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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
You can slice it any way you want, but I think the last two games show a lack of leadership and preparation.
Marty Turco was bad tonight, and that does make it difficult to read this game, but you can’t play two games like that and expect to make the playoffs. You could feel the want in both the Kings and Blues. You got no such sensation from watching the Stars. That goes to coaches and the leadership group.
I’m not sure what they do now.
They aren’t out of it, but if the pace is for 95 points (as the Stars themselves are projecting), they need 27 points in 19 games or about a 13-5-1 run down the stretch. This road trip will be a big one. Here’s what the players had to say:
from Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
When the Flyers played the Panthers on Wednesday night, two fights broke out almost instantaneously. One was three seconds after the first puck dropped and the other five seconds into the opening period. Hard to say those fights resulted from the heat of the action or to police some development in the course of the game, which are the excuses often given for their existence.
The last time the NHL addressed the issue, it said that “staged fights,” those preplanned bouts at the opening whistle, had to be eliminated and would carry 10-minute misconduct penalties along with the five-minute majors. So, that’s what happened Wednesday night, right? Of course not. The NHL isn’t serious about it, and the officials know it.
It is the same reason the “instigator” penalty is rarely called, which means the league believes fights sprout like crocus in the spring, and no one particularly starts them. When enforced, the instigator of a fight gets two minutes for that, five for fighting, a 10-minute misconduct and, the best part, another two minutes if he doesn’t remove his face shield before the instigating.
So, the NHL has a rule that penalizes a player if he does not make injury more likely.
from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,
Thousands of Winnipeggers have heard similar rumours. Most of them say they heard it from more than one good source that David Thomson and Moose owner Mark Chipman would buy the Thrashers and move them to Winnipeg in time for next season.
Many more said they have seen NHL commissioner around Winnipeg the last few days, assuming he was here to make the big announcement. Personally, I’m more inclined to believe the people who call to say they saw Michael Jackson buying a slurpee at 7-Eleven.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news people, but there was no press conference and there isn’t one planned for the near future.
In fact, to this point, there has not been one credible person confirm any rumours surrounding this story. In fact, the credible people — the Moose spokesman, NHL executives, the mayor of Winnipeg — have flatly denied all of them.
Still, the rumour mill keeps on churning. The believers, fuelled by unaccountable bloggers, social media wannabe journalists and other irresponsible, unsourced reports from people who prefer speculation and rumour mongering to the mainstream media, simply won’t give up the ghost.
Don Cherry thinks so.
Watch the fight, then Cherry’s comments follow.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Needless to say, a lot of Avs personnel – management included – were walking around in a bit of a daze well after the game. A day after they trade him to Phoenix, the Avs are burned on a one-time slapper from the left circle to the far post by Wolski with 22.8 seconds left in a 1-1 game at Jobing.com Arena.
Call it the robbing at Jobing.
No matter how the Avs try to spin this, they were made to look like complete fools tonight. But doesn’t that always happen in games against players they had just traded? If there is one thing guaranteed in life, it’s that the Avs will always get burned by a guy they had just traded.
read on and watch the Wolski goal below…
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…
from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,
This team reaches out to its closest fans and its farthest strangers alike. Here were all these visiting farmers, in town to discuss things like – and we’re just guessing – the merits of manure, now bumping into a bunch of Olympians and their medals.
“This is the easiest part of the job,” Teemu Selanne said, wearing his Finland jersey and bronze medal. “On the ice, that’s a lot harder. I don’t even look at this as being a job. We’re making people happy. It’s good to make people happy.”
So the Ducks, during a stretch when they’re playing 8 of 9 games at home, went on the road Thursday.
They traveled to the Hilton near the Anaheim Convention Center, set up their in-house television show – “The Element” – and taped a 30-minute Olympic special at noon.
Everyone was welcomed, including the bellmen, the people sitting around having lunch and the folks looking back over their shoulders while riding up the escalator.
The whole thing was staged in front of a lighted, fully stocked bar in the lobby. This was the Ducks hosting a happy half-hour.
Don’t you think this story would have had more legs to it if Bruce Garrioch would have named the ‘league executive’?
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
League executives weren’t impressed Wednesday when the Phoenix Coyotes — still being run by the NHL and reportedly losing $5 million (all terms US) per month — were allowed to add salary at the trade deadline.
A league executive told QMI Agency following the 3 p.m. deadline that he “added it up” and the Coyotes added more than $2.5 million to their payroll this season by acquiring the likes of Boston blueliner Derek Morris and Colorado’s Wojtek Wolski.
“You know where that money comes from?” one furious league executive asked. “It comes out of the owners’ pockets and they aren’t going to be happy with this because they’re already not happy with having to foot the bill for Phoenix in the first place.”
from LZ Granderson of ESPN,
Who would have thought that after 18 consecutive postseason appearances—including back-to-back stops in the Finals the past two seasons—the Detroit Red Wings would begin March fighting for their playoff lives?
But that’s exactly where they are and, well, it’s a bit unnerving for the good folks of Hockeytown.
“Injuries,” 22-year-old fan Andrew Nendrzychi said. “We’ve had a lot of injuries this year. More than I can ever remember.”
Indeed, with seven players placed on injured reserve before Christmas—including star forward Henrik Zetterberg—the team started 2010 having already surpassed the 187 man games missed because of injuries it suffered all of last year.
But I gotta tell ya, while I don’t question whether injuries have contributed to Detroit’s current predicament, I can’t ignore the nagging little voice in the back of my head that keeps repeating two words: Blame Canada.
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