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Bigger Ice Doesn’t Mean Better Hockey

From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News,

Russian hero Ilya Kovalchuk said it best when he summed up his team’s ability to come back from a two-goal deficit to win the gold medal game of the World Championship against Canada in overtime Sunday afternoon.

“When you’re playing on the big rinks and you’re trailing by two goals, it’s always tough to come back,” Kovalchuk said.

There is a certain contingent of hockey snobs that look down their noses at the NHL product, all the while claiming the international game to be far superior, in large part because the players have so much room to display their creativity.

They are wrong, so wrong.

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  Tags: arenas, iihf, ilya+kovalchuk, world+championships

Tale of Two Staals

To clear up some conflicting reports and rumors, a quick note about Eric’s and Jordan Staal’s status in the wake of the unfortunate death of their grandfather. 

Eric Staal has left Team Canada at the World Championships to join his family and will understandably be missing his game scheduled for Wednesday.  Jordan Staal is said to be playing tonight for the Pittsburgh Penguins, then flying home briefly tomorrow to attend the funeral.  He isn’t expected to miss any games.

 

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  Tags: eric+staal, iihf, jordan+staal, world+championships

Bizarre Incident on Tretiak Flight

From Rhéal Séguin at the Globe & Mail,

Hockey legend Vladislav Tretiak has taken hundreds of flights over his career and witnessed many bizarre incidents on planes, but nothing like last week’s midair altercation that left a drunken Russian passenger dead.

Mr. Tretiak was fast asleep in the first-class section of an Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Toronto, on his way to the prestigious international hockey championship in Quebec City, not knowing that one of his diehard fans was determined to talk to him.

“I felt someone shaking me on my shoulder and I woke up. There was this guy standing next to me. He looked like he had been drinking. Before I realized it, somebody else was pulling him away as he screamed, ‘Tretiak, Tretiak.’ And then they just took him away,”

continued… *a strange story, and obviously very upsetting, experience for Tretiak

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  Tags: iihf, vladislav+tretiak, world+championships

Surgery Expected For Halpern

from Lightning Strikes,

This news release just arrived from the Lightning. No confirmation on the ACL, but the fact that the team is acknowledging surgery is likely would seem to square with the early reports. Here’s the release:

TAMPA BAY - Tampa Bay Lightning center Jeff Halpern has suffered a right knee injury that is expected to require surgery, it was announced by Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Jay Feaster.

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added 8:10pm, from the CP via TSN,

Tampa Bay centre Jeff Halpern is expected to miss the next six to eight months after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament at the IIHF World Hockey Championship, the Lightning announced Wednesday.

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  Tags: iihf, jeff+halpern, world+championships

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