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New Goalie Pants Mandatory By February 4th

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Craig Custance With The Morning Line On Thomas Vanek

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If Detroit falls out of the playoff race before the deadline, general manager Ken Holland has to move his unrestricted free agents, including Vanek. A great fit would be in Chicago, where the Blackhawks could use some veteran help on the wing.

-Craig Custance of ESPN.  The ESPN crew discusses more players who may be available.

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Ken Holland appears on TSN 690 Montreal

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings GM Ken Holland appeared on TSN 690 Montreal's "The Morning Show" yesterday, and I'll quote TSN's summary of his 20-minute interview:

The GM of the Red Wings, Ken Holland, joined the Morning Show to talk about his goalie situation, Thomas Vanek, the plan for his team at the deadline and how he knew the Canadiens were going to be a good team.

George here: I've been ill and am going to the doctor today to get things sorted out. I should return shortly.

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Video- Jujhar Khaira With His First NHL Goal

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Jujhar Khaira learned hockey on the streets of Surrey, B.C., a Sikh kid and his little brother scoring their Game 7, Stanley Cup-winning goals while in runners, shooting a tennis ball.

Khaira was no different than millions of Canadian kids, except for one thing: He would go on to score on the big stage Monday night at Rogers Place. It was his first NHL goal as only the third Indo-Canadian to play in the National Hockey League, after Robin Bawa and Manny Malhotra....

When this hockey writer broke in, a story like Khaira’s belonged to a kid off the farm in Redvers, Saskatchewan, like Dean Kennedy. Or Bobby Dollas, the son of a Montreal furrier who stacked pelts all summer and made his NHL dream come true when the snow flew.

Today, it’s a kid like Khaira, a first generation Canadian whose parents came from India as children, and has to bone up on his Punjabi when he speaks to his grandparents. His brother, Sahvan, is a big defenceman for the WHL’s Swift Current Broncos.

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Another Loss For The Winnipeg Jets

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from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

Perhaps the most interesting thing that came out of Paul Maurice’s post-game press conference Monday was something he didn’t say.

He didn’t say “No.”

He was asked if the reeling Jets team — which had just lost it’s fourth straight game 5-2 to the San Jose Sharks — would consider calling up veteran goalie Ondrej Pavelec to solve their crippling goaltending woes.

“Oh, we talk about all aspects of our game,” was Maurice’s only response.

So you’re saying there’s a chance?

By no means is goaltending the only problem the Jets are dealing with. They are loose in the defensive zone and have only been able to stick to their gameplan for a period here or a period there for the last week.

It has all added up to humbling losses to the Montreal Canadiens, Arizona Coyotes and Sharks and an overtime heartbreaker against the Los Angeles Kings.

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added 8:09am, The Jets just announced Pavelec has been recalled.

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Goals Galore In Penguins OT Win Over The Capitals

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from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

Both teams had scored touchdowns — and extra points — so sudden death overtime had to settle it. The next goal would really be the winner.

And after a goal-scoring clinic, a bounce decided it. A shot by Pittsburgh’s Conor Sheary was initially stopped but then slowly dribbled past the goal line after going off the skate of Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen just 34 seconds into overtime, lifting the Penguins to an 8-7 win and snapping the Capitals’ season-best nine-game winning streak.

Was that one of the crazier games Justin Williams has been a part of in his 16-year career?

“Yep. Mm-hmmm,” the Capitals forward said.

“Yeah, that’s safe to say,” Capitals center Lars Eller agreed.

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NHL Short Notes

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MONDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
NY Islanders 4, BOSTON 0
BUFFALO 4, Dallas 1
DETROIT 1, Montreal 0
Tampa Bay 2, LOS ANGELES 1
SAN JOSE 5, Winnipeg 2
PITTSBURGH 8, Washington 7 (OT)
EDMONTON 3, Arizona 1
 
PENGUINS OUTLAST CAPITALS IN OFFENSIVE SHOWDOWN, SNAP WIN STREAK
The Penguins and Capitals combined for nine second period goals (PIT: 6, WSH: 3) including a hat trick by Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin (3-0—3), and both teams overcame multi-goal deficits before Conor Sheary (2-1—3) scored 34 seconds into overtime as the Penguins snapped the NHL-leading Capitals’ win streak at nine games. 
 

* Per Elias, the Penguins and Capitals were the first teams to combine for at least 15 goals in a game since Oct. 27, 2011 when the Jets earned a 9-8 win over the Flyers. The Penguins also scored six goals in a period for the first time since March 21, 2000 at NYI (also six in the second period).
 
* Elias adds that the Penguins, who trailed 3-0 to start the game, became the second team in NHL history to overcome a three-goal deficit to snap an opposing team’s win streak of at least nine games. Pittsburgh joined the Hartford Whalers, who rallied from a 5-1 deficit against the Canadiens on March 19, 1980 in an eventual 5-5 tie, snapping Montreal’s win streak at nine games.
 
* The Penguins extended their home point streak to 13 games (12-0-1), including six consecutive wins. Pittsburgh (19-2-2, 40 points) leads the NHL in home wins and points this season.
 
Sidney Crosby (1-3—4) registered a season-high four points and leads the NHL with 27 goals this season (37 GP). Crosby (27-23—50) also became the second player to reach the 50-point mark this season, trailing only Connor McDavid (14-37—51).
 
* Malkin registered the 11th hat trick of his NHL career. Elias notes that he passed Kevin Stevens (10) for the second-most hat tricks in Penguins franchise history, trailing only Mario Lemieux (40).
 
* Defensemen Justin Schultz (0-4—4) and Trevor Daley (0-3—3) each established career highs for assists in a game.

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Post-Game Notes And Quotes

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Dana Wakiji of the Wings website,

Two straight wins against top teams: The Wings had not gotten two straight wins in regulation since October and they had not had much success against some of the better teams like Pittsburgh and Montreal. But after beating those two teams back-to-back in very different ways - a 6-3 fast-paced game against the Penguins and a 1-0 defensive battle against the Canadiens - it helps build confidence.

Quotable: "As a coach you want perfection, so you want to be great defensively and score lots of goals but the game doesn't always go that way. Sometimes games can get into track meets and you've got to outscore your opponent. Certainly Pittsburgh's a team that plays in a way that you're going to get opportunities for sure. But they're going to get opportunities, too. Montreal plays a little different. It was I thought a pretty tight game. I didn't think either team had tons of chances. I thought we created a good amount and probably missed the net too much. I think we've got to make sure over the long haul that we're real good defensively and I thought we were real good defensively tonight." - Blashill

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Video- You Make The Call

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Evgeni Malkin's 3rd goal in the 2nd period in tonight's game against the Washington Capitals.

 

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Time To Raise It Up A Notch In Columbus

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from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

John Tortorella began practice Monday tossing pucks to kids seated in the Nationwide Arena stands only to lob stern words at his Blue Jackets’ players about 20 minutes later.

The coach halted the session and demanded they pick up their pace. Tortorella urged them not to “lose your practice habits.”

“I think in the last little bit our pace has dipped,” Tortorella said. “It hasn’t been as consistent through the game . . . I think it’s a mental thing about staying on top of yourself as far as playing faster. As I’ve said, the league is going to be better, the league is going to be faster.”

The Blue Jackets (29-9-4) were among the NHL’s best stories in the season’s first half -- complete with a 16-game win streak. But such production doesn’t give clubs the right to hang banners or guarantee them home-ice advantage in the playoffs’ first round.

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