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“I’ll get booed probably as much as the rest of Detroit.  It seems I’m on the right team for that.”

-Todd Bertuzzi of the Detroit Red Wings speaking about playing in Denver tomorrow.  Via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

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Watch The AHL Live Tonight

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The AHL is offering a free preview tonight.  Many game scheduled including the Manitoba Moose taking on Chris Chelios and the Chicago Wolves.

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Ovechkin Fined For Slew-Foot On Peverley

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from NHL.com,

NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations, Colin Campbell, has confirmed media reports that Capitals’ right wing Alex Ovechkin has been fined but will not be suspended for his slew foot of Atlanta’s Rich Peverley in the final minute of Washington’s 5-4 road victory on Thursday night. Ovechkin was whistled for a two-minute tripping penalty.

The fine comes one day after Anaheim’s Evgeni Artyukhin was suspended three games by the League for slew-footing defenseman Matt Niskanen of the Dallas Stars, though no penalty was called on the play. The Ducks’ right wing, who loses $34,756.11 in salary, will miss Saturday’s game against Columbus, Monday’s game against Toronto, and an Oct. 30 contest against Vancouver.

“It is unfair to draw any parallels [about the two slew-foot incidents] other than the players that [Ovechkin and Artyukhin] tripped both fell down,” Campbell told NHL.com

continued

added 5:58pm, Video of the incident…

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, rich+peverley

Artyukhin Talks About His Slew-Foot On Niskanen

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from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog,

Winger Evgeny Artyukhin talked to reporters for the first time since he was suspended three games for slew-footing Dallas’ Matt Niskanen in Wednesday night’s game.

Artyukhin expressed remorse for injuring Niskanen, but he did not agree with the suspension.

“I didn’t trip him,” Artyukhin said. “I didn’t want to kill him or nothing. I want to apologize for this guy. I hope he’s going to come back soon.”

Artyukhin said he was finishing his check and didn’t think he took Niskanen’s feet out from under him.

“My feet are both on the ice,” Artyukhin said. “I didn’t, like, kick him, and my stick’s still on the ice. I just used my upper body.”

Artyukhin said he asked his agent about appealing the suspension but was advised not to do so. …

more on the Ducks…

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Tomorrow’s Not The Best Day To Stop Sniffing Glue…Howard’s Starting

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Via Khan(!),

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock confirmed he’s sticking with his original plan: Goaltender Jimmy Howard will start Saturday in Colorado. It will be Howard’s first appearance in three weeks, since a 5-3 loss to St. Louis in Sweden.

Babcock said Brad May will return to the lineup. May fought Cody McLeod when the teams met Saturday in Detroit.

Babcock said he wasn’t sure who May would replace or whether there would be another change. Justin Abdelkader appeared to be the odd-man out from the line combinations in practice, but that’s not definite.

 

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When Norris Speaks?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You’d better start listening.  Usually when one of the 19 posts something really good in the comment section? I delete it almost immediately. If there’s one thing I don’t like it’s being shown up.  But what Captain Norris gave us this afternoon was so good, and so on point…that I’m going in the opposite direction.

Floor’s yours Norris.

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Demitra Has Second Shoulder Surgery

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from Jason Botchford of the White Towel,

Pavol Demitra has hit another road block on his way to recovery from offseason shoulder surgery.

Suffering pain and unable to get his range of motion back, Demitra had a shoulder arthroscopy this week.The Canucks said it was not to repair another tear. Demitra had two tears repaired on his rotator cuff in May. Then, the prognosis was he would be out four-to-six months.

He is now out indefinitely, the team said.

a bit more...

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Lehtonen Experiencing Pain During Rehab

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from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Jounral-Constitution,

Goaltender Kari Lehtonen is no closer to returning to the Thrashers than he was soon after offseason back surgery.

According to Thrashers general manager Don Waddell, Lehtonen again experienced pain in his legs while rehabbing from July surgery to repair a herniated disc. He recently received another epidural injection to reduce inflammation, and he has stopped skating.

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Attention Hockey Parents

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from Hockey Calgary,

Hockey Calgary will be the first amateur sports association in Canada to adopt the Respect in Sport Parent Education Program. The one-hour online course focuses on a variety of topics including player development, and interaction with the children, coaches and other parents. It will give parents a tool to evaluate their own behaviour and recognize their natural influence. “It sets a standard of appropriate rules for everyone. And, it empowers good parents to be better,” said Wayne McNeil, cofounder of Respect in Sport.

“Hockey Calgary’s number one priority is providing a safe and fun environment for our players,” said Perry Cavanagh, president of Hockey Calgary. “The partnership with Respect in Sport will help us promote our values by educating and supporting all levels of involvement, parents included.”

more

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Stamkos Maturing Right Before Our Eyes

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

So it was interesting indeed this week to see how Stamkos would react when coach Rick Tocchet decided to break up the pair, moving the cure-all St. Louis to the struggling top line with Vincent Lecavalier and putting gritty Steve Downie with Stamkos and Ryan Malone on the second unit. The result? The new second line produced three goals while Stamkos put up a pair, including an empty-netter, in a 5-2 win over the Sharks on Thursday night.

“Obviously playing with Marty has been great, we’ve had a lot of success together,” said Stamkos. “But the coaching staff decided we needed to change things up to get the team going. I actually played with Downie last year and we had some success.

“You know, as much as it’s nice to play with Marty, you do have to show you can play without a guy of his talent and still create chances. It was nice to play well last night, win the game, and prove as a team that we can play with two solid offensive lines.”

He’s only 19, folks, but Stamkos has maturity beyond his years. Again, St.. Louis has had something to do with that, as does a solid upbringing, thanks to his parents; so does going through his first rough patch of his hockey career last season.

more

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