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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/20/10

A toast to those who shined last night (albeit 10:00 in the morning!) It’s time, once again, for JJ’s Three Cheers.

***A collective cheers to the Carolina Hurricanes, who rode a complete team effort, with five different goal-scorers and 11 players with at least one point, to a 5-2 decision over the Sharks in San Jose. Chad LaRose led the way with a goal and two assists and Cam Ward stopped 41 San Jose shots in the win for Carolina, who will finally finish a seven-game, three-country adventure after stops in Los Angeles tonight and Phoenix on Saturday.

**Cheers to Miikka Kiprusoff of the Calgary Flames, who blanked the Nashville Predators for his first shutout of the season, making 34 saves in total. Only Phoenix, with eight goals in four games, has scored less than Calgary, whose nine tallies in five games thus far makes efforts like this one from Kiprusoff that much more valuable. Rene Bourque notched the only goal for the Flames last night, giving them the 1-0 overtime win.

*And big time cheers to Boston’s Tim Thomas, who stymied the Washington Capitals with 35 saves en route to a 3-1 Bruins victory. Thomas has had a fantastic start to the new year after a disappointing 2009-10 campaign, winning each of his three starts so far. His 0.67 goals against average and .979 save percentage are each league bests.

Obligatory anti-cheers to Vancouver’s Rick Rypien for the early-season favorite for bonehead play of the year, after engaging with a Wild fan following a second period altercation with Minnesota’s Brad Staubitz. I honestly cannot wait to see what sort of supplementary discipline is handed down here.  In an era where offensive gestures draw suspensions equal to dangerous hits that result in player injury, the outcome here should be a doozy.
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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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