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from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,
(Carey) Price earned third star vs. Carolina but was booed by some in the Bell Centre crowd for it. Yesterday, I asked Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin if he’d been angered or if he otherwise felt strongly about his goalie being heckled. Martin replied: “I respect the fans. They pay good dollars to be entertained and they have a right to an opinion. As a professional athlete, or a coach, you have to work within the framework. Sure I’d like to see better results (for Price), as he would. At the same time, I can’t say we lost the game because of him.”
With this answer, Martin blew a golden opportunity to publicly support his goalie who’s been working hard in practice, trying to get better results, keeping his team in games and yet been victimized by bad luck.
from Manny Almela of MontrealCanadiens.com,
Still in full control of their own destiny, the Habs are now facing five remaining games about as big as games can get at this time of year. As frustrating as a loss to the lowly Hurricanes is – especially at this crucial time of the season – the Canadiens know it’s not time to panic now.
“We were doing everything right and the results just weren’t coming,” shrugged Hal Gill. “Sometimes when you’re doing all the right things and it’s not working out, you start doing the wrong things because what you’re doing isn’t getting it done. I think we were guilty of that tonight. We know what we need to do the rest of the way to get this done.”
Chief among those is Carey Price, who delivered his second-straight solid outing without the results to show for it. Opponents hoping the young goalie’s confidence is shaken can think again.
“All I can do is play well,” said a defiant Price, looking nothing like a guy in need of a pep talk. “If I’m not rewarded on a night I play a strong game so be it.”
from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,
The Canadiens aren’t saying so, calling it just an upper-body injury that will be re-evaluated Monday when the club returns to practice, but forward Glen Metropolit suffered a separated shoulder in tonight’s 4-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils.
Metropolit played just two shifts totalling 1:21, getting two shots on goal. He was returning to action after having been a healthy scratch Thursday vs. Florida. That was the first game the 35-year-old veteran had missed this season since a six-game span in October when he was dealing with a rib injury.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Travis Moen never saw it coming Monday night, the skate of Ottawa’s Matt Cullen carving into his face like a scalpel.
“It hit me so fast, I didn’t have time to be scared,” the Canadiens forward said Thursday, speaking in the team’s Bell Centre dressing room after a brief morning skate.
Moen’s injury is a grotesque sight, a beautiful/macabre template for any horror-movie makeup artist.
His Canadiens cap, pulled tightly over his forehead, did little to disguise a ragged stretch of about 50 sutures that begins above the bridge of his nose, curves through his left eyebrow, dips into his eyelid and meanders to the corner of and below the eye.
continued with picture…
Word is Moen was treated at the Bell Centre and looks like he will be ok.
from Robyn Norwood of the LA Times,
The final indignity came in the shootout, when goaltender Jonas Hiller appeared to have made the game-winning save against Brian Gionta only to lift his left leg and allow the puck to trickle into the net.
One shooter later, Tomas Plekanec made good on Montreal’s second chance by scoring the shootout winner to hand the Ducks their third loss since the Olympic break.
Here is the Gionta shootout goal…
from Arpon Basu of The Daily Hab-It,
Considering Lapierre is a first-time offender, and also considering some of the other suspensions handed out this season, I found the punishment a little harsh. But I only thought it was a bit too severe because of all the other times the NHL has come down very lightly on players this season. Four games for that dangerous hit Lapierre laid on Nichol, when looked at in a vacuum, appears more than fair. In fact, it’s probably too light.
Then I figured I should see what exactly constitutes a play worthy of such a suspension this season, so I decided to look at every play that earned the perpetrator at least a three-game vacation this season. I’ll let you be the judge.
thanks to Habs Inside/Out for the pointer
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
Visualize, if you will, being skilled enough at something that you rise to the top 0.5 per cent of your craft or profession and are paid millions as a consequence.
Now do it backward.
This is essentially what dozens of NHL defencemen are required to do on a nightly basis.
Roughly three in 10 NHL rearguards are right-handed shots (the split is 65 per cent/35 per cent in favour of port-side shooters), but given that half the available jobs are on the right side of the ice, lots of players are being asked to play on the opposite side from where they learned the game.
This is no small matter.
Some old hands, like Anaheim’s Scott Niedermayer and Philadelphia’s Chris Pronger, adjusted long ago, but others say it doesn’t feel natural even years later.
TORONTO (March 5, 2010) – Montreal Canadiens forward Maxim Lapierre has been suspended for four games, without pay, for a late hit on San Jose Sharks forward Scott Nichol during NHL game #949, last night, the National Hockey league announced today.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Lapierre will forfeit $14,248.72. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
At 1:50 of the third period, Lapierre knocked Nichols into the end boards with a late, careless hit. Nichol was injured on the play and did not return to the game. No penalty was assessed on the play.
The Sharks took exception to a play in the third period where Maxim Lapierre knocked an off balance Scott Nichol sending him hard into the end boards. A scuffle between the two teams ensued.
Nichol lay on the ice for a time before getting up on his own, but he left the game and did not return.
Lapierre was not assessed a penalty on the play.
After the game Sharks’ head coach Todd McLellan told the Mercury News he thought the hit was “a missed call and a real dangerous play.”
Sharks’ defenceman Dan Boyle had a similar view.
“There was, as far as I’m concerned, a really dirty hit on our guy Scott Nichol.” said Boyle. “Pushing a guy from behind into the boards, I have not seen the reply yet, but you can paralize a guy and there is no place for that in hockey.”
Watch the hit below…
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