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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,
I’m not sure if they just don’t have it…or if maybe the other teams are just better right now….
If 88 points is the place the Stars need to be to have a place in the post-season discussion (because 88 points could get one team in and leave one team out), then is 7-5-0 too much to ask?
more on the Stars and below are the NHL expanded standings as of this morning…
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
Following what has to rank as one of the more bizarre defeats of his 12 years as coach, Ruff aired out his team after it took nine mostly-foolish penalties to turn a two-goal lead into a 4-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place.
“The message [from Ruff] we can’t really talk about right here,” said defenseman Henrik Tallinder. “It was not really good words.”
When Ruff emerged to meet the media, he lasted three questions and exactly 54 seconds. But his words were crystal clear.
“Very disappointed. Embarrassed,” Ruff said when asked how exasperated he was with this group. “I’m embarrassed for our fans, embarrassed for the way we played the last 40 minutes. It’s not acceptable this time of year.”
I have to admit, on Monday and Tuesday I must have received between 40-50 emails from fans of the Philadelphia Flyers. Most told me the Wings would not be able to compete with the physical play of the Flyers.
My simple response was, if the Flyers try to hit them and miss, look out, a goal may soon follow.
See the attempted hit on Datsyuk by Parent last night- missed hit, tying goal by Franzen.
from Douglas Flynn of the Hockey Journal,
No longer is it a matter of taking home the President’s Trophy for the NHL’s best regular-season record or even holding on to the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Both goals are still attainable, but Western powers Detroit (103 points) and San Jose (100) have climbed past the Bruins. Boston still leads the East with 99 points, but New Jersey has closed within four points with two games in hand.
The Bruins aren’t conceding either race by any means. They just understand that even if they manage to squeak out either title, it will ring hollow if they carry their sloppy play into the postseason for another early playoff exit.
“Not as much as what we have to do to put our team back on track; I think that’s the most important thing right now,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien, asked about the priority of finishing in first. “If we get this team back on track then the standings will kind of take care of themselves. As much as we’d like to finish as high as we can, I think the main priority right now really has to be on fine-tuning our game.”
Update 1:55pm ET: From Ken Campbell of The Hockey News, a look at Brodeur’s history:
Brodeur’s beginnings were not quite as inauspicious, but he certainly wasn’t thought of as a future superstar in the league. In fact, Brodeur was the decidedly second consensus pick in that draft to Trevor Kidd, who went to the Calgary Flames 11th overall.
At that time, our annual Draft Preview edition profiled the top 60 prospects, but only the top 21 – which consisted of the first round of the draft back then – were ranked in order. The other 39 were ranked in alphabetical order and Brodeur, who was projected to be a second-round pick, was among that group.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
This is why, if I were the owner of a last-place pro sports team, I would be involved in a mega-scandal involving thrown games: If I’m Stan Kroenke right now, my pregame message to the Avalanche the rest of the season would be: “This is a must-lose game tonight. Now go out there and tank it for the team!”
Should the Avs tank it so they can get the first pick in June’s NHL draft? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Nik Antropov wants to stress that he is not slagging the Maple Leafs.
At the same time, the veteran forward admits noticing a difference between his former team and the New York Rangers, the squad he was shipped to at the trade deadline two weeks ago.
“The whole team is really close here,” Antropov said in a phone interview. “That’s something we never really had in Toronto the past few years.
“One of the reasons is all the new faces we had with the Leafs in the last two or three years. And then there were different coaches, different systems. That all plays a part in it.
“It’s not a shot at Toronto. I loved my time there. But I did notice the difference when I got here.”
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
Detroit fired 48 shots on net and took 35 other shots for a total of 83. Repeat: 83. The Flyers took 37 shots (26 on net). You cannot allow a team to take 83 shots and expect to win.
In their last three games, the Flyers have allowed 41, 39 and 48 shots on goal.
That’s not acceptable if the team thinks it’s a Stanley Cup contender.
more on the Flyers
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
It was 4-3 here last night over the Canadiens in a shootout during which the Rangers went three-for-three against a Still Not Ready for Primetime Carey Price, and even though Montreal did get the loser’s point, the point is that the Blueshirts are playing their best hockey of the season.
“We’ve become a very aggressive team in every sense,” said Paul Mara, part of a defense corps that punished the Canadiens all night long, taking the body and with menace at every opportunity. “We’re on the attack, and we’re not shying away from anything anywhere on the ice.”
The Thrashers Zach Bogosian left the game in the 2nd period and did not return after injuring his left knee on a hit by the Penguins Matt Cooke.
About 2/3 of the way into the video, you will see the video in slow motion.
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