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Flyers Not Impressed With Laperriere’s “Prima Donna” Antics

With news from TSN.ca that Philadelphia Flyers’ winger Ian Laperriere will miss the remainder of the season, may wonder how the Flyers have reacted to the gritty winger’s injury.  Fortunately, we here at DKM have the exclusive insider on the situation, with commentary from those inside the dressing room. If you haven’t seen the video yet, it follows the story after the jump.

Ian Laperierre's face after the first time he blocked a shot with his mouth

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Hockeytown? The Red Wings Don’t Think So

The typical "Hockeytown" playoff crowd gets Joe Louis Arena rockin'

As NHL playoff action has continued to heat up, the series between the Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes remains tightly contested at two wins for each team.  However, an interesting sidebar has been the lack of support from the “fans” in Detroit.  Not only is Detroit unable to sell-out their playoff games, but the few fans at Game 3 actually jeered goalie Jimmy Howard during an admittedly less-than-stellar loss.  “Seriously, it’s obvious the city doesn’t care about this team,” Howard lamented, “and then the few token fans that do show up actually boo me?  It’s retarded.”

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Coyote Mania in Phoenix

Phoenix mascot Howler indicates where the team wants to finish

One of the surprise stories this NHL season has been the success of the Phoenix Coyotes franchise.  The team currently sits a mere two points out of first place in the super-competitive Western Conference.  What’s been the key to their success?  Well, this Distinct Kicking Motion exclusive reveals the motivational strategies employed by head coach Dave Tippett that have his boys fired up.  We visited the locker room, and were able to speak with Coach Tippett and several excited players.  The reason behind much of their excitement can be summed up with the words “Career vs. The Streak.”  Confused?  Read on, and find out exactly what has been the driving force behind the Coyote’s momentum.

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Breaking News: Chris Chelios Called Up

Shockwaves were felt throughout the National Hockey League today as the Atlanta Thrashers have called up 48-year old defenceman Chris Chelios in an effort to secure a playoff spot.  Chelios has spent the season playing in the AHL and Tuesday nights in the retiree pick-up game at an arena near his Chicago residence.  Despite his advanced age and diminished skill set, Chelios is eager about his return to NHL action at the highest level.  Distinct Kicking Motion caught up with Chelios and several of his new teammates in Atlanta to gauge the reaction and excitement for Chris’ return to the show.

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Jay Onrait’s TradeCentre Blog 2010: A Retrospective

We at Distinct Kicking Motion are unabashedly fans of TSN’s Jay Onrait (and, to a lesser extent proportionate to his height, Dan O’Toole).  Yesterday, Jay completed his fifth annual TradeCentre blog, delighting his readers with more content and responses than ever before.  It truly was a 10 hour virtuoso performance.  As I did last year, I rummaged through yesterday’s blog in its entirety seeking out morsels of wisdom from Jay.  Now, for your own enjoyment, what follows are isolated quotes directly from Jay – removed from context, sometimes switching chronological order, and chopped from sentences.  Keep up the great work, Jay.  From your fans at Distinct Kicking Motion.

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Tradecentre = Onrait

TSN anchor and DKM idol Jay Onrait

As today is the NHL’s trade deadline, Jay Onrait is live blogging all day from his home on tsn.ca.  Last year, I followed his summary of the events quite closely.  The following day, I posted a recap of some of Jay’s best one-liners and comments from his Tradecentre blog.  The post was quite popular, so if you were a fan (or, want to be a fan), then check back in here tomorrow for a wonderful recap highlighting the best of Jay’s Tradecentre blog.  Enjoy the day, hockey fans.

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Richard Park at the Olympics

As many of our veteran readers know, New York Islanders’ winger Richard Park often checks in to share his experiences in the NHL.  Once again, our good friend Richard has volunteered his services as he spends his Olympic break in Vancouver.  Here’s some observations that Richard has made so far during the Games, exclusively at Distinct Kicking Motion.

DKM correspondent Richard Park is back for Vancouver 2010 coverage

Awwww herro again to arr of those fans outside of Vancouvel Orrimpic Games!  Such a good Games, so much more than evel before!  Canada has been the nice country and hosting the Games is of such impoltence to them.  First, I vely much enjoyed riving in the Orrimpic virrage!  It is so nice housing and everyone is awrays so kind.  So many fans and Canadians drinking so much arcohol I can not berieve my eyes!  I nevel have so much arcohol in my rife!  But now I go on to my anarysis of the Games.

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