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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Less than a week after completing an impressive sweep of the NHL’s top two teams in points, the Devils were shut out by the league’s last-place team, the Islanders, 4-0, tonight at Nassau Coliseum.
Yann Danis made 40 saves to post the Islanders’ first shutout of the season. The Devils were also victims of the Atlanta Thrashers’ only shutout this season—a 4-0 loss on Jan. 8. Devils coach Brent Suttrer said the shutout losses to the leagues’ two worst teams in points were not a coincidence….
“This road trip should be a good wake-up call for these guys,” Sutter said. “I certainly hope it is because I haven’t been overly pleased all week on this trip. We got away with two points in Tampa Bay. We were very fortunate. But we didn’t get away with it in the other two games and we didn’t play well enough on this trip. To get two out of six points, you can’t be happy at this time of the year.”
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
Sundin was tapped on the shoulder to take the third and final shot of the shootout and didn’t disappoint his teammates. He lifted a backhand over the right shoulder of Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Vesa Toskala to ice a 3-2 victory for the Canucks, their eighth in their past nine games.
It was a nice ending for the former Leafs captain, who tussled with his emotions in his first game in Toronto since he decided to continue his NHL career with the Canucks two months ago.
A few hours before his game-winning heroics, Sundin was feted with video tribute on his days with the Leafs that was shown on the scoreboard during the first television timeout. As the capacity crowd of 19,504 rose to their feet to applaud Sundin for at least 90 seconds, it became evident his eyes were watering as his emotions rose to the surface.
read on and below is an interview Elliotte Friedman of HNIC did with Sundin after the game.
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
Miller is out of the lineup indefinitely after suffering a left ankle sprain during the Sabres’ 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday.
“It’s stiff and it’s tender,” Miller said after limping to his locker stall in HSBC Arena. “These are things you have to kind of feel out. There’s no timetable, really. It’s your comfort level….
The injury happened 1:54 into the third period. Miller went behind the net to retrieve a New York dump-in, and Scott Gomez chased the puck. As Miller played it around the boards, Gomez crashed into the netminder’s right leg, simultaneously twisting the opposite ankle….
Sabres coach Lindy Ruff didn’t hide his anger for Gomez.
“I don’t think there’s any secret it was deliberate,” Ruff said. “He knew what he was doing.”
more and watch the video of the play below…
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
Among the things I don’t like about covering the NHL are the minimal standards for vetting trade rumors before they’re tossed out into print, on the air or into cyberspace.
It has been like that since I can remember, and relatively speaking seems worse compared to other sports, even in reputable journalism circles.
For some reason, “sources” in hockey newspaper coverage range from agents, general managers and other team officials (even if they had axes to grind) to the assistant trainer, a player’s wife’s hairdresser, a Ouija board or a dartboard.
And in this age, thanks to the Internet and, in some cases, to reputable print and broadcast journalism’s unfortunate willingness to abdicate its position of higher-standard authority, the standards have gotten even lower.
Hey, toss anything out and see what sticks!
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
• League sources say a possible solution the Habs are studying is Avalanche winger Ryan Smyth, who has three years left on his contract at an average of $6.25 million (all terms US) per season and is being shopped by Colorado GM Francois Giguere.
• The Blues haven’t asked C Keith Tkachuk to waive his no-movement clause yet. But that day is coming. He would like to go to the Bruins, but the interest may not be mutual.
• Nice of Anaheim D Chris Pronger to tell everyone on his website he doesn’t want to leave the Ducks. Message to Pronger: He’s not the one making the decision. That’s GM Bob Murray’s job, and he’s been shopping the veteran blueliner. The Devils are looking, but they’d rather have Pronger’s teammate, Scott Niedermayer, as a rental.
via Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
• Clubs calling the Lightning have been told that neither Vincent Lecavalier nor Marty St. Louis - two current players, by the way - is available for trade.
• You want to be a sucker? Then step right this way and give Toronto GM Brian Burke a No. 1 for Nik Antropov.
• Rangers, according to an NHL source, have $950,000 of cap space. That equates to the prorated portions approximately $4.53M in contracts at the March 4 deadline.
• Finally, news this week that a group of UCLA geologists believe they can use scientific measures to determine the location of Osama bin Laden.
Next up: finding Glen Sather.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
The Maple Leafs aren’t certain they want to deal veteran defenseman Tomas Kaberle, but he has agreed to waive his no-trade cluase and earlier this week provided Toronto GM Brian Burke with a list of 10 cities where he will agree to play.
According to two sources with direct knowledge of the list, Boston is among Kaberle’s 10 teams.
‘‘Kaberle is not going anywhere,’’ Burke wrote by email this morning, neither confirming nor denying that Boston is on the 30-year-old defenseman’s list, ‘‘unless someone blows me away.’‘
Los Angeles Kings defenseman Denis Gauthier has been suspended for two games, without pay, as a result of an incident during NHL Game #870, Feb. 19 against the San Jose Sharks, the National Hockey League announced.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Gauthier will forfeit $22,580.64. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Gauthier was assessed a minor for boarding after making contact with Sharks’ forward Patrick Marleau on an icing play at 10:14 of the third period. There was no injury as a result of the play.
note: original post date was 8:07am today.
from Jamie Baker of the Broadcasters Blog at SanJoseSharks.com,
You have to love Todd McLellan’s response to other teams (Edmonton and LA) taking runs at some of the Sharks players. “”It’s hockey and it’s supposed to be rough. We can stand our ground and hold our own. We are a big team and we can stick up for ourselves.”
Denis Gauthier should get suspended for his intent to injure Patrick Marleau last night (Thursday). This will be interesting to see how the NHL determines disciplinary action when a player is not hurt, but it’s obvious the intent was there. Gauthier made no attempt to play the puck, which would have been an icing call. He kept two hands on his stick, his feet were wide and planted for a hit and his eyes never left Marleau. If that is not an attempt to injure I don’t know what is.
continue for more on Marleau and the Sharks and watch a video of the Gauthier hit below….
from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,
The Blue Jackets have acquired center Chris Gratton on re-entry waivers. He had been playing in the Tampa Bay organization. The 6-4, 220-pound forward had been playing for Nolfolk of the AHL. He will join the team for the trip to Western Canada which begins on Tuesday in Calgary.
CBC reports on the issues facing the Montreal Canadiens.
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