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McCarty Recalls March 26, 1997

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fromm the Vancouver Sun,

And who, pray tell, was responsible for that script?
“I don’t know, man,” shrugged a smiling McCarty. “I’ve had a couple of those scripts. The Stanley Cup-winning goal [in 1997]. The hat trick [against Roy in the 2002 playoffs]. I’ve had some moments.
“I’ll never replace that winning-the-Cup game and scoring that goal, but to take just a game in general, [the March 26, 1997 contest] was the greatest game I’ve ever played in, that I ever saw. Just because it had every ingredient you could ever want. That game had everything.”

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Coaching The Right Way

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from the Vail Daily,

For any hockey player, a slapshot is a great way to score a goal.
For Mike Torry, it’s an opportunity to prevent injuries.
“We know in adult hockey players, they get a lot of hip labral tears,” said Torry, the director of the Biomechanics Research Laboratory at the Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation. “We’re trying to find out why they get those type of injuries at the elite level. ... If we can figure it out, then we can change the way they do thinking at a youth level to prevent them.”

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Ducks Skate In The Barn

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from the OC Register,

Unable to secure a convenient ice slot at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena, site of tonight’s game against the Red Wings, Coach Randy Carlyle arranged for the Ducks to practice at historic Windsor Arena, home of the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires.
Located just across the Detroit River, “the Barn,” as it is affectionately known, is the oldest rink in major-junior hockey, having opened in 1924 as the Border Cities Arena. The intimate building, with a seating capacity of 3,600, was home to the Red Wings, then known as the Cougars, while the former Olympia Stadium in Detroit was under construction during the 1926-27 NHL season.
“When you have an opportunity to visit the older, nostalgic rinks around Canada, I think it’s important to re-connect,” Carlyle said. “The building is part of the local history of Windsor and the hockey world.”

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Not On Speaking Terms

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

With their respective teams engaged in a furious race to land a post-season berth in the Eastern conference, Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford and Maple Leafs head coach Paul Maurice have taken their superstitious beliefs to an entirely new level.
Despite being the best of friends, they have stopped talking to each other.
Chatting, after all, might bring bad luck, something no one wants—or needs—in the scramble for a playoff spot.

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A Star In NYC

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from Garth Woolsey of the Toronto Star,

Pest. P-e-s-t. That’s one of the milder four-letter words associated with Sean Avery through his sometimes rocky NHL career.
Well, now, how about best, b-e-s-t? As, in quite possibly the best acquisition by any team leading up to or at the league’s trading deadline this season. That is a saying a lot because that list includes the likes of Ryan Smyth, Gary Roberts, Peter Forsberg, Bill Guerin, Keith Tkachuk and Todd Bertuzzi.

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Ten

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Yep, it’s been ten years since Igor Larionov—of all people—started the brawl at the Joe.  Ten years since Aaron Ward earned his stripes, Brendan Shanahan truly became a Wing and Mike Vernon won his 300th.  Oh, you’d forgotten the OTHER miletone that night, eh?

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Does “Banning” Fighting Encourage Cheap Shots?

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star:

About a half hour after they’d peeled Detroit Red Wings defenceman Brett Lebda off the ice and on to a stretcher to be taken to hospital, Kelly Chase, one-time resident tough guy for the St. Louis Blues and currently a broadcaster for the team, reminisced about what might have happened to someone had they taken such liberties with a Wings player in his day.
“I didn’t have to call (National Hockey League commissioner) Gary Bettman to find out what the punishment was for running a guy from behind in Detroit,” Chase said. “The punishment was (Bob) Probert and (Joe) Kocur.”
While the tall foreheads at the NHL offices pontificate over what to do about fighting, the real ugly problem in the league revealed itself once more Saturday afternoon at Joe Louis Arena.

Unbalanced schedules mean some teams play more, brewing more bad blood. And quite simply, the players hold no longer hold respect for each other.
“We can talk to them all we want, but ultimately, it’s up to the players,” Murray said regarding the potential for change this frightening and growing culture.
The scariest art of all this is that there’s a possibility that in a clandestine manner, the league favours the violence.

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Johnson To Sign With Kings

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from GoBlue Wolverine Magazine,

Jack Johnson, the No. 3 pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, has reached agreement with the Los Angeles Kings and is expected to sign with the pro team on Sunday night. Johnson will be forgoing his final two years of eligibility with the Michigan Wolverines.

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All Masks

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That’s right folks, 9 1/2 minutes of goalie masks- nothing more, nothing less.

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Get Your Super Protective Gloves On

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from The Maven,

I’m thinking back to those dark Rangers days of yester-month, when legions of Blueshirts’ fans thought I was this side of The Nut House.
Over and over, I kept insisting that Tom Renney’s renegades would somehow make the playoffs despite howls of derisive laughter in the background.
So, who’s got the last chuckle now as point after point is garnered; all of them solidifying a playoff berth that many thought impossible.
No, the Rangers are not in – neither like Flynn, Avery, Jagr nor Nylander – but they just happen to be so HOT, that no NHL team at this time would want to touch them without super-protective gloves.

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