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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
What was the first thing you thought of when you saw Hossa lean in on Hamhuis as they both chased a puck into the corner? The hit on Hossa’s teammate, Brian Campbell, courtesy of Alex Ovechkin earlier in the regular season.
In both cases, the offending players seemed to hold up slightly just as contact was made, but the defensemen were off balance enough to be sent hurtling into the boards.
Dangerous? Yes. Reckless? It depends on your definition of reckless.
Of course, in the NHL, where every day is a brand new day, the two incidents end up being treated as though they were from different planets.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Detroit could easily still win the series; the Red Wings have already won two of the three games at the Jobing.com arena, which is almost a home away from home for them, given the number of hardcore fans that live or visit the area. Still, Phoenix has made a habit of doing the unexpected this season; making the playoffs for starters and then giving the Red Wings far more than most people thought they could handle. Midnight was supposed to strike on the Coyotes’ Cinderella season sometime in mid-afternoon Sunday; they have now extended the series to Tuesday night; and at this stage of the proceedings, it’s hard to think that they might not get through into the next round after all.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Less than a week ago, favored Vancouver was down 2-1 in its first-round series with Los Angeles and Canucks fans jammed radio phone lines and Internet message boards with calamitous rants.
In the middle of the near hysteria and panic from a city that has had its heart broken too many times by this hockey team over four decades, there stood Alain Vigneault. Like a man yawning in the middle of a tornado, the Canucks coach calmly and confidently predicted his key players would raise their games and the Canucks would be fine.
And, of course, that’s exactly what happened. Now, Vancouver is hoping to wrap up its first-round series tonight with a road win over Los Angeles. The Canucks lead the series 3-2.
NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell conducted a phone hearing with Hossa earlier Sunday afternoon. Campbell made the following statement after the meeting:
“I have made the decision that this play does not warrant supplemental discipline after considering all of the facts, including reviewing the video and speaking with Mr. Hossa,” said Campbell. “This play is distinguishable from recent incidents by a number of factors, including the degree of contact involved; the fact that the consequences of the play do not appear to be as severe; that this was a hockey play involving a race for the puck; that Mr. Hossa is not a repeat offender; and that the call of a major penalty by the referee was significant and appropriate.”
Early poll voting starts…
What team wins?
from Gordon McIntyre of The White Towel,
While discussing the superb play of Mikael Samuelsson on TSN’s hockey panel this morning, Darren Pang made a qualifying remark along the lines of, sure, Samuelsson benefits from “playing with the Twinkies.”
There are a lot of urban-slang definitions of Twinky, none redeeming.
The real deal, as such, is the small sponge cake with the fake cream filling.
Henrik and Daniel Sedin spongy? Soft on the inside? Fake?...
What’s sad is you might expect a talking head from the East to still call the Sedins sissy names, but Pang has broadcast experience with the Coyotes and Blues, and must have seen the physical pounding the Sedins regularly take without batting an eye, let alone missing any games.
added 4:31pm, via a Darren Pang tweet,
Hey Vancouver fans, meant nothing by the “Twinkies” comment on the Sedins. No one has more respect than I do. It is term used for Twins.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
• Detroit GM Ken Holland will be saying goodbye to Jason Williams ($1.5 million), Kirk Maltby ($833,000) and Brad May ($482,000) to fit in Jiri Hudler’s $2.87-million salary cap hit next season. Every time I see Hudler, who’s on his way back from Moscow Dynamo, I remember Edmonton scout Frank Musil pleading with the Oilers to take the Czech kid in the first round of the 2002 draft, but back then they weren’t into small forwards. Hudler lasted until No. 58.
• It’s interesting that Norris Trophy finalist Mike Green wasn’t on the ice on the last shift as the Washington Capitals tried to get the tying goal against the Montreal Canadiens on Friday. Rookie John Carlson got the call instead.
• The more I watch the Caps, the more I think they should offer Tomas Fleischman or Eric Fehr and a draft pick to the Calgary Flames for Robyn Regehr….
Also from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Pavelski saved the Sharks with his goal in the last 40 seconds to send Game 2 to overtime, leading to linemate Devin Setoguchi’s winner, and he ripped the OT winner past Craig Anderson in Game 4.
Meanwhile, Jumbo Joe Thornton amazingly looks like Little Joe. How does this happen so many times in the playoffs? The man has scored almost 1,000 regular-season points and he’s only 31.
from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,
I started my day at a local bank ATM machine. I needed some cash for the weekend and then the trip to Montreal on Monday. As I was withdrawing cash a couple stood behind me. They were in their late 60’s, I believe. As I got the cash, I turned and the lovely older woman said to me, “Hi Ted. NBC Baby - NBC.”
I said, ”NBC?”
She said, “Nothing But Cup baby. Nothing but the Cup. What happened to you guys last night?” I smiled. We made some small talk and I left.
Next up was my local Blockbuster. As I entered a friend grabbed my arm and said, “Don’t choke - don’t blow it.” I said, “Thanks. With friends like you, who needs enemies?”
I then picked up a few films and at checkout the woman standing in front of me said, “What is up with your team man? That was some poor performance. I thought you guys looked tired and scared last night.” I said thank you and took my films and left.
I then went to get a pedicure.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
O’Brien raised his index finger and gestured to the crowd, palms up, as if to request more applause for his pugilistic feats. Kings Coach Terry Murray criticized him and called him a clown. O’Brien’s employers reportedly didn’t like it much, either, and called him in for a chat before he spoke to the media in Vancouver on Saturday.
“I wasn’t trying to show anybody up or anything like people keeping saying and talking about,” he told reporters in Vancouver before the Canucks flew to Los Angeles. “It was a big game, there was some emotion, the crowd was standing and next thing I know I was raising my hands in the air.
“It was probably a little immature and uncalled for, but at the same time, I don’t know, for those of you out there who have been in a fight sometimes you don’t think before you act—I’m pretty good at that. I’ve got to start thinking before I do stuff. I’ve done a lot worse in my life.”
He also complimented the Kings’ coach.
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