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We didn’t play the way we wanted. This team wants to be in the playoffs, but it’s not going to come from anyone else. We have to work together and get some points. It doesn’t matter if we score ugly goals. It’s getting late and we have to find a way to win.”
-Maxim Lapierre of the Montreal Canadiens after their loss to the Leafs tonight. More from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette.
from Peter Adler at The Cult of Hockey,
Hockey, originally a Canadian national game, has become way too Americanized. And that’s what’s wrong with it. Many blame their local coaches for all kinds of unspeakable sins, crimes even. Most local fans, of course, don’t realize that the same things that they would have their own team’s coach drawn and quartered for happen all over the league.
Each and every team now boasts its own video coach. The idea is these people will dissect each and every opposing team their squad is about to play, figure out the foe’s strengths and weaknesses and adjust their own play accordingly. Their other role is to show their own players their own mistakes. Shockingly enough, most of the players, especially at NHL level, are perfectly aware of their mistakes. If they are not, they have no business being in the top league, anyway.
from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues are an endearing team, fun to follow, and their intense work ethic and shared purpose have strengthened the ties that bind them. That spirit was a factor in Friday’s comeback. Getting those two points at Calgary — after being on the edge, and nearly slipping into the rapids — was a huge save.
And now only 10 games remain on the Blues’ regular-season schedule. Will the spirit sustain them? Can their belief system ride them into the playoffs?
It’s still a difficult assignment. Six of the 10 games will be on the road, and seven will be fought against teams with winning records. Among the traffic jam of teams squirming for the eighth playoff spot, only the Blues and Anaheim have more games on the road than at home.
Obviously, there’s hope. And Mason is the primary source. We’re not trying to diminish the importance of the other Blues; this task will require contributions from every player.
But Mason has made a profound difference in his team’s fortunes, starting 23 consecutive games and showing no sign of breaking.
As Tony pointed out, Malkin will not be suspended for his hit on Simmonds, but Don Cherry had some thoughts on the hit after the first game of the HNIIC doubleheader tonight.
The words of Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner tonight.
Former NHL forward Walt Poddubny died suddenly on Saturday, reports the Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal.
Poddubny had been living in Thunder Bay ON., and a source close to the family told the Chronicle-Journal the 49-year-old collapsed this morning. The cause of death is unknown.
Poddubny had stints with the Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Quebec Nordiques and New Jersey Devils over his 11 NHL seasons. He had 422 points (184 goals, 238 assists) in 468 career NHL games.
NEW YORK/TORONTO (March 21, 2009) – Chicago Blackhawks forward Ben Eager has been suspended for three games, without pay, for a blow to the head of an unsuspecting player during NHL Game #1068 against the Edmonton Oilers on March 20, the National Hockey League announced today
The incident occurred at 7:30 of the third period and involved Oilers forward Liam Reddox. No penalty was assessed.
via Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog,
Stars center Brad Richards broke his left hand in Saturday’s 5-2 loss to San Jose and is out indefinitely.
Brad Richards, who was returning from a broken wrist, is out indefinitely after breaking his other hand in Saturday’s game.
“Richards will be out indefinitely. He broke his other hand,’’ Stars coach Dave Tippett said. ``He has a spiral fracture of a bone in his other hand. It’s not good news.”
from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,
The Lightning recently made a hire that owner Oren Koules said is about centralizing the team’s brand in its dealings with sponsors and suite and season-ticket holders. Even so, bringing on Angelina Lawton, wife of general manager Brian Lawton, as head of corporate communications seems awkward at first glance, especially at a time the company has laid off seven employees.
And especially when one of those cut was head of marketing Mark Gullett, responsible for last summer’s successful “Seen Stamkos?” campaign, and whose dismissal grabbed national attention when his son, Ben, posted a video resume for him on YouTube.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
You can’t help but wonder if Regier and Ruff are inching closer to the door with every loss the Sabres suffer down the stretch. Something needs to give. That much was obvious after watching the Sabres mope through the final 25 minutes Friday night in a 6-4 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Have the players quit on their coach?...
Regier has two seasons remaining on his contract. Ruff is signed through next season. They are the longest-tenured GM-coach combination in the NHL. Quinn reiterated Friday night that his first instinct is to keep both, but he wanted to wait until the offseason. He’ll huddle with Golisano before making a final decision.
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