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Fleury Goes White

from the Citizens Voice,

...That’s because his trademark school bus yellow pads are gone, replaced by nondescript white ones.

“I got a letter from an eye doctor and he told me yellow was the color you pick up the quickest with your eyes. So I thought I would try the white ones,” Fleury said. “Then the players on the team said it makes me look a little bigger. So I thought if it gives me a little advantage, I’ll take it.”

It’s not the pads, though, that are the focus of Fleury’s trip back to the AHL. It’s what lies beneath.

more on Fleury

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Stars of the Week

Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending February 10.

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  Tags: evgeni+malkin, j.s.+giguere, jason+spezza, stars+of+the+week

Malkin Remains Hot

from Sports Ticker via the National Post,

Malkin scored a goal and registered three assists Sunday, recording his fifth consecutive multi-point game to lead the Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Last season’s Calder Trophy winner, Malkin has led Pittsburgh to a 6-2-2 record since January 18, when Crosby was hurt in a 3-0 loss to Tampa Bay.

“We’ve all seen him in practice everyday,” Penguins linemate Ryan Malone said. “We know what type of player he is. He will make all of those amazing plays you see. He’s a top-notch player.”

Malkin has eight goals and 13 assists in his last 10 games, while the Penguins (31-19-5) have catapulted into first place in the Atlantic for the first time this season.

more on the Pens win today against the Flyers…

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Crosby Takes Part In Practice

via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby participated in a full practice today for the first time since Jan. 18, when he injured his ankle in a loss to Tampa Bay.

Crosby was expected to miss 6 to 8 weeks with a high right ankle sprain.

No mention of any return to the lineup.

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Kovalchuk Injured

From the AP via USAToday,

The Thrashers snapped a five-game losing streak, but Atlanta’s 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night might have been costly as leading scorer Ilya Kovalchuk left the game with an apparent knee injury.

Kovalchuk scored his 38th goal, but was forced out of the game for good in the second period. He was injured in a knee-on-knee hit from Pittsburgh’s Jarkko Ruutu and made a brief return later in the frame for one shift, but didn’t return.

Kovalchuk was leveled by Ruutu 3:21 into the second period. The collision left Kovalchuk laying on the ice in obvious pain in front of Atlanta’s bench before he limped to the locker room.

Updated 11:55pm ET: Video of the incident below.

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk, injury, jarkko+ruutu

No Suspension For Laraque

from the Courier Post,

As a player, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren made a living out of checking opponents into the third row.

So he chose his words carefully Tuesday when asked about Colin Campbell’s decision to let Georges Laraque’s hit from behind on Steve Downie last week go unpunished.

“The fact that Steve was able to come back, does that mean there shouldn’t be a suspension?” Holmgren asked rhetorically. “I’m sure there’s something to that.”

continued

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Following Sid

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Sidney Crosby pauses as he walks down the hallway of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He hears the happy cries of a boy in one of the rooms just visited, so he stops, retraces his steps and disappears behind a curtain in the room.

“Hat fit OK, buddy?” Crosby asks the boy, who can’t speak.

A behind-the-scenes look at Sidney Crosby during a recent visit to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

There are more excited noises.

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Penguins Go Shopping

Colby Armstrong, Max Talbot, Sergei Gonchar and Evgeni Malkin got together and did a commercial...

*my thanks to the KK reader who dropped this link on me earlier today

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Laraque Hit On Downie

via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The only thing on which the Penguins and Flyers could agree was that Laraque was assessed a major penalty for hitting from behind and a game misconduct. Get past that, and everything became a matter of partisan perspective.

When Flyers coach John Stevens looked at the sequence, for example, he saw “a vicious incident” and “a very, very dangerous play.”

When Laraque reflected on it, he saw an incident in which he pushed Downie, not cross-checked him, and did so with absolutely no malice, let alone intent to injure.

“If I want to hit somebody from behind,” Laraque said, “he’s not going to get up.”

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  Tags: georges+laraque, steve+downie

NHL Opening Games In Europe

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The plans to open the 2008-09 NHL regular season on two European fronts are now finalized.

The league is apparently ready to formally announce this weekend at the NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta that, as expected, the Ottawa Senators will play the Pittsburgh Penguins in Stockholm and the New York Rangers will play the Tampa Bay Lightning in Prague.

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