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Blame It On The Mask

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Early in last night’s third period, before either team had scored, Tim Thomas left his crease, scurried behind his net, and played the puck. As he turned to skate back into position, Columbus forward Jiri Novotny barreled into the Bruins goalie’s chest with so much force that his mask flew off.

Thomas’s nontraditional headgear (he calls it a “mage,” being that it’s half-mask, half-cage) clattered to the ice, the chin cup and the strap that holds it in place snapping off. Thomas went to the bench for repairs, but when the strap couldn’t be snapped back into place, he had to settle for Manny Fernandez’s mask - an in-game switch that any netminder would find uncomfortable.

“You can ask any goalie,” Thomas said. “It’s not fun to use anybody else’s stuff. You’re used to your own. But whatever. That’s hockey. Fortunately, Manny must have a fairly large head, too. With most goalies, I couldn’t fit their mask on.”

In a game in which the Bruins felt they couldn’t catch any breaks, Columbus scored the winning goal with Thomas wearing Fernandez’s mask.

continue for more on the game…

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Big Hit From Jay McKee on Mark Parrish

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via the Dallas Stars Blog,

Stars forward Mark Parrish put his head down to control a pass from Brian Sutherby when he was blindsided by hard charging Jay McKee at center ice. The highlilght reel hit sent Parrish crumbling to the ice. He got to his knees, tried to get up but instead waited for assistance.

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  Tags: ay+mckee, mark+parrish

The Battles- Washington vs. Nashville

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fromn John Glennon of the Tennessean,

There were a couple of hard-hitting bouts in the opening period, with the Predators coming out on top in both. Wade Belak buckled Donald Brashear with a straight left and dropped him to the ice, while Jordin Tootoo turned Matt Bradley’s face into a bloody mess — cutting Bradley’s nose badly and giving him a black eye to boot.

“We have guys that can battle each and every night and that’s part of our team,’’ Tootoo said. “We play physical and bring it all.’‘

Brashear didn’t return after the fight and might have sprained a knee when he fell to the ice.

more on the Preds including some Radulov talk…

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  Tags: donald+brashear, jordin+tootoo, matt+bradley, wade+belak

Anaheim Will Likely Miss The Playoffs

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Anaheim Ducks were the Stanley Cup champions as recently as 2007.  Their fall has been surprisingly fast.  It looks like this season the team will miss the playoffs.  Right now, Anaheim is in 12th place in the West Conference with 68 points.  They are only three points back of eighth place but they are tied for the games played lead in the conference.  They have fifteen games left to pass four teams in the standings.  That seems very unlikely.  All that will be needed to eliminate the Ducks is one or two of the bubble teams ahead of the Ducks going on a hot streak.  Given the number of such teams that is very likely.

What happened to the Anaheim Ducks?  How have they fallen so quickly?

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Laraque Calls New Fighting Recommendations A Joke

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Montreal Canadiens forward Georges Laraque is outraged by recommendations made by general managers participating in the annual NHL GM meetings in Naples, Florida.

“All of their recommendations are a joke!” Laraque charged after reading the NHL’s plans on TSN.ca….

It’s that proposed penalty - a 10-minute misconduct - which really angers Laraque.

“Stupidest thing ever!” Laraque told TSN. “I think it’s a joke. They might as well take fighting out of the NHL…fighting won’t be safer; it will be eliminated because an added 10 minute misconduct is too much.”

read on

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Are You Armed With All You Need?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I have no idea. 

It’s a question only you can answer.

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The Next Montreal Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette via the National Post,

The ideal candidate would also have experience. The last Canadiens head coach with previous NHL head-coaching experience was Jacques Demers, who joined the team in 1992 and won the Cup in ‘93.

The list of candidates with the right combination of experience and language skills is a short one. At the top is Bob Hartley, who won a Stanley Cup with Colorado in 2001. He’s currently working as an analyst with RDS after being fired two years ago by the Atlanta Thrashers.

And there’s Denis Savard, who was fired by the Chicago Blackhawks this season and made his coaching debut as an assistant during the Canadiens’ 1993 Cup run.

read on and Patrick Roy’s name is mentioned too.  Joe Pelletier of Greatest Hockey Legends discusses the Roy talk too.

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‘Broadcasting’ Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

Issue No. 1: You see the game only from the perspective of your team. As a result, you know your team better than anyone else does. You watch your guy fore check, and not the opposition’s defenseman quarterbacking the breakout. You are watching from the perspective of how your guy angles on the forecheck, how often he anticipates correctly, how hard he is on the puck and a host of other details that national broadcasters and media don’t know because they don’t watch your team the way you watch your team….

Issue No. 2: You have a hard time formulating an argument for opposing players because you don’t watch them much, and when you do watch them against your favorite team, you still watch them from your team’s perspective. One of my old “NHL 2Night” lines was that after Barry Melrose would accuse me of having a favorite NHL team, I would say, “Barry, I love all 30 teams equally.”

read on to get the whole picture…

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Witt May Be A Marked Man Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

As fate would have it, Brendan Witt’s comeback from a five-game suspension for a blow to the head of Maple Leafs forward Niklas Hagman will be in Toronto tonight at Air Canada Centre. Although the shot Witt delivered was unintentional because he had no stick and simply was trying to get his body in Hagman’s way, the Islanders defenseman understands if Toronto fans or the Leafs themselves demand retribution.

Asked if he might be a marked man tonight, Witt said, ” don’t know. I played with Ron [Wilson, the Toronto coach]. He coached me in Washington. He’s not that type of guy. But if it is, we’ll just address it. If I’ve got to fight, I’ve got to fight, and then, it’s forgotten about. It’s a part of the game.

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Havlat Day-to-Day, Khabibulin Practices

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Kuc of Icing at the Chicago Tribune,

“Havvy is day-to-day,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “He was much better today than when he left the game the other day.”

When I asked Quenneville if there’s a possibility Havlat could play Wednesday night when the Hawks host the Carolina Hurricanes, the coach paused and said: “I’ll say yes.”

There was some good news on the injury front as veteran goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin returned to practice. The veteran has been suffering from a lower-body injury.

more on the Blackhawks…

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  Tags: martin+havlat, nikolai+khabibulin

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