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from Bill Davidge (radio analyst) at ColumbusBlueJackets.com,
It is impressive for all of us to observe the seedling grow into a plant that has expanded its roots a little deeper into the foundation of success. We are all ready for the next stage of success as the trunk gets a little more chaliced for the trip to compete against the Division rivals for the next month.
It begins in Chicago tonight. The start of these Division games is now as important as any games in franchise history. They take on new meaning to all that follow this hockey team. Fans from England, Sweden, and all of North America are embracing the Jackets for who and what they are all about…they are true soldiers dressed in Red White and Blue!!! The teams around the NHL outside the Division are cheering on the plight of the team as they charter through unknown waters.
from Greatest Hockey Legends,
Sad news to pass along your way tonight: New York Ranger Alf Pike has died at the age of 1991.
Alf Pike has one of the game’s all time great nicknames: The Embalmer.
Pike did not earn his nickname by being one of the game’s great villains like you might expect. No, he came about his handle much more innocently and literally - he was a licensed mortician.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Although most have assumed Gaborik’s Wild career will end after the season, General Manager Doug Risebrough said Thursday the Wild is considering making a short-term contract proposal to Gaborik.
“I envisioned signing him this year. It didn’t work out. Now maybe this is a way to make it work out based on the existing circumstances,” Risebrough said.
The “existing circumstances” Risebrough’s referring? With the salary cap expected to decrease significantly in two summers, it’ll be difficult for Gaborik to sign a long-term deal with any team this summer, especially considering he has been limited to six games and has had three injury-shortened seasons in the past four.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
“They want to take fighting out of the game,” growled the Toronto forward, “and all the stick work is going up.”
Ondrus was referring to Evgeny Artyukhin, the 6-foot-5 behemoth of the Bolts, whom Ondrus claimed was jabbing him liberally near the end of the game and getting away with no retribution.
“Maybe someone beats the crap out of him and he doesn’t do it again,” Ondrus said. “I was standing there and he put his stick between my legs and he tried to lift me up or something, I don’t know what he was doing. I don’t think he speaks a word of English so that was another problem.”
Ondrus wound up with a 10-minute misconduct, but enraged coach Ron Wilson went one better by berating referees Kevin Pollock and Chris Lee to the point they gave him a game misconduct rather than a bench minor. Loud applause followed Wilson through the exit tunnel.
more and watch a video of Wilson being tossed below…
from Stan Fischler of Game On,
“We Can Make Such Beautiful Music Together, Baby.”
It’s a good tune that symbolizes a wonderful way to win a hockey game. And you can bet the Rangers will be singing their own version of it as they move on to Philadelphia for their Saturday afternoon encounter with the Flyers. All together, the Blueshirts are now in almost-perfect harmony.
John Tortorella’s team was on key Thursday night in Music City, de-toothing the Predators, 4-2, in a match that once again featured the versatility, vivacity and — yes, yes, yes — the scoring ability of Sean Avery who was the game’s Most Valuable Player in The Maven’s view.
from Craig Custance’s Blog at the Sporting News,
And the final result was a statement game. Jarome Iginla wouldn’t call it that, but I will. The Red Wings offense threw everything it could at the Flames (45 shots in all) and the Flames left Joe Louis Arena with two points.
“It’s a big one,” Iginla told SportingNews.com. “We’re just trying to get ourselves going and get back momentum. A game like this, we knew before coming into it, when you’re in a little bit of a drought to be able to play the best - if you can come out with a win, it’s a huge boost.”
And don’t forget the playoff implications of a win like this.
“There’s a good chance you’re going to have to go through Detroit,” Iginla said. “This is a big game for us.”
more on the Flames shootout win over Detroit.
Tomas Vokoun of the Panthers with a great glove save on Thomas Vanek of the Sabres. Buffalo did defeat Florida 3-1.
from Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider,
When the Caps left town Monday afternoon, several players said they hoped getting away from home would help them refocus and get back to basics.
Did it ever.
The Capitals completed a stellar two-game trip tonight in Philadelphia, where they claimed a 2-1 win over the rival Flyers two days after beating the Predators in Nashville by the same score. Suddenly, that four-game losing streak at Verizon Center seems like so long ago.
“Getting the win in Nashville was nice to get back in the winning column,” said Brooks Laich. “But you don’t want to take a step back after taking a step forward. To get a win here, in a building where we’ve had a tough time. Obviously, we wanted a little redemption from the last time we played here.”
That was the quote of the night.
continue for more on the Capitals…
Wings take a 4-2 lead late into the 3rd period, Flames score 3 goals a little over 2 minutus apart to take a 5-4 lead. Wings tie it up late to force OT.
Flames win in a shootout.
Check the shots on goal and full boxscore at TSN.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason made a bee line out of Nationwide Arena before the morning skate. He has a cold that is affecting his respiratory tract and is considered questionable for tonight’s game vs. Pittsburgh.
If he’s not feeling better—or any worse this afternoon—Mason will start. But don’t be surprised if Wade Dubielewicz gets the nod in net tonight against the Penguins.
more on Columbus…
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