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Five and a half minutes of the best saves, goals and hits from the past week in the NHL.

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Americans Talking Hockey

from Mike Toth of Sportsnet,

Lacking the same romantic connections to hockey that are held by their Canadian brothers and sisters, American reporters often display a harder edge when covering the game. Veteran New York City hockey maven Stan Fischler, for instance, never shies away from controversy and recently described Montreal Canadiens netminder Carey Price as being nothing more than a “big stiff”. On a more serious note, meanwhile, it should be pointed out that a Massachusetts-based newspaper man named Russ Conway took the lead role into the investigation of corruption inside the NHL Player’s Association that resulted in Alan Eagleson being sentenced to prison.

With that combination of “tell-it-like-it-is” moxy combined with dogged reporting skills, it’s no surprise that Canadian media outlets are starting to incorporate Americans into their hockey coverage.


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Goalie Equipment & Injuries

from CBC Sports,

A curious David Marcoux strapped on Miikka Kiprusoff’s pads prior to the National Hockey League’s latest round of changes to goalie equipment.

He then found the nearest phone to inform NHL goaltending supervisor Kay Whitmore of the potential injury risks, should the league and NHL Players’ Association tweak the knee protectors at its meeting in Toronto last June.

It was Marcoux’s belief that changing the width of the knee-strap pads and inner-knee risers from 5.5 inches each would increase the chance of injury. In the end, both parties agreed to keep the status quo entering this season.

“When goalies go down on their knees, the angle of the pads is much better than it used to be because of those cushioned protectors, so it puts less stress on the ankles, knees and hips,” said Marcoux, one of several people who spoke to CBCSports.ca about the growing list of injuries to netminders this season.


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Capitals Injury Talk

from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,

Every NHL team must cope with injuries during the course of the grueling 82-game regular season, but the recent run of ailments that has ravaged the Washington Capitals’ roster is so rare that the players, coaches and general manager can only shake their heads in disbelief.

When the Capitals host the Florida Panthers tonight at Verizon Center, they might be without seven players who started the season on the active roster for a fourth consecutive game.


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Traveling Dman

from Jean Lefebvre of Camwest via the Telegram,

As a cautious defenceman, Steve McKenna is strictly a stay-at-home type.

As an adventurous soul, he’s anything but.

The lockout spelled the end of the McKenna’s days as a National Hockey Leaguer, but his globe-trotting was just beginning.

Since turning in his Pittsburgh Penguins sweater in 2004, the towering tourist - McKenna stands six-foot-eight - has chased pucks in England, Australia, Australia, Korea and now China. In case you’re scoring at home, that’s four continents in five years.


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Carter Impressing Everyone

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

...In short, the player whom his teammates call “Carts” is blossoming into one of the NHL’s best two-way players.

“You see guys that have the ingredients that Jeff has, but never in the same person,” winger Mike Knuble said. “It’s always somebody who has the big shot, somebody who can fly up and down the ice, somebody who’s a great defender. He combines all of that. He gets matched up against the top players; he can do it all. Whatever you need at a certain point in the game, he seems to be able to deliver.”

“The sky is the limit for Jeff,” coach John Stevens said. “He has the skill set that’s conducive to scoring a lot of goals. He’s near the top of the league in shots. He skates well enough to get separation to get offensive opportunities, and he’s got a shot that can beat goalies from distance.”

Carter, from London, Ontario, is part of a deep 2003 draft that Holmgren said “may go down as the greatest ever.”


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Flames Prepare For Avery

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Dion Phaneuf is well aware Sean Avery will be coming after him tonight.

At least with his words.

Avery, one of the NHL’s premier—to put it politely—disturbers, doesn’t usually need a specific reason to verbally spar with opposing players.

Phaneuf, however, is a big target for Avery when he and the Dallas Stars take to the ice to face the Calgary Flames at the Saddledome.

Phaneuf’s is in a relationship with actress Elisha Cuthbert, who previously dated Avery.


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Rooftops May Be Available For Winter Classic

from Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Frigid fans jamming Wrigley Field won’t be the only ones cheering when the Blackhawks host the Detroit Red Wings on New Year’s Day for the NHL’s second Winter Classic.

They’ll be shouting from the rooftops, as well….

“It’s a fierce rivalry. Interest is very high and ticket prices are very high. There’s an opportunity for the rooftops to do some business,” said Tunney, who has introduced an ordinance authorizing rooftop clubs currently limited to Cubs home games to be open Jan. 1.

read on

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Local Perception Index

from Krista Jahnke of the Detroit Free Press,

Mike Ilitch has the most brand power of any owner in professional sports….

That’s according to the 2008 Turnkey Team Brand Index, a survey released Monday that uses scientific polling to pinpoint how teams and owners are perceived by local fans.

As the Red Wings’ owner, Ilitch came in at No. 1 among 122 professional sports owners, and his Wings ranked No. 4 among teams.

read on

SportsBusiness Journal lists the Top 20 and Bottom 5 Teams.  Hockey teams in the top 20 are the Wings, Penguins, Canadiens and Hurricanes.  One NHL team is in the bottom 5, the NY Islanders.

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Giguere Exits After Two Periods With Cramping In Groin Area

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog,

Playing for the first time in a week after having been off the ice for five days while visiting his gravely ill father, Claude, in Montreal, Giguere stopped 37 of 38 shots through two periods but exited because of cramping in his groin area….

“I think we did the right decision in not going into the third,” Giguere said. “After cramps, the next thing is a pull. You have to be smart. I cramp up all the time, whether it’s in my hips or calves. It’s regular for me, and I keep playing with those, but in the groin, I didn’t want to take a chance.”

more on the Ducks loss to the Wings last night…

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