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Three fights in the first four seconds, all received five for fighting.
note 9:03pm, replaced the original video…
“He still has some symptoms. It hasn’t totally disappeared. We’ll let the medical people deal with him when he gets back. Hopefully for his sake, not the team’s sake, but more for his sake that he gets better.
“It’s important for the individual here that he takes care of himself. The organization, medical staff, upper management and everybody has always done the right thing as far as that’s concerned, and that won’t change.”
-Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien on Marc Savard, via Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston.
I thought I was totally joking when I asked a couple of All-Star goalies how they would feel about a goaltender’s fastest skater competition. But last night’s first overall pick in the NHL’s inaugural All-Star Fantasy Draft, Carolina’s Cam Ward, let the cat out of the bag that tonight, my little joke would indeed become a reality as part of this year’s SuperSkills.
“Rumor is that I’m going to be doing that tonight,” Ward said. “I hope my legs don’t turn to jelly and I don’t bite it into the corner or anything like that.”
“I think I’m going up against Tim Thomas.”
Boston and Carolina fans have since endured some heart palpitations, I’m sure.
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via Bob McKenzie tweet,
To no one’s surprise, BOS’s Marc Savard has been diagnosed with a concussion. Out indefinitely at this point.
If you missed the hit that caused the concussion, you can watch it here.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Marc Savard got a scare last week when he was slammed into the boards during a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but came out of the incident with only some recurring neck pain.
The 33-year-old center might not have been so lucky this time around as Savard had to be helped off the ice little more than three minutes into the second period against the Avalanche with what appeared to be a head injury.
Savard, who had been only a few months removed from post-concussion syndrome symptoms that wiped out his summer and the beginning of his season, took a hit to the head when he and Matt Hunwick collided in the corner going for a puck.
added 5:51pm, Julien says Savard will go back to Boston to be evaluated by team doctors.
added 7:27pm, video of the hit can be watched below…
via Joe Haggerty tweet,
Zdeno Chara said he got idea for hat-tossing pantomime after his hat trick from Peter Bondra, and always hoped he’d be able to do it someday
Chara’s hat toss starts at the 1:50 mark of the video.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Savard said that he didn’t have any headaches after the game, but he used concussion buzz words like “bell rung” and “dazed” after the game was over to describe his feelings after the hit. He assured that he felt “okay” after the game, and hoped that feeling would continue as the adrenaline peeled away in the hours following the loss.
“All I want to do, is make sure I gather my thoughts, you know, and everything came back together … fine,” said Savard. “I’ll monitor it and watch the rest of the day here, see how I feel a little bit … I was a little bit shaken up.”
more and watch the hit…
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
These nags need a lot more than a swig of something. They need to be put out to pasture.
One game after coach Cory Clouston explained his team’s scoring woes by saying “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink,” the Senators laid another big fat egg. Only this time, they stunk at both ends of the ice.
The 6-0 loss to the Bruins at TD Garden was their sixth straight setback and it exposed the Senators for the very bad team they have become.
“Not a lot of good out of that game,” said Clouston. “We just turned the pucks over too many times. We had our chances, hit a crossbar and post, and they came right down on us both times and score to make it 4-0, 5-0. That kind of summed everything up. We’re so fragile right now. We don’t have that resiliency you need in this league.”...
Surely, the Senators are going to make some kind of significant move soon. Whether it’s by firing Clouston or dumping players. Something has to be done.
“We’ll have to reflect on what happened (Tuesday), make adjustments and move forward,” said Clouston.
A number of scouts were in the building Tuesday night, as was L.A. Kings GM Dean Lombardi. Unfortunately for Bryan Murray, his team wasn’t anything to look at. Or want.
read on for a game recap…
It’s never a cinch to select the rosters for an All-Star game in any sport and, with a bizarre “fantasy draft” format for this year’s NHL midseason showcase and the game’s first six participants already selected via fan balloting, filling out this season’s All-Star pool of 42 has some added challenge to it, to say the least.
For starters, dividing things by conference is no longer a provision, as the remaining 36 All-Stars named today will go into said pool along with the elected top-six for a field of 42. With that in mind, and factoring in at least one representative for every member club, there will be notable omissions, no matter how this list is put together, or by whom.
Nevertheless, always one to face a challenge head-on, in keeping with my annual tradition (whether an All-Star game has been played or not), I’ve put together my own list of mid-season honorees, complete with a set of 12 rookies to be featured in the skills competition at All-Star Weekend, as the NHL Hockey Operations department will do later today.
(For clarity’s sake, I’ve already accounted for the fan selections.)
Deep breaths, everyone. Here goes nothing, with a few explanations afterwards…
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from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Chara was also out on the ice for all three of Montreal’s goals in the final few minutes of the third period and the overtime session, and he clearly had some explaining to do.
Chara’s icing attempt at an empty-net goal with Carey Price yanked from the Montreal net turned out be a big play in the game: it forced a face-off in Boston’s defensive zone with their fourth line on the ice when it missed wide of the net by a mere four inches.
That sequence of events perfectly set up Brian Gionta’s game-tying goal second later after a James Wisniewski point shot bounced off both Tim Thomas’ skate and Gionta’s skate before skidding by the stunned B’s goaltender.
Chara was his usual solid Slovakian presence throughout the game, and the B’s Captain went cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs after the game was over.
more plus watch Chara go ‘cuckoo’ below…
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