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DeadSpin On The Puck Stops Here

from Barry Petchesky of DEADSPIN,

I wasn’t on the internet last night, so my first exposure to the mess that happened over in the hockey blog corner of the internet was this apology letter. Here are the first two lines:

I am going to address the blog post from last night at The Puck Stops Here, which has been removed.

The title of the post was ‘NHL Promoting Black Players With All-Star Selections’ and it went downhill from there.

Oh no. Oh no.

So, Paul Kukla’s a great guy and a great hockey blogger. His site, Kukla’s Korner, also hosts a number of other blogs. One of those, The Puck Stops Here, written by an anonymous longtime blogger, published a typo-ridden post last night about the recently announced All-Star Game lineups.


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Taking Notice Of The Minnesota Wild

from Dan Myers of MinnesotaWild.com,

With its solid play and the announcement earlier this week of three representatives at the NHL All-Star Game later this month, the Minnesota Wild's strong start to the season has started to capture the attention of a national audience.

If it hasn't already, it will by the end of the weekend.

After its game against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday aired on NBC Sports Network, Thursday's game against the Montreal Canadiens and Sunday's against the Chicago Blackhawks will also be seen by a nationwide audience.

The men who broadcasted the Wild's win over the Ducks, play-by-play man Kenny Albert and color analyst Pierre McGuire, came away impressed.

"They're a team that's for real," McGuire said. "They've got an elite goaltender in Devan Dubnyk. They've got a defenseman in Ryan Suter that's probably gonna be a Norris Trophy candidate. They've got quick-strike offensive capability from a lot of different sources. They've got Zach Parise back on track. There's a lot of things going on there that are extremely positive."


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Jumping The Gun With The Vegas Golden Kinghts

from Chad Finelstein of the Financial Post,

You’d think that with an organization as strong and experienced as the National Hockey League, they’d know a thing or two about getting a new team’s full infrastructure in place before making a huge announcement.

In mid-2016, after years of speculation and rumour, the NHL revealed that its newest franchise would launch in Las Vegas in time for the 2017-18 season. With a clever nod to the glitzy nightlife of Sin City, the league had decided to name the team the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

A good, catchy name.

But, the team didn’t apply for trademark protection in the United States for the name and logo until a few weeks after the expansion had been revealed, and had it rejected by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).


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ESPN Asks, Why No Cup For Ovechkin?

Craig Custance: Certainly by no fault of his own. All he's done in his postseason career is put up 82 points in 84 career playoff games -- including 41 career playoff goals. He's been an absolute force at times in the postseason. I'm just not sure if you can win a Stanley Cup built around a winger or when he's your best player. The recent Stanley Cup winners have been led by franchise centermen -- Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Anze Kopitar, Patrice Bergeron. They usually have a premier No. 1 defenseman to go with them -- Kris Letang, Duncan Keith, Drew Doughty, Zdeno Chara. Now, with Evgeny Kuznetsov starting to come on to go with Nicklas Backstrom, the Washington Capitals might have the necessary strength down the middle to pull it off. If history has shown us anything, it's that Ovechkin can't do it on his own.

Pierre LeBrun: Craig nailed it. It's all about the position. It's the same argument as the Ovechkin vs. Carey Price debate we had Monday, as far as which player is more valuable to his team....

continued at ESPN...

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KK- Addressing The Deleted Post From Last Night

I am going to address the blog post from last night at The Puck Stops Here, which has been removed.

The title of the post was 'NHL Promoting Black Players With All-Star Selections' and it went downhill from there.

First off, the author of The Puck Stops Here will no longer be allowed to write again for KK.

I take full responsibility for it being allowed online and I am sorry for that.  He has been writing for quite some time and I have no idea why he decided to write what he did, but he did.

It does not reflect my beliefs and I was disgusted with the topic itself.  I see hockey players in one way only, they are players.  Race, gender, etc. do not come into play in my mind, just hockey.

Now to address some things in bullet form:

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Videos- What You May Have Missed Last Night

All videos courtesy of Sportsnet YouTube page.

A different kind of interference call...



3 more videos below...

Mirco Mueller, you can't play...

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Videos- A Hot Paul Maurice

from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

Just when you think they are about to take a major step forward, they take a big one in the wrong direction.

Just when you think they might be starting to get on the kind of roll it will take to get them into the playoff picture, they play their worst hockey.

They did it again on Wednesday night, following up one of their best defensive efforts of the season — a 2-0 win over Calgary on Monday — with a terrible display against the injury-ravaged Montreal Canadiens.

The Canadiens scored early and often and skated away with 7-4 victory, using their speed and tenacious forechecking to make the Jets look bad repeatedly.

“We were horse sh-- from the drop of that first puck right until the very end,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said.

“We’re not sweeping this one under the rug. We’re going to take a good look at all of it and make sure we appreciate the value of playing in the National Hockey League.”


Below, two videos showing how mad Maurice was...

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NHL Short Notes

Home Team in Caps
Florida 2, NY ISLANDERS 1
Montreal 7, WINNIPEG 4
WASHINGTON 5, Pittsburgh 2
CALGARY 3, San Jose 2
Alex Ovechkin scored twice – including the opening goal just 35 seconds into the game – to become the first player in Capitals history to reach 1,000 career points (546-455—1,001) and lead the club to its seventh consecutive victory.


* Ovechkin became the 84th NHL player (sixth active) to reach the milestone, doing so in his 880th career game. Elias notes that only 23 players have hit the mark in fewer contests, the last being Jaromir Jagr (763 GP).
* Ovechkin, a six-time winner of the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, scored his 545th and 546th career goals to move past the legendary Canadiens scorer – who tallied 544 goals in 978 GP – into sole possession of 29th place on the League’s all-time list.
* Ovechkin (21-14—35) also became the 16th player in League history to reach 20 goals in each of his first 12 seasons. His 21 goals share third in the NHL this season, behind Sidney Crosby (26) and Jeff Carter (22).

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My Apologies

Normally I would have caught the latest and now last blog post at The Puck Stops Here but I have been under the weather yesterday and dosed off.

I apologize if the post offended you as it did me and I do want to say his opinion does not reflect my views or anyone else at Kukla's Korner.

The post has been take down and The Puck Stops here will not be a part of the site moving forward.

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Video- Alex Ovechkin With His 1000th Point

ARLINGTON, Va. – Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin earned his 1,000th career point in his 880th NHL game on Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins, becoming the second-fastest active player to reach 1,000 points (Jaromir Jagr: 763 games) and the 24th-fastest player to record 1,000 points in NHL history. In addition, he is the 37th player in NHL history to record 1,000 points with one franchise and his 545 career goals are the second-most through a player’s first 1,000 points (Brett Hull: 560) in NHL history.

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About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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