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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…
from Don Brennan of Off the Posts at the Ottawa Sun,
Filip Kuba will miss his third straight game with an “illness” tonight.
To me, this just isn’t right.
At the risk of sounding like I’m just picking on the guy, how sick can he be? I mean, really.
I saw Kuba this morning. He looked fine. He had just been to breakfast and he was on his way to the rink, where he and Chris Neil were the only two Senators to go for the morning skate. Afterwards, Neil determined that he was going to play tonight against the Bruins, but Kuba deemed it necessary for another couple of days off to make sure he’s fully recovered from the flu?
Nope, it just isn’t right.
From Steve Gorten at the Sun-Sentinel:
Winger Richard Zednik skated on the ice at HSBC Arena this morning for the first time since he skated off it Feb. 10 of last year covering his neck with his glove in fear for his life. Zednik’s carotid artery was accidentally slashed by teammate Olli Jokinen’s skate in the third period of a game against the Sabres that night.
Zednik said one of the surgeons who performed surgery on him that night invited him over to her house for dinner last night. He went and they reminisced about the incident and that night.
Here are some of his thoughts after this morning’s skate on what it was like on the ice:
“I was trying not to think about it. I want to just focus on hockey.”
Zednik was the first Panther on the ice this morning and skated toward the boards near where the incident happened, but he said that was simply coincidental.
“I’m not going back. I’m looking forward. I’m not trying to go back. What happened, happened. I’ve already passed that. I don’t want to go back and think about what could have happened.”
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