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from the Ottawa Citizen,
Welcome to Stephen Walkom’s nightmare.
The NHL’s director of officials was forced into damage control yesterday in the wake of a comedy of officiating errors that handed the Ottawa Senators a 4-2 victory against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday….
First, Walkom tried to answer for the league’s video-review process, a system in which the referees, video technicians in the arenas and NHL officials at a “war room” in Toronto are supposed to work together to ensure that every controversial goal or save is reviewed thoroughly before the puck is dropped to resume play.
added 6:56am, from Ray Slover of the Sporting News,
At some point, referees have to be made accountable. The NHL has banished officials before, and no one is crying about not having Paul Stewart in stripes.
If there aren’t enough topnotch officials for the NHL, then maybe it’s time to chuck the two-referee system. Let one guy, two linesmen and video do the job. If there are enough good officials, it’s time to weed out the bad ones. And NHL supervisors in Toronto have to be accountable if they are going to review every goal or potential goal.
It’s time for officiating chief Stephen Walkom and other NHL brass to take a look at Mr. McGeough.
And maybe it’s time for Mr. McGeough, whose future is in horses, to smell what he’s shoveling.
Colton Orr of the Rangers knocked out Todd Fedoruk of the Flyers with a hard right in the opening two minutes of tonight’s game.
Fedoruk crumpled to the ice, received medical attention and a neck brace was applied. Todd was talking as he was being wheeled off the ice on a stretcher.
First report is he will have x-rays at MSG, not the hospital.
added 7:57pm, Now being taken to a local hospital after x-rays at MSG.
added 9:35pm, Video link...
from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
De Vries won it in Colorado under Bob Hartley in 2001 and sees more in common with that team than just the head coach.
“[In Colorado] we had a quiet confidence,” de Vries said. “But I see that here, especially since the trade deadline, since we acquired [Zhitnik], Tkachuk, Dupuis and Belanger. You can see it, we think we can win every night and that’s a huge quality.”
Kozlov, who won two Stanley Cups (1997-98) with Detroit, agreed.
“I think it’s there,” said Kozlov when talking about the team’s confidence. “Especially after the trades, we have so much confidence. We’re playing much better right now. The four lines are clicking together.”
A few months ago, a lot of interest was generated in the stick Pavel Datsyuk has been using recently. Now, a little more info…
from the AP via the Centre Daily,
Datsyuk has been using the stick with seven strategically placed holes toward the bottom of the shaft since December. He says it has improved his game and enticed him to put more shots on goal.
The holes are meant to reduce wind resistance by more than 20 percent. And Datsyuk says it has made his shot more powerful and allowed him to block shots without breaking his stick during the middle of a shift.
However, there is one problem with the stick: “Now it’s colored green and black,” he said, jokingly. “What I need is (one that’s) colored red and black because I’m on the Red Wings.”
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Hockey is a tough game and for a team to be successful, it has to be played that way. Against opponents of similar stature, he would do the same.
Only far too often this season, Tkachuk believes, tough play has given way to dirty play. And with a spate of recent ugly incidents in mind, the veteran power forward feels his fellow players need to be a little more considerate toward their opponents.
“I think guys are taking a little more liberties now whereas years ago you had to be held accountable,” Tkachuk said on a conference call Wednesday. “Now with more and more players coming in there’s a lot of guys who aren’t accountable. It’s not fair. You want to go out and do something but you can’t because you’re worried about the consequences.
I have been preaching respect all year- The NHLPA needs to step up and make all players aware of the damage they are doing to the game…
added 5:31pm, You can read the whole transcript of the Tkachuk tele-conference…
from Russo’s Rants at the Star-Tribune,
The news of the day is not really a surprise, but goalie Manny Fernandez is done for the regular season. Assistant GM Tom Lynn said Wednesday that in consultation with team doctors, they’re going treat Fernandez like he just got the injury. In other words, he’ll be out three to four weeks to go through the rehab process all over again.
from David Kolb’s blog at MSG.com,
After the Rangers win vs. Islanders on March 5, as a result of Matt Cullen’s shootout goal, the three stars were being announced. Cullen, who was that night’s first star, jumped back on the ice and acknowledged the fans cheers. He then started to make his way to the dressing room, but was first patted on the shoulder by a guy in a black suit, who perhaps Cullen thought was a fan, until Shanahan hollered, “It’s Shanny!”
A huge smile lit up Cullen’s face as the two made their way back to the dressing room.
more on the return of Shanahan tonight…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In a year when the Red Wings got bigger, tougher and stronger — Todd Bertuzzi, their latest acquisition, is scheduled to make his debut Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets — they took a calculated risk by bringing back Hasek for one last hurrah. So far, his brittle bones and problematic groins willing, it’s worked out.
“Spending last summer in Toronto, people were almost laughing at us,” recalled Kris Draper, the team’s veteran centre, about the Red Wings’ off-season moves. “I was taking the brunt of it in the summer over us signing Dom. People were saying, ‘what’s your team thinking?’ Everyone kind of forgot, until his injury at the Olympics, he was as good as any goalie in the league.
from David Amber at ESPN,
In this week’s Facing Off, the Flames spark plug tells us what it’s like to get beat up by Jarome Iginla, what role he played in nearly getting Rory Fitzpatrick sent to the All-Star Game and how he helped put Clarkson University on the hockey map.
Q: Most veterans don’t have to room with anyone on the road, but since you got traded midseason, do you have to?
A: No, I’m solo. No one wants to room with me anyway, I talk too much. They won’t get any sleep. The guys let me eat with them and then I go back to my room and watch TV by myself [laughs].
Q: What do you watch?
A: I am a reality television junkie. I watch every reality show out there. I’ve just started watching the new one where they’re looking for the next Pussycat Doll. I can’t get enough. I don’t know what’s wrong with me [laughs].
The new World Wide Web of Hockey page we introduced a few weeks ago has been expanding daily with the many submissions we’ve received. In addition to daily updates, we’ve added one major new section: “World Hockey” links, with sites in English and various other languages. I expect many of you will find it entertaining and useful.
While many readers have my gratitude for all the new submissions, I’d especially like to thank two people. First is Chris in Manchester, England, who provided us with a ton of great UK sites. Second is Drazen in Croatia, who was kind enough to suggest a great page, plus tell us a bit about what it’s like to be a hockey fan in Croatia. Amazing.
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