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Four Games For Ohlund

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Mattias Ohlund has been suspended for four games, without pay, as a result of a slashing incident during NHL game #277 against the Minnesota Wild, Nov. 16.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Ohlund will forfeit $74,866.32. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 16:06 of the third period when Ohlund struck Minnesota player Mikko Koivu with a slash. He was assessed a slashing major and game misconduct. Koivu suffered a broken bone in his left leg on the play.

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  Tags: mattias+ohlund, suspension, vancouver+canucks

Rene Bourque Out With Broken Thumb

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via the Chicago Blackhawks,

Blackhawks forward Rene Bourque suffered a broken thumb in last night’s 5-3 win over the Red Wings in Detroit. He is expected to be out of the Blackhawks lineup anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks.

Bourque suffered the injury while blocking a shot last night in the third period. Bourque scored two goals in last night’s game, both of the shorthanded variety, and added an assist before injuring his thumb. Bourque has scored three goals this season, all shorthanded, while adding five assists for eight points in 16 games.

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, injuries, rene+bourque

Scoring In the East

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from Terry Frei at ESPN,

So far this season, something has jumped out with each look at the list of NHL scoring leaders.

A vast majority of the names near the top play in the Eastern Conference.

Fifteen of the top 20 are from the East Conference.

Not surprisingly, the goal-scoring list reflects the same imbalance. It’s not an early season anomaly, either. It’s the continuation of a pattern.

read on

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It Is Sunday, Time To Breakdown The Rumor Talk

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Spector has all the trade and rumor talk and why they may or may not happen.

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  Tags: hockey+rumors

Old-Time Hockey

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Game recaps are avoided at KK, but every so often, games like this need to be mentioned…

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

You want shots? Pencil in 52 by the Canadiens and 36 by the Bruins, even though Boston held a 20-15 margin in shots in the first period.

You want tempers boiling over as they did in “old-time hockey”? At one point in the third period, there were eight players (four by the Canadiens) in the penalty box.

You want fights?

They were there in bunches ... particularly when the Habs put the game out of reach in the third period….

more

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  Tags: boston+bruins, montreal+canadiens

Still Talking About Rinkside View

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from Erin Nicks at the Ottawa Sun,

That’s what made this FSN broadcast all the more enjoyable, because the lack of irrelevant chatter from a two- or three-piece media team allowed the game to stand on its own merit.

The crowd was engaged, the players were chirping and all necessary information was conveyed with a simple graphic.

There was the occasional vignette during timeouts, where a commentator would provide some inside information on the teams (think along the lines of the pay-per-view segments), but that’s the only time the media made their presence known.

more

In case you missed the previous discussion on this topic, start here and video is included…

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, fsn, los+angeles+kings, media

Three Games On Tap

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Note the start time for the NHL games today.

For TV coverage, check the NHL schedule.

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  Tags: nhl+schedule

Hard To Trade Murray

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from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,

For those fans anxious to see the Bruins deal away the unproductive Glen Murray, don’t get your hopes too high.

For one thing, Murray has trade restrictions in his $4.15 million-a-year contract, which doesn’t expire until after next season. If there’s not an outright no-trade clause, which can’t be confirmed, then there’s at least something that limits the cities to which Murray can be sent.

Secondly, the struggling forward is 35 years old, and the market for him is limited.

continued

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  Tags: boston+bruins, glen+murray

Looking For His Name On The Cup

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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

Remember Don Awrey, who played 128 of his 979 NHL games with the Canadiens?...

I mention Awrey now because he was on the telephone several days ago inquiring how to go about what he termed to “right a wrong.” What was wrong was that even though he appeared in most of the regular-season games during the Canadiens’ first of four consecutive Stanley Cups in 1975-76, he wasn’t dressed in the playoffs because of a knee injury. Result: the next time you read the names on the Cup for that year, you won’t find Awrey’s name on it because league rules at the time called for a player to appear in at least one playoff game in order to have his name on it.

read on

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  Tags: don+awrey, montreal+canadiens

One Vote For Bigger Nets

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from Jason Kay of the Hockey News,

We’ve heard the all the arguments – the record book would be rendered moot; that it would be too drastic a change. We don’t buy it. The record book has been impacted by a plethora of amendments over the years, both organic and legislated, and increasing the size of the net would be no different.

As for it being too drastic, we aren’t talking soccer-sized goals, just a few inches wider or taller, or both. Will coaches try to become even more defense-oriented to protect a larger cage? Perhaps, but we’re surmising that goals would beget goals. Fall behind 2-0 early on shots that maybe wouldn’t have gone in on a smaller net and, as a coach, you’re forced to alter your strategy and take more risks.

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  Tags: goaltending, hockey+nets

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