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The Unified San Jose Sharks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,

The players say that any problems have been addressed and that they are united now. But a degree of stress still seems evident as the Sharks make an early-season swing through the metropolitan area, which ends Sunday at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers. The players stiffen when they sense the inevitable questions coming with each city they visit.

“It made for good TV,” defenseman Scott Hannan said of the reports of internal friction. “That was last year. Everyone in here, everything’s great.”

Referring to the Sharks’ perennial playoff woes, forward Tommy Wingels said: “I don’t know why we haven’t cleared that hurdle. But unfortunately we’re not going to be given another opportunity for many months now, until the playoffs are to begin. We’d love to fast-forward there.”...

During the summer, McLellan relieved Thornton of the captaincy, with the responsibility delegated to a number of alternates. Wilson said the Sharks were “going young.”

Before Saturday’s game against the Devils, Thornton said: “It was disappointing, but life moves on. It hasn’t affected me as a guy or as a player.”

Wilson also said he gave Thornton the chance to leave the Sharks if he did not want to be part of the youth movement. Thornton, 35, said he chose to stay for a simple reason. “I had a three-year contract — that’s pretty much it,” he said, laughing.

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Afternoon Line - Milan Lucic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

"It was a selfish act. I think it takes away from all the positives from the game. I'm obviously not proud of what I did there"

 "I know [the Canadiens fans] can get under your skin sometimes, but they are great fans. They are what make the games fun"

- Milan Lucic via tweets from Joe Haggerty.

 

added 4:04pm, video of the Lucic talking about the incident is below...

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Red Wings recall Petr Mrazek: Howard slightly tweaked his groin

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 5x at 1:08 PM: The Red Wings did not hold a morning skate ahead of tonight's game against Toronto (7 PM EDT on FSD/CBC/NHL Network U.S./97.1 FM), but the injury bug fairy apparently visited Detroit during last night's 4-1 win. Jimmy Howard must have tweaked something, because the Wings have recalled Petr Mrazek to back up Jonas Gustavsson:

I'm not sure what happened to Jimmy Howard, but Mrazek has indeed been recalled:

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A Look At The Defensive Corp Of The Washington Capitals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Alex Prewitt of the Capitals Insider,

The summer signings of Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik came with intended secondary consequences for the Washington Capitals, trickling down to the rest of the defensive corps.

The expected logjam at the depth chart’s bottom has somewhat been sorted already, with Nate Schmidt starting the past three games, John Erskine and Jack Hillen taking healthy scratches, and a host of once-NHLers returning to Hershey.

The Capitals also wanted to even out their blue line ice time, a difficult proposition last season given the league-high 14 defensemen who played. Now, with a top five defined from the moment Niskanen and Orpik signed their deals, the players see a welcome balance.

“I think that’s the luxury that we have now,” defenseman Karl Alzner said.

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No Game Day Post, Instead A Look At Zetterberg’s Night

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Not much has changed since the last semi GDT so lets take a look at Friday's game against the Leafs.

Jonas Siegel of TSN has some facts and figures and a look at Henrik Zetterberg's game last night.

Henrik Zetterberg was everywhere on Friday night.

Detroit's captain was the driving force in erasing the Maple Leafs' mini two-game win streak, piling together four assists in an overwhelming performance at the ACC.

That performance was another indictment on Toronto's lacklustre defensive efforts....

Stuck in the Western Conference for the near-entirety of his quietly storied career, Zetterberg has played in just 10 games against Toronto, totaling six goals and 14 points.

He's just three points back of Ted Lindsay for eighth all-time in Red Wings scoring history.

"He's really smart, I know that," Gardiner observed of the 34-year-old. "You just see the little plays he makes with his stick. He sees the ice so well. He's a great player."

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added 12:43pm, Jimmy has a groin issue, TMR with the information.  Mrazek recalled.

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Game-day post, Red Wings vs. Maple Leafs, round 2: No morning skate for Wings; stats and videos

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated at 12:10 PM, FYI:

The Detroit Red Wings hope to sweep their home-and-home series with the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight (7 PM EDT on FSD/CBC/NHL Network U.S. with the usual Center Ice/GCL blackout/97.1 FM).

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: GOALIES STEAL FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT
Minnesota’s Darcy Kuemper established a franchise-record shutout streak and three veteran goaltenders -- Vancouver’s Ryan Miller, Florida’s Roberto Luongo and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne -- posted shutouts on a night highlighted by goaltending performances.
 
* After posting consecutive shutouts in Minnesota’s first two games, Kuemper had his season-long shutout streak snapped at 4:02 of the third period at Anaheim. His stretch of 163:46 is the longest individual single-season shutout streak in Wild history (he was off the ice for 0:16 in MIN's opening two games). The team shutout streak of 164:02 fell short of the franchise record (169:20) by just 5:18.
 
* Kuemper stopped the first 66 shots he faced this season and 70 of 72 overall for a 0.67 goals-against average and .972 save percentage. At age 24, he became the youngest goaltender in NHL history to post shutouts in each of his team’s first two games of a season.

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Another Night, Another Loss For The Edmonton Oilers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Now it's a five alarm fire.

Five games. Five losses.

Worst start in franchise history.

It was one of those “other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?” type of nights.

A lot of things which were wrong with the team in their first four games were right this night....

“It's always about the points,” said coach Dallas Eakins of the standings.

“But we're certainly not going to be kicking ourselves in the face after a game like that.

“It was an even battle. I thought we had a lot more gamesmanship tonight.”

Eakins didn't look like the captain of a sinking ship.

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Video- 11 Minutes Of Highlights Of Wings/Leafs From Friday Night

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Paul Romanuk and Greg Millen of Sportsnet with the call...

 

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Video- Brandon Kozun Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Randy Carlye said post-game Kozun has a possible high-ankle sprain but an MRI today will reveal the damage.

 

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