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from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
Let’s not try to put lipstick on a pig. The NHL all-star selections are ludicrous, period. There’s no defending this, no trying to pretend there are good reasons for some of the people who got tickets to Columbus to be there — or for leaving out some of those who will spend the break on a beach.
It’s a travesty that Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban weren’t selected, period. Two years ago, Subban was good enough to win a Norris Trophy. So this year, he isn’t good enough to make the all-star team? Are we trying for farce here? Because the joke isn’t funny.
The problem starts with the rule that every team, even the rancid Edmonton Oilers, has to get a selection. So we get the sort-of-not-too-awful-but-not-really-very-good Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with his 25 points and his minus-5 in what is supposed to be an All-Star Game. What next? They all get orange slices and certificates for participating?
I don’t know what’s uglier here. The All-Star Game uniforms or the team selection. We get Bobby Ryan with his 12 goals and 16 assists, the guy who can’t spell “intense.” We get Phat Phil Kessel, who is to the Maple Leafs what dry rot is to a house. Thanks to fans with devices in hand, we get an entire Blackhawks unit and Zemgus Girgensons, whose name is better than his game: 11 goals, nine assists and a minus-6.
La Marseillaise was played out of respect for the recent tragedies in France.
Montreal Canadiens prospect Jarred Tinordi was knocked-out cold in an "assumed" staged fight.
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
From Max Pacioretty’s opening goal (who says the Habs don’t score in the first period?) to Alexei Emelin’s comet that pinged off the post to seal the deal, the Canadiens flat owned the Penguins. Pittsburgh got its only goal from David Perron, who still counted his Steel City tenure in hours when he scored to celebrate his release from the train wreck that used to be the Edmonton Oilers.
That was it for the mighty Penguins, though Sidney Crosby did do some world-class whining all night long. For once, whoever picked the three stars got it right: 1) Tom Gilbert; 2) Alexei Emelin; 3) Carey Price.
With that, the Canadiens wrapped up a holiday road trip that has been their Bermuda Triangle for as long as I can remember with five straight wins. They had taken a good Islanders team, Carolina, Florida, New Jersey and Pittsburgh in succession — and won what turned out to be the toughest game of the trip by beating the Panthers with Dustin Tokarski in goal....
Cut to the HNIC panel with George Stroumboulopoulos (still looking acutely uncomfortable in his new role) Kelly Hrudey (still bitter about 1993) and Elliotte Friedman. Friedman is, with the possible exception of TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the best hockey broadcaster in the country — but on this night he went astray.
Friedman said he has a Hart Trophy vote and if the season ended now, his vote would go to Price. No problem there, except I wouldn’t vote for a goaltender to win the Hart on principal — like baseball pitchers with the Cy Young.
The problem was Friedman made it clear his vote would go to Price because he’s winning with an inferior team. Hrudey, who would rather drink a glassful of tacks than give the Canadiens any credit, said he would give the nod to Nashville’s Pekka Rinne — an ironic choice, given Rinne had just wrapped up a 7-6 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
You make the call...
Max Paciorettyput the Canadiens up 1-0, but may have had some help from Brendan Gallagher.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
After an internal review of Clayton Stoner’s hit on Max Pacioretty, the Player Safety Committee announced this morning that no subsequent action will be taken against the Ducks player. Even though there appeared to be no malice on the part of Stoner, it is my opinion that a formal hearing should have been convened based on the illegal cross-check which caused Pacioretty to launch face-first into the glass and resulted in injury. At the very least, Stoner should have been be fined for the careless act that warranted a cross-checking major and game misconduct in the game.
continued and watch the hit below if you missed it...
Also, Pacioretty did not practice today and is listed as day-to-day.
NHL Network US coverage begins at 12:00pm ET today.
In Canada, Sportsnet, TSN, CBC, RDS and others will also be covering and as they say, check your local listings.
note- The funeral is at 2:00pm ET so the coverage beforehand may be a mixed bag.
Below is the live stream...
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