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Momentum Building For The Wings?

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Turning point, the Detroit Red Wings were asked? Turn to Boston, they replied.

It speaks to how much the Wings have struggled this season that winning two straight games begets scrutiny. No one parried the question of whether back-to-back victories over Pittsburgh and Montreal will stoke a turnaround better than Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg, who smiled and said, “I'm looking forward to a day off, and then we have Boston next day. That’s the longest I look.”

At least the Wings can look ahead to hosting the Bruins on Wednesday (8 p.m., NBCSN) with a bit of swagger. It was earned on the strength of beating the defending champion Penguins, 6-3, and then shutting out Atlantic Division-leading Canadiens, 1-0, on Monday.

“It’s good to see we can play both kinds of games,” Frans Nielsen said after Monday’s outing. “It’s good to see we have that ability.”


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IIHF Announces Hall Of Fame Class

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from Andrew Podnieks of IIHF.com,

Former players Saku Koivu, Uwe Krupp, Angela Ruggiero, Joe Sakic and Teemu Selanne, along with builder Dieter Kalt will be inducted to the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2017.

Former Great Britain national team player and coach Tony Hand has been selected to receive the Richard “Bibi” Torriani Award.

French ice hockey executive and former player and coach Patrick Francheterre will be given the Paul Loicq Award.

The 2017 IIHF Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place in Cologne, Germany on 21 May, the final day of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.

continued, includes Uwe Krupp as a builder too...

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Video- Recap Of The NHL Games Played Yesterday

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14 teams were in action yesterday.


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New Goalie Pants Mandatory By February 4th

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Craig Custance With The Morning Line On Thomas Vanek

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

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.


Watch the game highlights below...

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.


Watch all the goals below...

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NHL Short Notes

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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
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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