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Goals

Saves and hits below…

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One More Night

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HNIC Opening from last night.

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Leafs Losses Continue

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

...as the club flew to southern California after the game and contemplated four more contests on the road over the next seven days, there was at least a smidgen of hope that perhaps, like receding flood waters, the worst is over.

That, of course, may be a mirage. Good teams playing bad teams often play down to their level, and the Canucks are considered one of the better squads in the Western Conference and didn’t deliver a virtuoso performance last night. Luongo did, however, making 35 saves and adding a new wrinkle of frustration for Leafs head coach Ron Wilson.

“Tonight (Luongo) found his game,” said Wilson. “If we’d played him two weeks ago we might have scored six goals.”

Easy now, Ron. With his team having scored just three pathetic goals in the past three games, the circumstances necessary to produce a bucketful of scores from his stone-handed group would go beyond a so-so goaltending performance at the other end of the rink. Try soccer nets.

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Jonathan & Bouchard Come Together For A Good Cause

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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

“Are you the Stan Jonathan who…?”

Yes, he’s the same 5-foot-7 skating bulldog who scored the stunning one-punch technical knockout of 6-foot-2 Canadiens defenceman Pierre Bouchard on May 21, 1978, during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final.

Jonathan, 54, is better known for relocating Bouchard’s nose with a sledgehammer left fist than he is for any of the 91 goals he scored for the Boston Bruins. Or for his 110 assists or the other 746 penalty minutes he took in 411 NHL games from 1975-83.

Yesterday afternoon in Kahnawake, before a charity game between Bruins alumni and a local all-star team, Jonathan and Bouchard shook hands at centre ice in their team jerseys and mugged for photos in only their second meeting since that famous night at Boston Garden.

read on and let’s take a look at that Jonathan/Bouchard battle…

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Steve Ott Hits Draw The Blues Attention

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

Here’s somee postgame reaction from the Blues following Saturday’s loss to the Stars.

In the second period, Dallas’ Steve Ott leveled Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo. Ott laid a hip check on Colaiacovo, which instigated a team-wide brawl, ending with a combined six penalties on both teams.

“There’s 18,000 people that will agree with me and say that was a dirty hit,” Colaiacovo said. “Hopefully the league will take a look at it, and do what’s right.”

added 3:23pm, I have added the Ott hit on Colaiacovo below the first video.

continued and another hit by Ott should be looked at by the NHL too.  Check out the knee on B. J. Crombeen late in the game last night.

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Refs Improved This Season

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Imagine the uproar if the Stanley Cup playoffs were officiated down to the level of the umpiring in major league baseball’s postseason. Imagine the outcry of, “The NHL wants the Rangers to win!” if the Blueshirts ever were beneficiaries of bad calls the way the Yankees (among others, to be sure) have been thus far.

Truth be told, NHL officiating seems improved over the early portion of the season. The referees seem to be allowing the game to breathe thus far. They seem to be operating under more of a common-sense approach as opposed to the coloring-by-numbers method that had overtaken the profession since the end of the lockout.

Maybe it’s as simple as Kerry Gregson replacing the micro-managing Stephen Walkom as the director of officiating. Maybe the referees are now less concerned about cronyism than they are with doing their jobs.

Then again, maybe it’s because Bill McCreary finally retired.

more hockey topics & Larry, I think Bill is still around.

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TOI Talk

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Of all the statistics charted in a figures-obsessed era, time on ice may be the most illuminating, if underrated and largely ignored number. More than any other stat, ice time illustrates a player’s internal value and importance to a team.

“You can get a pretty good idea of what a coach thinks of his group – who he plays against the other team’s best players – and who he’s hiding – just by looking at their minutes played after the game,” Carolina Hurricanes head coach Paul Maurice said.

Maurice clearly thinks a lot of the Hurricanes’ own Joe Corvo, the former Ottawa Senators defenceman who never found a home in the nation’s capital but is currently second in the league in minutes played behind the 35-year-old Pronger, who is now with the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Some Rangers See The Bench

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from Steve Zipay at Blue Notes,

Accountability.

          Coach John Tortorella means it. 

        Brandon Dubinsky, who held out for a week in training camp but played well early in the season on the first line, skated just 8:51 in the first two periods tonight and was benched in the third period. So was the homecoming boy, Christopher Higgins, a minus-2 in 12:44.       

        Whether that was a wise short-term idea against a fleet Canadiens team can be debated. It may be good in the long run for the 7-3-1 Rangers, we’ll see. But regardless, the breakdowns have to be eliminated.

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added 11:45pm, from Stan Fischler of Game On,

“What me worry?”

That deathless quote came from none other than Mad Magazine’s preeminent nutcase, Alfred E. Newman.

Alfred E. may be history, but his commentary now applies to the Rangers as they prepare for the Coyotes’ visit on Monday night to The Garden.

Yes, there is concern now that the Blueshirts have lost their third straight, albeit in overtime on Saturday night in Montreal.

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Hot Stove Talk

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If you missed the Hot Stove on HNIC tonight, you can read about it at CBC or watch the video.

added 11:35pm, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN may have touched on subjects here that he did not mention in the Hotstove segment.

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Update On David Booth

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from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Florida Panthers winger David Booth is alert and moving after being taken off the ice on a stretcher after a hard hit to the head from Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards on Saturday night.

Booth, 25, remained motionless on the ice after the dangerous hit administered by the Flyers star. Booth was taken to Pennsylvania Hospital in south Philadelphia where he was expected to remain at least until Sunday.

Team athletic trainer Steve Dischiavi rode to the hospital with Booth and will remain with him until he can return to South Florida. The Panthers boarded a jet soon after Saturday’s game.

‘‘They are doing a whole host of tests just to make sure everything is OK,’’ said general manager Randy Sexton. ‘‘I don’t know [if Booth had a concussion]. It’s too early to tell. The injury just happened. We’ll have a much clearer picture in the morning. He was moving his extremities and was awake when he left the ice.’‘

continued including Mike Richards comments…

In case you haven’t watched the hit, you can see it here.

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