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from Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly,
Eric Lindros and John LeClair are years removed from their playing days, but they are still teammates.
The two made that clear Thursday night as they were inducted into the Flyers' Hall of Fame. They didn’t say it, but they didn’t need to. Lindros and LeClair remain fiercely defensive and supportive of one another, nearly 20 years after they dominated in the game of hockey.
LeClair, for instance, still doesn’t understand all the criticism his linemate and friend faced during his tenure in Philadelphia. To LeClair, Lindros always went “above and beyond.” He was one of the greatest players to play the game, LeClair said, one of the greatest he ever played with.
“What hype did he not live up to?” LeClair asked. “I mean, he won a Hart Trophy. He scored 100 points. I never got that. He had the respect of his teammates and carried the Flyers for five years or however many years he was here. How many?”
continued including video highlight of the induction...
FYI, the NHL Network showed the complete ceremony last night along with the game. The ceremony started at 7:00pm ET and the game started around 8:00pm.
I do hope this sets a precedence for the network and as we know, they have not shown these types of ceremonies in full in the past.
“We’re pleased that we got the point. Obviously it didn’t look too good with 30 seconds left, so we’ll take the point. Would have preferred two. Find a way to get one in the shootout, but when we look at the game. . .
“We get scored on in the first 30 seconds and the first shot coming home from that road trip, we could have responded differently. At least we responded positively. I thought we found our game after that.
“We’re pretty good through about 36 minutes, and then they scored and I thought after that, well into the third period, we were kind of on our heels. Maybe the fear of losing crept in a little bit. Got desperate at the end and scored.”
-Todd McLellan, head coach of the San Jose Sharks after a 3-2 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers at home. More from McLellan from David Pollak of Working The Corners.
Highlights from the 11 games last night.
No update on the extent of the injury and it will be tough on the Canucks if Hamuis is lost for a lengthy period.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
Most notably, the Maple Leafs decided to buck tradition by skipping the customary salute to fans following a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. During the last couple seasons every win at Air Canada Centre has been celebrated in the same way: With players skating to centre ice and raising their sticks in the air.
At least every win until this one.
While one member of the team told me afterwards that the group was simply looking to change things up and didn’t intend to offend the paying customers, the gesture certainly left plenty of room for another interpretation.
It has been a trying season in Toronto, with fans often booing the team and throwing sweaters on the ice repeatedly during games. Already the Leafs have been beaten by three or more goals in their building on four occasions.
added 9:41pm, Well okay then, a semi-stick salute.
added 10:00am, Oh, and then there is this...
Patrick Roy said post-game Tanguay will be evaluated on Friday.
Sportsnet style and note, the video is 25 minutes long.
Some great names on this list...
Bruce Boudreau when asked about Sami Vatanen’s Corsi rating...
“I don’t know, I’ve never looked at a Corsi number so that tells you my answer. I don’t pay any attention to any of that.
“I can tell by my eyes whether he is playing good or bad.”
More on the Ducks from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times as Ryan Kesler returns to Vancouver tonight.
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Thursday the acquisition of defenseman Bryan Allen from the Anaheim Ducks, in return for forward Rene Bourque.
Allen, 34, recorded one assist in six games thus far with the Ducks in 2014-15, averaging 18:12 of ice time per game. He recorded four shots on goal, 11 hits, 10 blocked shots and served four penalty minutes. He missed 14 games due to a lower-body injury.
Since he first joined the NHL back in 2000-01, Allen has recorded a total of 135 points (29 goals, 106 assists) in 716 regular season games. He scored five game winning goals. The 6'05'' and 223 lbs forward also served 837 penalty minutes and displays a +28 plus/minus differential.
added 4:47pm, DA press release is below...
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