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Proteau's Blog: Shooting gallery

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• Atlanta's Marian Hossa had 16 shots on Carolina's net last night. The Calgary Flames had 15 shots in total against Detroit last night. Ask not for whom the bell tolls, Jim Playfair…

• Can someone kindly inform Maple Leafs play-by-play man Joe Bowen that Brendan Bell's given name is not pronounced “Brandon”? Thanks so much.

• Screen Shots reader Peter Mellqvist of Stockholm passed along this clip of Capitals 2006 No. 1 draft pick Nicklas Bäckström enjoying a little game of post-bar-post in practice. Something tells me Alex Ovechkin is going to like playing with this kid.

• After failing to score in Columbus' 5-3 loss to Colorado yesterday, Rick Nash now hasn't put a puck past an opposing goaltender in seven games – the worst goalless streak of his career. This Ohio election thing is really taking its toll on everybody.

• Dan Cloutier's stats with Los Angeles so far: 1-6-0 record, 3.48 goals-against average, .874 save percentage. Kings GM Dean Lombardi is one of the most astute hockey minds in the game, but his decision to extend Cloutier's contract for two years before the goalie played a game this season will not be remembered as one of his finest front-office moments.

• The Minnesota Wild are clamming up big-time about injuries. Apparently, from now on, sidelined players will fall into three categories: 1. Big ow-ee; 2. Little ow-ee; and 3. Minor boo-boo.

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