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The Masks From The Past

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

“Bank robbery,” Marc Poulin says, hopefully in jest, “is still in planning.” On Poulin’s kitchen table in Lachine are probably 15 masks he could use for a heist. Sadly, he’d probably not get far - it wouldn’t be hard to find a fleeing Ken Dryden, Terry Sawchuk, Eddie Giacomin or Gerry Cheevers with a sack of loot in his fist.

For the past three years, Poulin has used his hands and imagination to produce dozens of styles of vintage fibreglass goalie masks, painstakingly detailed masterpieces of a bygone NHL.

Upon close inspection of his work, you marvel at the courage of the men who wore the genuine article. And the guts of those before them who had lumbered barefaced and scarred into action.

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Morrison Not Happy With Benching

from Chris Foster of the LA Times,

Brendan Morrison is trying to get off that track, though it is a course change that has been difficult to make. Morrison, who suffered a torn knee ligament in March and signed a $2.75-million contract in July, has two goals and four points.

Morrison did not play against Dallas on Saturday. It was the first time he has been held out of a game as a healthy scratch since Feb. 25, 2000, when he was with the New Jersey Devils.

“It doesn’t sit well,” Morrison said about the benching. “Am I upset about it? Yeah. As an athlete, the day you aren’t upset when you’re not in the lineup is the day you shouldn’t be playing the game.

“I feel I have something to contribute to team. It’s early in the season, but it’s time to get going and start making a difference.”

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Bruins Go Black

from the Boston Bruins,

The Third Jersey System includes a new jersey and new socks, and is predominantly black.  The jersey itself is black with gold trim at the neck, and has two gold stripes and one white stripe on the arms.  The Bruins secondary logo, which is featured on the shoulders of the primary Bruins jersey, is featured on the chest of the third jersey. Alternately, the Bruins primary logo (the Spoked-B) is located on each shoulder. The socks are black with two gold stripes and one white stripe.

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Time For A Rangers Shake-Up

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Rozsival’s game has gone from bad to worse. Redden’s has gone from bad to somewhat better to worse after a relapse the last two matches. Neither is the least bit physically involved. (Wait, that’s what both are - the least bit physically involved.)

Neither has been acute reading the rush. Neither has been decisive with the puck. Neither has been able to make the power play hum.

At the same time, neither has been benched for so much as an even-strength shift by coach Tom Renney. Neither has been scratched.

That’s not possible with the Rangers carrying the minimum six defensemen so that GM Glen Sather can burn up to $3.6M of cap space every night on three scratched forwards.

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Your All-Star Goalies

from Mick Kern at the XM204 Home Ice Blog,

In the name of restoring some sanity to the choices for the 2008-09 NHL All-Star Game, I’ve cut through all the hype and hysteria, and come up with the six goaltenders who’ll be making the trip to Montreal.  No need to thank me.  Now you can go back to using the internet for what it was initially intended for, watching people make total fools of themselves on YouTube….

These three gentlemen are obvious choices; there’s no way anyone can construct a rational argument against them.

- Roberto Luongo - Vancouver Canucks
- Niklas Backstrom - Minnesota Wild
- Marty Turco - Dallas Stars

I know what you’re saying, what the heck is Turco doing on this list?  Have you seen this guy play recently?  Yes, indeed I have.  Turco has been a top notch goaltender over the past few seasons, and his fall-from-grace this fall has been stunning.  If anything, he’d be perfect for the All-Star Game, since everyone wants to see goals, goals, and more goals.

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Start Hitting, Tampa

from Lightning Strkes,

The final score sheet from Sunday’s game had one very interesting stat. It claimed the Lightning outhit the Devils 23-18 during a 7-3 loss. It’s a mystery to me what they were looking at to find 41 total hits, but it is even more perplexing to believe Tampa Bay had more hits.

A couple of smacks here and there by Evgeny Artyukhin and Ryan Malone were so startling, the fans gave them more of a cheer than they probably deserved. But that’s what happens when things like that become rare. Let’s face it, this team just is not built for any kind of physical game, and it’s a shame because more often than not, when a hit is made, a turnover is the result.

It’s frustrating for me, not as a fan of the team but a fan of physical hockey to watch games without much hitting. I can only imagine what it is like for Lightning fans to watch, not only opponents not be challenged but puck battles constantly being lost.

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Panthers Get A Wake-Up Call

from Dave Joseph of FloridaPanthers.com,

The message has been sent.

“I think everyone here should be on notice,” said Panthers’ coach Peter DeBoer early Sunday afternoon. “The status quo isn’t good enough… It’s not good enough where we’re sitting and there’s going to be consequences throughout the lineup because of that.”

It’s no secret that something has to be done and soon. The Panthers have the worst record in the NHL and have scored the fewest goals. And DeBoer and GM Jacques Martin said Sunday they will do whatever they need to “get this team to the level we think they should be competing at,” DeBoer said.

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Kovalchuk Needs To Play Like A Super Star

from The Falconer of Do The Thrashers Have Large Talons,

lya Kovalchuk has the talent to be a superstar. He has the speed, he still has that ungodly release. He will certainly expect to be paid like a superstar when he negotiates his next contract. But if he wants to be treated like a superstar, he should play like one.

It is time for him to show up. The season started 19 games ago. I don’t want to hear any baloney about Kovalchuk not having quality linemates. Last season, Kovalchuk was centered much of the year by Todd White (who has never even been considered All-Star Game material), and a 40-year-old right winger who was dropped to waivers by his previous club (Mark Recchi).

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Scoring Up!  Why?

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

• Yes, scoring is up, and it’s most likely the result of the pared-down goalie equipment - even if there is no way to prove it. Through games of early last week, clubs were combining for 5.9 goals per game, up from 5.6 over the same number of games in 2007-08. In 2003-04, the number stood at 5.1 over the same period. Me, I’m good with 5.1, as long as there is plenty of action and at least a little bit of hate.

• Brian Burke’s stepping down as general manager in Anaheim was abrupt but not unexpected. Look for the ex-Boston agent to get into serious talks in Toronto this week about taking over the Leafs. If there is a hiccup (read: money too light), watch for either the Blackhawks or Senators to get after him. Total dark horse: Habs.

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I would think another reason scoring is up is the face-off always taking place in the defensive zone when a penalty is issued and the no TV timeout when an icing takes place.  Your thoughts?

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Goalies & Their Equipment

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Goaltenders have an unusual relationship with their equipment. Some pieces—like Biron’s skates and pants—are preserved and protected like a favorite childhood blanket. Others are changed as often as a car’s oil.

In the case of Biron, he’ll typically go through three sets of leg pads, four catching gloves, four blockers, two chest pads and two sets of arm pads in a season.

Right now, Biron is breaking in a new catching glove in practice, while in games he still uses the one that worked so well for him in the playoffs last season.

“Probably in another week or so I’ll start using it in games,” Biron said.

“In practice I love it. In a game situation, you don’t have time to think.”

The same goes for Biron’s blocker.

“My new one feels really good in practice, but if you use it in a game and misplay the puck, it’s in the net,” he said. “You need to make sure you’re really into it.”

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