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HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
The Hockey Hall of Fame will induct six new members tonight: Rob Blake, Peter Forsberg, Dominik Hasek, Mike Modano, Pat Burns and Bill McCreary.
Blake: He played 20 NHL seasons with three NHL teams, winning the Stanley Cup with Colorado in 2001. A 12-time NHL 40+ regular season point scorer, Blake is a member of the IIHF's elite Triple Gold Club winning a Stanley Cup, Olympic gold medal and the IIHF World Championship.
Forsberg: A first round selection of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1991 Entry Draft, he played 14 NHL seasons and was the NHL's Rookie of the Year in 1995. A two-time Stanley Cup champion in 1996 and 2001 with Colorado, Forsberg also won the Hart Trophy in 2003. He won IIHF gold medals in 1992 and 1998 and the Olympic gold medal in 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway.
Hasek: A six-time Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL's best goaltender, he also won the Hart Trophy as the league's MVP in 1997 and 1998 - the first time a goaltender had won that trophy since Jacques Plante in 1962. He won Stanley Cups in Detroit in 2002 and 2008 and also won an Olympic gold medal in 1998 in Nagano, Japan.
Modano: He was drafted first overall in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota North Stars franchise, with whom he played 21 of his 22 NHL seasons. Modano holds the NHL record for most goals (561) and points (1,374) by an American-born player. An Olympic silver medalist, he also led the Dallas Stars to the Stanley Cup in 1999.
Burns: Inducted in the Builder Category, he began his 14- year NHL coaching career in 1988 with the Montreal Canadiens - winning the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's Coach of the Year in his first season. With a career .573 winning percentage, he also won the Stanley Cup with New Jersey in 2003. Burns passed away on November 19th, 2010 in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
McCreary: Inducted in the Referee and Linesman category, he officiated 1,700 regular season NHL games and 297 NHL playoff games before ending his career on April 2nd, 2011 in Washington, D.C. Internationally, McCreary worked the 1998, 2002 and 2010 Olympic Winter Games, including the gold medal games at all three tournaments.
"One of the biggest stories that has been broken in the past 30 years was Mario Lemieux coming out of retirement. That was a clean kill by Kevin. Nobody else had it. Local guys didn't get a whiff of it. National guys didn't get a whiff of it. Kevin got it. You only get stuff like that with one part asking the right question at the right time, but also having a lot of people in your sphere who trust you and to tell you things.
"Today, everybody is an insider. It is the most over-used term, "NHL Insider." Before that term became virtually meaningless, Kevin was an insider. The only way you can do that is if the people you talk to develop confidence in your integrity and your reporting skills. You need to form a level of trust before people will give you information to be an insider."
-Eric Duhatschek on Kevin Allen who will receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award today. More on Kevin Allen from Corey Masisak of NHL.com.
from Stu Hackel at The Hockey News,
When the league’s GM’s meet on Tuesday, the Coach’s Challenge is supposedly an agenda item again, as it has been periodically since Florida GM Dale Tallon proposed it 2010.
But predicting what might happen is a fool’s errand. In the winter of 2013, it seemed the managers favored implementing a challenge but nothing came of it. Six months later, the GMs actually approved expanding video review to be sure all four-minute high sticking penalties were correctly called. Mysteriously, NHL Hockey Ops never implemented it.
Once upon a time, the NHL’s video remedies to get the call right was the sports industry standard. Now,they’ve fallen behind, the league having resisted any expansion, including the Coach’s Challenge. After last March’s manager’s meeting, Coyotes GM Don Maloney summarized a few of the reasons why. “We all have sat there through goals being reviewed and how long it takes,” Maloney said. “We’re really concerned about taking the game away from the on-ice officials and taking it up to big brother and having the game regulated from above, and nobody wants that, including big brother.”
more with numerous video examples of why there should be a coach's challenge...
from Craig Custance of ESPN,
The swing through California has become an opportunity for assessment of teams playing games in San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles. Win there and you can win anywhere, the thinking goes.
The Florida Panthers have quietly started off the season pretty well -- not great, but hanging around at 6-4-5 -- and on Sunday began a four-game road trip that included three in California. It started with an impressive win in Anaheim. The Panthers struggled to score goals earlier in the season, but that hasn't been a problem lately.
The Panthers beat the Ducks 6-2, with the six goals a season-high. Brad Boyes and Nick Bjugstad each scored twice. The six goals eclipsed the total number of goals Florida scored in its first five games this season. In November, the Panthers are averaging three goals a game, improved production that will get a test as the California trip continues in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
read on for Burnside on the Coyotes, and LeBrun on the Canadiens among other topics....
from Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post,
He wears a pair of shorts and a hoodie. His name is Ryan Podell and he’s the Flyers’ strength and conditioning coach.
Before the players go out for practice, Podell sets up a sensor in the penalty box and opens his laptop as he sits at the scorer’s table.
What he sees probably looks like mass chaos. Each Flyer wears a transmitter, usually sewn into his shoulder pads, and Podell’s laptop shows the live data.
The system, from an Austrailan-based company named Catapult Sports, helps Podell see just how hard the players are working in practice. The transmitters help measure energy exertion and all that data is forwarded to coach Craig Berube.
“The strength coach does a very good job with all that stuff,” Berube said. “We communicate on a daily basis about practice and the length and the intensity and that kind of thing. It’s good stuff, really good stuff.”
For instance, when the Flyers recently had a five-day layoff, the data suggested the Flyers would be more efficient in their first game out of the break if they practiced long and hard two days before the game and had a lighter practice the day before the game.
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
The first goal of the new season was to avoid another slow start. The bad news is it was not avoided, or was unavoidable, depending on one’s viewpoint. The good news is the Blue Jackets understand this predicament.
They put themselves in a hole at the start of the lockout-shortened 2013 season and missed the playoffs by a point. They were 6-10-1 through 17 games last season and made the playoffs. They are 6-10-1 now.
“Every game is a playoff game for us,” Kekalainen said. “That’s basically what it comes down to right now. We can’t dig ourselves into a deeper hole.”
The Jackets just won a wicked back-to-back, against the Flyers in Philadelphia on Friday and at home against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. Players are beginning to roll off injured reserve and onto the ice and into the “playoffs.” It just might be that they are pulling through the toughest stretch of their season.
On Monday night, Dominik Hasek, Peter Forsberg, Rob Blake and Mike Modano will enter the Hockey Hall Of Fame as the player class of 2014. Some thoughts from them, on the threshold of their induction, via Eric Duhatschek.
My greatest career moment came ...
“Winning the 1998 Olympic gold medal, this is something I will never forget. After we won, we flew a charter that our president (Vaclav) Havel sent for us. We spent one night in Prague. The cheering, the people’s ovation, at the airport and in the square, this is something we will appreciate for the rest of our lives. We were very focused as a team. After we beat the U.S. in the quarter-finals, we started to believe in our team, that maybe we can do something a little bit more.”
“The World Cup (in 1996) and the Stanley Cup (in 1999) is like 1 and 1A. With the Stanley Cup, you’re representing a city and an organization, what Dallas meant. The U.S., with the World Cup, we were painted into a corner. We didn’t know what to do. We’d lost the first game in Philly so we had to go to the (Montreal) Forum to win two against Gretzky, Messier, Sakic, Lindros. You look at the Canadian lineup, it was probably the best team they ever put together. To win two in a row against those guys, we were just beside ourselves – and (coach) Ron Wilson was the catalyst for that. This’ll be talked about for years, he said, kind of what Herb (Brooks) told the 1980 (Miracle on Ice) team.”
from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,
The most composed player on the ice Sunday night for the Sharks was a goaltender making his NHL debut.
Troy Grosenick made his first start a historic one, making 45 saves to lead the Sharks to a 2-0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena.
It is the most saves by a Sharks goalie in an initial start, and according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Grosenick is the first goaltender since Mike Fountain for Vancouver in 1996 to record 40 saves or more and a shutout in his NHL debut.
"I think what really calms you down is your preparation before the game even starts," said Grosenick, who was called up by the Sharks on Wednesday after an knee injury to Alex Stalock. "I just stuck to the same process as always, tried to treat it like any other game and felt calm and composed right from the drop of the puck."
continued and watch the game recap below...
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CLOSE GAMES HIGHLIGHT SATURDAY’S ACTION
Of the 12 games contested Saturday:
* Ten were tied or within one goal entering the third period.
* Eight saw the winning club overcome a deficit at any point in the game, including one third-period comeback that led to a win (ANA-LAK).
* Seven featured one-goal margins, including two that went past regulation (LAK-ANA, PIT-NYR).
* Five saw the game-winning goal scored in the third period, including two decisive goals in the final three minutes of regulation (17:07 by Matt Duchene, COL; 17:58 by Craig Smith, NSH).
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