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from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,
Netminders have obviously allowed goals from center ice or beyond before, as Vokoun did on Radim Vrbata’s( meek shot; but rarely are those goals allowed with 59.7 seconds left in the game and with that goalie’s team clinging to a one-goal lead.
from George Malik of Snapshots,
Red Wings GM Ken Holland suggested to the Free Press’s Helene St. James that it’s entirely possible that Jiri Hudler may have an out-clause in his contract with Dynamo Moscow, and could choose to utilize it to return to Detroit after this season. As far as I know, Wings coach Mike Babcock has indeed kept in contact with Hudler, and his teammates have at least called from time to time to check in on him.
Dynamo’s still recovering from a stunning first-round ouster at the hands of Spartak, a fellow Moscow club, but Sport-Express’s Andrei Kuznetsov reports that, at this point, it’s former Red Wings defenseman Danny Markov and Swedish imports Linus Omark and Johan Harju are taking the vast majority of the flak for the team’s disappointing performance.
read on as George breaks down the KHL and has other Wings related news…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Rangers might be able to overcome deficiencies on the power play, problems in their own end and the inability to create a sustained attack, but they simply cannot overcome an average performance from Henrik Lundqvist.
Which is exactly what the Blueshirts got last night—at best—from their elite goaltender in the 4-3 Garden defeat to St. Louis that leaves them three points behind the Bruins for the final playoff spot, with a losers’ bracket confrontation set for Boston on Sunday afternoon.
Then, too, the Thrashers are even in points with the Rangers, with the same game in hand that the Bruins hold on the 10th-place Blueshirts.
“I have to do better, I have to be better,” Lundqvist said after allowing three goals on the Blues’ first eight shots and four on the first 13 shots, including one stinker. “I tried to battle and give the team a chance to win, but the bottom line is that I have to be better.
“Personally, I [stunk]. I am really, really disappointed.”
from Rosie DiManno of the Torotnt Star,
Now that the league, in its belated wisdom – as future tense corrective, pending reports of hurry-up application – has addressed the havoc wrought by blind-side head hits, the next matter on the to-do list should be addressing pest control for the infestation of hockey by dirty vermin.
“The rat,” says Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke bluntly, when asked where league executives should next tilt their pointy heads. “The guy that won’t fight, or only picks the fights he thinks he can win. The rat will run a player from behind because he knows he won’t have to pay for it by somebody else retaliating.
“The instigator penalty, which I still support, has kept some of those rats out of the game, but not eliminated them entirely. And because of it, teams can’t self-regulate anymore when it does happen. So, for now I guess we’re stuck with the rat because I have no idea how to fix it.”
Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe on the Bruins game last night.
Unfortunately, the league said nothing about disciplining referees Paul Devorski and Ian Walsh for their gross mistake of giving Wisniewski only a two-minute minor penalty for charging Seabrook.
Maybe this will keep Devorski and Walsh from working the playoffs. We can only hope.
Devorski and Walsh also failed to penalize Corey Perry late in Wednesday’s game for that shove to Brent Sopel’s back that helped lead to the Ducks’ winning goal.
-Tim Sasson of Between the Circles at the Chicago Daily-HYerald.
from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,
In supporting the eight-game suspension of defenseman James Wisniewski late Thursday afternoon, Ducks GM Bob Murray said his player “crossed the line” with his hit on Chicago’s Brent Seabrook in Wednesday’s night game at Honda Center.
But Murray also took issue with Wisniewski’s punishment of eight games as handed down by NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell following a morning hearing with the parties involved.
“First of all, we love the way Wiz plays and we want him to play the game hard,” Murray said. ”That’s how he has to play and he’s very effective doing that. In this instance, he crossed the line. He went too far and he knows he was going to get suspended. I applaud the league cracking down on these things.”
This via Pierre LeBrun’s Twitter,
Ducks GM Bob Murray just now on Quenneville: ``I strongly suggest Joel worries about his goaltending and stops trying to run the NHL.”
added 8:16pm, this from Chis Kuc’s Twitter,
More from Ducks GM Bob Murray: “I played in Chicago a long time. ... It used to be a black-and-blue town. It didn’t have whiners.”
First shift for both players, they drop their gloves and go at it.
Hopefully the end of the story.
via Pierre LeBrun tweet,
Confirmed 8 games for Wisniewski. Which means he waived his right to an in-person hearing which a player has a right to for five-games plus
added 6:41pm, Quote from Colin Campbell,
“Mr. Wisniewski delivered a retaliatory hit to the head of an opponent who never had possession of the puck,” said Colin Campbell, NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations. “The fact that Mr. Wisniewski is a repeat offender also entered into this decison.”
added 7:05pm, Bettman addressed the head hits, etc. in his weekly NHL Hour. Read about it at NHL.com.
added 7:07pm, via the Ducks PR department,
Statement from James Wisniewski on his suspension
“I am truly sorry that my friend Brent Seabrook was hurt on the play. I certainly wish him the best. I am, however, very disappointed in the length of the suspension. Eight games is incredibly hard to swallow, especially in comparison to other recent hits that have resulted in lesser punishment.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
So now John Tortorella has made it clear he wants the title of Ranger team captain as well as the ones of head coach and travel director he already owns.
He has made it clear that he not only wants to control what the players do on and off the ice, but also wants to correct what they think.
He tells the players to claim ownership of the locker room, but then simply repossesses it when he dislikes something one of the athletes says.
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