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from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
Focus. Focus. Focus!
Focus on defence, focus on position, focus on your opponent. Whatever it is — and we are not suggesting for a moment Ritalin is involved — it’s working. After months of fishtailing all over the track, Murray’s Ottawa Senators have their groove back.
To watch the 3-0 pummelling of the Montreal Canadiens last night was to puzzle as to how the one team, Montreal, could enter the 72nd game of the NHL season in first place in the Northeast Division and Ottawa, a once-first-place team that had recently gone into freefall, could appear to be battling to save its season.
But then panic, as Murray pointed out after the game, “seems to be a tendency” where the Senators and their fans are concerned.
I mentioned to a friend last night that I would not be surprised to wake-up this morning to find this game was in the 150th round of the shootout, with the score still tied 0-0.
from Fire & Ice,
That was one of the strangest games of the season. It reminded me of the Devils’ 3-2 shootout win in Buffalo on Jan 12. They fell behind 2-0 in that one too and probably had no business winning and found a way to pull it out.
This time, the 4-3 shootout win over the Minnesota Wild was good to put the Devils back in first place in the Eastern Conference, just one point ahead of Pittsburgh, Montreal and Ottawa.
“It means we control our destiny in the last 11 games,” said Jamie Langenbrunner, who scored the shootout winner. “We’ve got to play better first periods coming down the stretch here. We’re not going to get away with that, but we took the positive in the big game and we were able to get the two points out of it.”
more on the Devils…
from Lew Serviss of Slap Shot at the NY Times,
Every game is huge. The final order in the East is a tossup, with five teams having a good shot at finishing first in the conference. In the West, eighth place is thisclose, and five teams that are now on the outside – including Edmonton! – have a prayer at making the playoffs. Here’s a look at what’s happening as the season ticks down.
much more a great picture how the standings could shake-out.
Georges Laraque has been suspended 3 games for his elbow on Buffalo’s Nathan Paetsch.
More to follow.
added 7:07, from TSN (same link as above),
The incident occured during the second period of Wednesday night’s game between the Pittsburgh Penguins’ and the Sabres. Laraque appeared to deliver an elbow to Paetsch’s face as he skated past the Buffalo defencemen. Laraque was given a five-minute major for elbowing and was ejected from the game.
from the CP via TSN,
Ryan Smyth and Peter Forsberg were both kept out of the Colorado Avalanche’s lineup for Thursday night’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.
Smyth skated effortlessly earlier in the day and showed no signs of the concussion and shoulder injury that forced him to miss five games. Forsberg, out with a strained groin, didn’t take the ice at all in the Avalanche’s morning skate.
from the AP via the Globe and Mail,
Nathan Paetsch is out indefinitely with a concussion, leaving the Buffalo Sabres’ depleted defence down a third player in the midst of their final playoff push.
Paetsch will miss “a pretty good period of time,” Coach Lindy Ruff said Thursday, a day after the player was leveled by a vicious elbow from Pittsburgh’s Georges Laraque during Buffalo’s 7-3 loss
via Rangers Report,
Sean Avery was fined $2,500 and the Rangers were tabbed for $25,000 as a result of the left wing’s water bottle throwing incident on Sunday. This news came courtesy not of the league or the Rangers, but of Avery himself.
from Ansar Khan at Mlive,
Update from Thursday’s morning skate: Kris Draper will miss at least the next three games becuase of a slightly torn groin muscle. It happened during the western Canada trip a couple of weeks ago but wasn’t detected until he had an ultrasound on Wednesday.
CKNW in Vancouver reports that Mattias Ohlund did not accompany the team on its trip to Phoenix and has flown back home where the club is expected to announce that he will have surgery to remove bone chips in his knee.
The bone chips caused swelling and Ohlund was playing through it and was treating it with anti-inflammatory drugs.
from Empty Netters,
One year ago today…
Pens fans will sure remember...
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