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from the CP via TSN,
The Blackhawks seem to have made it their mission to harry and harass Flames captain Jarome Iginla. TSN commentator Pierre McGuire, whose perch is between the players’ benches, repeated his commentary Tuesday saying he’d never seen a star player like Iginla take as much verbal abuse as the Calgary captain has this series.
“This has been going on incessantly since Game 1 and it hasn’t stopped,” McGuire said. “That’s why Jarome at the end of the game, went off.”
But Iginla insists it was the cross-check to Bourque and not any of the Blackhawks crossing the line in their insults and taunts.
“There wasn’t any one thing as far as verbal that got to me,” the Flames captain insisted. “I can take that. Verbal abuse is nothing. Trash talking is fine.”
from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,
Is there a bias in the way the National Hockey League hands out supplementary discipline?
It’s hard to say and even harder to prove. But recent events in the early rounds of the playoffs and even the stretch run to the playoffs causes one to wonder, especially when it comes to Canadian-based teams.
It was by no means a scientific search but in using the words suspension, suspended and disciplinary action in browsing the press releases at NHLMedia.com I had to go back to Feb. 12, 2009, to find an intance when a player on a Canadian-based team was suspended for his actions regarding another player on the ice.
from Tim Tawakami of Talking Points at the Mercury News,
The Sharks have it easy. On that point, there can be no dispute. Too easy, almost certainly. (I blame myself.)
And that might explain some of their annual softness in the playoffs, if you ask me…
Even after dropping the first two games of the playoffs at home to the Ducks, the Sharks still pretty much live in a little crysalis of no-crisis, generally speaking, when compared to what any other NHL team (except the Kings or, weirdly, the Ducks) ever experience after shaky postseason performances.
Patrick Marleau is the Sharks captain, and he skipped the optional skate before Game 2. (Jeremy Roenick skipped it, too.)
My thought: Isn’t that like Tom Brady skipping an optional meeting before the AFC title game? Or Paul Pierce skipping a shoot-around, with permission, before Game 7 at Cleveland? I think it is… At least show up. Show up for your teammates. You’re the captain, show up.
from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,
Hockey fever has officially arrived in downtown Columbus at Nationwide Arena in anticipation of the first Stanley Cup Playoff contest in team history on Tuesday night.
“I don’t think anybody considers you a legitimate franchise in the NHL until you’ve played in the playoffs,” Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We’re in there now and we’re a young team that has a lot of talented players, who, in my eyes are just going to get better. But you still have to be playing this time of the year to be considered legitimate and we’re here.”
Update 4:45pm ET: From Puck Daddy—
How much of a boost will playing the first postseason home game in franchise history have on the Jackets? We looked back as some other “expansion era” playoff home debuts for comparison—including two against the Red Wings.
Game 1 (April 16, 1997): Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 4, Phoenix Coyotes 2
from Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News,
Jiri Hudler is happy, almost always. Well, except when he’s rushing to get ready for practice and pops on his helmet without noticing someone loaded it with shaving cream. Or when he sticks his hands in his gloves and is greeted by a poof of baby powder. Or when his dress pants go missing and he has to leave the arena in his hockey Under Armours.
“There’s a couple guys, I won’t mention their names, but they got me really good the last few months,” Hudler said, smiling. “But this is the playoffs now. No more pranks.”
He said it like he meant it, sort of, with a tell-tale grin, not a tattle-tale grin. And then he laughed, which is something Hudler does often, which is why some call him “Happy Hudler,” which doesn’t make him particularly happy.
“Why not something tougher?” he said. “You should call me the Rock or something.”
The Minnesota Wilds Derek Boogaard has just undergone surgery. From TSN:
Minnesota Wild left wing Derek Boogaard has undergone surgery on his right shoulder.
The team said Tuesday the six-foot-eight enforcer is on the road to recovery and will begin rehabilitation Wednesday.
And Niklas Backstrom is up next. From John Shipley at the Pioneer Press:
Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom is scheduled to have surgery to repair his left hip Friday in Vail, Colo.
The procedure will be done by orthopedic specialist Dr. Marc Philippon, who performed surgeries on the hips of Wild winger Marian Gaborik, most recently on Jan. 5.
from Neil Best of Newsday,
Sam Rosen was sitting on a battered couch in a cluttered hallway deep inside Madison Square Garden last night, awaiting the start of yet another in a quarter-century-long parade of Rangers games.
If there had been a photographer around, it might have made a poignant portrait of an aging TV voice, preparing for the red light to go on so he could tell one more version of an old, tired story.
But then Rosen opened his mouth, and the facts that he is 61 and has been the Rangers’ voice for 25 years - the longest active term for a play-by-play man with a New York-area team - were beside the point.
from John Grigg of The Hockey News,
Five, count ’em, five games on the docket Tuesday. Three should be great, one OK and one just a last gasp. I’ll let you figure out which is which.
If Game 4 of the Pittsburgh-Philadelphia series is anything like Game 3, players are in for a rough ride and viewers a real treat.
There is little in hockey better than the Pennsylvania rivalry that has re-emerged over the past few seasons and there may be nothing better than a Flyers-Pens game in Philadelphia. Emotional isn’t enough to describe it. Crazed is closer.
from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,
Hard to believe it was just last fall that owner George Gillett and president Pierre Boivin arrived in Toronto for a press conference at the Royal York Hotel all full of bounce and optimism for the club as it entered its 100th anniversary season. Gillett certainly gave no hint his ownership of the storied franchise was in any sense in doubt, while Boivin seemed to suggest the Habs were beyond the point when they would be anything but successful on the ice.
“Today, if you recruit and operate well, are well-managed and well-coached, and have strong fan support, there’s no reason you can’t have a team that’s going to contend . . . forever,” said Boivin.
Those words sure sound a little haunting now, don’t they?
In fact, you could argue that the Florida Panthers, or even the bedraggled Maple Leafs, would have put up a better battle in the first round against Boston than the Habs have.
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