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Ovechkin’s 50th Goal Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tarik El-Bashi of Capitals Insider,

Here’s what Alex Ovechkin had to say about his goal celebration tonight: “Me, Jose Theodore, [Nicklas] Backstrom and [Mike Green] said if I score goal, Jose tell me just put the stick on the ice and try act like it’s so hot. Backie stopped and Greenie stopped, so I have to do it myself.”

When I asked him if he expected to be ripped by Don Cherry, he shot back with a big smile: “Oh yeah, he’s going to be [ticked] off for sure. I love it. I can’t wait ‘til he says something about me. Old coaches, old system, you know?”

more inlcuding reaction from Boudreau and Tocchet.

If you missed the goal and celebration, watch it here.

added 8:55am, Damian Critodero of the St. Petersburg Times has more from the Tampa side…

added 10:57am, Locker room video added below…

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Staubitz Hammers Tootoo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

The fight began with Staubitz pursuing the Predator (Tootoo) pest across the ice. When they finally went at it, you could almost feel the punches up in the rafters as Staubitz connected with punch after punch, forearm after forearm. Tootoo got an excused absence from the penalty box as he headed to the dressing room for stitches and who knows what other treatments. He didn’t return until the third period, and even then saw limited action.

So was it triggered by anything specific?

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  Tags: brad+staubitz, jordin+tootoo

One Bad Loss

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

...I remember the 7-0 loss to Detroit in Game 7 of the 2002 Western finals. I remember a loss in Tampa one night in which the Avs held about a 40 minute team meeting, and I pretty much missed my deadline and the whole thing was a mess for a while with the whole club.

But, honestly folks, I don’t think I ever saw an Avalanche team that showed so little competitive spirit as Colorado’s effort tonight against Edmonton. I tried hard to think about anything that came close, and I don’t think I can. It was the first time I’ve ever watched the Avalanche in which, not only all three parts of their game were utterly incompetent, but in such a way that truly nobody seemed to even care about it.

I won’t mention any names, but I saw a couple of Avs players after this one standing in the halls, laughing and telling jokes with friends. Meanwhile, I saw Ben Guite still sitting in his uniform well after the game, staring off into the room.

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Update

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Live Blogs are nifty, but seeing the same one up there for a few days probably makes you kinda sad.  I’m on the road for the next few days.  Will be back on tonite to get the LB started and to throw a wrench into the works…study up on “Airplane.”

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A Good Trade Deadline Pickup

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It is a little over two weeks past the trade deadline.  It is possible to get some early opinions on the deals that occurred on deadline day.  One trade that looks like a big victory is the Calgary Flames pickup of Olli Jokinen from the Phoenix Coyotes.  Calgary acquired Jokinen and a 2009 third round draft pick in exchange for Matthew Lombardi, Brandon Prust and a first round pick in either 2009 or 2010. 

Jokinen has been a great pickup.  He has been one of the best players in the NHL since the deal.  In fact, his eight goals since deadline day is a league leading figure in that period.

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Ovechkin With 50!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Alexander Ovechkin scored his 50th goal of the season midway in the first period against the Lightning.

AO followed the goal with a celebration with his hands wiggling over his stick which he had placed on the ice.

added 8:36pm, via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

After ripping a shot past Mike McKenna, Ovechkin dropped his stick then bent over it and attempted to pick it up. But each time he reached down he pretended that the stick was too hot to touch.

The Lightning fans didn’t appreciate the gesture and booed Ovechkin. Can’t wait to see what Don Cherry will have to say about it on Coach’s Corner on Saturday night.

video added 10:25pm...

added 10:47pm, Extended version of the video added below which was provided by On Frozen Blog....

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

How Important Is Home Ice?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,

Detroit has won the Presidents’ Trophy in four of the past six seasons, winning the Stanley Cup twice from the pole position. The Wings, who have won the trophy six times, are the only team to win the award more than twice.

“We’ve had No. 1 seeds (in the west) every year I’ve been here, it’s helped us once,” forward Dan Cleary said. “But I do think it’s beneficial.

“Anytime you get to start at home and possibly end at home, it’s a good thing. Especially against San Jose, they’ve been great in their building. They’re definitely a team that wants home ice.”

more on the Wings including a note about Datsyuk being the hottest NHL player since February 1st.

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You Remember Alexander Mogilny?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Immensely talented when he patrolled the wing in the NHL, Mogilny seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth after his stellar career ended. He wasn’t the type that would want to hang around NHL rinks in his retirement. But we tracked him down nonetheless.

“Hold on for a second. I’m parking my car, picking up the kids at school,” Mogilny told ESPN.com on Wednesday.

That’s half of the new life right there. Daddy Mogilny.

“I’m helping out a team in Russia and, otherwise, just being a father and helping to raise my kids,” Mogilny said. “I go back and forth quite a bit, but I live in Florida [Miami]. That’s where we retired. I travel a lot, spend quite a bit of time in Russia during the season.”

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  Tags: alexander+mogilny

Thrashers Health Improving

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ben Wright of Blueland Blog,

Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Bogosian, and Ron Hainsey all practiced and are all expected to play versus the Red Wings on Friday night.

Bogosian said his leg is fine but that the hit thrown by Cooke was knee on knee. He didn’t want to speculate about whether it was intentional or not. In my opinion it shouldn’t matter. Players should be penalized for accidental knee on knee hits just like they’re penalized for accidental high sticks that draw blood. Intent is irrelevant.

continue fro more on the Thrashers…

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All Shootout Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

With the NHL in its fourth season after implementing the shootout, here’s what we know:

• The Ottawa Senators have the fewest shootout wins with 10, while the New York Rangers have the most with 34. To be fair, the Rangers also have been in the most shootouts (57).

• The most impressive win-loss record belongs to Dallas (the Stars are an amazing 31-12), followed by New Jersey at 32-18. The Rangers can hold their head high at 34-23, while Edmonton is next at 30-20.

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