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I Think It Is Called Parity

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from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

An Ottawa Senators victory with a couple of goals to spare?

Don’t get used to it. In today’s National Hockey League, comfortable wins, low on the Squirm Scale, are hard to come by.

“Every team is the same,” Senators general manager Bryan Murray was saying while watching the night’s opponent, the Florida Panthers, skate in the morning. Murray didn’t mean it literally, that every team is equal.

The Boston Bruins are not the Edmonton Oilers.

The Detroit Red Wings are not the Phoenix Coyotes. (But look who gave the Red Wings fits on Thursday?)

Murray’s point was that, as the NHL settles into the salary cap era, every team has a few good players, a few marginal players, a few injuries and a few needs.

On any given night, who knows how it’s going to turn out?


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Milt Schmidt Night

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Causeway Street is always a better place any time Milt Schmidt is around, and last night it was an even better place when Schmidt — 92 years old, firm of handshake, sharp of memory, and sparkling of eye — was feted for his 75 years of myriad good deeds and accomplishments with the Bruins.

“You remain the wise and dignified leader of the Black and Gold,’’ extolled Dick Johnson, curator of the Sports Museum of New England, introducing Schmidt late in the afternoon for the unveiling of an exhibit in his honor on the Garden’s fifth floor.

There was Schmidt, some two hours later, sitting on a chair at center ice for the pregame ceremony in his honor. Schmidt, who played from 1936-55 (excluding military service), was among the game’s fiercest and toughest competitors. To see him sitting there so serenely, with a pleasant smile on his face, waving regally to fans, family, and friends, seemed comically out of character. Not for the gentleman in the man, mind you, but for the hard-as-nails hockey player that will always rumble around in his soul.


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Morning Line

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“You have to be prepared to win the game 1-0 and you don’t give away easy chances like we did. We were well in control. It was 1-1 and when you’re in control, you don’t give up odd-man rushes. You don’t go on a shift where you’re overextended, sixty seconds into the shift, and then you try to get another offensive opportunity. You give the other team life. That’s how you get beat.’‘

“Teams that end up being playoff teams _ which we’re going to be _ they don’t beat themselves…and we beat ourselves tonight. It’s disappointing. We did it the last game and we didn’t have to come in here and rant and rave, because we thought we learned the lesson. But we didn’t. Tonight, we have to learn the lesson.”

-Marc Crawford, head coach of the Dallas Stars after losing 5-2 to the LA Kings last night.  More from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.

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Video- Shoulder-To-Shoulder Or Shoulder To Head Hit?

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via Josh Cooper of the Tennessean,

With his arms folded in the Nashville locker room, Jordin Tootoo wore a look of confusion after Nashville’s 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.

With 6:49 remaining in the third period, Tootoo was given a five-minute game misconduct major for charging at defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo. Tootoo lowered his shoulder and exploded into Colaiacovo behind the net. The Blues player fell to the ice, giving St. Louis a power play that it converted into its final goal.

Colaiacovo did not return. Tootoo defended the hit.

“Obviously, my understanding is it was a blow to the head,” Tootoo said. “You look at the replay, shoulder-on-shoulder, it’s a tough league to play in — keep your head up out there. I think the bottom line, when you hit someone hard, the refs are going to take a second look at it. I’m speechless.”...

“I saw a shoulder-to-shoulder check, and he didn’t leave his feet, so I’m a little bit confused on that,” Trotz said.

Watch the hit below…

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Video- Thank You Kessel

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After Tyler Seguin of the Bruins scored last night, the faithful Bostonians started a Thank you Kessel chant, which you can watch below.

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Coach Sutter Not Happy After Home Loss

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from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider,

Brent Sutter didn’t name names.

But really? He didn’t have to. It was clear as day.

On a night in which his club flubbed away a 3-1 lead, on a night in which right-wingers Jarome Iginla and Rene Bourque both sat out shifts, on a night in which the team’s best defender, Mark Giordano, was minus-three, the Flames coach had a right to be flustered.

Who could blame him?

And, for much of his post-game sermon, Sutter pounded his open right hand on the lectern.

“I’ve said this from the start and I’ll say it again, we have one way to play and everyone has to buy into it,” said Sutter after the Flames’ latest fold-job, 6-5 Thursday against the visiting Colorado Avalanche. “I mean, you give up six goals in the National Hockey League, you’re not going to win very many games.


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Noticing The Kids

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

One goes back, two have breakthrough moments.

It was that kind of a Thursday for 18-year-olds in the NHL, a league increasingly dominated by the youngest players, if not necessarily in a competitive sense, surely in overall perception.

It’s a league in which the magnificent Henrik Zetterberg doesn’t get the ink Taylor Hall does, one in which Evander Kane, at 19, looks as calm, cool and ready for prime-time exposure as the most experienced veteran.

It’s a league in which Sidney Crosby, at 23, seems a grizzled warrior.

Kids, kids and more kids. Can’t say either way whether it’s good for the sport or the league, but it sure is newsy and entertaining.


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Terrible In The Faceoff Circle

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The Carolina Hurricanes are the worst team in the faceoff circle so far this year.  They have a 37.1% success rate in the faceoff circle, which is the league worst.  It is more than 6% worse than any other team in the league.  Last year, they were sixth worst in the league with a 48.1% faceoff success rate. 

The main difference between this year and last is the retirement of Rod Brind’Amour.  Brind’Amour was the third best faceoff man in the NHL last year with a 58.8% faceoff success rate.  Despite this success, Brind’Amour was not particularly successful.  He was only capable of scoring 19 points and had a -29 +/- rating, which was third worst in the league.  Despite his faceoff success, Brind’Amour was a liability to his team last year.

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Video- Talyor Hall With His First NHL Goal

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More Video Review?

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from Scott Morrison of CBC,

Tradition or technology?

Which should we embrace?

It isn’t entirely the burning question in the NHL these days, but it is one of them and it is being kicked around a lot.

As most expected, with the addition of the new rule this season applying to blindside hits targeting the head there have been some growing pains, with officials either missing the hits entirely or seeing ones that didn’t exist….

It has been suggested the plays could be reviewed in Toronto, just a like a goal is reviewed, or perhaps a system could be implemented as with football or baseball, whereby an official can do the video review themselves at the rink.

Now, we are all for getting it right and enforcing the rules properly, but we have enough video review, thank you.


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