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from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Blues forward Ville Nieminen will not be suspended for his hit on Detroit defenseman Brett Lebda in Saturday’s 3-2 shootout victory. Lebda left the game on a stretcher in the first period, and Nieminen received a five-minute major boarding penalty and a game misconduct.
fromm the Vancouver Sun,
And who, pray tell, was responsible for that script?
“I don’t know, man,” shrugged a smiling McCarty. “I’ve had a couple of those scripts. The Stanley Cup-winning goal [in 1997]. The hat trick [against Roy in the 2002 playoffs]. I’ve had some moments.
“I’ll never replace that winning-the-Cup game and scoring that goal, but to take just a game in general, [the March 26, 1997 contest] was the greatest game I’ve ever played in, that I ever saw. Just because it had every ingredient you could ever want. That game had everything.”
from the Boston Herald,
Ward was a member of the Red Wings at the time, and vividly recalls the night Detroit finally exacted revenge for Claude Lemieux’ brutal cheap shot on Kris Draper in the previous year’s playoffs. Darren McCarty pounded Lemieux into a bloody mess, while goalies Mike Vernon and Patrick Roy took center stage in an unlikely main event.
“The funny thing about that situation is we had already had games (since the Draper hit),” Ward said. “There was no indication given by anybody that anything was going to happen. I was in complete disbelief.”
Ward was never known as a fighter, but ended up in the middle of the fray, matched up against Avalanche enforcer Brent Severyn in one of the night’s many bouts.
“I think that was the worst ass-kicking I’ve ever taken in a fight,” Ward said. “We started off the second period with me and Larry Murphy on defense and I said to Larry if anything happens, don’t worry, I’ll take care of it. . . . I didn’t realize that before the shift even started, Severyn had already taken off his elbow pads and his shoulder pads
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from the Detroit Free Press,
Will Schneider continue to smile on Detroit? Maybe, maybe not.
He is eligible for free agency this summer, and so far talks that began during training camp haven’t progressed. Schneider has touched base with general manager Ken Holland on the matter and wants to remain with the Wings.
In addition to Schneider, Pavel Datsyuk, Todd Bertuzzi, Kyle Calder, Danny Markov, Kirk Maltby, Chris Chelios and Dominik Hasek are some of the players whose contracts expire in July. Schneider makes $3.3 million this season and given his offensive prowess, especially on the power play, he’s guaranteed to draw competitive offers from other teams. The Wings can’t bring everyone back, so Schneider could end up finishing his career elsewhere. He is determined to play at least until 2010 in order to have a shot at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.
Ville Nieminen hit Brett Lebda into the boards, driving his head into the glass. Lebda was bleeding, taken off on a stretcher.
I thought I saw some movement in his legs and arms…
Nieminen got five and a game.
update 2:46pm, Concussion for Lebda, alert and awake, going to the hospital.
Chat it up today during the Wings/Blues game. Game time is 2pm EDT today.
from the Detroit News,
Henrik Zetterberg expects to be ready for the playoffs—but he’s realistic.
With any back injury, it’s a bit of a guessing game.
“If it’s the same progress as it’s been the last week, I’ll be playing,” Zetterberg said. “But you never know with the back. A little tweak, or something, and you’re right back at the beginning.”
from Damien Cox at his blog, The Spin,
For a guy who hadn’t played since October following back surgery, he looked fine, if neither imposing nor particularly dangerous and probably a little tentative.
At 32 years of age with a lot of water under the bridge, this is Bertuzzi’s best chance to re-establish himself as a top-flight NHL attacker. The Red Wings, unlike the Canucks when Bertuzzi was in Vancouver, are a team that relies on skill, speed and experience to win games, and at his best Bertuzzi has always been more of a finesse player than a muscleman.
Whether he can produce enough to stay with Datsyuk will be interesting to see. Henrik Zetterberg didn’t play for the Wings last night, so there was ice time available for Bertuzzi to take in a variety of offensive situations.
Two days after Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock criticized goaltender Dominik Hasek for diving on a play that led to the winning goal for Calgary, the two cleared the air in a private meeting Thursday morning.
“We explained to each other what we feel about it,” Hasek said. “I don’t agree with him that I embellished or whatever he said, but we were talking about it and I don’t have any problems with the coach. He called the meeting and he explained to me everything. No problems, no bad feelings from him to me or me to him.”
Holmstrom & Bertuzzi trying to perfect the double screen tonight.
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