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Terriers Coach Rallies Cry For Bigger Nets

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Boston Herald:

The paucity of goals scored this season, epitomized by Saturday night’s 0-0 draw between Northeastern and host Boston University, reaffirmed to Terriers coach Jack Parker the need to enlarge nets.
“College hockey can’t do it (alone), though - the NHL has to do that. When the NHL makes the nets bigger, the rest of us will,” Parker said. “It doesn’t make any sense (not to). If you want more goals scored, you have to somehow disengage the goalies. They’re too good.
“People say that’s not fair to the records of the Gretzky(s) and Bobby Hull(s). It’s unfair to (Brendan) Shanahan and some of the Bruins guys, too,” Parker continued. “In the old days some just OK players could come down and take a 40-foot slapper and put it by the goalie once in a while. You can take a third-line left wing for the Bruins and have him take a 40-foot slapper against my third-string goalie or their third-string goalie and it ain’t going in anymore.

There’s another guy off the Goalies’ Union’s Christmas card list…

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Hockey (Very Late) Night In Italy

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

via Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star:

It won’t be called Hockey Night In Italy, but Canada is getting its first NHL game broadcast in Italian.
The CBC and Telelatino will announce next week that the multilingual channel will carry the Vancouver-Toronto game on Jan.13 with Italian-language commentary as part of the public network’s Hockey Day In Canada program. It is believed that no NHL game has ever been broadcast in Italian.

 

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How Many Points For A Moral Victory?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The west coast trifecta is complete, thankfully. The Wings have now lost three in a row, and covered all the bases. A butt-kicking, an embarrassing loss to a hugely inferior team and, finally, outplaying a better team only to fall just short. Now that we have those out of the way, Wing fans can concentrate on looking forward to Tuesday...which we'll get to in a moment. Deep Digger captain Ansar Khan(!) guaranteed us Pavel Datsyuk would sit this one out, obviously a result of his nasty habit of taking Mike Babcock at his word. Nope. Datsyuk was in there and looking as good as I've seen him all year. Press box bound? Now here's where it gets interesting. Jason Williams. If there's anyone identified on this team as a project of Babcock's, it's Williams. Yet, upon the return of Delma Huddle--rather than scratch Hudler or Langfeld--Babcock decided it was statement time.

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Injury Woes Continue: Schneider Hurt

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Mathieu Schneider will miss the rest of tonite's game in Anaheim with a "lower body injury." The injury must have happened early as he played only 3:07 of the first.

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Habs Struggle With Bug

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via the CBC,

Coach Guy Carbonneau called it the worst virus he has ever seen hit a hockey team.
And with about half his players recovering from a gastro-intestinal bug, the Montreal Canadiens went down to their season-high third consecutive defeat in a 3-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.
“I’m looking forward to this being over and for guys to get their strength back,” Carbonneau said. “When you feel like that and you play on consecutive days, it’s tough.”

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Viewing Option For Tonite

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

image A reminder for those of you displaced Wing fans without Center Ice: the game is on Yahoo Streaming tonite.

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Bringing Kessel Back

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

great news from the Associated Press:

Less than one month after being diagnosed with cancer, rookie center Phil Kessel is rejoining the Boston Bruins.

The Bruins on Sunday recalled Kessel from Providence of the American Hockey League, where he had been on a conditioning assignment.

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Leggo My All-Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Hockeyrefs.com:

The National Hockey League has announced the 4 NHL Officials selected to work this years All-Star game in Dallas, on Wednesday, January 24th. Congratulations to Linesmen Jay Sharrers and Lonnie Cameron and Referees Greg Kimmerly and Mike Leggo on this prestigious selection.

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Force ‘Em To Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Official penalties: The NHL suspended Orr for five games, Brashear for one.
What the penalty should be: Heard of “reverse mortgages”? There should be something called “reverse suspensions.” Rangers coach Tom Renney and Capitals coach Glen Hanlon should be required to play Orr and Brashear at least 22 minutes a game during their “reverse suspensions.”

more NHL talk…

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Skating With The Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Daily News,

Felicia Bellefontaine has won a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The 10-year-old from Mineville is going to stand in the starting lineup with the NHL All-Stars in Dallas.
Felicia was one of 12 lucky Canadian minor hockey players to win McDonald’s In The Line Up contest.
“She’s so excited to go,” said Felicia’s mother, Donna Horne, yesterday.
“She’ll probably be overwhelmed. I don’t think she realizes how big of a deal it really is until she gets there.”

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