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from David Epstein of Sports Illustrated,
“I don’t know whether the NHL has a steroid issue or not,” Judd (Polk County sheriff) says, “but they certainly are very uncomfortable with us asking questions about it.” The lesson of baseball’s steroid era is a simple one: transparency—not obfuscation or passivity—is always the better course.
read the story from the April 26th edition of SI…
Per NHL Live…
Martin St. Louis
NEW YORK (April 21, 2010)—Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings, Brad Richards of the Dallas Stars and Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning are the three finalists for the 2009-10 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,” the National Hockey League announced today.
(Voorhees, NJ) - Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren issued the following statement on Wednesday morning regarding forwards Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne:
“Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne both suffered injuries to their right foot in Tuesday night’s game. Neither will be available to play Thursday, and both players are listed as day-to-day.”
“I didn’t talk to him. I haven’t talked to him hardly all year except to say, `Hey, how are you and where did you get your suit?’ That’s Jimmy D’s job; he looks after all those guys. I mean, I talk to the kid and once in a while I’ll say, ‘It’s about the next stop,’ but he knows that. He doesn’t need to hear it from me.”
-Detroit Red Wings Coach Mike Babcock talking about Jimmy Howard. More on the Wings/Coyotes from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
Tuesday was a bleak, grey, drizzly day in suburban El Segundo, where near the practice rink lies a gorgeous stretch of Southern California beach juxtaposed by a gigantic sewage treatment plant across the street. Depending on perspective, the place is either beautiful or grotesque.
The Canucks are the same way, but the beautiful part has been hard to see the last few days even for the most fervent romantics. The ugliness is impossible to miss.
Goalie Roberto Luongo is being referred to here as Bobby Lose. Against the Los Angeles Kings, the Canucks can’t kill penalties, have no answer to a 20-year-old defenceman dude and aren’t getting an inspired performance from anyone but Mikael Samuelsson.
Created for the playoffs, the pregame video that is played before every home game of the Philadelphia Flyers.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
As the final seconds were ticking away in the Devils’ 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals tonight, some in the crowd of 19,709 began to chant, “It’s all over.”
Considering the way the Devils have played in this series and the way they have been dominated at even strength in the last two games, it’s hard to argue with that.
The Devils now trail the Flyers three games to one in the best-of-seven series. Another Flyers’ win in Game 5 Thursday night at Prudential Center will send the Devils to their third consecutive first-round playoff exit.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Injuries take so much of the fun out of sports. You want to see a fair fight, and right now the Avs don’t have two of their top scorers.
I don’t want to be a jerk and start saying stuff like “Just get out there and play” when I don’t know just how bad Mueller and Hejduk are feeling right this second. All I’ll say is something I said earlier today: I think the Avs need to look for bigger and stronger players in the future, maybe some guys who can better take a big hit. I’m not saying the guys they have now don’t have enough heart. I would never say that about anybody who plays this barbaric game. But what I am saying is, there is a definite pattern over the years now, of the Avs losing a lot of key guys when the going gets really physical.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators bit their tongues when it came to talking about the men in stripes.
While the officials didn’t do them any favours in Game 4, the Senators clearly weren’t happy with the referees.
“You guys all saw the game. I just think their were some inconsistencies,” said coach Cory Clouston.
“We have to be better at handling adversity, but it seemed like what was being called in one situation wasn’t being called in another.”
Joe Pavelski scored the OT goal for the Sharks last night, which evens the series with Colorado at 2.
Watch Sharks TV broadcaster Randy Hahn with the call, then watch the same play below with Avalanche play by play man Mike Haynes making the call.
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