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via Habs Inside/Out tweet,
Torn ACL, surgery ends season for Kovalev
added 11:22am, via Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Senators right winger Alex Kovalev has a “completely torn” ACL in his left knee and is gone for the season.
The 37-year old will have surgery in two weeks.
“He will recover but it will be a big project for him going forward,” Senators GM Bryan Murray said Saturday morning.
Kovalev injured his knee in the second period of Thursday’s shootout loss to Tampa.
Carolina at Boston starts the action today just after 1:00pm today.
Montreal needs one point against Toronto tonight to assure a playoff position.
Playoff seeds yet to be determined: 1 & 2 and 5-7 in the West and in the East 2, 3 & 4 plus 5-8.
See today’s NHL schedule below.and all the scenarios for the last two days of the regular season.
from Bonnie Allen of the National Post,
Under the shade of a lush green palm tree, a hefty Liberian man sells pineapples and tries to escape the muggy tropical heat. All the while, he proudly sports a long-sleeved heavy-knit Toronto Maple Leafs hockey sweater.
“We don’t know the game,” Joe Peters admits, wiping sweat off his cheek. “But the jerseys are very fine. Very high quality.”
The booming and controversial used-clothes business in Africa means hockey jerseys can be found sprinkled throughout this war-torn West African nation.
continued with pictures…
from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
Lies, damn lies – and statistics.
Do not believe what you read in the NHL standings.
Otherwise, how can it be that the most feared team on the eve of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Detroit Red Wings, sits in the lower half of those teams in the Western Conference that will be moving on?
And how can it be that the Northeast Division winner in the Eastern Conference, the Buffalo Sabres, would tremble in their skates if they have to meet the Ottawa Senators, a team that barely challenged for that same division title?
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
The Avs’ 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at the Pepsi Center was a distant second in the night’s order of disappointing results.
The Avs, who listed Duchene’s condition as a torso injury, initially gave no further update on his condition after the game, but NHL sources said he was taken to a hospital while the game was still in progress. The Avs later confirmed Duchene went to the hospital for further tests but didn’t provide any results….
“We wanted to hold him out for the rest of the game for precautionary measures, and we’ll know more (today),” Avs coach Joe Sacco said.
more on the Avs…
added 8:24am, Dater has more at All Things Avs,
Nobody could seem to figure out when or how he was hurt in the brief time he was on the ice in the first period against Chicago, leading to a second theory: that Duchene actually hurt himself in Edmonton the other night. Some who have studied tape of the game believe Duchene was hurt after a hit from the Oilers’ Zach Stortini.
The trouble with that is, Dutchy seemed fine at the morning skate today, and obviously he suited up for the game. So what happened? I’m not a doctor, but seriously, it can be anything. Is it a broken rib? Did a hit from a previous game damage an internal organ that gave out tonight? Did he burst a spleen? Did he severely pull a muscle like Claude Lemieux did back in 1996 and needed abdominal surgery to correct it?
added 8:27am, Dater just updated All Things Avs with this…
my text was chirping in the black hours of morning, with word from golden, trusted sources that Matt Duchene “will be fine.”
from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
With everything to play for against the New York Rangers, the Flyers charged onto the ice with the competitive fire of Bambi on the interstate.
“I don’t know if it’s confidence or we came out a little bit deer-in-the-headlights, waiting to see what was going to happen,” coach Peter Laviolette said after a 4-3 loss left his team one game from being roadkill. “You’ve got to play a full 60 minutes. You’d rather go down swinging instead of keeping it close. You’d rather swing for the fence.”
It wasn’t just Laviolette, either. Flyers captain Mike Richards couldn’t explain how his team lacked the “energy” to match New York’s. Veteran forward Daniel Briere was similarly at a loss.
“I don’t know if we were tight or what was it,” Briere said. “We didn’t look like a very confident group in the first period. That’s the mind-set we have to change….”
from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,
He ate borsht and his mom’s homemade mushroom soup.
He wore thick sweaters under lumpy winter jackets.
He hung out with friends he made when he lived there for six years as a kid.
He visited with family, including his grandfather of the same name who coached the Soviet hockey team in its prime.
Feeling at ease away from the rink enabled Coyotes forward Viktor Tikhonov to focus on his reason for joining the Kontinental Hockey League
: to prove he belonged in Phoenix with the Coyotes.
“It worked out well,” Tikhonov said.
At the start of the season, Tikhonov had been in the mix for a roster spot with the Coyotes. But the coaching staff noticed a change in his style of play - particularly his skating.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
It took essentially all season for the Rangers to establish an identity, but they have now, they sure have now—better late than never and not too late at all, after all.
These are the Rangers who would not give up on themselves or their season. These are the Rangers who are one win away from the playoffs with one game to go, tomorrow afternoon in Philadelphia. These are the Rangers who are one win away from the greatest stretch drive to the playoffs in franchise history.
One win away. Only one win away. Still one win away.
There are other permutations featuring Boston and Montreal that might apply following the Blueshirts’ electric 4-3 victory over the Flyers last night at the Garden, but it is finally this simple: If the Rangers get their sweep of the home-and-home, they will have come all the way back from a seven-point hole with 10 games remaining to gain a fifth straight playoff berth.
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
The Blue Jackets were 6-3 on Oct. 24. They were 12-6-2 and holding down sixth place in the Western Conference on Nov. 19. Those numbers taunt and haunt Jackets fans. It was as if the 2009-10 season, which started with such promise, was just another bait-and-switch.
“I wouldn’t trade my roster for the Detroit Red Wings.”
“This kid Joakim Lidstrom is going to be a player.”
“We’ve got a third-line winger (Alexandre Picard) for the next 10-12 years.”
Didn’t this carnival roll out of town three years ago? Wasn’t this the season the Jackets were going to make the Wings bleed? What happened?
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