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from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
Think of a shark in a Santa Claus outfit and you are probably closer to the real Mr. Gillett - because this is a team imploding from the top down, a team whose troubles are tied directly to an overextended owner and his reeling business empire.
There is nothing that can destabilize a team quite like like carrying nearly a dozen free agents, at least some of whom will definitely be playing elsewhere next year. Nothing tells your players you have given up like the failure to come up with significant help for the playoff run.
And nothing undercuts your team like having the news that the club is on the block break just as you are hanging onto a playoff spot by your fingernails.
Remember what Carbonneau said at his post-firing press conference? “It will all become clear with time.”
“You almost can’t lose any games. I saw the standings up there when they showed it. I saw Nashville and St. Louis won. I knew it was even tighter than before tonight. We know we have to win as many games as possible. It’s still the same thing. We just have to play it game-by-game and see the standings at the end. We know there is a lot of pressure, but I think the team is ready.”
-Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller. More on the Ducks from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog.
Andy Murray talks about the Blues victory of the Blue Jackets last night and Puck Daddy (watch the video of another Oshie hit on Nash) has this to say…
The Blues currently own the No. 8 seed in the West, thanks in no small part to the play of T.J. Oshie, who had a goal, an assist and his second bad-ass play involving Rick Nash in the span of 24 hours:
from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog,
Anyhow, you can’t keep a good artist down, and hence, the creativity of Pummeler still roams the Internet. Their latest piece of work: “Crosby Sucks.” If you haven’t listened to it yet, please do, immediately. Sample lyrics:
Canadian sensation, well at least on certain stations;
A poster child for Francophiles who dance to Zombie Nation.
All his fans are morons who defend his every stunt;
And the “C” that’s on his chest, well it really stands for…
Haha, you get the idea. Despite the guaranteed receipt of at least three e-mails from native Pennsylvanians telling me this is why newspapers are dying and/or canceling their Post subscriptions, here’s a fairly amazing Q&A with the gents behind the music. I think you’ll like it. Unless you’re one of the aforementioned native Pennsylvanians.
read on and I am serious with the headline. Call me old-fashioned, call me a prude, but I just don’t understand what those lyrics have to do with hockey.
from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,
Got blasted by Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner on Saturday night for having an “agenda” to get fighting out of hockey.
Guilty. If they put that on my tombstone, I’ll be okay with that.
Don’t get me wrong. Grapes may not like me, but I like him fine. Have suggested several times he belongs in the broadcaster’s wing of the Hockey Hall of Fame, so I think I’m on the record as having respect for his accomplishments as a broadcaster. As a junior coach, not so much.
All I can say is I haven’t made a dime off pushing the notion that fighting has no place in hockey.
more, including a youtube of Coach’s Corner and additional hockey topics discussed, one which is the Brian Burke parody Twitter.
from Michael Arace at Puick-rakers,
Blues forward Brad Boyes scored what was the most important goal of the game. Steve Mason went behind the net to play a rim-around, he had some time and space and he turned and looked up ice. Mason isn’t terrible when it comes to handling the puck, but he is no Ron Hextall. Mason, a la Hexie, tried to balloon the puck over everyone in attempt to clear the zone with one swipe. Mason partially fanned, however, and the puck never got off the ground. It slid directly on to the stick of Boyes, who was coming, left-to-right, into the slot. Boyes had the whole net at which to shoot and he did not miss.
“If you’re going to pin the loss on anyone, pin it on me,” Steve Mason said.
read on for an in-depth look at last night’s St. Louis/Columbus game and watch the costly turnover by Mason below…
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
...But it wasn’t so much the loss that bugged the coach as Tampa Bay’s inability to generate outrage at a Senators team Tocchet said was challenging the Lightning physically.
“I’m just from the old school. When you get pushed around, you have to push back,” Tocchet said. “We’re accepting when guys on the other team are agitating and making a push. We need guys to push back. I’m not talking about dropping the gloves, just playing good, clean, tough hockey. Be abrasive. We need abrasive players on this team. We need guys lively on the bench, not just sitting there.”
It was all very evened and measured. But Tocchet showed his anger when he argued with referee Brian Pochmara late in the game after Lightning forward Ryan Craig was given two minutes for cross-checking Ottawa agitator Jarkko Ruutu across the chest and breaking his stick in the process. Ruutu got nothing despite going to his knees to avoid Craig’s check and sliding into Craig’s knees, both of which had surgeries.
“I just thought it was not professional,” Tocchet said. “I have a suit on, I can’t do anything about it. I wish I didn’t have a suit on.”
from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles and the Chicago Daily-Herald,
After what happened Sunday night at the United Center, you’ve got to wonder if it would be better for the Hawks to face Calgary in the first round of the playoffs than Vancouver.
The Canucks can be a physical, nasty team with a more complete defense than Calgary, a more intimidating goalie in Roberto Luongo and a more dangerous top line with the Sedins and Alex Burrows.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
This is the night at the Garden on which to focus on the big picture of playoff implications without ever allowing your vision to stray far from Brodeur’s crease whenever Avery is on the ice.
This is the night to keep your eyes on Bobby Holik if he’s on the ice with Avery, to keep your eyes on Lundqvist’s crease if the Devils choose to respond indirectly against Public Enemy No. 1, to keep your eyes on the officials, whose handling of their professional duties will come under strict scrutiny.
This, as always, is the night to keep your eyes on Avery, who has been Mr. Mxyzptlk to Brodeur’s Superman from the moment he joined the Battle of the Hudson on Feb. 6, 2007 and turned it into his own comic strip.
At the bottom of the today’s game recap at NashvillePredators.com, Nashville coach Barry Trotz said Martin Erat suffered a fractured leg when he took a Shea Weber shot in the leg.
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