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Many of the NHL.com staffers are contributating to the Boston Baked Blog

Keep up to date with everything going on at Fenway Park.

Also, the NHL Network is now live from Fenway until 12:30pm ET, then of course NBC, CBC & RDS take over at 1:00pm ET.

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Best & Worst Of 2009 Calendar Year

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from Dirk Hoag of OnTheForecheck,

As the hockey world turns over the calendar to 2010, in anticipation of what should be a great Winter Classic game between Philadelphia and Boston today at Fenway Park, let’s take one last look back at 2009, shall we?

I’ve got combined NHL regular season standings for the calendar year, covering roughly the last half of last season and the first half of the current one. How did your favorite team fare?

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Will We See Our First WC Fight?

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from Ryan Lambert of PuckDaddy,

Shawn Thornton knew the question was coming.

“Oh God,” he sighed, obviously exasperated, “here we go.”

No, there has never been a fight in a Winter Classic, or the Heritage Classic for that matter. No, there’s never even been anything approaching a dustup. The closest anyone has gotten is a pair of matching roughing penalties in the Heritage Classic between Francis Boullion and Jason Chimera. It was real exciting stuff.

So hockey fans are waiting for that historic first fight. And the media talks about it. Dan Carcillo said his team wasn’t ignorant to the talk. But that doesn’t mean players are making plans to fight like it’s seventh grade meeting by the flagpole at recess.

“I don’t know,” said Thornton. “I honestly have never gone into a hockey game thinking about fighting. This is no different. I mean, you guys can ask because it’s kind of one of my roles, but other than you guys bringing it up, I don’t think about it.”

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Capitals A Favorite For Winter Classic 2011

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from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,

The Alex Ovechkin-led Capitals were a finalist for this year’s game, but concerns from NBC about Washington’s television ratings and countless other scheduling complications derailed those plans.

Boudreau and the Capitals might not have to wait much longer, though. A league source with knowledge of the situation confirmed Thursday that Washington is the NHL’s strongest candidate to participate in the fourth annual game next New Year’s Day.

“The league will be looking to work around the Capitals to get them into this game,” said the source, who requested anonymity because league executives have not yet begun formal discussions for the 2011 Winter Classic.

Those talks will begin in earnest after the Olympic break in February, but the Capitals have plenty of reason to feel confident about their chances.

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Vigneault Doesn’t Agree With 5 Minute Match Penalty To Rypien

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from Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province,

Rick Rypien may have won the fight, but his team came out on the losing end of his scuffle with Blues Cam Janssen midway through the first period.

Rypien was given a five minute match penalty in addition to the coincidental fighting majors assessed to both players for the tape he had around his right wrist and thumb….

“We got put in a very tough position by that major penalty. In my opinion it was not the right call,” said Vigneault.

“The call clearly states that there has to be a cut. There was no cut. There’s a broken nose. The tape was on Ripper’s right hand, he threw punches with his left, got him good a couple of times, broke his nose, that’s not a cut. I thought the interpretation of that was wrong and it put us behind the eight-ball there.”

more and if you missed the fight, watch it here...

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Avs Goaltender Anderson Feels Leino Goal Was A High Stick

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First the goal…

Anderrson talks about the goal…

 

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Morning Line

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“We were playing three-quarter-ice hockey.  Bring it out, bring it up, give it to them, come back in our zone, play like hell for a while, and if we get it out, make a quick change and put another set out that takes it up, turns it over and goes back to its end.

-Edmonton Oilers Coach Pat Quinn after losing to the Flames.  More from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider.

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Fenway Arena

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from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe,

Putting the Bruins in the Red Sox locker room guarantees new standards for civility and accessibility in the 97-year-old clubhouse. It also means the polite hockey guys have to walk down 13 steps to get to the dugout runway. At the end of the long tunnel, it’s another four steps to the dugout floor, then five steps to the playing surface. Skate guards are required.

Boston’s ancient, beloved ballpark is ready for hockey. The indoor batting cage behind the Red Sox dugout has been converted to a hockey shop with skate sharpeners and propane torches. Retired Bruins numbers have been attached to the right-field facade alongside the Red Sox numbers. Bobby Orr walks hand-in-hand with Joe Cronin (both No. 4). Same for Cam Neely and Carl Yastrzemski (No. 8), and John Bucyk and Ted Williams (No. 9).

Orr has his own stall and nameplate in the Red Sox/Bruins locker room. It’s a locker last used by John Smoltz. Shawn Thornton was issued David Ortiz’s locker, which makes some sense, but how do you figure Zdeno Chara dressing in a front of a stall that belongs to J.D. Drew? Think the big fella knows about J.D.’s reputation?

The standings on the Green Monster look strange. It’s weird to see “Buffalo,’’ “Ottawa,’’ and “Montreal’’ under the heading of “AL East,’’ but it’s nice to have Baltimore erased entirely for a few days.

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Blues Lose At Home Again

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from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The club fell to 0-3 on a four-game home stand and 5-13-3 at Scottrade Center, where they also surrendered a 3-0 lead to Edmonton in a 5-3 loss Dec. 11.

“We’ve been here before and they all hurt,” Blues coach Andy Murray said. “I don’t qualify losses. This hurts just like every loss that we’ve had.”

Murray wore a bullish expression after the game, saying countless times in his postgame press conference that the Blues would only focus on gearing up for Chicago at home on Saturday. But the mood in the locker room was one of disbelief, as players wondered how it could happen again.

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Should The Rangers Bury Almost $40M In The Minors?

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post, I

f it is true that pride goes before the fall, then if Glen Sather is too proud to admit his mistakes in signing Wade Redden, Michal Rozsival the second time and Donald Brashear, he has no place running the Rangers any longer.

If Sather is not willing to, a) admit to his fantastic errors in judgment; and, more important, b) suck it up and inform Jim Dolan that Cablevision must be willing to send what amounts to $39M in remaining contracts to the minor leagues in order to begin cleansing the environment, then the GM’s tenure of nearly 10 years has run its course.

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