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January 23, 2012

January 23, 2012

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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CROSSWORD

ACROSS 1 Hockey great Nels ___ was dubbed ‘Old Poison’ 4 John-Michael ___ is now a Leaf 7 Questionable 8 The battle for final playoff spots 10 In song, he’s ‘The greatest of them all’ (it’s not Gretzky) 12 Turn quickly 13 Small cuts (or, Kypreos and namesakes) 14 He coaches the born-again Jets 18 A badly ___ ankle may sideline a player indefinitely 19 Former Canuck coach ___ Crawford 20 Dan Kelly called Blues’ games on ___ 21 Suited up DOWN 1 Steven Stamkos’ junior team 2 Player who’s expected to fight 3 Chiclet 4 Simon Gagne is one 5 Carries the puck, ___ it 6 Brent, Brian, Darryl, Duane, Rich and Ron 9 Sabre previously with Philly and Detroit 11 Goalies who resemble gymnasts 12 Home of hockey’s Spitfires 15 Trip 16 Put on skates, ___ up 17 ___ Richards is now a Ranger, pictured ANSWERS AVAILABLE IN THE NEXT ISSUE AND AT THN.com/xword LAST…

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SHRINKAGE ON NHL BANS

BRENDAN SHANAHAN, the NHL’s sheriff, was lauded for his crackdown during the pre-season, but the average suspension length has subsequently shrunk. A believer would say players have learned their lesson and the big bans acted as a deterrent. A skeptic would argue Shanahan’s iron-fisted grip has weakened. TOTAL SUSPENSIONS BY MONTH SEPTEMBER - 8 OCTOBER - 4 NOVEMBER - 5 DECEMBER - 7 PRE- VS. REGULAR SEASON SUSPENSIONS PRE-SEASON - 9 REG. SEASON - 15 AVERAGE SUSPENSION LENGTH BY MONTH SEPTEMBER - 7.13 OCTOBER - 2.25 NOVEMBER - 3.60 DECEMBER - 3.00 * Some bans included pre-season and regular season games LONGEST SUSPENSIONS 11 JAMES WISNIEWSKI, CLB (SEPT.) 10 JODY SHELLEY, PHI (SEPT.) 9 J-F JACQUES, ANA (SEPT.) 8 BRENDAN SMITH, DET (SEPT.) 8 ANDY SUTTON, EDM (DEC.) 7 DAN CARCILLO, CHI (JAN.) 6 BRAD STAUBITZ, MIN (SEPT.) 6 TOM SESTITO, PHI (SEPT.) 5 PIERRE-LUC LEBLOND, CGY (SEPT.) 5 ANDY SUTTON, EDM (NOV.) 5 RENE BOURQUE.…

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THE BIG PICTURE

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PLUS MINUS

+PLUS FLAMES SHOW MATURITY Rene Bourque’s five-game suspension, was met with support from Flames GM Jay Feaster. That’s rare, but welcome. –MINUS FORKED-TONGUE FENCE-SITTING Krys Barch got a one-game ban for “inappropriate language” towards P.K. Subban. If it was inappropriate, it’s clearly worth more. +PLUS HANGOVER CURED IN BOSTON Since Oct. 31, when they were last in the East, the B’s are 23-3-1, pitching seven shutouts and scoring five-plus goals 13 times. –MINUS BOO BIRDS STAIN WJC It’s understandable hometown crowds would jeer their southern rivals, but booing Team USA when they’re not playing Canada? Lame.…