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It will also be interesting to see how many playoff tickets will be sold at Jobing.com Arena, and at what price. Also, if the Coyotes win the Cup, and the league still owns the team, will Bill (Daly) and Gary (Bettman) get Stanley Cup rings, and their names on the Cup? Just curious.
-John Shannon of Sportsnet. More hockey talk from John.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun at the London Free Press,
...At the same time, don’t expect a suspension to be handed out in this matter, according to a league source.
While Ovechkin deservedly was slapped with a boarding major and game misconduct for his brain cramp, league officials know it did not contain the same type of intent or viciousness as the incident one week earlier in which the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Matt Cooke blindsided Boston’s Marc Savard, leaving the Bruins forward likely out for the season with a concussion.
By not suspending Cooke for a far more malicious act, how could the NHL justify any supplemental discipline for Ovechkin in this matter?
Oh boy as Panger says… Two heavyweights go at it.
FYI, Crosby has returned to the game.
from Lindsay Applebaum of Capitals Insider,
“I didn’t hit him hard,” Ovechkin said of Campbell, who did not return to the game. “He fell bad. But you can see, every shift this happens—little pushes, little battles.”...
Unsurprisingly, Coach Bruce Boudreau had similar thoughts. “I didn’t think it was a bad, bad check worth a five and a game [misconduct],” he said. “A two at the most, but I don’t make the calls.”
more including video of both Ovechkin and Boudreau…
via Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago,
Campbell left the game and has been declared out for the Hawks’ upcoming three-game road trip that begins Wednesday in Anaheim. Coach Joel Quenneville couldn’t say for sure that the injury would not affect him the rest of the season.
“We’ll see. We’ll get a better assessment as we go along here,” Quenneville said. “Soupy [Campbell] is going to be out for a bit here…It was a tough hit. A dangerous hit.”
Pushed Brian Campbell into the boards and is gone from the game.
Campbell was slow in getting up, may be winded or a shoulder issue and did skate off and went to the locker room.
added 1:26pm, video of the hit…
added 1:35pm, NBC crew says Campbell will not return.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
• The Red Wings are getting older, but they have five players on their farm club they certainly feel can be NHLers — defenceman Jakub Kindl, Slovenian winger Jan Mursak, Slovak centre Tomas Tatar, goalie Thomas McCollum and Justin Abdelkader, who would be there now except for salary cap issues. They are very high on two Swedish drafts — Joakim-Andersson and little Gustav Nyquist, who leads the NCAA in scoring at U of Maine. Nyquist, a fourth-round draft in 2008, could win the Hobey Baker Award as U.S. College’s best player. He’s incredibly skilled, but weighs only 170 pounds. Another Red Wings prospect, defenceman Brendan Smith (U of Wisconsin) could make the final 10 in voting.
• Denis Grebeshkov, who had one of his testicles shattered by a shot last week in Nashville, isn’t the first ex-Oiler to go through that pain. In the first game of the 2008 Capitals-Flyers playoff series, Philadelphia forward Patrick Thoresen slid to block a shot and wore ice bags for days. He didn’t need surgery, however.
First puck drops just after 12:30pm ET today and the final horn should sound just about 12 hours later.
20 teams in action today, check the schedule below for times and channels.
from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
After Cooke’s hit on Savard, Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli said he was “disappointed” that his players didn’t react to it, presumably meaning that they should have gone after Cooke right then, even though it was late in a one-goal game and the Bruins need every point they can get to make the playoffs. Who’s to say Thornton, for instance, won’t try to score big points with his boss and teammates Thursday night? So what if he gets suspended for the rest of the season, as Bertuzzi was in ‘04? He might think it’s worth it if he can take out Cooke or Crosby or Malkin.
It is worth repeating:
Only in the NHL.
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