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from the Ottawa Sun,
Seven days ago, the Senators were shut out by the Kings, the worst team in the NHL. It was their third straight loss. They were in serious trouble. Maybe there wasn’t enough time to fall completely out of the playoff picture, but they were certainly shaping up as easy first-round fodder.
Now, suddenly, they’re smiling again. They have rediscovered their scoring touch. Their broken power play appears fixed. They’re doing a much better job of keeping the puck out of their net.
from the Tennessean,
Predators center David Legwand, who was arrested and charged with driving under intoxication and implied consent on Feb. 15, pleaded guilty Wednesday to reckless driving.
Legwand received a six months suspended sentence and six months probation — contingent on his attendance in alcohol safety school — and was fined $350. He lost his license for a year for refusing a Breathalyzer test at the time of his arrest.
from the Toronto Sun,
Here in the city that once adored the Broad Street Bullies, the lack of energy shown by the Philadelphia Flyers in back-to-back losses to the Maple Leafs is cause for concern.
Especially from general manager Paul Holmgren.
“Absolutely,” he said last night after his team’s 3-2 setback at the hands of the Leafs. “Not about how they got away from us but how we started those games.
“We are flat. We have to have emotion. The emotion this time of year should be ramping up right now and it’s not for our team.
“I know we have a little bit of the flu thing going around but guys were healthy enough to play tonight, healthy enough to play last night and it’s not an excuse this time of year.”
read on, Marty Biron chimes in too…
from the Buffalo News,
The Sabres remain ninth in the East, four points behind Philadelphia after the Flyers lost to Toronto for the second straight night. The Leafs, Washington and Florida all have crept within one point of the Sabres after winning their games Wednesday.
On top of losing a chance to gain ground, the Sabres lost another defenseman. Nathan Paetsch joined Dmitri Kalinin and Jaroslav Spacek on the out-for- weeks list when he suffered a concussion after taking a fierce elbow to the chin from Pittsburgh’s Georges Laraque with 17:26 left in the second period. Paetsch was out cold on the ice before getting up and wobbling off.
“It was a cheap shot,” said Sabres coach Lindy Ruff. “ . . . I think that’s an easy suspension.”
more on the Sabres…
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Colin Campbell has a thankless job and works very hard at it.
That said, the NHL’s executive vice president and director hockey operations would do well for the league if he and his partners opened the door a little bit on the discipline practices of the league.
When Steve Ott was suspended three games Wednesday for a Sunday hit on Colorado’s Jordan Leopold, the league didn’t tell anyone exactly why.
via the Globe and Mail,
Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin left the game with what a club spokesperson called a “muscle strain” with five minutes remaining in the first period of the Leafs game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday evening.
from the Courier-Post,
The Flyers announced Wednesday they will raise ticket prices for the first time in six years next season, with increases ranging from $1.75 per ticket in the nose bleeds to $7 per ticket in the lower bowl.
The average ticket price will increase from slightly less than $55 to right around $60.
The biggest increase will come on the 168 front-row seats that ring the ice.
Those tickets, all owned by season-ticket holders, will jump from $73 to $175 and will include a $25 gift card good for food, beverages and concessions.
from Icing at the Chicago Tribune,
The Blackhawks’ Martin Havlat is scheduled to undergo surgery on his injured left shoulder in Cleveland on Thursday, according to coach Denis Savard.
It will be the third time the winger has had surgery on the shoulder, the second while with the Blackhawks. He injured it twice this season, missing 22 games after suffering a dislocation during the first game of the season and hasn’t played since re-injuring it Feb. 27.
Savard said Havlat’s rehabilitation should last, “at least four months. Part of it is he’ll have to be in a sling for three weeks doing nothing and then start rehab from there. They’re going to solve that problem that’s in there.”
via Inside the Kings,
(Rob) Blake indicated that he still favors a return to the Kings next season and perhaps beyond, and sees many reasons to be excited about the future.
“I feel like I want to play another year or maybe a couple,” he said. “I’ll approach that this summer and I’ll train like I always do and then see the options that are there for me. My focus has always been Los Angeles since I returned, and even though I don’t like the position that we are in, I still think there are steps that can be taken this summer to really improve this team and take it to another level.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Although nothing is official, the momentum to play Winter Classic II in New York, preferably at Yankee Stadium, live on NBC, on New Year’s Day 2009 is growing, with NHL quietly exploring the possibility by conducting a feasibility study to discuss the pros and cons of the venture.
Even though outdoor games can be risky, expensive and bothersome to stage, there is a growing sentiment in the league to schedule one every year for the foreseeable future, preferably on New Year’s Day, to take advantage of its potential as a made-for-TV event.
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