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TEAM TOEWS TRIUMPHS IN HIGHEST-SCORING NHL ALL-STAR GAME
Led by 3-3—6 from Jakub Voracek and four goals from John Tavares, Team Toews defeated Team Foligno 17-12 in the highest-scoring All-Star Game in NHL history.
 

 
* Team Toews’ 17 goals were the most ever by one team in an NHL All-Star Game, surpassing the record of 16 set by the Prince of Wales Conference in 1993.

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Video- It May Be A Slow Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

So how about 3 1/2 minutes of slow motion action from the last week in the NHL?

 

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Being Sidney Crosby

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from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

COLUMBUS, Ohio- Sidney Crosby's first decade in the NHL is almost over. And here is what he needs to know: Being Sidney Crosby isn't his job anymore.

Just being Sidney is all any of us should ask of “The Next One” who became “The One.”

Being Sidney Crosby meant breathing life into hockey after the NHL attempted to suffocate the game at its highest level. Being Sidney Crosby meant resuscitating a Penguins franchise that was on life support while calling a decaying Igloo home.

As Crosby became the world's finest player, Being Sidney Crosby came to mean raising the NHL and Penguins from their respective deathbeds. Either feat should have exhausted Crosby. Both tasks were too much to ask of any “Kid.”

Now a man at 27, Crosby can take the deep breath he is long overdue. His Penguins are perennial contenders. More importantly, they're financially sound, with 360 consecutive home sellouts and supreme regional TV ratings. His league is thriving, topping $4 billion in revenue, and working peacefully with its players' union to finally bring promise of tangible growth.

Being Sidney Crosby wasn't necessary here this weekend.

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The Best At The Break

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Before we drop the puck on the remaining 40-plus per cent of the 2014-15 regular season - by the way, the trade deadline is five weeks today and the Stanley Cup playoffs start in 11 weeks - let’s take one more moment to reflect on what we’ve seen in the NHL so far.

More precisely, let’s have a look at what NHL head coaches think and feel in TSN’s Who’s Best survey. Just prior to the NHL All-Star break, TSN surveyed 20 NHL head coaches - 10 in the East; 10 in the West - to determine Who’s Best in five categories: Best Team; Best Goalie; Best Defenceman; Best Player; and last but not least, Best Coach....

EASTERN CONFERENCE

BEST TEAM: It’s only fitting the New York Rangers and New York Islanders play in the first game back after the All-Star break, because those were the top two teams in the East, according to survey results.

The Rangers, who went to the Cup final last season and currently sit third in the Metropolitan Division (behind Pittsburgh and the Islanders and just ahead of Washington) received five votes, compared to four for the Islanders, who sit in first place in the division.

The only other team to get a vote was Pittsburgh.

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AHL OT Numbers And Talk

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from Joe Yerdon at NHL.com,

The American Hockey League has been trying to find a way to have more games end in overtime rather than in the shootout. The reviews have been mixed from players.

Before the start of the 2014-15 season, the AHL changed how overtime periods would be handled by switching from a five-minute overtime played 4-on-4 to a seven-minute period with four of them played 4-on-4 and three minutes played 3-on-3.

Through Saturday, 74.8 percent of games that went to overtime were settled in the extra period. When compared to last season, it’s an increase of 10.1 percent when 64.7 percent of games that went to overtime ended with an overtime goal. For AHL players who have spent time in the NHL, that difference has been noticeable.

"I think for our fans, it's great for hockey," Rockford IceHogs defenseman T.J. Brennan said. "Obviously shootouts are fun and exciting. It [stinks] being on the losing side of a shootout. One guy, one goalie … it kind of takes away from the team-oriented thing. Having 4-on-4 and 3-on-3, it's always exciting to have a goal in game decided in action. When you simplify it down to that, it's fun and exciting."

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This Week

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here are five things to watch this week

1. Florida sliding out of playoff contention

The New York Rangers, Washington and Boston have distanced themselves from Florida in recent weeks. The Panthers (20-14-10) are winless in four (0-3-1) and are seven points behind the Capitals and Bruins for the final wild card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Panthers have won both meetings this season from the Red Wings (4-3 and 3-2 in a shootout, both at Joe Louis Arena). Florida is 5-2-0 vs. Detroit since the start of last season, winning three times in a shootout.

Florida has difficulty scoring, with only two players in double figures in goals - Nick Bjugstad (15) and Jimmy Hayes (13).

2. Division lead on the line in Tampa Bay?

Thursday's game at Tampa Bay could be for the Atlantic Division lead, at least temporarily.

Tampa Bay (30-14-4) has won three in a row and is 10-3-0 in its past 13, but leads the Red Wings by only one point.

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Video- Wrapping Up The All-Star Game

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Here, all 29 goals in 1 1/2 minutes.

End of ASG story, regular season play resumes on Tuesday.

Time to feel like a hockey fan again and not apologizing to friends about the "game" yesterday.

 

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Why Ovechkin wanted a Honda

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

In case you were wondering, per the Washington Post's Alex Prewitt:

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Habs at the break

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

Travel has gotten in the way of writing the past two weeks, but the Canadiens are looking good. If things hold, they've got a shot at the conference title, and given that Carey Price is the key cog in the wheel, that may actually come to pass. Price has been lights out, playing some of the best hockey of his life. He singlehandedly kept the Canadiens in their game against the Predators last week, and has come through on many occasions, keeping the Habs in many games they had no business being in. 

His most impressive displays have most often come early in games, as the Habs battle a starting issue. Time after time, the Canadiens give up the first goal, despite different strategies employed to get ready for games. Michel Therrien has commented that it is an issue they are dealing with, but one can't help but wonder why the team can't get a handle on it. Would more veterans in the dressing room help conquer the issue?

PK Subban and Andrei Markov are having great years on the backend, and Max Pacioretty has been a force up front. Alex Galchenyuk is coming into his own, Brendan Gallagher is turning into an irreplaceable sparkplug, and Tomas Plekanec is having his best season since he played with Alex Kovalev. The Habs could still use a top-six forward to fill out the right wing, and another solid number two/three defenceman would help solidify the defence. That said, the Canadiens roster is more rounded out than it has been in a decade, and the Habs look like a solid team heading into the home stretch. 

Which begs the question, who might Marc Bergevin look to add before the trade deadline? Two names I would focus on: 1) Ryan O'Reilly - a talented, two-way centre to complete the top six, and 2) Cody Franson - a defenceman the Habs targeted in the off-season and who may once again be available. Add either of them, or a player like them, and it would go a long way towards making the Canadiens a serious contender heading into the spring. 

We shall see if Bergevin acts, or if he sticks with his roster, but the last 30+ games should be very engaging for Habs fans. It will be a fight to the finish, and happily, Montreal is in it. 

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The All-Star Game was odd, but there were some bright moments

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Those of you who like goals might have found the record-breaking 17-12 tally tolerable, and those of you who dislike the fan voting may have found Ryan Johansen's naming as the game's MVP on a night that Team Toews defeated Johansen's Team Foligno--via a 4-goal performance from John Tavares, a 3 goal-plus-3-assist performance from Jakub Voracek and 5-point nights for Jonathan Toews and Patrice Bergeron (1 goal + 4 assists)--to be the ultimate, "This shit is a bunch of fluffernutter" exclamation point...

But Tavares spoke glowingly of the experience of being named an All-Star having grown up watching the games and being honored by and grateful for the opportunity of playing among the league's best, and there was this:

So the All-Star Game was an event in itself, and now it's over, with all of us expecting this come a year from now:

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