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Sometimes Goalies Use Incidental Contact To Their Advantage

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

We received a number of questions on this play. I attended the game at the Barclays Center and was sitting in the press box just over Carey Price’s right shoulder when the goal was scored. I observed the contact and tweeted out that the goal would likely be contested even before Michel Therrien initiated a coach’s challenge.

I wasn’t able to see a replay (terrible press box facility) but purely based on the actions of the players involved in real time, I thought the contact might ultimately be deemed incidental and Brock Nelson’s goal would stand.

Referee Dean Morton reviewed the play and determined that, based on the degree of contact, the push didn’t sufficiently impair Price’s ability to move freely within his crease or defend his goal.

As I watched the play in real-time, like the referee, I didn’t feel the grazing push by Nelson was significant enough to cause Price to lose his set position inside the paint. Instead, my gut told me that Carey attempted to use the contact to his advantage and moved backward in a controlled slide more of his own volition.


If you wantg to review the goal, perhaps for a 2nd or 3rd time, watch it below...

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Short Hockey Topics

from Stan Fischler at The Hockey News,


1. The Hockey News pre-season annual listed Carey Price, Jonathan Toews, Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Duncan Keith as its best five NHLers. My update is: Patrick Kane, Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, P.K. Subban and Lundqvist.

2. The biggest individual disappointment in the West has to be Carl Hagelin who has done minus-the-radical-50 for Anaheim compared to the buck he’s making. Runner-up is Cam Talbot, latest in the long line of flub Oilers goalies.

3. Enough already, with the Hall of Fame Selection Committee keeping Eric Lindros in limbo instead of in Hockey’s Pantheon. As a former HOF Selection Committee member, I know a bit about inside politicking. Lindros belongs. Period!

4. There are no big-leaguers I respect more than the Islanders’ Travis Hamonic. So, when the defender says he wants to leave the Isles for “personal reasons” I believe him. But, GM Garth Snow should wait until he gets full return value in any deal.

5. Should the NHL decide to trim the size of goalie pads no one will be more challenged than Ben Bishop who depends more on his size than any top puck-stopper. His mobility is questionable and his level of athleticism would be tested more than most.

more topics of interest...

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Ondrej Pavelec Out With Significant Knee Sprain


Below, watch how the injury happened.

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The Latest On Travis Hamonic

from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,

The Islanders host the Flyers on Wednesday, and you sure have to wonder if steady Travis Hamonic will be on the Long Island/Brooklyn blue-line for that one.

Two losses in two games since Hamonic’s request to be moved to the Western Conference became public won’t exactly force GM Garth Snow’s hand on their own. But keeping the unhappy Hamonic around for much longer seems awkward for one and all, even if it seems somewhat unclear where he wants to go, and for what reason.

Originally, it seemed that Hamonic preferred Winnipeg if at all possible, and if not, Edmonton or Calgary. Perhaps Minnesota. A few teams — Detroit, L.A. — called to investigate and were told flatly there was "no fit."

But then there’s Anaheim. GM Bob Murray has been poking around the Hamonic situation for months — some GMs seemed to know more of his impending availability than others — and there are those who believe Hamonic would accept a move to the Ducks. With young defencemen like Hampus Lindholm, Sami Vatanen and Cam Fowler on the roster, plus Shea Theodore in the organization, the Ducks would definitely seem to have the necessary pieces, with Snow looking for a young rearguard he can use now in exchange for the 25-year-old Hamonic.

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Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (Nov. 23, 2015) – San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones, Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin and St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 22.

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NHL Short Notes

The 2015-16 regular season passes the quarter mark today, with 307 of 1,230 games (24.96%) in the books as of Sunday. A look at some of the highlights thus far (with the assistance of the Elias Sports Bureau):
* 205 games (66.8%) have been tied or within one goal entering the third period.
* 143 games (46.6%) have featured one-goal margins. Another 34 have been decided by two following an empty-net goal (combined, 57.7%).
* 110 games (35.8%) have seen a team overcome a deficit (at any point in the contest) to win, including 40 in the third period. Of those 110 games, 19 have featured a multi-goal comeback.

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The Hot San Jose Sharks

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Apparently, all the Sharks needed in order to right the ship was a little internal chaos. Maybe they're one of those teams that can only operate in a state of disharmony. Whatever it is -- the threat of a Patrick Marleau trade, or something else -- the Sharks are cooking.

They erased a 3-1 third-period deficit against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday and won going away, 5-3. It was the Sharks' sixth straight win and completed a perfect six-game road trip, the first-ever for the team. The win also vaulted the Sharks into top spot in the Pacific Division, with the Los Angeles Kings being upended by the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.

The division may well be the home of the most mediocre hockey in the league, but as we head into the second quarter of the season it does make for some terrific drama. And you have to wonder about Marleau -- who had three goals and three assists on the road trip -- and whether the trade talk will die down or increases his perceived value to other teams.

more on the Sharks from the ESPN hockey crew...

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“Just A Kid From Saskatchewan”

from Bryan Trottier at the Players' Tribune,

Kid, I’m from the future. I’m you, 50 years from now. You’re looking at me like, “You? The guy with the mustache and all the scars? What the heck happened to me?”

Well …

  1. The disco era. That will inspire the mustache.
  2. 18 seasons in the NHL. That will give you the scars.

Now I know you’re thinking — that’s impossible. There’s no way. You’re 10 years old, and you just watched Jean Beliveau lift the Stanley Cup on Hockey Night in Canada on your black and white TV in 1966. It seemed like the broadcast was coming from the moon. It didn’t seem real. You tell your parents you want to be Jean Beliveau, but it’s like you’re saying you want to be Superman.

And you — you’re just kid on a farm in Saskatchewan in the ’60s. Life is so simple. There’s precisely one TV channel. You’ve never even seen a “hockey card.” There’s an actual siren that goes off at 9 p.m. in your tiny town that warns all the kids to go home.


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Video- It’s A Fast Paced Thanksgiving Week

So let's slow it down a bit...


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The Biggest Early Season Disappointment Is Sidney Crosby

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

For six consecutive years, Sidney Crosby has been ranked the No. 1 NHL player on TSN’s Top 50 list, but the Pittsburgh Penguins star is not even among the NHL’s Top 125 scorers through the first quarter.

Crosby’s sudden plunge in productivity makes him the NHL’s biggest individual disappointment at the quarter pole of the season. The second quarter officially begins Monday night with game No. 308 of 1,230 when Buffalo hosts St. Louis.

Crosby, 28, has been held pointless in 13 of 20 games and is on pace for just 41 points. For perspective: Crosby netted 37 points in just 22 games in 2011-12 while battling post-concussion symptoms. In his last 61 games under Mike Johnston, Crosby has been kept off the scoresheet in nearly half (27) the games.

There has been no shortage of theories on what ails Crosby, ranging from a poor fit with Johnston’s system, to Crosby playing more of a perimeter game, to age suddenly catching up with Crosby’s once tireless legs. There was even a focus on Crosby breaking sticks in key moments of games with open nets – it has been that perplexing.

His struggles may well be a combination of all those distinctions. One fact is undeniable: Crosby does not seem happy.

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