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April 12, 2005

April 12, 2005

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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One-timer an artful weapon

To create diverse scoring chances, a simple wrist shot or slapshot can be supplemented by a one-timer for a more creative option. Tim Whitehead, coach of the Maine Black Bears, says one-timers are effective because of the element of surprise confronting the goalie. “The goaltender has less time to get set,” Whitehead said. “In the end, no matter how hard your shot is, if the goalie is set it’s very hard to score.” The first step in executing a one-timer is to be aware of the net. Picking a corner, however, is overrated. “It’s not so much about picking a spot as getting it on net so it might trickle through or generate a rebound,” Whitehead said. “If he’s not set, the goalie may have difficulty controlling the rebound.” Also important is the player…

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A year later, Lombardi back on ice

Calgary Flames center Matthew Lombardi made a successful return in late March, scoring for the Lowell Lock Monsters in his first game since sustaining a serious concussion in last year’s NHL playoffs. Lombardi was sidelined almost 11 months after taking an elbow from Detroit’s Derian Hatcher during a playoff game May 3. The hit was a painful end to a fine season in which the young center from Montreal scored 16 goals as an NHL rookie. “This summer was the lowest point,” Lombardi told the Lowell Sun. “I thought after the season I would be good. But then I just never got better.’ Lombardi’s first outing, an AHL game against the Springfield Falcons, came March 20, two days after his 23rd birthday. Led by Calgary teammate Chuck Kobasew, Eric Staal of Carolina and Colin…

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That Retro Issue

The local TV breakfast show hosts were engaged in their typically cheery banter about the news of the day when one of them pointed out the story of the NHL considering bigger nets. His colleague bristled and said, “Why can’t they just leave hockey alone.” After receiving the last issue of The Hockey News in which we hail the imminent arrival of the shootout, a loyal reader fired off an angry email, bemoaning our stance as a personal affront, suggesting we no longer care about the fans. At the ensuing morning departmental meeting, one THN staffer said perhaps it’s time for us to write an editorial advising the NHL that while considering change is good, it shouldn’t go too far, too fast. GETTING DIZZY YET? Bigger nets. Blue ice. Orange bluelines. Shootouts. Removal of…