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Kerry Fraser On Datsyuk’s No Goal

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

I have stated in previous columns that Carey Price is without question, the very best goalkeeper in the NHL at utilizing rule 69 to his advantage whenever an attacking player enters the blue paint. The snow from Abdelkader's stopping action was the first indicator for Price that his territory was about to become violated. Price immediately pushed forward with his left skate/pad toward the top of the right side crease where the Detroit forward was attacking. Abdelkader's forward momentum (stick and body) initiated contact with Price. The Habs' goalie reached and 'hugged' the leg of the crease violator that resulted in a positional 'turn' from the impending shot by Datsyuk.

Both of these actions and resulting contact between Abdelkader and Price violated the language of 69.3. When the puck slid past Price and into the net he was turned toward the referee with his hands raised; a clear indication to the referee that interference had been committed.

I would like to see the referees make this call on a consistent basis in the way that referee Kimmerly did. The onus is on the attacking player to stop short of the goal crease and not make contact with the goalkeeper; incidental or otherwise. In the case of Carey Price's crease, I would advise attacking players to stay well clear of his paint.

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NHL Postpones Leafs/Senators Game Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK/TORONTO (October 22, 2014) – The game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, scheduled for tonight at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, has been postponed, the National Hockey League announced today.

The date and time of the rescheduled game will be announced at a later date.

The National Hockey League wishes to express its sympathy and prayers to all affected by the tragic events in Ottawa.


added 1:54pm,

Statement from the Toronton Maple Leafs

“The Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of all affected by the tragic events in downtown Ottawa today. The Club supports the National Hockey League’s decision to postpone tonight’s scheduled meeting with the Ottawa Senators.

We have been witness today to some terrible events but are thankful to those brave men and women for their tireless service in protecting everyone’s safety.”

added 1:58pm, Ottawa Senators statement is below...

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Trade Options For The Detroit Red Wings

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com who answers some questions from fans...

They've been targeting defensemen since the summer and I wouldn't count on general manager Ken Holland stopping until he gets one. They wanted Dan Boyle, but he went to the New York Rangers. Christian Ehrhoff was another one, but he went to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Now it's going to have to happen in a trade, and you've probably heard Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers come up in rumors with the Red Wings. TSN's Bob McKenzie and Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman recently reported the Red Wings interest in Myers....

Detroit has other prospects that should interest most teams, including forward Landon Ferraro, defenseman Ryan Sproul, Xavier Ouellet and Alexey Marchenko, and goalie Petr Mrazek. Myers could cost the Red Wings one, two or even three of those players, plus draft picks, but the Sabres might not go for that.

Either way, the Red Wings need a right-handed shooting defenseman, but they also need to be careful about what they pay to get one.

more on the trade talk plus Avs, Jets and other topics too....

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The Detroit Red Wings Are Talking Instead Of Practicing

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

added 12:53pm, Mike Babcock talks about reasoning for the meeting today instead of practice.

Watch below...

Babcock also says Howard in goal tomorrow per numerous reports.

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The New Look Nashville Predators

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

I still think the Nashville Predators are bound to come back to earth following their hot start to the season -- one that has them with the surprising lead in the stacked Central Division -- but the Preds secured another win Tuesday night, downing the Arizona Coyotes 4-3. New coach Peter Laviolette might have revitalized this team with a needed change in message, but Tuesday's win also underscored some key offseason moves by general manager David Poile.

more on the Preds plus Burnside on the Canucks and Islanders, Custance on Chicago's goalies and LeBrun on the Lightning...

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The Star Player And Barry Trotz

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

We’re still in the honeymoon of this relationship, with the Capitals unbeaten at 3-0-2 as they open their three-game Western Canadian swing against the Edmonton Oilers tonight. Yet it seemed fitting to ask Trotz, Washington’s fifth head coach since Ovechkin entered the league in 2005, how he plans to get the 51 goals out of his superstar winger, but shore up the minus-35 defensive rating.

“Dominik Hasek used to say, a star player starts each year at minus-10,” began the coach, referring to the desperate situations near the end of games, when a team goes all out to score and so often gives a goal up. Or the fact that the best players face the best competition, and thus, are bound to surrender more goals than someone playing against the other team’s fourth line.

“So star players start out at minus-10. How (Ovechkin) got the other minus-25, I’m not quite sure,” Trotz said with a laugh. “There are some things in his game that he is committed to change. Not all of (his deficiencies) were Alex’s fault. Some of the things he was asked to do, it probably took away from him defensively. The player that I know has been very good in all those areas.”

Normally in a column about Ovechkin and his Washington Capitals, it’s right around now where one points out that nothing this club does in the regular season matters anymore. 

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Slava Voynov’s Attorney Says There Was No Crime

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

The lawyer for Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov said he interviewed the victim of Voynov’s alleged domestic abuse incident for more than an hour Tuesday and, “it’s clear to me there was no crime here,” and doubts his client will even be charged with an offense.

Craig Renetzky, a criminal lawyer who is representing Voynov in the matter, said the language barrier, both on the part of Voynov and the alleged victim, has created a misunderstanding and that the victim’s injuries that caused her to be hospitalized were the result of an accident. Voynov was arrested early Monday morning at a Los Angeles area hospital after staff at the hospital notified police of a possible domestic abuse case. Voynov was immediately suspended indefinitely by the NHL, but has yet to be charged with anything pending a police investigation.

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COMEBACKS, OVERTIMES HIGHLIGHT TUESDAY’S GAMES
Of the 10 games contested Tuesday:
 
* Seven saw a team overcome a deficit at any point in the game to pick up a win (BOS, NYR, TOR, MTL, NSH, FLA, TBL).
 
* Six were tied or within one goal entering the third period (SJS-BOS, NYR-NJD, DET-MTL, ARI-NSH, FLA-COL, TBL-CGY).
 
* Five featured a third-period comeback that eventually led to a win (BOS, NYR, MTL, NSH, TBL).
 
* Five went past regulation, including four that were decided in overtime (NYR-NJD, MTL-DET, FLA-COL, TBL-CGY).
 
* Two saw a tying goal scored in the final five minutes of regulation (DET-MTL, TBL-CGY). Both clubs that tied the game (MTL, TBL) went on to win their respective contests.

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How’s John Tortorella And Other Ex-Coaches

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Duthie of TSN,

I get asked about Tortorella more than anyone else. He is the poster boy for how opposite a personality a man can have when he isn't in front of the microphones every night defending his power play. When he was at TSN, Torts was church-boy polite. Shy almost. He would struggle not to doze off during the double-headers because his usual bedtime is 9pm. Our top-ten lists show the one or two short clips when he got angry on the panel, ripping Sean Avery and The Quiz. The endless replays of those brief soundbites warp everyone's memory of the five months Torts spent with us. Reality is, he was mostly calm and quiet (to a fault for television), and said almost nothing controversial. Then he got the back behind the bench in New York, and later Vancouver, and...well we all watched it.

I checked in on Torts this week. He sounds happy (if you can actually "sound" something in a few texts), spending most of his time keeping up with the careers of his two grown children, and working with his wife on animal welfare causes (they have a house full of rescued dogs). I tried to ask a couple of hockey questions, but he chose not to answer, opting instead to just ask about my kids...and dogs. Wounds still too fresh, I assume.

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NHL Broadcast Battle In Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the CP at CBC,

Two of Canada's largest sports broadcasters are facing off over whose customers get free access to exclusive NHL content.

Bell TV says that the GamePlus mobile app should be made available for free to all NHL GameCentre Live subscribers, not just those who are customers of Rogers Communications.

Bell makes the demand in a filing to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

The owner of TSN and other businesses that compete with Rogers says that CRTC rules prohibit its Toronto-based rival from giving its own customers preferential access to the GamePlus mobile app.

Bell argues that GamePlus is being made exclusively available to Rogers mobile and home Internet customers, providing them with features such as on-ice camera angles from NHL hockey games broadcast under a 12-year agreement.

Rogers has until Nov. 20 to respond formally to the complaint.

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