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Flames Not Happy With How The Game Was Called

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from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

Head coach Mike Keenan’s stick was up high in the post-game presser, though. He was calm, but obviously upset about the lopsided calls.

“The question is, ‘Are they warranted,’ and then the next question is, ‘Are they penalty free for 40 minutes, the opposition, because that’s how the assessment was made,” said Keenan.

“I look down here,” he added, looking down at the game sheet, “and we’ve got four hooking penalties and they have none. I would say you would be hard-pressed to say they never took a hooking penalty tonight.”

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Having Fun In Phoenix

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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

They’re having fun in Phoenix. Not encumbered by weighty expectations, this is a team mixed with youthful energy and veteran personalities like captain Shane Doan. It’d be harder to find a looser dressing room than the Coyotes’....

The rookies have made an effort to respect to the veterans. It’s simple things, Turris explained, like letting the older players on the team plane first.

Tikhonov said he always allow the vets off the bus first and makes sure the rookies are the last to grab their hotel keys.

Small things, yes, but in the forming of team chemistry early in the season on one of the NHL’s youngest teams, it’s important.

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The DiPietro Watch

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from Greg Logan of Newsday,

“There’s going to come a point where we say, ‘It’s time to give it a test,’” Gordon said. “If [Saturday’s] the game, great. If not, then we’ll shoot for Thursday.”

As for DiPietro, he’s ready to play as soon as Gordon and the training staff give the go-ahead. “I’ve been doing whatever I can to get ready and get healthy, and I’m going to approach it like I’ve approached the last five days,” DiPietro said. “I’ll see how I feel [this] morning and go from there.”

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Rolston Injury Hurts Devils

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from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Hoping for the best, the Devils are more realistically bracing for the worst on Brian Rolston’s sprained right ankle.

“It depends how quickly he heals. It could be a few days, a few weeks, it could be a month. I don’t know,” coach Brent Sutter said yesterday about the Devils’ most expensive free-agent acquisition…

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It’s Nashville, Not Canada

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from Lindsay Rutledge of the Nashville Examiner,

Someone told me the other day that hockey season had started. Which meant little to me because this is Nashville, not Canada, and we’re in the middle of football season in the South.  Besides, hockey season is so long that we’re a week or so into the season and nothing noteworthy has happened.

Hockey players are a funny group.  There’s tall ones and short ones, fast ones and slow ones. But when you put skates, a sweater and pads on any of them, they are suddenly three inches taller and six inches wider.

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Are The Sabres Better Because They Are Tougher?

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Early in the 2008/09 season, the Buffalo Sabres have been one of the best teams in the league so far.  They have played four games and won each one.  They have scored 17 goals and allowed only 5 so far this season.  At this point in the season, they are playing better than any other team in the league.  There are several reasons for this.  Thomas Vanek, Ales Kotalik and Ryan Miller are playing extremely well.  All are probably playing the best hockey of their lives.  Another clear difference between this year’s Sabres and last year’s Sabres is that this Sabres team has been a tougher team.  The Sabres lead the NHL with 29.2 penalty minutes per game.  Last year, they had the sixth least penalty minutes in the league (12.2 PIMs per game).  Is this increased toughness one of the reasons for the Sabres improvement?

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Stars Need Better Performance From Their Veterans

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from Tracey Myers of the Star-Telegram,

Maybe Thursday ends up being the kick in the pants the Stars need. They also need their top players to play as such. Morrow and Ribeiro are a combined minus-10. Turco’s 4.59 goals-against average is near the bottom of the league.

“You have to rely on your leaders,” Tippett said. “They’ve established themselves in that role — Brenden, Turk, Richards, Ribeiro. There are going to be some bumps for the kids. But in the end, the ones who have to have the biggest impact haven’t.”

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Tight Economy Reflects On Kings Attendance

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Finally, the Kings have a team that’s worth watching.

Too bad they’ve accomplished this minor miracle just when the economy is at a low and the number of fans they alienated while bumbling to five consecutive non-playoff finishes is at a high.

Rows of empty seats and mutedly dark suites at Staples Center on Friday night during the Kings’ 4-3 overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes testified to the difficulty of selling a rebuilding project.

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The Barilko Curse

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from PRLog,

Want to own the one-of-a-kind piece of hockey memorabilia that played a part in ensuring the Toronto Maple Leafs a Stanley Cup win in 1962? Bill Barilko’s authentic 1951 Player of the Week Schaefer Cup will be auctioned off beginning tonight, October 17, 2008 at 9 p.m. EST for a special 10-day auction on auctionwire.com. Barilko’s Schaefer Cup comes with a rich and mysterious history that will delight any fan upon hearing!

Barilko’s disappearance in 1951, four months after shooting the winning Stanley Cup goal against the Montreal Canadiens, had fueled many superstitions as to the Leafs inability to regain the Stanley Cup in the years after his disappearance.

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‘Not Included’ In The Rule Book

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from P.J. Stock at the CBC Hockey Blog,

But you’d figure that when a rule book is written, it is written with rules for everyone to abide by. You would think that everyone on your team and all your peers in the league are judged on the same slate. Every individual in the NHL is equal and have to follow all these rules in this book….

It’s just that as the season goes on you discover that some players are more equal than others.

Here’s how I know. If you haven’t read the small print in the little National Hockey League Official Rules Book, at the bottom of each page it reads:

- Players on the fourth and fifth lines, fifth, sixth and seventh defencemen and players with a limited skill set like PJ Stock aren’t included in this booklet. Referees are free to call anything they want against these players, ignore anything that happens to them and of course laugh at them between whistles.

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