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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.

continued

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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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Video- Corey Perry With Probably The Longest Own Goal

Ducks had pulled their goalie to to try to tie-up the game.  At the end of the video, Perry shows his frustration.

The goal was awarded to Tom Gilbert (closest to the puck) although some people were hoping Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk would get credit for the goal.

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Video- Lidstrom With The OT Winner

Nick Lidstrom scores the OT winner against Calgary after receiving a nice pass from Datten Helm.

You can also view the game tying goal by Henrik Zetterberg below…

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Video- All Paul Bissonnette

Sportsnet with the unique interview.

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Lamoriello Trying To Find Some Answers

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Although there has been a lot of talk about the job security of first-year head coach John MacLean, Lamoriello continues to say that the problem is player-related.

“Right now, my feeling is our best players have to be our best players every night and we have not seen that,” he said. “We’ve seen some nights where we’ve got a couple and other nights (when they don’t) and I’ve got to find out why.”

When I asked if coaching could influence that inconsistency, Lamoriello repeated, “It’s within the players.”

“I’ve got to find out why one night it’s one and one night the other,” he said. “I don’t understand that.”

That said, it seems all possible solutions – including changing the coach – remain on the table.

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Habs continue surge

With a rematch of last week’s physical affair on the docket for tomorrow night in Philadelphia, the Montreal Canadiens are no doubt enjoying some rest today after a hard fought 2-0 victory over the Maple Leafs in Montreal. The Pat Burns tribute was wonderful – the Canadiens do these things so well. And the win was a great way to cap off what had been an emotional two days in Montreal.

With the win, Carey Price now has 4 shutouts in 19 starts – the same number he had in his career coming into this season. He is ranked 1st amongst goaltenders with 12 wins in 19 games, and 1st in minutes played with 1,142. Price has stunned even his most fervent supporters, making highlight-reel saves with a focus we’ve never seen from the young Montreal goaltender.

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#3 In the League

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Is Steve Stamkos the new face of the NHL?

No, but he’s in the same group picture that features Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin.

Stamkos is the third-best forward in the game today, behind Crosby and Ovechkin, with apologies to reigning MVP Henrik Sedin, as well as Pavel Datsyuk and Evgeni Malkin.

“Stamkos No. 3? Yeah, I’d say he’s making a case for it,” said Phoenix Coyotes forward Ray Whitney. “He’s that good. He’s got that shot. You can watch him all you want, but he doesn’t need any time. And he’s playing with a pretty good little guy (Martin St. Louis).”

continued plus a variety of hockey notes…

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