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Talking Devils/Penguins Game Tonight

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It’s an all ESPN post…

E.J. Hradek and Barry Merose talk about the game tonight and Scott Burnside takes a closer look at the Devils with a little Pittsburgh thrown in.

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Huet Finding His Game

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from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

Huet appears to have turned things around after his horrendous start.

Since that ugly loss to Dallas on Oct. 17, Huet has gone 5-2, allowing only 11 goals. And in those two losses, the Hawks were shutout 2-0 at Nashville and lost 3-1 at Phoenix.

Huet has improved his goals-against average to 2.21 and brought his save percentage back over .900 at .901 from a low of .844.

“I feel loose, ready to compete every night and help play the best we can and win some games,” Huet said following Wednesday’s 3-2 win over the Avalanche in a shootout.


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Praise For Emery As He Returns To Ottawa

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from Frank Seravallii of the Philadelphia Daily News,

“He obviously had a reputation for doing all of these things that we’ve read about,” Chris Pronger said. “All I was hoping for was that he was going to stop the puck. He’s done a very good job of doing that. That other stuff can get blown out of proportion pretty easily.

“You obviously want to support a player who has come in here under a lot of scrutiny with a lot of eyeballs on him. He’s performed very well.”

It’s hard to mount an argument against that. Emery, who has posted a 9-3-1 record, is in the leaguewide Top 10 in both save percentage (.922) and goals against average (2.27). Longtime Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson joked yesterday that he hoped Emery hadn’t “worked on his game too much since he left here” because he was that good.

Off the ice, he has made a believer out of Flyers coach John Stevens.

“I laughed the other day [going to Buffalo], it was a record, he was on the plane before I was,” Stevens said. “I’ve been pleasantly surprised with who he is, how he conducts himself, how team-oriented and how hard he works. He’s really a quiet guy. You can almost say he’s shy at times. He has his own personality.”


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Protect The Players

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from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

‘People die every day. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t play the game.’ - Mike Milbury

It’s only been a week since I forever swore off the idea of addressing the National Hockey League’s unfathomable stance on hits from behind, blows to the head, running players into the boards and the kind of verbal tributes to the malicious nonsense that makes Mike Milbury a growing legend across Canada.

But given the fact that sarcasm is wasted on the young and, it would appear, the former general manager and coach of the New York Islanders, I’ll make this simple and straightforward:

Yes Mike, people do die every day - though fortunately for you the people beaten with their own shoes have a remarkable survival rate. Still the ultimate goal of a society and even most professional sports leagues is to try and keep as many people alive and relatively safe as humanly possible.


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Not The Reputation The Leafs Want

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from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

Have the Leafs gone soft all of a sudden?

“Any time you make it hard for the other team and make them not want to play you and be apprehensive every time they go into the corner, that’s the mentality you want to have,” Leafs defenceman Garnet Exelby said yesterday. “You want to (have teams) come to Toronto and hate playing here.

“We want that reputation spreading around the league.”

If any future opponent takes a good look at the game tape from Tuesday night, that reputation will be somewhat less daunting.

The Leafs lost countless battles for the puck and were far from the physical team that was promised and had delivered in the first handful of games this season.

The lack of physicality helped create a dreadful atmosphere at the Air Canada Centre, where fans were lulled into a comatose state by the pacificist effort.


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Morning Line- Part 2

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“Seeing the fans giving me the cheers when you’re stopping the easy long shot . . . it’s not a great feeling to get that from the home fans.  At the same time, they paid their money and they have their rights . . .”

-Columbus goaltender Steve Mason after losing to the Wings last night.  More on the game from Michael Arace at Puck-rakers.

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Morning Line

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“It’s individuals in charge of a team game. If you want to be individuals, go play tennis or golf. We live with it. It’s the rules, we play by them, but my view is you’re putting individuals in charge of a team game.”

-Colorado goaltender Craig Anderson on the shootout.  More on the Avalanche/Blackhawks game last night from Adrian Dater of All Thins Avs.

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Rangers Must React To Goalie Crashing

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

So Henrik Lundqvist, who may or may not return to net tonight at the Garden against Atlanta, says that the right thigh or groin injury he’s nursing was not sustained during the couple dozen times he’s been crashed into and knocked down in the crease.

Even if that is the case, however, the goaltender told The Post yesterday that the Rangers will have to begin retaliating in some manner if he continues to be a target of onrushing attackers.

“I don’t think it’s been as bad the last little while, but I know it’s been a lot more than last year, and if it continues, of course we have to stand up and respond,” The King said. “As long as we get calls, I don’t mind getting hit if we get power plays, but if we don’t get the calls, then we have to respond to it.”


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Columbus Needs To Buy Into The Hitchcock Plan

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Ken Htichcock after losing to the Wings 9-1 last night.

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The Mike Danton Interview

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from Garth Woolsey of the Toronto Star,

Believe him or not, this much we know for sure about Mike Danton: He was, and quite likely still is, one terribly messed-up individual.

That is the overriding impression left by the former St. Louis Blues forward in his supposedly tell-all interview with Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet, which aired in an hour-long special Wednesday night.

As much as Danton, now 29, presents himself as a man who has learned some life lessons the hard way and is finally approaching normalcy, one is left with the uneasy feeling he continues to delude himself, as well as those who might take his words at face value.


from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Mike Danton came across as calm, composed and factually challenged—some might even say delusional—in the much-awaited hour-long interview broadcast on Rogers Sporstnet last night that was supposed to tell his side of the story.

Danton told his story of how he went to prison for a muddled murder-for-hire attempt. He just didn’t tell the story.


added 8:36am, from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Then, when our cameraman and I shut off our cellphones, Danton told us he’d be leaving his on. Frost wanted to listen to our interview from the other end, so Danton dialled him, put the phone in his pocket and told us he was ready to begin. Never seen anyone else do that before or since. (Now I should point out that Danton was as polite as possible. He was friendly, smiling and answered all of our questions without any issue. Even when declining our footage request, there was no hint of rudeness.)

Things really spiralled out of control afterward.


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