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AO In His Own World

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

The Zamboni driver has the ice to himself—except for this other figure, on skates, wearing what could be the underwear of Santa Claus.

The ensemble: Red long johns, red shorts overtop and a red T-shirt.

The figure is Alexander Ovechkin—bare head, bare arms, muscles bulging, testing out a new stick on the Scotiabank Place ice on the morning of the game, playfully following the Zamboni’s clean patterns.

While his teammates, fully dressed in hockey gear, wait patiently by the Washington Capitals’ bench for the Zamboni to finish, Ovechkin whirls, spins, shoots a puck gently against the boards. His own man. In his own world.


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Lidstrom & Datsyuk Out Of ASG - Replacements Announced


NEW YORK (Jan. 21, 2009) – Having produced a marvelous first half of the 2008-09 season that has him fifth in the League with 24 goals, San Jose center Patrick Marleau now has a spot in the 2009 NHL All-Star Game to show for it. Having been named to the 2008 All-Rookie Team, Montreal goaltender Carey Price has chosen to do double-duty by coming to the aid of his class and will play goal for the sophomores in the 2009 NHL YoungStars Game presented by Upper Deck in addition to starting for the Eastern Conference in the All-Star Game.

    Marleau and Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas have been named to the Western Conference team to replace injured Detroit Red Wings Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom, respectively, in the 57th NHL All-Star Game in Montreal’s Bell Centre on Sunday.

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Coyotes Can Build On With The Win Over The Wings

via Dave Vest of The Desert Dog Blog at PhoenixCoyotes.com, Truth be told, when the Red Wings tied the score at 3 with six seconds left in the second period, the vibe I felt in the building was that Detroit would rally to beat Phoenix for the 10th straight time.

But that didn’t happen. And because it didn’t, the Coyotes may have turned that corner that leads to the NHL playoffs.

“I think a year ago we would have probably somehow found a way to lose that game,” Head Coach Wayne Gretzky told reporters after the game. “But maturity and want and will to win have really come a long way here, and effort and goaltending have sort of risen, and that’s the difference.”

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The Net Experiment

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

The NHL is experimenting with different-shaped posts and crossbars to see if more shots that normally clang off the iron might instead be directed into the net.

It’s a way the league might be able to increase scoring without changing the size of the nets.

Mike Murphy, the league’s vice-president of hockey operations, described the new post as a “teardrop” shape, like the rim of a paper coffee cup that has been squeezed.

The league did its first testing of the new nets at the Air Canada Centre during yesterday’s Leaf practice, filming the workout to see how pucks reacted when they hit the posts. A DVD of the experiment will be studied internally and then passed on to the league’s general managers.

“It’s a little bit of research and development to see if, without changing the size of the nets, we can make the nets more rewarding offensively,” said Murphy.

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With Other Options, Why Is Prucha Always Pulled?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Petr Prucha doesn’t need to look up at Tom Renney’s greaseboard to read the writing on the Rangers wall.

“When the team needs a spark by changing players, there are not too many who can come out, and so it’s me,” Prucha told The Post following yesterday’s morning skate. “I’m disappointed.”

Prucha, a healthy scratch for 27 of the first 38 games, was in street clothes for last night’s match at the Garden against the Ducks after a run of nine straight played. The winger scored goals in each of his first two after being restored to active duty before recording three assists in the following seven matches.

“I feel like I need to [score] points to stay in,” Prucha said. “The coach probably doesn’t have much confidence in me to keep me in the lineup.”


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KK- Down Time Tonight

Just a little heads up, I am taking the night off.  I’ve been going pretty strong lately and just need a night to re-charge.

Therefore, this can be considered an open, hockey related post.  Feel free to leave any related hockey comments.

Of course, if any major news breaks, I will be behind the keyboard once again.

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DiPietro Gone for the Rest of the Season

From TSN:

The Islanders announced on Tuesday that knee issues will sideline goalie Rick DiPietro for the rest of the season.

DiPietro, who has only played in five games this season, has had three operations in the past year, including hip surgery in March and arthroscopic knee surgery in October to repair a torn meniscus.


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ASG SuperSkills Lineup

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The NHL announced the rosters for the Cisco NHL Hardest Shot, Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater and McDonalds NHL Accuracy Shooting competitions Tuesday afternoon. The roster for the NHL YoungStars Game presented by Upper Deck and Scotiabank NHL Fan Fav Breakaway Challenge were announced earlier. All 42 All-Stars, meanwhile, take part in the Gatorade NHL Elimination Shootout, the closing event of the SuperSkills.

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Listen To Obama

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

Obama said that the challenges for America are many, but that “those values upon which our success depends - honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths.”

It takes both leadership and co-operation, but the hockey world could also live by those words.

If it did both we and the game would be better for it.


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NHL On NBC Ratings

from Puck The Media,

The NHL On NBC’s regular “Game of the Week” timeslot debut was even with last year’s.  The Rangers/Penguins game scored a 1.1/3 overnight, #2 in non-football programming that week (behind college hoops on ABC).

The matching game from last year, Rangers/Bruins on 1/18/08, also drew a 1.1.  This likely means the final rating will drop below a 1.0.


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