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Slava Voynov’s Attorney Says There Was No Crime

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

The lawyer for Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov said he interviewed the victim of Voynov’s alleged domestic abuse incident for more than an hour Tuesday and, “it’s clear to me there was no crime here,” and doubts his client will even be charged with an offense.

Craig Renetzky, a criminal lawyer who is representing Voynov in the matter, said the language barrier, both on the part of Voynov and the alleged victim, has created a misunderstanding and that the victim’s injuries that caused her to be hospitalized were the result of an accident. Voynov was arrested early Monday morning at a Los Angeles area hospital after staff at the hospital notified police of a possible domestic abuse case. Voynov was immediately suspended indefinitely by the NHL, but has yet to be charged with anything pending a police investigation.

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NHL Short Notes

COMEBACKS, OVERTIMES HIGHLIGHT TUESDAY’S GAMES
Of the 10 games contested Tuesday:
 
* Seven saw a team overcome a deficit at any point in the game to pick up a win (BOS, NYR, TOR, MTL, NSH, FLA, TBL).
 
* Six were tied or within one goal entering the third period (SJS-BOS, NYR-NJD, DET-MTL, ARI-NSH, FLA-COL, TBL-CGY).
 
* Five featured a third-period comeback that eventually led to a win (BOS, NYR, MTL, NSH, TBL).
 
* Five went past regulation, including four that were decided in overtime (NYR-NJD, MTL-DET, FLA-COL, TBL-CGY).
 
* Two saw a tying goal scored in the final five minutes of regulation (DET-MTL, TBL-CGY). Both clubs that tied the game (MTL, TBL) went on to win their respective contests.

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How’s John Tortorella And Other Ex-Coaches

from James Duthie of TSN,

I get asked about Tortorella more than anyone else. He is the poster boy for how opposite a personality a man can have when he isn't in front of the microphones every night defending his power play. When he was at TSN, Torts was church-boy polite. Shy almost. He would struggle not to doze off during the double-headers because his usual bedtime is 9pm. Our top-ten lists show the one or two short clips when he got angry on the panel, ripping Sean Avery and The Quiz. The endless replays of those brief soundbites warp everyone's memory of the five months Torts spent with us. Reality is, he was mostly calm and quiet (to a fault for television), and said almost nothing controversial. Then he got the back behind the bench in New York, and later Vancouver, and...well we all watched it.

I checked in on Torts this week. He sounds happy (if you can actually "sound" something in a few texts), spending most of his time keeping up with the careers of his two grown children, and working with his wife on animal welfare causes (they have a house full of rescued dogs). I tried to ask a couple of hockey questions, but he chose not to answer, opting instead to just ask about my kids...and dogs. Wounds still too fresh, I assume.

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NHL Broadcast Battle In Canada

via the CP at CBC,

Two of Canada's largest sports broadcasters are facing off over whose customers get free access to exclusive NHL content.

Bell TV says that the GamePlus mobile app should be made available for free to all NHL GameCentre Live subscribers, not just those who are customers of Rogers Communications.

Bell makes the demand in a filing to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

The owner of TSN and other businesses that compete with Rogers says that CRTC rules prohibit its Toronto-based rival from giving its own customers preferential access to the GamePlus mobile app.

Bell argues that GamePlus is being made exclusively available to Rogers mobile and home Internet customers, providing them with features such as on-ice camera angles from NHL hockey games broadcast under a 12-year agreement.

Rogers has until Nov. 20 to respond formally to the complaint.

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Video- Clint Malarchuk On His Mental Illness

via TSN Tube,

Former NHL goalie Clint Malarchuk, joined by his good friends Steve Ludzik and Rick Dudley, shared his bouts with mental illness and the story about his road to recovery on Off the Record with Michael Landsberg.

 

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The Suspension Of Slava Voynov

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

If the NHL waits for the legal process to play out before lifting Slava Voynov’s indefinite suspension, he will almost certainly end up serving one of the longer bans in league history.

Consider: The Los Angeles Kings are scheduled to play 18 times before the defenceman is even due in court on Dec. 1 — and that could be just the beginning if domestic abuse charges are pursued against him in California. Some cases drag on for years.

Absent a quick legal resolution, the NHL is left in an unenviable spot. How can it fairly be expected to serve as judge, jury and executioner?

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Uh Oh Vancouver

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

If you happen to be a Vancouver Canucks fan a little prone to paranoid feelings about your team, Tuesday night’s 6-3 loss in Dallas presented a considerable quandary.

This team presented so many worries it was hard to differentiate which was the most distressing.

Was it the fact they gave up six goals being dynamited out of the building of a team they owned two years ago? Was it Ryan Miller’s performance in goal in his first game against a team that in some way represents the strength of the Western Conference? Was it the fact it seems to take this team 15 to 20 good scoring chances, and in this case 46 shots, to end up with three goals? Was it all the chances they blew in the first period when they had the opportunity of changing the complexion of the game?

Whatever evil is deemed the greatest ill, let it not be said this team isn’t entertaining, as we outline elsewhere, written before the game. While it was blowout city, you certainly have to take the fun of this one over the droning of last year when scoring chances were few and goals were shorter than John Tortorella.

Where else do you see red lights coming so fast the air horn in Dallas barely stops before it has to be cranked up again?

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Video- Recap Of The NHL Action From Tuesday Night

3 1/2 minutes of highlights from the games last night.

 

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Numbers Don’t Tell The Story In Dallas Stars Win

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

There are times when you know exactly why something is happening, and you can both quantify and control that something. Then, there are times when you witness something that goes beyond the boundaries of logic and stretches belief to the breaking point. That’s when you simply have to sit back in astonishment and realize the game is played in many different dimensions.

Like Tuesday night.

In taking a 6-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks at American Airlines Center, the Stars sent coaches and mathematicians to their computers to try to crunch numbers like: How do you win 57 percent of the faceoffs and still get outshot 46-28? In the meantime, players like Canucks goalie Ryan Miller were left scrambling for reasons the puck seemingly bent the laws of physics and found a way to land in the net.

Afterward, Stars coach Lindy Ruff chuckled and said, “That’s a tough one to assess.”

And yet, that’s exactly what Dallas must do. The Stars must analyze why they were able to strike with such offensive ferocity and convert five of their first 13 shots into goals. And then they must assess why they couldn’t control any aspect of the game after that hot start.

read on and below, watch what was basically an own goal by Ryan Miller...

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Morning Line - Patrick Roy

“Right now the way I look at, is we want an easy game. Until we’re where we want to compete at the level we were last year, we’re going to struggle. We’re not sharp mentally.”

-Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy after an OT loss to Florida.  More post-game reaction from Mark Chambers of All Things Avs.

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