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from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues are an endearing team, fun to follow, and their intense work ethic and shared purpose have strengthened the ties that bind them. That spirit was a factor in Friday’s comeback. Getting those two points at Calgary — after being on the edge, and nearly slipping into the rapids — was a huge save.
And now only 10 games remain on the Blues’ regular-season schedule. Will the spirit sustain them? Can their belief system ride them into the playoffs?
It’s still a difficult assignment. Six of the 10 games will be on the road, and seven will be fought against teams with winning records. Among the traffic jam of teams squirming for the eighth playoff spot, only the Blues and Anaheim have more games on the road than at home.
Obviously, there’s hope. And Mason is the primary source. We’re not trying to diminish the importance of the other Blues; this task will require contributions from every player.
But Mason has made a profound difference in his team’s fortunes, starting 23 consecutive games and showing no sign of breaking.
As Tony pointed out, Malkin will not be suspended for his hit on Simmonds, but Don Cherry had some thoughts on the hit after the first game of the HNIIC doubleheader tonight.
The words of Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner tonight.
Former NHL forward Walt Poddubny died suddenly on Saturday, reports the Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal.
Poddubny had been living in Thunder Bay ON., and a source close to the family told the Chronicle-Journal the 49-year-old collapsed this morning. The cause of death is unknown.
Poddubny had stints with the Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Quebec Nordiques and New Jersey Devils over his 11 NHL seasons. He had 422 points (184 goals, 238 assists) in 468 career NHL games.
NEW YORK/TORONTO (March 21, 2009) – Chicago Blackhawks forward Ben Eager has been suspended for three games, without pay, for a blow to the head of an unsuspecting player during NHL Game #1068 against the Edmonton Oilers on March 20, the National Hockey League announced today
The incident occurred at 7:30 of the third period and involved Oilers forward Liam Reddox. No penalty was assessed.
via Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog,
Stars center Brad Richards broke his left hand in Saturday’s 5-2 loss to San Jose and is out indefinitely.
Brad Richards, who was returning from a broken wrist, is out indefinitely after breaking his other hand in Saturday’s game.
“Richards will be out indefinitely. He broke his other hand,’’ Stars coach Dave Tippett said. ``He has a spiral fracture of a bone in his other hand. It’s not good news.”
from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,
The Lightning recently made a hire that owner Oren Koules said is about centralizing the team’s brand in its dealings with sponsors and suite and season-ticket holders. Even so, bringing on Angelina Lawton, wife of general manager Brian Lawton, as head of corporate communications seems awkward at first glance, especially at a time the company has laid off seven employees.
And especially when one of those cut was head of marketing Mark Gullett, responsible for last summer’s successful “Seen Stamkos?” campaign, and whose dismissal grabbed national attention when his son, Ben, posted a video resume for him on YouTube.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
You can’t help but wonder if Regier and Ruff are inching closer to the door with every loss the Sabres suffer down the stretch. Something needs to give. That much was obvious after watching the Sabres mope through the final 25 minutes Friday night in a 6-4 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Have the players quit on their coach?...
Regier has two seasons remaining on his contract. Ruff is signed through next season. They are the longest-tenured GM-coach combination in the NHL. Quinn reiterated Friday night that his first instinct is to keep both, but he wanted to wait until the offseason. He’ll huddle with Golisano before making a final decision.
from Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge,
As I watched American Idol I had an epiphany.
No I’m not going in search of a golden ticket to Hollywood. (Although I could get into the top 12, easily, cause I’m me, and I kill on Rockband) No,what I air-debated was this; what if NHL games were decided by a judging panel and Joe Public instead of Shootouts when still tied after 65 minutes.
Or is it the most interesting premise you’ve heard in the last half century?
Just think, style would trump scoring, entertainment would beat structure, and teams would be penalized for being too safe with their choices. It would be a sensationally bizarre paradigm shift.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
As for the Sedins, there are differing opinions as to the degree to which they are bound to the Canucks.
Some say they love Vancouver and are determined to sign there. Some say the Aquilini family, which owns the team, despises Burke so much for his involvement in past lawsuits that they will want to be rid of any evidence that he once ran the franchise.
It’s suggested the Sedins are liked by the Vancouver hockey public, but not loved. A weak playoff performance this spring would open the door for their exit.
The likeliest scenario, it would seem, is that the twins only become available to the Leafs if the Canucks wave goodbye first.
Even then it might not happen. The Leafs, you see, are as wary as any team about taking on contractual commitments beyond next season that will put them in a bind if the cap falls.
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