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from Neil Greenberg of Capitals Insider,
Montreal blueliner P.K. Subban won the Norris Trophy as the National Hockey League’s best defenseman last year playing mostly with Josh Gorges and Francis Bouillon. However, that hasn’t stopped everyone from debating whether or not he should be on Team Canada for the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. What shouldn’t be debated is that he and new defensive partner Andrei Markov now form the league’s best defensive pairing.
Subban and Markov only shared 73 minutes of ice time during even strength last year, but they made the most of it, helping Montreal outscore opponents 6-1. This season they have shared almost 400 minutes and each skate more than four minutes per game on the power play. In addition, ignoring special teams and lead-protecting situations, the Habs see more than 54 percent of shots in their favor. When they are on the bench those same linemates drop down to 48 percent. And it should be noted these aren’t soft minutes, as Subban and Markov are often matched against the opposition’s top scoring line.
Montreal sent Patrick Roy and Mike Keane to Colorado for Jocelyn Thibault, Andrei Kovolenko and Martin Rucinsky.
Below, watch video highlights from Roy's last game as a member of the Montreal Canadiens.
Max Pacioretty received two for boarding and Johnny Boychuk was taken off on a stretcher.
Boychuk was talking to the medical staff and appeared to be in some discomfort.
First Rany Carlyle post-game...
Watch the Pacioretty goal below...
All I can say is Wow and Bravo!
Both received 5 for fighting.
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
The recurrence of problems like turnovers and lost assignments off a faceoff that contributed to the slow start and the six minor penalties that prevented Washington from making any headway, made Friday’s 3-2 loss to Montreal a more maddening outing for Coach Adam Oates.
“Sometimes when I’m up here, I’m more frustrated than others in terms of how the game went,” Oates said during his post-game news conference. “Tonight I’m a little bit more mad at some of the older guys [who didn’t] help the young kids out. We all watch our shifts, we all watch video. We have a simple formula and when we don’t do it, we give them chances.”
Montreal’s first goal by Travis Moen was the result of a turnover by Mikhail Grabovski as he exited the Capitals’ zone. Their second goal came on a deflection by David Desharnais and while there wasn’t enough video evidence to wipe out the goal as having been scored by a high stick, it wasn’t that ambiguity that bothered Oates. It was that Washington failed in its coverage assignments after losing a faceoff.
Regarding the reviewed goal, I thought it would be ruled a no goal by the situation room, you can decide yourself by watching it below. Scroll to the 1:15 mark to see why I thought it should have been ruled no goal.
A musical montage set to 'Not Guilty
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
... The Habs will soon find out, it’s probably in the neighbourhood of $8-million per year. Which, needless to say, is a very nice neighbourhood.
The Tampa game was a handy illustration of why Subban is a unique commodity on the hockey marketplace: no other defenceman in the league brings quite the same combination of edge-of-the-seat offensive dynamism, punishing physicality and defensive smarts – the closest analogue is like L.A. Kings’ defenceman Drew Doughty (who signed an eight-year, $56-million contract before the last lockout, which averages to $7- million per season).
Since being taken to task by coach Michel Therrien after a grisly turnover led to a back-breaking goal against the Colorado Avalanche – and being fingered for another one that wasn’t clearly his fault – he has only been on the ice for two even-strength goals against in 12 periods (he’s also managed three points, and a team-best 23 shots on net).
He has also played more minutes.
You want him to show he can be airtight in his own end? Okay. Want him to still continue driving possession and leading the team in scoring? He can do that.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
The decision to disallow the goal was made exclusively by the Referee and independent of video review. The Situation Room informed Leggo the puck had entered the net. Referee Leggo then informed the hockey world that it had been done so through illegal means (incidental contact of the goalie) which he determined on the initial play and therefore the goal would not stand.
In this situation Referee Mike Leggo and the system currently in place performed to perfection. Like you Matt, I would prefer to see goalie interference become a reviewable offense; not to assess a penalty but to determine the legitimacy of a goal. I would also want the review to take place at ice level and performed by the Referee(s). I am sure the Refs would welcome the opportunity to personally review the play through video and make the final determination at ice level. After all, that's what they get paid to do.
If you missed the play, watch it here.
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