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from the Toronto Star,
The game, the arguments, the video reviews, ground in the playoff race, another forward to an ankle injury, another to a three-game suspension; all gone in what was for them a frustrating and heart-wrenching 3-2 overtime defeat to the Carolina Hurricanes.
And in the Toronto dressing room afterwards, their anger roiled over what they felt were injustices meted out on Tobacco Road….
After reciting a litany of decisions he disagreed with, ending with what he said was a “lousy call on Antropov,” a seething coach Paul Maurice snapped: “But that’s my judgment. That’s the way I feel, that’s the way the hockey players feel. That’s what the camera (replays) looked like to me. Let’s just do it this way. We’ve been out here and friendly long enough. If you want to get the story, go ask the people who made the judgments. We disagree. That’s all I have to say.’‘
from the AP via NHL.com,
Alex Ovechkin scored his fourth goal of the night with 1:26 left in overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 5-4 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.
Ovechkin finished with four goals and one assist for five points, but the last one was the biggest. He took a crossing pass from Jeff Schultz and beat Montreal goalie Cristobal Huet from in front for the overtime goal.
The All-Star scored Washington’s first, third, fourth and fifth goals. He also assisted on Viktor Kozlov’s goal. Kozlov finished with a goal and two assists.
AO now has 43 goals this season.
video added 2/1/08
added 9:24am on 2/1/08, via Capitals Insider,
“Today was special day,” Ovechkin said after the team doctor went to work on his nose, which he broke for the fifth time. “I broke my nose, I have stitches, I score four goals. Everything go to my face.”
From Terry Frei at ESPN,
Just when you think it’s safe (or advisable) to write off Theodore… He rallies.
Just when you think it’s time to say he’s got his groove back… He falters.
That’s not all that dissimilar to the pattern of his tenure with the Canadiens, but now he’s a 31-year-old goalie trying to save his career.
The guy has more goaltending lives than Felix “The Cat” Potvin.
From Kevin Allen at USA Today,
At the start of this season, the general impression of the Coyotes was that they were still a patchwork team, a mixture of seemingly mismatched veterans and raw youngsters held together with crack filler and coach Wayne Gretzky’s good name.
Since Bryzgalov was plucked from the Anaheim Ducks on waivers, the Coyotes look like a cohesive group of skilled players. The Coyotes haven’t just been good since Bryzgalov arrived, they have been impressively good. The arrival of Bryzgalov has simply allowed us to see the real Coyotes.
From Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,
GB has done one heck of a job. Costs, for the most part, are capped. Revenue is up. Attendance is stable though lower than annually reported since the NHL came off the second of Bettman’s forced lockouts. And—this is most important and dear to every owner’s heart—the value of franchises has risen dramatically on his watch
Example: the expected sale of the Edmonton Oilers. The struggling franchise in what is arguably the NHL’s smallest city is expected to change hands for upwards of $200 million. Compare that to the $50 million cost of an expansion franchise (Ottawa and Anaheim) the day before Bettman was anointed in Palm Beach, Fla. in February 1993. Even with inflation, the increase is staggering—not nearly the value of an NFL or Major League franchise or even one in the NBA (which is hard to gauge because there haven’t been nearly as many in bankruptcy or for sale), but in the NHL, it’s a noteworthy achievement.
*related: an earlier article considering Bettman’s tenure posted on KK today.
Update 6:32pm ET: Pierre LeBrun at the CP flashes back on Bettman’s legacy today as well.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Nobody will ever convince me that criminalizing any and all minor ripple effects of someone’s physiological and/or psychological condition isn’t as barbaric and impractical as Canada’s court system gets.
The Lafleur family deserves our compassion, not any more punishment than their son’s poor choices have already delivered upon them.
They have been humiliated enough as it is, and the petty, spiteful charge Guy Lafleur faces today will do absolutely nothing to either end their misery or make the streets of Montreal safer.
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
That’s not good judgment on Guy’s part. His son is facing a laundry list of very serious charges including sexual assault of a 17-year old, uttering death threats, kidnapping, forcible confinement, drug possession (more than one count) and assorted acts of mayhem that police thought endangered people’s lives. It’s one thing if Marc Lafleur violated the terms of his bail, it’s something else again if his father helped him do it.
more and other NHL bits from Jim…
Update 7:05pm ET: Lafleur turns himself in to the authorities a day earlier than previously announced. He was released without condition and is set to appear in court February 7th.
Nice little feature from yesterday’s NBC Today Show, covering the pond hockey tournament recently in Minnesota.
*more at USA Pond Hockey
Anaheim Ducks’ GM Brian Burke will be Gary Bettman’s guest on the NHL Hour today.
The NHL Hour broadcasts live Thursdays from 4-5 pm ET on NHL Home Ice, (XM channel 204) and NHL.com. The show will re-run on XM Satellite Radio and NHL.com, with archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
However, as the team emerges from the All-Star break with visions of a Northwest Division title and a 100 point season, Flames general manager Darryl Sutter recognizes he has at least one missing piece…
Sources say the Flames and Florida Panthers have already discussed Calgary’s interest in Olli Jokinen, but the asking price is high - believed to be forward Alex Tanguay and a young player or a prospect.
Forsberg, Sundin and Jokinen are longshots and may never be available or attainable.
However, there is a sense the Flames see a lot of promise in this season, and while Feb. 26 may come and go without significant change, there is an appetite to swing for the fence with less than a month to go.
From Jim Barber at Simcoe.com,
The 31-year-old native of King City was without an NHL contract to start the season, and has spent much of the past few months trying to stay in shape on his own in anticipation of a potential offer from an NHL club.
But he missed being around a team atmosphere and so got in contact with the Colts.
“I am friends with (assistant coach) Drake (Berehowsky), and a friend of mine’s good friends with (head coach) Marty (Williamson). I just got in touch with them. I was looking to get back on the ice,” O’Neill told Simcoe.com after practice on Wednesday.
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