The Hockey News Daily Dish: Oct. 21

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In Campbell’s Cuts, Ken Campbell writes that Detroit GM Ken Holland was the right man to lead Canada at the 2010 Olympics.

In his blog, Adam Proteau writes about Patrick Kane’s manly tears and a blogging controversy brewing in Edmonton.

Ryan Kennedy writes that Kurt Sauer’s hit on Andrei Kostitsyn was clean, though it’s a shame the Hab was injured.

The Power Rankings still have the Red Wings on top, with the Bruins making some noise thanks to Marc Savard.

The Rumor Roundup addresses Washington’s concerns in the crease and Marian Gaborik to Montreal.

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Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh Penguins
2008/10/21: Penguins superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin assisted on Miroslav Satan’s first-period goal in Monday’s 2-1 shootout win over the Bruins. INTEL: Crosby now has seven points (1-6-7) in his last three games, while Malkin has chipped in with eight points (1-7-8) in his last three contests.

Saku Koivu, C, Montreal Canadiens
2008/10/21: Montreal captain Saku Koivu scored a goal in his third consecutive game on Monday, a 3-1 win over Florida. With the goal, Koivu now has 600 points (178-422-600) in his NHL career.

Mike Modano, C, Dallas Stars
2008/10/21: Dallas forward Mike Modano netted the winning goal in the third period of Monday’s 2-1 win over the New York Rangers. The 38-year-old leads the Stars with six points (3-3-6) after six games this year.

Jaroslav Halak, G, Montreal Canadiens
2008/10/20: In just his second start of the season, Montreal backup netminder Jaroslav Halak was dominant on Monday, allowing a single goal on 36 shots in a 3-1 triumph over Florida. INTEL: While Carey Price remains the unquestioned No. 1 goalie in Montreal, the fact that Halak has surrendered only two goals on 61 shots so far this year makes the Habs one of the strongest teams in the NHL between the pipes.

Andrei Markov, D, Montreal Canadiens
2008/10/20: Canadiens rearguard Andrei Markov picked up his ninth assist of the season in Monday’s 3-1 victory over the Panthers. INTEL: The 29-year-old veteran has at least one helper in all six games he’s played this year.

Keith Ballard, D, Florida Panthers
2008/10/20: Panthers defenseman Keith Ballard scored his team’s only goal in Monday’s 3-1 loss to the Canadiens. The goal was the first of the season for the 25-year-old who now has at least one point in four straight contests.

P.J. Axelsson, LW/RW, Boston Bruins
2008/10/20: Muscle spasms reportedly kept Boston winger P.J. Axelsson out of his second consecutive contest on Monday. INTEL: Axelsson had been seeing some time at left wing on Boston’s top line with Marc Savard and Michael Ryder before he went down.

Phil Kessel, RW/C, Boston Bruins
2008/10/20: Bruins forward Phil Kessel notched his fifth goal of the season in Monday’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Penguins. He also tallied Boston’s only successful shootout goal. INTEL: The 21-year-old has scored in four of the five games he’s played this season.

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Miroslav Satan, RW, Pittsburgh Penguins
2008/10/20: Pittsburgh’s Miroslav Satan kept up his hot recent play on Monday, scoring his fourth goal of the season in a 2-1 shootout win over Boston. INTEL: The soon-to-be 34-year-old has scored in four of his past five games, including goals in three consecutive contests.

Henrik Lundqvist, G, New York Rangers
2008/10/20: New York netminder Henrik Lundqvist surrendered only two goals on 27 Dallas shots on Monday, but still ended up on the losing side as the Rangers dropped a 2-1 decision to the Stars. INTEL: After giving up two goals or fewer in each of his first four starts of the season, the 26-year-old had allowed a total of eight goals in his last two outings prior to Monday’s action.

Sean Avery, LW/RW, Dallas Stars
2008/10/20: In his much anticpated return to Broadway, Dallas forward Sean Avery didn’t make much of an impact on Monday. The former Rangers pest played just under 14 minutes and did not record a point or a shot on goal in a 2-1 Stars’ win.

Markus Naslund, LW/RW, New York Rangers
2008/10/20: Rangers forward Markus Naslund potted New York’s lone goal in Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to the Stars. INTEL: The veteran had not scored since the Blueshirts’ first game of the season, a stretch of eight games.

John Mitchell, C/LW, Toronto Maple Leafs
2008/10/20: Toronto forward John Mitchell has worked his way up the depth chart since training camp and will find himself centering Toronto’s top line in Tuesday’s face-off against Anaheim. INTEL: The former AHL regular has impressed new Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson with his speed and tenacity. However, he’ll need to produce some points if he wants to hang on to Mats Sundin’s old job.

Devin Didiomete, LW, Free Agent
2008/10/20: According to, the Rangers have signed rugged free-agent forward Devin DiDiomete to a contract. The 20-year-old piled up 23 goals, 33 helpers and 216 penalty minutes with the OHL’s Sarnia Sting in 2007-08.


Bobby Holik, C, New Jersey Devils
2008/10/21: A broken pinkie finger will sideline New Jersey’s Bobby Holik for the next three to four weeks, reports the Canadian Press. The 37-year-old sustained the injury on Saturday against the Capitals. He is set to undergo surgery on Tuesday. INTEL: With Holik out of action, the Devils called up Pierre-Luc Letourneau-LeBlond from Lowell of the AHL on Monday. The 23-year-old rookie forward is expected to skate in Holik’s spot on the fourth line with Mike Rupp and David Clarkson on Wednesday against Dallas.


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