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Blog: The Confluence By Tony

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I’d love to know what Marc-Andre Fleury is thinking about nowadays.

Not only is his current play amongst the worst goaltenders in the NHL (his Save Pct. of .863 is only better than that of another Cup-winning goalie, Antti Niemi), he’s seeing his backup Brent Johnson start the season on some kind of roll.  For some reason I keep picturing Woody Harrelson in White Men Can’t Jump telling Wesley Snipes, “I’m in the f#@kin’ zone, man”.

Johnson is 5-0-1, with a 1.16 GAA and a .960 Save Pct. after a 33-save shutout performance in a 3-0 Penguins’ win in Raleigh against the Hurricanes.  So while we all wait for Fleury get over the funk he’s been in (truthfully since the middle of last season), the Penguins continue to take advantage of Johnson’s white-hot start.

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Briere Cross-Check Suspension Worthy?

Blog: KK Hockey By Jon Jordan

I’ll catch up on this weekend’s three cheers later and also chime in with thoughts on Tampa Bay’s win in Phoenix (with no games on the slate, I’ve got plenty of time) but, for now, have a look at Danny Briere’s stickwork on Frans Nielsen in the final minute of Philadelphia’s 6-1 trouncing of the Islanders.

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  Tags: danny+briere, frans+nielsen

October Numbers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

The NHL’s busiest day is followed by its quietest. With the League turning over the final day of October to the trick-or-treaters after a 14-game bonanza Saturday, it’s a good time to take a look back at the numerical goings-on during the first month of the season:

0—Combined home victories by the New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres, both of whom went 0-4-1 in their own buildings—the only teams that didn’t win at least once at home during October. One of the four home losses for each team came against the other.

1—Goals scored by teams while skating 3-on-5. Frans Nielsen of the New York Islanders scored on a penalty shot in Philadelphia on Saturday after being hauled down with his team playing two men short. It was one of four penalty-shot goals scored on the same night—Florida’s David Booth, the Rangers’ Ryan Callahan and Washington’s David Steckel also scored on penalty shots.

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Leafs Post-Game Notes

Blog: KK Members Blog By Shiv

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*Orr and Komi made those pink skates look more masculine than Clint Eastwood.

*The Leafs attempted 92 shots last night. Only 36 hit the net. The Leafs defense fired 17 shots from the point that were blocked. And even when they got through several of them missed the net. A lot of these missed shots came on the powerplay. The Leafs Powerplay percentage ranks 24th in the league at 11.9%. The Leafs need to hit the net if that number is to improve.

 

 

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  Tags: beauchemin, kessel, schenn, wilson, zigomanis

Who Said It?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

You’ll have to think early 1980’s to figure out who said this…

“I scored 56 goals one year and made $86,000, players score 50 now and they’re making $8 million.”

Find out who said it along with other hockey notes from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“No matter what, I know I want to stay in the game in some way, shape, or form.  This is what I do, right? I mean, it’s what I’ve done all my life. I think I was born for it. I’ve been educated in it. So I don’t think I’m going to stop and do something different.’’

-Bill Guerin, an unrestricted free agent..  Read more on Guerin from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe.  Other hockey topics are mentioned too.

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Video- Yandle Claims Dirty Hit By Pavel Kubina

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Kubina received a two-minute penalty with 7:06 left in the third period for the knee-to-knee hit, and then had to fight Coyotes captain Shane Doan, who retaliated. After the game, Yandle told reporters he had no doubt in his mind Kubina stuck his knee out to initiate the hit.

“It was such a dirty hit,” Yandle said. “He sticks his knee out deliberately. I had him wide and he stuck his knee out deliberately. There’s no room in the game for that.”

But Kubina, who said he had not yet watched a replay of the hit, said there was no intent.

“No, not at all,” he said. “I didn’t try to knee the guy. I was going to back up first and then I tried to hit him and he skated right into me. That’s all I can say.”

read on and watch a video of the hit and fight below or scroll to near the end of the video for a replay of the hit…

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  Tags: keith+yandle, pavel+kubina

Video- Hit Of The Night Goes To Douglas Murray

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Kyle Chipchura gets rocked by Murray.

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Flames Sinking

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Johnson of Flames Insider,

Brent Sutter wasn’t only blaming the penalty killing or some of the idiotic decision that led to those incarcerations.

“We (coaches) have to get better ourselves,’’ murmurred the embattled Calgary Flames coach, shellshocked by a comprehensive 7-2 obliteration by the Washington Captials on Saturday night. “I hold myself responsible and accountable for what’s going on.

“We’ve got to try to get these guys back on the tracks. We’ve got to get it done, find a way.’’

For the third game in a row, the Flames piddled away a lead, this one 2-0, and in the process gave up six goals in a period for the first time since 1984.

They didn’t simply lose. They capitulated.

Nothing is too drastic, nobody should be safe, now.

continued and watch Brent Sutter’s post game conference below…

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Saturday Night Hockey Points

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Reality has sunk in for the Maple Leafs. You can’t succeed without quality centres in the NHL and the Leafs don’t have them. Last year, Tyler Bozak seemed to be on his way. This early season, not so much.

• How did Central Scouting get Jeff Skinner so wrong, ranking him 34th last year. They should have listened to his former GTHL linemate, Seguin, who said he’d be the steal of the draft and he’s looking like that with the Carolina Hurricanes.

• I should have known better than to second guess Craig Ramsay, one of the brightest minds in hockey that nobody talks about. When he moved Dustin Byfuglien to defence, I made a wisecrack about it. But did anybody see Byfuglien’s Bobby Orr-like goal Friday night? End to end. The guy has nine points in eight games on defence and for those counting, three more goals than Dion Phaneuf.

more hockey points…

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