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Callahan Out with Broken Ankle

From Jesse Spector at The Blueshirts Blog:

One more injury for the Rangers in this MASH unit regular season, and it’s a big one. Ryan Callahan is “out indefinitely” with a broken ankle, and John Tortorella called it a “long-term” issue after the winger blocked a Zdeno Chara slap shot late in the third period of last night’s 5-3 win over the Bruins at the Garden.

Callahan, who returned to the lineup on February 1 after breaking his hand blocking a Kris Letang shot on December 15 in Pittsburgh, will not need surgery.


Video below shows shot block which caused the injury:

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  Tags: ryan+callahan, zdeno+chara

Picking On Kane

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

Patrick Kane said he isn’t the mystery chirper who angered the Bruins’ Shawn Thornton during a game Tuesday in Boston, but the Blackhawks winger nearly paid the price for it anyway.

“I didn’t say anything,” Kane said Friday night before the Hawks played the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. “You have the wrong guy on that one.”

Thornton was upset at something that was said as he made his way to the bench after suffering a deep gash on his forehead that took 40 stitches to close. Several of the Bruins apparently thought Kane was the culprit and confronted the 5-foot-10, 178-pound winger.

“I was going out for the (next) faceoff and the next thing I know three guys are around me,” said Kane, who has not been in a fight in his four NHL seasons. “I don’t know if they thought I said it or what. I was like, ‘What did I do to deserve this?’”


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Golfing Suggestion for Leafs

From Douglas Flynn of NESN, via Tweets:

—Marchand admitted he made golf swing gesture to Toronto bench I spotted as he jawed with Leafs toward the end of the second period.

—Marchand on the golf swing: “Yeah, that was a little immature of me. I shouldn’t have done that.”

—I wasn’t the only one to spot Marchand’s swing. He heard about it between periods. “I got a little bit of an earful. It won’t happen again.”

—By the way, I asked Marchand about his own golf game, and he said handicap was 6 or 7. I’m sure he’s hoping not to work on it for a while.

At The Bruins Blog:

Marchand said that Phil Kessel popped him in the mouth and there should’ve been a penalty. Instead there was a razzing from the bench and then the gesture.[...]

“He’s been a good player for us,” said Julien. “And again, his emotions can sometimes be a positive, and sometimes you don’t want to cross the line. You certainly don’t like that when it happens, so it’s just a learning process.”

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  Tags: brad+marchand, phil+kessel

Video- Now This Is A Fight - Rosehill vs. Lucic

Jay Rosehill of the Leafs takes on Milan Lucic of the Bruins.

Not many fights these days catch my eye, but this on tonight did.

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  Tags: jay+rosenhill, milan+lucic

Boston’s Thornton Takes Skate To Forehead And Abuse From A Blackhawk

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

At 3:31 of the second period, Thornton was cut by Fernando Pisani’s skate blade. Thornton was trying to finish his check when he lost his balance and fell. The blade carved open a J-shaped wound above Thornton’s right eye. Had it been an inch lower, Thornton might have lost his eye. Thornton required 40-plus stitches to close the gash. Thornton didn’t return.

“Lucky,’’ Thornton said. “A little lower and it could have been on my eye. No headache, no concussion, no nothing. It’s throbbing a little bit from getting a lot of stitches in there. But nothing bad.’’

Thornton wasn’t pleased about an unidentified Blackhawk chirping. As Thornton made his way to the dressing room, he heard one of the Blackhawks give him the business from the bench. Thornton stopped and made it known he didn’t appreciate it.

“There was some stuff said that I’m not very happy about,’’ Thornton said. “If I ever find out who it was, I’ll deal with it in my own way.’’

read on and watch Thornton post-game and a video of the injury below…

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  Tags: shawn+thornton

A Clean Shot

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

“There’s a lot of situations where you want to front pucks, but you’re probably screening your goaltender and hurting him more than you’re helping him. Other times, we’ve got guys boxed out and Timmy was able to see them. That’s the part that’s probably changed a little bit.’’

The way Thomas visualizes the defensive zone, he sees a rectangle-shaped box that stretches from just below the tops of the circles to the low slot. He figures any shot taken from outside that box is stoppable as long as he sees the puck leave the stick.

“Anything outside of that box, if I can see it, I’m pretty much going to save it,’’ Thomas said. “Inside that box, you’ve got to make sure you pressure that shot and make him get it off quick. Then if I see it and they don’t have time to delay it and fool me, then I’m going to save it.’’

Within that box, however, is the gray area.


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Savard Concerned About His Memory

from Pierre LeBrun or ESPN,

Wish I had better news to forward on the Marc Savard front, but it’s quite the opposite. A source told ESPN.com Saturday that the concussed Bruins center is having “real memory problems and he’s quite worried about it.”

Just another reminder how serious the concussion issue is around the NHL. Savard’s career is in serious doubt and that’s just not right.

I bring this up because I’m uncomfortable with the way Mark Recchi got off the hook pretty lightly this past week for his comments doubting the severity of Max Pacioretty’s concussion in Montreal. Yes, Recchi later explained it was a move to take the heat off teammate Zdeno Chara ahead of his much anticipated rematch with the Canadiens.

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  Tags: marc+savard, mark+recchi

Canes, Bolts Present Huge Tests for Each Other this Weekend (and a Quick Thought on Boston/Montreal)

For the Carolina Hurricanes, tonight’s game in Tampa against the Lightning, the first half of a home-and-home between the two clubs, is about picking up two points and doing their part to stay alive in the race for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The ‘Canes trail eighth-place Buffalo by three points as each team prepares for its 74th game of the year tonight, with the Sabres hosting the Florida Panthers.

For the home squad, it’s about picking up the pieces and restoring whatever’s been lost of late. The Lightning have managed just a single regulation win this month and have seen their prolific offense dry up, averaging only 2.18 goals per game in March. Take out last Monday’s six-goal outburst in Toronto and that number shrinks below two – unfathomable, really, for a team that had averaged over three tallies per game not all that long ago.

Tampa Bay’s miserable March has included a quartet of losses to also-rans most recently, falling to Ottawa twice, Florida and the New York Islanders, but tonight, the Lightning will be forced to match the intensity level of a team still very much alive in the playoff race and combat the desperation that comes with so much on the line.

The Lightning aren’t in any real danger of missing the post-season – in fact, with a pair of regulation wins over Carolina tonight and tomorrow, they’ll close the book on that remote possibility outright – but, with their production having plummeted so severely these last few weeks, there’s no doubting the very real threat of an early playoff exit. With nine games remaining on the regular season docket, Tampa has some time to figure things out but, the worse this gets, the harder that will become, meaning the time to put an end to their current struggles is now.

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  Tags: dwayne+roloson, ryan+malone, steve+downie, steve+yzerman, zdeno+chara

Morning Line

There was a distinct Charlie Sheen/Jerry Springer flavor in and around the Garden before the puck was dropped. One can only imagine how it was playing back home in Quebec. Les Habs and their fans won’t soon forgive Chara for shoving Pacioretty, and more gas was doused on the French-Canadian fires when folks learned of Recchi’s radio remarks.

-Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe on the Habs/Bruins game last night.  Read all about it.

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What Do YOU Expect in Boston Tonight?

We’ve learned over the years not to expect much from so-called revenge games, like tonight’s Montreal/Boston showdown – the first meeting between the two since the ill-fated collision of Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty and a poorly-placed, scarcely-padded stanchion.

You know, the hit that was either attempted murder on Chara’s behalf or a hockey play gone afoul, depending on who you ask?

You know, the hit that either concussed Pacioretty and fractured a vertebra in his neck or resulted in a little boo-boo, depending on whether or not Mark Recchi is asked his opinion?

Yeah, you know.

And, if you don’t, you’ve either been in a coma (or maybe just napping, according to Recchi?) or under a rock somewhere since the play in question went down a little more than two weeks ago.

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  Tags: david+koci, mark+recchi, max+pacioretty, max+pacioretty, zdeno+chara

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