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Iginla Hurt- Details Sketchy

from the Calgary Sun,

Chants of “Iggy, Iggy” that punctuated the fight gave way to a sombre buzz in the building when fans started noticing their leader had gone straight to the dressing room after serving his five minutes.
With team doctors tending to Iginla throughout the third period, Flames officials reported late in the evening Iginla had suffered a lower-body injury and wouldn’t return. That’s all they’d say. While press-time speculation swirled around a possible wrist injury, coach Jim Playfair would only say the injury didn’t occur during the scrap. Replays showed a pre-fight hit along the boards by Allen, suggesting Iginla’s left knee twist awkwardly.
Either injury is potentially devastating for one of the league’s top snipers.

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World Junior Championships - Bronze, Silver & Gold

Game Schedule for today:

10:00 a.m. ET

1:30 p.m. ET

Center Ice is showing the Bronze Medal USA-Sweden game, but they do not have the Gold Medal game scheduled at this time. (What the heck?) If anyone knows anything about a US television broadcast of the match, please drop a comment here. 

TSN is showing both games in Canada, on television and online on broadband.

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Bertuzzi Slow To Recover

from the Vancouver Province,

“I just miss actually playing the game so much. I guess it’s not surprising in that I don’t really have any hobbies and I’ve played most of my life. But seeing the guys out there and not being able to help is a terrible feeling.”
Bertuzzi is still haunted by “the incident” now almost three years ago but he’s obviously not at liberty to talk about anything pursuant to Steve Moore’s civil suit.
What he’s trying to focus on is getting hockey back into his life and resuming what was his life before this all happened.
“I’m really disappointed I’m not going to be able to come back to Vancouver to play but I really feel sorry for the fans here in Florida who thought they were getting a player to help.”


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Lack Of Interest

from the Montreal Gazette,

For the Capitals, even a burgeoning superstar is not enough. After devoting not a single column inch to the Caps in its nine-page Wednesday sports section, the Post came back with a story yesterday on declining attendance at the Verizon Centre.
The Post’s story put the Capitals average attendance this season at 13,103 going into last night’s game against the Canadiens, down 800 fans a game from last season and 4,000 from what the Caps were drawing five years ago. And because the NHL counts tickets distributed, that number bares little or no resemblance to the actual count of fannies in the seats.
Night after night, Ovechkin is playing in front of a half-empty arena. It’s a terrible waste, like Vladimir Guerrero toiling in front of 6,000 fans at the Big O - but it doesn’t appear that anything short of a Stanley Cup is going to bring out the fans in Washington.


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Recognizing Briere

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Even though Briere, a 5-foot-10, 178-pound center, is a core player on an elite team, he is not one of hockey’s best-known personalities. That he has fared so well in the all-star voting suggests he isn’t entirely unknown, although it’s hardly out of the question that Sabres partisans are responsible for most of the support he has gotten.
Briere works in a modest-sized market and is part of a club that emphasizes collective accomplishments, even though its lineup is studded with big-time talents. Not that Briere frets much about any lack of public recognition he might have outside the Niagara Frontier.
“It’s not about myself, or anybody personally,” he said. “We’re a team, a team that relies a lot on everybody chipping in. I wouldn’t have it any other way….”


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Catching Up With Gary Thorne

from the Bangor Daily News,

It’s only the second time in the last 21 years that Gary Thorne has faced the prospect of going through an entire winter and spring without calling any NHL action.
His life as a professional broadcaster is no less hectic, but things have been unsettling for the Old Town native the last three months.
“I’ve got plenty of work to stay busy, but with something you were close to, it feels like there’s something missing,” said the 58-year-old Thorne. “When you’re around it for that long a period and that much out of each year, you have a personal stake in it. It’s a hole and it’s something you wish you could fill.”


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Patrik Stefan’s Really Bad Night

The closing few seconds of the Dallas v Edmonton game Thursday night, and a very embarrassing moment for 1999’s first overall draft pick, Patrik Stefan. Said Dallas Stars defenceman Darryl Sydor afterwards:

“That was bizarre.  Seconds left with an empty net and then it’s down in our end and tie game. I’ve never seen any thing like that and you probably won’t see anything like that again for a long time.”


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Blues Tie NHL Record

From the AP via SLAM,

Goalie Manny Legace likes the way the St. Louis Blues have started games lately.
Lee Stempniak and Dennis Wideman scored goals to lead the Blues to a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.
St. Louis has not given up a goal in the first period since Andy Murray became coach 12 games ago. The streak matches the NHL record which was set in 1974 by the Los Angeles Kings. The Blues ended the Kings streak that season by scoring a first period goal in the 13th game.


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Fight Night

Hockey Fights has a nice mix of the three fights from the December 30th game involving the Caps and Rangers.
Featured bouts were:


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Safer Dasher Boards

We normally don’t read about some of the products that help make the game safer…

Bone rattling board collisions are an inevitable part of life in the National Hockey League. This season, however, more NHL players will skate away without serious injuries thanks to a new product from Intek Plastics, a custom plastic extruder, and Athletica, a rink systems provider.
SoftCap is a flexible extruded plastic cover that sits on top of rink dasher boards. Its design uses hollow channels to absorb impact 96% better than the material previously used, according to NHL testing. The league expects SoftCap will reduce head, chin, elbow and other injuries and has approved the product for all team arenas. The New York Islanders was the first team to install the product and several more orders have followed.

more at Intek... kind of technical…

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