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Red Wings-Jets quick take: elegant and efficient

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Winnipeg Jets got off to a fantastic start against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night, scoring a goal on the game’s first shift, but the game’s final 59:25 didn’t go exactly as Winnipeg had planned. Detroit out-worked, out-hustled, out-ground and plain old schooled (slightly sloppy 3rd period included) the Jets, defeating them 7-1.

The Wings definitely seemed shaken when the Jets pounced upon them, but the team simply chose to settle down, regain puck possession and give the Jets, who displayed a lightning-fast transition game and an excellent ability to cycle the puck down low and fire pucks into the slot for prime scoring chances, a little bit of their own medicine. The Wings slowly but surely took the puck back, cranked the pace of the game back down and then turned it up to a level that Winnipeg simply couldn’t handle, setting up in the Jets’ end and firing pucks out to open players in the slot in Todd Bertuzzi and Henrik Zetterberg in the 1st period, a lurking Jiri Hudler in the 2nd, and, after Chris Conner scored his first goal as a Wing off two Jets players’ shin pads, the Wings kept going to the slot and continued to reap the rewards, with Filppula, Hudler and Miller scoring before the Jets finally chose to relieve Ondrej Pavelec of his duties early in the 3rd.

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Video- You Make The Call

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

This goal by Colin Wilson of the Nashville Predators was ruled as a no-goal on the ice.

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A Night Of Injuries

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Boston Herald,

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara suffered an undisclosed injury late in the second period of the Bruins-Blue Jackets game at Nationwide Arena and will not return.

It appeared Chara incurred some sort of lower body malady when he fell awkwardly while trying to protect the puck from a forechecking Antoine Vermette during a Bruins power-play. Play continued and Chara got to the bench himself, but soon walked down the runway.

via Philly Sports Daily,

Another head injury may be haunting the Flyers. In the second period of Saturday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Claude Giroux was kneed in the head and left the game.

With under two minutes left in the second period, Giroux was trying to catch up to Ryan Shannon and went down on all fours at center ice. Wayne Simmonds was behind him and tried to leap over his teammate, but his right knee caught Giroux in the back of the head.

Ilya Bryzgalov also left the game in the first period with an undisclosed injury.

Derek Dorsett of the Blue Jackets caught a skate in a rut and has a lower.

I am sure there are more, feel free to add.

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Sutton Suspended For 8 Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Brendan Shanahan with the verdict.

added 9:13pm, Last Saturday, Sutton was a guest on the HNIC segment After Hours.

I’ve added the video below and if you scroll to the 6:40 mark, you basically hear him saying he doesn’t plan to change his game.  This was of course before his latest incident but his first suspension sure did not change his mind much.

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Saturday Night Rumor Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

• The self-imposed holiday roster freeze for Brian Burke kicked in Friday, but the Maple Leafs GM might be willing to make moves once it’s lifted. The Leafs could be looking for help in the middle, especially with Tim Connolly struggling with injuries. Columbus C Derick Brassard could be an option. League sources say Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson was spotted at the Marlies game last Saturday in Toronto. Apparently, he was in the corner and didn’t want to be noticed. Brassard has a cap hit of $3.2 million for the next two seasons, so Howson can’t afford to let coach Scott Arniel bury Brassard on the fourth line or in the press box much longer. The situation is going to come to a head and Brassard could certainly make sense for the Leafs.

• Nobody is sure what’s wrong with the Kings, but they better find their way out of this mess soon. I’m told GM Dean Lombardi has been one of the most aggressive working the phones and is determined to make changes because he certainly can’t afford to miss the playoffs. He’d move W Dustin Penner in a second. When Kings president Tim Leiwicke and Lombardi ate their words and gave D Drew Doughty a king’s ransom, they talked about winning the Stanley Cup. If they miss the playoffs, you have to wonder what’s going to happen in Tinseltown.


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Top Goalie So Far This Season

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Less than a week ago I picked Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings as the top goalie so far this season.  He was the best of a crowded group of top goalies in part because of the high number of saves he has had to make with the Kings.  Very quickly things have changed.  Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins has emerged as the top goalie so far this season. 

Thomas has a .941 saves percentage and 1.83 GAA.  These are even better numbers than he had in either of his two previous Vezina Trophy seasons.  The only goalie in the league who has comparable numbers is Brian Elliott of the St Louis Blues.  He is nominally a backup goalie, though he has split the Blues goaltending work with Jaroslav Halak so far this season.  Thomas has not played as many games as some other goalies either because Tuukka Rask is a solid backup in Boston.

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Hold The NHL All-Star Game Outside In A Non-NHL City?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times,

If you love hockey, you have to admit two things: The Winter Classic outdoor game is awesome, and the All-Star Game stinks. So why not combine the two? The problem with the All-Star Game is it doesn’t feel like a real game because there’s little defense and even less (as in zero) hitting. Putting the game outdoors wouldn’t change the on-ice product, but it might spruce up the overall event and give it a more festive feel, which is sort of the point of an All-Star Game anyway. The downside is that many NHL cities wouldn’t be able to host a game, but then again, why limit the game to NHL cities? Why not put the game in places such as Quebec City; Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; Madison, Wis.; Montpelier, Vermont, and Fargo, N.D. Those folks follow the NHL, too. Why not make them feel a part of the league?

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In charitable competitions, coach Babcock always wins

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

As mentioned this morning, the Red Wings raised a staggering $17,150 for the Salvation Army during their kettle bell-ringing competition on Friday, and perhaps it should come as no surprise that the most competitive member of the organization won the group-versus-group competition to raise the most money in his kettle, as reported by Wings community relations manager Christy Hammond:

Detroit Red Wings Head Coach Mike Babcock along with Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland reclaimed the team’s annual bell ringing title on Friday evening from forwards Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm, as the four duos of Red Wings personnel brought in a grand total of $17,150.10 for The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign.

During a two-hour span of bell ringing at Hiller’s Market in downtown Northville, the players’ bosses raised $7,261 for the non-profit in addition to a $2,500 personal check from Holland. Last year marked the first time in five years of friendly competition that a player duo has brought in more money than Babcock and Holland.

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Saturday Night Hockey Points

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Go figure: Dale Tallon went garage sale shopping in the summer and overspent to put together his Florida Panthers. And under rookie coach, Kevin Dineen, they’re winning. Please explain?

• What Ron Wilson doesn’t seem to get: He’s funny, bright and engaging. But too often he shows the public snarky, sarcastic and combative.

• Who wins the NHL scoring title: a) Giroux; b) Kessel; c) someone named Sedin; d) Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with a huge second half.

more points…


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All The Wild Do Is Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Luke Fox at Sportsnet,

There is a reason no one is talking about the best team in the NHL.

Their roster has been ravaged with strains and whiplash and tears and knocks to the head. Their most famous player is a newcomer to the team who left his last three NHL cities unceremoniously. Their leading point-getter is a second-assist kind of guy who has a measly six goals, and no one on the team has scored nine goals. And their goalie is hurt. Correction: both of their goalies are hurt.

They are the Minnesota Wild, and they lead the entire National Hockey League.

So why do most hockey fans outside of the Twin Cities still associate wild with something the girls go?


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