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“It’s time for us to start playing with a little smack, we played well, we competed, we battled. It was the most complete team game we’ve had in a while. It’s something we can enjoy tonight before we get moving forward.”

-Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller after defeating the Boston Bruins yesterday.  More on the Sabres from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News.

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Earning Your Nickname

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from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,

These days, it is quite all right to play like Poo.

Or Gags. Or Struds. Or Cogs. Or any of the Edmonton Oilers who are obviously more imaginative on the ice than off it.

“You have to earn nicknames. You can’t just come in and say, ‘I want to be called Hercules,’ ” said Jason Strudwick, better known as Struds to his teammates and coaches.

So, what of Horc and Roli, if that is the sole criteria? They have been around longer than Pens and Storts but still haven’t been given punchier handles, which is something most of the players need, particularly Marc Pouliot.

continued

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Penguins Problems

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Way too much talent in that Penguins lineup for them to struggle so mightily on the power play, in part why they called a players-only meeting after the Bruins rubbed them out at the Igloo Dec. 30. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are among the two best young forwards in the game, and they can’t get the job done on the power play? Clearly, they miss Sergei Gonchar (shoulder), who has been out all year. But some of it is coaching, and Michel Therrien has always been a bit of a strange fit there, even when they made their run to the Cup finals last spring.

read on for more hockey topics…

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Stars Come Up Flat In A Big Game

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,

“This should have been a game you jump into with both feet and scratch and claw with everything you have,” Tippett said of a battle against the slumping Oilers. “But in the first 10 minutes, we played on the fringes, we gave up two bad goals, we made mistakes in our own end, and that’s not the way to start a game like this.”

“The most disheartening thing is this was pretty much a playoff game, and we didn’t play like it was,” said forward Steve Ott. “They came out like it was a playoff game, and we didn’t. We have to realize that these are four point games, and we’re not the ones getting the four points.”

more

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More Slapping Than Fighting

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from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,

Alexander Semin engaged in his first career fight tonight with Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, who had two small scratches under his right eye after the encounter. And for those of you who weren’t watching the game, check out the first video. Descriptions of Semin’s punches toward the end of the fight ranged from him playing the bongos to him looking like Energizer Bunny beating a drum….

go watch the video…

added 9:13am, On Frozen Blog comes up with the perfect Headline- “Alexander Semin Fights Scut Farkus”.  Visit OFB to see the comparison.

 

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Signs Of A Trade?

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via Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

Could some members of the Maple Leafs be fitted for a new jacket of the blue variety?

The Columbus Blue Jackets have had scouts shadowing several teams lately, and had two at the game Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre between the Leafs and Buffalo Sabres.

Nik Antropov and defenceman Pavel Kubina are said to interest Jackets general manager Scott Howson. And you have to figure Leafs GM Brian Burke, now just over a month on the job, is dying to make a deal. Burke apparently has told the Jackets that he gladly will move players with contracts to get draft picks in return.

Columbus also has a big interest in New York Islanders centre Doug Weight, who said last week he does not want to be a rental again.

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Enough Of The Goal Celebration At The Bench

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from Damien Cox of the Spin,

Where in the world did this dopey tradition of a parade to the bench for high fives all around after every goal begin?

It’s childish. Watching NHL players do it like they were peewee players is laughable. What ever happened to the great tradition of the game in which a goal was scored, there would be a celebration near the net, and then they’d just line up and drop the puck again?

Having teams skate right in front of the opponents bench after a goal is simply taunting on a team-wide scale. Moreover, in a heated game, you’re just asking for trouble. Basically, you’re allowing teams to celebrate twice - once in a little hug session, once with a fly-by for high fives at their bench.

a bit more in regards to the WJC…

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As If I Had A Choice

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Just got finished watching the game, at 0900 EST.  DVR’d that bad boy and glad I did. Sorta.

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Messier Wants To Work

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Understand. Messier is not campaigning for anyone’s job. He is not suggesting he should be the next GM. He is not suggesting he should be the next head coach. He is, however, suggesting he’s ready to get to work, and certainly would prefer to get to work for the Rangers.

“It’s hard to say what I would or would not do; to me, it’s a matter of finding the best way for me to contribute,” Messier said. “In the past, I’ve talked about what my wish list might be in establishing a vision for a franchise, but it’s a completely different discussion now that I’m ready to jump into the fray.”

This is no surprise to Glen Sather, for Slap Shots has learned the GM and Messier had a lengthy discussion on the topic last June in Ottawa before the Entry Draft. There’s been no job offer since.

read on

One suggestion Mark, stop talking about getting to work and just do it.

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World Junior Hockey SemiFinals

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The World Junior Hockey Championships semi-finals have just been played.  A summary of the quarter-finals is here and the preliminary round is here.

The semi-finals pitted Sweden against Slovakia and Canada against Russia.

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