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Tortorella Frustrated

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Erik Erlendsson at The Tampa Tribune,

After the game, Lightning coach John Tortorella didn’t hide his frustration with his team’s play in an expletive-laden, two-answer session with the media.

‘We were undisciplined, but up until then we had one player play, our goalie,’ Tortorella said. ‘Our goalie gives us a chance after two periods and we can’t put 20 minutes of disciplined hard hockey together, so we’re not even close tonight, not even close, so we don’t deserve anything. We spent more time looking at referees for calls ... moaning about it instead of playing, so we don’t deserve to win tonight.

‘It’s very frustrating to see one guy show up tonight and play, and that’s our goalie. That’s it.’

more… (*Lightning have lost all 4 of their road games this season)

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Ovechkin a Mentor

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mark Zwolinski at the Toronto Star,

Alex Ovechkin has become many things in Washington: a celebrity, a millionaire and a hero.  Now he’s a mentor and role model.

The 22-year-old has opened up his home to newcomer Nicklas Backstrom, and is helping the Swedish rookie adapt to hockey and life in the U.S. capital.

“I remember being a rookie and Dainius Zubrus, he helped me, so I wanted to give back the way Dainius did for me,” said Ovechkin, whose two goals lifted the Capitals to a 7-1 win over the Leafs at the Air Canada Centre.

“OV (Ovechkin) has been very good for Nicklas, he takes him all over and kind of shows him around,” Capitals coach Glen Hanlon said. “Dainius was great with him, and now it hasn’t taken him long to reciprocate.”

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Not…Gonna…Happen

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Would you like me to prepare a list of the reasons why Peter Forsberg will never wear a Wing jersey? I can if you want. It’s not rocket science, or even basic geometry—which I failed. It’s pure logic.  Naturally, the same brand of logic can’t be applied to our Diggers. 

Yes, Forsberg appears ready to play for Team Sweden in one of the 73 international competitions scheduled over the course of the next 81 days.  Yes, he’s probably healthy.  Yes, I admit, he’d be a fine addition to a team in (not quite as serious) need of offense.

But, there’s no chance in hell.  None.

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Jagr Shows Teeth

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Larry Brooks at the NYP,

“After Saturday, Jaromir and I sat in the locker room until 12 o’clock, talking about changing the power play, and then [Sunday] we practiced it,” said Shanahan. “Jaromir really takes it personally, being here, and winning.”

Lundqvist was outstanding again. Ryan Hollweg had a mighty fine game going up and down the wing. Chris Drury was more involved in the action than he’d been since the opener. The defense played a simple game. The Rangers got pucks in and pucks out and Jagr got a puck in the mouth.

Someone wanted to know whether Jagr lost his original teeth.

“A gentleman never tells,” he said, with a Jack-o-Lantern grin. “But I think if I paid $20,000 for them, they’re mine.”

more…

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Groundhog Day in Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Damien Cox at the Toronto Star,

Folks, something is going to have to give here. Whether it’s a big trade or a management shakeup, it seems unthinkable that even MLSE and its barely engaged board of directors will simply allow another season to limp along with two wins here, a couple of blowout losses there, an overtime triumph and then a couple more defeats.

This is the last two non-playoff seasons being played over again one more time. This is Groundhog Day, the hockey version.

It was the fifth time in nine home games the Leafs have allowed five goals or more to the opposition, an outrageous record. They’ve only acquired eight of a possible 18 points so far at the ACC, a home mark that will guarantee another missed invitation to the Stanley Cup playoffs if it doesn’t turn around dramatically. That’s not an opinion. It’s a fact.

more…

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Welcome To The Hank Show

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Prediction:  Henrik Zetterbergs point streak ends tonite.  Oh, you can take that to the bank brother. How could it not?  Hockey hasn’t seen a 24-hour period of hype for one player since Fitzpatrick-gate.  Check the three Detroit Digger Dailies and what do you see? Zeta-fest.  The Edmonton Sun and Journal? All Hank.

Of course, it started in Toronto; as Canadian law dictates it had to. 

Eric Duhatschek wrote yesterday that Zetterberg “may” be the best in the league. James Mirtle agreed soon after, and not so tactfully reminded me via email that he predicted a better season for the future captain than I did.

What follows is a look at the morning in Hank’s World.

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Kansas Ready for a Fight

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jeffrey Flanagan at the Kansas City Star,

If Kansas City does indeed ever land an NHL team, keep this in mind: The game has changed, and not necessarily for the better.

As enforcement of the instigator penalty has grown stricter in the NHL — the punishment is a minor penalty, a major penalty and a 10-minute misconduct — old-fashioned street brawls on the ice have all but vanished. And so has much of the game’s personality.

“Let’s face it: Fans do like to see the fighting,” said former Blades broadcaster Bob Kaser. “When you think about, what gets the crowd going more? Is it an end-to-end goal or is it seeing one of your team’s enforcers going at it with someone on the other team? It’s the fighting that gets the crowd on its feet in anticipation.

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Hitting Along the Boards

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Al Strachan at FoxSports,

So players routinely hit people along the boards, knowing full well that if they don’t, they could lose their jobs. As long as the opponent is not facing the glass, that’s usually not a problem.

But in many of these instances where players are being hurt, the victim turns to the boards at the last millisecond when it’s too late for the checker to stop his forward motion. The other variation is that a player — partly facing the boards — sees the checker coming and, in an attempt to absorb the blow, starts to bend towards a fetal position. He puts his head down — the worst possible course of action. When he gets hit, his face goes into the dasher.

What should the league do in these cases? To the casual fan, it appears to be a simple case. A player got whacked into the boards and is lying there hurt. Hand out a major and subsequently a suspension.

But on closer examination, it appears that there’s not much else the checker could do.

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*This subject also addressed earlier today by Spector at FoxSports, and linked here on KK

 

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NHL Teleconference - Chicago’s Toews and Kane

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Today, Chicago Blackhawks’ players Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and their coach Denis Savard, were all made available for an NHL teleconference.

The complete transcript is available below.

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, denis+savard, jonathan+toews, patrick+kane

Willie Mitchell Not Pleased with Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via the Globe & Mail,

Defenceman Willie Mitchell chose his words carefully but it was clear Monday he was annoyed by the public criticism directed at him by coach Alain Vigneault following the Vancouver Canucks’ loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

Some things should stay in the dressing room, Mitchell said.

“If people are unhappy with things, (as a) player you’d like to have that addressed,” he said. “You don’t like to hear about it through the media most of the time. That’s his way of motivating I guess.”

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  Tags: alain+vigneaul, vancouver+canucks, willie+mitchell

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