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San Jose Reaction To Shootout Loss

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Working the Corners,

The stakes weren’t as high. This wasn’t Game 4 in a second-round Stanley Cup series against Detroit. But the pattern, well, it fit — give up tying goal in last minute of third period, lose in overtime.

Don’t think that wasn’t what Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov — and others –had on their minds Thursday night after the Sharks’ 3-2 shootout loss to Phoenix.

“It’s tough to be in this position. It almost sounds funny, that we have to learn from our mistakes, but it’s happened too often,” Nabokov said. “I don’t know what to tell you, to be honest with you. It sucks to lose that way, to lose the point.”

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Gaborik With Five Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

KK normally doesn’t do game recaps, but this one is special…

from the AP via Yahoo,

Marian Gaborik posted the NHL’s first five-goal game in a decade, lifting the Minnesota Wild to a 6-3 win over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

Gaborik’s outburst was the biggest in the league since Sergei Fedorov scored five for Detroit on Dec. 26, 1996, in an overtime game against Washington. Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux was the last to net five in regulation, pulling off the feat on March 26, 1996 versus St. Louis.

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added 11:22pm, Check out the video highlights of the game…

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Crosby Drops the Gloves

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Here’s the footage of Sidney Crosby’s fight with Andrew Ference tonight. It’s a Gordie Howe Hat Trick for the illustrious Penguin. From HockeyFights.com:

 

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  Tags: andrew+ference, fighting, pittsburgh+penguins, sidney+crosby

Hurricanes Trying To Lower Lease

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the News & Observer,

Negotiations are expected to go into next year as the Carolina Hurricanes try to hash out a deal with their landlord at the RBC Center.

The 2006 Stanley Cup winners have asked for more than two years for a break in rent, from the $3 million they currently pay to $2 million.

The Centennial Authority, the quasi-governmental board, has yet to respond to the Hurricanes’ request but has asked the team to add five years to their lease.

The Hurricanes are currently committed through 2019.

Both sides hope to meet on middle ground soon.

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It’s Christmas…and It’s Ok To Hate

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 2024:  Ted Kulfan, former Deep Digging Captain, reports that Chris Chelios did not take the news he’d be staying home tonite well.

“What do you want me to say? I’m happy about it?” said Chelios, who definitely was not happy with the news.

Derek Meech will take Chelios’ spot in the lineup. This is the third time this season that coach Mike Babcock has sat Chelios, 45, for the second of back-to-back games.

“I could play him, but I’ve said from day one, and we’ve had this same conversation all the time, I told him the first half of the year this is going to happen,” Babcock said. “We’re going to need him at the end of the year. He doesn’t like it, but that’s life.”

Sometimes, when I’m kicking the bejesus out of Dive fans, just drilling them day after day because it makes me smile?  Well, sometimes, I get sad because Bitter Blues fans think I’ve forgotten them.

That’s not true.  It’s not true at all.  It’s just that, well, the little Blues have never defeated the Wings in a playoff series so it’s kind of a debate ender, you know?

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More Delusion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Ottawa
The Delusion: The Sens still need the services of Gary Roberts to put them over the top in their chase for a championship.
Reality Check: Roberts will always be seen as one of the greatest dressing room leaders in recent years, but he’s got one goal so far in Pittsburgh. Words without follow-through will not win you a Stanley Cup.

Adam completes his delusions for all NHL teams…

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First Nations Chief Responds To Campbell Remark

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via CNW Group,

OTTAWA, Dec. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine said NHL Vice-President Colin Campbell should personally apologize to suspended New York Islanders player Chris Simon for telling reporters yesterday that he would be meeting with “drug and alcohol doctors” in order to deal with his behavourial issues.

“I agree with the NHL, and the vast majority of hockey fans, that Mr. Simon must be punished for this unfortunate incident with a Pittsburgh player during last Saturday’s game,” said National Chief Fontaine. “However, it was extremely hurtful to Mr. Simon, and his many fans, including those in our First Nations communities, to hear from Mr. Campbell that such behaviour is related to drug and or alcohol abuse.”

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Who Will Watch

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fromm Terry Frei at ESPN,

When NBC broadcasts the NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day from Ralph Wilson Stadium, the network and the league will be hoping to draw in both the sport’s fans and others intrigued by the outdoor setting—those who, a day earlier, would have had a 50-50 shot of identifying whether Sidney Crosby plays for Buffalo or Pittsburgh.

Whether they have tired of college football and decided to turn their backs on Michigan-Florida in the Capital One Bowl, or have any other reason, perhaps they’ll be fascinated and willing to give the game (and the sport) a shot.

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Translating the NHL into Chinese

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Doug Mittler via Yahoo! Sports,

Does hockey translate to a Chinese audience? The New York Islanders want to find out.

The job of expanding the hockey vocabulary belongs to Alex Peng and Justin Chang, a pair of New York-based broadcasters who are calling Islander home games in Mandarin. They currently can be heard by flipping the SAP button on Fox Sports Net and the MSG Network in New York. The ultimate goal is to spread it to an untapped Asian market.  [...]

Islanders owner Charles Wang, who was born in Shanghai, knows an untapped market when he sees it. The founder of Computer Associates has put a broadcasting structure in place as part of a long-range plan to sell hockey to a Chinese audience.

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Outdoor Game Inside

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The original premise of these games – going back to hockey’s outdoor roots – was dubious at best. How playing in a football stadium in front of 70,000 fans is going back to the days of pickup hockey on a pond is beyond me.

Yes, I will be at the outdoor game in Buffalo on Jan. 1, but only because I was ordered to attend.

And now they propose to have one of these things under the dome where the NFL’s Detroit Lions play. How in the name of Bill Spunska is that supposed to be a celebration of the game’s roots?

more & David, you are missing the point.  Detroit fans just want to see a home team win at Ford Field!

 

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