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from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
Parise didn’t emerge for the third period after sustaining what coach Mike Yeo called an upper-body injury. There were two big collisions I remember with Parise tonight. One came his first shift when he was bowled over from behind by Robert Bortuzzo. The other came 5:44 into the second when he was cross-checked the ice by Blake Comeau in the slot. Comeau received an interference penalty on the play.
So perhaps the injury stemmed from one of those two hits.
Yeo didn’t reveal the seriousness or nature of the injury postgame. He said he hoped to have a better update after practice Wednesday and said “I sure hope not” when asked if he felt it was serious....
The big controversy of the night came with 3:06 left when Koivu scored. The goal was disallowed by referee Francois St. Laurent – replays showed Marcel Goc punched the puck from the other side of the goal line and out.
The NHL Situation Room in Toronto initiated a review, and then after two or three minutes of St. Laurent talking to Toronto, he announces no-goal because it was a non-reviewable play because he ruled incidental contact on Thomas Greiss (Mikael Granlund, aided by Kris Letang and Paul Martin, was on Greiss).
OK, debatable depending on your point of view or fandom. But then why the heck were they reviewing a non-reviewable play for two minutes. It should be as simple as Toronto calling and the referee saying, incidental contact, goodbye.
more and watch the no-goal below...
from Gary Craig and Kevin Oklobzija of the Democrat and Chronicle,
Federal authorities are investigating whether National Hockey League star Thomas Vanek was the target of an extortion attempt by members of an alleged local gambling ring, sources say.
In debt to local bookmakers, Vanek paid $230,000 to partly cover what he owed. That payment, made when Vanek played for the New York Islanders, is central to the allegations of extortion, according to three sources close to the investigation.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Saturday night, during the Wild-Dallas Stars game, Jack Jablonski led what was dubbed as hockey’s largest stick tap when 18,000-plus fans received thunder sticks so they could tap along with the 19-year-old affectionately known as Jabs.
A stick tap in hockey, as Jabs explained last week, “is when somebody gets injured — and we saw plenty stick taps in the Wild game Monday in New York. You tap your stick on the ice when that player gets up hoping that everything’s OK. It’s to show respect for people injured in a hockey game.”
Unfortunately, in December of 2011, Jablonski wasn’t able to get up after a check from behind while playing hockey as a sophomore for Benilde-St. Margaret’s. The injury left him a quadriplegic, but he has since become an inspiration to many.
Jablonski has devoted his life to helping others who are going through the same debilitating injury.
Below, watch the 'largest stick tap'...
If you haven't been following the latest news on Vanek regarding this topic, just click the Thomas Vanek tag below...
added 1:59pm, Russo's Rants has a full story on this now...
from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
While the National Hockey League said Friday it will continue to keep an eye on a federal illegal gambling and money laundering case in Rochester, N.Y., that Thomas Vanek has testified in as the government’s prime witness, the Wild forward likely won’t face league discipline unless he faces criminal charges or bet on hockey.
Vanek’s agent, Steve Bartlett, told the Star Tribune Friday that “Thomas is not in any way, shape or form involved in any illegal activities or in trouble here.”
Vanek bet on football and was paying off a gambling debt, according to Bartlett.
Vanek’s in the news again because a defense attorney for a man who pleaded guilty to illegal gambling and conspiracy to launder money Thursday alluded to the fact that the check his client helped launder came from Vanek while he played for the New York Islanders.
via tweets of Gary Craig, a reporter for the Democrat and Chronicle,
Thomas Vanek has been linked to gambling with alleged Rochester ring.
Over next few Tweets I'll detail gambling allegations that could point to hockey superstar Thomas Vanek.
Records seized from alleged bookmakers show payments from Vanek, sources have said. He testified before grand jury in Rochester.
Read more from Craig's recent timeline...
“That’s the way we should play here at home: Don’t be afraid, and balls out. Sorry for the language, but I mean that’s when we’re one of the best teams in the league, when we play like that.”
-Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers after defeating the Minnesota Wild in come from behind fashion.
Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News has the game recap and post-game reaction.
If you missed the game, watch the highlights below...
thanks to Shnarped for the pointer on the quote
from Michael Russo of Russo Rants,
Chris Kreider got booted after he sent Brodin flying face-first into the yellow dasher between the ice and the end boards. In the waning seconds of the first period, Brodin stopped short in front of Kreider at the goal line, but the big Rangers forward dangerously shoved Brodin on the top of the numbers and downward five feet from the end boards.
Brodin after the game said it was a hand injury and one of his fingers was wrapped and swollen.
more on the stunning loss to the Rangers...
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has agreed to terms with forward Charlie Coyle on a five-year contract extension.
“We’re very excited to get Charlie Coyle signed through the 2019-20 season,” said Fletcher. “Charlie’s size, overall skill set, and character give him a chance to emerge as a top power forward in the game and we’re happy he will be doing that in the State of Hockey for years to come.”
The Wild lost today to the Kings 2-1. The Wild had 41 shots at Jonathan Quick while the Kings had only 16 on Niklas Backstrom.
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