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from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,
Got blasted by Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner on Saturday night for having an “agenda” to get fighting out of hockey.
Guilty. If they put that on my tombstone, I’ll be okay with that.
Don’t get me wrong. Grapes may not like me, but I like him fine. Have suggested several times he belongs in the broadcaster’s wing of the Hockey Hall of Fame, so I think I’m on the record as having respect for his accomplishments as a broadcaster. As a junior coach, not so much.
All I can say is I haven’t made a dime off pushing the notion that fighting has no place in hockey.
more, including a youtube of Coach’s Corner and additional hockey topics discussed, one which is the Brian Burke parody Twitter.
from Michael Arace at Puick-rakers,
Blues forward Brad Boyes scored what was the most important goal of the game. Steve Mason went behind the net to play a rim-around, he had some time and space and he turned and looked up ice. Mason isn’t terrible when it comes to handling the puck, but he is no Ron Hextall. Mason, a la Hexie, tried to balloon the puck over everyone in attempt to clear the zone with one swipe. Mason partially fanned, however, and the puck never got off the ground. It slid directly on to the stick of Boyes, who was coming, left-to-right, into the slot. Boyes had the whole net at which to shoot and he did not miss.
“If you’re going to pin the loss on anyone, pin it on me,” Steve Mason said.
read on for an in-depth look at last night’s St. Louis/Columbus game and watch the costly turnover by Mason below…
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
...But it wasn’t so much the loss that bugged the coach as Tampa Bay’s inability to generate outrage at a Senators team Tocchet said was challenging the Lightning physically.
“I’m just from the old school. When you get pushed around, you have to push back,” Tocchet said. “We’re accepting when guys on the other team are agitating and making a push. We need guys to push back. I’m not talking about dropping the gloves, just playing good, clean, tough hockey. Be abrasive. We need abrasive players on this team. We need guys lively on the bench, not just sitting there.”
It was all very evened and measured. But Tocchet showed his anger when he argued with referee Brian Pochmara late in the game after Lightning forward Ryan Craig was given two minutes for cross-checking Ottawa agitator Jarkko Ruutu across the chest and breaking his stick in the process. Ruutu got nothing despite going to his knees to avoid Craig’s check and sliding into Craig’s knees, both of which had surgeries.
“I just thought it was not professional,” Tocchet said. “I have a suit on, I can’t do anything about it. I wish I didn’t have a suit on.”
from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles and the Chicago Daily-Herald,
After what happened Sunday night at the United Center, you’ve got to wonder if it would be better for the Hawks to face Calgary in the first round of the playoffs than Vancouver.
The Canucks can be a physical, nasty team with a more complete defense than Calgary, a more intimidating goalie in Roberto Luongo and a more dangerous top line with the Sedins and Alex Burrows.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
This is the night at the Garden on which to focus on the big picture of playoff implications without ever allowing your vision to stray far from Brodeur’s crease whenever Avery is on the ice.
This is the night to keep your eyes on Bobby Holik if he’s on the ice with Avery, to keep your eyes on Lundqvist’s crease if the Devils choose to respond indirectly against Public Enemy No. 1, to keep your eyes on the officials, whose handling of their professional duties will come under strict scrutiny.
This, as always, is the night to keep your eyes on Avery, who has been Mr. Mxyzptlk to Brodeur’s Superman from the moment he joined the Battle of the Hudson on Feb. 6, 2007 and turned it into his own comic strip.
At the bottom of the today’s game recap at NashvillePredators.com, Nashville coach Barry Trotz said Martin Erat suffered a fractured leg when he took a Shea Weber shot in the leg.
Then. the fights broke out.
Canucks went on to shutout the Blackhawks 4-0.
You can checkout the boxscore at TSN for all the penalties.
from Steve at Puck The Media,
This is Jack Edwards’ call during the Bruins-Flyers game on NESN Sunday. It is simply the craziest thing we have ever heard in our lives. It’s pretty unprofessional, whether or not it’s him being a homer. But it’s still one of the most awesome soundbites of the 2008-09 NHL season.
continue to watch the video…
added 9:00am on 3/30/09, I have added an HD version of the video below…
“Just look at the standings. [Friday’s] game was a huge two points for us and it set this game up in Chicago. We see where we are in the standings. We see the battle we’re in with Calgary and Chicago and even Columbus. We see how huge this game is.”
-Mats Sundin of the Vancouver Canucks talking about today’s game against Chicago. More on the Canucks from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province.
from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,
A day or two after the 45-year-old (Natasha) Richardson died as the result of a seemingly minor blow to her head in a skiing fall in Quebec, Bruins players Andrew Ference, Dennis Wideman, Chuck Kobasew and Matt Hunwick were carpooling into practice - and talking about the Richardson tragedy and its meaning to them.
The frightening part, of course, is the delayed reaction aspect of the “epidural hematoma,” or bleeding into the space between the brain and skull. Initially, the victim feels fine and believes nothing is wrong. But as the blood fills the space, pressure on the brain builds and it will eventually be damaged - often fatally.
Imagine how easily that scenario could play out for a hockey player. They get a good whack on the head, sit on the bench for a shift or two, and then tell the coach they’re OK to play.
“It probably happens once almost every game,” Ference said. “It shows how thin the line is between tragedy and nothing.”
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