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Morning Line- Claude Julien

"When you've got to score two goals every night to get one, it’s tough to win hockey games. We got some tough calls against us and our guys played hard right till the end. Unfortunately, we didn’t get that second point that I thought we deserved."

-Claude Julien, head coach of the Boston Bruins after losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in OT.  More on the game from Caryn Switaj of BostonBruins.com.

You can view two of those "tough calls" below....

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So Far The Calgary Flames Are Beating The Odds

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Starting the season, oddsmakers had the Flames as the longest of long shots – 100 to 1 or more – to win the Stanley Cup. Recently, they’ve been upgraded to 40 to 1. Now, at the very least, they have played themselves into the mix.

Year over year, the biggest difference this season is the work ethic the Flames became known for a year ago has been translated into points in the standings. The reality is, there’s a lot of hockey left to play and early enthusiasm can easily fade in the grind of the regular season and before the adrenalin rush of the playoff race licks in.

It is one reason why coach Bob Hartley divides the season into a series of seven-game segments, mimicking a playoff series.

“Internally, we have that seven-game mindset, and we really believe in that and follow that,” defenceman Mark Giordano said. “We’re in a good spot. We’re over .500. It’s still early. There’s still a lot of time to go both ways, so we have to make sure we maintain a good mindset. If we lose one, we try to bounce right back.

“But when you get this confidence that we have going right now, I think it’s really important to pile up as many points as possible to get yourselves right in that hunt – and then stay in it for as long as possible.”


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Video- Highlights From The Four NHL Games Last Night

3 1/2 minutes of NHL action on Monday.


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Video- Goals Of The Week

Sportsnet style...


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The Pressure In Edmonton

from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,

The pressure is mounting in Edmonton, the pressure to do something. Anything. Now.

Which is, of course, absolutely the wrong idea. It’s the kind of thinking that has, for example, kept the Toronto Maple Leafs away from the winner’s circle for 47 years.

The idea, assuming this was all a plan, was to build a powerful hockey machine in Edmonton, something similar to the squad that ruled the sport in the 1980s. Even if that was impossible in a salary cap era, multiple high picks over multiple years was supposed to deliver a championship worthy outfit.

It hasn’t yet. But that doesn’t mean it won’t.

But it won’t if the plan gets changed now and decisions are made to make the short-term more palatable.

This was always going to be extremely painful. And one imagines it must be for Oiler loyalists.

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The Chicago Blackhawks Have Had Their Ups And Downs

from Tracey Myers of CSNChicago,

Twenty-one games down, 61 games to go.

Yes, boys and girls, we’re just past the quarter mark of the 2014-15 season. The Blackhawks have been very good at times, mediocre at others. If the playoffs started today the Blackhawks would be seventh in the Western Conference.

But the playoffs don’t begin today, so let’s move on from the nonsensical “if.” This is about what the Blackhawks have done, or haven’t done, to be in seventh right now. So while the Blackhawks take Monday off, let’s look at what’s worked and what needs work.

What needs work

Individual games. Bryan Bickell is struggling again. Andrew Shaw was, too, before he was injured. Marian Hossa broke out of a scoring slump on Saturday but offensively he’s been quieter than usual. The Blackhawks are at their best when everyone’s doing a little something out there. They haven’t been getting enough contributions across the board yet.


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While In Motown, Bryan Murray And Daniel Alfredsson Go For A Spin

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Bryan Murray went for a car ride with an old pal Monday in Detroit.

Former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson invited Murray along for a little ride about town, allowing the two to catch up.

"I ran into him today and he asked me what I was doing and he said, 'Let’s go for a drive.' It was nice," the Senators GM told ESPN.com Monday ahead of his team’s game against the Red Wings.

Just goes to show that despite Alfredsson’s dramatic exit from Ottawa before signing with the Detroit Red Wings in the summer of 2013, time heals all wounds. 


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Video- Monday Means Slow Motion Highlights

Another edition of NHL highlights from the past week, all in four minutes of slow motion.


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The Gretzky Collection

via Hometown Hockey,

From the jersey Wayne Gretzky wore during 81-82 when he broke all those records (worth more than $300,000 today), to Wayne’s 1986 Mercedes convertible (license plate: WAS 99S), Shawn Chaulk, the Wayne Gretzky of Wayne Gretzky collectors, talks about how a Newfoundlander who came to Fort McMurray 30-odd years ago to raise a family and build a home fell in love with the Oilers and built the world’s largest collection of game-worn Gretzky memorabilia.



More at HometownHockey including a few pictures of some of the memorabilia.

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The Perils of Financial Mismanagement by Sports Stars

By Mike,

It is one of the strange anomalies of modern sport that even high earning players and coaches can go bankrupt, whether this is at the peak of their career or once they have put their glory days behind them. Some case are more unusual than others, however, with the recent circumstances surrounding NHL player and Columbus Blue Jackets’ defenceman Jack Johnson particularly strange. The player has recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, while he also claims that his parents are responsible for having led him financially astray.

The Blue Jackets, who sit eighth in the Metropolitan Division and host Boston at the Nationwide Arena at the weekend, have declined to comment so far. This has not prevented the news from reaching the Columbus Dispatch, however, which reports that Johnson’s financial issues began after he granted power of attorney to his mother and gave her full control of his finances. The news of his plight is even more surprising given the fact that Johnson signed a seven year, $30.5 million deal with the Blue Jackets as recently as 2011.

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