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“What I take with me from what happened last year is the fear — I never want to go through something like that again. I use it to motivate. I remember the feelings I had once last season was over. I was devastated. It took me a long, long time to get over it.
“We can’t ever sit back and think it’s over, that we’re in. There’s still 15 games left and a lot can happen. Things change fast. You lose a few games in a row and, before you know it, you’re battling just for that last spot.”
-Roberto Luongo via Jason Botchord of The White Towel at the Vancouver Province.
Jerry Green, a retired sports columnist from the Detroit News, will on occasion submit a column. Today he writes about the fighting debate and goes old school…
My introduction to hockey in Detroit occurred some 55 years ago, a night when Lindsay took on most of the Maple Leafs. He beat the considerably larger Jim Thomson into a bloody mess—to the agitation of Toronto coach King Clancy, himself a noted pugilist as a player. Lindsay and Clancy almost tangled by the bench, over the boards.
Also near the end of the game, a spectator near me berated the Wings’ Glen Skov. This didn’t sit well with Terry Sawchuk, the Wings’ Hall of Fame goaltender. So Sawchuk attempted to reach the critic by scaling the wire mesh protective barrier—in full goalie regalia.
Sawchuk’s corrugated leg pads became impaled on the wire. So Lindsay took up the battle for his trapped teammate.
“Go ahead and shoot off your (naughty-word) mouth,” Lindsay shouted at the fan. He trod along the wooden rinkside seats in his skates, then beat some guy into a bloody pulp. As I recall, it was the wrong guy, but I had been indoctrinated into the intensity of Detroit hockey.
from the CP via TSN,
Martin Brodeur dominated Patrick Roy’s former team to draw even with the Hall of Fame netminder atop the career wins list.
Brodeur stopped 21 shots to tie Roy with his 551st career regular-season victory as the New Jersey Devils beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 on Saturday night.
Facing the team he idolized as a child, Brodeur was nearly perfect, allowing only Tomas Plekanec’s goal at 12:29 of the first period.
With Roy in attendance, Brodeur held Montreal scoreless the rest of the way for his seventh win in eight games since returning from a serious elbow injury. Brodeur was given a standing ovation by the Montreal fans at the end of the game.
The four-time Vezina Trophy winner will have a chance to break the record Tuesday when the Devils entertain the Chicago Blackhawks.
added 10:56pm, Shauna Denis of MontrealCanadiens.com has some post-game quotes from some of the Devils.
added 11:04pm, Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice has quotes from the victorious Brodeur.
added 11:10pm, Watch video below of the last 30 seconds and post-game congratulations.
from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,
On Thursday in Vail, Colo., Gaborik was sought out by Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, who last Monday had a torn labrum in his hip surgically repaired, like Gaborik, by surgeon Marc Philippon.
“He just wanted to know what to expect, how I’m feeling, what I’m doing as far as treatment—pretty much everything,” said Gaborik of his 15-minute meeting with A-Rod. “[St. Louis Blues winger Paul Kariya] and me just suggested to stay there for a while because it’s the best place to be to [rehab for hip surgery].”
Gaborik said it was great to meet such a star.
“Everybody knows A-Rod,” Gaborik said, laughing. “Nice guy. Huge, huge guy. He doesn’t look like that on TV.”
Kariya and Gaborik had surgery an hour apart Jan. 5 and rehabbed together all winter. “It was fun to be around him and learn some things from him,” Gaborik said.
more on the Wild…
Dan Rosen of NHL.com has been ‘shadowing’ Martin Brodeur the last few days….
Martin Brodeur met the bi-lingual media this morning. Click here for a portion of the transcript.
One of the funniest things of the morning happened just as Brodeur was arriving at the rink. As he walked past the press conference room he saw his father, Denis Sr., doing a radio interview. I was standing in front of the door to the press conference room chatting with Denis Jr. As Martin walked past he said in French (Denis Jr. translated it to me), “Hey dad, you playing tonight?” Denis Sr. didn’t hear him, but Denis Jr. did and he started laughing.
Martin then turned back around and said, “I don’t know, he doesn’t look too focused.”
Mosf of the games played today have major playoff implications.
A great day to sit back and enjoy our game. First game starts at 1:00pm ET and the full schedule is below…
... when Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane collided during last night’s game against Columbus.
Both seemed to be OK and played the remainder of the game.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
As outlined in a handful of player meetings leading up to the game, the Flames not only wanted to stop a three-game slide, they knew this was their chance to prove to themselves, the Wings and the league they could skate with anybody.
The comments from the hosts following the game revolved around the relentless forecheck and aggression of the Flames, which eventually wore them down in a third that saw the road-weary visitors outshoot the Wings a stunning 17-2.
While that aggressiveness should have cost them the game, it ultimately won it for them, setting the tone for a playoff mentality that should see the even bigger, faster Flames focus on physically punishing whomever they play.
from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,
“I try to be a complete player on both sides of the red line,” said St. Louis, who has 67 points, with 25 goals, and is plus-6.
Besides, he added, “Offense comes from good defensive positioning.”
Plus-minus is a tricky statistic in that it depends so much on one’s teammates and situations that can be out of one’s control.
In short, a plus is awarded for being on the ice when a player’s team scores. A minus is assessed for being on the ice when the opposition scores. So in a season in which Tampa Bay has been outscored 175-224, a differential of minus-49, being plus-6 is pretty extraordinary.
via Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
“Of course, we want to go in there and beat ‘em, be a spoiler,” Smyth said. “And we’re still not mathematically out of it ourselves. So, it’s a big game for us too.”
The Avs entered Friday in 15th place overall in the Western Conference, 11 points out of the eighth — and last — playoff spot with 14 games left.
A “Hockey Night in Canada” broadcast, in front of what will be a sold-out crowd, is always a great time in a city such as Edmonton. Smyth, who experienced many such nights with the Oilers, said few things compare.
“It’s an awesome atmosphere,” he said. “It’s going to be an energized building, and it’s exciting to play in. But we want to come out with the win, and we want to make it a quieter building.”
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