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via Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,
With about seven minutes remaining and the Predators leading by three goals, Jarnkrok received a minor penalty for boarding Haley, which incited a 10-man scrum. Haley sought out Jarnkrok and landed a left-handed jab to his face.
Officials handed Haley a match penalty for attempting to injure Jarnkrok and immediately ejected him. Jarnkrok didn't return.
"He kind of hit me in the helmet and got cut by the visor," Jarnkrok said. "I feel OK."
"It's an ugly play," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "This isn't the wild, wild west. I mean, Calle hit him. We took a penalty. If we start doing that, we're in trouble, so hopefully it gets looked at."
"When you run someone from behind in a game like that, you probably deserve to get a punch in the mouth," Sharks coach Pete DeBoer told reporters.
Watch the incident below...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The NHL’s vision rarely extends past the 50 percent of revenue the league is guaranteed under the CBA, so it is no surprise neither the board nor commissioner can recognize the positive global byproduct of continuing to participate in the Olympics in 2018.
If it cannot be immediately quantified, the benefit does not exist for the Sixth Avenue operation, which has done scandalously little through the years to broaden its scope beyond North America. The most international of professional sports has willingly, if not enthusiastically and happily, limited itself to within its borders.
There is no larger vision for the sport beyond the losers’ point that allows general managers of truly lousy teams to claim winning records with the authenticity of a guy on Eighth Avenue outside the Port Authority Bus Terminal selling you a Rolex for five bucks; no vision beyond that of the referees and linesmen who peer into tiny tablets while confoundingly upholding or reversing their own prior calls.
Still, though, Gary Bettman has not issued a final edict regarding the Pyeongchang Olympics, which means the commissioner is negotiating in his own inimitable style, though it is unclear for what and against — I mean, with — whom.
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Home Team in Caps
Vancouver 4, MINNESOTA 2
COLUMBUS 1, Philadelphia 0
Calgary 3, ST. LOUIS 2 (OT)
BUFFALO 5, Toronto 2
MONTREAL 3, Ottawa 1
FLORIDA 7, Chicago 0
Carolina 3, NEW JERSEY 1
Boston 2, NY ISLANDERS 1
WASHINGTON 4, Arizona 1
NASHVILLE 7, San Jose 2
EDMONTON 4, Colorado 1
NY Rangers 3, LOS ANGELES 0
BOESER SCORES WINNING GOAL DURING DEBUT IN HOME STATE . . .
After signing his first NHL contract on Saturday morning, Brock Boeser scored the game-winning goal while making his League debut to lead the Canucks to victory.
* Boeser (Burnsville, Minn.), the 23rd overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, played his final NCAA game with the University of North Dakota on Friday before making his NHL debut in his home state. The 20-year-old started at right wing for the Canucks, who welcomed Boeser’s parents into the locker room before the game to read the starting lineup.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
The planets must align for the Avalanche to become competitive — or more than that — next season. That means:
— Semyon Varlamov shows his hip surgery has rid him of his recurring groin muscle issues. He has to become one of the league’s elite goalies again, living up to the standards set by his annual $5.9 million cap hit through 2018-19. Trade him? Who’s going to take him now, especially with that contract? Expose him to the expansion draft? Sure, but he won’t be taken. He has ties to Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee, who was at Washington when Varlamov was with the Capitals. McPhee was skeptical of Varlamov’s ability to stay healthy before the goalie was traded to Colorado in 2011, and while Varlamov has been terrific in stretches here, McPhee turned out to be right.
— Joe Sakic again explores trading Matt Duchene and Gabe Landeskog. (I’d include MacKinnon in the explorations too.) If no deal is made, absolving the three forwards of blame for this dumpster fire because of the cast around them is understandable, but goes too far. They’re supposed to lead this team, and faith in them has been at the core of Sakic’s plan to tie them up contractually and fill in around them. They have to step up. Finally.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- Imagine if the opposite had occurred?
Imagine if it had been Sidney Crosby’s finger dangling, dripping blood, part of it crushed, the result of a slash, intentional or not?
Imagine the noise the hockey world would make?
Instead, the usual voices say the usual things. You can’t penalize the kind of slash that happens so often in every game. You can’t suspend Crosby for maiming Ottawa’s Marc Methot and ending his regular season — and possibly his playoff run — while probably damaging his hand forever.
That’s their view. The NHL shrugs and looks the other way. The game goes on.
That’s their view, not mine....
- What you need to remember about Eugene Melnyk: When last we saw his Ottawa Senators in the Stanley Cup final, there was Melnyk in the dressing room after losing the Cup, calling out players, questioning their character and basically embarrassing himself.
- Really, Gary Bettman cares nothing about you. He took away a hockey season. If he thinks it’s good business to not have NHL players in the Olympic Games, he won’t lose a minute of sleep over it. That said, Bettman hasn’t officially ruled out NHL participation in the Olympics, which makes it still possible.
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The Minnesota Wild with another loss today. They were down 4-0 and scored two late goals to make the score closer than it really was. The Wild are now 2-8-0 in their last 10 games.
Bruce Boudreau after the game...
“I don’t care when you peak or any of that stuff, I just want to get in the playoffs to give ourselves a chance.
“We’re playing better right now and finding a way to win games and that’s what we have to continue to do. Last year, I didn’t look at the standings one time (when the Leafs finished 30th overall in the National Hockey League) and now I look at it every single day. Obviously, there must be a reason to look at them.”
-Mike Babcock, head coach of the Toronton Maple Leafs. Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun has more.
Skille was in pain for a few minutes and needed help off the ice.
Looks like a left ankle injury to me.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Adam McQuaid plays best when he’s angry. When he feels a teammate has been slighted, McQuaid turns into the Hulk.
But as soon as the final buzzer sounds, McQuaid’s blood plummets from full boil to room temperature. Even after a high-intensity affair, the Bruins defenseman can usually count on a good sleep when he retires to his home or hotel room.
“It can be hit or miss sometimes,” McQuaid said between back-to-back games earlier this year against Florida and Carolina. “But we got in relatively late last night. So it was pretty easy to wind down. Probably got about 7½ hours. Not bad.”
It is easier said than done to shut off the postgame adrenaline. But there are few things more important than winding down promptly and rebooting for the next game, especially this year because of the compressed schedule. A player’s performance for one game depends greatly on how he recovers from the previous match.
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