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Shane Gostisbehere’s Hockey Life

from Shane Gostisbehere at The Players' Tribune,

I used to wake up everyday at 4 a.m. to go to the rink. That’s how dedicated I was when I was seven.

My dad would drive my sister and me through the dark on an empty highway, then I’d get to the rink and do what I loved to do more than anything in the world: I went to sleep.

Let me explain.

My sister, Felicia, is four years older than me. Back then, she was an unreal figure skater. She was going to be an Olympian someday — she was that good. My dad would take us to Incredible Ice — the rink in Coral Springs, Florida — every morning. My mom worked, so I had to tag along if I wanted to get to school. I didn’t want to watch figure skating, though, so I started bringing a sleeping bag. I’d roll it out right in the bleachers, and I’d pass out for a few hours, five rows up from the ice while Felicia trained with her coaches.


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Video- 400 Goals For Marian Gaborik

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

“I’m very proud of it,” Gaborik said of his 400 goals. “Congrats to Kopi for his 500th assist. It’s kind of ironic he gets it on my 400th goal and it’s against my former team as well.”

more on the Kings 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.

Watch the goal below...

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Who Said It?

I loved all the teams. The ‘84 Tigers, and of course the Pistons before I left. I was always a Red Wings fan. Stevie Y came in and I became a big Yzerman fan. It’s been tough over the years. I played a lot in the west so I got my butt kicked by the Wings quite a bit. That love wore off. But I love the sports town. Still wearing my Lions hat. I don't know how long I can do that, but I still battle, still root for them too.

Who said it?  A good Q & A too.

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Morning Line- Ilya Kovalchuk

"Going to the Olympics is a must. Refusal means surrender. We understand perfectly that the IOC decision is simply politics, and who it is directed against. [We] more or less knew there would be such a decision. But if the athletes go [to Pyeongchang] it will bring the country together. All clean athletes must go. We are athletes, we have nothing to do with politics. For us, it will be an important tournament, it won’t be different from any other.” 

“Patriotism and love for our country is in our hearts. There’s no need to shout about it, or even to carry the flag on our chest. God willing, we will manage to perform well and we will sing the anthem.”

“The Olympics is a significant event in ice hockey, in any case. I can’t say that we hold any sort of grudge. Rather, it’s a lack of understanding. After all, we are just athletes, who train every day, practice our craft and dream about representing our country. Yes, they took our flag and anthem, but not our honor and convictions! We know that we are Russians and represent the best country in the world. I believe our fans will supports us even more. We will try to do everything to justify their hopes.”

-Ilya Kovalchuk, RT.com has a bit more on this topic.

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Video- Highlights From The NHL Games Played Last Night

325 seconds long...


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NHL Short Notes

Home Team in Caps
New Jersey 4, COLUMBUS 1
NY Rangers 4, PITTSBURGH 3
St. Louis 4, MONTREAL 3
DETROIT 5, Winnipeg 1
TAMPA BAY 6, NY Islanders 2
Nashville 5, DALLAS 2
Buffalo 4, COLORADO 2
VANCOUVER 3, Carolina 0
VEGAS 4, Anaheim 3 (SO)
LOS ANGELES 5, Minnesota 2

Nikita Kucherov
 collected two assists to become the first player to reach the 40-point mark this season (19-21—40 in 27 GP) and help the Lightning (19-6-2, 40 points) move back into sole possession of first place in the NHL standings. Tampa Bay established a franchise record for fewest games to reach the 40-point mark in a season.

* Kucherov became the third player in franchise history to reach the 40-point mark through the first 27 team games of a season, joining Vincent Lecavalier in 2007-08 (26 GP) and Steven Stamkos in 2010-11 (25 GP).

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Video- Brenden Dillon Suspended One Game

The explanation...


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The TSN Insiders Tonight

The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss how Russia's Olympic ban could affect the hockey tournament in PyeongChang, why the KHL's decision to go or not go might affect the way Hockey Canada builds its Olympic team, the latest on the NHL's interest in Seattle, and the Hurricanes' future in Carolina.

Watch at TSN...

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Brenden Dillon Will Have A DoPS Hearing Tonight

I tried to find  video of thise earlier, but no luck at this point.

Incidet took place very late in the gme.



added 6:24pm, found it, watch below...

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Alex Burmistrov Not Happy With The IOC Decision On Russia

from Patrick Johnston of the Vancouver Province,

Alex Burmistrov, when told Tuesday morning about the International Olympic Committee’s move to essentially ban Russia from the 2018 PyeongChang Games, minced no words.

“Bullshit,” he said.

“With everything Russia has done for sport — it doesn’t matter, I’m not just talking about hockey or something different — I think it’s bad.”

“It’s not just our country that did doping. Everybody got caught, every country.”

After the NHL said they wouldn’t go, Burmistrov said it was hard to take.

“We want to win the Olympics. It was hard for us.

“It’s even harder right now.”


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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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