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Reputation call defined: Luke Glendening gets a ‘Homer’ when Braden Holtby trips

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Because I'm too pissed off about this to rationally discuss it, I'll leave it to video.

Here is what happened when Braden Holtby tripped into the goalpost with Luke Glendening about ten feet away from him, and Drew Miller scored as a result:

And then Mike Babcock asked Pierre McGuire about the replay:


Thank you, Mike Leggo, for another Tomas Holmstrom-style, "If he is in the general vicinity of the net, CLEARLY the Wing committed some sort of goaltender interference penalty" call.

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Oh, Really, Mr. Milbury?

Blog: F Street Faithful By Matthew Tate

So, earlier tonight, I was sitting on my couch getting ready for the Caps/Wings game tonight for Wednesday Night "Rivalry."  Naturally, I flipped over to watch the pregame show with Liam McHugh, Keith Jones, and, of course, the ever-lovable Mike Milbury.  Unsurprisngly, the current pointless streak (4 games going into tonight) of Alexander Ovechkin was up for discussion.  And, then, this happened:

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, mike+milbury, washington+capitals

Updating Gordie Howe’s condition

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Here are a few updates to Gordie Howe's condition subsequent to his family's statement released through the Red Wings, whose players and coach are quite concerned about Mr. Hockey:

The Canadian Press's Stephen Whyno spoke with Mark, the Wings' director of pro scouting:

Gordie Howe has a long way to go to recover from a stroke he suffered over the weekend, his son said Wednesday amid an outpouring of support from the hockey community.

“Mr. Hockey” has shown some signs of improvement from what son Mark called a “pretty significant stroke” and is resting at his daughter Cathy’s home in Lubbock, Tex.

“It’s a difficult time for Dad,” Mark Howe said in a phone interview from Lubbock. “It definitely impacted his life, so we’re dealing with this, I think, as all families do and just trying to be there. The best thing we can do is just be here and be supportive and try to keep him in good spirits.”

And after examining the outpouring of support throughout the hockey world and from former Whalers owner Howard Baldwin and one Frank Mahovlich, Whyno concludes with this:

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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit

Tonight we face the Capitals before heading home to play Friday against the Cup Champs. Detroit is (4-2-2) falling to fourth in our division. We absolutely have to pull out of this tailspin of inconsistency and put a string of wins together. Even three wins in a row would be good at this point.

The power play is shameful, so, Uncle Mike and his crew better get off the schnide and fix it. 

We have the tools, we have the talent. Get it done!

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Top Goalie

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

As I pick award leaders early in the season, it is inevitable that many will change as the season progresses.  Some may change many times before the end of the season.  We have our first award leader change today.  I picked Darcy Kuemper of the Minnesota Wild as an early season Vezina Trophy leader.  He had shutouts in his first two starts and three of his first four games.  That pace was not one that could be maintained for a whole season.  In fact we are early enough into the season that one poor start is enough to change the race.  In his last start on Monday night against the New York Rangers he allowed five goals on twenty shots.  Hence it is time to pick a new Vezina Trophy leader.

The current Vezina Trophy leader is Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings.  He has posted a .950 saves percentage and a 1.78 GAA in eight games played.  Nobody who has played the majority of his team's games has better numbers.

Quick is putting up a strong career.  He has twice won the Stanley Cup and once won the Conn Smythe Trophy.  If he can put together a Vezina calibre season this year, it will go a long way toward making his case as a Hall of Fame goaltender.  To date, his regular season numbers have been up and down.  He hasn't shown the consistency of a Hall of Famer.  Is that changing? 

One thing we know for sure is it is early in the year.  October is almost over.  At this point, Jonathan Quick has been to top goalie in the NHL.

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Evening Line- Bob McKenzie On Gordie Howe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The entire hockey community is rallying around this.  You can't find a more revered individual, he and Jean Beliveau are the gold standard for gentlemen off the ice and well, Gordie on the ice not so much a gentleman.  Jean Beliveau probably was but just in terms of the way they carried themselves away from the game, everybody in the hockey community has thoughts for Gordie Howe right now.

-Bob McKenzie on NBCSN NHL Live pre-game show.

added 6:58pm,


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Calgary Flames Recall Markus Granlund, Matt Stajan Goes On IR With Knee Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have recalled forward Markus Granlund from the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League.

Granlund, a 21-year-old native of Oulu, Finland has played in eight games with Adirondack this season where he leads the team with three goals and has a pair of assists for five points. He played seven games with Calgary last season scoring his first two NHL goals and adding one assist.

The Flames also announced that centre Matt Stajan has been placed on the Injured Reserve (IR) with a knee injury (approximately six weeks) and Joe Colborne is day-to-day with an upper body injury

If you missed the Stajan injury, watch it here..

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Video- How Did Torey Krug Suffer A Broken Finger?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In case you missed it earlier today, Krug will miss 2-3 weeks.


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Video- John Moore Suspened Five Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The NHL announced John Moore has been suspended for five games.

Patrick Burke with the explanation. Note, videos from NHL.com are loading slow for me just in case you experience the same issue.

added 5:23pm, Using the YouTube video now.

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Barry Trotz On Mike Babcock

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Mike Vogel of Dump 'n Chase,

Trotz started coaching in the NHL in 1998-99 and Babcock came into the league a few years later. Trotz says he gets up a little bit more for games against other elite coaches in the NHL, but that layer of competition is in the background.

“Yeah, you do a little bit,” answers Trotz when asked whether he relishes the competition against the league’s established, elite coaches like Babcock. “That’s probably further down the line a little bit than just trying to get the two points for our team tonight. But I enjoy talking to Babs and we talk over the summer sometimes, or there are situations that come up in the league, and we’ll talk about it and we’ll pick people’s brains.

“The one thing I’ve learned from Babs is he always wants to get better. He’s a teacher by trade, so he’s an educator. But he’s also looking at the next best thing; trying to look at the game in a different way, where it’s going, why it’s going that way and how can you use it to your advantage. That’s a good quality for any coach. You don’t just stand still, you look at different ways of doing things.”

Over the years, Trotz has a 29-26-7 record against Babcock in their 62 previous NHL meetings. Trotz was 4-3-1 against Babcock when the latter was in Anaheim, and he is 25-23-6 against him as the Detroit coach.

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