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Can The Flames Find Their Game Again

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

The disheartening thing that comes off the Game 2 loss is that the Flames were at home and that they tried hard, and they still didn’t look all that better than they did in Game One or than they did last season.

In many ways, they looked the same, a fact that did not go unnoticed by Flames captain Jarome Iginla.

“There were many good things out there, but we obviously had some breakdowns,” he said. “Again.”

It’s that one-word, “again”, that seems to accurately size up the plight of the Flames in this early going.


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Time For The NHL In The Northwest

from David Gerig of the Whitworthian,

Hockey takes a back seat to the big three sports in the country, but even more evidently here in the Northwest. Seattle sports fans might be surprised to find out that their very own Seattle Metropolitans won the first United States Stanley Cup back in 1917 in the Pacific Coast League. It’s the same city and region that has ignored and has been ignored by the NHL ever since….

The strong minor league hockey teams make one wonder why there has not been a professional hockey team here in the Northwest. Ironically, there is a “Northwest” division in the NHL, but it doesn’t include a team from the Northwest United States - with the closest United States team being the Colorado Avalanche – just 20 hours southeast.

So why is it that the Northwest United States is not getting any love from the NHL? I’m out to investigate this crime and find out the main factors that contribute to the lack of a professional hockey team in Seattle and surrounding regions.


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One Team Will Get Their First Win Tonight

from Jean Lefebvre of the Calgary Herald,

While that initial victory has been elusive for the Flames and Avalanche, the reasons for the early struggles are pretty easy to pin down.

Start with the guys between the pipes—Colorado’s Peter Budaj (.795) and Calgary Miikka Kiprusoff (.807) have the worst save percentages among goaltenders who have played at least one full game.

On the special-teams side of things, the Flames’ power play is worst in the league, as is Colorado’s penalty-killing.


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Enough With The Celebrations

from Greg Couch of the Chicago Sun-Times,

It’s probably too early to be this pessimistic. But a few more weeks of this, and I’m going to be feeling awfully gullible.

The Hawks are still that fresh, emerging story. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane can still be Chicago’s iconic combo in a few years.

So the Hawks are still a curiosity. But they have to be more than that now.

They have to be a hockey team.

Time to win. There’s a slogan.


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Hatcher Helped By Rehab

from Anthony SanFilippo of the Daily Times,

“I’ve been rehabbing like crazy, and to be honest with you, it feels pretty good,” Hatcher said. “I had it drained and then shot up with cortisone and there’s been no fluid build-up since, and that’s the most important thing.”

Hatcher has said all along that his knee felt no worse than it did during the playoffs last spring. The Flyers’ doctors have not cleared him to play, but Hatcher is champing at the bit to get back.

“I still think I can play,” Hatcher said. “I’m not ready for it to be over yet. I still think I can get back and that remains my goal.”

read on

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  Tags: derian+hatcher

A Dangerous Hockey Player

from Damien Cox at The Spin Blog,

Hollweg is about to receive his second suspension in a matter of weeks, a three-gamer this time for checking from behind, his favourite hockey play.

Let’s be clear. This oaf on skates doesn’t score goals, or set up plays, or generate a forecheck or even protect his teammates. Ever since he’s been in the league, he has been known as a player who does one of three things every time he’s on the ice:

1) Takes about 25 strides and charges an opponent.
2) Leaves his feet to hit an opponent.
3) Hits opponents from behind.

He’s a dangerous, dangerous hockey player, and for all the wrong reasons. Everybody knew it before he got here after his years of playing for the Rangers.


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  Tags: ryan+hollweg

Alexei Cherepanov Receiving Treatment On The Bench

A KK reader sent me the link of the video showing Cherepanov receiviing treatment from the medical staff while on the bench.

As the reader pointed out to me, no stretcher, they had to carry him out with manpower.

Watch the video below…

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NHL Still Growing

from the CP via TSN,

The NHL is “still in growth mode” despite the economic downturn, commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday, noting that ticket sales have increased this season.

“We’re acutely aware of what’s going on out there, but it hasn’t yet impacted us,” Bettman said before attending Monday night’s game between the Washington Capitals and Vancouver Canucks.

“I have no doubt that, over time, if it’s long enough and bad enough, it will have some impact, but based on what we’re seeing right now, our business seems to be strong.”


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  Tags: gary+bettman

Trade Staal Now

from Mark Madden of the Beaver County Times,

It’s too early to complain, but…

Crosby doesn’t have any quality wingers.

Actually, it’s not too early to complain about that, or to do something about it….

Penguins GM Ray Shero should trade Jordan Staal for some quality help at wing, and do it sooner, not later. Staal, 20, is a major talent with tons of potential. He plays hard two-way hockey and does everything he’s asked. Staal could play for my team any day.

read on

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  Tags: jordan+staal

Alexei Cherepanov Dies During KHL Game

from TSN,

New York Ranger prospect Alexei Cherepanov collapsed on the bench at or near the end of Omsk’s Kontinental Hockey League game and died a short time later.

According to reports, medical personnel attempted to revive him.


added 3:52pm, The Alex Ovejtkin blog translates a story from Russia,

The young forward unexpectedly collided with his teammate during the line change. Soon after a 19-year-old hockey player’s heart stopped, and he was sent to the resuscitation.

added 4:03pm, from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

According to initial reports, Cherepanov collapsed on the bench after suffering a heart attack and was unable to be resuscitated. There was, apparently, no ambulance on hand at the rink at the time of Cherepanov’s collapse as Omsk played Vityav Chekhov in the Moscow Region. Resuscitation efforts were conducted in the parking lot.

read on

added 4:17pm, via Puck Daddy,

Dmitry Chesnokov of SovSport, who writes:

Cherepanov is dead. He collapsed on the bench on the 18th minute of the third period in the game against Vityaz Chekhov after a collision with Jaromir Jagr [his teammate on Omsk in the KHL]. He went to the bench and his heart stopped. He was taken to the emergency room at a local hospital where the best doctors in town worked for about an hour trying to resuscitate him.


added 8:36pm, Video of Cherepanov receiving treatment on the bench can be found here.

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  Tags: alexei+cherepanov

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