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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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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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Vote for the Penguins’ Greatest Games, Volume 2

Blog: The Confluence By Tony

The Penguins’ official website has posted a poll to vote for the second volume of the five greatest games in Penguins’ history for a box set that will be released early in 2011.  The first volume, “Pittsburgh Penguins 10 Greatest Games” was released in 2007.  The Pens list eleven games as possibilities.

If you need a reminder about any particular game on the list, head on over to The Pensblog, where they’ve broken them all down and given their unmistakable opinions on whether they should make the cut or not.

The 10 games on the 2007 DVD are listed after the jump.

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Yandle Trade?  Pure Fantasy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

Like nearly everyone else who follows hockey, Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney had heard trade rumors that he was shopping talented defenseman Keith Yandle.

“I hope it wasn’t Keith starting them, that was my only concern,” Maloney told Sporting News with a laugh.

General managers typically don’t get in the business of shooting down rumors, because that alone can become a full-time job. But Maloney made an exception for this one.

“Listen, that was just pure, utter fantasy. Keith is an important part of our future. He knows it,” Maloney said.


Here’s the problem folks, the person who starts these nonsense rumors does not and I repeat, does not know the game.

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