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If You Went To Bed Before The Habs/Ducks Game Was Over Like I Did…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Robyn Norwood of the LA Times,

The final indignity came in the shootout, when goaltender Jonas Hiller appeared to have made the game-winning save against Brian Gionta only to lift his left leg and allow the puck to trickle into the net.

One shooter later, Tomas Plekanec made good on Montreal’s second chance by scoring the shootout winner to hand the Ducks their third loss since the Olympic break.


Here is the Gionta shootout goal…

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Enough Of The Avalanche Cheerleading

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Adrain Dater of the Denver Post answers some email,

After enjoying the Olympic hockey in-depth analysis, I dread returning to the Avalanche’s homeboy cheerleading. Many of my hockey friends and I currently watch Avs games with the sound off because we learn little or nothing from the commentary. Is there any possibility Altitude could move from less “rah-rah” to more “this is how it works” or “here is something that didn’t work?” Thanks.

Good luck with that. Altitude is owned — lock, stock and barrel — by Stan Kroenke, so any kind of critical talk on the Avs or Nuggets or any other team they have a stake in is about as likely as Steve Jobs calling me up tomorrow and offering me a job designing his next big Apple product. So, keep that in mind when you rip on Mike Haynes or Peter McNab. If your livelihood depended on you following orders, would you go against them? How critical are you about your bosses on TV or on the Internet? Hmmm?

That said, I agree with people when they say it’s just a sporting event, and that it’s OK to be critical of a bad play by your own team. A bad play is a bad play. But when something dumb is done by an Avs player, too often it becomes “tough luck” or a “bad break” for them, instead of what it was: a stupid play by an Avs player.

more Colorado related questions and answers…

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Rangers Need The Best From Their Best

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from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,

While more than 100 orga nized Glen Sather haters gathered on Seventh Avenue looked about ready to slit their wrists over the mediocre state of their team, John Tortorella tried to open a vein in the Rangers’ stone.

“Honestly, let’s call a spade a spade, our top guys were no-shows and it can’t happen at this time of year,” the coach said 20 hours off a 2-0 shutout defeat in Washington, four hours from a 2-1 home overtime loss to Buffalo.

“Listen, they are good people. Erik [Christensen] is put in a spot here he hasn’t been in a long time. He’s a No. 1 center right now, and he has to try to handle that responsibility. He has had some good games for us, but it can’t be the inconsistent roller coaster.


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Derick Brassard Needed A ‘Cold Remedy’ For His Latest Injury

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from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

Between the second and third periods of the Feb. 14 game against Chicago, Brassard was working to repair his stick on a table inside the locker room. It’s a quite common occurrence. Players will use torches and hot glues, sometimes donning surgical masks so not to inhale the chemicals.

Brassard had removed the stick’s glue-covered nob and placed it on the table. When the table was accidentally bumped, the knob fell. Brassard reached for it out of instinct.Yowza


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Evening Line

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Strange as it sounds, even in defeat, the Blackhawks were the better hockey team.  A proper respect still remains for the Red Wings prowess, but the fear is gone.  Over a long series, Chicago’s talent should win out.  Plus, Howards’ long rebounds are hardly an upgrade over the Hawks goaltending woes.

-Mark Kiley of Blackhawks Confidential.  More on The Wings/Blackhawks game.

A few emails today from Chicago fans claiming the refs wanted the Wings to win because of the goalie interference call against Dustin Byfuglien.

All I can say is get used to it and watch the video for an example.


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Matt Cooke Hit On Marc Savard Today

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No penalty on the play and no update on Savard who went off on a strether.

The video is raw and I will try to find a better quality vid soon (found one)

added 7:05pm, via the Boston Bruins,

Marc lost consciousness briefly on the ice after being struck in the head. He suffered a concussion from the hit. He was not transported to a hospital, but will remain at the team hotel in Pittsburgh with a member of the Bruins’ medical staff tonight as a precaution.

No further update on Marc’s condition is expected tonight.

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Afternoon Line

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“We’ve accomplished nothing.  The Cup stuff is fine because we have a very good team and we have a legitimate shot. But let’s take it in steps. Today was an education. The only difference is we didn’t have to pay tuition. With our record being what it is, this loss didn’t cost us much. Down the road, we’ll probably view it as a crucial lesson.”

-John Madden of the Chicago Blackhawks after losing to Detroit today.  More on the game from Christopher Botta of NHL Fanhouse.

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Babcock Says Bertuzzi Has A Charley Horse

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via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Coach Mike Babcock said Bertuzzi has a charley horse and didn’t know anything beyond that. Bertuzzi said “I’m OK.’’ But he will be further evaluated Monday to see if any tests are needed.

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Unlike Luongo

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from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

• Luongo is 3-4, with a 3.70 GAA and an .883 save percentage.

• Andrew Raycroft is 3-1, with a 2.20 GAA and a .915 save percentage.

• Luongo asked to have the night off in Ottawa, citing mental fatigue.

• Luongo has been hooked three times in his past eight games. It only happened twice all of last season.

There’s enough here to at least hint the Winter Games may have been a distraction. The last time Luongo was hooked three times in eight games was the end of the 2007-08 season when the Canucks won only one of their final eight. Months later, Luongo acknowledged he was distracted down the stretch, a key issue being his wife Gina’s “delicate pregnancy.”

Luongo dismissed the notion Saturday.


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  Tags: roberto+luongo

Rookie Of The Year Race

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In early January, I picked Tyler Myers of the Buffalo Sabres as the Calder trophy leader.  He has not kept up that pace.  In fact in his last ten games, Myers has only one point and -6 +/- rating.  Those are not Calder Trophy numbers.  Hence it is time to pick a new leader. 

The leader at this point is Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard.  He is the clear Detroit number one goalie (due in part to Chris Osgood’s failures).  Howard has a .925 saves percentage, which is good enough for fifth in the NHL and a 2.33 goals against average (8th in the league).  Among the NHL’s successful rookie goalies this year (Howard, Tuukka Rask and Antti Niemi) Howard has been the only one who has played the majority of his team’s games.

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