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via Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Canadiens defenceman Mike Komisarek yesterday ripped into Grabovski for his actions, insinuating Grabovski is a coward.
“You are enraged and you are pissed off that a player like that, when the game is out of hand, runs one of your top players like that,” Komisarek told reporters in Montreal. “He knows (Markov) is in a vulnerable position. There’s no need for that.
“Early on in the game, there was a scrum and Grabovski wouldn’t even look you in the eye. (He) runs away from any confrontation with his tail between his legs. So for him to hit Markie like that, it’s something you don’t like to see.”
The hit in question came in the third period of the Habs’ lopsided 6-2 victory over the Leafs at the Air Canada Centre Saturday. While the check itself did not seem dirty, it did come late, something the Canadiens immediately took notice of.
When I first posted this topic a few days ago, the majority of KK readers thought it was a clean hit. Has anything changed since?
from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
Something the young Blackhawks have learned during their run to the postseason is that the more important the game, the more defense-minded the style of play.
Open ice and scoring opportunities are at a premium in late March and early April. Any time an opening arises, teams need to take advantage.
Which brings us to the Hawks’ power play.
The once-powerful unit has been struggling mightily, and if the Hawks plan on making a deep run in the playoffs, they need to flip the switch on the power supply.
It has been five games and 22 opportunities since the Hawks cashed in with a man advantage, their longest skid of the season. In fact, the Hawks have just two power-play goals in the last 42 chances over nine contests. That has dropped them to 14th in the league with a 19.3 percent success rate.
from Chuck Gormley at NHL.com,
(Bill) Guerin says he could not have landed in a better place, saying the fresh start he’s been given in Pittsburgh has been the perfect elixir for an otherwise painful season.
“Without a doubt I feel young again,” Guerin said of his transfer from the Eastern Conference’s last-place team to one battling to return to the playoffs one year after reaching the Stanley Cup Final. “It’s a great feeling to be here and I feel rejuvenated. To be in a playoff race like this is just what I needed.”...
Suddenly, the aches don’t hurt as bad. Guerin, always the optimist, is experiencing the joy of winning meaningful games.
“I love it,” he said. “We’re winning and the line is doing all right, so it can’t be all bad.”
Having played on some of the best lines in hockey, Guerin said the unit of Crosby, Kunitz and himself reminds him of the success he enjoyed in Edmonton while playing on a line with Doug Weight and Ryan Smyth in the late 1990s.
from the Buffalo Sabres,
Buffalo Sabres netminder Ryan Miller debuted a new look against the Red Wings on Monday night, sporting a mask inspired by traditional Japanese tattoos.
Featuring a tiger, dragon and a tribute to his cousin Matt, the helmet is Miller’s first modification in two years.
RDS is reporting that former Montreal player and general manager Serge Savard is spearheading a local group of investors that are interested in purchasing the Canadiens franchise, should current owner George Gillett be interested in selling it.
The group, Thibeault-Messier-Savard, has reportedly raised the funds to finance such a purchase.
At this time, Gillett has yet to indicate if the Canadiens are indeed for sale.
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
The Predators head into tonight’s home finale against Chicago knowing they’ve achieved one critical off-ice goal — reaching the 14,000 paid attendance average necessary to receive the NHL’s full revenue-sharing package.
That’s big news for management, because it likely will mean more than $10 million dollars to help the franchise remain financially competitive with larger-market teams.
The Predators must satisfy one other requirement for full revenue-sharing: making sure their hockey-related revenues this season have increased by a percentage equal to or greater than the NHL’s overall hockey-related revenue.
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
The Sabres’ rough road to the postseason is now a rock-strewn, virtually impassable trail. The Sabres handed over the game in hand they held over the New York Rangers and Florida Panthers. They remain four points back of the tie for eighth place, but now only three games remain.
“A lot of strange things have happened,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “We’ll pick up the hope tank, try to fill it up and hope a lot of things go right for us.”
Things are so dire, the hope tank needs to be large enough to house all the crumbling debris from Memorial Auditorium. In basic terms, if the Rangers or Panthers win just one of their three games and go to overtime in another, the Sabres are officially eliminated.
“Tough situation to be in,” Sabres captain Craig Rivet said. “We’re going to have to win the next three games, and obviously with the way the standings are now, we’re going to need some help from some teams.”
from Larry Brooks of the Ny Post,
The only way for the Rangers to ensure that they maintain control over their destiny is to defeat the Canadiens tonight at the Garden in the franchise’s most critical regular-season game since the lockout.
Leading Florida by only the victory tiebreaker (40-39) in the contest for the East’s final playoff spot with three games remaining for each team, the Blueshirts’ magic number for clinching a fourth straight playoff berth stands at six points.
If the Rangers run the table with victories tonight, on Thursday in the home finale against the Flyers and then on Sunday in the season finale in Philadelphia, they’re in, regardless of how the Panthers fare tonight in Philadelphia, Thursday in Atlanta and at home on Saturday in their finale against the Caps.
But one slip, one defeat in either regulation or extra time, and control would be ceded to Florida.
from Lindsey Hall of the N.C. State University Technician,
If you’ve never been to a hockey game, here’s a word of advice – go. If you’ve carried that anti-hockey, “It’s a boring sport” sentiment around, just give the game a chance. We have a successful, winning team just down the road from campus. They just set a franchise record Saturday with 11 consecutive home wins and have won 8 games in a row.
A whiteboard in the hallway leading to the Canes bench dons the message “Good teams find a way to win.” This team is more than good, and they’ve certainly found a way to win. Good things are happening in the RBC Center.
The ever-growing fan base in North Carolina knows a little bit about Southern hospitality, and the hell of a time that’s called tailgating.
I’m an 18 year old kid, and I think a lot of people get stuck with the idea that I’m some freak of nature that lives and breathes hockey and eats pucks all day or something, but I just like to have fun and do normal teenager stuff like play video games and hang out.
I just have a bit of a different lifestyle, but other than that I like to think I’m pretty normal. Even when I play video games I’m more into war games. I don’t even play NHL09 any more because I scratched the disk. I’m more into Call of Duty and games like that. No SOCOM though. The guys on the team that play that are losers. They all have their PSPs with their headsets and they all talk to each other. What a bunch of dorks. I don’t even have a PSP.
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