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Why So Many Wings Fans - Then A Shot At Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Although short on talent, the Avs displayed plenty of spunk during their neutral-ice game at the Pepsi Center against longtime hated rival Detroit.

Neutral ice? Sad, but true.

The most unsettling trend in the blood feud between the Avs and Wings might not be that Detroit remains a legit Cup contender while Colorado now too often seems like a gritty pretender. What really grates is how many Detroit fans treat the 303 like their own area code.

What gives? There were more Red Wings sweaters in the building on this Saturday night than red Chrysler Sebrings were sold in the Motor City during the entire month of December.

more on the Avalanche…

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Gartner To The Rafters In Washington

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ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals retired Mike Gartner’s No. 11 jersey prior to tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, honoring the Hockey Hall of Famer who ranks second in Capitals history in goals (397), assists (392) and points (789). Gartner becomes the fourth player in Capitals history to have his number retired, joining Yvon Labre (No. 7), Rod Langway (No. 5) and Dale Hunter (No. 32).

“I always look back on my 10 years in Washington with great memories, great admiration and great thankfulness,” Gartner said. “I will always have a very special place in my heart for this area and for this franchise. I really became a hockey player here, and I also became a young man, and was shown the importance of being involved in the community.”

continued at WashingtonCapitals.com…

Watch a tribute video below that the Capitals put together for Mike…

 

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  Tags: mike+gartner

Devils Continue To Rise In The Standings

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from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Brent Sutter’s squad has faced significant challenges along the way and successfully handled almost all of them. The Devils, who have won four of their last six and 13 of 18, trail the Rangers by four points and the Flyers by two, and are one point ahead of the Penguins.

“I think it has something to do with leadership and something to do with character in your room,” said Sutter, who gave his players a day off Sunday, said of his team’s rise. “It’s a very confident mind-set in the dressing room. It’s been there since Day One of training camp. Guys have worked and played hard and paid attention to what is put in place.

read on

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Like Watching Paint Dry On Ice?

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If you hurry, you can watch the Winter Classic ice crew painting the ice at Wrigley.  White is going down now and next would be the ice markings, including blueline, redline, etc.

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  Tags: winter+classic

The Latest Trade/Signing Talk

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

• Caps center Michael Nylander has been on the trade block almost all season, but word out of Washington is that suddenly the team isn’t quite as keen to move him. He still could very well be moved before the March 4 trade deadline, but the sense is that Caps GM George McPhee isn’t as sold on it as he was before. A big reason is that the Caps are playing so well, so why mess with a good thing?...

• The Los Angeles Kings seem to be turning a corner this season with their rebuilding efforts, and we wouldn’t be surprised if they were to make a major splash July 1 to bolster their youthful core. Marian Hossa, anyone?

more hockey topics…

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Stajan Suffers Eye Injury During Soccer Warmup

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Matt Stajan spent Sunday in a hospital with an eye injury and he will be lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs for at least a week as the result of a rowdy soccer game.

Stajan, the Leafs’ No. 1 centre, was hit on the eye with a soccer ball before the Leafs’ practice on Saturday during a warmup exercise common to NHL teams. Players gather in a circle and try to keep the ball in the air as long as possible by kicking or heading it. If a player allows the ball to hit the floor he is out of the game and the game ends when no players are left.

continued

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  Tags: matt+stajan

All Ovechkin

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from Capitals Insider,

My name is Slava Malamud. My position is Foreign Correspondent in North America for Sport-Express, Russia’s daily newspaper, the most widely read sports publication in the Motherland…

Tarik and I have decided that in light of the sudden popularity of all things Russian among the Caps fans it would be good to have me occasionally contribute to this blog with stories on this very subject….

Q & A with Alexander Ovechkin

If you and Malkin ever got into a fight on the ice - who would win?

“Whoever landed the first punch. But fighting is not my calling. And really, I don’t see any rivalry between myself and Malkin. Or between myself and Crosby. And now they are adding Semin to our threesome too. There is nothing of that sort: we just play, get our points, someone is in front, someone is second… Of course, a headline like “Ovechkin Versus Malkin” catches the eye, but I don’t see any reason to pour gasoline onto the fire.”

Of all the players you have met on the ice, which one is the most unpleasant?

“Probably (the ex-Penguin, now a Senator) Jarkko Ruutu. He is the dirtiest player and does everything in an underhanded way. Just a rat running around…”

more

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Don’t Forget The WJC On The NHL Network

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The NHL Network (USA) will be televising two games today, Kazakhstan vs. Canada at 3:30pm ET & USA vs. Czech Republic at 7:30pm.

The Games are in HD as NHL Net picks-up the TSN feed for us in the States.

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  Tags: wjc

Missing McGeough

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via Faceoff.com,

I miss NHL referee Mick McGeough. There, I have said it.

I miss the arm waving, the theatrics. You always knew when Mick was in the building, not like some of the anonymous zebras working now, with no names on their jerseys.

Can you tell Dean Morton from Dean Warren from Dean Martin or Dan O’Halloran from Dan O’Rourke? Nobody could turn a slashing penalty into something akin to a beheading with the colourful gesturing that McGeough offered up through close to 1,100 league games and 63 more in the playoffs through 20 seasons. He retired to become an NHL officiating mentor this year.

McGeough has showed up at Rexall Place several times this season, sitting up in the press box, far from where he wanted to be.

continued & I would normally link to the original source story, but the Edmonton Journal is really slow-loading today for me.

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  Tags: mick+mcgeough

Leafs Need To Be In A Position To Take Tavares

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

It’s a derby in which the Maple Leafs, not yet bad enough to get better, must have a horse.

Brian Burke knows it, Dave Nonis knows it and even Ron Wilson, you have to believe, knows it.

John Tavares’ special performance on a big stage for Team Canada in the opening game of the world junior championship in Ottawa on Friday night was just the latest piece of compelling evidence that made it clear the Leafs need to be at least in a position to win the draft lottery and land the No. 1 overall pick next June.

continued

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  Tags: john+tavares

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