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Mikko Tekee Kohta Maalin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Snow at MinnesotaWild.com,

If you did not see them yesterday at Xcel Energy Center, perhaps you heard them, 30 Finns seated at bar rails on the Club level, in uniform (autographed red No. 9 Koivu jerseys) and in unison.

They chanted: “Mikko tekee kohta maalin, Mikko tekee kohta maalin. Eika kukaan sille mitaan voi! Ei voi!”

In English: “Mikko is going to score, Mikko is going to score. And no one can stop him! No one!”

Turns out they were right.


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  Tags: mikko+koivu

Viktor Tikhonov Recalled By Phoenix

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled left wing Viktor Tikhonov from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.  In addition, defenseman David Schlemko has been re-assigned to the Rampage.

Tikhonov, 20, has recorded 3-4-7 and 12 penalty minutes (PIM) in 38 games with the Coyotes this season.  The rookie was activated from Injured Reserve and assigned to San Antonio on Feb. 4.  In four games with the Rampage, Tikhonov collected 2-1-3. 

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Tim Thomas Not Your Average Goaltender

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bill Khan of the Flint Journal,

A journeyman of the minors and European pro leagues wasn’t supposed to get his big NHL break at the age of 31, much less keep a starting job for four seasons.

Now, throw in two trips to the All-Star Game, plus the fact he’s among the league’s statistical leaders and the backbone of the team with the best record in the NHL.

Who’s going to believe this stuff anyway? Hollywood would dismiss the script as too unrealistic.

So, to suggest that Thomas’ days as an elite NHL goalie might but short-and-sweet because he’ll be 35 years old come playoff time ... well, don’t suggest it.

“How much longer I’ll keep playing and how long can I keep playing at such a high level, that answer remains to be seen,” Thomas said Monday during a conference call with NHL media members.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Boston Bruins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: tim+thomas

Best Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

5 1/2 minutes of the best saves, hits and goals from the last week in the NHL.

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Mike Smith Suffering Post-Concussion Syndrome

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TAMPA BAY – Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Mike Smith is suffering from post-concussion syndrome but is expected to return to the ice within the next week. The original injury dates back several weeks, although Smith started to be concerned about symptoms after the team’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Jan. 30.

“We were hopeful that Mike’s symptoms would clear sooner and they haven’t, so were taking a conservative approach with him making sure he is 100 percent before he returns to the ice,” Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton said. “Although Mike would prefer to be skating and playing right now the appropriate course of action is to err on the safe side.”

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  Tags: mike+smith

The Wide Open West

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Johnston of the CP via Yahoo,

There may never have been more believers in the NHL’s Western Conference. At least not in February.

Even though the season is nearly two-thirds done, every team in the West still thinks it has a chance to play into the spring. Emotions across the conference have been subject to a yo-yo effect as bubble team after bubble team shoots up the standings while on a hot streak, only to fall back when things cool off.

The one constant has been a tight grouping of teams in the bottom half.

“You look at the standings and nobody’s really dropping away from it,” Columbus Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said Monday. “The three or four teams that looked like they were leaking oil maybe two weeks ago have tightened up.

“You come to the realization that you’re playing 82 playoff games just to get in to the playoffs.”


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Wings/Pens Ratings On NBC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck the Media,

According to Sports Business Daily (reg. required), NBC’s telecast of the Red Wings/Penguins game on Sunday drew a 1.1/3 overnight rating.  This is the same rating NBC drew for last week’s Rangers/Penguins game, which finished with a 1.0/3 final rating.  It is, however well up from last year’s Ducks/Red Wings telecast (2/10/08, 0.9 overnight rating).


Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL Media, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: nbc

Goalies Drawing Attention

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

Like one of those February spring break videos, this was a week of Goalies Gone Wild.

From coast to coast and country to country, the goaltender was restored to his place at the center of the hockey universe: the man who invariably receives too much credit and too much blame for anything that happens.

They were dissected (Toronto’s Vesa Toskala, Montreal’s Carey Price), inspected (Philadelphia’s Martin Biron) and resurrected (Anaheim’s Jean-Sébastien Giguère). They were ripped at a charity dinner (again, Toskala) and spoken about charitably under the circumstances (Detroit’s Chris Osgood) even by a coach who might have been inclined to use stronger language. And a goalie who did use stronger language in describing his own play (Manny Legace of St. Louis) found himself in the minors.


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Brodeur Expects to Start Practices Soon

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Tom Gulitti at Fire & Ice:

Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur said he has about “10 percent” of his recovery left to go and hopes to be on the ice “soon” with his teammates in practice. He said will be examined by doctors again later this week, but they have already cleared him to practice with the team.

“I don’t think it’s going to be that long,” Brodeur said after facing shots again for about 20 minutes at the end of today’s morning skate. “It’s not going to be be tomorrow, but it’s not going to be that far at all.”


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Blues Extend McDonald

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that forward Andy McDonald has signed a four-year contract extension.

“St. Louis Blues ownership and myself realize how integral Andy is to the future of our organization,” said Davidson. “He’s a first line center who will play a major role in the development of our team.”

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  Tags: andy+mcdonald

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