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Ovechkin Takes A Hit

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

But Ovechkin made the first misstep of his career Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres. He delivered a late hit from behind against Buffalo co-captain Daniel Briere, who crashed headfirst into the boards. Briere avoided serious injury. But in at least one part of the world, Ovechkin's surging popularity took a similar hit. "I have a lot of respect for Ovechkin as a player. I like his enthusiasm," Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller said. "I know the kid has a zest for life and a joy for the game. He wants to be at all ends of the offense, making hits, but that had to be the stupidest hit I've ever seen, and I hope he gets punished."

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Name The Player

Any idea who this player is?

•What I'm thinking I'll do after hockey is become a bus driver for my kids. I have three boys. Ryder, who's 5. Brody, who's 3. And Stone, who's a year old. I just want to be a part of their lives and be there for all the things they're doing. I think that's pretty much the most important thing for me after hockey. And I'd like to somehow to give back. •As a kid, my favorite TV show probably was "Hockey Night in Canada." •If I could have dinner with any three people in history, I'd pick Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eddie Vedder and Howard Stern.
find out who it is....

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Dirty Move

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Edmonton goaltender Dwayne Roloson took the tactic to a new low Saturday, when he whacked Nash between the legs early in the Blue Jackets’ 4-0 win in Rexall Place. "I was in a lot of pain," Nash said. "That’s a dirty, dirty move. He hit someone where it hurts the most. "That’s the first time that’s ever happened to me. I’ve been cracked in the back of the legs or in the back. That’s bad enough. But it’s a dirty move, spearing somebody between the legs. It’s unbelievable to me that he would do that."
read on

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Murray Impresses Cherry

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

“I’m impressed with how Bryan Murray has hung tough and didn’t panic and just kept playing the guys,” Cherry said in an interview before the Toronto-Montreal game Saturday night at the Bell Centre. “It was pretty tough when you see all those losses and everybody jumping all over him (like it’s) the end of hockey in Ottawa. “He just kept riding it out and kept doing what he was doing. It’s not how good a coach you are, it’s how tough you are. He toughed it out.” Cherry said Murray kept his criticism to a minimum while many so-called experts were calling for big changes to the Senators.

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The Investigation Continues

from the Globe and Mail,

The National Hockey League has investigated a complaint from Toronto Maple Leafs coach Paul Maurice yesterday that his team's shooting end was not properly prepared for the shootout against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. Mike Murphy, the NHL's senior vice-president of hockey operations, confirmed that the league looked into the matter yesterday, but that no conclusions had been reached. "We have already started to review the situation," Murphy said. "We need to be careful not to react to accusations by one team or organization against another. "The video didn't show a poor scrape job, it just showed the cleaned ice to be narrower at the Montreal end [Toronto's shooting end]. Was this planned? Hard for anyone to say, but we are dealing with this."

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Savard Using Motivation

from Bob Foltman of the Chicago Tribune,

Some coaches try to make their mark through intimidation and the force of their personality. Some try to lead by cheerleading and motivating their players through positive energy. Some are tacticians who focus on X's and O's. In his first week as coach of the Blackhawks, Denis Savard hasn't had to drop the hammer. He appears to be trying to make his mark as an NHL coach as a combination motivator and tactician.

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Too Many Ups & Downs

from the Tampa Tribune,

Watching the Lightning this season has been like witnessing several runs of SheiKra at Busch Gardens. Slow climbs up followed by steep drops almost straight down that sends those along for the ride screaming. What kind of team does Tampa Bay have this season? Are they a playoff contender? A pretender? A conference champion?

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Relax The Zero Tolerance Rule

from Elliotte Friedman of the CBC,

The obstruction crackdown is going too far. It’s a difficult problem, because I’m a zero-tolerance obstruction guy. I worry that if the standards are relaxed, we’ll fall back to where skaters should wear lifejackets because there’s so much waterskiing. But I defer to the players and the coaches. Brett Hull – who loves the way the game is being played – made a comment in The Headliner last week that Tortorella echoed Saturday morning: The referees have to recognize that just because your stick is on a player doesn’t mean you are committing a foul. They – and many others – aren’t asking to ignore the hooks; they just feel that there are cases when checkers use their sticks to legitimately ride attackers out of the play.

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The Votes Continue

by Greg Wyshynski of The Fourth Period,

Though his name wasn't listed on either ballot for the two major conferences in the 2006-07 NHL All-Star Game, Rory Fitzpatrick has received votes. He's identified as a defenseman, and he's a write-in candidate for an exhibition game that most nominated players would gladly swap for a relaxing four-day weekend on a beach. And amazingly, as of Nov. 29, he has more all-star votes (31,310) than Mathieu Schneider (30,628), who's on the ballot for the Detroit Red Wings.
read on why Greg thinks the fan balloting may change forever...

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Clarkey’s Back

from the Courier Post:

Bob Clarke is coming back to the Flyers. Six weeks after resigning as Flyers general manager, Clarke will be named to an unspecified position early this week, the Courier-Post has learned. Clarke, 57, sat in the general manager's box with Paul Holmgren at his side Saturday night. It marked the first time Clarke watched a game from the Flyers' general manager's box since he handed in his resignation on Oct. 22.

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