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Leafs Win, Skate Off The Ice Without A Stick Salute

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Most notably, the Maple Leafs decided to buck tradition by skipping the customary salute to fans following a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. During the last couple seasons every win at Air Canada Centre has been celebrated in the same way: With players skating to centre ice and raising their sticks in the air.

At least every win until this one.

While one member of the team told me afterwards that the group was simply looking to change things up and didn’t intend to offend the paying customers, the gesture certainly left plenty of room for another interpretation.

It has been a trying season in Toronto, with fans often booing the team and throwing sweaters on the ice repeatedly during games. Already the Leafs have been beaten by three or more goals in their building on four occasions.

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added 9:41pm, Well okay then, a semi-stick salute.

 

added 10:00am, Oh, and then there is this...

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Video- Alex Tanguay Takes A Puck To His Face

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Patrick Roy said post-game Tanguay will be evaluated on Friday.

 

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Wings Defeat The Jets 4-3

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Goals by Franzen, Abdelstrom and two by Tatar including the game winner.

Detroit stuck with their game plan and even thought it may not have been prettt at times, it is two points.

Feel free to discuss while I start posting the Detroit goals.

Watch the four Detroit goals below...

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Trying For Two Plus Two

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

Like many of you I was happy with the win Tuesday, but I will remain skeptical. The highs and lows we get from following this Team are enough to send some of us to the bin, and, at this point all I want is for the Wings to win two in a row, since I am having a hard time remembering the last time that happened.

We are still hovering around the middle of the pack, but that is not good enough.

We fans deserve two wins in a row. We fans demand two wins in a row.

 Points, points, points. We need two more of them. Tonight.

Two plus two is on my mind.

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Video- Top 25 NHL Players All-Time Who Never Won The Stanley Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sportsnet style and note, the video is 25 minutes long.

Some great names on this list...

 

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Evening Line- Bruce Boudreau

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Bruce Boudreau when asked about Sami Vatanen’s Corsi rating...

“I don’t know, I’ve never looked at a Corsi number so that tells you my answer. I don’t pay any attention to any of that.

“I can tell by my eyes whether he is playing good or bad.”

More on the Ducks from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times as Ryan Kesler returns to Vancouver tonight.

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Video- Ken Kal Previews The Game Tonight

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Ken Kal previews the Wings/Jets game tonight and you can hear from Xavier Ouellet and Petr Mrazek.

 

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Montreal Trades Rene Bourque To Anaheim For Bryan Allen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Thursday the acquisition of defenseman Bryan Allen from the Anaheim Ducks, in return for forward Rene Bourque.

Allen, 34, recorded one assist in six games thus far with the Ducks in 2014-15, averaging 18:12 of ice time per game. He recorded four shots on goal, 11 hits, 10 blocked shots and served four penalty minutes. He missed 14 games due to a lower-body injury.

Since he first joined the NHL back in 2000-01, Allen has recorded a total of 135 points (29 goals, 106 assists) in 716 regular season games. He scored five game winning goals. The 6'05'' and 223 lbs forward also served 837 penalty minutes and displays a +28 plus/minus differential.

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Habs deal Rene Bourque to Anaheim for Bryan Allen

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

The Bourque glory lasted for about ten games, and it is long gone. Bourque heads to the Ducks for veteran defenceman Bryan Allen. GM Marc Bergevin continues to (intriguingly) stockpile veteran defencemen. Could another move be in the offing?

The Habs take on the Blues, and New Brunswick native Jake Allen, tonight.

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Masterton Leader

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

There is always some controversy when discussing the Masterton Trophy and saying that one player is more worthy than another.  The trophy is officially for dedication, perseverance and sportsmanship in hockey, but it is more accurately described as the trophy for the player who overcame the biggest obstacle to make the biggest impact with his team this season.  Sometimes this doesn't work out as the award has been given to a player who didn't play at all in Ian Laperriere.

I think this year has a clear leader in Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  He overcame a stroke last season - which could easily have been a career ending event - to be a top defenceman in the NHL this season.  He currently has 13 points in 17 games played.  This places him seventh in the point race among defencemen.  That is a strong Masterton case in my book.

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