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Vigneault Says He Did Not Send Any Players Out To Fight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

Joking he now has National Hockey League vice-president Colin Campbell on speed dial, Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said today he did not order Darcy Hordichuk or anyone else to fight in the third period of Wednesday’s 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

Wild heavyweight Derek Boogaard, who fought Hordichuk after a late faceoff, said after the game the Canuck told him his coach was making him fight.

Vigneault said he believes Hordichuk said what he did to get Boogaard to engage, and denied ever sending a player off his bench to fight.

“I can’t remember what I said,” Hordichuk said. “Guys talk sh—all the time. You just say stuff.”

Asked about the exchange, Vigneault said: “It must have been a real intellectual conversation.”

Campbell demanded an explanation from Vigneault and the coach said the league’s justice czar seemed satisfied with the answer.

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Drift Back In Time And Find Your Feet In The Middle Of A Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Bullet Bob, and I’ve heard he’s actually talking about Ann Arbor.  I can’t confirm it.

But I’ll tell you something I’m sure of.

This was pretty frigging cool…

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Talking Lidstrom’s Goal-less Streak

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from Bob Duff of Duffer’s Dabbles at the Windsor Star,

Six-time Norris Trophy-winning defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom, captain of the Detroit Red Wings and a career scorer of 229 National Hockey League goals, goes into Thursday’s game at Joe Louis Arena against the Carolina Hurricanes without a goal in his last 42 games. As puzzling a development as that may be, both Lidstrom and Wings coach Mike Babcock see logical reasons as to the cause of the drought. “I’m not really thinking that much about it,” Lidstrom said. “I think I could look more to shoot the puck. My shot’s still there. It’s more a case of getting it through and shooting at the right moment.”

Babcock believes a litany of factors have played a role in Lidstrom’s goal-scoring woes. “Our power play hasn’t been any good now for 20 games for sure since we got all our injuries,” Babcock said. “That’s where (Lidstrom) generates most of his goals. He’s not an in-the-rush guy as much as he’s a slide-the-blueline guy.”

continue for more Wings talk…

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The Internet Hockey Summit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

My name is Curtis Tudor and I own and operate Crash The Crease 24/7. I served as the moderator for this summit and presented each of our experts with questions to garner clarity on these important topics.

Like other hockey fans I am bothered and intrigued by many issues surrounding the National Hockey League. With this Summit I was able to bring the brightest hockey minds on the Internet together and sit them down for a round table discussion in order to further touch up on some of the hottest debated topics in the game today.

Hopefully this Summit is able to bring the clarity we are searching for to each of these topics we covered and I look forward to holding a second Internet Hockey Summit in the near future.

Taking Part of the First Annual Internet Hockey Summit:

Curtis Tudor – Crash The Crease
Lyle Richardson – Spector’s Hockey
Paul Kukla – Kukla’s Korner
Greg Wyshynski – Puck Daddy


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Islanders Show Interest In Kovalchuk

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The other team in town is big-game hunting. Islanders’ GM Garth Snow has checked in with the Thrashers about the availability of marquee all-star left wing Ilya Kovalchuk, leaving the message with Atlanta GM Don Waddell that the team intends to be in the mix if the impending unrestricted free agent is placed on the trade market, The Post has learned from a well-placed source.


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Modano On The 4th Line

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

“We didn’t like how he played the last game, I’m not afraid to tell you that, but he wasn’t alone. I do think realistically that Mike has got the capacity to play a certain amount of minutes every night, and it’s not where it was when he was 29. His main job for us is to be a quality player on the power play, to be a guy who digs in and plays some important minutes for us, and he’s going to get those opportunities. When we’re at our best, we’re a four-line team, and Mike is a big part of that.”

I will tell you this, I have been around coaches a lot, and I know that they want to win every game _ probably more so than the players. They are psychotic in that way. So, the fact that Crawford and his coaches are doing this is based on discussions between them that they believe this will work.

That said, I am skeptical when they say this is not a message to Modano. I think they hope it’s a kick in the pants that jump starts his season. He has been inconsistent in his play, and it’s always difficult to read his compete level. He has to be dragged into battle, usually.


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Afternoon Line

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There are those of us who thought the Leafs would take a shot at a playoff spot and maybe sneak in but who were also under no illusions as to the lack of talent on the team. We just thought the conference stunk so much that even the Leafs had a shot.

-Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail.  More on the Leafs from Jeff.

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An Xtreme Hockey Calendar

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More on the Eugene Xtreme Calendar

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Confirmed: Big Rig’s In There

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Slowly, the ailing continue to return.  No surprise, since the Diggers have been reporting it for a few days.  But now we know for sure: Doug Janik back to GR.  Jonathon Ericsson back in the lineup.


Babcock said he’ll probably play Ericsson and Brett Lebda together to start but that Ericsson also will be paired with Brad Stuart.

“I’ve been skating now for the last week and a half. It feels good,’’ Ericsson said. “When you skate out there, there’s not a lot of game situations. Not a lot of battling, going hard in short spurts, things like that. That’s been the problem since I got back on the ice, small things, quick movements. It’s a real test, the first game I’m playing.’‘

Leino’s sitting. May’s in. Jim Howard gets his tenth straight start, because that’s what starters do.  Oh, and from the other night?

Long Island Suck Fest and Live Blog

Yep.  I’m sticking with Hangover lines until they run dry or until the Wings lose in horrific fashion.


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Broad Street Bullies Revisited

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from AHN,

HBO Sports has begun production on BROAD STREET BULLIES, a documentary about one of pro sports’ most polarizing teams, the legendary Philadelphia Flyers Stanley Cup championship squads of the 1970s, it was announced today by Ross Greenburg, president, HBO Sports.

This exclusive presentation will tell the backstories of these engaging and colorful athletes, who won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1974 and ‘1975 with a bold, aggressive style that sparked controversy and criticism. BROAD STREET BULLIES debuts during the Stanley Cup Playoffs in May.

“This film will explore how a group of characters, who also happened to be an extraordinarily talented collection of hockey players that enjoyed contact on the ice, formed one of the most prominent and controversial teams in pro sports history,” said Greenburg.


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