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Doug Weight On Why Josh Ho-Sang Was Sent To Bridgeport

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Doug Weight had nothing but praise for Ho-Sang and said the rookie took this demotion well.

“He did or he’s a damn good actor,” Weight said. “We’ve had great talks. It’s never easy, whether it’s a conversation about being scratched or something like this. It was lengthy, good, healthy and from what I take from it, he couldn’t be more excited to go down, prove to himself and the organization that this isn’t going to go on anymore, that we do need him and he’ll come back and help us here. I suspect the way he’s taken this he’ll be pushing to get back real quick. Nothing is negative about the relationship — people will read into it but there’s no failure in it.”...

“I don’t think we’re as good a team as we can be without Josh on the ice. He can make us better and there’s some areas he wants to address,” Weight said. “He wants to find out how to be better at those things. We’re all in a good place with this relationship, it’s on the right path. And we have the utmost respect for Brent and what he instills in his guys.”

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Sounds Of The Game

from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,

Ksssh-ksssh-ksssh

Vladimir Tarasenko loves this sound the most. It brings him back home to Russia, where each winter morning he would climb down the school bus stairs and feel the frozen ground crunch beneath his boots, “because it was like minus-35 Celsius outside.” It also makes the St. Louis Blues sharpshooter think about skating onto a fresh sheet of ice, that moment when his blades first slice into the smoothed surface. He glides. He turns. He stops. The noise bounces into the rafters, echoes throughout the seats. “Alone, there’s no one else, and the building is empty too, so you can really hear it,” Tarasenko says....

For skaters, at least, there is something particularly sweet about nailing iron. “Growing up, you always try to do that, go bar-down,” Anaheim center Ryan Getzlaf says. “It hits and the puck seems like it’s moving a lot faster when you go off the crossbar.” Nashville defenseman Roman Josi will explicitly aim for the posts in practice because of how it sounds, like the chime of a cash register. “I think if the puck’s going out, it’s a little bit higher-pitched,” Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele says. Ponnnng! “Then if it goes post-and-in,” says Carolina’s Jeff Skinner, “the pinnng feels pretty loud, and then the crowd goes nuts.”

Indeed, Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon likes when an entire arena gasps. Ahhh!Detroit’s Dylan Larkin gets satisfaction from a crisp pass striking his stick tape. Craccck! Tanev prefers “when guys stop and the ice sprays.” Swoosh! “I love hearing that twine,” says Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau. “Especially when you’re the one shooting it.”

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Video- Plays Of The Night

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

Calgary Flames score off an embarrassing blunder, Columbus Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky had a stellar night, Blue Jacktes's Seth Jones showed off his wrist shot and teammate Josh Anderson ripped a spectacular snipe in this edition of The Plays of The Night.

 

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NHL Short Notes

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
ST. LOUIS 5, Calgary 2
COLUMBUS 5, Buffalo 1

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Erik Karlsson Today

from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

Erik Karlsson admits he was scared.

Four months ago, doctors removed half the ankle bone in the left leg of the Ottawa Senators defenseman during surgery to repair torn tendons.

During his recovery, doubt swirled through his head. How long would the recovery take? How effective could he be when he returned to the ice? Would he be able to maintain the same talent level that had made him the NHL's top scoring defenseman in three of the previous four seasons?

He was overcome with a sense of relief last week when he was able to return to the Senators lineup. Heading into their game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; RDS2, TSN5, NBCSP, NHL.TV), he has six assists in four games and has resumed his role as the catalyst on the power play.

At the same time, he says this is a different Karlsson than we are used to seeing. He insists he has lost some of the natural skill he possessed earlier in his career. The skate laceration that tore 70 percent of the Achilles tendon in his left leg in 2013 has taken a toll, as did the foot and ankle injuries he sustained last season.

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Video- Ben Bishop Reacts To Being Pulled From Last Night’s Game

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

"It was time to make a change. We were slow and dozey across the board," Hitchcock said. "The whole team needed a wakeup call. It has nothing to do with Ben Bishop, it has to do with wake up, let's get playing. I'll do the same with any other goaltender."

more on the Stars 5-3 loss to the Avalanche...

Below, watch Ben Bishop on being pulled after giving up 3 goals...

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A Trade Scenario For Matt Duchene

Dan Rosen of NHL.com answers questions from the fans...

If you were given carte blanche as any general manager, what perfect trade/move would you make to satisfy each team involved?

We have a trade to announce. The Colorado Avalanche trade Matt Duchene and [insert your mid-round draft pick here] to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Gabriel Carlsson, Sonny Milano and [insert your late-round draft pick here].

The Blue Jackets are in win-now mode and they need another top center. Nick Foligno is better suited to play on the wing, in my opinion. Duchene is signed through next season with a $6 million salary cap charge. This isn't a rental add. They will be going for it this season, but he'll be around for at least next season too. The one concern would be the cap ramifications for next season. Forward Cam Atkinson can become an unrestricted free agent after this season. He deserves a raise, and Columbus shouldn't let him go. Defenseman Jack Johnson can also become an unrestricted free agent after this season. But the Blue Jackets become a better team right away by getting Duchene. They should be thinking about the Stanley Cup.

For Colorado, getting Carlsson is the coup. He's a 20-year-old defenseman with top-pair potential. He has the size (6-foot-5, 192 pounds), mobility and skills teams covet in young defensemen. Milano would add to Colorado's already young forward depth. The other player the Avalanche could look at to get this done would be forward Oliver Bjorkstrand. The key for the Avalanche is getting at least two young players who could be part of their developing core.

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Video- Elliotte Friedman With The Latest Talk Around The NHL

Before the games last night...

 

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Morning Line- Gerard Gallant

A lot of people weren’t expecting us to win this game, Chicago is a hell of a team. We’re playing a minor league goalie. But we played a confident game. Everybody played defense. Everybody played offense. Everybody played in the neutral zone.”

-Gerard Gallant, head coach of the Vegas Golden Knights after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2.  David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal has more on the game.

Catch the game highlights below...

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Videos- Nolan Patrick Hurt And Kevin Bieksa’s One Punch

The Philadelphia Flyers suffered a 6-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks and in the process lost Nolan Patrick.

The Flyers say they will know more on Patrick today, who did not return to the game.

via Sportsnet,

 

 

Below, Kevin Bieksa takes down Radko Gudas with one punch...

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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