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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…
“The trade deadline comes up [March 3], and it’s going to be very interesting to see what’s going to happen,” Roenick said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show.” “Especially with a guy in Montreal who is playing unbelievably up here [at the Olympics for Slovakia], and wants a trade because of the goalie situation with [Carey] Price.
“Halak wants out. Chicago would be a perfect place for a guy like Halak to be traded to, free up a little cap space maybe, but also get a goaltender who could push you over the top and win a Cup.”
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Jaroslav Halak seems in the mood for confession, so it’s worth a shot: “What’s your greatest weakness, Jaro? Low stick-side? Five-hole? High glove-side?” “No,” the Canadiens goaltender says without a heartbeat’s hesitation. “It’s chocolate milk. Since I was a kid, I’ve had to have it every morning. Half a litre now, at home and on the road.
“When I started walking, I had a chocolate milk in my hand. When I was a baby, I had it in my bottle.” Halak laughs and leans back in his chair, chatting late afternoon this week in a Crescent St. restaurant. He is drinking tea.
“But my bottle on top of the net,” he says, “is just water.”
continue for a look at Halak…
from Nick Kypreos Twitter,
Trade. Fla..Dom Moore to mtl for 2nd round pick.
added 6:37pm, via Bob McKenzie tweet,
I can confirm Fla has traded centre Dominic Moore to Montreal for a second round draft in 2011, pending trade call with NHL.
“I saw my helmet after it happened and it was pretty weird to see. You can actually see the imprint of the puck on it, but thankfully it didn’t crack. I don’t expect this to effect me. I’ve blocked a lot of shots in my career and a lot of them hurt. Whenever any of us step onto the ice there is a possibility of something like this happening. I might change my technique a bit, but I’ll still keep doing my job.”
The on-ice officials huddled and decided no goal, claiming Gill was jammed into Price by Ovechkin, thereby not allowing the goalie to do his job.
On Twitter this evening I agreed with the call, how about you?
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