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Video- I’ll Leave You With This - John Tavares Last Night

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Work. Reward.


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Wayne Gretzky On ‘The NHL: 100 Years” Documentary

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from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

Wayne Gretzky doesn’t think he would have been as great of a hockey player in the 1950s.

He’s not being humble. More like fearful.

Yes, the greatest goal scorer who ever played the game would no doubt have had an easier time putting the puck past goalies who didn’t wear masks and rarely left their feet to make a save. But that’s assuming he could make it up the ice in one piece.

“The (Gordie) Howes and (Maurice) Richards typically had to fight for themselves,” Gretzky said in a phone interview. “That was the game back then. When you’re 150 pounds, that would have been more difficult for me. I’m always the first guy to sit here and say I came around at the right time. It was a different game.”

The topic of the sport’s so-called good old days has come up because on Thursday the NHL is releasing a feature-length documentary on the rich and storied history of the league.


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Nathan MacKinnon Continues To Lead The Colorado Avalanche

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freom Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Behind a penalty-free effort through two periods and another outstanding play-making performance by center Nathan MacKinnon, the Avalanche rolled past the Dallas Stars 3-0 on Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center.

In a festive environment on the night before Thanksgiving Day, MacKinnon had three assists to extend his scoring spree to 20 points in 10 games and Colorado improved to 7-1-1 at home and 11-8-1 overall. The Avs won just 13 times in 41 home games last season en route to a league-low 48 points. They have now scored three goals in every home game.

“I liked our game tonight. We had a really good start, good energy at the start. We were jumping,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said. “I liked our disclipline and our decision making throughout the whole night and especially the third period. That was a real mature third period from our guys. Good decisions. No risky pucks in the middle of the ice.”


Mike Chambers has more on the Avs, like this..

Nathan MacKinnon is a superstar in the making. Just 22, the fifth-year NHL centerman is becoming the player we all thought he would become since he was selected No. 1 overall in 2013. He assisted on all three goals Wednesday and has now has amassed 20 points (14 assists) in his last 10 games and is averaging more than two points per-game on the season (25 points in 19 games).

Per the Avalanche, MacKinnon is the first Avs player to record 20 points in a span of 10 team games since Joe Sakic from March 20 to April 9, 2006 (7-13–20), and MacKinnon’s 17 points in November is tied for second in the league in scoring during the month and he’s pacing all skaters with 13 assists in that span. Being compared to Sakic is what we ultimately expected from young Great Nate.

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The Vancouver Canucks ‘Silence’ The Pittsburgh Penguins

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from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Patric Hornqvist declined to talk. Said his number wasn’t on the board indicating who should be available to media – and he was right.

Phil Kessel’s number was on the board, but he grabbed his stuff and left anyway, telling those asking for his comments to “get someone else.”

Sidney Crosby, who talks after pretty much every loss but got a night off, remained silent as he shoved equipment into a bag, sporting a dejected look that told the story of the Penguins’ 5-2 loss to the Canucks at PPG Paints Arena.

On Nov. 4, the Penguins lost to Vancouver, and the common theme was that they were cool with it because the process was there. Same deal Wednesday, really. The Penguins (11-9-3) did a bunch of good things but left with a bad taste in their mouths.

“We just have to keep working at it,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “We can’t get frustrated. We’ve just got to get more determined.”

more on the Pens 5-2 loss to the Canucks

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Another Road Win For The Vegas Golden Knights

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from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

The Ducks kept asking John Gibson to come to the rescue. He did it again Wednesday night, doing so for a long while but no goalie can withstand the amount of pressure and shots that teams are bringing at them on a nightly basis.

And the expansion Vegas Golden Knights continue to show they’re no ordinary first-year NHL team. They’re a first-place Pacific Division team now as three third-period goals turned around a second-period deficit and created a 4-2 win before a sellout crowd at Honda Center, stopping the Ducks’ three-game win streak....

“You can’t rely on the guy in the net to stand on his head and he did that tonight,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “The score was 4-2 and it could have been 10-2. That’s how good he played. What we were doing out there was not anywhere near what we’re capable of doing as far as a hockey club.

“So we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us right now.”

read on

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Another Day, Another Buffalo Sabres Loss

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from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Enjoy your Thanksgiving, Buffalo Sabres fans.

Enjoy your Black Friday shopping.

Enjoy your long weekend if you're not working.

Enjoy whatever you can because there's certainly no enjoying a victory.

You probably won't be enjoying playoff hockey, either, but that's nothing new.

The Sabres' demoralizing start continued Wednesday with a 5-4 loss to Minnesota. Buffalo fell to 5-13-4 this season, including 0-5-2 in the last seven games. The dwindling crowds in KeyBank Center have seen the team put up a 2-7-1 record at home.

"Every one just gets worse and worse and worse," center Ryan O'Reilly said. "It's tough looking at the standings right now. It doesn't feel good. It's discouraging."


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Good Wings, Bad Wings

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

A few days ago the Detroit Red Wings were fast and structured, hard to play against and being led by talented, young forwards.

In two games since then, they've been slow, disorganized and mistake-prone. And, according to coach Jeff Blashill, some important players have been passengers.

The Edmonton Oilers scored three unanswered goals in the second period Wednesday to snap a tie and defeat the Red Wings 6-2 at Little Caesars Arena.

It was another squandered opportunity for the Red Wings (10-9-3), who were facing a struggling Oilers club that lost 8-3 in St. Louis the night before. It came on the heels of Detroit's 4-3 overtime loss to Colorado on Sunday.


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Happy Thanksgiving

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Plans for the day

12lb. deep fried cajun turkey

home made stuffing

garlic mashed potatoes


pumpkin and dutch apple pie

a few beverages

a nice couch

To all of you, have an enjoyable Thanskgiving and hopefully a long weekend.

I will be around for a few hours this morning, then just like the NHL, I am goind dark for the day.

Tomrrow, 14 NHL starting at 1:00pm ET and ending around 10 1/2 hours later.

Just be thankful we are not the penalty box attendant guy... watch below...

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NHL Short Notes

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Home Team in Caps
Minnesota 5, BUFFALO 4
Edmonton 6, DETROIT 2
FLORIDA 2, Toronto 1 (SO)
Boston 3, NEW JERSEY 2 (SO)
NY ISLANDERS 4, Philadelphia 3 (OT)
Vancouver 5, PITTSBURGH 2
WASHINGTON 5, Ottawa 2
NY Rangers 6, CAROLINA 1
COLUMBUS 1, Calgary 0 (OT)
TAMPA BAY 3, Chicago 2 (OT)
NASHVILLE 3, Montreal 2 (SO)
COLORADO 3, Dallas 0
San Jose 3, ARIZONA 1
Vegas 4, ANAHEIM 2
Winnipeg 2, LOS ANGELES 1

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Prospect news: Walleye shut out by Cincinnati; Larsson stops pucks and posts an assist

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye were unable to give Matej Machovsky the "run support" the Walleye's goaltender needed, dropping a 1-0 shutout decision to the Cincinnati Cyclones. The Walleye's website posted a recap:

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