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Hall Worthy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Sun Sentinel,

Already, Panthers players speak of Belfour, Nieuwendyk and Roberts as "future Hall of Famers," though it's hard to predict if all three will get in, said Hall of Fame defenseman Denis Potvin, who was inducted in 1991. "I think Belfour's going to be a no-brainer," said Potvin, a Panthers broadcaster. "Nieuwendyk with three [Stanley] Cups, and having done it time and time again at different places is probably also a lock. There are going to be different opinions about whether Gary is a Hall of Fame guy. I've always felt longevity in this sport is a real plus."
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Blue Jackets Upset With Diving Calls

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

Reality aside, Blue Jackets forwards Rick Nash and Dan Fritsche stalked off the ice in a huff last night after each was whistled for diving only 2½ minutes apart in the third period. "We’re out there, trying to work our hardest to draw penalties like that, and they (officials) shove it right back in our face," Fritsche said. At 6:05 of the third period, Fritsche’s skates got caught up with the stick of Colorado’s Marek Svatos deep in the Blue Jackets’ zone. Svatos was called for tripping, but Fritsche was called for diving — meaning he embellished his fall to the ice — which put the two sides at 4-on-4 instead of giving the Blue Jackets’ a power play. "No way," Fritsche said. "That’s not a dive. It never even crossed my mind that it would be called. I got up and I couldn’t believe it. "It’s a pretty bad call, especially when (they) made it back to back with Rick there. That, to me, made it 10 times worse."
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Powerless And Pounded; Streak Ends In Calgary

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Updated at 0822 CST: Bailey's just found its way into my coffee. It's going to be a long 24 hours. We've been saying it here for the last week: the ineptitude on the power play is a funny little anecdote, a footnote to the big story. It was crafty to see how you could work in mention of the league's worst power play, while at the same time discussing the league's hottest team. Sorry. We're not the league's hottest team anymore. That November label is staying where we left it last night. Now? We're just the team with the power play that looks like five puppies learning to walk, and it finally cost us. How did it cost us? Because teams know they can take liberties with the Wings and not pay for it on the scoreboard. Oh, none of the penalties last night were of the abusive kind, so you can argue my point if you want. But, just the attitude with which Calgary manhandled the Wings. The lights were out. The cell block was locked down. The skinny guy was trembling and everyone knew he couldn't stop what was on the way. And he didn't. Every team in the league should be requesting video of last night's game. You know what, they don't even need it. Just a quick note to self: "Hit Detroit. Hell. Pound them. Start the parade to the box if you have to. They can't score on the power play, so hit 'em again." Oh, and here we go into Edmonton tonight. Ok. Deep breath. I've already had this discussion with my wife this morning and I'll make it clear to you now. I'm in a bad frigging mood. She accepted this explanation, so I expect that you can too. The Wings lost badly. Michigan and Ohio State today in the Biggest Game In World History, and then the Wings play Edmonton tonight. It's a high-stress 24 hours. Oh...and I'm also supposed to dis-assemble the bastard trampoline. Frigging GREAT. So, look...a full game recap is just not in the cards. Kiprusoff looked great. Hasek looked great at times, too. And here's some fun for the whole family. In fact, call them over because this is just, well, fun (god, my vocabulary is being affected...I'm losing it. You may get ten more sentences out of me, probably less. It's 0750 and I can see no reason why I shouldn't start drinking). Anyway...fun. Yes...the penalty kill. Hey, it's a hell of a lot easier to type "the special teams suck", rather than "the power play sucks, but the Wings take great solace in the improving penalty kill." Whew, now we can go back to the simple way. Alright. Look. I know. It's one loss in ten and I'm coming down awfully hard on our boys. But Calgary always seems to have a way of exposing this team's weaknesses. We knew one was the power play. We thought another, the kill, was being rectified. And we thought, for sure, that the biggest one of all had been solved altogether. Nope. Now we can go back to wondering if this team has the grit and heart to succeed when it counts. Last night they didn't. Oh, don't worry though. We love Rexall. NHL.com Box NHL.com Super Scoresheet Detroit Free Press: Flames End Wings Win Streak Detroit News: Wings' Win Streak Ends MLive: Flames Snap Wing Streak At Nine Calgary Herald: Flames Scorch Red Wings Calgary Sun: Real Wingding Battle of Alberta Five Hole Fanatics Double D(ion)

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Pat Burns May Coach Again

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from Sun Media via the Winnipeg Sun,

After being diagnosed with colon cancer two and a half years ago, it seems Pat Burns might turn up again behind a National Hockey League bench, if we are to believe what he said in an interview with RDS (Reseau des sports). "I haven't given up on the possibility of coaching again," he said without missing a beat Thursday. Burns was all smiles and the picture of health when he showed up for the interview in front of the cameras. The former Habs coach learned of his colon cancer in March 2004. After 30 months of trying to win the most important game of his life, he says he's healthy and in good spirits.
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MSM All Over Wings Today

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The mainstreamers have been riding some Wing jock today. Stories all over the place on the "rejuvenated" Wings. I think I've found most of them, but here's a consolidation for you...starting with the most current item from NHL.com. John Kreiser/NHL.com

How remarkable is it for a team to allow so few shots on goal? Consider that Edmonton was the stingiest team in shots on goal per game last season with 25.5 shots against per game — the Wings were third at 26.6. In the three previous seasons, when there were far fewer power plays, shots on goal and goals, the league lows were St. Louis in 2001-02 (22.5), New Jersey in 2002-03 (23.6) and Dallas in 2003-04 (23.2).
The rest of the day's activity: Phil Coffey: Wings Success A Surprise Eric Duhatschek: Hasek And The Wings Adam Proteau: Give The Euro's Credit Fox's Robert Picarello: Hasek Getting Better With Age

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Sharks Call Up Goalie

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SAN JOSE — San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has recalled goaltender Thomas Greiss from Fresno, the Sharks ECHL affiliate. Greiss, 20, posted a 1-2-0 record in three starts with a 3.05 goals against average and .897 save percentage this season with Worcester, the Sharks top development affiliate in the American Hockey League. Assigned to Fresno on Nov. 13, he posted a 1-0-0 record with a 1.00 goals against average and a .964 save percentage in one start. The six-foot-one, 200-pound native of Fussen, Germany was selected by San Jose in the third round (94th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Anything cooking here or is there an injury with one of the goalies? added 11:49pm, from the San Jose Sharks,

Greiss was recalled for precautionary measures and practiced with the team Friday as Evgeni Nabokov had a limited workout and rested a sore hand. The soreness in Nabokov’s hand is not serious and he is listed as day-to-day.

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Hasek Proving Doubters Wrong

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Discussing his oh-so-smooth transition to his new/old team, Hasek said: "Put it this way. It is the best scenario that I could get. You don't like to think about bad things, you always want to remember and think about good things. Fortunately for me and the team, everything goes so far so good." Said Babcock: "Dom, he works so hard and he's so competitive and so professional that I knew he was bound to get his game to where he wanted it to be. I read the article after the Vancouver game, which talked about the end of his shutout streak. He didn't care about the shutout streak, but he couldn't stand the goal they got. That's what I like to hear because that means it's all about the next one."
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Coffey, Duhatschek On The Wings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Phil Coffey of NHL.com breaks down the surprises and disappointments of the young NHL season.

Yep, it sure seemed over for the Wings as the season started. I guess someone forgot to tell the Wings, who are hot, hot, hot and 12-4-1 in their first 17 games. The Wings have outscored the opposition 47-33 thus far and are 6-1-1 at home. Nick Lidstrom is already plus-18 and polishing up the Norris Trophy, and the Red Wings are doing quite nicely considering the fact neither Pavel Datsyuk (12 points in 17 games) and Henrik Zetterberg (eight points in 17 games) have gotten hot yet. As for Hasek, he of the tissue-paper groin, well, he has gone 9-3-1 with a 1.76 goals-against average.
And on the subject of Hasek, he and the Globe and Mail's Eric Duhatschek apparently had an epic chat. "Hat" has a huge story on Dom and the Wings, in general.
"I didn't want to go anywhere else. I was about to retire. When Ken Holland called me, I knew right away this was a great opportunity to play one more time with the Red Wings. I was excited from Day 1. I was excited to get into the locker room before training camp. I was glad I could still see the guys — like Nik [Lidstrom], like Cheli [Chris Chelios], like Drapes [Kris Draper]. Even though there are lots of new players, I knew I was going to face some of the guys I played with. I felt comfortable from Day 1."

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Hockey Blogger Part Of The Team

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J.J. of the Canucks Hockey Blog has taken on another job- bloggng at Canucks.com. Good luck J.J.!!!

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Bring On The Griffs; Holland Calls Up Three For Weekend

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1627 CST: Man, I thought I was all live, local and latebreaking on this one. Nope. On The Wings is drilling it. According to Helene St. James' Wing Blog, Kenny Holland has pillaged the Grand Rapids roster. Reacting to the non-availability of Tomas Holmstrom, Jason Williams, Nik Kronwall and Chris Osgood; three Griffs are in the air as we speak.

Williams (neck) remains on injured reserve. Holmstrom (groin) and Kronwall (groin) have been put on IR, backdated to November 10, which means they can come off Saturday. Chris Osgood (wrist) has been put on IR retroactive to the 12th. The latter three moves were made so the Wings would have roster room to call up goaltender Stefan Liv, plus forwards Evan McGrath and Darryl Bootland. At the time of the morning skate, none of the three were expected to make it to Calgary in time for the game, which isn’t a big deal because it’s not like the Wings are short on players – Dominik Hasek will start tonight and Joey MacDonald will back up, and there are still six healthy defensemen and 12 healthy forwards.
St. James points out that Bootland's call up may not be a coincidence...considering who the Wings face tomorrow night.

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