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Preview And Notes- Red Wings/Flyers

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock might have been exaggerating slightly when speaking about his team's record in Philadelphia.

"I don't think we've won in Philly since Christ was a kid," Babcock said.

It only seems like that. The Red Wings have lost eight consecutive games in Philadelphia, getting outscored 33-13, since winning there when it mattered the most - in Games 1 and 2 of the 1997 Stanley Cup finals en route to a sweep.

They'll have another chance Saturday at Wells Fargo Center (7 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit) and will turn to backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson in an effort to snap the streak.

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Below, Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly on the Flyers plus game notes...

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A Grieving Canada Will Honor Those Who Were Recently Killed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Grange of Sportsnet,

The Leafs will host the Boston Bruins on Hockey Night in Canada, the first gathering of the nation’s hockey congregation after a week in which Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was killed in a targeted hit-and-run attack in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Quebec and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was murdered on the steps of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the shadow of Parliament. Both deaths are considered acts of terrorism with Canadian soldiers as targets.

The three Canadian NHL teams playing in the early games – Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa — are planning a joint tribute pre-game to Cirillo, the 24-year-old reservist from Hamilton who was part of the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders of Hamilton and Vincent, an airmen.

It will no doubt be moving. It represents a rare opportunity for millions of Canadians to reflect on a pair of excruciating events, in particular Wednesday’s shooting which resonates both for its powerful symbolism and the smallest details – in Cirillo’s case a six-year-old boy who will be growing up without his big, rugged Dad; a picture of two very sad pups now without a loving owner; while Vincent leaves a sister without her twin.

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Video- Highlights Of Friday’s NHL Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

All the action in under three minutes...

 

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Videos- Two High-Profile NHL Rookies With Their First NHL Goal Friday Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers and Jonathan Drouin of the Tampa Bay Lightning scored last night.

 

 

Below, Droun's first NHL goal...

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  Tags: jonathan+drouin, leon+draisaitl

Video- Patrik Elias Hand Pass Bounces Off Of Kari Lehtonen To Damien Brunner - Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

You would think the goal would not be allowed but truthfully I don't know the rule on this.

The NHL Situation Room only ruled on this and no mention of a hand pass....

Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Dallas net. Video review showed that the net was displaced after the puck crossed the Stars goal line. According to Rule 78.4 "The goal frame shall be considered in its proper position when at least a portion of the flexible peg(s) are still inside both the goal post and the hole in the ice". Good goal New Jersey.

Watch the goal below...

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  Tags: damien+brunner

Videos- Cam Atkinson Relieved He Can See After Taking A Skate To The Face

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson has a nasty slice running across his right eyelid and down his cheek, yet he was counting his blessings after a 4-1 loss to Anaheim on Friday in Honda Center.

At 10:34 of the third peirod, Atkinson was inadvertantly kicked in the face by the right skate blade of Ducks center Ryan Kesler, when Kesler's leg kicked up behind him as he reached ahead of him for the puck.

Atkinson dropped to the ice, and a small pool of flood formed before Blue Jackets' trainer Mike Vogt could reach with with a towel. He walked quickly to the dressing room under his own power and was immediately seen by Ducks medical personel.

About 30 minutes after the game, Atkinson emerged from the trainer's room with two loose bandages and a bag of ice over his right eye.

"I can see," Atkinson said. "Thank God I can see.

"It went right across my eyelid. If it goes through my eyelid ... "

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Videos below of the incident...

added 2:21pm, Atkinson tweeted a selfie, pic is below the videos...

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Addressing the thought process behind the act of self-destruction

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The bottom line is this: 1 800 273-TALK or http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

The rest is optional reading, and I stress optional, because I'm going to discuss some things that are very personal and you may or may not want to know about your local Wings blogger. This is the part of the "Robin Williams" essay I didn't want to write, but maybe it's time to write it.

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The New York Isanders Are Trending Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

By Jennifer,

Part of the reason the team has been getting a positive amount of attention this year is due to the fact the Islanders now have a good mix in their lineup. When healthy, this year the Islanders have center Mikhail Grabovski as well as his former Toronto Maple Leaf teammate Nikolay Kulemin, along with proven scorers John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Michael Grabner, Frans Nielsen, and Brock Nelson. And, of course, there’s a new goaltender to: Jaroslav Halak.

It helps, too, that the team’s captain, 24 year-old John Tavares is 100% healthy. You probably recall he missed the important stretch run last season after suffering a debilitating knee injury while playing for the Canadian team in the Sochi Winter Olympics when Latvian defenseman Arturs Kulda pinned him against the boards and Travers wound up tearing his left knee’s medial collateral ligament. After several months of recovery, Travers is confident that he can lead his team like the captain he is.

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Video- It’s Gordie’s Town

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Hometown Hockey,

Even superstars have a hometown. For Mr. Hockey, it’s Saskatoon, a city that showered him with accolades on Gordie Howe Day in 1966. What makes him uniquely special to Saskatonians is… he is theirs.

Hometown Hockey will be in Saskatoon this Sunday.

Here is a trailer...

 

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Florida’s Potential UFA’s Off To A Slow Start

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

The Panthers were counting on substantial production from four players who likely would financially benefit from putting up big stats.

Through the first six games, only one of Florida's pending free agents has done so.

Sean Bergenheim is tied for the team lead with two goals. Scottie Upshall has just one assist while Tomas Kopecky and Tomas Fleischmann have yet to register a point.

All four signed four-year deals with the Panthers in 2011 that expire after this season. 

"There is no concern from me because I think they are playing well,'' coach Gerard Gallant said. "To me, it doesn't matter who scores the goals but what's important is who competes and plays hard every night. These guys are working hard. I know they want to score goals but when you win, that takes care of everything else.''

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