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Blake Comeau may get a call from the Department of Player Safety after a careless check from behind on Andrew Campbell in the first period on Saturday.
via the NHL Situation Blog,
At 1:41 of the first period in the Rangers/Bruins game, video review determined that the puck deflected off Milan Lucic's skate and into the net in a legal fashion. According to Rule 49.2 "A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player's skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal." Good goal Boston.
Watch the goal below...
“I’ve been rooting for a Nashville-Washington [Stanley Cup] Final since the first day of the season,” “Things worked out really good for all of us. We’re happy with where we are in Nashville and Barry has done a great job with the Capitals. We both have teams that are capable of doing some damage in the playoffs.”
-David Poile, GM of the Nashville Predators, via Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington.
THIRD-PERIOD SURGE POWERS WILD TO FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN
Knotted at 1-1 after 40 minutes, the Wild scored three third-period goals to sweep their three-game season series with the Flames and pick up their fourth consecutive victory overall.
* At 43-25-7 (93 points), the Wild moved three points ahead of the idle Jets (39-24-12, 90 points) for the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.
* The Wild also moved within one point of the Blackhawks (44-24-6, 94 points) – who lost in regulation – for third place in the Central Division. Chicago holds one game in hand, but Minnesota owns the ROW tiebreaker (MIN: 39, CHI: 35). The teams face off for a fifth and final time on April 7 at CHI (CHI: 3-1-0, MIN: 1-3-0).
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
Complacency, even short-lived and subconscious, and even when not obvious, is a fatal flaw in the NHL.
"All my years, and it's not been 100 years, but the last 10 years as a coach and a coaching staff, I think we always like to evaluate our work," Roy said Thursday in Vancouver before coaching the Avalanche to a 4-1 victory over the Canucks.
"We did that least year, we're doing it this year. We're always going to learn something. Talking to other coaches, there are years you're going to be learning more than others. This year was a year that I thought I learned a lot more, compared to, say, last year.
"Last year we were playing with confidence, we were playing with such a good mind-set, it was kind of a lot easier. This year, we had to try to find ways to get the team going, find ways to help the power play, working at it, changing the structure of the team, working harder on details of our neutral-zone forecheck. These are things I feel that we learned a lot."
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
So what went wrong? How did a team that finished with 111 points last season -- tied for fourth best in the NHL -- fall so far?
"We can't look at a single faction of our team, whether it's the youth or the older players or the leadership or the coach or the coaching staff," coach Todd McLellan said this week. "Whatever it might be, we're team-deep as far as where we've put ourselves in the standings."
There is no shortage of things you can point to by looking at stats.
Patrick Marleau is a minus-16 and, with only 17 goals, is having his poorest season offensively since 2007-08. A year ago, Marleau had 33 goals and was even when it came to plus-minus.
Tomas Hertl and Matt Nieto, two of the young players around whom the Sharks constructed their rebuild, did not show the improvement that was expected after their rookie seasons. Hertl, in fact, went backward. He has 12 goals in 74 games; last season, he had 15 goals in 37 games. Rookie defenseman Mirco Mueller also struggled at times as he tried to make the jump from junior hockey.
from Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Evgeni Malkin did not mince words Friday in a frank assessment of the Penguins.
“We play so bad right now. It’s true. Not just one guy, the whole team,” said Malkin. “Not fun [to] watch, you know. Last game I think [was the] worst game all season. It’s not fun to watch it.”
He also said he is sure the Penguins can turn this around.
“Yeah, of course. There’s a great chance. When you win, it’s more confidence for everyone,” Malkin said.
Could Malkin be the spark the Penguins need to generate some confidence?
Malkin and Patric Hornqvist are “very close” to returning to lineup, coach Mike Johnston said Friday, almost gleefully.
The playoffs have been an eternal, unsolved mystery for this franchise. But you have to like where the Blues are standing right now.
-Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch where you can read more on the Blues.
It will take you just over 2 minutes to watch the highlights...
Tough call. But we want to try to limit the amount of reviews.”
“I saw the broken stick incident, tough call for the ref. In my opinion this should be another call for the guys in the war room. It’s no different than being kicked in.”
“In a perfect world it would be nice to have all goals reviewed. Problem is, that goal is easy to make a decision on. Once you go down the path of reviewing all goals, etc.. there are issues that will arise on calls that are not as clear cut.”
“Boy, that’s a tough one. Seems like logic would say that it should be reviewable.”
-a few NHL General Managers when asked about the 'broken-stick' goal by Justin Abdelkader. More from John Shannon of Sportsnet.
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