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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Way too much talent in that Penguins lineup for them to struggle so mightily on the power play, in part why they called a players-only meeting after the Bruins rubbed them out at the Igloo Dec. 30. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are among the two best young forwards in the game, and they can’t get the job done on the power play? Clearly, they miss Sergei Gonchar (shoulder), who has been out all year. But some of it is coaching, and Michel Therrien has always been a bit of a strange fit there, even when they made their run to the Cup finals last spring.
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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,
“This should have been a game you jump into with both feet and scratch and claw with everything you have,” Tippett said of a battle against the slumping Oilers. “But in the first 10 minutes, we played on the fringes, we gave up two bad goals, we made mistakes in our own end, and that’s not the way to start a game like this.”
“The most disheartening thing is this was pretty much a playoff game, and we didn’t play like it was,” said forward Steve Ott. “They came out like it was a playoff game, and we didn’t. We have to realize that these are four point games, and we’re not the ones getting the four points.”
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,
Alexander Semin engaged in his first career fight tonight with Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, who had two small scratches under his right eye after the encounter. And for those of you who weren’t watching the game, check out the first video. Descriptions of Semin’s punches toward the end of the fight ranged from him playing the bongos to him looking like Energizer Bunny beating a drum….
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added 9:13am, On Frozen Blog comes up with the perfect Headline- “Alexander Semin Fights Scut Farkus”. Visit OFB to see the comparison.
via Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,
Could some members of the Maple Leafs be fitted for a new jacket of the blue variety?
The Columbus Blue Jackets have had scouts shadowing several teams lately, and had two at the game Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre between the Leafs and Buffalo Sabres.
Nik Antropov and defenceman Pavel Kubina are said to interest Jackets general manager Scott Howson. And you have to figure Leafs GM Brian Burke, now just over a month on the job, is dying to make a deal. Burke apparently has told the Jackets that he gladly will move players with contracts to get draft picks in return.
Columbus also has a big interest in New York Islanders centre Doug Weight, who said last week he does not want to be a rental again.
from Stan Fischler of Game On,
What’s the problem, is the question of the day, week or month. MSG’s Joe Micheletti was asked about it on “Hockey Night Live” after the loss in D.C.
“The power play is powerless,” Joe M explained. “The Rangers had three power play chances and had (virtually) no chances to score.”
Make no mistake, it was a game in the Nation’s Capital in which the Blueshirts often played hard but not hard enough when they enjoyed the man advantage.
And if there was one plus that the locals got out of it, Petr Prucha supplied same with the game’s first goal. The ever-hustling Czech converted a Dubinsky-Zherdev play at 10:04 of the second period, putting the Blueshirts ahead, 1-0.
Pavel Datsyuk with with a shootout goal tonight against Josh Harding of the Wild.
Watch below the breakaway goal Datsyuk scored against Turco a few years ago and the one agains Vokoun too, plus another video of tonight’s goal.
NEW YORK (Jan. 3, 2009)—Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry has been suspended for four games, without pay, for elbowing Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux during the third period of NHL Game #564 Friday night, the National Hockey League announced.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Perry will forfeit $114,516.12. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Perry will miss Anaheim’s game against Phoenix Jan. 4, the home-and-home series against Los Angeles Jan. 6 and 8, and versus Tampa Bay Jan. 9. He will be eligible to return Jan. 11 against New Jersey.
added 7:10pm, via Ducks Blog,
“I didn’t know what to expect,” Perry said. “That’s what the league came down with and you have to live with it. I came up with the elbow. I didn’t mean to hurt him … It’s a tough situation. The league is trying to crack down on hits (like that).”
I happened to see the elbox on the NHL Network today, and it was one of those useless elbows. Perry caught Giroux by surprise, met him just inside the blueline away from the play, and delivered the elbow. The camera from behind the net caught it since it was not near the play going on.
“It’s not right that the best player in the game is not a starter. We want to get the fans involved and they have the right to vote for ever they want. There’s 21,000 fans at every home game in Montreal, and everyone in Montreal is a hockey fan. Everybody who knows hockey, knows that Alex would be in the starting lineup if it went on merit. But he’s not.”
-Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau on Alexander Ovechkin not making the starting lineup of the All-Star roster. A little more from Bruce at Capitals Insider and I agree 100% with Bruce, it makes me question this process going forward.
from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune,
Meet the man out to stop the bleeding on Channelside Drive.
Barry Melrose is gone. Was he ever here? We’re still not sure about the new owners. But Lightning players, even if they haven’t turned it into wins, can feel a change. The circus has left down.
“It’s feels gone,” Lightning winger Mark Recchi said.
“The dust has started to settle,” Marty St. Louis said.
They feel they’re moving in one direction, just like Rick Tocchet once did as he charged the net or threw his fists.
“He’s a straight-up guy, the same guy he was on the ice,” said Recchi, who was once traded for Tocchet and later played with him. “He helped stabilize things. We’re well prepared. We know where we stand. There’s no gray area.”
“We’re finding our way,” Tocchet said.
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
Here’s what happened: Moments after Campbell and Maxime Talbot fought a good fight, Crosby and McLean lined up in the faceoff circle. The puck was dropped,
Crosby grabbed McLean and took him down, shaking and pulling him around the ice – without throwing a punch.
McLean cut the bridge of his nose when he hit the ice, and Crosby was sent away with four penalties – including instigating and unsportsmanlike conduct. Crosby’s fighting style has been criticized lately, especially after he repeatedly took below-the-belt shots at Atlanta’s Boris Valabik last month.
After the game, coach Pete DeBoer and McLean didn’t have much to say on the subject, but Nick Tarnasky and Nick Boynton sure did. Tarnasky’s comments to me should be construed as off the record since we were just chatting during the second break, but Boynton went off as he finished getting dressed.
We’re you hoping he’d get back on the ice? ‘‘Oh yeah,’’ Boynton said.
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