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from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,
As part of his Saturday morning routine - a glass of prune juice, The Red Line, three antacid tablets - Bettman carefully parses EEEEE-mail. When he reads about this scam, the commish will bring it to the attention of the league’s top computer nerds. Bettman will put the NHL’s finest minds - people whose SAT scores were even better than Kerry Fraser’s - on the case.
They’ll adjust the voting procedure to counteract the Great Montreal Conspiracy. And then some teenager in Dollard will figure out how to circumvent the new system.
It’s all a joke, but no more ludicrous than the All-Star Game itself,
from Habs Inside/Out,
Komisarek injured his hand and his shoulder in a third-period fight with Boston’s Milan Lucic Thursday night. He was scheduled to undergo tests this afternoon and the Canadiens expect to have a clearer picture of his injuries tomorrow.
The NHL is investigating a suspicious spike in votes for Montreal Canadiens players in all-star fan balloting.
Fans choose the starting lineups for the all-star game by voting at NHL.com, and all six Canadiens on the ballot have huge leads in balloting for the Eastern Conference team.[...]
“I don’t want to jump to conclusions at this point. There is some indication that something has happened,” said NHL spokesman Gary Meaghar. “I’m not at a point where I can say definitively that something has taken place.”
added 5:12pm (Paul),NHL Statement…
We appreciate the excitement and energy the fans are showing for the All-Star Game and the All-Star voting process. While we encourage all fans to cast votes—even multiple votes—for their favorite All-Star candidates, the League has identified some instances of automated voting activity that expressly is prohibited by the voting rules and regulations. This situation is being addressed and we are in the process of validating all votes to make sure that they comply with the rules.
from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,
Lucic might not have had much to say about the bout, but he certainly reacted on the ice with unbridled emotion - waving his arms in triumph and pounding the glass as the crowd went nuts.
“It’s just excitement,” said Lucic, downplaying the display. “When the fans are screaming and they’re pumped up, it gets you more pumped up. That’s just the adrenaline going through me.”
Ottawa Senators forward Jarkko Ruutu has been suspended two games, without pay by the NHL.
The NHL had a disciplinary hearing for Ruutu on Wednesday morning. The incident in question occurred during the third period of Tuesday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens. Ruutu delivered an elbow to the head of Maxim Lapierre.
Lapierre did not appear to suffer any injury on the play and Ruutu was assessed a two-minute minor for charging, but the infraction did violate at least two tenets of the NHL’s policy on hits to the head.
From the CP via the London Free Press:
Police are telling pawnshop owners to be on the lookout for a pair of NHL Stanley Cup rings after a massive jewelry heist at a Toronto mansion owned by the Bronfman family.
Two Montreal Canadiens rings went missing along with more than 50 pieces of jewelry after a break-in Saturday night at the home in the tony Forest Hill neighbourhood.
The Habs jewelry dates back to the 1970s, when the team was owned by the Bronfman family. One ring commemorates the team’s 1973-74 Stanley Cup victory, while the other is from the 1975-76 championship.
*photo from CTV Toronto
Jarkko Ruutu of the Ottawa Senators delivers an elbow to the head of Maxim Lapierre of the Canadiens.
We will let Pierre McGuire describe the play…
added 10:11am, via Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The NHL has scheduled a disciplinary hearing today for Ruutu, who in the third period of last night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens, elbowed Maxim Lapierre in the head.
Press release from the NHL:
Montreal Canadiens forward Tom Kostopoulos has been suspended for three games, without pay, as a result of being assessed a game misconduct during NHL game #197 against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 8, the National Hockey League announced today.
“While it is my determination that Kostopoulos did not deliver a check to an unsuspecting opponent, his actions caused injuries,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Kostopoulos is considered a repeat offender. Accordingly, he forfeits $32,926.83 based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (186). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
added 7:35pm, from Habs Inside/Out,
A statement from Kostopoulos released by the Canadiens:
“First and foremost, I sincerely regret the injuries suffered by Mike Van Ryn. This is an unfortunate turn of events. I was just trying to get in on the forecheck and get the puck. I didn’t anticipate him turning and couldn’t stop.
“I was trying to finish my check and obviously it did not end up well. I never intend on injuring another player. I feel bad. I hope he is going to be all right and resume playing as quickly as possible.”
from Damien Cox at his Spin Blog at the Toronto Star,
Unless you want to change the rules, there’s not much that could have been changed about the hit on Mike Van Ryn on Saturday night.
Van Ryn was doing his job, trying to make the toughest, most courageous play in the game, which is hustling back to get the puck in your own zone knowing you’re going to get drilled into the end boards.
Don’t tell me about the “tough guys” of the games, the guys who scrap. Tell me about the Van Ryns who make that play night after night. Those are the tough guys. Those are the players you need more of to make a tough hockey team.
So Van Ryn was making the right play. So too was Tom Kostopoulos, a 29-year-old winger from Mississauga who isn’t in the league to be fancy and score but to skate hard, finish his check and be a grinding forward.
In case you missed the hit, you can see it here...
from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,
A 6-3 Toronto victory, during which the home side outplayed Les Glorieux by a hefty margin, was marred in the first period when Leafs defenceman Mike Van Ryn was sent to hospital with a concussion, broken nose and broken left hand after he was smashed from behind into the boards by Canadiens forward Tom Kostopoulos. Later in the period, Leafs rookie defenceman Luke Schenn went hard into the boards when he was tripped by Andrei Kostitsyn.
Van Ryn, who was knocked out on the play, will be out for at least a month. Schenn was not hurt.
read on a and a video of the Kostopoulos hit on Van Ryn below
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