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More Slapping Than Fighting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,

Alexander Semin engaged in his first career fight tonight with Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, who had two small scratches under his right eye after the encounter. And for those of you who weren’t watching the game, check out the first video. Descriptions of Semin’s punches toward the end of the fight ranged from him playing the bongos to him looking like Energizer Bunny beating a drum….

go watch the video…

added 9:13am, On Frozen Blog comes up with the perfect Headline- “Alexander Semin Fights Scut Farkus”.  Visit OFB to see the comparison.

 

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  Tags: alexander+semin, marc+staal

Signs Of A Trade?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

Could some members of the Maple Leafs be fitted for a new jacket of the blue variety?

The Columbus Blue Jackets have had scouts shadowing several teams lately, and had two at the game Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre between the Leafs and Buffalo Sabres.

Nik Antropov and defenceman Pavel Kubina are said to interest Jackets general manager Scott Howson. And you have to figure Leafs GM Brian Burke, now just over a month on the job, is dying to make a deal. Burke apparently has told the Jackets that he gladly will move players with contracts to get draft picks in return.

Columbus also has a big interest in New York Islanders centre Doug Weight, who said last week he does not want to be a rental again.

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Enough Of The Goal Celebration At The Bench

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from Damien Cox of the Spin,

Where in the world did this dopey tradition of a parade to the bench for high fives all around after every goal begin?

It’s childish. Watching NHL players do it like they were peewee players is laughable. What ever happened to the great tradition of the game in which a goal was scored, there would be a celebration near the net, and then they’d just line up and drop the puck again?

Having teams skate right in front of the opponents bench after a goal is simply taunting on a team-wide scale. Moreover, in a heated game, you’re just asking for trouble. Basically, you’re allowing teams to celebrate twice - once in a little hug session, once with a fly-by for high fives at their bench.

a bit more in regards to the WJC…

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As If I Had A Choice

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Just got finished watching the game, at 0900 EST.  DVR’d that bad boy and glad I did. Sorta.

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Messier Wants To Work

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Understand. Messier is not campaigning for anyone’s job. He is not suggesting he should be the next GM. He is not suggesting he should be the next head coach. He is, however, suggesting he’s ready to get to work, and certainly would prefer to get to work for the Rangers.

“It’s hard to say what I would or would not do; to me, it’s a matter of finding the best way for me to contribute,” Messier said. “In the past, I’ve talked about what my wish list might be in establishing a vision for a franchise, but it’s a completely different discussion now that I’m ready to jump into the fray.”

This is no surprise to Glen Sather, for Slap Shots has learned the GM and Messier had a lengthy discussion on the topic last June in Ottawa before the Entry Draft. There’s been no job offer since.

read on

One suggestion Mark, stop talking about getting to work and just do it.

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  Tags: mark+messier

World Junior Hockey SemiFinals

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The World Junior Hockey Championships semi-finals have just been played.  A summary of the quarter-finals is here and the preliminary round is here.

The semi-finals pitted Sweden against Slovakia and Canada against Russia.

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Ailing Power Play Hurting Rangers

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from Stan Fischler of Game On,

What’s the problem, is the question of the day, week or month. MSG’s Joe Micheletti was asked about it on “Hockey Night Live” after the loss in D.C.

“The power play is powerless,” Joe M explained. “The Rangers had three power play chances and had (virtually) no chances to score.”

Make no mistake, it was a game in the Nation’s Capital in which the Blueshirts often played hard but not hard enough when they enjoyed the man advantage.

And if there was one plus that the locals got out of it, Petr Prucha supplied same with the game’s first goal. The ever-hustling Czech converted a Dubinsky-Zherdev play at 10:04 of the second period, putting the Blueshirts ahead, 1-0.

more

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We’ve Seen This Before

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Pavel Datsyuk with with a shootout goal tonight against Josh Harding of the Wild.

Watch below the breakaway goal Datsyuk scored against Turco a few years ago and the one agains Vokoun too, plus another video of tonight’s goal.

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Canada Comeback

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The Drive For Five is alive and well.

Jordan Eberle scored two goals and the shootout winner to end another classic showdown as Canada edged Russia 6-5 in their semifinal game at the World Junior Hockey Championship.

With the win, Canada advances to Monday’s gold medal final and faces Sweden for the second year in a row.

continued

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I Tried.  I Just Can’t Do It.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

For Gramps, I almost made this a Dylan Live Blog.

But Bob Dylan’s voice makes me want to set myself on fire.  And I’m not in the mood to burn just yet. Sorry Gramps. And I even considered Pat Donohue for you, but I couldn’t make that work either.  Just know the effort was made.

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