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via Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
After making the initial kick save on Derek Grant’s snap from the wing, Ward flashes the paddle and lunges cross-crease, knocking Colin Greening’s sure rebound conversion away and stamping out Karlsson’s point streak at five games.
“I had goosebumps after that one,” Ward told reporters after the victory, admitting the rebound was a bad one on his part. True, the struggling Greening (24 GP, 0 G) should’ve buried that puck, but Ward deserves props for the desperate paddle.
“We play this game for a living, but when you make a save like that, I turn into a little kid,” he said. “It also was a sigh of relief to get that save because that was a big part of the game in the first period.”
Wow, I am sure most of us can recall some minor pulls, tugs, etc. that have been called.
Guess chopping Jiri Tlusty's stick is OK.
Alex Semin is out with a concussion per Kirk Muller today.
Here is the hit from Alex Pietrangelo on Nov. 16th which probably caused the concussion.
From last Friday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Eric Staal and his brother Jordan, Jiri Tlusty, Alex Semin and Tuomo Ruutu, making $27.6 million, have 11 goals between them for the Carolina Hurricanes, if you’re looking for bang for the buck. Radek Dvorak has as many goals as Eric Staal and Semin.
-Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal where you can read a few more notes...
from John Manasso at NHL.com,
Rutherford said he plans on making the 150-mile trip from Raleigh next Wednesday to watch DiPietro play in person against the Hershey Bears. Ironically, Rutherford said he got to know DiPietro during collective bargaining sessions during last season's lockout; DiPietro was on the NHLPA's negotiating committee.
"I liked him," said Rutherford, himself a former NHL goalie. "I liked him as a goalie over the years. He's had a very unlucky career. He's had to deal with several injuries, so I feel once he gets in shape that he's a capable NHL goalie. How long is that going to take and is he going to at some point end up with the Hurricanes or will it end up being with another NHL team? We were going through the list of goalies and he was the goalie that we were the most familiar with."
Rutherford said if anything were to happen to Justin Peters, who has gone 1-5-0 while backstopping the Hurricanes in the absence of Ward and Khudobin, the Hurricanes would "accelerate" the timetable on which they want DiPietro potentially to arrive.
"It's always hard for any player, and I think especially a goalie, to miss training camp," Rutherford said. "You just get further and further behind. Yeah, he hasn't had many practices. He had one practice and he got thrown into the game. The two games he's played he's been OK. He has a couple more levels that he's capable of getting to and that's what we’re watching."
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Hockey people are not big on Disney-like comeback stories. To them, it was clear that Malhotra’s NHL career was over. But luckily, not only was Malhotra’s vision not very good at the time, his hearing wasn’t either. He was never directed to retire, or at least, he claims, never heard those words from anyone who was important to him, or whose opinion he valued. “I believed in myself. My family and friends believed in me,” he says. “Players who I had played with, played against, retired players in the Vancouver area, all said the same thing: ‘If you feel you can still play, go and get it.’”
Malhotra scored the first goal of his comeback Tuesday night on an overtime breakaway against Philadelphia, snapping a five-game losing streak for the Carolina Hurricanes. On Wednesday he spoke to me about about self-belief. “I always knew I was healthy enough to play; I always felt I had something to offer,” he says. “The biggest thing was just getting that opportunity again.
“I’ve always been grateful (for) every moment I’ve played in the NHL. But (the injury) puts it into perspective, just how close it was to having it all be done for me.
“After everything I’ve been through, it’s special to know that there is still a (team) who believes in me.”
The fact remains that Vancouver’s doctors and hockey personnel agreed Malhotra was endangering himself on the ice.
NEW YORK -- Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Ryan Murphy has been fined $2,213.68, the maximum permitted under the CBA, for clipping New York Rangers forward Derek Dorsett in NHL Game No. 205 in New York on Saturday, Nov. 2, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 13:36 of the second period. Murphy was assessed a minor penalty for clipping.
Watch the hit here if you missed it earlier.
via Katie Strang of ESPNNewYork,
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault made it clear after his team's 5-1 win over the Hurricanes on Saturday night that he did not like Ryan Murphy's second-period hit on Derek Dorsett.
The rookie defenseman appeared to undercut Dorsett, upending him in a play that infuriated Dorsett's teammates and resulted in a clipping penalty.
"I mean, in my opinion, that's real dangerous," Vigneault said. "Any time you're going for knees, you're looking at career-ending injuries here."
Dorsett appeared to be OK after the hit, but that didn't seem to placate Vigneault.
"That was borderline very, very dangerous."
The only video of the hit I could find can be viewed below and Murphy did receive two for clipping...
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
Long before they lost both Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin to injuries in the space of 10 days, the Hurricanes lost Frederik Andersen to a contract squabble. They had taken the Dane with the 187th pick of the 2010 draft, and he looked like one of those rare late-round picks who might actually pan out.
But Andersen refused to sign, telling the Hurricanes they had too much goaltending depth with Ward and Brian Boucher, and went back into the 2012 draft, where he was taken by the Anaheim Ducks, an organization with more goaltending depth than the Hurricanes. Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford took the rare step of issuing a press release criticizing both the player and his new agent, Ritch Winter.
“We tried to sign Frederik to a contract, and made him aware that we felt there was an opportunity here for him to earn one of our two NHL spots during training camp,” Rutherford’s statement read. “We are very disappointed that he chose not to join our organization. Prior to him changing his agent, we had every indication that he was very interested in being a part of the Carolina Hurricanes.”
By now, given Boucher’s sudden departure and Ward’s frequent injuries, Andersen probably would have played in as many as 40 NHL games for the Hurricanes during the past two seasons. Instead, he has played three games for the Ducks this season – with top American prospect John Gibson still ahead of him on the long-term depth chart – while the Hurricanes are forced once again to rely on Justin Peters, who despite his NHL contract is not at this point an NHL goalie.
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