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Talking Skates

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from John McGourty of NHL.com,

This is the time of year when tens of thousands of hockey players will be buying new skates, so who better for advice on purchasing the right pair than Pittsburgh Penguins Equipment Manager Dana Heinze?

NHL.com: Dana, what is the first consideration in purchasing and fitting skates?

Heinze:  As a parent buying skates for a player at any level, take into consideration that there are a lot of brands and you are concerned with how that skate will perform for you. The key is what fits you best. There are so many good pairs of skates out there that it’s a matter of personal preference.

NHL.com: What is the proper way to break in a pair of skates?

Heinze: We fitted Matt Cooke this morning for a new pair of skates. He wore his previous skates for a long time. We had him custom-fitted, baked his skates for 2 1/2 minutes and then put them on his feet. At that time, we want the player to pull outward, not upward, on the laces because the boot is soft and there is a chance that you can pull the eyelets out if you pull upward.


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Bad Goal Of The Night

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Nicklas Backstrom from center ice scores on Henrik Lundqvist.

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Injuries Occur Due To Escalator Malfunction After Blues Game

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from Blythe Bernhard of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Thirteen people were hurt when a crowded escalator malfunctioned just after a Blues game at Scottrade Center ended Thursday night.

Witnesses said the down escalator near the Clark Street entrance of the arena suddenly sped up and then several of the front steps collapsed into one another, throwing riders forward.

“I fell down and people fell on top of me,” said Tim Peterson, 22, of Collinsville, who had been in the middle of the stairway.

After the speed up, the moving stairway came to a sudden halt, witnesses said. Some riders’ clothing got trapped in the steps.


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Pat Quinn Upset With ‘Dirty’ Play Of Iginla

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from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,

But really steaming Quinn’s bean was one particular play by Jarome Iginla. Early in the second period, the Flames captain had knocked out the feet of Sheldon Souray, then landed on top of the Oilers defenceman . . . all of which drove Souray’s face into the boards, cutting him and concussing him.

Later, Iginla did answer the bell — accepting the straight-up challenge from Ethan Moreau (and even letting the Oilers captain regain his feet after he’d fallen down).

Not near enough, according to Quinn.

Not even close.

“That’s not addressing it,” huffed Quinn. “In the era I come from, you’re supposed to do dirt with dirt. You don’t give him honour (by offering to fight him fair and square). Why would you give a man honour for that kind of a play? He honoured him with a fistfight.”

read on

added 10:57am, from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

While his own coach is taking a long-term approach to re-shaping Jarome Iginla’s game, Edmonton Oilers head coach Pat Quinn is in favour of a much quicker makeover.

And he could care less about the way Iginla plays.

Iginla took out Oilers defenceman Sheldon Souray’s feet as the two went into the corner, then landed hard on top of him.

The play was out of character for Iginla, but it was surely the dirty kind of move that — had Daniel Carcillo or Jordan Tootoo done it — would be routinely called “chicken-bleep” by those around the game.

“It was a freaky play — I definitely didn’t mean to do it,” he said.


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Wild Were Not Ready To Play In Loss To Kings

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from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Martin Havlat was a minus-3 in 3:07 of ice time in the first period. His first three shifts against resulted in goals against, including his first shift after being benched for more than seven minutes.

Asked about Havlat, coach Todd Richards said, “There were just some guys that weren’t ready to show up. The way that the game went, it’s about doing the right things. You have to be committed to playing in your own zone, and we had some guys that just weren’t ready for that.”


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Theo Fleury Tells All

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Theo Fleury is ready to tell the world what many suspected for years: He was sexually abused by Graham James.

The Sun has learned the explosive revelation is detailed in his tell-all book, Playing with Fire, which will be released next week.

Fleury will join Sheldon Kennedy as the second player to go public with the sort of allegations that led to a 31/2-year prison sentence for the disgraced junior hockey coach after Kennedy stepped forward in the fall of 1996, telling police he was abused more than 350 times.


from Garth Woolsey of the Toronto Star,

While the 5-foot-6 forward has scaled the heights of hockey stardom, including a Stanley Cup triumph with the Calgary Flames and an Olympic medal with Canada’s national team, he has also plumbed the depths of depravity and addiction.

“I think that people have to understand why. What it was that made me do what I did,” he says in an advance quote he reportedly gave to the U.S. publisher of his new tell-all book Playing With Fire, due to be released on Wednesday.

“I knew I was crazy insane and so did everyone else,” writes Fleury, 41, who finally packed in his pro playing career on Sept. 28, after a failed comeback attempt with the Flames that captivated hockey fans everywhere.

“I didn’t hang out on the surface. I would go five, six, seven, eight levels below the streets of New York and party with people I didn’t know. Freaks, transvestites, all kinds of shady people,” he writes, with reference to his time with the New York Rangers, who employed him for three seasons, 1999-2002.

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Pre-orders of ‘Playing With Fire’ are being taken at Amazon.com (affiliate link).

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The Latest From The Dean Warren Hearing

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from Robert Cribb of the Toronto Star,

Prior to Walkom’s term as director of officiating, all officials were given as many as 20 game assessments, written by supervisors attending their games over the course of a season, Warren’s lawyers said.

Since Walkom’s appointment to the director’s position, officials have been given only a mid-season performance review and, in some cases, an end-of-season review, according to officials interviewed by the Star and testimony in the hearing.

“It’s like they’re running a dictatorship where they don’t have to be accountable for their actions,” said Dave Newell, former NHL official and officiating supervisor until three years ago when he was fired by Walkom for reasons he said were never provided by the league.

During that time, he said his own assessments of Warren’s abilities were “99 per cent extremely positive.”

“I hate to see what they’re doing to him. I know, because they did it to me.”


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Bruins Still Looking For Their Game

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Geez, talk about getting ahead of the curve. The Bruins lost only six times on Garden ice last season, their best record on Causeway Street in a quarter-century, en route to finishing first in the Eastern Conference and winning back a lot of lost love in the Hub of Hockey.

This year?

Don’t ask. Don’t tell. Don’t look.

For the second time in three home games, the Bruins last night rolled out their “D’’ game, looking mostly “dull,’’ quite often “disinterested,’’ sometimes almost comically “discombobulated’’ in an embarrassing 6-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.


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It Appears Chicago Should Have Beat Detroit Last Night

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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

We had puck possession time, quality chances, we had zone time,” Quenneville said. “The only place we got beat tonight was on the board.”...

“I don’t know how the media perceives it, we don’t think there’s a gap,” said Versteeg, whose power play goal pulled the Blackhawks within one in the third period. “We think we’re right there with every team in the league. But we’re not the only team that thinks that.”...

“This was a good opportunity to take down a great team,” Sharp said. “I think we let one slip away here.”


added 8:50am, The key moment of the game- Wings kill a long 5 on 3.

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The End Of The Penguins/Flyers Game Tonight

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Then in the post-game, Kris Letang asked what happened and he states “go ask Hartnell”.

Watch that video below…

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