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NHL Battles FIFA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The National Hockey League, which is apparently unaware that Canada is not part of the United States, or vice versa, today presented indisputable evidence from a study in the making for the last three months showing that the Stanley Cup is much bigger than the World Cup. The presentation of the study to the press, regrettably, was interrupted by an observer from FIFA.
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Wings On A Roll

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from Larry Wigge at NHL.com,

Nicklas Lidstrom recalled the changing mood on the Detroit Red Wing bench before the third period of a game against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 25, Detroit trailing 1-0, with a record below .500 for the first time in a long, long time following a three-game road losing skid. You could say there's a new confidence on this experience-laden Detroit roster that has done so many great things, including winning three Stanley Cups in the last decade. "We have a lot of the same faces as we did last season (when the Red Wings won the Presidents' Trophy with the best record in the NHL for the third time in the last four seasons)," Lidstrom remembered that particular night against the Sharks. "But I remember looking down the bench and seeing a couple of our younger guys no longer looking around to see ..."
read on...and more on the Central division...

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Wait Until They Can Communicate

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from the San Francisco Chronicle,

Evgeni Nabokov already saw two years ago what the NHL and its fans are discovering today. A young Russian player with the same first name is someone the Sharks' goalie knew would quickly make a name for himself. "I know the guy pretty well," said Nabokov, flashing a wry smile. "The only thing was how would he adapt to this style because it's so different? I haven't seen any of his games, just highlights, but I guess he's doing pretty good."... "We can't even communicate yet," the 19-year-old Crosby said. "We can't talk, say, 'Go there, go there.' It's tough. We're just reading off each other right now, kind of ad-libbing, and doing an OK job. We're pointing at a plastic board on the bench, that's what it is."
more sidenote- Scotty Bowman talked about the young NHL stars recently, saying Crosby is head and shoulders above the rest of the competition. He believes Sidney is only scratching the surface right now.

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Drop The Gloves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Hockey Fights has a nice series of, what else, hockey fights! Good way to spend your Saturday. image

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Fine On The Way For MacTavish?

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

You've seen the call from last night's Dallas/Edmonton game? Craig MacTavish definitely noticed and probably never anticipated he'd be compared to Tim Duncan. But, stand by. Via the CP.

"It was a retarded call," Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish snapped. "There is no other explanation for it. I know he is a veteran official and at times I have found his antics humorous. But if this is the product of that there is a problem."
Interestingly, the AP used the same quote...except for the first line. Theirs starts out...."“I know he is a veteran official and at times..."

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Rangers Starting To Roll

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It's as if the Rangers have begun to channel Fleetwood Mac, as if they're harmonizing the tune about thinking ahead to tomorrow because yesterday's gone. And maybe, just maybe, if last week's 3-1 western tour is any guide, it will be better than before.... "We may have finally tapped into something," said Tom Renney. "We showed the resiliency, resolve and responsibility required to confront the challenge of meeting certain expectations, more so our own than anybody else's."
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The Keon Curse

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from Mike Strobel of the Toronto Sun,

Breaking the Curse of Davey Keon should be a breeze. Retire his number, for crying out loud. Bring on the Cup. Well he lost his love, and his grief was gall, In his heart he wanted to stick it to 'em all, If we raise his shirt, maybe even this fall I bet he answers at last, Leaf Nation's call. Davey, Davey Keon, let's end the curse right here.
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10 Step Program For Flyers

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from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,

What the Flyers really need is a new direction, and so here are 10 moves I'd make if Snider gave me free reign of the team: 1. Fire Paul Holmgren: He is an honorable guy and a team player, but this club needs a clean break from the Clarke era and keeping Holmgren would be a mistake.... 5. Re-sign Peter Forsberg: He's either staying or he's going, and I want to know which way he's leaning. Forsberg keeps saying he's waiting for his reconstructed right foot to be 100 percent before he opens contract negotiations. He says the foot is not 100 percent; the Flyers say it is. Maybe, just maybe, Forsberg is stalling, waiting to see if it is worth his while to remain a passenger on the Titanic.
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Go Out & Play Hard

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from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star via Canada.com,

For Dan Petry, though, the media attention began right around the time the baseball world was first rubbing its eyes in disbelief at the Tigers' turnaround. Petry's son Jeff, a defenceman with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League, was the Edmonton Oilers' top pick, selected 46th overall in the National Hockey League entry draft, a development that left the entire family in shock. "I don't know hardly anything about the game, so it came as quite a surprise to me," Petry said of his son's emergence as a hockey prospect. "He made the all-star/prospects game and that's when the coach said he was starting to get a lot of attention from a lot of the scouts," Dan Petry said. "Then several other people said, 'Oh, yeah, they're coming in.' "I didn't know what to tell him other than to go out and play hard."
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Stuff Happens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the LA Times (reg. req.),

The two have tangled often in the NHL and the minor leagues, but the 6-foot-7, 270-pound Boogaard inflicted serious damage in the latest tussle last Friday at St. Paul, Minn., knocking him to the ice with a blow that put Fedoruk on the shelf for an indefinite period. "I think it's an advantage if you're 6-7 and 270 pounds against anybody," Fedoruk said with a grin Friday. "Guys are getting bigger. You just need your skills as a fighter to deal with it. "I was in a vulnerable position and I wasn't able to protect myself. He threw a right and it hit me flush. Just stuff that happens."

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