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The Sharks took exception to a play in the third period where Maxim Lapierre knocked an off balance Scott Nichol sending him hard into the end boards. A scuffle between the two teams ensued.
Nichol lay on the ice for a time before getting up on his own, but he left the game and did not return.
Lapierre was not assessed a penalty on the play.
After the game Sharks’ head coach Todd McLellan told the Mercury News he thought the hit was “a missed call and a real dangerous play.”
Sharks’ defenceman Dan Boyle had a similar view.
“There was, as far as I’m concerned, a really dirty hit on our guy Scott Nichol.” said Boyle. “Pushing a guy from behind into the boards, I have not seen the reply yet, but you can paralize a guy and there is no place for that in hockey.”
Watch the hit below…
from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,
This team reaches out to its closest fans and its farthest strangers alike. Here were all these visiting farmers, in town to discuss things like – and we’re just guessing – the merits of manure, now bumping into a bunch of Olympians and their medals.
“This is the easiest part of the job,” Teemu Selanne said, wearing his Finland jersey and bronze medal. “On the ice, that’s a lot harder. I don’t even look at this as being a job. We’re making people happy. It’s good to make people happy.”
So the Ducks, during a stretch when they’re playing 8 of 9 games at home, went on the road Thursday.
They traveled to the Hilton near the Anaheim Convention Center, set up their in-house television show – “The Element” – and taped a 30-minute Olympic special at noon.
Everyone was welcomed, including the bellmen, the people sitting around having lunch and the folks looking back over their shoulders while riding up the escalator.
The whole thing was staged in front of a lighted, fully stocked bar in the lobby. This was the Ducks hosting a happy half-hour.
Don’t you think this story would have had more legs to it if Bruce Garrioch would have named the ‘league executive’?
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
League executives weren’t impressed Wednesday when the Phoenix Coyotes — still being run by the NHL and reportedly losing $5 million (all terms US) per month — were allowed to add salary at the trade deadline.
A league executive told QMI Agency following the 3 p.m. deadline that he “added it up” and the Coyotes added more than $2.5 million to their payroll this season by acquiring the likes of Boston blueliner Derek Morris and Colorado’s Wojtek Wolski.
“You know where that money comes from?” one furious league executive asked. “It comes out of the owners’ pockets and they aren’t going to be happy with this because they’re already not happy with having to foot the bill for Phoenix in the first place.”
from LZ Granderson of ESPN,
Who would have thought that after 18 consecutive postseason appearances—including back-to-back stops in the Finals the past two seasons—the Detroit Red Wings would begin March fighting for their playoff lives?
But that’s exactly where they are and, well, it’s a bit unnerving for the good folks of Hockeytown.
“Injuries,” 22-year-old fan Andrew Nendrzychi said. “We’ve had a lot of injuries this year. More than I can ever remember.”
Indeed, with seven players placed on injured reserve before Christmas—including star forward Henrik Zetterberg—the team started 2010 having already surpassed the 187 man games missed because of injuries it suffered all of last year.
But I gotta tell ya, while I don’t question whether injuries have contributed to Detroit’s current predicament, I can’t ignore the nagging little voice in the back of my head that keeps repeating two words: Blame Canada.
NEW YORK (March 4, 2010) – Mike Babcock, head coach of the Detroit Red Wings and Team Canada, and Ryan Miller goaltender for the Buffalo Sabres and Team USA, are today’s guests on NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman on NHL.com and SIRIUS XM Radio at 6 p.m. ET.
Mike Babcock’s international coaching career has been golden. On Sunday, as head coach of Canada’s Men’s Olympic hockey team, Babcock completed hockey’s grand slam by adding yet another accomplishment to his already impressive resume. With Canada’s 3-2 overtime victory against Team USA in Vancouver, Babcock became the only coach in hockey history to guide teams to supremacy in four of the most prestigious tournaments in the game: the World Junior Championship, the World Championship, the Olympic Games and the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
No more trade talk, no more made-up rumors, no more what ifs.
Now it is time for us to enjoy the game as teams fighting for a playoff spot literally have their season on the line every game they play.
Our full attention can now turn to the game on the ice and as a hockey purist, there is no better time of the season than right now.
Personally, I can dedicate 100% of my time to the game on the ice, the battle for the puck, the streaking forward firing a high hard puck to the top of the net. The goalie sprawling across the crease to stop a puck we all thought was going in the net.
Time to enjoy the game on the ice folks, this is hockey, our game.
NEW YORK (March 3, 2010)—NHL clubs made 31 trades involving 55 players today prior to the 3 p.m., ET, trading deadline. The number of trades and players involved are the most ever on deadline day.
Following is a list of the transactions:
from Steve Gorten of the Sun Sentinel,
Here’s what Booth said after the game about what went down with Richards 2:45 into the first period:
“That was kind of expected. I don’t really know what I’m doing when I fight,” Booth said. “But it was just a lot of…I don’t know what’s built up, but what could have been this year if you were playing, you think about that. But that’s behind me now. I don’t have to worry about that. I can just go out there and play and be free of this. I’m back to 100 percent.”
Booth added: “I just wanted to get it off my chest. It wasn’t cheap or anything. I just asked him if he wanted to and he was good enough to give me my shot.”
from Tom Kowalski of Mlive,
Who will start in net for the Red Wings on Friday?
“I haven’t even thought of it,’’ said Babcock, who didn’t appear to be a man with a lot of options. “It never got any better after (the Howard benching), either.’‘
A verbal shot like that didn’t hit the post. Babcock said it wasn’t a difficult decision to pull Howard, but he wasn’t the only player who drew Babcock’s ire.
“The puck didn’t hit him. I said right from the get-go everybody in all positions was exactly the same—not very good,’’ Babcock said.
“I knew it was coming,’’ Howard said. “The puck just didn’t hit me tonight. It definitely needs to down the stretch. I need to be better. The third one was a nice shot, the fourth one I didn’t see it until it was going under me.’‘
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