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Another Pens Loss

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters,

We’re always slow to call for someone to lose their job in any sort of sporting profession, particularly when they’ve enjoyed recent success, but how does anyone defend Michel Therrien and his staff at this point? We still think Therrien is a viable NHL coach, but he just doesn’t appear to be connecting with this current crop of players. And well, you can’t fire the players.

-If Scotty Bowman can be fired by this franchise, Michel Therrien sure as heck isn’t untouchable.

read on for a recap of the Pens loss to the Predators…

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Hartsburg Calls-Out Top Players

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Craig Hartsburg accused his best players of costing the Senators the game last night.

At this rate, it won’t be long before they cost him his job.

Following a 6-4 loss to the Bruins, Hartsburg took direct aim at his top players after the Senators fought back from a two-goal deficit only to find a way to lose ... again.

The Senators limped home with just three of a possible 16 points on their eight-game road trip (1-6-1) after captain Daniel Alfredsson handed the puck to Boston centre David Krejci to allow a decisive go-ahead goal midway through the third period. Then, four mintues later, Jason Spezza was knocked off the puck by Chuck Kobasew, who set up Marc Savard with what turned out to be the game-winning goal.


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One Of The Better Fights Of The Year

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Chris Neil vs. Shawn Thornton last night…

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  Tags: chris+neil, shawn+thronton

Devils Need To Find Their Game

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from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

A team that bumped, ground and won has gone Fancy Dan, not dumping the puck regularly to make defenses retreat, the platform from which their game begins. They’re carrying, lugging, and losing, and foes don’t have to go 200-feet to attack.

“The players know what it is, and it well get resolved. They will have to be the ones to dig in and respond,” Sutter said, without declaring the team’s specific failure.

Comeback kids, the Devils aren’t. They have lost every game when they’ve trailed by two, an imperfect season-long streak of 13, unable to put even one past Kari Lehtonen, who notched his first shutout of the season.


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Sabres Can’t Be Average In The 2nd Half

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from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

The Buffalo Sabres reach the halfway mark of the NHL season tonight when they host the New York Rangers in HSBC Arena. So far, they’ve been utterly average, with 20 wins and 20 losses (adding regulation and overtime/shootout defeats)....

Chief among the team’s trouble is its record at home.

The Sabres are 11-9-2 in the arena and the only team in the league with more regulation home losses is Atlanta (12). Buffalo led the NHL in home scoring last season but is just 13th this year.

Things are even goofier on special teams when looking at numbers entering Thursday’s games. The power play is just 17th at home (17.8 percent) but third on the road (24.7). The penalty killers are 10th downtown (83.5) but second out of town (89.5).

Early in the year, coach Lindy Ruff was able to brush off the numbers — especially the special teams ones — as statistical anomalies. Not anymore.

read on

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Stay In Touch With The Capitals

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ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have partnered with AOL to create the first ever Capitals email domain along with a toolbar to keep fans up-to-date with the Capitals.

The AOL affinity email is free to sign up and the user can view their Capitals email from anywhere in the world. There are four different domains; CapsHockeyFan.com, MyCapitalsMail.com, CapsRed.com and CapsFanatic.com. The user can copy their address book and emails from another account, while sharing Capitals hockey with friends and family. Fans can find the email domain and toolbar at http://capitals.nhl.com/fanzone/caps_aol.htm


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Hot Bobby Ryan

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A few weeks ago I wrote in my NHL.com weekly feature Bobby Ryan needed to start playing on a regular shift.  Since that time, 6 goals, 5 helpers in 8 games.  You see, the Ducks listened to me!

Ryan with the hat trick last night, and the 3rd goal was special.

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Wayne Flemming Fired During The Game

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from Russia Today,

The coach of Avangard Omsk hockey team didn’t return to the bench for the third period of his team’s home game against Vityaz Podolsk. Canadian specialist Wayne Fleming couldn’t do so as he’d been fired during the break.

After the second period Avangard were losing 1-0 to lowly Vityaz and the club’s bosses had just had enough of the team’s poor performance in the current KHL season.


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At Least No Cracks In The Ice

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The Staples Center in LA rocked a little last night.  LA Kings broadcasting team of Jim Fox and Bob Miller talk about it.

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It’s Not An ASG Without Richards

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from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

With all due respect to Jeff Carter, Mike Richards has been the first-place Flyers’ best all-around player in the first half of the season and should have been selected to the Eastern Conference all-star team.

  But Richards was snubbed. So were teammates Kimmo Timonen and Simon Gagne.

  All because the fans made some very dumb selections when they chose the starters. That, coupled with the fact that each team has to be represented, left many deserving players off the team.

  And, make no mistake, no one is more deserving than Richards, who has excelled on the power play, penalty kill and even-strength situations.


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