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Talking The ‘Gordie Howe Hat Trick’

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from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Gordie Howe retired from the NHL in 1980 as the all-time leading scorer with 801 goals and 1,850 points. He led many other statistical categories but one he surely didn’t lead is the unofficial one that came to bear his name, “the Gordie Howe Hat Trick,” which is a goal, an assist and a fight in the same game.

We’ll never know for sure because no one kept that statistic until The Hockey News started in 1996. For awhile, the leader was current Tampa Bay Lightning coach Rick Tocchet—like Howe, a rugged customer with good hockey skills.

Then Tocchet was overtaken by Brendan Shanahan, who retired earlier this year to become NHL Vice President of Hockey and Business Development. According to the weekly’s records, Shanahan had 17 Gordie Howe Hat Tricks. The “honor” took Shanahan by surprise.

“I’d never heard of it until I’d had quite a few of them,” said Shanahan, whose NHL career began in 1987. “It didn’t get media attention until four or five years ago. They started counting in my 10th year. One list had me at nine and then they went back and counted and found more. No teammate ever mentioned it to me until my last one….”

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Patrick Eaves Gets His Shot In Detroit

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from Bruce MacLeod of the Macomb Daily,

Eaves got a spot in the Detroit lineup by default. He has played in 40 of the Red Wings’ 51 games this season, including 23 of the past 24.

“It’s unfortunate that we had some injuries, but that got me into the lineup, got me going with (linemates) Helmer (Darren Helm) and Drapes (Kris Draper),” said Eaves. “It’s such a long season, something is going to happen.”

Although injuries got Eaves into the lineup, performance has kept him in. Eaves is now averaging 14:17 of ice time per game, more than Draper or Justin Abdelkader or Drew Miller.

A right-handed shot playing on the right side of Helm and opposite Draper, Eaves is fourth among Detroit forwards with 90 shots on goal, trailing only Henrik Zetterberg, Todd Bertuzzi and Pavel Datsyuk.

He came to Detroit with the reputation of a scorer, but Eaves is playing on a checking third line and is one of the team’s top penalty killers. In fact, the PK gave Eaves his first opportunity to prove himself in Detroit.

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Is Cory Clouston In The Jack Adams Race?

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from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen via the National Post,

They could fall off the map just as quickly as they could climb the standings. Nonetheless, as the team rides a six-game winning streak that has taken them to a comfortable fifth place in the Eastern Conference, you would have to think that coach Cory Clouston is beginning to attract notice as a coach-of-the-year candidate.

He’s on a long list that includes Jacques Lemaire of the New Jersey Devils; Bruce Boudreau of the Washington Capitals; Lindy Ruff of the Buffalo Sabres; Todd McLellan of the San Jose Sharks; Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks; Alain Vigneault of the Vancouver Canucks and Dave Tippett of the Phoenix Coyotes.

To merit serious consideration from broadcasters across the league, who vote on the Jack Adams Award, the Senators would have to stay at least where they are, or even move up in the standings

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Sutter Refuses To Be Negative

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Flames Coach Brent Sutter after losing to the Blues 2-0, their

sixth

seventh loss in a row.

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Canucks Get A Break

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from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

Both Lindy Ruff and Paul Gaustad said a controversial call by referee Kerry Fraser did not cost the Buffalo Sabres a game against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.

But the Sabres head coach and centremen were nevertheless appalled by a disallowed goal late in the second period, a key play in a 3-2 Canucks victory.

“I understand it, but I don’t like it,” said Ruff, who went crazy on the bench, yelling and gesticulating at Fraser and co-referee Mike Leggo.

What was the official call?

“That Gaustad had cross-checked their player,” Ruff said. “I just felt it was more incidental contact. If you’re going to call that, you better call about 75 cross-checks in the game around the front of the net.”

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Boston Bruins still seeking an identity

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By: Mark Marino

It was just a month ago where the Bruins were looking decent – playing well enough for second-place in the Northeast Division, and fifth overall in the East. In fact, their 19-11-7 record [43 points] was just five points away from the top team in the Division – the Buffalo Sabres.

Fast forward 14 games, plus a few injuries, and the Black and Gold have tanked to their nethermost point of the 2009-10 season. After stinking up the RBC Center last night – losing 5-1 against the 29th ranked Carolina Hurricanes – the Bruins find themselves down four spots into ninth-place overall in the Eastern Conference [54 points].

The Bruins have now dropped eight of their last nine games [1-7-1] and had recorded a pitiful 4-9-1 record since the “good ‘ol days” just four weeks ago. Over this 14 game span, the B’s have managed to muster just 11-of-28 possible points, as they continue to slip down the proverbial slide. Now 51 games into the season, and the Big Bad Bruins are still searching – a little too late – for an identity to this team.

 

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Sucked Back Into The Game

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from Justin Bourne at USA TODAY,

Seven or eight years ago, I started losing interest in the game from a fan’s perspective. Playing at a high level was taking the fun out of watching it – Not only did I know the crappy truths about why some guys made it while others of equal talent didn’t (agents, drafts, birth years and size overriding concepts like “who’s the better player?”), but I started to feel like I could do a lot of what I was watching, and in some cases, better.

I never totally drifted from the game, of course. And, as I trained and grew and improved and developed, I was realizing something. There were still a couple dozen players around the league who made me think “Wow, not with all the training, nutrition, practice and encouragement could I ever do that.” And that’s what’s sucked me back into fanhood, and what keeps me here — isn’t it for you? That awe, the respect for a level of ability you yourself just weren’t blessed with possessing?

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Talking NHL & Social Networking

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from Jennifer Leggio of ZDNet,

The 29th episode of the Quick’n’Dirty podcast was the most enjoyable one yet, at least for me. Why? I got to talk about one of my top five life obsessions: hockey. Michael DiLorenzo, director of social media marketing & strategy / director of business communications for the NHL joined us to talk about the organization’s social media strategy - and how it’s going about using social media to increase the loyalty of hockey fans across the regions.

Needless to say, I hijacked most of the interview from my poor co-host Aaron Strout, and hammered DiLorenzo with all kinds of questions ranging from the change in his role from traditional corporate communications to social media, what the NHL is doing with social media to make hockey no longer a “secondary” sport in the U.S., as well as how they balance the naysayers of commissioner Gary Bettman while still allowing him to be open online.

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Goals Of The Week

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Top 10 goals from the past week in the NHL.

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Looking West & East As The Trade Deadline Gets Within Sight

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from Scott Cullen of TSN,

With more than five weeks to go, there are, not surprisingly, a lot of teams still in the Western Conference playoff picture, with eight teams within a nine-point span between sixth and 13th place in the conference.

That leaves Columbus and Edmonton as the most obvious sellers in the group, but there will be others to land in that position in the coming weeks as the playoff picture starts to get clearer.

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Also from Scott Cullen of TSN,

As it stands now, in late January, only the Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes are more than three points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, so that leaves a whole lot of teams vying for a berth in the postseason.

If the top four spots seems securely in hand in some order for Washington, New Jersey, Buffalo and Pittsburgh, that leaves nine teams within seven points trying to get one of the next four spots.

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