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NHL Sweeps Auger/Burrows Under The Rug

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Over a week ago, the Stephane Auger/ Alexandre Burrows incident came to light.  It is alleged that referee Stephane Auger warned Burrows before a game that a Burrows dive in a previous game had made him look bad and then proceeded to make a couple marginal to poor calls against Burrows in the game of that day to “even things up“.  The NHL responded by fining Burrows for speaking to the media about the incident and then closed the books.  More official NHL media have moved on and are trying to help the incident be forgotten.  It is up to independent members of the blogosphere to keep the story alive.

Tom Benjamin wrote a good piece on how this issue should be framed.  The issue is not about putting Burrows character on trial.  The issue is not about how to punish diving.  Those may be separate issues worth thinking about, but the issue that is brought to light is that referees (at least one) make a conscious decision to not be impartial in games.  They plan to “go after” a certain player or players because of a personal vendetta and do not care if that changes the outcome of the game.  This calls into jeopardy the idea that the game is officiated impartially.

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Capitals Have A Great Week

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Bruce Boudreau talked about it as a measuring-stick week for his Washington Capitals and nobody was arguing with him.

First they had to face the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, and then they played back-to-back games separated by one travel day against the two teams that played in the last two Stanley Cup Finals—Detroit at home on Tuesday and at Pittsburgh on Thursday.

Four points would have been acceptable. Five would have been great. Six? Well, one could only dream, right?

After Thursday’s 6-3 win at Mellon Arena, it’s reality.


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Future In Calgary Not Very Bright

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The future clearly doesn’t look bright, which is why the Sutter clan is trying to make the most of the present – because if you put the focus on what may happen down the road, things look grim indeed. In the present, Calgary has a decent-enough nucleus to play a certain way – all defence, all the time. They have a front-line goaltender in the midst of an excellent season, Miikka Kiprusoff. They have one elite defenceman, Jay Bouwmeester, and two that are mistake-prone, but not bad – Phaneuf and Robyn Regehr. Mark Giordano is young, cheap and decent, but Cory Sarich – signed for big bucks coming out of the lockout – seems to have lost a step and is now playing as the team’s No. 5 defenceman, not high enough on the depth chart to justify a $3.6-million cap charge.

more on the Flames plus other hockey topics…

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Alex The Entertainer

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from Kevin Oklobzija of the Democrat and Chronicle,

In the course of winning 19 of 24 games for the Rochester Americans, (Alexander) Salak has found it appropriate to and/or managed to:

- Kiss a cross bar in the waning minutes of a one-goal victory;

- Flip his mask into the air to celebrate Keaton Ellerby’s hat trick in November;

- Mock a goal judge’s errant call by pretending to wash the Plexiglas;

- Drop-kick the puck some 40 feet down the ice during the All-Star Game;

- Enrage fans in Syracuse with an overzealous victory celebration in November, prompting security personnel to usher him out a side door to the waiting team bus;

- Acknowledge the applause of fans at the All-Star Game by waving to them during play.

“You want to put on a show for people,” Salak said.

read on

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Brent Sutter Reflects On Another Flames Loss

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from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider,

“Um, we lost the game,” steamed Sutter after his lads’ 3-1 loss Thursday to the visiting Chicago Blackhawks. “When you sit there and say, ‘We had a good effort.’ We’re supposed to have a good effort every night. Obviously, we made mistakes tonight that cost us the game.”

But that slow start against the Hawks—at one point, the guests were doing the outshooting, 18-7—are the Flames so stressed out by their freefall that they’re playing tentatively? That they’re pressing?

“Why is it? Why do you play that way?” countered Sutter. “It’s not a time to play tentative, to press. It doesn’t help the cause. When you’re a team that’s having a tough time getting contributions offensively from everyone, you’ve got to be rock solid in other areas. Being tentative and if you’re pressing . . . I didn’t really sense that from the group.

“At times, we were fine. At times, we made soft plays.”


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Jack Johnson Is A Michigan Man

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from Helene Elliott at the Fabulous Forum,

Kings defenseman Jack Johnson reacted angrily Thursday to comments made by General Manager Dean Lombardi in an interview posted on the blog frozenroyalty.net in which Lombardi said Michigan—where Johnson played college hockey—is “the worst” in terms of coaching players and called Johnson “awful as a hockey player” when he played for the Wolverines.

He also criticized Michigan Coach Red Berenson and said Johnson was unable to accept criticism after playing at Michigan and for the U.S. national team development program.

The interview, part of a series, can be found here.

“I’m a Michigan man. I’m very proud of it. I wouldn’t want to have it any other way,” Johnson said after the Kings’ 4-3 shootout victory over the Buffalo Sabres at Staples Center.

continued and Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider has more too....

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Alex Auld With A Bad Marty Turco Impression

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Tough Way To Lose At Least One Point

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from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,

The Bruins [team stats] last night committed one of the cardinal sins of team sports: They let a team they should have been put away much earlier hang around and hang around - allowing a dreadful officiating call to decide the game at the end.

The word “dreadful” isn’t really sufficiently descriptive of the call by one or both referees, Tom Kowal or Dean Morton, that led to Columbus’ power-play goal with 1:31 left last night at the Garden, giving the Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory.

It was such a bad call, NHL officiating supervisor Mick McGeogh hurried down to Claude Julien’s office after the game and apologized to the B’s coach.

“The supervisor came in and apologized to us,” said Bruin general manager Peter Chiarelli. “He said it was a mistake. At least that was good of them to admit it.”

continue for more on the game…

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Tortorello To Larry Brooks- “Just Go Stand Somewhere Else”

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It’s not the best video, turn up your speakers and scroll to the 2 minute mark.

I’ll try to replace the video if I find a better one.

added 11:27pm, Found a better copy of the post game presser.

added 11:33pm, If you missed the Carcillo/Gaborik fight, watch it here.

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  Tags: john+tortorella, larry+brooks

Lecavalier Still Slumping

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from John Romano of the St. Petersburg Times,

...here we are, 50 games into a season, and this is a Lecavalier we barely know. The player who led the entire NHL in goals less than three years ago is now third on his own team. A player who once scored 52 goals in a season is now on pace for 21.

He has gone from being the face of a franchise to being another face in the crowd. When his name comes up in trade rumors, no one around here is screaming that Lightning ownership is out of its mind.

So how did it get to this point, Vinny?

And, furthermore, what are you going to do about it?

Everyone around the Lightning seems to be waiting for Lecavalier to break out. For that game when he skates onto the ice and, once again, looks as if he owns it. For the moment when he realizes, at age 29, he is frittering away one of the prime years of his career.


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