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from the Vancouver Province,
Somewhere among those 49 Detroit shots he found his game.
“I think it was something that I needed,” Luongo said regarding the shot barrage. “I’m happy that I got so many shots. It brought my confidence back up a little bit. I started to feel like myself there.
“They were throwing everything at the net and it got me in the game early and I established a pretty good comfort zone right off the bat.
“I was getting in a pretty good groove there.”...
“He was standing on his head, spinning around, stopping everything,” Sami Salo said. “I don’t even know the word for it. I don’t know if there is a word for it. It was more than unbelievable….”
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The offer was snatched back before a thirsty hockey fan could spell Budweiser.
Shortly before lunchtime Thursday, the St. Louis Blues sent an e-mail to fans announcing “Tuesdays on Tap,” a promotion offering unlimited free beverages, including beer, for certain tickets to five upcoming home games.
At 4 p.m., Blues executive Peter McLoughlin told the Post-Dispatch, “This one is not happening.”
from USA TODAY,
A few years ago, when Ted Leonsis and his wife, Lynn, stumbled onto a designer show house that was on the market just outside Washington, D.C., they fell in love with it.
Well, sort of. Kind of. OK, not really.
But they bought it, gutted it, added on and rearranged. They bought the neighbor’s house, too, then tore it down.
When the sawdust had finally settled, there stood a 22,000-square-foot brick mansion on 5.5 acres, complete with pond, pool, tennis court, guesthouse and five-car garage.
continued with pictures…
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
Nike’s venerable hockey division, Bauer, is poised to be sold off to a non-sports company for the first time in the company’s long history….
As the Bauer auction winds to a close, speculation has percolated in recent weeks that rival sports apparel and equipment maker adidas may follow suit and put hockey division CCM on the block.
ReebokCCM has re-designed CCM’s logo, given the brand its own booth at a high-profile upcoming Las Vegas trade show, and signed hockey phenom John Tavares to an endorsement contract.
“adidas bought Reebok to enhance its pro-sports position in North America,” said Jim Rennie, who for years published a trade letter about the hockey industry. “Sadly, hockey is now a secondary pro sport in the U.S., and adidas has other priorities. Hockey doesn’t figure in its strategic vision. Hockey won’t help it catch up to Nike – hence they likely exit.”
more... And there are also rumours circulating that TPS Hockey, which has “offshored” almost everything of late, is going out of business…
via the NY Post,
Martin Brodeur has turned over his spot as the goalies’ voice to the players’ competition committee to Dallas’ Marty Turco. Brodeur said his input was not as effective as he’d want, and that the committee was not goalie-oriented.
from the Mercury News,
Ron Wilson has not been hesitant to criticize Marleau - usually indirectly in postgame remarks about his line or vague “players” who weren’t sharp. Marleau has kept his mouth shut publicly about that. But he has to be gurgling inside after some of those remarks.
Here’s the truth: Marleau and Ron Wilson are the Lennon and McCartney of the Sharks. If this team is going to make sweet postseason music, it needs them to collaborate. Otherwise, our beloved Los Tiburones are going to drop off the charts faster than Vanilla Ice did. Right now, Doug Wilson seems inclined to let Marleau and his coach work out their issues as mature adults should. Keep an eye on that. If their relationship doesn’t lose its obvious sour taste, there could be a new recipe. With new ingredients.
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Chelios also talks trade possibilities, saying that he thinks a defenseman would help the team most. His defenseman of choice? Rob Blake of the Los Angeles Kings. “He’s in a situation there where there’s just no end at the light of the tunnel and he’s lost his drive right now,” Chelios says of Blake. “I’ve been there. I talked to him last time we played him, and he would love to come here.”
from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,
When is this going to end? I mean, Stastny practiced today and looked great. Then his appendix bursts afterward. Now you’ve got an Avalanche team without Joe Sakic, Ryan Smyth and Paul Stastny in the lineup - with Sakic and Smyth out until March 1 at least.
It’s going to be up to No. 60 now, along with Nos. 23, 15, 40, 8, 39 and 37. Yes, I think T.J. Hensick is going to have to really come through now, and he’s got the chance to do it.
Anyone get the feeling Dater watches too much NASCAR?
from the Buffalo News,
No team wants to be compared to the 2002-03 Buffalo Sabres. Too late.
It’s not just the results that create comparisons, though. It’s the way the Sabres are losing — and what they are saying about it — that links this club to one of the worst in franchise history.
• Hard work goes nowhere. Now: “If we work like that and play like that, we’ll start winning.” — Coach Lindy Ruff after the streak reached seven games.
Then: “Today’s work ethic was enough to get the win, and if we work like that every game, we’re going to win our fair share.” — Defenseman Rhett Warrener after the streak reached four.
Nash scores the game winner with 22 seconds left.
added 8:42am, from Puck-rakers,
With Coyotes’ D-men Keith Ballard and Derek Morris in front of him, Nash switched the puck from forehand to backhand no fewer than nine times. He shifted back and forth on this skates, lowered a shoulder and made his way past both Ballard and Morris, considered the Coyotes’ most reliable blue-liners.
Coyotes goaltender Mikael Tellqvist tried to poke-check the puck away. He got a piece of it, but the puck followed Nash, who settled it down and fired a wrister into the net before Tellqvist could recover.
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