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First round second look

Now that 48 hours or so have passed since the conclusion of the first round, a few observations and remarks. • There has been much pleading for cooler heads to prevail in D.C. in the wake of the Washington Capitals’ collapse against the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference’s 1-8 matchup. On the other hand,…

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Live blog: Swap shop ’10

The Calgary Flames got the jump on the National Hockey League’s annual clearout sale by making a couple of major deals before the Olympic break. What will Darryl Sutter be up to today, if anything? Join us throughout the day for news and views (and perhaps the odd irreverent comment) about the 2010 trade deadline.

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Ouch

Here’s a wisecrack from a disgruntled fan Friday night: Q: What does the Calgary hockey club have in common with the botched cauldron-lighting ceremony in Vancouver? A: It’s five Flames standing around not knowing what to do.

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And the winners are . . .

Typically, the first thing we try to do in the monthly Northwest Division Awards is determine which of the group’s Canadian entries has been the best over the past 30 or 31 days.

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Iginla twists the knife

Call it a deluxe, adding-injury-to-insult edition of a Gordie Howe Hat Trick. In addition to scoring a goal (two of them actually), setting up a couple of tallies and getting into a scrap on Saturday night, Calgary captain Jarome Iginla also managed to give the Edmonton Oilers a paper cut and then pour lemon juice…

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Hockey Daze in Canada

Surely there must be a way for both of the rag-tag Alberta clubs’ losing streaks to continue beyond tonight’s tilt at One of the The Many Houses Frankie Musil Built. The Elias Sports Bureau tells us this is already the first National Hockey League contest in more than 22 years to feature a matchup of…

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And the winners are . . .

In October, each of Western Canada’s three National Hockey League entries recorded seven victories. In November, however, it was no contest. While the Flames took over top spot in the Northwest Division with 10 November wins (eight of them coming on the road), the Canucks went 7-5 while the Oilers lost 10 games (seven in…

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The wide-open West?

Here’s a question for the new week: As we close in on the quarter-pole of the 2009-10 National Hockey League campaign, what Western Conference team scares you? And by scare, we mean what outfit creates genuine spine-chilling, blood-curdling, bowel-evacuating fear?

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And the winners are…

Funny how the Flames escaped what for them has recently been the gruesome month of October with a fairly health 7-4-1 record and yet there are as many concerns and questions about the hockey club as ever. Meanwhile, up in Edmonton, illness and a weird pattern of scoring either a lot or not at all…

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Northwest is best (for now)

We’re in that tweener stage of a new season. It’s late enough that the TV-sports dullards have stopped making those “Joe Left-wing is on pace for a 246-goal season” comments but not yet far enough along in the campaign to stop questioning such phenomena as whether a coaching change is really all that was needed…

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Honest, it’s almost hockey season

On the eve of the month when business finally picks up in the NHL, let’s bid farewell to a few topics that determined fans will now be able to forget about and concentrate on more important matters. You know, things like the No. 1 defence pairing in Abbotsford, Liam Reddox’s potential linemates and the over-under for the…