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Uh Oh Vancouver

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

If you happen to be a Vancouver Canucks fan a little prone to paranoid feelings about your team, Tuesday night’s 6-3 loss in Dallas presented a considerable quandary.

This team presented so many worries it was hard to differentiate which was the most distressing.

Was it the fact they gave up six goals being dynamited out of the building of a team they owned two years ago? Was it Ryan Miller’s performance in goal in his first game against a team that in some way represents the strength of the Western Conference? Was it the fact it seems to take this team 15 to 20 good scoring chances, and in this case 46 shots, to end up with three goals? Was it all the chances they blew in the first period when they had the opportunity of changing the complexion of the game?

Whatever evil is deemed the greatest ill, let it not be said this team isn’t entertaining, as we outline elsewhere, written before the game. While it was blowout city, you certainly have to take the fun of this one over the droning of last year when scoring chances were few and goals were shorter than John Tortorella.

Where else do you see red lights coming so fast the air horn in Dallas barely stops before it has to be cranked up again?

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Video- Recap Of The NHL Action From Tuesday Night

3 1/2 minutes of highlights from the games last night.

 

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Numbers Don’t Tell The Story In Dallas Stars Win

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

There are times when you know exactly why something is happening, and you can both quantify and control that something. Then, there are times when you witness something that goes beyond the boundaries of logic and stretches belief to the breaking point. That’s when you simply have to sit back in astonishment and realize the game is played in many different dimensions.

Like Tuesday night.

In taking a 6-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks at American Airlines Center, the Stars sent coaches and mathematicians to their computers to try to crunch numbers like: How do you win 57 percent of the faceoffs and still get outshot 46-28? In the meantime, players like Canucks goalie Ryan Miller were left scrambling for reasons the puck seemingly bent the laws of physics and found a way to land in the net.

Afterward, Stars coach Lindy Ruff chuckled and said, “That’s a tough one to assess.”

And yet, that’s exactly what Dallas must do. The Stars must analyze why they were able to strike with such offensive ferocity and convert five of their first 13 shots into goals. And then they must assess why they couldn’t control any aspect of the game after that hot start.

read on and below, watch what was basically an own goal by Ryan Miller...

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Morning Line - Patrick Roy

“Right now the way I look at, is we want an easy game. Until we’re where we want to compete at the level we were last year, we’re going to struggle. We’re not sharp mentally.”

-Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy after an OT loss to Florida.  More post-game reaction from Mark Chambers of All Things Avs.

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Videos- Those Goalie Interference Calls

No doubt, the refs have been told to make the calls.

Check this one on Nick Bjugstad...

 

 

Below, an incidental interference call on Justin Abdelkader...

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  Tags: justin+abdelkader, nick+bjugstad, pavel+datsyuk

Nathan Horton Health Update Not Good

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

The Blue Jackets aren’t ready to move on without injured right wing Nathan Horton yet.

But optimism is fading that Horton will be able to play this season, and there’s growing concern that the 29-year-old’s career might be finished.

Horton, who signed a seven-year, $37.1 million free-agent contract with the Blue Jackets in the summer of 2013, has been diagnosed with “degeneration” of the entire lumbar region of his spine, or the lower back, sources told The Dispatch.

Surgery has not been scheduled or ruled out, but it is viewed as a last resort, sources said. It’s a delicate procedure, with no guarantee of relief.

“Nathan is a frustrated kid right now,” said his agent, Paul Krepelka. “This is normally a really easygoing guy, a happy guy, but he’s just so frustrated by all of this. 

“He signed with Columbus to make an impact, to play a big role on a team that’s on the rise. He was so excited about doing it. The fact that he hasn’t been able to make any meaningful contributions is just extremely frustrating to him.”

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Dean Lombardi On The Slava Voynov Suspension

from Rich Hammond of Kings Blog at the OC Register,

After practice today, Kings president and general manager Dean Lombardi met with a group of beat reporters in his office to discuss Slava Voynov’s arrest and suspension. 

Here is the first half of the transcript of what Lombardi said... 

DEAN LOMBARDI 

(On when and how he found out about Voynov...) 

"Yesterday morning, from (team executive Jeff Solomon). ... There’s phone calls going on. You’ve got NHL security and the league, Bill Daly, is calling. I don’t even know the time sequence." 

(On whether he has seen or spoken to Voynov...) 

"No. I think, obviously given the situation, you’ve got to let the process go through. I know Darryl went over there and spoke to him, as the coach. Right now, I think you’ve just got to let this process go through." 

continued and part 2 is here...

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Penguins GM Wants Marc-Andre Fleury To Be His Goalie

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

There's been much speculation about the future of Marc-Andre Fleury in Pittsburgh, if for no other reason than the goaltender is playing the final year of his contract and wasn’t extended this past summer. 

But people shouldn't read into that,Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said Tuesday. He doesn’t believe Fleury is going anywhere. 

"As long as I'm GM here, he's my goalie," Rutherford told ESPN.com. "My plan is to re-sign him when the time is right. When that is, I don’t know, if it’s during the year or after the year, but I do want to re-sign him. I believe in him." 

continue on for more hockry talk including Johnny Boychuk and the Islanders and the Winnipeg Jets...

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Last Chance On Long Island

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

“Every team’s going to go through spells throughout the year when they lose some games, but the good teams find a way to not lose three, four in a row,” Okposo said. “They find a way to eliminate that, and they find a way to get points. That’s one thing that we have to learn from. It has to be this year. We have to learn now, because not playing in the playoffs isn’t fun. We want to get back there.

“Last year was tough. Once you get in the playoffs, you never want to go back (to missing them).”

Only one more chance to get back to the playoffs in Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Only one more chance to cram the fans into the old barn, to feel the shake.

“I love playing there,” Okposo said. “I love it. It’s loud. It’s intense. It’s not like some of the buildings that are brand-new and kind of dull and quiet. It’s got a lot of character.”

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Alex Galchenyuk Should Have Been Given A Penalty, Not A Goal

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

Alex Galchenyuk had only touched the ice with one skate after exiting the penalty box and therefore was not deemed legally on the ice when he stole the puck off the stick of Nathan MacKinnon. 

By the letter of the law Alex Galchenyuk should have received an additional minor penalty for interference (56.2) and no goal would have resulted in what turned out to be a 3-2 Montreal victory in regulation time.

Two rules reference this play in determining when a player is deemed to be legally on the ice from either the players' bench or penalty box. First, 56.2 states that a minor penalty shall be imposed on any identifiable player on the players' bench or penalty bench who, by means of his stick or his body, interferes with the movements of the puck or any opponent on the ice during the progress of the play. In addition, should a player about to come onto the ice, play the puck while one or both skates are still on the players' or penalty bench, a minor penalty for interference shall be assessed.

continued and watch the goal below...

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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.

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