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Video- Mike Smith With The Bad Goal Of The Night

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The video explains it all and the Ducks won 2-1.

 

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Video- Review Of The NHL Games On Sunday

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Four games yesterday, almost three minutes of highlights...

 

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The Wings After 20 Games And Roster Decisions Ahead

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from Helen St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Red Wings have reached the quarter pole of their season and have several positives to take into a hectic schedule in which they play every other day for the next two weeks.

They host the Ottawa Senators tonight with a 10-5-5 record, good for 25 points, the same amount as Stanley Cup favorite Chicago. All 10 victories have come in regulation or overtime (a positive come playoff time, as it's the first tiebreaker). A goal differential of plus-six is in the middle of the pack, close to that of defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles.

One of the brightest spots is Jimmy Howard, who has responded to off-season pressure from management to rebound from last year's subpar performance. After 16 games he has a 2.03 goals-against average that ranks seventh in the NHL and a .922 save percentage that ranks 11th.

The penalty kill — 4-for-4 in Saturday's 4-1 loss at Toronto — ranks first in the league at 90.1%. Much of the time, the skaters are so efficient the goaltender doesn't have to make a save.

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

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Viktor Tikhonov Dead At Age 84

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from Martin Merk of IIHF.com,

MOSCOW – One of international hockey’s most successful coaches of all time, Viktor Tikhonov, died this morning in a hospital in Moscow after long illness. He was 84. The funeral will take place in Moscow on Thursday.

With Tikhonov the international hockey family lost its most decorated coach ever. During his era as the head coach of the Soviet Union and Russia, the Moscow-born coach led the national team to three Olympic gold medals and eight World Championship titles between 1979 and 1992 and the 1981 Canada Cup. He also won one Olympic silver medal, one World Championship silver medal and two World Championship bronze medals.

Born in Moscow in 1930, Tikhonov played bandy, football and ice hockey. He started his hockey career at the top level as a defenceman with VVS MVO Moscow and Dynamo Moscow and won four consecutive championships (1951-1953 with VVS, 1954 with Dynamo) but is mostly remembered for his extraordinarily successful coaching career. 

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added 7:24am, Below, a YouTube user submitted tribute video of Tikhonov....

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Reto Berra Not Living Up To Expectations In Denver

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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

His often-shaky play has done little to quiet the fears that Colorado made mistakes both when it acquired him at the trading deadline on March 5 from Calgary, and — perhaps even more important — signed him to a three-year, $4.35-million contract extension only nine days later....

Berra has had solid games this season, and at least didn't reprise his shaky showings in his cameo appearances down the stretch last season. But with Varlamov out, this is his latest chance to win over the skeptics, and so far, he's failing. After Roy pulled him when Carolina took a 3-1 lead late in the first period Saturday night, Pickard shut out the Hurricanes the rest of the way in a 4-3 Colorado victory.

Berra's save percentage is below the Astrom Line, at .895, his goals-against average is 3.16.

Also at stake here is Avalanche organizational goaltender evaluation credibility. And that's a very strange thing to have to say about a team that has Roy as its head coach and Francois Allaire, renowned if occasionally a bit controversial as a goaltending whisperer, as its goaltending coach.

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What Do You Think Of The Play Of Xavier Ouellet?

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

It's a small sample, two games last week, on top of the five games Xavier Ouellet played in the NHL last season.

But Ouellet, in this brief appearance, sure looks as if he's ready for the NHL.

Ouellet, 21, was called up from Grand Rapids when Brendan Smith (infected hand) was placed on the seven-day injured reserve list.

In two games, Ouellet looked every bit the prized prospect the Red Wings thought he was.

"He's a good hockey player," coach Mike Babcock said. "He plays like a veteran."

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Video- How Bad Is It In Edmonton?

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After losing 7-1 to the Chicago Blackhawks last night.

 

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Please Define Top Line Center

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via TSN,

According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the Edmonton Oilers are interested in dealing forward David Perron.

Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish is reportedly looking for a top line centre in return for the 26-year-old. 

Perron has two goals and eight assists in 21 games this season with Oilers, his second year with team.

The Sherbrooke, QC, native has two years left on his current contract.

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NHL Short Notes

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FLAMES, AVALANCHE STAGE LATE RALLIES . . .
Both the Flames and the Avalanche staged late rallies to record come-from-behind wins Saturday:
 
* Down 4-2 late in the third period, the Flames scored twice in the final three minutes of regulation – including Curtis Glencrosstying goal with five seconds left on the clock – en route to defeating the Devils 5-4 in a shootout. Via Elias, the Flames won when trailing by two goals in the final three minutes of regulation for the first time since March 13, 1999, when Valeri Bure (18:30) and Jeff Shantz (19:28) knotted the game before Bure scored the overtime winner in a 5-4 victory at WSH.
 
* Glencross (2-0—2) and Jiri Hudler (1-1—2) both recorded multi-point games. Hudler also posted the game-deciding goal in the shootout, while Sean Monahan scored in the tiebreaker to improve to 7-for-11, with five game-deciding goals, in his shootout career – his 63.6% efficiency leads all active skaters with a minimum of 10 attempts.
 
* The Flames recorded their fourth win in their past five outings. They also picked up their fourth consecutive victory over the Devils dating to Jan. 10, 2012. At 13-7-2 (28 points) this season, Calgary sits one point behind Anaheim (12-4-5, 29 points) for the top spot in the Pacific Division and Western Conference.

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The Frozen Dome Classic In Syracuse

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (theahl.com) ... The Syracuse Crunch established a new attendance record for an indoor professional hockey game in the United States as 30,715 fans filled the Carrier Dome on the campus of Syracuse University for a regular-season American Hockey League game against the Utica Comets on Saturday night.

The Crunch, top development team of the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning, defeated the Comets, top affiliate of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks, 2-1, in the Toyota Frozen Dome Classic.

The previous all-time record of 28,138 fans was set at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., for a 1996 National Hockey League playoff game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Philadelphia Flyers. Tonight’s turnout also represented the second-largest crowd in the 79-year history of the AHL. 

You get a sense of the sight lines plus the crowd size from a YouTube user supplied video below...

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