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Here.  Visit this blog, or this one, or this one.  If you feel like whining about Marian Hossa, or finding sympathy among hockey fans who despise him?  Those are some spots for you.  All Penguin blogs, of course. 

If you’ve come here today looking for a Wings blogger blasting Hossa for his Detroit departure? You’d better squint real hard.

And if you’re a Wing fan going to the Joe tonite with plans to boo #81? Don’t.

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Sens Would Like Some Power Play Time

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from the CP at the Globe and Mail,

After the Senators got through a game without receiving so much as a single power-play opportunity for the third time this year, Clouston was left wondering why his team can’t seem to get some calls from the NHL’s referees.

“I have no idea why, I honestly don’t,” he said Wednesday, hours after the Senators were shut out 2-0 at home by Boston in a game in which the Bruins enjoyed three man advantages to Ottawa’s zero. “To me, it’s a little disrespectful to the players because they are working hard, they are doing the things they should be doing (to draw penalties) and they come to the bench and they’re just frustrated.

“They don’t know why that wasn’t a call or why it wasn’t made. It’s tough to know what to tell them.”

read on

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Franchises Of The Decade

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from Ryan Hunt of Sports Illustrated,

Picking the 25 best sports franchises from the 2000s wasn’t easy. Ranking them was even more difficult. But here’s how we see the 25 best overall teams from the four major professional sports—NFL, NBA, MLB and the NHL—plus college football and men’s and women’s college basketball….

6 Detroit Red Wings
Credentials: No team has done a better job of finding talent in the NHL draft than the Red Wings ... and it has showed. Detroit won two Stanley Cups and eight consecutive division titles during the decade, making the playoffs in all nine seasons. (The NHL lockout wiped out the 2003-04 season.) Detroit also topped 100 points in every season of the decade, winning the Presidents’ Trophy (best regular-season record) four times.

read on for the only other NHL team kisted, the Devils at #19…

added 8:08pm, from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Here are our top five teams for the first decade of the 21st century:

1) 2001-02 Detroit Red Wings
Regular season: 116 points; First in Central Division, First in Western Conference, Won Presidents’ Trophy
Playoffs: Won Stanley Cup (beat Carolina 4-1 in Final)

Talk about a team awash in talent. The ‘01-02 Red Wings were swimming in Hall of Famers (present and future), from goal (Dominik Hasek) to defense (Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Chelios) to the front line (Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan, Luc Robitaille, Brett Hull, Igor Larionov, Sergei Fedorov) and even behind the bench (Scotty Bowman).

more teams…

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H2H Update: No Limits To Hockeytown’s Generosity

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1737. While we’re on the subject of helping others during the holiday season and beyond, check out what your Wings did today.  Awesome.

This is no longer an A2Y endeavor.  It’s so far beyond Abel to Yzerman at this point. It’s Detroit Red Wing fans from literally all over the world coming together for two great causes: getting Herm to the Joe in March, and collecting money for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

Yes, this will be an annual event. A different cause each year, in association with helping out the kids.  Something creative and something cool for a Wing fan who may not be able to afford it, otherwise.

Here’s the amazing thing, more than the money.  It’s the community of fans getting together to help organize this.  JennyQuarx and Msevern are two of the 19 who have taken it upon themselves to handle a huge amount of the logistics: from organizing a bulk ticket purchase, to contacting the team and the hospital.  And there are more. Suggestions are pouring in for restaurants, hotels, etc.  And Osrt, innocently of course, is going to put Herm up for his time in Hockeytown.

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It Seems Like Yesterday

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from Dave Seminara of the New York Times,

When Catherine Kaptain turned on the evening news and saw her son John being struck with his own shoe in a fight with the Boston Bruins, her disdain for the sport her family loved never seemed more justified. “I screamed, ‘They’re beating up my babies!’ ” she said.

Thirty years ago, on Dec. 23, 1979, Bruins defenseman Mike Milbury whacked John Kaptain, a Rangers fan from New Jersey, with a shoe during a bizarre altercation in which all but one Bruins player went over the glass and into the stands at Madison Square Garden. The incident, after a 4-3 Bruins victory, resulted in three players being suspended, lawsuits and the installation of higher glass in the arena. It remains one of the most memorable fan-athlete confrontations in sports.

It all unfolded after Phil Esposito of the Rangers smashed his stick on the ice and skated off to the locker room after failing to convert a breakaway in the waning seconds. When the buzzer sounded, Al Secord, Boston’s rugged left wing, decked the Rangers’ Ulf Nilsson.


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Trying To Fix Columbus

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from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

GM Scott Howson, coach Ken Hitchcock and entire coaching staff had a lengthy meeting in the corner of the hotel lobby this morning. Then they stepped into a conference room with 10 veterans on the club—Rick Nash, Antoine Vermette, R.J. Umberger, Kristian Huselius, Jason Chimera, Sammy Pahlsson, Raffi Torres, Fedor Tyutin, Mike Commodore and Jan Hejda—and met for 30 minutes.

Clearly, this has now gone beyond Xs and Os. This club may or may not be well constructed. They might not even be playoff caliber, as some believe. But there’s no reason for any NHL club to win only two out of 17 games.


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Early Recap

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With Christmas fast approaching, let’s review all the NHL action.

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Keep Your Head Up

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

For all the words spent on the National Hockey League’s growing problem with concussions, Sheldon Souray figures you can get rid of 90 percent of them with two words:

“Heads up!”

“I do it — and guys have done it for me,” Souray said this week. “As a matter of fact it happened at the end of (Saturday’s Washington) game, against Ovechkin. I was going to hit him and said, ‘Head’s up!’ You know. ‘It’s comin’!’”

He’s fine with a hard hit, and like most NHLers, Souray says of Mike Richards’ hit on David Booth “there is an element of risk to this game.” Injurious mistakes — like Jarome Iginla’s inadvertent trip that cost Souray 16 games with a concussion — are never going to be eliminated from the game.

But it is time for the players to put an end to the needless, high hits that happen along the boards and in the corners, delivered by players who need to know better.


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90 Minutes of Richard

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Doesn’t make sense, does it? It will after you listen to the latest podcast over at The Obstructed View.

Not safe for work, or much else. George Malik goes frigging nuts and Jessie from Bingo, Bango and I are along for the ride. Topics include goaltending, injuries, Pinky and Herm.

Listen here. And while you’re at it, open up your wallets and let’s get Herm to Hockeytown.  Current total sits at $1485.19.  We’re going to keep piling up the dollars and whatever goes unspent will benefit the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

Click to donate.

Need some background on this thing?  Read here, here and here.

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Game Of The Night

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Once in a while, there’s a game on the NHL docket that makes your spine tingle, and that’s exactly what you’ve got tonight when the San Jose Sharks visit the Chicago Blackhawks.

Two Western Conference powerhouse teams with Stanley Cup aspirations meet at the United Center with a little recent history to spice things up. Just a little under a month ago, the Hawks blew into San Jose and pounded the hosts 7-2 at the Shark Tank, a game that had me muttering “Wow” several times from my couch in Toronto.

You know the Sharks will be a little hungry after a rare embarrassment like that on Nov. 25, and the Blackhawks are fully aware they’ll be facing a different team.

continued and for those of us that have Directv, maybe we can have a pity party since the game is on Versus, the channel we don’t get…

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