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from George Vecsey of the New York Times,
The woman was in the heartland of the opponent, wearing a fancy orange and blue jacket commemorating the four Stanley Cups won by the Islanders, albeit a quarter of a century ago.
“New York?” she shouted. “Is this the train to New York?”
It was, indeed. Parallel steel rails now connect the three hockey franchises in the area.
from the AP via TSN,
Martin Brodeur gave Patrick Roy some company in the 500 victory club.
Brodeur reached one of hockey’s rarest milestones, stopping all but two shots in a modest effort thanks to some of New Jersey’s usual stout defense and earned his 500th NHL win.
Brodeur made 26 saves in the Devils’ 6-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night and joined Roy as the only goalies in NHL history with that many victories.
Top 5 Goalies- Wins
1. Patrick Roy, Mon-Col 551
2. x-Martin Brodeur, NJ 500
3. x-Ed Belfour, Chi-SJ-Dal-Tor-Fla 484
4. Terry Sawchuk, Det-Tor-Bos-LA-NYR 447
5. x-Curtis Joseph, StL-Edm-Tor-Det-Pho 446
more at NHL.com
added 10:20pm, from John Kreiser at NHL.com,
“It was a long time coming,” said Brodeur, who finished with 26 saves. “I’m happy it’s done and we can move on now.”
from George Richards at On Frozen Pond,
...That said, there is word few people on this team is real happy with how things are going and there has been word of a possible revolt. I’m not kidding about this.
My take: If JM is shopping Olli, not good. He’s the captain and face of this franchise—for better or worse. If this is true, JM needs to come out and say so. I haven’t had a chance to talk to him about it really, but I will in the near future. Probably tonight. Word of Olli being shopped has leaked to the players and it is not, NOT, sitting well in the room.
I don’t think it’s happening….
added 10:28pm, more from George Richards,
Spoke to JM, Olli and Alan Cohen. They say absolutely no truth to the rumors that Olli has been shopped.
from the Star Tribune (Sunday edition),
Hill is ready to play and finally eligible to do so. Perhaps that will come today against the Colorado Avalanche because he’s formally served the final 19 games of his 20-game suspension for becoming the first NHL player to test positive for steroids.
“I’m as ready as I can be,” said Hill, a Duluth native who denies he used steroids last season while playing for the Islanders. “Obviously there are times when I’m a bit rusty, and maybe my timing won’t be where it should be, but I think we’ve done everything we can as far as preparing, and the rest of the stuff’s going to come the more I play.”
via the Pioneer Press,
Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu has a cracked left fibula, non-displaced, and will miss about a week of action, a team spokesperson said Saturday night.
Koivu was injured when he was slashed by Vancouver’s Mattias Ohlund late in the the third period of the Wild’s 6-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Friday in Vancouver, British Columbia. Ohlund was given a five-minute major. There was no word Saturday night on any possible discipline being handed out to Ohlund by the NHL.
added 10:16pm, You can watch the two-handed slash by Ohlund…
from the CP via TSN,
Just as defenceman Aaron Ward returned from a concussion, blue-liner Andrew Ference was sidelined for a second time this month - this time with a sprained knee.
Ference returned from an upper body injury for the Bruins’ 5-2 victory over Toronto on Thursday night, only to suffer a brand new injury.
more on the Bruins…
From Michael Russo at the Star-Tribune,
If Mattias Ohlund is suspended, it would happen before tomorrow because Vancouver has a game.
It’ll be an interesting decision. After seeing the replay again more closely well after game, one wonders if league disciplinarian Colin Campbell will take into account Ohlund was reacting to Koivu’s attempted elbow.
I would think he would want to suspend him to perhaps keep Wednesdays rematch more civil and to also keep Ohlund safe.
Also, ill tell you what, after looking at Marian Gaborik’s elbow on Ryan Kesler again, he’s lucky he didn’t get a major. It was a leap at Kesler’s head.
*More on this situation written by myself earlier today.
*Additional info on possible suspension time for Ohlund on Jason Botchford’s blog at The Province
from Bruce MacLeaod at Red Wings Corner,
I started reading blogs a couple of years ago and it’s gotten to the point that I can’t remember the last day that I made it through without tasting at least one blog.
My peers look at bloggers as non-journalists … and believe it or not, that’s a slam. They point out that very few bloggers have primary information, instead being so removed from the dressing room that they act as collection houses of information first posted by beat reporters. Commentary thus becomes the only unique part of the blog. My beat-writer peers fear that their blogs will have fewer hits (yes, we speak the language) because that information can be found on other sites.
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
If ever Lou Lamoriello and his rookie coach Brent Sutter had a challenge on their hands, they do now, TODAY, Saturday, as they take on the Flyers this evening in Philadelphia.
Following a pair of home losses to the Rangers and then Islanders, New Jersey has a team that struggles to score goals at even strength and is egregiously futile when they have a man advantage.
On top of it all, they seem to lack overall zip over a 60-minute period, and remarkably, invariably suffer a bad break.
From George Johnson at ESPN,
Iginla, the unquestioned emotional push behind the Flames, is thriving, while Kiprusoff, arguably the most spectacular goaltender in the game over the past three seasons, is nose-diving.
So the spirit is willing, but the flash has been weak.
As Iginla and Kiprusoff go, so go the Flames. And, right now, Calgary finds itself stuck on a treadmill to mediocrity, a game below .500 and a disquieting 1-5 stretch in what could hardly be described as a November to remember.
They’ve both been making headlines for altogether different reasons.
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