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Great Comeback By Blues

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Blues score two goals in last 80 seconds to tie the game against the Bruins today and win in the shootout.

The tying goal with one second left was a bit controversial.  Can anyone say Franzen?

AP game recap...

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Why Stars May Be Traded

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from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

So while it is true the salary cap could prevent some contending teams from making the moves they would like to make to give them an edge over their opponents, don’t be surprised if a few big names trade teams before the March 4 trade deadline. And they won’t necessarily be rental players. If Lecavalier, Pronger and/or Briere are dealt, it could be for the long run.

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Trying To Find That ‘Nut”

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from M.L. of The Islanders Opimer,

I spent exactly one season in the press box for the Nashville Predators. I sat in the box, talked to the players and coaches after the game and even made a couple of appearances on the local news. Then I realized that most of the guys sitting next to me in the press box are more like Eklund and B.D. Gallof than authentic journalists. Not that “authentic” writers are any better, they just collect a modest salary for their writing. At the end of the day, they are all just squirrels trying to get a nut. Nothing more than common fans, who think they have the capacity to write about sports. They are message forum posters. They are internet savants. They are losers.

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Best Of The Week

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Five minutes of the best goals, saves and hits from the NHL.

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These Teams Are Toast For This Season

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Who is cooked as far as the playoffs are concerned?

The bottom line is, if you dig a hole in the first half, the second half looks like a mountain. In the East, you can kiss the postseason goodbye if you’re the Tampa Bay Lightning, Ottawa Senators, Atlanta Thrashers or New York Islanders. The Leafs are barely a bubble team, as they sit nine points behind eighth-place Pittsburgh with two games in hand. Expect the Leafs to join the ranks of the cooked by All-Star weekend or shortly thereafter.

In the West, things are a lot tighter. The ready-for-roasting list is shorter, but we’ll start with Nashville, which just can’t score and is in the process of handing the starting goaltending reins over to rookie Pekka Rinne, given the uneven play of last season’s playoff hero Dan Ellis. Los Angeles and St. Louis are also well done at this point. Dallas remains an interesting team, as it began the week in 12th in the conference, just four points back of eighth place with two games in hand.

more questions and answers…

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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (Jan. 19, 2009)—Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk, Calgary Flames left wing Mike Cammalleri and Atlanta Thrashers center Rich Peverley have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Jan. 18.

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Canucks Waiting For The Real Sundin & Luongo

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from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

There are miles and miles to go, and as the team lurches to the all-star break, clinging to the next-to-last mythical playoff spot, though barely past the halfway mark, boundless patience is a big ask.

“Our guys are battling,” said Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault. “[Columbus] scored four goals in a row, our guys could have folded. They didn’t. Mats is playing better, we all know Roberto can play better, and those are key components of our team.”

“I think Sundin’s starting to come, his first three steps are quicker now, and he’s getting into holes to shoot the puck that he wasn’t two weeks ago. Mats is going to be a really dangerous player for teams to defend against,” Hitchcock said, charitably….

And Luongo isn’t close to being the goalie of old, and knows it. Someone asked if he thought he could feel his form returning — after all, he made some fine saves, off Kristian Huselius and Nash and others — and Luongo did everything but laugh.

“I don’t think so. Not when I let in five goals [on the first 17 shots] in a game,” he said. “I tried to do my best out there, but it’s to be expected, I didn’t expect to come in and be where I left off. It’s going to be a process.

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Report- Artyukhin Gets Two Games

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via Bolts Report,

Lightning forward Evgeny Artyukhin has been suspended for two games, starting with tonight’s game against Dallas. There has been no word from the league or the team, but Artyukhin said after he came off the ice that he spoke to the league on Sunday about his knee-on-knee hit with Florida’s Ville Peltonen during Saturday’s game.

added 5:04pm,

TORONTO (Jan. 19, 2008) – Tampa Bay Lightning forward Evgeny Artyukhin has been suspended for two games, without pay, for a kneeing incident in NHL Game #667 against the Florida Panthers, the National Hockey League announced today.

            Artyukhin was assessed a minor penalty for tripping Panthers’ forward Ville Peltonen at 19:33 of the second period.

            Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Artyukhin will forfeit $10,215.06.  The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Claude Lemieux Recalled By Sharks

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SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has reassigned forwards Brad Staubitz and Tom Cavanagh to the Worcester Sharks, the team’s top development affiliate in the American Hockey League and recalled forward Claude Lemieux.

The team also placed defenseman Brad Lukowich on injured reserve, retroactive to Jan. 6.

Lemieux has played in 23 games with Worcester, posting 11 points (3-8=11), 24 penalty minutes and a +2 rating.  He was originally signed by San Jose as a free agent on Dec. 29, 2007.

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NHL Ratings & Attendance Are Up Plus ASG Is Time To Celebrate

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from Tripp Mickle of SportsBusiness Journal,

For the first time since the 2004-05 lockout, the NHL has increased both its attendance and ratings at the midpoint of a season.

Through 628 games this season, average reported attendance is up 1.5 percent from 2007-08. The increase came despite the fact that the 2009 Winter Classic in Chicago at Wrigley Field held 30,000 fewer fans than the 2008 outdoor game in Buffalo, a game that drew 71,000.

“We’re particularly pleased this year because the world around us is a lot different than it’s been in a long time,” said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. “Most businesses would have reasons to be concerned about a downturn, and so far we haven’t seen it.”

continued and thanks again goes out to SBJ for releasing the links to a normally paid subscription site.

Also from Tripp Mickle of SBJ,

The economy may dampen the party scene at this year’s Super Bowl, but it won’t dampen the celebration at the 2009 NHL All-Star Game.

At a time when other leagues are pulling back on travel and sponsors are curtailing activation at events, the NHL is poised for its biggest all-star celebration in years. The league has increased its budget for the event, which is taking place in hockey-mad Montreal this weekend, to more than $5 million, a 5 percent increase from Atlanta in 2008. NHL officials also claim that corporate partners will spend more than $10 million on activation in Montreal, a 50 percent increase from 2008.

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