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Tomas Vokoun of the Panthers with a great glove save on Thomas Vanek of the Sabres. Buffalo did defeat Florida 3-1.
from Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider,
When the Caps left town Monday afternoon, several players said they hoped getting away from home would help them refocus and get back to basics.
Did it ever.
The Capitals completed a stellar two-game trip tonight in Philadelphia, where they claimed a 2-1 win over the rival Flyers two days after beating the Predators in Nashville by the same score. Suddenly, that four-game losing streak at Verizon Center seems like so long ago.
“Getting the win in Nashville was nice to get back in the winning column,” said Brooks Laich. “But you don’t want to take a step back after taking a step forward. To get a win here, in a building where we’ve had a tough time. Obviously, we wanted a little redemption from the last time we played here.”
That was the quote of the night.
continue for more on the Capitals…
Wings take a 4-2 lead late into the 3rd period, Flames score 3 goals a little over 2 minutus apart to take a 5-4 lead. Wings tie it up late to force OT.
Flames win in a shootout.
Check the shots on goal and full boxscore at TSN.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason made a bee line out of Nationwide Arena before the morning skate. He has a cold that is affecting his respiratory tract and is considered questionable for tonight’s game vs. Pittsburgh.
If he’s not feeling better—or any worse this afternoon—Mason will start. But don’t be surprised if Wade Dubielewicz gets the nod in net tonight against the Penguins.
more on Columbus…
from Don Brennan of Off the Posts at the Ottawa Sun,
Filip Kuba will miss his third straight game with an “illness” tonight.
To me, this just isn’t right.
At the risk of sounding like I’m just picking on the guy, how sick can he be? I mean, really.
I saw Kuba this morning. He looked fine. He had just been to breakfast and he was on his way to the rink, where he and Chris Neil were the only two Senators to go for the morning skate. Afterwards, Neil determined that he was going to play tonight against the Bruins, but Kuba deemed it necessary for another couple of days off to make sure he’s fully recovered from the flu?
Nope, it just isn’t right.
From Steve Gorten at the Sun-Sentinel:
Winger Richard Zednik skated on the ice at HSBC Arena this morning for the first time since he skated off it Feb. 10 of last year covering his neck with his glove in fear for his life. Zednik’s carotid artery was accidentally slashed by teammate Olli Jokinen’s skate in the third period of a game against the Sabres that night.
Zednik said one of the surgeons who performed surgery on him that night invited him over to her house for dinner last night. He went and they reminisced about the incident and that night.
Here are some of his thoughts after this morning’s skate on what it was like on the ice:
“I was trying not to think about it. I want to just focus on hockey.”
Zednik was the first Panther on the ice this morning and skated toward the boards near where the incident happened, but he said that was simply coincidental.
“I’m not going back. I’m looking forward. I’m not trying to go back. What happened, happened. I’ve already passed that. I don’t want to go back and think about what could have happened.”
from Dan Pollard of TSN,
Nashville’s Pekka Rinne is giving the Blue Jackets’ Steve Mason a run for top rookie honours. Both have helped put their teams in a position to make the playoffs this year. For Columbus it would be the franchises maiden voyage into the post-season.
There’s not much to choose from when comparing the goaltenders numbers wise.
Other than shutouts, Rinne’s numbers are better or almost identical to Masons.
That being said, when forced to make a choice my support leans to Mason.
read on and more NHL topics (fighting and Daniel & Henrik Sedin)...
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
I was reluctant to ask Devils coach Brent Sutter about it again, but after the story in the National Post in Canada made it seem like he might be leaning toward leaving the Devils after this season, I brought it up to him again after today’s morning skate.
“That’s not the case,” Sutter said when I asked him if some people’s perception that he might be leaving was true. “I evaluate my situation at the end of each year and I always have. People have asked me, ‘Is it hard being away from the hockey team (the Red Deer Rebels)? Is it hard being away from my family?’ Yeah, it is. But it was hard last year and if I stay it will be hard next year. What I said is I’m going to re-evaluate at the end of the year, which I did last year and which I’ve done since 1999. That’s how I approach it.
“I coach year to year and then evaluate my situation on the coaching side of it and evaluate my situation on the family side of it and decisions will be made at that point. Until then, there’s nothing to talk about.”
from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,
...Thus Gainey punched Carbonneau’s ticket, complaining that the team has been emotionally disengaged in how they play the game. That’s sinful for the Habs. It was fatal for their coach.
Gainey must absolutely haul Montreal deep into the post-season or likely follow Carbonneau out the door.
Teams are still in the fight to make the playoffs.
A few teams have some major group of games against an opponent that may decide their fate.
The Rangers have four games left against Philadelphia. Carolina plays New Jersey three times. Columbus and St. Louis meet three more times this season and Columbus has four game left against Chcago. Lastly, Anaheim has three games against San Jose and Vancouver faces Colorado three times.
Below is the Conference Standings as of this morning.
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