are Mottau spent the night in an Atlanta hospital for observations and would travel back to New York where doctors would evaluate his injury.

added 10:28am, via Katie Strang tweet,

Mottau is receiving eye drops and will meet with another specialist this morning; will remain in ATL “for now” I’m told

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Flyers Continue Winning Ways

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

The Flyers have passed the quarter pole of the season. As they stalk the pace for the points lead in the NHL, it’s hard to not consider them one of the elite thoroughbreds in the pack.

With a win tonight, the Flyers will tie for the league lead in points. They are on pace to finish with a 51-23-8 record, which would give them their first 50-win season since 1985-86 and put them in sniffing distance of their first President’s Trophy in franchise history.

They have proven that they can skate with the top teams - heading to overtime twice already with Washington, the incumbent holder of the trophy for the league’s best regular-season record.


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Rotating Goalies For The Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Even as the Rangers are establishing a foundation of fundamentals critical to success by adopting a consistent work ethic and embracing the concept the logo on the front of the sweater counts far more than the nameplate on its back, coach John Tortorella is now facing the most sensitive issue of his reign behind the Blueshirts’ bench.

For the coach now must figure out the way to get the most out of a slumping, inconsistent Henrik Lundqvist, the goaltender who for the last three years has been the lone name above the title on the marquee, but who has essentially been outplayed thus far by backup Martin Biron.

It would be no surprise if Tortorella elects to go with Biron tonight at the Garden against the Flames off yet another fine performance in Saturday’s 5-2 victory in Minnesota. If that’s the call, it would mark Biron’s eighth start in 22 games—a year after backups got a total of 10 starts in 82 games.

Lundqvist has not operated in a legitimate two-goalie system since early in his rookie season of 2005-06, when he entered the year as veteran Kevin Weekes’ backup but emerged as the No. 1 by Thanksgiving, if not sooner.


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Morning Line

“It was a rebound and the guy’s going to the net, so I lift his stick and he f—-ing falls down and (the referee) calls a f—-ing penalty,.  It was terrible, in my opinion.

“I don’t want to say any more because I don’t want to get fined, but it’s mind-boggling to me.”

-Jay Bouwmeester of the Calgary Flames commenting on a penalty he took last night agains the Wings.  More on the game from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun.

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