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Thornton did not return and nothing yet on the injury.
from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,
The Canadiens aren’t saying so, calling it just an upper-body injury that will be re-evaluated Monday when the club returns to practice, but forward Glen Metropolit suffered a separated shoulder in tonight’s 4-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils.
Metropolit played just two shifts totalling 1:21, getting two shots on goal. He was returning to action after having been a healthy scratch Thursday vs. Florida. That was the first game the 35-year-old veteran had missed this season since a six-game span in October when he was dealing with a rib injury.
May be considered vulgar.
from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,
The Phoenix Coyotes are in the NHL playoffs for the first time in eight years. Their spot was clinched when the Calgary Flames lost to the Boston Bruins, 5-0, today.
The berth in the playoffs is a red-letter day for a franchise that was thrown into a turmoil due to bankruptcy, a drawn-out court scenario that could have sent them to Canada and the stepping down of coach Wayne Gretzky.
from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,
Boston Bruins center Marc Savard said he is still experiencing lingering effects of the concussion he suffered on March 7 when he was hit in the head by Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke.
“I’m just trying to feel normal again and I don’t feel that way right now,” Savard told a press conference prior to the Bruins’ game with the Calgary Flames Saturday afternoon. “I’m getting outside, getting some fresh air, but I’m not where I need to be.
“I miss playing hockey. I miss my buddies. Hopefully. I’m back soon.”
from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,
After the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night, a game that saw its share of altercations and trash talking, Oilers coach Pat Quinn addressed the media and talked about the need for players to be tough.
Said the Old Time Coach: “You got to go get those things. Some small guys will do it, some guys won’t. On the other side, there’s chickenshit, there’s chicken big guys, too, you know. They got four or five guys on their team (the Ducks) that probably got some yellow and brain stains in their drawers tonight when they thought it was going to get a little tough.”
“We haven’t had a 40- or 50-goal scorer, and it’s made a big difference. We thought we had two on the roster, maybe three, with (Andy) McDonald, (Paul) Kariya and (Brad) Boyes. But it hasn’t been the kind of year that we thought it would be.”
-St. Louis Blues Owner Dave Checketts. More on the Blues from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
from b.orr4 of Japers’ Rink,
What I’ve done with the chart below is compare the Caps roster from Game 7 against Pittsburgh last season to the guys who played in the last game against Pittsburgh this season. ( I took the liberty of inserting Scott Walker in place of Laing). I’ve listed their ages and the number of playoff games they had been in before last year’s playoffs and the number they have going into this year’s playoffs. What struck me immediately is just how much more experienced this current team is vs. last year’s. Aside from the average age increasing by almost a year, last year’s team only had seven players 30 or over. This year’s squad has nine. More importantly, last season there were only eight players with double digit playoff games under their belt. This year, there are 17.
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