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Defense Creating Offense in Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Tampa Tribune,

It took Lightning defensemen 36 games last season to reach double figures in goals scored. It took them half as long, 18 games, to reach 10 goals collectively this season.

And that’s with 20-goal scorer Dan Boyle (left wrist surgery) out for all but four games.

What’s happened, with Boyle out of the picture, is that Coach John Tortorella’s blue liners have begun to become more conscious of trying to help scoring opportunities when they’re available.

“If you’re asking your forwards to play on the other side of the puck defensively,” Tortorella said Friday, “we ask our defensemen to play on the other side of the puck, offensively. We feel like we have the people. It’s just a matter of willingness to get up the ice and make it happen.”

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  Tags: john+tortorella, tampa+bay+lightning

The Battle Of…?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Star,

They are the games that get fans talking. The ones circled on the calendar as soon as the schedule comes out. The game that proves your team is – once and for all – better than your team’s bitter rival, until at least the two meet again.

Like when the Leafs face the Ottawa Senators in the Battle of Ontario or when Calgary faces their provincial rivals in Edmonton.

If you could pit one rivalry against another, which one would come out on top?

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  Tags: calgary+flames, edmonton+oilers, ottawa+senators, rivalries, toronto+maple+leafs

Bryzgalov Claimed By Phoenix

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The Phoenix Coyotes have claimed goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov off the waiver wire on Saturday and will likely get the start in goal tonight when the Coyotes visit the LA Kings.

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, ilya+bryzgalov, phoenix+coyotes, waivers

Getting Ovechkin Signed

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Scott Morrison at Sun Media,

Where exactly the Washington Capitals are in their negotiations with star Alexander Ovechkin, general manager George McPhee is not saying. He wants to keep contract talks as private as possible to avoid the daily questions and potential distractions. The Caps have enough on their plates on the ice, without any off-ice issues.

Bottom line is McPhee simply has to find a way to sign his star, who potentially could become an unrestricted free agent in the summer, but the Caps are not likely to let that happen

more…

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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, washington+capitals

Oilers Plan to Rush the Net

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Edmonton Journal,

Dustin Penner has been setting up shop in front of the net when the Oilers have had the man advantage, but he hasn’t been able to bang one in. He has one goal in his last 10 games.

“We need those to start going in for us,” MacTavish said. “We need that efficiency around the net.”

“It’s a matter of getting more hungry for the pucks, more tenacious,” said Penner. “You just have to have the mentality that the next shot is going in, that you’re due.”

more…

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  Tags: craig+mactavish, dustin+penner, edmonton+oilers

Slight Delay Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Sorry for the posting delay today.  We had an issue with a software upgrade but all should be fine now.

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Leafs Still Believe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Star,

Yes, the Maple Leafs have lost their last three games.

Yes, the players acknowledge the quotient of fans abandoning all hope is growing exponentially with every loss.

No, the team is not giving up.

“You fight through the adversity you face,” said an impassioned Leafs head coach Paul Maurice.

“You’re going to have to believe during those times when nobody else will, when (critics) will look at the last two months and tie them into the last 41 years and say: `Well, things haven’t changed.’

more

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  Tags: paul+maurice, toronto+maple+leafs

Using Hockey To Teach Those Kids Many Things In Life

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Joe Juneau making a difference….

I recommend watching both videos… 1 then 2

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  Tags: joe+juneau, kids

Numbers Don’t Lie

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Sam McCaig at THN,

Numbers don’t lie.
1.  Montreal, at 10-4-3, is tied with Colorado for the third-best winning percentage in the league (.676). Not bad for a team The Hockey News predicted would finish 13th in the Eastern Conference this season. The New Jersey Devils, at 7-9-2, were holding down 13th in the East through Nov. 15.

2.  Buffalo, at 6-10-1, is 29th in the league in winning percentage (.382), ahead of only Washington (6-11-1, .361). And have you heard this one about Buffalo? They haven’t scored the first goal in 14 consecutive games;

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Gerber is #1

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Chris Yzerman at CP via Yahoo,

The confidence of goaltender Martin Gerber is also sky high and, after a difficult first season in Canada’s capital, the 33-year-old has emerged as the surprise No. 1 netminder on the NHL’s hottest club out of the gate.

“I think we’ve had a good thing going since training camp started as a team and kept really building from it. Personally, I got my game back and feel more comfortable in there,” says the 33-year-old native of Burgdorf, Switzerland, who will be in goal Saturday when the Senators visit the Air Canada Centre to face the Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m. ET).

With a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night, Gerber recorded his league-leading 12th victory of the season against just one defeat.

more… on Gerber’s career rebound

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  Tags: goalies, martin+gerber, ottawa+senators

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