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The Maven Meets The ‘Rocket’

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from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

When I first began following hockey as a kid, “The Rocket” Richard was beginning to emerge as the game’s most prolific goal-scorer. In 1945, the year of my Bar Mitzvah, Richard scored 50 goals in 50 games, a record that has never been matched. Being a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, I naturally regarded Richardian feats with fear and awe, but my admiration for the man never ceased, and as I grew older and began writing about hockey, I zeroed in on the Rocket whenever I could.
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Addidtion To Hockey Blog

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I have added a few links to the left sidebar. Live scoring and video highlights (video highlights requires a one time registration) from NHL.com and player statistics from TSN. If you think of anything else I should add, please let me know.

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OLN Hockey Webpage

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OLN has started establishing an NHL page on their website. A small improvement, but it is a start.

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Sid Fails

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from the Hammer,

"I don't know, I guess...I just expected more from Crosby," said Toronto Star hockey writer Damien Cox. "Sure, he demonstrated his exceptional lower body strength, as well as some amazing passing skills beyond his years, but he didn't bring the dead back to life, which is what I think everybody was expecting."

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A View From Across The Pond

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from the International Herald Tribune,

The National Hockey League's gain was Europe's loss as they finally dropped the puck on the ice again in 15 North American cities after a season wiped out by labor troubles and, above all, a failure by players to take their club owners and league commissioner Gary Bettman seriously. The players eventually got the message and the big pay cut, scrambling to accept a new agreement that instituted the salary cap they had vowed never to tolerate. The silver lining to the lockout was that many of them got to spend the season on the continent where they learned the game.

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Blogging Opening Night

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A great blogging type story from around the NHL. Great job! from ESPN,

We're all here and we're ready … Opening Night in the NHL. Through the first round of games, we were blogging from throughout the continent. We'll start things off with a little stat hit: the odds for the Stanley Cup finals. According to the Glantz-Culver Line, Philly is a 5-1 favorite to win the Cup (are there separate odds for the slight chance Peter Forsberg gets hurt?). Ottawa is at 7-1, and Detroit is at 8-1. Calgary, Tampa Bay and Colorado are all at 10-1.

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Wrapping It Up

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from the Toronto Star,

The new NHL has already left a sour taste in the mouths of Pat Quinn and the Maple Leafs, but it has surely arrived. With a bang. There was, of course, Ottawa's wild shootout victory last night over the Leafs, the first such result in the 88-year history of the league, and there were goals, goals, goals in cities around North America as the NHL staged a smorgasbord of opening-night action. Before Wayne Gretzky even officially began his coaching career in Vancouver, six teams had already scored five goals or more on the first night of hook-free, clutch-free NHL play. Remember the last time we watched hockey and the Calgary Flames and Tampa Bay Lightning played a seven-game Stanley Cup final without a single lead change? Well, last night the Dallas Stars fell behind the Los Angeles Kings 4-0 and roared back to triumph 5-4. The New York Rangers, expected to be dreadful this season, spotted the Philadelphia Flyers a two-goal lead and ended up on the right end of a 5-3 verdict. That kind of stuff almost never used to happen. And then there was the Leafs-Sens contest.

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Reason To Believe

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from the Globe and Mail,

There is a strong compulsion to dismiss the National Hockey League's latest vow to allow its stars to display their skills -- based on the ample evidence of the league's previous 436 crackdowns on hooking, holding and interference -- as simply marketing hokum from people desperate to sell themselves in the wake of a nuclear winter. But, as seen during the exhibition season and last night, when the 2005-06 regular season officially opened after an entire year of play was lost to a lockout, there is reason to believe, even for all of us cynics. The reason lies not so much in what the referees are calling but in what they are not.

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No Decision Yet

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from the London Free Press

, Four goaltenders in old-style equipment cavorted on the sidewalk outside Joe Louis Arena last night, signalling either the repressed nuttiness of hockey fans long bereft of their fix or an omen that more than one goaltender per net will be needed to stem the onslaught of scoring in the new National Hockey League. The game resumed 521 days after the Detroit Red Wings' last meaningful game was played here and, like every other front in the full-tilt NHL opening night, the jury remains out.

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The NHL Is Back- But Different

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The National Hockey League reopened for business Wednesday, ushering in its return from a 310-day lockout with the familiar sounds of sticks slapping pucks and blades crunching on ice in arenas from Vancouver to Boston. So much else surrounding the league and the game itself, however, was dramatically different: New faces. New rules. And a new concept: a salary cap. The new rules were intended to restore the speed and flow that had been obliterated by a decade-long descent into dreary defensive tactics. On first glance, they seem to have succeeded:

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