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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette via Habs Inside/Out,
To quantify this ugliness:
• It was the Canadiens’ seventh consecutive road loss;
• They have been outscored 35-14 through this span;
• In going oh-for-Alberta this week, they were outscored 13-4;
• Montreal has lost nine times in their last 11;
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
Jose Theodore didn’t know the rule, and neither did Coach Bruce Boudreau. So here it is: No. 25.2, which states, “No goal can be scored on a rebound of any kind (an exception being the puck off the goal post or crossbar, then the goalkeeper and then directly into the goal).
So that’s why Ryan Callahan’s decisive in penalty shots on Wednesday was allowed to stand after it hit the crossbar, bounced off an unsuspecting Jose Theodore and back into the net.
Theodore said it’s a lesson learned.
“To be honest, I thought when it hit the crossbar, when it comes back out that it was a no play,” he said. “So I didn’t really ... I didn’t know where the puck was, but I knew it wasn’t going in. I didn’t really try to get out of the way because to me it was a no goal. Obviously, I was wrong. It’s a lesson I learned.”
continued and watch the SO goal below…
from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,
The teams that need Khabibulin are Stanley Cup contenders, so its unlikely they are going to give up a top player in return. The Capitals might love to have Khabibulin for the playoffs, but they want to win a Cup, so who would they give up? Nylander? You make that call. I’d pass.
All of a sudden it looks as if Montreal might need a goalie. Do the Red Wings feel confident with Chris Osgood? But no way I deal Nik to Detroit, unless they want to give up Franzen.
Khabibulin might sign with the Wings in the off-season, though.
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From Tim Sassone at the Daily Herald:
According to the blog and comments posted on stories at our Web site, these are the 10 hottest issues on the minds of Hawks fans:
1. Dustin Byfuglien: There are a lot of fans unhappy with the big guy and want to see him packaged in a deal.
There are two problems: One, Byfuglien has two years and $6 million left on a contract general manager Dale Tallon never should have offered last summer. Two, he is a wide body on a team that is somewhat small and needs all the size it can get for the playoffs.
read on for the rest of Chicago’s wish list
From Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer:
The Flyers will continue to use goalies Marty Biron and Antero Niittymaki the rest of the season.
But it has become clear that the order has changed.
Biron, who was the main reason the Flyers reached the Eastern Conference finals last season, will now have to play his way back into the No. 1 spot.
Until further notice, Niittymaki is the main man.
From Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice:
[Coach Brent Sutter:] “Like I said, this is not training camp and it’s not the first 10 games of the regular season. This is the real deal here now. Teams are playing at the elite level. Teams are competing to get into the playoffs. Teams are trying to get different seeds in the standings and everyone has to be at their best and that’s including the goaltender.
“Yet. we’ll monitor this the right way. There’s been a course in place and everything has gone along very well. We just have to stay the course and I have tremendous confidence when Marty comes back that he’ll be very solid. Yet, there might be some games we have to get through. There’s no need for anybody to think he’s going to be an every-day goalie when he comes back.”
Sutter’s comments seemed to be in direct response to what Brodeur said Monday about his expectations for playing, particularly with his mentioning of training camp and the first 10 games of the season.
From Mark Herrmann at Newsday.com:
When everyone looks back on it, this Islanders season might not seem a total loss after all. Aside from possibly helping them ace the draft lottery, 2008-09 looks from here as if it will be remembered as the season Kyle Okposo really earned his NHL sweater, and a USA Olympic jersey.
It is not too early to think about Okposo’s future, which looks brighter by the day. It definitely is not too early to think about next February and the Vancouver Winter Games.
From Shelly Anderson at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar today received medical clearance to return to the [Penguins} lineup.
Gonchar, the team’s top defenseman and quarterback of the power play, will not play tonight against San Jose. He said he will continue to practice and judge himself day to day to determine when he believes he is ready to return.
From Arthur Staple at Newsday:
“It was just a real important time in my life,” [Sean Avery] said today. “Just one of those things where I took some time to sit back and help myself become a better person. It was amazing. It was something that was important for me as a person, as a man. Actions speak louder than words.”
It’s Avery’s actions that will be scrutinized when he does get into a game with Hartford. That likely won’t happen until Saturday, or possibly a week from today—he said he did not do much skating in his two months away—and then, he’ll have to show he can be the abrasive, sometimes abusive, edge player who got himself that multi-million dollar deal.
“I’ve been playing hockey for a long time, and my on-ice game has never been an issue,” he said. “It’s other things I was working on. But I’m sure there’s still going to be an element of Sean Avery hockey that’s exciting to watch.”
from Sam McCaig of the Hockey News,
If the playoffs started today, here are the matchups – and predicted outcomes.
Boston Bruins (1) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (8)
The Bruins have come too far, too fast this season to see it all end in the first round. The Canes have the edge in experience, given their Stanley Cup run in 2006, but history lessons don’t win you hockey games.
Outcome: Bruins in five games
read on for all the matchups…
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