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from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
...a pattern is developing: When defining moments present themselves, Crosby’s teams rise up; Ovechkin’s melt down.
Ovechkin is (Wilt) Chamberlain, a larger-than-life scoring machine who racks up so many individual awards that we begin to lose track by his mid-20s.
Crosby is (Bill) Russell, the consummate winner, the guy who does a million little things (and some really big ones) to lead his team to championships.
A week ago today, Crosby’s team left Vancouver with gold medals; Ovechkin’s left in disgrace.
Crosby has helped his NHL team to seven playoff series wins, two appearances in the Cup final and one title. Ovechkin has helped his team to, ah, let me break out the calculator here ... one playoff series win.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
When Matt Carkner saw Colton Orr flash triple fingers to the Scotiabank crowd, he knew his Maple Leafs pugilist partner wasn’t signifying three wins for Toronto over the Senators in the Battle of Ontario.
Orr was trying to claim the victory in the third of four fights in as many games between them, though Carkner took exception to the signal as showboating.
“He was probably celebrating because he had three shifts in the game or something,” Carkner retorted.
continued and watch the fight below…
from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,
Flyers goalie Michael Leighton is the only starter in the NHL who still lives out of a hotel.
The 28-year-old native of Sarnia holds that title because he landed the No. 1 spot less than two months ago, despite a seven-year career.
Before being known for hotel home, he was mostly known for being placed on waivers.
To date, Leighton has been waived four times, once after playing only 20 minutes in Nashville. He’s also been traded twice and signed as a free agent once, with Anaheim. Now, after more than two months with the Flyers, Leighton may be able to stop counting.
Despite being a lock for the Flyers job, Leighton knows how fleeting the position can be at times.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Maybe Sidney Crosby is a fan of Jay’s or maybe he was upset at not being invited to Dave’s Super Bowl bash with Oprah, but folks around the NHL sure would be interested in learning even one of No. 87’s reasons for rejecting David Letterman’s invitation to host his Top Ten while the Golden Boy was in New York this week.
Upon learning of the snub, Slap Shots was told that this wasn’t the first time Crosby, who last year declined to appear on NBC’s “Today” show following Pittsburgh’s Stanley Cup victory, had rejected a request from Letterman’s “Late Show.”
continued plus additional topics…
Stan Fischler picks his top 5 nice guys.
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
Jarome Iginla has spent years carrying the Calgary Flames.
He can’t do it any more.
Not by himself.
Iginla still must remain a star player for the club while its flickering playoff hopes remain alive, but it’s become obvious he needs the supporting cast more than ever in order for the Flames to win on a regular basis.
As much as fans may want to believe the captain remains the same player who was so instrumental in the thrilling journey to the Stanley Cup final of 2004 and a trip to the playoffs every season after, Iginla can no longer be that player every night.
Elliotte Friedman of HNIC interviews Brian Burke and discusses both Team USA and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,
Babcock’s biggest worry right now—though he would be loathe to admit it—has to be Jimmy Howard. Perhaps for all the right reasons, he’s painted himself into a corner here by dry-docking Chris Osgood. If Howard should falter down the stretch, the Wings are toast.
I am not second-guessing Babcock’s decision to make Howard the No. 1 goalie. Truly, as well as Howard played after Osgood got sick back in November, that was a no-brainer. But in the process, I fear he’s lost Osgood.
He’s rendered him virtually useless now by keeping him so completely tethered to the bench. Osgood has made just three starts in more than three months. Is it any wonder he’s looked slow and out of sorts in his last couple of outings?
Now, I don’t mean to underestimate Osgood. Perhaps, if Howard began struggling, he could rally himself one more time and get back to form. Lord knows, he’s done it time and time again. But the Wings wouldn’t survive the process. They don’t have enough games, nor a secure enough playoff spot.
more plus Babcock says the Blackhawks are the best team in the NHL…
from Darren Pang at HockeyChats,
You have to have players that have the character and compete level to out will the other team’s best players. It is a job that doesn’t get a lot of recognition outside the locker room, but inside it is a different story, as the players there know exactly which players pay the price to get the job done. They have the ice bags going every time they get the equipment off, with the training staff working non stop to get them ready for the next battle….
5) Los Angeles : Rob Scuderi / Drew Doughty
There is a reason why the King’s have been a top team in the West, and it goes beyond the Kopitar’s and Smyth’s up front. In Doughty’s rookie season he received great tutelage from veteran Sean O’Donnell as his partner, and now in his 2nd season, he is playing 24:00 min per game going up against the other teams top players alongside Scuderi, the veteran that won the Cup last year with Pittsburgh….
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Bottom line, Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen looked tired and out of sorts today in his first start for the Stars, giving up six goals on 34 shots in a 6-3 loss to the Penguins.
What did you expect? He hasn’t started a game since April 11 last year for Atlanta.
``I can say the goalie looked fatigued tonight and we’re confident he’s going to get better,’’ Stars coach Marc Crawford said.
So is this a matter of just working him through it with practice and games?
``I think it is a little bit of both. We’ll see how he is tomorrow,’’ Crawford said. ``Obviously, we want to keep his worth ethic up. He hasn’t played in the NHL in a year, so it’s understandable that you’re going to get fatigued. If you get fatigued in those two minute situations, penalty kills especially, you may not have to make a save but you’re in your tuck and you’re moving and you’re just right on edge. I’m sure their heart rates are right at the high level when they have that constant action around them. It is grueling and it is tiring, that’s the thing that he will get better with. So that’s where we are with him.’‘
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