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Anaheim Ducks forward Mike Brown was ejected from Game 1 against the Detroit Red Wings for a hit that bloodied Jiri Hudler.
Hudler passed the puck and was defenceless when Brown hit him, appearing to land an elbow to his head during the first period on Friday night.
The game was delayed briefly while Hudler was helped off the ice and blood was scraped off it. A towel was pressed against a big cut above Hudler’s left eye.
Video (via YouTube):
Update 10:14pm ET: From Bob McKenzie at TSN—
It’s really up to the National Hockey League to decide what is it that they want to do. I think the NHL is going to look at it and say it’s a five-minute major, it happened midway through the first period, Mike Brown is out of this game, there was no severe injury to Hudler other than the blood, he came back and he’s playing, and the Ducks had to play with 11 forwards the rest of the game. There may not be a suspension in this case.
added 5/02/09 at 8:11am (Paul), from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,
Mike Brown’s vicious blindside hit on Jiri Hudler left Hudler in a pool of blood and should, if there’s any consistency in Colin Campbell’s world, land Brown a five-game suspension just as it did Washington’s Donald Brashear for his hit on Blair Betts of the Rangers last week.
From Tim Wharnsby at the Globe & Mail:
San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan, nominated for the Jack Adams Trophy today, spent the three previous NHL seasons as an assistant coach under Detroit Red Wings bench boss Mike Babcock.
The Wings coach acknowledged that he phoned McLellan on Thursday for advice on dealing the Ducks, who upset the Sharks in the first round. But Babcock would not divulge what sort of counsel he received from McLellan.
The Bruins will have had nine days off since dispatching Montreal in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference quarter-final last week. With questions about rust being asked, the Bruins can look to Vancouver’s Game 1 last night as a working blueprint. The Canucks, who also swept their first-round opponent (St. Louis), scored three straight goals against Chicago and held on for the win.
“Everybody’s wondering whether we’re going to be rested or rusty,” head coach Claude Julien said.
“I think Vancouver is a great example to take. They came out and played well in the first period. I’m expecting our players to feel the same way - that we can come out and play the way we know we can. Put all the excuses aside.”
continued with more on both Boston and Carolina
From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail:
Here’s a thought for the Calgary Flames to ponder, as they enter another off-season answering the same old questions about their future, both short-and-long term, and why they’re always good enough to make the playoffs but never good enough to win any rounds. Would they consider moving Dion Phaneuf, a 24- year-old defenceman, only one season removed from qualifying as a Norris Trophy finalist?
It would be a counterintuitive move on one level because if Phaneuf ever matured into a dominant defenceman, a la Chris Pronger, it is a decision that could backfire in a big way.
However, it is hard to imagine the Flames standing pat with their current core, given that they haven’t been able to win in the playoffs with the group they’ve got.
From Mike Zeisberger at Sun Media:
Heading into his upcoming showdown against Sidney Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins, the NHL’s most electrifying superstar is getting the support of NBA royalty.
If Alexander Ovechkin was wondering who might be in his corner in this star-studded second-round showdown between his Washington Capitals and the Penguins, he received his answer this morning courtesy of a gift from LeBron (The King) James.
James, whose CIeveland Cavaliers await the identity of their second-round opponent in the NBA playoffs, sent The Great 8 a personally-signed Cavaliers jersey.
“To Alexander The Great. Keep Up The Good Work. King James,” it said, scrawled across the jersey’s white numbers in James’s personal handwriting.
San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan and Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien, who led the NHL’s top two teams this season, and Andy Murray, who lifted the St. Louis Blues to a surprising Stanley Cup Playoff berth, are the three finalists for the 2009 Jack Adams Award in voting by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association.
Hockey legend Guy Lafleur has been found guilty of giving contradictory testimony.
The former NHL star, who played much of his career with the Montreal Canadiens, was on trial this spring on a single charge of giving contradictory testimony during his son Mark’s bail hearing in 2007.
Lafleur agreed to supervise his son at the time and enforce a court-ordered curfew. But he failed to tell a judge that he drove his son to a hotel to spend a night with his 16-year-old girlfriend while he was under curfew….
Lafleur faces up to 14 years in prison.
Update 1:30pm ET (Alanah): Guy Lafleur’s lawyer was a guest on AM 640’s Leafs Lunch today, further explaining the consequences of this ruling for his client. Follow this link, then look for the interview titled “Guy Lafleur’s Lawyer” and you can listen to the full interview.
Glen Healy, Director of Player Affairs for the National Hockey League Players’ Association talks NBC, NHL playoff hockey, the Ovechkin-Crosby matchup, profit-sharing and recaps round-one of the playoffs this morning on Fan590.
Healy rants over NBC for the first 5 minutes, well worth a listen.
click here to start listening…
from Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News,
As the Wings head into the second round tonight against Anaheim, Hossa is in the spot he always envisioned. He’s needed and wanted but doesn’t have to do it all, or even the bulk of it. No one on the Wings ever does. And really, of all the unusual reasons Hossa took the Wings’ one-year, $7.45-million offer instead of long-term treasures elsewhere, this is the main one, for this time right now.
“Look around, you’ve got legends in here, and it’s a great group of guys,” Hossa said. “It’s just fun to be a part of it. And they play the way I like, the puck-control game. Playing with so many stars, the pressure is spread, there’s no focus on one guy.”
And there’s the dichotomy of the Hossa Experiment. He came to Detroit to win his first Stanley Cup, and by accepting a one-year deal, he put enormous pressure on himself. But the truth is, it’s actually less pressure than if he’d stayed in Pittsburgh for a reported $35 million, or gone to Edmonton for the rumored $80 million.
If Hossa is skating with a burden, he sure isn’t showing it. He led the team with 40 goals in the regular season, and often was brilliant. He was clutch in the first-round clincher against Columbus, scoring his first two goals of the playoffs.
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