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"I'm pretty confident in this group right now. Every time it looked like we were going on a slide, these guys found a way to rebound."
-Jon Cooper after the Tampa Bay Lightning went down 0-2 to the Montreal Canadiens. More on the Lightning from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times.
“We didn’t have the puck enough. When we had it, we’ve got to start putting pucks in the areas where we can get them back. We’ve got to get pucks in areas where once we get it, we can hang on to it. I thought we didn’t play with the puck as much as we normally do, but the one thing about our team tonight — I thought we got better and better as the periods went on.
‘The third period was obviously our best period, but we started playing more of our game in the third period than in the first two. We’ve got to kind of make those adjustments here, and hopefully have three periods more like the third period was, and capitalize on the chances that we had.”
-Claude Julien post-game after the Boston Bruins lost 1-0 to the Detroit Red Wings. More from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.
At the end of the night, we handed them their opportunities and their goals. We skated well, the effort was great but we made a couple mistakes that cost us.
-Lindy Ruff, head coach of the Dallas Stars after their 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. More post-game quotes from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News. The Stars are down 0-2 to the Ducks.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Lehtonen last was in the postseason in 2007 as a member of the Atlanta Thrashers. Just 23 at the time, he had helped the Thrashers make the playoffs for the first time by forging a 34-24-9 record. In the opening game against the New York Rangers, he lost a 4-2 contest and was replaced by Johan Hedberg in Game 2. In Game 3, he returned and allowed seven goals in a 7-0 loss, and that’s the last memory he has of the playoffs.
But he said that’s not a problem for him.
“I’ve gotten pretty good at not looking back at all,” he said. “The past is too far away, so I don’t want to carry that or look back on that. To me, I have worked all year for this moment, and I think I’m ready.”
And yet he does appreciate the maturing he’s done. He was, after all, the second overall pick in the 2002 draft. So when the Thrashers traded him to Dallas for defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy and a fourth-round draft pick in 2010, it was clear Atlanta had given up on him. Lehtonen said he used that motivation to drop 20 pounds, get himself in better shape and start to understand the position of goaltending.
“One of the things I love about Kari is he is a real battler,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said. “People tell him he’s injury-prone or out of shape, and he proves them wrong. People say he can’t get us to the playoffs, and he proves them wrong. He lets his actions speak for him.”
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
Alex Ovechkin has received criticism for his absentee defensive play throughout his nine-year NHL career and in the third period of a blowout loss against the Dallas Stars Tuesday night he offered more fuel for his detractors.
At the midway point of the period, Stars veteran Ray Whitney chipped the puck through the neutral zone up to Alex Chiasson, who raced into the Washington end. As the play moved toward the Washington net, though, Ovechkin glided near the offensive blueline, slowly moving up toward the red line and then completely missed Whitney as he cut in front of him to drive down the slot.
It wasn’t until Whitney passed him that Ovechkin took a full stride, even then it was only two steps before he coasted again.
continued with quotes from Oates and video of the goal or watch the video, with evidence, below...
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Stars center Rich Peverley will make a decision this summer on potentially resuming his career, but he said Friday he feels great and is working out.
“It’s a question that I think, initially, I really wanted to know the answer to, and it’s going to be a process of coming back,” Peverley said in his first Q&A with the media since collapsing on the Stars bench March 10 because of a heart condition.
“The recovery process is going to take time, and as cliché as this sounds, I’ve really learned the past week that it is ‘day-by-day,’” Peverley added. “I went on the ice yesterday, and ultimately my goal would be to come back if it’s the right time.”
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill released the following statement:
“Rich Peverley underwent successful surgery to correct an abnormal heart rhythm at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday, March 18. He is currently in normal sinus rhythm. He was released from the Cleveland Clinic today and is expected to return to Dallas tomorrow. He will be monitored closely and may require further treatment. There is no decision being made at this time on his ability to return to hockey participation.”
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
The National Hockey League was patting itself on the back this week after doctors saved Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley’s life when he went into cardiac arrest during a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The NHL made a number of changes to its medical policies after the Detroit Red Wings’ Jiri Fischer suffered a similar heart problem during a game in 2005. The rules require home teams to provide two doctors, a plastic surgeon and a dentist for each game, and every rink must be equipped with a defibrillator.
These policies and the quick response of the medical staff and an unidentified woman who left her seat to begin CPR saved Peverley’s life.
But the information that has come out following the incident raises serious questions about why Peverley was playing Monday night. Doctors discovered a heart problem during a routine physical exam last summer. It was recommended that Peverley undergo surgery in Cleveland, but he opted for a minor procedure that allowed him to return to action early in the regular season.
Lindy Ruff talks about Rich Peverley attending the Stars' practice today.
from Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas,
Stars forward Rich Peverley will not play again this season and will undergo a procedure to try to regulate his heart rate.
The surgery, which will take place in Cleveland, was originally scheduled for the offseason. The recovery time is a few months.
"His season for participated in hockey is over," said Dr. Robert J. Dimeff, primary care sports medicine director at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
Peverley, 31, collapsed on the Stars bench early in Monday's game with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was treated immediately by medical personnel on the scene in the tunnel that leads from the ice to the Stars' dressing room.
Doctors on the scene said Peverley was treated for a cardiac event and that he was defibrillated successfully after one attempt. Peverley was talking as he was transported to UT Southwestern St. Paul Hospital with his wife, Natalie, on Monday, where he has remained undergoing tests.
Dr. Dimeff said that tests that Peverley has undergone have been normal.
added 4:30pm, Video below of Rich Peverley statement at press conference...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Jiri Fischer was at home in suburban Detroit with his 7-year-old son Monday night, catching up on all the NHL action and scores.
"Then the big news hit. I watched the video right away," Fischer told ESPN.com on Tuesday in the aftermath of Rich Peverley's scary collapse and cardiac resuscitation.
Impossible to ignore were the flashbacks to his own near-tragic cardiac episode in 2005 while playing for the Detroit Red Wings.
"The two videos are similar, except I'm getting chest compressions while being unconscious on the bench and they carried Rich into the locker room," said Fischer, before adding about watching Monday's video: "Scary, goose bumps ..."
via the Dallas Stars,
Rich Peverley is resting comfortably and being monitored at UT Southwestern St. Paul. He is currently undergoing testing to discover what triggered the cardiac event last night.
The focus of all the testing and monitoring is being dedicated to finding the cause of the event and a long-term solution to rectify the problem.
We do not have any more specifics at the moment.
Rich has been communicating with his teammates and friends. He is extremely grateful for all of the prayers and support that he’s received from fans and friends alike.
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