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The Vancouver Canucks Boo’d At Home

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

If the Vancouver Canucks jersey that landed on the ice in protest late Saturday night came attached with a note, hopefully the fan who disavowed their team would have explained: “It’s not you, Bo, it’s everyone.”

The jersey had captain Bo Horvat’s name on it, and it was scooped up from the ice at Rogers Arena quickly and respectfully by Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Brian Dumoulin, who returned it over the glass where it was claimed by a fan still willing to wear Canuck colours.

There are still plenty of those. But many who kept their shirts on still booed the home team towards the end of 4-1 loss to the Penguins, who outshot Vancouver 44-23 and extinguished what little momentum the Canucks generated this week by finishing a road trip with wins in Montreal and Ottawa against teams that are even worse than they are.

The trend of fans throwing away their jerseys is horrifying to every National Hockey League team, and was evidence Saturday that the unrest in Canucks Nation spills beyond just general manager Jim Benning and owner Francesco Aquilini.

“Not a good one, obviously,” Canucks winger Tyler Motte said when asked about the feeling of being jeered at home. “(But) the only way to get past this is to get through it. We've . . . got to continue to look ourselves in the mirror and find a way to be better because we owe it to more people than just ourselves.”

Later, he added: “We heard the frustration from the fans tonight. And again, we look ourselves a mirror and find a way, because we do owe it to more people than just ourselves to put a better product together.”

Horvat, fed to the media more than any other player to explain the Canucks’ spectacular shortcomings this season, said simply: “Fans want wins, and we're not giving it to them.”


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Not Their Best Night But The Wings Find A Way To Win In Overtime

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Defenseman Moritz Seider scored his third goal of the season - and second overtime game-winner Saturday - leading the Wings to a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders.

Seider's one-timer from the left dot at 3 minutes, 33 seconds of overtime extended the Red Wings' (13-9-3) win streak to five games - and they've earned points in six games (5-0-1).

"It wasn't our best game but we have that swagger now and that confidence and our ability to stick together and win those games," Seider said.

Maybe it was the skates that Seider wore that spurred that overtime goal?

"Actually I just tried them out this morning and they felt pretty good, so I was feeling it a little bit," said Seider, who played a career- and season-high 27 minutes, 19 seconds.

Seider became the first rookie defenseman in franchise history, and the fifth rookie blueliner in NHL history, to net multiple overtime goals in a single season. Seider is also the only rookie in the NHL this season with multiple overtime winners.

"Nobody wants to go to overtime," Seider said. "But it's always nice to get a little more time and space on the ice and you play against the best players, so it's always a treat to be out there."

Said coach Jeff Blashill of Seider: "He has a belief in himself and he has a real good skill set. He's been a big piece of the infusion of talent here and that's been a big reason we have been able to find ways to win games."

The five-game win streak is the longest the Wings have had since a six-game run from March 23 to April 2, 2019.

"I don't think there's any doubt when you win and you're successful you gain confidence," Blashill said. "Just like an individual player that gets points, you get confidence. The thing I would say, in this league, confidence is fleeting, so we have to keep earning it every game."

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Below are the extended game highlights.

added 4:16am, Nine minutes of coach Blashill is below.

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 Alex Ovechkin earned a number of notable accomplishments as he scored his 20th of the season, the 750th of his career and his 118th game-winning goal Saturday.

*  The Panthers (17-4-3, 37 points), Wild (17-6-1, 35 points) and Rangers (16-4-3, 35 points) all secured noteworthy wins at home.

 Jake Guentzel (3-1—4) became the first Penguins player to record a hat trick in Vancouver in nearly 35 years, when Mario Lemieux scored three on Jan. 23, 1987.

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Videos- Post Game Talk After An OT Win

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

First up is Moritz Seider, below find Mickey Redmond and Jeff Blashill plus the game highlights.


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Video- 32 Thoughts

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via Sportsnet.

On this edition of 32 Thoughts, Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek discuss Mitch Marner's status, the Canadiens' interest in agent Kent Hughes, if the NHL will go back to taxi squads, Jake DeBrusk's trade value, and more.


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Quick Recap- DRW/NYI

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

The Wings were up 2-1 after 20 minutes while the Islanders are still searching to find their game.

I will admit I switched to a secondary TV for the second period while watching a certain college football game on the primary TV.

The Islanders tied the game midway in period two but the Wings made it 3-2 less than three minutes later.

In the third, NYI scored their 3rd power play goal of the game with about 7 1/2 minutes left.

The teams head to OT tied 3-3 and Mo Seider ends it, Wings win 4-3.

Detroit goals are below.

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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit

Well, well, well. The Wings are coming into tonight's game riding high after winning their last four games. It's safe to say confidence is high among the players. For now. Wings fans everywhere have been pleasantly surprised by their play, their confidence, the honest effort, exciting hockey, and more recently, the winning.

This is not the time for the Wings to get too cocky or over confident. They face off tonight against an Islanders team that due to circumstances beyond their control, are currently in a slump. Remember,  Barry Trotz is their coach, which makes them dangerous, and, a very formidable opponent.

We all know that this is the perfect set up for what the 19 have come to refer to as the TRAP. In the past, a typical TRAP game happens when any team, no matter how bad, seems to make good when facing the Wings. They can't let that happen anymore. This is a new era. The Yzerman/Yzerplan Era. It's high time to reverse the trends of the past, and, continue to move forward. 

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Video- NHL Alumni Fighting For Cancer

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Happy Birthday Alex Delvecchio

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit

As Delvecchio hits his 90th birthday, his impact resonates beyond the ice
Jim Devellano and Nick Libett share their memories of Red Wings legend

From Jonathan Mills @DetroitRedWings / DetroitRedWings.com

DETROIT -- Chances are if you are a Detroit Red Wings fan, or an avid hockey fan, you're familiar with the name Alex Delvecchio. Over the past seven decades, his name has become synonymous with Hockeytown.

As the Red Wings prepare to celebrate Delvecchio's 90th birthday on Saturday night when the New York Islanders visit Little Caesars Arena, his impact continues to resonate.

For Red Wings senior vice president & alternate governor Jim Devellano, one of the people lucky enough to know the man, Delvecchio's commitment to the team and the city of Detroit is the first thing that should be talked about more.

"Alex was somehow able to never leave Detroit as a player, as a coach, as a general manager and he remains here in Detroit some 70 years later," Devellano said. "I know no other Red Wings player has ever done that. It's impossible."

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Pierre Dorion On The Ottawa Senators

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

“Winning five of 21 games is not exactly where we wanted to be,” Dorion told reporters before facing the Colorado Avalanche Saturday at the Canadian Tire Centre. “It’s not what we foresaw, especially after the way we finished last year.

“The biggest thing is we’ve got to get this team back to its winning ways. We have made a few drastic decisions but we feel this team is going to get back to playing the hockey it’s capable of playing.”

Dorion knows the finger is pointed in his direction for the club sitting in 32nd overall and he understands why.

“I’m not going to lie to anyone here. I’ve had a few sleepless nights. I haven’t enjoyed this stretch by our team but it’s not for a lack of effort,” Dorion said.  “The players are playing hard, but sometimes players don’t play up to their potential, and they know it to.

“The buck stops with me and I’m not afraid to say that. We didn’t anticipate this and we’re going to battle through it. Last year, we had a tough stretch, battled through it and finished strong.There’s still 60 games left, the work ethic is there, the will to win is there and we’re going to continue.”

Before camp got under way, Dorion declared the “the rebuild is over” and “it’s time to start winning.”

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