Puck Headlines: After ‘worst game ever,' Avalanche get torched

Here are your Morning Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

• It's always a good time when Adrian Dater blogs from the heart about the Colorado Avalanche, and the Denver Post writer wonders if last night's 4-1 defeat against the Calgary Flames "might have been the worst wire-to-wire performance this team has ever played since moving to Denver." Jibblescribbits thinks it was an abysmal effort, and thinks Coach Tony Granato was playing for the point instead rather than to win. Come back, Joe Sakic! [Jibblescribbits]

• Now that Steven Stamkos was the best player on the ice for the Tampa Bay Lightning last night, it's time to dream big for the Bolts. Like discussing the pros and cons of adding Mats Sundin to the mix in Tampa. What salary cap? [Lightning Strikes]

• Meanwhile, are the New York Rangers in the Marian Gaborik sweepstakes? [Star Tribune]

• After helping to spearhead the Tim Thomas all-star campaign, Cornelius Hardenbergh has decided to urge Boston Bruins fans to stop voting after the Montreal Canadiens' auto-voting scandal and the NHL's response. "If you must continue to support this malarky, then go ahead and vote for Thomas.  He deserves it.  But don't think you're sending the NHL a message other than 'I fell for it.'" [Cornelius Hardenbergh]

• Now that the Patrick O'Sullivan-Anze Kopitar-Dustin Brown line has been reunited by Los Angeles Kings Coach Terry Murray, it's time for the big decision: The pressure of a nickname. The Maxi-PAD Line is as ingenious as it is impossible. [Battle of California]

• Stat of the morning: The Anaheim Ducks are 51-4-4 when Ryan Getzlaf has a multi-point game in his career. [Simply Sensational]

• Some really incredible archive hockey photos from the pages of Time magazine. [Bitter Leaf Fan]

• This is what a Jonathan Toews fight looks like. [YouTube]

• Icethetics does it again, with clear shots of the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks and Ottawa Senators third jerseys. The front of this SNES tribute is a fail. [Icethetics]

Viktor Tikhonov: Phoenix Coyotes rookie and blogger. Vik talks about getting ketchup on his shoes and offers such scathing critiques of his performances as, "All my teammates were very happy for me after the game and I got handshakes from everyone. It was neat being the center of attention." [THN]

• The Hockeywood Insider podcast had me on yesterday to chat about third jerseys, all-star voting and other topics. It was a good time. [Life in Hockeywood, about 17 minutes in] 

• Loser Domi presents the official chat room of the Toronto Maple Leafs. We think we know who Tosking_Head might be. [The Wonderful World of Loser Domi, via MYFO]

Rostislav Klesla is out for a week for the Columbus Blue Jackets with a wrist injury. [Jackets]

• This is criminally late, but Keith Carney retired and Hockey Wilderness had a really nice tribute to him. [Hockey Wilderness]

Darren McCarty was placed on waivers yesterday by the Detroit Red Wings, but Ken Holland said he'll remain in the roster if unclaimed. [Khan!]

• Speaking of that: In defense of the hockey enforcer. [Ice Man]

• Finally, the game was on Nov. 16, but this is an aces goal from Hugh Jessiman for the Milwaukee Admirals. The more you watch it, the more you wonder if it might be a goal-of-the-year candidate, actually.

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