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Those Fantasy Stats Since The All-Star Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Higgins at the Toronto Sun,

Since the “All-Star” Game ...

• Thrasher Ilya Kovalchuk leads the NHL with 27 points.

• Fellow Thrasher, Colin Stuart, has as many shorthanded goals as Flyer Mike Richards. (They both have 3)

• Blackhawk Jonathan Toews and Flame Mike Cammalleri lead in power play goals with 7.

• Someone is actually keeping pace with Alex Ovechkin in the shots on goal department. Hurricane Eric Staal has managed 103 SOG, only 7 short of Alex’s 110.

• 26 players have 20 points or more. The Kings’ Alex Frolov, the Stars’ Steve Ott, Florida’s Stephen Weiss and Carolina’s Matt Cullen are among them. San Jose’s Joe Thornton, Detroit’s Hank Zetterberg, Philly’s Jeff Carter and Boston’s Marc Savard are not.

read on

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Mistakes Continue For Ducks

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from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog,

Coach Randy Carlyle, asked if his message wasn’t getting through, said, “At some point people have to look at themselves in the mirror.”

It’s cliche, but the Ducks’ road out of their predicament starts in practice. Sunday’s loss wasn’t about about unfamiliarity with new players in their lineup so much as the other players making mistakes.

Asked how they dig themselves out of their hole, Niedermayer said, “I think we have to stop focusing on … that question and just focus on coming to the rink with energy, play hard for each other, play smart and just doing what we can from here.”

Carlyle was more succintly upbeat -if it can be called that.

“The sun’s going to come up tomorrow,” he said. “I hope.”

more on the Ducks after losing 3-2 to the Wild last night.

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Defending Holmgren

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,

All week, fans have been telling me I’m soft on Holmgren because I didn’t write that he had messed up.

Well, the reason I didn’t - and won’t - is I don’t think he has and I don’t think the Flyers are in trouble. In fact, I think the opposite.

“Body of work.”

Look how far the Flyers have come since hitting the bottom rung of the NHL ladder two seasons ago. Holmgren rebuilt the team through a series of carefully planned and executed moves. He may have overspent on the free agents he brought in, particularly Briere, but the majority of the fans, the organization, the media, wanted change and big-name players, and he got them.


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Quenneville Not Pleased With Blackhawks Play

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from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

After the Blackhawks had lost Sunday to the team with the fewest points in the Western Conference, coach Joel Quenneville said, “You could use some really bad adjectives to describe our play.”

A few spring to mind: Terrible. Atrocious. Dreadful.

Let’s stick with just plain bad.

The Hawks suffered their worst home loss of the season in a 5-1 defeat to the Colorado Avalanche at the United Center. The loss was the Hawks’ second in two days and fifth in seven games….

“All aspects of our game were off,” Quenneville said. “I’m talking about every single area. It hasn’t been consistent with the way we’ve played recently, so this was a curveball. We’re not pleased, and we’re not happy.”

read on

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Fleury Finding His Game

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from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

...instead of a meltdown, Washington got the best of Fleury’s best from that moment on. He stopped legendary sniper Sergei Federov. He foiled an excellent chance for Mike Green, the league’s top-scoring defenseman. He stopped two more in overtime, the last when Green fired a Brooks Orpik giveaway at him with 0:08 left.

“He’s been that way the whole trip,” said center Max Talbot, who helped kill three power plays against the league’s second-best unit. “We really needed him on the penalty kill today. I don’t think he played any better today, he’s just been better the whole trip. This was a big team effort but I feel good for him because when you’re going bad, the goalie always gets the worst of it.”


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Proper Pronunciation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take,

I am proud of my last name given to me by my father.

My ancestors are from Sparta. My last name is kind of a derivative of Leonidas, the King of Sparta and of 300 film fame.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, it is pronounced “Lee - On -  Sis”, Leonsis.

Most intelligent, non-xenophobic and educated people have no issue with its pronunciation.

In case the hockey weekend slipped by you, start here to find out who Ted may be talking to.

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  Tags: don+cherry, ted+leonsis

Saturday Night’s Alright For Sucking…But Can It Get Better?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Pretty creative post title, eh?  Thank you.  And before we get into what promises to be a rambling, hysterical, completely unfocused post foretelling the end of all good things…let me point out that I’m not the only juvenile in the Kukla Network of Blogs (Knob for short…made that up too).  Nope, it would appear that Tony’s caught on.

Crosby’s SO goal makes Caps’ fans suck on their pacifiers, 4-3

Naturally, Tony’s feeling a little frisky considering his team’s riding a 6-gamer and coming off a big win in DC yesterday.  Us?

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Don’t Quit Your Day Job Alex

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

More on this commercial from D.C. Sports Bog by Dan Steinberg and also check this link

Thanks to On Frozen Blog for the pointer..

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Fernandez Knows He Has To Be Better

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

With even adequate netminding yesterday before a full house of 18,200 at Madison Square Garden, the Bruins easily would have pinned up their 44th win of the season. Instead, they once more suffered the inconsistencies of Manny Fernandez, his hard times ultimately leading to a gift-wrapped 4-3 Rangers win that added to the recovering spirit and playoff aspirations of the Broadway Blueshirts (now with three wins in a row under the bullwhip of new coach John Tortorella).

“I have to turn this around,” said a clearly frustrated Fernandez, who hasn’t posted a win since Jan. 8. “I can’t catch a break. It’s not even a question of good shots . . . it’s stuff you don’t usually see.”

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“If we play within our system, the way we’re supposed to, not giving pucks away and we lose, it’s a little easier to take.  When it happens twice in a week, you can’t just file it away and not be concerned about it. You have to address it and fix it.

Because if it happens in the playoffs, we’re not going to have a lot of time to fix it. We all know momentum is huge. You have a couple of these and you could be out.”

-Wings goaltender Chris Osgood.  More on the Wings from Ansar Khan of Mlive.

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