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KK- Chrstmas Comes Early

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Yesterday I received a nice surprise- An Easton Synergy EQ50 hockey stick.

Now all I need to do is find some ice.

Thanks Easton.


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So Far So Good For Brendan Morrison In Calgary

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

For a guy admitting still coming to terms with the fact he’s part of the Calgary Flames, he’s already exceeding expectations.

“It still feels a little bit odd pulling the red jersey on, but I’m coming around to it,” Morrison admitted after Tuesday night’s 5-4 shootout win over the Edmonton Oilers. “I’m appreciative this team gave me a chance. Things didn’t work out in Vancouver, but so far things have gone well.”

Well? Try stupendous. Outstanding. Unbelievable.

Morrison scored two more goals, once shorthanded and once on the powerplay, to get him back the point-per-game pace, with nine points (3-6-9) in as many outings.

Not bad for a player signed just before the season started and shortly after he was released from a tryout with the Vancouver Canucks.

read on

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Pronger Still Recovering From Knee Surgery

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from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

While you would not be able to tell on the stat sheet - Pronger’s plus/minus is 3 - he doesn’t quite look like the stalwart who guided the Flyers to the Stanley Cup finals last season. He acknowledged yesterday that his knee still isn’t at 100 percent.

“Did anyone say I was 100 percent?” Pronger asked. “I don’t think I’ve ever said I was 100 percent.”

Pronger, 36, missed the first two games of the season, nursing the injury, but was back for the Flyers’ home opener against Colorado.

Even though the situation is not ideal, Pronger is dealing with the injury as best he can. He was quick to acknowledge his game isn’t where he wants it to be at this point.

“I don’t know where it was supposed to be at this point,” Pronger said. “I think every day it’s getting a little bit better and a little bit stronger. I’m skating, trying to move around more and trying to do a little bit more.

“Some days, I need to take maintenance days. It feels better some days than others.”

read on

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Jordan Staal Not Ready To Play Just Yet

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from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Jordan Staal looks powerful and mobile and confident when he is on the ice.

Looks a lot like a guy who could—and should—be in the Penguins’ lineup.

But things should not always be taken at face value, as Penguins coach Dan Bylsma pointed out Tuesday….

“It’s important to understand that he’s had a significant amount of time not working out, waiting for his foot to heal,” Bylsma said. “It’s important for him to spend time getting some of that workout time in, on the ice and off the ice.

“He looks good [during practices], but there’s still a ways to go before he gets close to that 100 percent range. He has to be allowed to continue to be able to work out off the ice and on the ice.”

read on

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Questioning The Play Of The Canucks

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from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

The Canucks won 4-3 on a bizarre OT goal from Mason Raymond but for most of the night they almost all looked as though they could have used a long, hard slurp of the best energy drink on the market.

We all know the Colorado Avalanche young players skate well and can put some pressure on you but the Canucks are supposed to be Cup contenders.

And yet after four days off they spent more than half the night back on their heels examining just how good a goaltender Roberto Luongo can be after all this nonsense about Cory Schneider perhaps making something of a goaltending controversy in Vancouver.

While Schneider has been good in his two home starts against easy opposition, the listless Canucks made Lui produce an excellent performance to get only his second win of the year, and if the team plays like that in front of him very often every W in his column is going to be a tour de force.

read on and watch the Raymond OT goal below…

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Blues Think Offense In OT

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from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The overtime goal by Erik Johnson that beat Pittsburgh 1-0 might have been the result of the Blues’ approach to OT under coach Davis Payne.

Fans aimed complaints at former coach Andy Murray for having a conservative, defense-minded philosophy in overtime. Under Payne, the philosophy seems to be more offense-oriented.

Four of the Blues’ seven games this season have gone to overtime, and the team is 2-2. But in those games, the Blues have given themselves an improved chance of winning, outshooting their opponents by a combined total of 13-7.

“Our mentality in overtime is to play our game,” Payne said. “We’ve got skill and ability, and when we get the puck, we want to try and score that goal. On the flip side of that, when we don’t have (the puck), we’ve got responsibilities. Four-on-four, we want to attack the areas that are available to us.”


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Video- How Craig Anderson Injured His Knee

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Reports state Anderson will return to Denver for tests on his knee.

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Kane Wants To Put An End To His Slow Start

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from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

Off to his slowest offensive start in three-plus seasons with the Blackhawks, Patrick Kane isn’t making any excuses.

“There really are none,” said Kane, who has two goals and five assists while playing nine of the Hawks’ first 10 games. “I’m here to produce; I’m not here for any other reason. So when you’re not doing that you’re not doing your job.”...

“It seems like we have two guys going right now, Hossa and Sharp,” said Kane, who has 237 points off 78 goals and 159 assists in 253 career games. “You want to take it upon yourself to start helping those guys. Enough is enough.”

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Evening Line

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“I feel like we’re playing OK but just not quite getting over the hump to win the games. We’re playing good teams right now, and we’re playing well enough to win.”

-Minnesota Wild Owner Craig Leipold.  More on the Wild from Bruce Brothers of the Pioneer Press.

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Avs Goaltender Anderson Hurt In Warmup

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via Adrian Dater tweet,

No prognosis given on (Craig) Anderson injury, other than “knee injury” - don’t know how serious, but he needed help off ice. Too soon to say h/long

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