Angus here - Boogaard link has been fixed. Sorry for that. Kaberle trade thoughts up soon. First thought - I feel bad for Montreal's salary cap guy.

 

The Habs landed a roommate for Scott Gomez. They got fellow overpaid bust Tomas Kaberle from the Hurricanes for Spacek. Angus will give you the lowdown on that trade later today. But at a glance, I like Kaberle's passing game clicking with Subban's shot. He didn't fit as well on a roster that already had several offensive options. I think he's lost most of his game, but I think he can still be a 40-point player and positively boost Subban. Kirk Muller clearly enjoys Jamie McBain and what he can do - so he has pretty much passed the reins over to him. ~ Dobber

 

A classic Steve Ott game last night - one point, three hits, 12 PIM, and seven faceoff wins. An underrated multi-category star.

 

Nick Johnson and Casey Wellman both saw increased roles with Setoguchi out. Johnson had two assists, while Wellman played almost 18 minutes.

 

Matt Hackett's shutout streak was stopped at just over 100 minutes after the Kings scored in the third period. Not a bad first couple of NHL games....

 

Stefan Elliott played only 14 minutes last night as the Avalanche dressed seven defensemen. He impressed me a lot on Tuesday night with his mobility and decision making.

 

This Derek Boogaard piece from the New York Times is both the best and saddest thing I have read all year. If you have 20 minutes to spare, I’d recommend you check it out.

 

After winning what seemed like 100 straight games, the Bruins have lost consecutive games. Florida shut them out last night, as Jose Theodore stopped all 40 shots he faced.

 

Versteeg, Weiss, and Fleischmann continue to be one of the league’s best lines. Kulikov continues to be one of the most surprising defensemen this year, and Tomas Kopecky continues to be mister everything for the Panthers.

 

Kopecky’s production isn’t getting him a lot of press, but is doing everything – playing wing, center, forechecking, back checking, hitting, and generating chances.

 

Mikael Samuelsson finally made his Florida debut. Pointless in nine minutes of ice time.

 

Ed Jovanovski is on pace for about 15 points. Don’t worry Florida fans, he’ll have three more years to prove himself after this one.

 

Milan Michalek is making a strong case for his removal from the band-aid boys list. Michalek  scored again last night, and is still on pace for well over 40 goals.

 

Adam Henrique’s stat line is impressive to say the least – two points, 25 minutes of ice time total, with almost four on both the power play and penalty kill. Oh, and he scored the shootout winner.

 

Parise and Kovalchuk combined for three points and a whopping 13 shots on goal.

 

Only one point for Claude Giroux last night. Dissapointing….

 

The ironman streak for Martin St. Louis was stopped at 499 games after he missed last night’s game with facial injuries he sustained in a morning practice.

 

Artem Anisimov had a controversial goal celebration that set off a melee which produced 36 PIM for all players involved. Video below.

 

Forwards who played more than Steve Downie last night – Tom Pyatt, Ryan Shannon, and Teddy Purcell. Downie left the bench to join in…. he’ll likely hear from Shanaban tomorrow.

 

The Lightning are going to release Brett Connolly to join Canada at the World Juniors.

 

Marian Hossa scored his 400th career goal last night. Didn’t realize he had that many – should be a lock for 500 during the next three to five seasons. Hossa also added two helpers. His talent gets buried a bit in Chicago, but he’s one of the best forwards in the league (when he wants to be).

 

Brian Rolston played PP1 for the Isles last night. He generated seven shots on goal, but ended up without any points.

 

The Red Wings put up five goals on Phoenix in the first period alone last night. Mike Smith was chased after allowing four on 11 shots.

 

Kyle Turris has zero points in five games for the Coyotes.

 

After recording two helpers last night, Datsyuk has seven points in his last five games.

 

Jakub Kindl has four points in his last six games. He is still seeing bottom pairing minutes, but he is finding a way to get on the score sheet.

 

Why was Crosby sitting out last night? Not from the Kunitz knee, but likely from an elbow from David Krejci. Mike Colligan has more.

 

Watched the Montreal/Vancouver game last night – one of the first Montreal games I have managed to watch from start to finish this season.

 

Lars Eller had a very good game. He took a stupid penalty late in the game, but he’s big and strong and plays a physical game. He has some skill, too. I could see him becoming an ideal second line center (55-60 points) in a few years.

 

Cody Hodgson didn’t play much (including no OT shifts), but he had a great game. He scored a goal in regulation and added the lone shootout goal. He wins a lot of puck battles, and he’s a very crafty player. Has been a pleasant surprise all season, and he seems to be getting better and better each game.

 

Hodgson only played 10 minutes as the Canucks really shortened their bench, but he is going to force Alain Vigneault’s hand to play him more if he keeps improving this rapidly.

 

Hodgson is a great example of a non-linear developmental curve. Many (myself included) were starting to write him off after a disappointing start to his professional career. A chronic back issue held him back a lot, and he really struggled to translate over a successful OHL/international career. Patience is a virtue as we read time and time again, and this is just another example of it.

 

Rare that the Canucks score three goals and the Sedin twins have only one point between them. Montreal fans can attest to the magical display they put on in OT. The Sedins at 4-on-4 is basically a power play for Vancouver.

 

Bill Sweatt had no points in his NHL debut. He has limited offensive upside, but could become a speedster depth scorer if put with the right linemates.

 

Subban was pointless but had a great game. Like Gorges, he logged a ton of ice time against the Sedins.

 

Raphael Diaz scored a goal and played over 25 minutes. His fellow Swiss teammate Yannick Weber was a healthy scratch.

 

Mason Raymond looks like he hasn’t missed a beat. He scored a goal last night and was skating miles all game long. The fact that he broke his back only a few months ago says a lot about how hard he worked in the summer and fall to come back from it in great shape.

 

Ville Leino was given a one game suspension for a chicken wing elbow to the head of Matt Read (from Wednesday night).

 

Kevin Porter was given four games for his hit on Booth. Porter has no track record and likely didn’t intend to do it, but as Shanaban said in his video, the hit was reckless and a direct violation of the rule against kneeing.

 

Dougie Hamilton had three points last night and is now sixth in OHL scoring (among all skaters, not just defensemen). The Bruins also signed him to an entry level contract yesterday.

 

Artem Anisimov with a goal celebration confuses, impresses, and angers me all at the same time – a well-earned 16 PIM:

 

Hodgson showing off his sneaky good wrist shot:


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lcbtd said:

germant
Tampa = Babies This is the same Tampa team who cried foul when Linus Omark did a spin-o-rama before picking up the puck at center ice on a shootout attempt.

Then, followed up with an eerily similar play by St.Louis a game later (though the spin-o-rama happened in front of the goalie which I guess makes it all right?).

And Downie is a clown. Not a lot of "class" running through his veins so I don't think he should be taking offense to anything out on the ice.
December 09, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... The celebration wasn't bad, but pointing at the goalie was.

Anisimov was very remorseful today.
December 09, 2011
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Nate said:

Nate
Lets all whine and be big blubbering infants about the Anisimov celebration... What if the goalie was chirping him all game? Then he finally scores on him, and it's his proverbial f*ck you to Garon. Maybe Lecavalier said something about his mom on the faceoff? Who knows, point is it's entertaining and the act alone hurt no one. If anything I'd say Downie coming off the bench to punch someone in the head is probably worse.
December 09, 2011
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littleranger said:

littleranger
Ten Fantasy Thoughts For anyone who would like more fantasy hockey reading material - my column for The Hockey Writers: http://thehockeywriters.com/te...-and-more/
December 09, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Purcell Lost in the Anisimov goal is the fact that Teddy Purcell is one of the worst defensive forwards in the game. This guy is practically afraid to make contact with the opposing team. Hey Teddy - you are 6'-3"!!! Chop the stick out of Artem's hands! At least stay with him. You are 6'-3".

Random Fact for the Day:
Last year Teddy Purcell had less PIM (10 vs 12) and less Hits (21 vs 37) than MSL!

Teddy... you are 6'-3"!
(I hate Teddy Purcells - don't own him, any leagues)
December 09, 2011
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TheRook said:

TheRook
... Not sure if you saw Malkin fail at trying to take out Giroux last night. Ninja like reflexes from Giroux....

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Video-Claude-Giroux-8217-s-ninja-reflexes-dodg?urn=nhl-wp19431
December 09, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
sedins Wow, they sure gave the habs fan something to watch in third, that powerplay was definitely magic!

and Lou actually stopped a few shoot out attempts in row!!
December 09, 2011
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Anthony Lancione said:

messierforlife
Brett Connolly joining Canada's WJC entry Chalk up Devante Smith-Pelley to play as well!

I can't remember the last time 2 NHL players were allowed by the parent NHL clubs to go to the World Juniors! Moreover, apparently its not out of the question either for Florida to release Erik Gudbranson as well! But lets not count our chickens before they hatch for a 3rd NHLer to join the team. Also the way I see it, Mark Scheifele, should Gudbranson also be released, would mark 4 players who have got into NHL action for the WJC squad. I gotta think that possibility would be unprecedented! Even three is gotta be up there.

~~~ Obviously the 04-05 lockout is excluded in that sentiment. That was just ridiculously amazing! Imagine a 19 year old Patrice Bergeron joining arguably the deepest WJC entry for any nation of all time, after already pocketing a full NHL season + nearly half an AHL season in the NHL's year off under his belt!!!
December 09, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
links mixed btw- your link to the Boogard story is actually the link to the Crosby story.
December 09, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
... Why Anisimov acted like that on a tap in/ routine goal is odd. When he directed his 'gun' @ the goalie- it went from celebration to taunting- and Tampa acted as they should have- except Downie who should get a 10 game ban for leaving the bench. IMO- this was worse than Ovies 'my stick is on fire' stupidity a few years back which was excessive,but not taunting.
December 09, 2011
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Kyle Kebert said:

LEGAME58
Anisimov I feel that the celebration is a situation comparison when looking at Anisimov's and Selanne's celebrations.

Selanne scored his 54th goal in his ROOKIE season, breaking the record, WHICH in my mind.. warrants a celebration of that nature. It's one of those moments where you can't contain yourself and one of those moments that MAY never happen again in this generation. He also was not making the gesture at any one particular player or team bench or anything, it was more comical and jovial.

Anisimov on the other hand... that was his 5th goal of the season, for a hot NYR team mind you. And sure, a celebration is fine in general, but to blatantly appear to be pointing in the direct vicinity of Garon and/or the defensemen around the net, seems a bit threatening.
Granted, we all have a pretty good idea that he meant nothing by the gesture, but regardless.. It's one of those situation moments where you have to be careful, this isn't the WWE where taunting is encouraged.

Let your play speak for itself and skate to your bench after a few pats on the head and act like you've scored before.
December 09, 2011
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Louis-Alexandre Jalbert said:

louisjab
MTL/VAN This season, Eller played good hockey when he is a center, which won't prevent Jacques Martin from putting him back on the wing once Gomez comes back. I don't know if that was the case in Ottawa and Florida, but Jacques Martin don't mind punishing good young players in an effort to try to get veterans going. He broke the Pacioretty-Desharnais-Cole line that was doing so well to put Cammalleri in there and try to get him going.

Cammalleri is in a slump. If you can get video of his terrible shootout attempt, he definitely didn't look like a sniper. He's either still playing hurt, or he's looking for his confort zone.

Gionta left the game in the third period and didn't came back. No news yet on his injury. We'll probably learn during the day whether it's an upper or lower body injury.
December 09, 2011
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Tim Johnston said:

holdUP
Anisimov / DSP The goal celebration pissed off Lecavalier/Lightning because he turned and 'aimed' directly at Garon. Just disrespectful.

Devante Smith-Pelly also released for World Junior team.
December 09, 2011
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derek said:

buck0198
Anisimov's goal celebration I dont understand why everyone has their panties in a bunch about the goal celebration? When he did the shooting was he pointing his stick right at someone? and even if he was, who cares! We need more personality and I agree with James below...NFL = No Fun League.
December 09, 2011
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Chris said:

Dr.Smurf
... Souray: 13 points in first 14 games. 0 points in following 13 games.
I miss the production....
December 09, 2011
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James said:

jimywho1
Anisimov If Anisimov's celebration is controversial then we might as well call this the NFL. Imagine if Selanne did his thing nowadays?
December 09, 2011
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