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Will The Sabres Deliver A Message Tonight?

from KK member SMWilliams,

No other sport polices its’ own the way that hockey does, and in an age of toothless rounding error fines to millionaires and notes to go to the commissioner’s office for a hearty scolding, it’s nice to see a sport that offers a real deterrent.  If war can be seen as the ultimate failure of politics and negotiation, then maybe a black eye and busted lip will make one think the next time they plow into somebody’s back, mash their face against the glass and play coin-flip with their career.

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  Tags: jason+pominville, niklas+hjalmarsson

What Is Avery Thinking?

Why would Avery do something like this?

Mike Komisarek says the league should take a look at the slashes from Avery, watch below…

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  Tags: mike+komisarek, sean+avery

Sabres Struggling

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Things are not fine in Sabreland. The calmest veterans are losing their cool, the coach is benching his money men and the losses are piling up. The frustrations began to show Friday night.

The Sabres lost yet again in HSBC Arena, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Montreal Canadiens. The fans who took part in the four-game homestand walked into the Western New York streets with only an 0-3-1 record to show for their troubles.

“Four losses at home is disappointing for our fans,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “That’s really disappointing.”

The coach was also disappointed with the lackluster effort of his players. Montreal came in allowing 37 shots per game, making the Habs an inviting target for a Sabres team supposedly eager to find its offense. Instead, Buffalo took just 23 shots and exited the game with only nine goals in five games.

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Get Headhunting Out Of The Game

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In talking to (David) Booth, it becomes clear he is a reasonable voice in what is surely going to continue as a heated debate, if all the concussions in the early going this season are any indication.

The NHL has had a bizarre run of them already. Since no two concussions are alike, it’s difficult to define the cause and introduce a one-size-fits-all rule to limit them. For example, Raitis Ivanans of the Calgary Flames took a punch in the chops from Edmonton Oilers winger Steve MacIntyre. Does the league ban fighting? It wouldn’t hurt.

Cam Janssen of the St. Louis Blues was run over by his own player, Brad Winchester. Hard to throw the book at Winchester, but maybe recklessness should be punished even under those circumstances. Atlanta Thrashers goaltender Ondrej Pavelec fainted and was concussed when his head hit the ice, a freakish event that probably isn’t going to happen again any time soon.

Booth, who has resumed playing this season, acknowledged the range of causes in an interview prior to the Panthers’ date Thursday with the Flames: No matter how stringently you may police the sport, some head injuries will inevitably occur. His concern is to get the headhunting out of the game, something he believes is easier said than done.


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  Tags: david+booth

Blue Jackets Lose Ugly

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets lost 5-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks, and it wasn’t that close. The new system brought to town by new coach Scott Arniel shorted out, a combination of the Jackets’ ineptitude and the Blackhawks’ speed, energy and effort.
“That was a big fat egg by us,” Arniel said. “Everything we tried to do backfired on us. All 20 players had a tough night tonight.

“I knew everything wasn’t going to come in one fell swoop. I knew we were going to take steps back on some nights. But I was hoping it wouldn’t be this game, or that ugly.”

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Morning Line

Corey Perry’s penalty was an unacceptable penalty at a critical time.

-Randy Carlyle, coach of the Anaheim Ducks.  More on the Ducks shootout loss to Atlanta from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog.

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Crosby Not 100%

from Rob Rossi of Chipped Ice at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

More clear with each day is that we’re not seeing anywhere near the 100-percent Crosby, who has been bothered by a hip injury since the early days of camp.  I’ve never known him to use an injury as an excuse for not playing up to his expectations, and I don’t give him enough credit for that. Also, perhaps my expectations of him and Malkin are too high. He and Malkin will be judged against former scoring champions/MVPs Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr for as long as they play with the Penguins—and neither Crosby nor Malkin may prove the consistent game-takeover players those players were in their primes. (Few were, to be fair.) Still, neither Crosby nor Malkin are in their primes, so I’ll continue to believe each player will one day get near the rarefied levels Penguins fans came to expect from Lemieux and Jagr in the “get on my back, boys” department.

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  Tags: evgeni+malkin, sidney+crosby

New Year, Same Flames

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

nvariably, the same post-game ritual is played out after any comprehensive loss by the home team: Consumptive scribblers, well-lacquered TV types, out-of-town scouts and personnel from both sides pile onto the Scotiabank Saddledome media/staff elevator for a painfully slow descent.

Awkward silence permeates the air like a gas leak.

Much shuffling of feet. Embarrassed coughs. Avoiding of eye-contact.

In the wake of that how-low-can-it-go? effort against the Florida Panthers, though, one impish soul (name withheld to avoid possible Big Brother persecution) tried to inject a little gallows humour into the funereal atmosphere.

“Is this,’’ he asked the nice lady in charge of the elevator, as she prepared to shut the doors, “going straight to hell?’‘


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Gaborik & Drury Leave Game Tonight

from TSN,

The injury bug took a big bite out of the New York Rangers Friday night as both Marian Gaborik and Chris Drury have left the game with injuries.

Gaborik suffered a shoulder injury in the second period in a collision with Maple Leafs’ forward Colby Armstrong.  Armstrong received a boarding minor on the play and Gaborik remained on the ice for the ensuing power play.  Later, Gaborik was seen grimacing on the Rangers bench before heading to the team’s dressing room.


added 9:15pm, Darren Dreger tweet,

Broken finger for Drury is the early assessment. Not sure if its the same finger he injured in the preseason


added 9:27pm, Video of Gaborik injury is below…

added 10:28pm, Multiple reports, Gaborik out 2-4 weeks with shoulder injury and Drury out 6 weeks with the broken finger.

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  Tags: chris+drury, marian+gaborik

Letang Hit On Comeau Tonight

Kris Letang received a five minutes for an illegal check to the head, a ten and game misconduct.

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  Tags: blake+comeau, kris+letang

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